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June 19, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Moanaroa the Boss in Spinners victory

6/19 Cup of Coffee: Salem split a doubleheader, while Lowell picked up its first win of the season in a busy Saturday.

An all-around solid effort from Pawtucket led to a resounding 8-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI). Kevin Millwood was stellar, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits over 7.2 innings pitched. He also struck out 4 while walking just 1. An RBI groundout by Daniel Nava plated Pawtucket's first run of the game in the first. After the IronPigs scored in the second, the PawSox exploded for five runs in the fourth. Ronald Bermudez knocked in a run with a double, Jose Iglesias drove in two with a two-bagger of his own, and Nate Spears hit a two-run homer to give Pawtucket a 6-1 advantage. Luis Exposito got in on the action with an RBI double in the fifth while Iglesias knocked in another with a single. Clevelan Santeliz and Hideki Okajima tossed the final 1.1 innings in relief without allowing a run.

Portland jumped out to an early lead but gave up six runs in the sixth and fell to the Akron Aeros (CLE), 9-4. The Sea Dogs put up a four spot in the second on RBIs from Reynaldo Rodriguez, Oscar Tejeda, Drew Dominguez, and Alex Hassan. Stolmy Pimentel started for the second time since returning from injury, but went just 2.0 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits without a walk or strikeout. Miguel Gonzalez pitched 2.0 innings in relief and gave up 2 runs. The Aeros did most of their damage against Caleb Clay, who yielded 6 runs in his 4.0 innings of work.

Salem was washed out on Friday and played two yesterday, taking game one of the doubleheader against the Potomac Nationals (WAS), 5-2. Bryce Brentz delievered the big blow early on a three-run home run in the top of the first, and Salem coasted the rest of the way. Ryan Pressly started and went 4.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits with 4 walks and 2 strikeouts. Since Pressly did not go the required five innings, the win went to Jeremiah Bayer, who pitched 1.2 innings before giving way to Michael Gleason, who earned his second save of the season. Brentz picked up another RBI in the seventh, and another run scored on an error on a ground ball from Daniel Butler.

Salem scratched out just one hit in the second game, however, and fell to Potomac, 2-0. That hit came in the fifth inning off the bat of Michael Almanzar, who hit a double. Anthony Ranaudo was saddled with the loss after throwing 5.0 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits with a pair of walks and 5 strikeouts. The Red Sox had their best chance in the sixth after the first two batters reached base on a hit by pitch and walk, but were unable to push a run across.

A five-run inning was all Greenville would need in a 5-4 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats (NYM). Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Sean Coyle and Xander Bogaerts both went deep, with the other RBIs coming from Henry Ramos and Christian Vazquez. Ramos has knocked in runs in three straight games, and has six in his last five contests. Keith Couch earned the win for the Drive, firing 5.0 innings and allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Scott Swinson allowed 3 runs in relief, but Garrett Rau picked up his second save after pitching a scoreless ninth.

Lowell earned its first win of 2011 after a 3-2 dispatching of the Connecticut Tigers (DET). The Spinners were outhit by an 8-2 margin but were able to pick up the victory nonetheless. Raynel Velette left the game trailing after pitching 5.0 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits with a walk and 2 strikeouts. The Spinners did all their damage in the sixth thanks to a Boss Moanaroa three-run homer to right. Tyler Wilson picked up the win in his first appearance of the season, allowing a run over 4.0 innings of work.

In another close affair, the DSL Red Sox dropped its game with the DSL Pirates (PIT), 3-2. Pedro Reyes started and did not allow a run, pitching 5.2 innings and giving up 4 hits and a walk with 5 strikeouts. Jose Espitia was charged with the loss, however, after giving up 3 runs in 0.2 innings of work. Aly Gonzalez picked up an RBI in the fifth while the Red Sox second run came on an errant pick off throw in the seventh. Deiner Lopez also went 2 for 4 in the losing effort.

Player of the Night: Bryce Brentz, who played in only the first leg of Salem's doubleheader, but paced the Red Sox to 5-2 victory going 3 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBI.