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April 24, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Greenville scores seven in last two innings to complete dramatic comeback

4/24 Cup of Coffee: In today's installment of the Cup, runs were easy to come by with the three affiliates in action combining for 24 runs, though only Greenville would come away victorious.

Pawtucket jumped out to an early lead, but couldn't hold on as they were outlasted by the Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 9-7. It was just the second loss for the PawSox in eight games. Pawtucket picked up three runs in the first, thanks in large part to a two-RBI triple by Josh Reddick. Hector Luna also knocked in a run in the first. Alfredo Aceves got the start for the PawSox and pitched two scoreless innings before getting tagged for three runs in the third. Aceves was removed after the third, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. He gave way to Matt Fox, who allowed a pair of home runs in his first inning of work. Facing his former team, the 28 year old struggled, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in 2.1 innings. Luis Exposito gave Pawtucket a boost in the fifth with a solo home run while a Drew Sutton double brought in two more, but the Rochester lead proved to be too much to overcome. Sutton homered in the ninth as well for his third RBI of the game. Rich Hill pitched 1.2 innings of hitless relief for the PawSox in a losing effort.

Rain in the New England area caused Portland's game with the New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) to be postponed. No makeup date was announced. The Sea Dogs will have Easter Sunday off, followed by a four-game set at home against Binghamton.

Salem was involved in a slugfest as well, but was eventually knocked of by the Potomac Nationals (WAS) 9-8. Trailing 1-0 early, the white-hot Dan Butler came up with the bases loaded and got a hold of one to left for a grand slam. Butler now has 14 RBI in his last five games. Potomac came right back in the second, however, with four runs of their own off of starter Pete Ruiz. Ruiz went 4.0 innings, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Trailing 5-4, Salem picked up three runs on RBI doubles from David Mailman and Derrik Gibson. They tacked on another run in the fifth on a Michael Almanzar single. But that would be all for the Salem offense, and Potomac scored three in the seventh to tie it and one more in the ninth for the win. Kendal Volz gave it up in the ninth and was charged with the loss, but it was the first run he has allowed in 5 appearances and 9.0 innings pitched this season.

Greenville trailed 7-2 headed into the eighth inning, but a five-run fifth and two more in the ninth gave the Drive the victory over the Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) in a wild one, 9-8. A two-RBI single from Drew Hedman gave Greenville a 2-0 lead in the first. Kyle Stroup got the start for the Drive, and allowed one run in the first and five in the fourth. He finished with just 3.1 innings pitched, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Trailing 7-2 in the eighth, Greenville's bats came alive for five runs to tie the game. The big blow came on a Lucas LeBlanc bases-loaded single. The ball was misplayed in the outfield, and three runs came around to score on the play. LeBlanc would then score on a wild pitch in the next at-bat. With the score tied at 7 in the bottom of eighth, Charleston scored a run to retake the lead. But the Drive battled back once more. After an error allowed Bryce Brentz to score and tie the game, Brandon Jacobs delivered a two-out, RBI single to push across the eventual game-winning run. Tyler Lockwood earned the win for Greenville by pitching the final 3.0 innings and allowing just one run.

Player of the Night: Brandon Jacobs, who went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs, including the game-winning single to propel Greenville to a 9-8 comeback victory.

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