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June 8, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Ranaudo notches first Salem victory, breaks losing streak

6/9 Cup of Coffee: As the draft came to a conclusion, pitching was the name of the game in minor league action. Pawtucket found themselves on the wrong end of a pitcher’s duel, while Salem’s sparkling mound work lead to an easy victory. Elsewhere, Portland’s bullpen meltdown turned a close game into a ringing defeat and the DSL Red Sox rallied late to claim victory.

In a true pitcher’s duel, Pawtucket was blanked by the Norfolk Tides (BAL) 3-0. Andrew Miller took the mound for the PawSox and went 7.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 3. Blake Maxwell added an inning of relief, giving up 2 runs on 1 hit and a walk. Pawtucket was limited all night by Norfolk starter Brad Bergesen who pitched a complete game, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 8. The PawSox had just one runner advance past first base as Brent Dlugach doubled and advanced to third in the fifth.

In Portland, a close game was opened up late as the Richmond Flying Squirrels (SF) pounced all over the Sea Dogs 9-3. Brock Huntzinger put together his second straight impressive start, going 6.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 7. Cesar Cabral was tagged with the loss as he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in just 1.0 inning. Seth Garrison relieved Cabral and was hammered to the tune of 6 runs on 5 hits in just 0.2 innings. Caleb Clay tossed the final 1.1 innings of the contest, allowing just 1 hit. Down 1-0 in the sixth, Portland tied the game on an Oscar Tejeda RBI single. The Flying Squirrels scored 2 runs in the seventh and six in the eighth to take a 9-1 lead. Not giving up, the Sea Dogs added 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth on a Tim Federowicz two run home run. The loss for Portland snaps their six game winning streak.

Losers of 13 out of their last 15 as well as the last five straight, Salem received stellar pitching to scare away the Lynchburg Hillcats (ATL) 6-1. Anthony Ranaudo picked up his first victory as a member of Salem, going 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Mitch Herold added 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just 1 hit and notching 1 strikeout. Kendal Volz closed out the game for the Red Sox, allowing 1 run on 2 hits in his lone inning of work. With the game scoreless in the fourth, Salem received a gift run when the Lynchburg pitcher made a costly two out error to allow a run to score. In the fifth, Salem plated three more runs on a Reynaldo Rodriguez two run home run and a David Mailman RBI triple. Mailman’s sacrifice fly and a wild pitch from Lynchburg allowed Salem to add two more in the seventh to take a 6-0 lead. The Hillcats added a quick run in the ninth, but their rally was snuffed out, averting further damage. Derrik Gibson and Shannon Wilkerson each had 2 hits to lead the Red Sox offense.

In a back-and-forth contest, the DSL Red Sox used a late rally to defeat the DSL Dodgers (LA) 8-7. The Red Sox used six different pitchers with William Cuevas going the longest, tossing 4.1 innings, allowing 2 unearned runs on 3 hits and a walk while striking out 6. Iago Januario picked up the victory for his 1.2 innings of relief in which he allowed just 1 hit. Carlos Pinales pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side, to pick up his second save. Down 1-0 in the second, an error by the Dodgers second baseman allowed the Red Sox to tie the game 1-1. The Dodgers responded with two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead. In the third, a Ynoel Aguero bases loaded walk inched the Red Sox closer 3-2. The very next inning, Robert Del Rosario laced an RBI double that brought home two to give the Red Sox the 4-3 advantage. The game remained in favor of the Red Sox until the seventh, when the Dodgers took advantage of two Red Sox errors to plate four runs and take a 7-4 lead. In the eighth, a wild pitch and a Deiner Lopez RBI single gave the Red Sox two more runs, bring them closer at 7-6. In the ninth, Lopez laced another RBI single and Del Rosario lofted a sacrifice fly to give the Red Sox an 8-7 lead they would not relinquish.

Player of the Night: Anthony Ranaudo, who tossed 6.0 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 in Salem’s 6-1 victory over Lynchburg.