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August 14, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Ruiz fans 11 on winless night

8/14 Cup of Coffee: The late-inning woes of the big club trickled down to the farm tonight, with a rash of late lead's lost on a winless night Friday.

Robert Coello and Michael Bowden spun a combined 3.2 innings of hitless, shutout relief, but Pawtucket fell 9-4 to Buffalo (NYM). Starter Ramon A. Ramirez was touched up for 7 runs on 8 hits and didn't make it through the fourth, and Chad Paronto gave up 2 runs in relief of Bowden. Josh Reddick had 3 hits and an RBI, and Jeremy Hermida had a double and an RBI. Lars Anderson and Jack Hannahan each had 2 hits, including a double, and Santo Luis tossed a scoreless ninth.

Portland picked up a run in the ninth, but left the tying and winning run on base in a 3-2 loss to Richmond (SF). Stephen Fife found himself unlucky to take the loss, giving up just 2 earned runs on 6 hits in 5.0 workman-like innings. Ryne Lawson allowed just a walk in 3.0 shutout innings, while Che-Hsuan Lin and Ryan Lavarnway each had 2 hits. Lin drove in a run in the loss.

Zach Hammes blew a two-run lead in the eighth as Salem was topped 5-4 by Wilmington (KC). Oscar Tejeda drove in 3 runs, and Pete Hissey added an RBI triple, but Hammes couldn't hold on after Brock Huntzinger struck out 5 and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits in 6.0 innings. Kyle Fernandes recorded the final 2 outs in the loss.

Pete Ruiz fanned 11 for Greenville, but the Drive weren't immune to the late-inning swoons that plagued the rest of the system in a 4-2 loss to Asheville (COL). Ruiz allowed 2 runs, 1 earned on 5 hits in 6.0 innings, but Armando Zerpa gave up 2 in the eighth to put the Drive down for good. Vladimir Frias singled to score Michael Almanzar, and Reymond Fuentes scored on a wild pitch in the same inning to give the Drive their only runs of the day.

Miguel Celestino continued to be a bright spot in Lowell's season, allowing 2 runs, 1 earned on 3 hits in Lowell's 3-2 loss to Mahoning Valley (CLE). He struck out 2 in 5.1 frames, and Garrett Rau fanned 3 while retiring all 7 batters he faced. Tyler Lockwood allowed a run in the ninth, and Felix Sanchez scored on a sixth-inning and a ninth-inning Kolbrin Vitek single to provide the Spinner's only runs. The Spinner's loaded the bases with one down in the ninth, but couldn't push the winner across

John Killen walked all 3 batters he faced to open the game, and Scott Swinson gave up 6 runs before the end of the second as the GCL Red Sox lost 11-6 to the Twins. All three of Killen's runs scored, and Swinson gave up 6 runs, 4 earned in 1.2 innings. Matt Phillips limited the damage later on, giving up a pair of unearned runs and striking out 4 in 4.1 innings of work. Jose Vinicio was 2 for 5 with an RBI and 2 stolen bases, and Adalberto Ibarra was 1 for 3 with an RBI double and 2 walks. Swen Huijer tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, and six different Red Sox drove in runs in the loss.

Nefi Ogando took yet another undeserved loss Friday, going 5.0 innings and surrendering just a pair of earned runs in the DSL Red Sox 5-2 loss to the Royals. Carlos Pinales allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 3.0 innings of relief. Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run home run, and Dreily Guererro tripled in the loss.

Player of the Night: Pete Ruiz struck out 11 and allowed just a single earned run in 6.0 innings of work as the Drive fell to Asheville Friday.