June 5, 2011 at 9:31 AM
With Marco Scutaro and Darnell McDonald with the team on a rehab assignment, Pawtucket easily coasted to a 7-1 victory over the Durham Bulls (TB). Scutaro went 1 for 4 before being replaced by Brent Dlugach. McDonald, however, was much more successful, hitting a three-run home run in the fifth. Felix Doubront started for the PawSox and went 4.2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits while striking out 5. Tony Pena, Jr. earned the win in relief, while Randy Williams and Clevelan Santeliz combined to pitch the final two innings in scoreless fashion. Lars Anderson homered for the second straight game, going 2 for 4 with the home run and 3 RBI.
The Portland pitching staff allowed just three hits in a 4-0 shutout off the Altoona Curve (PIT). Starter Kyle Wilson gave up 2 hits in his 6.0 innings of work while walking 2 and striking out 6. Cesar Cabral pitched 2.0 scoreless innings and gave way to Blake Maxwell, who did not allow a run in the ninth. Like Pawtucket, the Sea Dogs got their runs via the longball. Solo home runs from Chih-Hsien Chiang, Ryan Lavarnway, and Jorge Padron gave Portland three of its four runs, while a fifth-inning RBI single from Jonathan Hee rounded out the Sea Dogs scoring.
While the top two affiliates did a good job of keeping their opponents off the board, it was Salem who had issues pushing runs across in its game, as they fell by a score of 4-1 to the Frederick Keys (BAL). Chris Hernandez started for Salem and went 5.0 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Jeremiah Bayer pitched the final 3.0 innings without allowing a run. The lone Salem run came in the fourth on a single from Daniel Butler. The Red Sox have now lost two straight and sit 5.5 games back of division leading Myrtle Beach.
It took 12 innings, but Greenville prevailed over the Hagerstown Sun (WAS) 4-3. Back-to-back home runs from Miles Head and Brandon Jacobs in the first inning gave the Drive an early 3-0 lead, though they would not score again until the 12th. Kyle Stroup did not allow a run in his 6.0 innings pitched, yielding 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. Chris Martin gave up the lead in the eighth as Hagerstown scored 3 runs of their own. It remained 3-3 into the 12th, until an RBI single from Henry Ramos gave the Drive the lead. Charle Rosario earned the win and moved his record to 3-0 on the season.
The DSL Red Sox game against the DSL Indians (CLE) was postponed due to rain.
Player of the Night: Lars Anderson, who homered in his second straight game, going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs in a 7-1 win over Durham.