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July 5, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Another great start by Weiland leads Pawtucket to a win


7/5 Cup of Coffee: The Red Sox affiliates took 4 of 5 games played yesterday, and very nearly took all 5.

Pawtucket had no trouble beating Rochester (MIN), 6-3. The PawSox scored those 6 runs on only 4 hits. James Kang went 1-2 with a home run, 3 RBI and a walk. Lars Anderson went 1-4 with a home run and 3 RBI. The homer was Anderson’s 2nd in as many games. Kyle Weiland started for Pawtucket and had yet another great start. Weiland went 6.2 innings and allowed 6 hits and 2 runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out 6. The former Notre Dame standout has now given up 2 runs or less in each of his last 4 starts, and 9 of his last 10. He seems poised to get an opportunity with the big league squad sooner than later.

Portland squandered a big opportunity for a win, as they lost to Binghamton (NYM), 7-6. The Sea Dogs were faced with an early 7-0 deficit after the Mets hung 7 on them in the top of the 2nd. Gradually, they fought back, and looked to be in great shape after closing the gap to 7-6 in the 9th. Following an Oscar Tejeda walk, Portland had the bases loaded with no outs, but could not get the tying run. Vladimir Frias and Mitch Dening struck out, while Jon Hee flew out to end the game. Will Middlebrooks led the comeback effort, as he went 3-3 with a double, 2 RBI and 2 walks. Oscar Tejeda went 2-4 with an RBI and a walk. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 1-4 and had 3 RBI. Chih-Hsien Chiang went 2-5 with 2 doubles. Chris Balcom-Miller started for Portland and gave up 9 hits and 7 runs in 5 innings of work. He walked 1 and struck out 1. Caleb Clay pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief. He allowed 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 3.

Salem won a slugfest against Winston-Salem by a score of 9-7. The Sox were up 8-1 after 4 innings, and ultimately held on despite a fervent comeback attempt by the Dash. It doesn’t seem to matter what uniform he’s sporting, Miles Head just keeps on hitting. The recently promoted first basemen went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI. Bryce Brentz went 1-3 with a triple, an RBI and a walk. Brentz is hitting .391 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI in his last 6 games. Brentz’ fellow 2010 draftee Kolbrin Vitek went 3-5 with 2 doubles in the win. Pete Ruiz started for Salem and allowed 5 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) in 4 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 5. Anatanaer Batista pitched 2.2 innings of 1-run ball to earn the win. He allowed 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out 2. Kendal Volz came on for the final 2.1 innings and held on to earn the save. He allowed 3 hits and 2 runs, did not walk a batter and struck out 2.

Greenville mashed 15 hits en route to beating Asheville (COL), 7-3. Drew Hedman went 2-5 with a home run and 2 RBI. Christian Vazquez went 2-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI. David Renfroe went 2-5 with an RBI, and Brandon Jacobs went 1-4 with 2 RBI to round out the offensive standouts for Greenville. Tyler Wilson started and improved to 2-0 by allowing 7 hits and 3 runs in 5 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 2. Justin Erasmus pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief of Wilson. He allowed 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 2. Dennis Neuman pitched the final 2 innings to earn the save. He did not allow a run, allowed 1 hit, did not walk a batter and struck out 3.

Lowell’s game against Connecticut (DET) was postponed.

The GCL Red Sox got a great pitching effort by its starter, and held on to beat the GCL Orioles, 6-4. Roberto Reyes went 3-5 with a home run and 3 RBI. Matt Gedman went 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI. Mario Alcantara started for the GCL Sox and got his first win of the season. He allowed 3 hits and 1 run (0 earned) over 5 innings of work. He did not walk a batter and struck out 4. Corey Vogt earned his first career save by throwing a scoreless 9th. He did not allow a hit, walked 1 and struck out 1. The 39th round pick out of nearby Keene State College has yet to allow a run or hit in 3 appearances.Link
The DSL Red Sox’ game with the DSL Royals was postponed.

Player of the Day: Kyle Weiland, who threw 6.2 innings of 2-run ball in Pawtucket’s win over Rochester. Weiland scattered 6 hits, did not walk a batter and recorded 6 strikeouts.

 
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