April 19, 2011 at 5:43 AM
Pawtucket had little trouble dispensing with Syracuse (WAS) by a score of 5-1. Josh Reddick went 2-5 with a home run and 2 RBI, while Lars Anderson went 3-3 with a double, a run and a walk. Reddick has performed admirably over the past 8 games, hitting .414 (12-29). Perhaps more impressively for the outfielder, he’s drawn 5 walks over that time span against a mere 2 strikeouts. Matt Fox got the start for Pawtucket, and got the win. He went 6 innings and allowed just 4 hits, 1 run and 1 walk and struck out 6.
Meanwhile, Portland lost to Binghamton (NYM) 6-5, despite amassing 12 hits. Tim Federowicz (3-5, a double and 2 RBI) and Che-Hsuan Lin (3-5, a double and 1 RBI) were the chief contributors at the plate for the Sea Dogs. Michael Lee took the loss for Portland. He started and went 3 innings, allowing 5 hits, 5 runs and 3 walks versus 1 strikeout.
Salem powered past Lynchburg (ATL), 16-5. Undrafted free agent Dan Butler expressed his frustration to the Braves organization for being one of the teams not to take him. He went 3-4 with a home run, 2 doubles and 7 RBI. Jeremy Hazelbaker (3-5, a home run and 3 RBI) and Reynaldo Rodriguez (2-5, a home run and 3 RBI) also delivered strong performances. Ryan Pressly started for Salem and went 5.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) and 1 walk. Pressly struck out 3 and improved to 2-0 on the season. Kendal Volz relieved Pressly and threw 2.1 scoreless innings. He allowed just 1 hit (a single) and struck out 2. Volz has yet to allow an extra base hit, a walk or a run this season in 5.2 innings pitched.
Greenville clubbed 13 hits en route to its 5-1 win against Savannah (NYM). Jose Garcia (3-5, 1 RBI), Bryce Brentz (2-4, 1 RBI) and Christian Vazquez (2-5, 1 RBI) led the Drive. Kyle Stroup got the start and pitched well. He went 5 innings and allowed 5 hits, 1 run and 2 walks. Stroup struck out 6. Keith Couch came on in relief and got his 2nd 4 inning save of the season. He allowed just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 5. On the season, Couch has a 1.50 ERA and an equally impressive 16:1 K:BB ratio.
Player of the Day: Dan Butler, who went 3-4 with a home run and 7 RBI in Salem's 16-5 victory.