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June 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Top affiliates win, lower ones struggle on Friday

6/4 Cup of Coffee: With the 2011 draft rapidly approaching, two top picks in 2010 took the hill for Sox affiliates, though neither one was able to earn a victory.

Despite being outhit 10-7, Pawtucket scored early and often to double up the Durham Bulls (TB) 6-3. Lars Anderson picked up a pair of RBIs in the game-- one on a first-inning single and the other on a fifth-inning solo home run. Tony Thomas also knocked in two, while Hector Luna and Nate Spears each collected an RBI of their own. Andrew Miller earned his third win of the year after going 6.0 innings and allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. Hideki Okajima pitched a scoreless two innings in relief, while Michael Bowden kept the Bulls off the board in the ninth for his fifth save of the year.

There weren't many crooked numbers on the scoreboard for the Sea Dogs last night, but Portland did score in all but three innings to take down the Altoona Curve (PIT) 7-2. Jeremy Hazelbaker got it started with a leadoff home run and finished his day at 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs. Chih-Hsien Chiang also homered, going 4 for 5 to lead the way for the Sea Dogs. Jeremy Kehrt allowed just an unearned run and 6 hits in 5.2 innings pitched. He also walked 1 and fanned 3. Eamonn Portice yielded a run in his 2.1 innings of relief, while Santo Luis pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the win for Portland.

Anthony Ranaudo made his first start at High-A Salem, but was saddled with the loss after a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Frederick Keys (BAL). Ranaudo pitched 6.0 innings, and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5. Tom Ebert threw the final 2.0 innings for Salem without allowing a run. The Red Sox scored a run in the third on a Zach Gentile single and another in the eighth thanks to a base hit by Mark Wagner. SoxProspects.com's Jon Meoli was on the scene in Frederick last night, and you can read his first-hand report on Ranaudo's outing here.

Another top 2010 draft pick was on the mound for Greenville, but like Ranaudo in Salem, Brandon Workman took the loss in an 11-5 drubbing by the Hagerstown Suns (WAS). Workman went just 4.2 innings, allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7. Jordan Flasher didn't fair much better in relief, allowing 3 runs in 1.2 innings while walking 6 batters. Garrett Rau allowed a pair of runs in his 1.2 innings of work as well. The game looked a little more promising for the Drive at the outset after RBI singles from Brandon Jacobs and Jose Garcia in the top of the first, but the Hagerstown offense proved to be too much for Greenville. Jacobs also launched a three-run homer to center in the eighth.

A solid pitching performance from three DSL Red Sox pitchers led to a 5-1 victory over the DSL Athletics (OAK). Francellis Montas did not allow a hit or run in his 3.0 innings pitched, while Edwin Osorio took over and fired 4.0 innings of one-run ball to earn the win. Leonel Vasquez pitched the final 2.0 innings and struck out 5 for the save. The Red Sox got single runs in second and third, followed by two in the fifth and one more in the eighth.

Player of the Night: Chih-Hsien Chiang, who went 4 for 5 with a home run and two runs scored in Portland's 7-2 victory over Altoona.