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August 4, 2011 at 5:52 AM

Hissey leads Salem to convincing victory

8/4 Cup of Coffee: The affiliates had a strong day as offense led them to victories in four out of six contests. Only Lowell and the DSL Red Sox were unable to join the victory parade, being shutout by their opponents.

In a back-and-forth game, Portland used a three run ninth inning to leap past the Bowie Baysox (BAL), 8-6. Charlie Haeger tossed 4.0 innings in the start, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks, punching out 5. Caleb Clay added 1.2 innings of relief, allowing 3 runs on 1 hit and 5 walks, striking out 1. Josh Fields made his organizational debut, picking up the victory for his 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out 4. Cesar Cabral hurled a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out 3 to record the save. Matt Spring’s RBI double in the first gave Portland a quick 2-0 lead. In the third, Will Middlebrooks cracked a solo home run to put the Sea Dogs on top, 3-0. With the game tied in the sixth, Mitch Dening brought home two runs on his RBI single, giving Portland a 5-3 advantage. The Sea Dogs entered the ninth trailing by a run, but plated three runs on a key error by the Bowie first baseman and back-to-back RBI singles by Middlebrooks and Spring to pull out the 8-6 victory. Middlebrooks was 3 for 5 with a home run, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored to lead the Portland offense.

A rejuvenated Stolmy Pimentel and a 16 hit attack allowed Salem to breeze by the Potomac Nationals (WAS), 10-1. Pimentel was outstanding in his 5.0 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Pete Ruiz added 4.0 innings of relief, allowing 1 run on 1 hit and 3 walks while striking out 2 to pick up his first save. With the game scoreless in the fifth, Salem erupted for an eight run inning, bringing home runs on a Kolbrin Vitek RBI single, Bryce Brentz two run home run, a Derrik Gibson bases loaded walk, a Peter Hissey 3-RBI double, and another Vitek RBI single. The Red Sox added two more runs in the seventh on a Brentz sacrifice fly and a Miles Head RBI double. Hissey and Vitek each had 3 hits to lead the Red Sox offense.

Greenville survived a late charge to hold off the Rome Braves (ATL), 7-5. Kyle Stroup picked up his third victory of the year for his 5.0 scoreless innings of work, allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out 3. Tyler Lockwood added 2.0 innings of relief, allowing 1 run on 1 hit and a walk, punching out 1. Charle Rosario was knocked around in his 1.2 innings out of the bullpen, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk. Michael Gleason recorded the final out of the ninth inning on a strikeout to pick up his fourth save. A Henry Ramos RBI ground out and a Xander Bogaerts sacrifice fly gave Greenville a quick 2-0 lead. In the third, the Drive brought home five runs on a Ramos RBI single, Bogaerts RBI double, Michael Almanzar RBI single and a Carson Blair RBI double, to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Rome rallied for 5 runs in the final three innings, having the tying run at the plate in the ninth before ultimately succumbing. Wilfred Pichardo was 3 for 3 with a run scored and a stolen base to lead the Greenville offense.

Despite outhitting their opponents 6-2, Lowell lost a heartbreaking 1-0 game in 11 innings to the Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL). Luis Diaz was brilliant in his 6.0 innings, allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 7. Braden Kapteyn added 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, striking out 1. Michael McCarthy picked up this loss for his 3.0 innings of work, allowing 1 run on 1 hit and a walk, striking out 3. In the top of the eleventh, the Ironbirds used a hit batter and an RBI triple to take home the victory.

In a game that was closer than it needed to be, the GCL Red Sox nipped the GCL Rays (TB), 2-1. Raul Alcantara continued his amazing early season run, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 4. Renny Parthemore added 3.0 innings of relief for the victory, allowing an unearned run on 2 walks, striking out 2. The Red Sox broke a scoreless tie in the seventh on a Jose Colorado RBI double. After the Rays tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, the Red Sox received a Jose Vinicio RBI single in the eighth to claim a 2-1 advantage. The Rays offense was quiet the rest of the way, as they only scraped out 1 hit. The Red Sox rapped 13 hits, but were a dismal 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

In a game with just 5 combined hits, the DSL Red Sox were shutout by the DSL Dodgers (LAD), 2-0. Jonathan Aro dropped to 1-2 on the season for his 6.0 innings of work, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and a walk, striking out 6. Jose Espitia added 1.1 innings out of the bullpen, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2. The Red Sox were held without a hit until one out in the seventh inning, only managing to receive two singles on the afternoon.

Player of the Night: Peter Hissey, who was 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles and 3 RBI in Salem’s 10-1 victory over Potomac.