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June 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Lowell's comeback attempt is just Shaw in defeat

6/21 Cup of Coffee: The affiliates took 2 of 3 games on a shortened day of action.

Pawtucket managed to power past Louisville (CIN), 7-4. The game was tied at 4-4 before the PawSox put up 3 in the 8th without the benefit of a hit, aided by 3 Louisville errors. Hector Luna went 1-3 with a home run and 2 RBI. Yamaico Navarro went 1-4 with a solo homer, his first since coming off the disabled list. Luis Exposito and Ronald Bermudez each had 2 hits, a double and an RBI. Matt Fox started for Pawtucket and struggled through 4 innings. He allowed 7 hits and 4 runs, while walking 1 and striking out 3. Scott Atchison pitched superbly in relief to earn the victory. Atchison went 3 innings, did not allow a run or hit, walked 1 and struck out 4. Randy Williams earned his first save by throwing 2 scoreless innings. He allowed 1 hit, walked 1 and struck out 1.

Lowell’s late surge was not enough, as they lost to Vermont (OAK), 8-6. The Spinners were down 7-2 before coming as close as 7-6, but they could not complete the rally. Travis Shaw went 2-4 with his first professional home run and 3 RBI. Shaw’s 2-run blast in the 7th brought the team to within 7-6. Moko Moanaroa went 2-4 with a home run and 2 RBI. Jose Garcia went 2-4 with a solo homer. Luis Diaz started for Lowell and got positively lit up. Diaz allowed 8 hits and 7 runs. He walked 1 and struck out 3. Luis Bastardo came on in relief of Diaz and dazzled. He pitched 2.2 perfect innings with 5 strikeouts. Michael McCarthy relieved Bastardo and struck out the side in a perfect 7th inning.

The GCL Red Sox doubled up the GCL Rays, 4-2. Aneury Tavarez went 2-4 with triple and 2 RBI. Jose Vinicio went 2-4 with a triple and an RBI. Francisco Taveras started for the GCL Sox. He went 4 innings and allowed 4 hits and a run. He walked 1 and struck out 3. After Jennell Hudson allowed 1 run in an inning of work, Yunior Ortega, Anatanaer Batista and Michael Olmstead combined for 4 innings of scoreless relief.

Player of the Day: Travis Shaw, who went 2-4 and hit his first professional home run in Lowell's loss to Vermont.