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April 27, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Michael Lee-ds Portland to victory

4/27 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket and Portland cruised to victory, while Greenville's bats were unusually silent.

Pawtucket had little trouble taking care of Lehigh Valley (PHI), 7-2. Josh Reddick was 1-5 in the game, but made the 1 count in the form of a solo home run. Reddick is hitting just .242 in his last 8 games, but has hit 4 home runs in that time. Juan Carlos Linares also made his presence known at the plate. The outfielder went 3-4 with 2 RBI. Andrew Miller started for the PawSox and earned his first victory as a member of the Red Sox organization. Miller went 5.2 innings and allowed just 1 hit and 2 runs (1 earned). He walked 2 and struck out 2. Scott Atchison relieved Miller and went 2.1 hitless innings. He walked 1 and struck out 1. Rich Hill pitched the 9th inning and allowed a hit. He did not walk a batter and struck out 1.

What looked like a pitcher's duel early on did not end that way, as Portland defeated Binghamton (NYM), 8-2. The game was scoreless through 5 and a half innings before the Sea Dogs blew the game open with 3 runs in the 6th and 5 runs in the 7th. Oscar Tejeda led the way, as he went 3-4 with a home run (his first of the season) and 4 RBI. Tim Federowicz delivered a 2-5 performance with 3 RBI. Will Middlebrooks went 1-3 with an RBI and a walk, while Alex Hassan went 2-4 with a walk and a stolen base. Hassan improved his Eastern League-leading batting average to .414. Michael Lee started for Portland and came through with one of the best pitching performances from any Red Sox minor leaguer this season. Lee went 6 innings, allowed 2 hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 6. The tall righty faced just 1 batter over the minimum.

Salem's game with Kinston (CLE) was rained out. No makeup date was announced.

There were few positive items to take from Greenville's 11-0 loss at the hands of Greensboro (FLA). The Drive managed just 5 hits in the defeat. Sean Coyle went 2-3 with a double. Coyle is hitting just .196 on the season (9-46) but has an .807 OPS due to his incredible 16 walks and .415 OBP. I'm no expert, but that isoD is quite good. Brandon Workman drew the start for Greenville. Workman lasted just 3.1 innings and got lit up to the tune of 5 hits and 4 runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out 2. The loss drops Workman to 0-3 on the season with a 5.65 ERA.

Player of the Day: Michael Lee, who threw 6 brilliant innings in Portland's win over Binghamton. Lee allowed just 2 hits, walked no batters and struck out 6.