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June 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Rivera quite impressive on a day short on impressiveness

6/1 Cup of Coffee: Only a win from the DSL Red Sox saved the affiliates from going 0-6 yesterday, a day that will henceforth be known as 'Terrible Tuesday'.

Pawtucket won a thriller over Norfolk (BAL), 5-4. The game went into extra innings at 3-3, and stayed that way until the top of the 11th, when Norfolk plated its 4th run to go ahead, 4-3. Pawtucket scored 2 in the bottom half of the frame to win the game. Tony Thomas went 3-6 with a double and a walk-off RBI single. Luis Exposito went 2-5 with a home run and 2 RBI. Daniel Nava only went 1-5, but made the 1 count, as his 11th inning solo shot tied the game at 4. John Lackey pitched for Pawtucket as part of his rehab assignment, and fared quite well. Lackey went 5.2 innings and allowed just 3 hits and a run. He did not walk a batter and recorded 4 strikeouts. Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts to earn the win for the PawSox.

Portland recorded just 3 hits in game 1 of yesterday's doubleheader, a 2-0 loss to New Britain (MIN). Jon Hee went 2-2 with a walk, while Alex Hassan went 1-1 with 2 walks. Chris Balcom-Miller threw a complete game (6 innings) in his first start since being promoted from Salem. He allowed 7 hits and 2 runs. Balcom-Miller walked 1 and struck out 4. As noted a couple of articles down from this one, Portland Manager Kevin Boles was very impressed with Balcom-Miller in his first start for the team.

Portland could not salvage a split of the doubleheader, as they lost game 2 to New Britain by a score of 5-3. Chi-Hsien Chang went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Jeremy Hazelbaker went 1-3 with an RBI and a walk. Ryan Lavarnway went 2-3 with a walk. Miguel Gonzalez started for Portland and went 5 innings, allowing 8 hits and 5 runs (3 earned). He walked 2 and struck out 3.

Pitching was not a priority in Salem's game, as they lost a 12-10 decision to Lynchburg (ATL). The 2 teams combined for a whopping 28 hits. The Salem Sox had a 10-6 lead entering the 8th inning, but then gave up 6 runs in the frame. Michael Almanzar went 3-4 with a home run and 3 RBI. Derek Gibson went 1-4 with a double and 3 RBI. Also contributing for Salem were Matt Spring (3-5, double and an RBI), Pete Hissey (2-4, RBI and a stolen base) and Reynaldo Rodriguez (2-5, double and an RBI). Pete Ruiz started for Salem and, as shocking as it may sound in a 12-10 game, he got roughed up. Ruiz lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up 7 hits and 6 runs (5 earned). He walked 3 and struck out 2.

Greenville continued the trend of losing late inning leads last night, as they lost to Asheville (COL), 4-2. Greenville led 2-1 entering the 9th, but Garrett Rau blew the save by surrendering 3 runs. On the offensive side, both Brandon Jacobs and Jose Garcia went 2-4 with an RBI. Manny Rivera started for the Drive and was very impressive. Rivera threw 6 innings and allowed just 1 hit and 1 run. He walked 3 and struck out 7.

The DSL Red Sox were able to tally at least 1 win for the affiliates, as they beat the DSL Pirates, 6-2. Cleuluis Rondon went 2-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Aneudis Peralta and David Sopilka each went 1-4 with an RBI, while Robert Del Rosario and Xander Bogaerts each went 1-5 with an RBI. Jeffry Fernandez toed the rubber for the DSL Sox. He went 4 innings and allowed just 1 hit. The righty walked 3 and struck out 1. Ricardo Betancourt relieved Fernandez and got the win. Betancourt went 3 innings and allowed 6 hits and 2 runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out 4.

Player of the Day: Manny Rivera, who gave up just 1 hit in 6 innings as Greenville lost to Asheville.