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June 16, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Head leads Greenville to only affiliate victory

6/16 Cup of Coffee: With most eyes on the Bruins bringing home the Stanley Cup, the affiliates took the field in action on the diamond Wednesday. Greenville picked up the lone victory of the evening while Portland and Salem were both easily defeated. The DSL squad squared off with their rivals but found themselves dropped in extra innings.

Looking to win their first series since the beginning of the month, Portland was smacked by the Erie SeaWolves (DET), 11-3. Brock Huntzinger dropped to 3-5 for his 3.1 innings of work, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits and a walk, striking out 3. Jeremy Kehrt added 1.2 innings of relief, allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits and a walk. Cesar Cabral tossed 3.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 2. Down 3-0 in the fourth, Portland added two runs on Chih-Hsien Chiang’s sacrifice fly and a pair of errors from the Erie infield. Chiang added a solo home run in the ninth to account for the only other Sea Dogs run of the evening.

In a game that saw just seven total hits, Salem was dealt a 6-1 loss by the Kinston Indians (CLE). Drake Britton continued his disappointing 2011 campaign by going 2.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 2. With the loss, Britton drops to 1-7 on the year with a 7.48 ERA. Will Latimer hurled 4.0 innings of relief, allowing 1 run on 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out a pair. Dennis Neuman contributed 2.0 innings from the bullpen, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 1 hit and 3 walks. Down 3-0 in the fifth, the Red Sox picked up their lone run of the game on Dan Butler’s solo home run. Salem had just two hits in the game, with Zach Gentile adding a single in the eighth inning for the only other base runner of the evening for the Red Sox.

Aided by five errors, Greenville beat back the rival Charleston RiverDogs (NYY), 5-3. Kyle Stroup received the start for the Drive and went 4.0 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits while striking out 3. Chris Martin picked up his fourth victory of the season for his 4.0 innings of relief in which he allowed 1 run on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 7. Justin Erasmus picked up his first save of 2011 with a flawless ninth inning during which he struck out 2. Greenville got on the board first in the second inning, receiving an RBI ground out from Felix Sanchez. The RiverDogs retaliated in the bottom half of the inning with two runs to take a 2-1 lead. In the fourth, the Drive plated four runs, thanks to two costly Charleston errors and an RBI double by Miles Head. The RiverDogs plated a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the 5-3 score in favor of the Drive held the rest of the way.

In a back-and-forth extra inning contest, the DSL Red Sox were nipped by the DSL Yankees (NYY), 8-7 in 12 innings. Francellis Montas received the start for the Red Sox and went 4.0 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 1 hit and 3 walks, striking out 4. Edwin Osorio added 1.2 innings of relief, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2. Ellis Jimenez contributed 3.0 scoreless inning of relief, allowing just 2 hit and striking out 1. Carlos Pinales picked up the loss for his 3.0 innings of work out of the bullpen, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and a walk. The Red Sox scored first in the second inning, received an Aly Gonzalez RBI single to give the team a 1-0 lead. Down 6-1 in the seventh, the team began to chip away, scoring a run on an Anthony Amaya RBI ground out to inch closer, 6-2. An Alixon Suarez sacrifice fly, Deiner Lopez RBI double and a Gonzalez RBI ground out plated three more Red Sox runs in the eighth, cutting the Yankees lead to 6-5. In the bottom of the ninth, Robert Del Rosario laced a two out RBI single to tie the affair 6-6. The game remained knotted until the 12th, when the Yankees added two in the top of the inning to take an 8-6 lead. The Red Sox attempted to rally in the bottom half of the inning, plating a run on a Lopez RBI ground out, but ultimately falling short. Lopez and Gonzalez each had three hits to lead the Red Sox offense.

Player of the Night: Deiner Lopez, who went 3 for 6 with a single, double, triple and 2 RBI in the Red Sox 8-7 loss to the DSL Yankees.

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