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June 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Osorio's dominant relief performance leads the DSL Sox to a win

6/28 Cup of Coffee: The affiliates continued to struggle on Monday, as they took just 3 of 7 games.

Pawtucket was outhit 9-4, but they weren’t outscored, as they beat Indianapolis (PIT), 4-1. Nate Spears went 1-3 with a home run and 2 RBI. Matt Sheely went 1-4 with 2 RBI, while Brent Dlugach went 2-3 with a walk. Tony Pena started for Pawtucket and improved to 6-3 on the season. Pena went 5 innings and allowed 5 hits and a run. He walked 1 and struck out 2. Hideki Okajima and Blake Maxwell had identical pitching lines in relief to close the door on the Indians: 2 innings, 2 hits, no runs and a strikeout.

Not often can you say a game is lost before you even step up to the plate, but that’s precisely what happened to Portland, as they got slaughtered by New Britain (MIN), 15-5. The Rock Cats put up 8 runs in the top of the 1st inning, 6 of which were given up by starter Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa gave up 3 hits and those 6 runs while recording just 2 outs before being yanked. He walked 2 and struck out 1. Leading the way offensively for Portland were Ryan Khoury (2-5, home run, 2 RBI), Tim Federowicz (2-4, solo home run, walk) and Chih-Hsien Chiang (1-2, solo home run, walk).

Salem lost a wild one to Myrtle Beach (ATL), 10-8. The Pelicans scored 5 runs in the top of the 6th, turning what had been a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead. Salem answered with 5 runs of their own in the bottom of the 7th to retake the lead, before Myrtle Beach scored 4 in the top of the 8th. Salem could not answer again, and as a result, lost their 6th game in a row. Dan Butler led the charge, as he went 3-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. David Mailman went 2-4 with 2 doubles, an RBI and a walk. Kolbrin Vitek went 2-5 with a double and 3 runs scored. Anthony Ranaudo started with 5 solid innings for Salem, but struggled in the fifth. The former LSU Tiger entered the 6th having given up only 1 run, but proceeded to give up 4 more and was pulled from the game after recording just 1 out in the frame. His final line was 5.1 innings, 6 hits and 5 earned runs. Ranaudo did not walk a batter and struck out 4.

Greenville lost a close one to Asheville (COL), 3-2. Xander Bogaerts continued to impress for the Drive, as he went 3-4 with a double and an RBI. Through 14 games for Greenville, the 18-year old is hitting .314 with 2 home runs, 9 RBI and a .924 OPS. David Renfroe also had a solid game, as he went 2-2 with 2 singles and 2 walks. Scott Swinson started and took the loss, despite pitching pretty well. Over 6 innings, Swinson scattered 5 hits and 2 runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out 2.

Lowell used the power of the long ball to beat Vermont (OAK), 4-2. The game was scoreless until the Spinners scored 1 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th. Will Middlebrooks went 1-3 with a home run and 2 RBI. The homer was Middlebrooks’ second in as many games for Lowell as he rehabs from injury. Travis Shaw went 1-3 with a solo shot in the 6th inning. Jason Garcia started and pitched 5 shutout innings to earn the win. He allowed 2 hits, walked 3 and did not strike out a batter. Miguel Pena made his professional debut for Lowell and allowed 2 hits and a run over 2 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 3.

The GCL Red Sox let one slip through their fingers on Monday, as they lost to the GCL Rays, 6-5. The Red Sox led 5-4 entering the 9th inning, but Andrew Jones blew the save. The score stayed at 5-5 until the 12th, when Yunior Ortega gave up the game-winning run. Roberto Reyes went 2-5 with a home run and 2 RBI in the losing effort. Jose Colorado went 2-5 with a double, a triple and 2 RBI. Matt Gedman went 3-5 with a double, an RBI and a walk. Dennys Reyes started the game in a rehab appearance. He pitched the 1st inning and allowed 2 hits and a run in the frame. He walked 1 and struck out 1. Sergio Gomez relieved Reyes and pitched 5 scoreless innings of 1 hit ball. He walked 3 and struck out 3.

The DSL Red Sox won a shortened game, defeating the DSL Pirates 5-2 in 5 innings. Deiner Lopez went 2-3 with a triple and 2 RBI. Also contributing in the win were Aly Gonzalez (1-2, RBI, walk) and David Sopilka (1-3, RBI). Francellis Montas started the game and lasted 2 innings. He allowed 3 hits and 2 runs, did not walk a batter and struck out 1. Edwin Osorio came on for the final 3 innings and was unhittable, literally. He did not allow a run or a hit, walked 1 and struck out 5.

Player of the Day: Edwin Osorio, who pitched 3 hitless innings in relief to secure the DSL Red Sox’ victory. He walked 1 and struck out 5.