June 25, 2011 at 10:04 AM
6/25 Cup of Coffee: The story was the same around the organization on Friday, as many affiliates had the lead early in games but were unable to hang on for victories.
Pawtucket brought its hitting shoes to the ballpark en route to a 13-2 victory over the Indianapolis Indians (PIT). Che-Hsuan Lin led the way for the PawSox with 5 RBI on the evening. Lin (2), Brent Dlugach, and Nate Spears all knocked in runs in the second to give Pawtucket a 4-0 lead. That was plenty for Kyle Weiland, who earned the win with 5.0 innings pitched, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with 4 walks and 1 strikeout. After a run in the fifth, Pawtucket exploded for five more in the eighth. After quickly loading the bases, back-to-back walks to Luis Exposito and Dlugach plated two. Then, Lin unloaded the bags with a bases-clearing double. Hideki Okajima and Blake Maxwell tossed the final four innings. Okajima did not allow a hit in his 2.0 innings of work.
Portland took the lead early but could not hold on, falling to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR), 4-3. RBIs from Chih-Hsien Chiang and Jorge Padron in the first and second innings gave the Sea Dogs a 2-0 lead. Stolmy Pimentel gave them both back, finishing with just 3.0 innings pitched. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits with a pair of both walks and strikeouts. After Caleb Clay allowed a run in the fifth, the Sea Dogs tied it again on an RBI groundout from Oscar Tejeda. The Fisher Cats scored again in the seventh and the Sea Dogs could not answer back.
Though both teams had eight hits, Salem was doubled up in the run column and lost to the Kinston Indians (CLE), 4-2. The teams traded runs in the first, with Salem's coming on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Butler. Kinston picked up another run off of Red Sox starter Pete Ruiz, who went just 2.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Salem tied the game at two in the seventh inning on Shannon Wilkerson's ninth home run of the season. The game remained tied until the ninth, when Kendal Volz gave up a pair of runs and was charged with the loss.
Greenville also had an early lead, but a late rally from the Lexington Legends (HOU) handed the Drive a 4-3 defeat in walkoff fashion. Greenville opened up the scoring with a pair of runs in the fourth on a two-run home run by Miles Head. Chris Martin pitched 6.0 innings of scoreless ball, allowing 3 hits and a walk with 4 strikeouts. He left with a 2-0 lead, but the Drive bullpen faltered after Tyler Lockwood gave up two runs in the eighth, and another two in the ninth. Greenville had just three hits on the game, coming from Head, Henry Ramos, and Sean Coyle.
In a game with a combined 20 runs and 28 hits, Lowell dropped a game to the Tri-City ValleyCats (HOU), 12-8. The Spinners scored seven runs in the first four innings, but the bats quieted down as the game went on. Garin Cecchini had his finest game as a professional, picking up his first four career RBIs in a 2 for 5 effort. Jose Garcia and Tim Roberson also added home runs for Lowell. Raynel Velette started and went 3.0 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts. The Spinners led 7-4, but gave up the next eight runs in unanswered fashion. i
The DSL Red Sox earned a victory over the DSL Yankees2 (NYY) by the score of 7-4. The Red Sox scored the first five runs of the game, with runs in the second, third, and fourth. Pedro Reyes earned his second win of the season with a 6.0 inning effort. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits. He also struck out 3 batters, walked 2, and dropped his ERA to 1.74 on the season. Alixon Suarez collected a pair of RBIs to give him 12 on the season. Jose Espitia pitched 0.2 innings in relief, while German Taveras tossed the final 2.1 innings for his first save of the season.
The GCL Red Sox did not fare as well as their Dominican counterparts, managing just one run on five hits in a 10-1 drubbing at the hands of the GCL Twins (MIN). The lone Red Sox run came long after the damage was done on an eighth inning solo home run by Oscar Perez. The Red Sox used five pitchers in the defeat; starter Jacob Dahlstrand was saddled with the loss. He went just 2.0 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. He gave way to Brenden Shephard, who struggled in his 2.0 innings, yielding 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits. Jenell Hudson also gave up four runs, though none of them were earned. The Red Sox were done in by poor defense after being charged with six errors.
Player of the Night: Che-Hsuan Lin, who went 3 for 5 with 5 RBI in Pawtucket's 12-3 blowout of Indianapolis.