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August 3, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Reddick and Coello chase away Durham

8/3 Cup of Coffee: Solid pitching in Pawtucket and Lowell led to easy victories while Salem, Greenville, GCL and the DSL came up short in their contests.

A seven run first inning and sparkling starting pitching allowed Pawtucket to throttle the Durham Bulls (TB) 12-0. Robert Coello got back on track by hurling 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 9. Michael Bowden and Robert Manuel pitched the final three innings and only allowed three hits. The PawSox sent twelve men to the plate in the first inning, scoring seven times on a bases loaded walk, RBI singles from Aaron Bates, Tug Hulett, Gil Velazquez and Josh Reddick while also receiving an RBI double from Jack Hannahan. Reddick added a three run home run in the third to put Pawtucket out in front 10-0. In the fifth, Reddick smoked an RBI double and Niuman Romero laced an RBI single to give the PawSox their final two runs of the evening. Reddick was outstanding going 4 for 5 with 2 doubles, a home run, 5 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Salem struck out 15 times on their way to a 5-3 loss to the Frederick Keys (BAL). Caleb Clay dropped to 4-10 for his 4.0 inning performance in which he allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. Seth Garrison followed Clay and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks in his 2.0 innings of work. Will Latimer pitched the final 2.0 innings in scoreless fashion by striking out 3. The Red Sox got on the board first thanks to Ryan Dent's RBI double in the second inning. Down 3-1 in the fourth, a two-out rally was capped by a run coming home on the second wild pitch of the inning to pull Salem within one. An Alex Hassan RBI double in the seventh accounted for the final run for Salem as they were just 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Hassan and Dent were both 2 for 3 to lead the Red Sox offense.

A battle of first place squads saw Greenville quieted by the Lakewood Blueclaws (PHI) 5-1. Pete Ruiz pitched the first 5.2 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits while striking out 8. Pedro Perez continued to be outstanding, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Anatanaer Batista pitched a scoreless ninth inning and picked up two strikeouts. The Drive's lone run came in the eighth when Ronald Bermudez notched an RBI single. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Wilfred Pichardo each had two hits to lead the Greenville offense.

Lowell pitching stymied the Connecticut Tigers (DET) for a 6-1 victory. Miguel Celestino turned in the Spinners best pitching performance of the season, going 6.0 innings, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out 6. Stephen Fox followed Celestino by hurling 2.0 scoreless innings of relief. Michael Hacker, in his Lowell debut, allowed an unearned run on a hit in the ninth. The game was scoreless until the sixth, when the Spinners plated three on a Jose Iglesias RBI triple and a Miles Head RBI double. In the eighth, RBI singles from Seth Schwindenhammer, David Renfroe and Joantoni Garcia gave Lowell a comfortable six run cushion. Garcia and James Kang each had 2 hits to lead the Spinners offense.

The GCL Red Sox rallied to tie the game in the ninth but eventually fell 6-5 in 11 innings to the GCL Orioles (BAL). Eric Curtis tossed the first 4.0 innings of the contest, allowing an unearned run on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Matt Phillips was first out of the bullpen, throwing an inning of relief, allowing 2 runs on a hit and a walk. Scott Swinson finished off the game, hurling 5.2 innings, allowing 3 unearned runs on 4 hits and a walk. The Red Sox quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a three run home run by Willie Holmes. Down 5-3 in the seventh, Keury De La Cruz's RBI ground out pulled the Red Sox within one. De La Cruz's solo home run in the top of the ninth tied the game, but the Red Sox ultimately fell in the eleventh as a key error allowed the winning run to reach base.

The DSL Red Sox were squashed by the rival DSL Yankees2 (NYY) 5-2. Luis Diaz received the start for the Red Sox and went 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out 3. Francellis Montas relieved Diaz, going just 0.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits and a walk. William Cuevas was next out of the bullpen, tossing 4.1 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits and 4 walks. Ricardo Betancourt hurled a scoreless ninth inning. Down 5-0 in the sixth, the Red Sox finally got on the board on Xander Bogaerts RBI single. The Red Sox only other run came in the eighth, as Javier Gutierrez laced an RBI double. Bogaerts, Gutierrez and Juan Ugas each had two hits, accounting for all the hits from the Red Sox.

Players of the Night: Josh Reddick, who went 4 for 5 with 2 doubles, a home run, 5 RBI and 2 runs scored and Robert Coello, who was stellar in his 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 9 in Pawtucket's 12-0 victory over Durham.