April 9, 2011 at 10:52 AM
Cup of Coffee 4/9: Though the parent club finally picked up its first win of the season on Friday, the affiliates did not have the same type of success.
Kyle Weiland got the start for the PawSox in their second game of the season, but was saddled with the loss as Pawtucket fell to Rochester, 7-2. Weiland went just 3.0 innings, allowing a pair of runs in both the second and third. He was replaced by Tony Pena, Jr., who pitched into the seventh, allowing three more runs. Trailing 7-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Josh Reddick walked and Yamaico Navarro doubled, putting two runners in scoring position for Ryan Kalish. His double knocked them both in for the only two PawSox runs of the game. Jason Rice and Clevelan Santeliz both had scoreless outings out of the bullpen for Pawtucket.
Portland rallied with a ninth-inning comeback last night, but it wasn't enough, as the Sea Dogs lost to Reading, 7-5. Brock Huntzinger got the start, but was knocked around, giving up 6 runs in 3.2 innings. The Sea Dogs trailed 6-0 in the fifth, but an Alex Hassan RBI single put them on the board. After Reading answered back with a run in the top of the seventh, the Sea Dogs responded in the bottom half. Leading off the seventh, Tim Federowicz launched one over the left field fence for a solo home run. The Sea Dogs trailed 7-2 in the bottom of the ninth, but the bases were loaded for Hassan, who grounded out to first for another RBI. With runners at 2nd and 3rd, Jorge Padron knocked them both in to cut the Phillies lead to two, but Federowicz grounded out to end the comeback for the Sea Dogs. Jeremy Kehrt pitched excellently in relief, allowing just 1 hit and 1 run in 4.1 innings.
The Drive played a close game for eight innings against Augusta, but the GreenJackets blew it open with 5 runs in the ninth to win it, 6-2. Greenville opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Lucas LeBlanc. He scored Felix Sanchez, who reached third on a leadoff triple. Augusta tied it up at 1 in the top of the seventh, and with the score tied at one, the GreenJackets plated 5 more runs off a combination of Jordan Flasher and Dennis Neuman. The Drive were able to rally for one run in the bottom of the ninth, on a solo home run by Jose Garcia. Kyle Stroup got the start for Greenville, and pitched brilliantly, allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk, striking out 6 over 5.0 innings.
Salem's game against Frederick was postponed due to rain.
Player of the Night: Kyle Stroup, who spun 5 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, striking out 6 in a no-decision in his first game action since 2009.