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June 11, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Greenville takes down Rome in extra innings

6/11 Cup of Coffee: A prospect struggled on the mound for Portland last night, while Greenville needed extra innings in their contest but came away with the victory.

Pawtucket's game against the Norfolk Tides (BAL) was rained out. It was the last meeting of the year between the two teams and will not be rescheduled.

Chris Balcom-Miller and the Sea Dogs' defense struggled early on and dug a hole that Portland couldn't get out of as they fell to the Bowie Baysox (BAL) 7-3. Balcom-Miller went just 1.2 innings, allowing 6 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. After allowing all of his runs in the top of the first, Jonathan Hee followed up a Jeremy Hazelbaker triple with a single of his own for Portland's first run of the game. Kyle Fernandes and Eamonn Portice pitched well out of the bullpen, combining for just 1 run on 5 hits over 7.1 innings. Trailing 6-1 in the fifth, Mitch Dening collected an RBI on a groundout. Bowie scored a run of their own in the sixth while the Sea Dogs' final run came in the seventh on a William Vazquez double. Jorge Padron had a nice game offensively, picking up a pair of hits in four tries while also scoring two runs.

Though Salem scored three runs in the first, the Potomac Nationals (WAS) fought back and won in walk-off fashion 9-8. Leading 3-1 in the top of the second, Kolbrin Vitek collected an RBI single while Shannon Wilkerson slammed a solo home run in the third. But in the fourth, Salem allowed 5 runs as Drake Britton yielded 6 runs on 6 hits in 3.1 innings, while walking 3 and striking out 2. Potomac scored two more runs in the sixth off of William Latimer and the Nationals led 8-5. Salem clawed back in the seventh with a bases-loaded walk to Wilkerson, then scored two more to tie it in the eighth. Reynaldo Rodriguez knocked in a run with a double, followed by a pair of wild pitches to allow him to score. Dennis Neuman came on to pitch in the bottom of the eighth, eventually allowing the winning run on three straight hits in the ninth.

It took an extra inning, but Greenville toppled the Rome Braves (ATL) by a score of 4-3. In the top of the 10th, Felix Sanchez stole both second and third (his third and fourth steals of the game), leading to the eventual game-winning single by Heiker Meneses. Kyle Stroup started and went 5.0 innings, allowing 2 runs (0 earned) on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3. Back in the third inning, Greenville opened up the scoring on an RBI single by Brandon Jacobs. Rome responded by scoring a run in each of the next two innings to take a 2-1 lead. In the fifth, Sanchez stole two bags, then scored when the throw to third went into left field. Josue Peley gave the Drive the lead in the seventh on a sacrifice fly, but Rome tied it again in the bottom of the inning. Chris Martin pitched the final 5.0 innings in relief, giving up 1 run on 2 hits, to earn the win for Greenville and improved his record to 3-0.

The DSL Red Sox scored early and often in a 13-2 rout of the DSL Brewers (MIL). Sully Bonnelly started and pitched 5.0 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 3. Oscar Melendez took over in the sixth and went the rest of the way for the four-inning save. Juan Ugas led the offensive charge for the Red Sox with 3 RBI, while Alixon Suarez went 2 for 3 with a home run, three walks and three runs scored. While the Brewers only scored in the third, the Red Sox scored in every inning but three, and coasted to the victory.

Player of the Night: Alixon Suarez, who went 2 for 3 with a home run, an RBI and three walks in the DSL Red Sox' 13-2 drubbing of the DSL Brewers. The 16 year old also scored three runs in the game.