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April 14, 2011 at 6:13 AM

Hazelbaker leads Salem's toppling of Hillcats

4/14 Cup of Coffee: April weather reared its ugly head, as Pawtucket and Portland were both washed away by rain. Salem was the lone victor of the evening as Greenville was halted by in state rival Charleston.

Pawtucket’s attempt to get back in the win column was postponed due to rain. The PawSox will take part in a doubleheader against the Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) starting today at 2:00 p.m.

Like their Triple-A counterparts, the Sea Dogs also fell victim to poor weather, having their game against the Trenton Thunder (NYY) postponed due to rain. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 28. Portland hits the road to begin a series with the New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) tonight at 6:05 p.m.

Six of Salem’s nine hits went for extra bases as the Red Sox tripped up the Lynchburg Hillcats (ATL), 5-2. Ryan Pressly received the start for the Red Sox, going 5.0 scoreless innings. He allowed 4 hits and 2 unearned runs as he struck out 1 without surrendering a walk to pick up the victory. Jeremy Hazelbaker’s first inning solo home run gave Salem the early 1-0 advantage. Hazelbaker struck again in the third, leading off the inning with his second home run of the game. The Hillcats clawed back to tie the contest in the top of the fifth, aided by costly errors by infielders Kolbrin Vitek and Derrik Gibson. In the bottom half of the fifth, Salem took control of the game, getting two on an RBI single by Reynaldo Rodriguez and an RBI double by Dan Butler. Gibson added Salem’s final run in the sixth, knocking home David Mailman on a single that deflected off of the Hillcats pitcher into right field. Anatanaer Batista hurled 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing 2 hits and punching out 3. Cesar Cabral collected his first save of the 2011 season, tossing a scoreless eighth and ninth inning as he struck out 4. Rodriguez and Hazelbaker both had two hits to lead the offensive output.

Greenville played sloppy and committed five errors as en route to getting plastered by the Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) 11-2. Kyle Stroup made his second start of the season and was ineffective, as he allowed 6 runs on 12 hits in just 4.0 innings. Keith Couch, who relieved Stroup, was not much better, allowing 5 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits while punching out 6 in his 4.0 innings of work. The Drive got on the board in the first on a Bryce Brentz RBI single. They would not score again until the seventh, when Sean Coyle hit his first professional home run to lead off the inning. Brentz and Jose Garcia each had two errors in addition to the RiverDogs pounding out 19 hits. Brentz stayed hot at the plate, going 2 for 4 to lead the Greenville offense.

Player of the Night: Jeremy Hazelbaker, who went 2 for 4 with 2 solo home runs in Salem’s 5-2 victory over Lynchburg.

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