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August 6, 2010 at 7:37 AM

Tejeda, Middlebrooks go deep in win


8/6 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket and Salem broke out the big sticks, with each team hitting a pair of home runs to collect the only wins down on the farm Thursday night.

Four Pawtucket hurlers combined for a five-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY). Aaron Bates and Ryan Shealy smacked two-run home runs, with Shealy to give the PawSox a 2-0 lead in the first and Shealy in a three-run sixth. Fabio Castro fanned 7 and allowed 3 hits in 5.0 innings, with Tommy Hottovy, Robert Manuel, and Michael Bowden finishing off the gem. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had 2 doubles and his first RBI for the PawSox, while Yamaico Navarro collected his first Triple-A hit in the fourth. Josh Reddick was 2 for 4 with a double in the win.

Portland couldn't pull out the rubber-match in their three-game set with Bowie (BAL), falling to the Baysox 4-3. Jeremy Kehrt allowed all 4 runs in 5.0 innings of work, walking 4 and allowing 6 hits before Ryne Lawson threw 3.0 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief. Nate Spears led the charge offensively with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI, while Ryne Khoury, Jorge Padron, and Che-Hsuan Lin chipped in 2 hits each in the loss. Eammon Portice tossed a scoreless ninth.

Salem broke double-digits for the 14th time this season, thumping Wilmington (KC) 11-6. Oscar Tejeda and Will Middlebrooks hit two-run home runs to pace the attack, and Tim Federowicz collected 2 of his 3 RBI to put the Sox ahead in the seventh. Mark Holliman was tagged for 6 runs on 8 hits in 5.0 innings, but Seth Garrison and Pat Ryan combined for 4.0 perfect innings to hold the lead. Jon Hee, Mitch Dening, Pete Hissey, and Dan Butler all drove in runs, and Tejeda collected 3 hits in the win.

Tied 2-2 in the eleventh inning, Greenville's series finale against Lakewood was suspended. Christian Vazquez supplied the offense for the Drive with a two-run second inning home run, while Shannon Wilkerson and Vladimir Frias each had 2 hits. Manny Rivera impressed with 7.0 innings of work on the hill, striking out 6 and allowing 2 runs, 1 earned on 4 hits. Jeremiah Bayer allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 in 4.0 scoreless innings before the game was called.

Lowell committed 5 errors and lost another late lead in a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Williamsport (PHI). Tyler Wilson allowed just 2 unearned runs in 5.0 innings before Cesare Angeloni gave up 4 runs to pick up his third loss of the season. Felix Sanchez, David Renfroe, and Miles Head each collected 2 hits, with Head and Josue Peley driving in a run each. Wilson Matos allowed a run in the loss.

The GCL squad suffered a tough 2-1 loss Thursday at the hands of the Rays. Jason Garcia and Luis Bastardo had nearly identical lines, with each allowing a run on 5 hits in 4.0 innings of work. Trygg Danforth and Roberto Reyes had 2 hits apiece, and Luke Yoder drove in the team's only run.

Down in the Dominican Republic, the Red Sox were shellacked 10-2 by the Pirates. Mario Alcantara gave up 4 runs, 3 earned in 3.1 innings, and Alexander Mateo held the Bucs in check until the seventh before making way for Ellis Jimenez, who was tagged for 6 runs, 4 earned in 2.0 innings. Lewis Urena, Javier Gutierrez, and Roberto Duncan collected the only hits for the Red Sox.

Player of the Night: Oscar Tejeda went 3 for 4 with a two-run home run and 3 runs scored in Salem's 11-6 win over Wilmington. It was Tejeda's first home run since May.