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May 2, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Red Sox affiliates get swept on a rough Sunday

5/2 Cup of Coffee: Not much went right for the minor league teams on Sunday, as they dropped all 4 games.

Pawtucket struggled at the plate and lost to Toledo (DET), 4-3. Only 4 members of the PawSox lineup registered a hit. Michael McKenry certainly can’t be blamed for the loss. McKenry went 3-4 with a double, 2 home runs and 2 RBI. Andrew Miller started for Pawtucket and did his best Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn impression. Miller went 3 innings, allowed 4 hits, 3 runs and 5 walks. He also struck out 4. The lone bright spots for Pawtucket, besides McKenry, were Michael Bowden and Rich Hill. Bowden pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief, and allowed just 1 hit. He did not walk a batter and struck out 6. For the season, Bowden has a 1.65 ERA and a 17:4 K:BB ratio. Hill pitched a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. He has a 1.17 ERA in 9 relief appearances this year.

Portland could not muster much at the dish either, and lost to Reading (PHI), 3-2. Alex Hassan went 1-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Che-Hsuan Lin went 1-3 with a triple and a walk, while Oscar Tejeda went 2-4. Michael Lee, following his brilliant start last week for the Sea Dogs, did not fare as well this time around. Lee went 4.2 innings, allowing 4 hits and 3 runs. He walked 3 and struck out 4.

Salem did little to help the affiliates, as they managed just 4 hits in a 5-2 loss to Potomac (WAS). Reynaldo Rodriguez went 1-3 with a double. Rodriguez is hitting .457 over his last 10 games, with 3 home runs and 11 RBI. Chris Hernandez started for Salem and struggled mightily. Hernandez went 5.2 innings and allowed 7 hits and 5 runs. He walked 3 and did not strike out a batter. Kendal Volz relieved Hernandez and pitched 2.1 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Volz, who switched to the bullpen this season, has taken to the transition quite well. Volz has a 1.35 ERA and a 17:2 K:BB ratio in 13.1 innings of work.

Greenville did not struggle at the plate, but the pitching did them in as they lost to Asheville (COL), 8-6. Miles Head went 3-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Head leads the SAL with 8 home runs on the season, and picked a good night to excel, as he celebrates his 20th birthday today. David Renfroe went 3-4 with 3 singles to bring his average up to .271. Brandon Workman got the start for the Drive, and rebounded from a couple of shaky starts to pitch pretty well. Workman went 5 innings, allowed 4 hits and 2 runs. He walked 1 and struck out 4. Hunter Cervenka relieved Workman and continued to struggle. He went 2 innings, allowed 5 hits and 6 runs (all in the 7th inning). Cervenka walked 1 and struck out 3. Over his last 2 appearances, the lefty has given up 11 runs in 3.2 innings.

Player of the Day: Miles Head, who went 3-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI in Greenville’s loss to Asheville.

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