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August 7, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Doubront, Kalish rehab in Lowell in Spinners victory

8/7 Cup of Coffee: A pair of healing prospects helped lead Lowell to a victory while Portland and Greenville each lost tight contests.

Pawtucket pounded out 15 hits in an 11-1 blowout victory over the Buffalo Bisons (NYM). Tony Pena, Jr. gave up the only Bisons run in the first and finished his 7.0 inning outing allowing 6 hits and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts. Brent Dlugach hit a two-run homer in the second to give the PawSox a 2-1 lead, and a rehabbing Jed Lowrie plated another run in the third with a double. Lowrie went 3 for 5 with 3 doubles in his rehab game. Hector Luna hit a double of his own in the sixth to extend Pawtucket's lead to 4-1. In the eighth, the PawSox exploded for seven runs, four of them coming off the bat of Lars Anderson on a grand slam. Ronald Bermudez also knocked in a pair while Lowrie chipped in another RBI in the big inning. Royce Ring, who came into the game with it still 4-1 in the eighth, earned his first save as a member of the PawSox with two scoreless innings of relief.

Portland was unable to recover after allowing four runs in the first and fell to the Richmond Flying Squirrels (SF), 7-5. Michael Lee was the victim of a tough outing, going just 3.1 innings and giving up 6 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. The Sea Dogs trailed by four in the third inning when a two-run single by Ryan Khoury cut the Richmond lead in half. After the Flying Squirrels scored two more runs in the fourth, the Sea Dogs came back with one of their own in the fifth on a Khoury RBI groundout. Khoury cut the lead to two with an RBI single in the seventh and Will Middlebrooks closed the gap even further with an RBI groundout in the top of the eighth. But Richmond earned an insurance run off of Josh Fields in the bottom half and came away with the victory.

Rain washed away Salem's game with the Kinston Indians (CLE), but the two teams will play a doubleheader today, with first pitch of game one scheduled for 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Greenville battled back in its contest against the Lexington Legends (HOU) but fell just short, losing by a score of 3-2. A David Renfroe triple in the bottom of the second opened the scoring, but Keith Couch allowed two runs in the third and another in the fourth to give Lexington a 3-1 lead. Couch went 6.0 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. The score remained 3-1 until the bottom of the ninth, when with runners and first and third and nobody out, a wild pitch allowed Christian Vazquez to score and make it a 3-2 game. But the next three Drive batters all struck out, and Legends escaped Fluor Field with a victory.

Deuces were wild for Lowell, who scored two runs in three separate innings to come away with a 6-2 victory over the Connecticut Tigers (DET). The game featured a pair of rehabbing players, one of whom was the game's starting pitcher, Felix Doubront. The left-hander looked good in his outing, tossing 2.0 innings of perfect ball, striking out the side in the first and finishing with four punchouts. Meanwhile, Ryan Kalish continued his rehab stint with the Spinners and went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and a pair of runs scored. Jose Garcia was also 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, as he knocked in runs with doubles in each of the first two innings. With the score 4-2 in the sixth, Matthew Marquis led off with his first professional home run, while Kalish picked up his second RBI of the game on a single to give the Spinners a 6-2 lead. Raynel Velette allowed both Tigers runs, but earned the win going 5.0 innings in relief of Doubront.

Three runs in the eighth lifted the GCL Red Sox to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the GCL Twins (MIN). Starter Mario Alcantara gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in his 4.0 innings of work while walking and striking out 2. Jose Vinicio scored the first Red Sox run after stealing third base and coming home after the throw made its way into left field. Matt Kramer came on in the eighth and allowed a run, giving the Twins back their two-run advantage. In the bottom of the inning, however, Dreily Guerrero and Vincio both knocked in runs to tie it. Then, a wild pitch allowed Guerrero to score the eventual game-winning run.

The DSL Red Sox are off the next two days, but will resume its schedule on Monday with a game against the DSL Mariners (SEA)..

Player of the Night: Jose Garcia, who went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI in Lowell's 6-2 victory over Connecticut.