June 13, 2011 at 8:27 AM
Pawtucket managed just 4 hits, but got more runs than the other team, and that’s what matters, as they beat Charlotte (CWS), 2-1. Daniel Nava led the PawSox, as he went 2-4 with a solo shot to lead the game off. Tony Thomas accounted for the remainder of the hits for Pawtucket, as he went 2-4 with a double. Lars Anderson grounded into a double play in the 3rd, which plated Nava. That turned out to be the winning run. Kevin Millwood started for Pawtucket and threw one of the better games of his season. Millwood went 5 innings and allowed just 4 hits and a run. He walked 1 and struck out 4. Randy Williams and Jason Rice combined for 4 shutout innings in relief to secure the victory.
Portland was doomed from the start, as they lost the first game of a scheduled doubleheader to Bowie (BAL), 10-7. After the top of the 2nd inning, the Sea Dogs found themselves down 10-1. They scored the next and final 6 runs of the game, but that rally effort came up short. Ryan Lavarnway went 2-3 with a home run and 3 RBI. Lavarnway ranks 2nd in the Eastern League in home runs, with 14. Chi-Hsien Chiang continued to mash for the Sea Dogs. He went 1-3 with a double and 3 RBI. Chiang leads the Eastern League in OPS (.642). Stolmy Pimentel started for Portland and continued his forgettable season. Pimentel lasted just 1.1 innings and got lit up to the tune of 7 hits and 6 runs. He walked 1 and did not record a strikeout. With the loss, Pimentel drops to 0-8 on the season with a staggering 9.66 ERA.
The good news for Portland is they did not lose the 2nd game of the doubleheader. Unfortunately, they didn’t win it either. The game was postponed due to unplayable field conditions.
Salem couldn’t do much at the plate yesterday, as they lost to Potomac (WAS), 5-2. Matt Spring went 1-4 with a solo home run, while Zach Gentile went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Potomac scored a 1 run in every inning but the 1st, 2nd and 7th. Ryan Pressly started for Salem and took the loss. Pressly gave up 6 hits and 3 runs in 5 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 2.
Greenville lost a close one to Charleston (NYY), 6-4. Brandon Jacobs went 1-3 with a solo home run. The powerful outfielder is hiting .378 over his last 9 games with 4 home runs and 11 RBI. Felix Sanchez and Christian Vazquez each went 2-4 in the game for the Drive. Miguel Celestino started for Greenville and did not have his finest outing. Celestino went 5 innings and allowed 5 hits and 4 runs. He walked 4 and struck out 2.
The DSL Red Sox are proving to be quite a formidable opponent early on this season, as they beat the DSL Astros, 9-4. Ynoel Aguero went 2-5 with a double, a home run and 2 RBI. Robert Del Rosario went 2-3 with 2 walks and 2 RBI. Andres Garcia went 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 RBI as well. Pedro Reyes started for the DSL Sox and earned his first victory of the season. Reyes went 5 innings and allowed 2 hits and 2 runs. He walked 1 and struck out 5. Jose Espitia relieved Reyes and went the final 4 innings. He allowed 3 hits 2 runs, did not walk a batter and struck out 5.
Player of the Day: Daniel Nava, who went 2-4 with a solo homer and the winning run in Pawtucket's 2-1 victory over Charlotte.