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August 17, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Koback highlights GCL victory on a forgetable night for the Red Sox affiliates


8/17 Cup of Coffee: Tuesday was a rough day for the affiliates, as they took only 1 of 6 games on the docket.

Pawtucket was shut down in a 5-2 loss to Columbus (CLE). Columbus staked itself to a 5-0 lead after 2 innings. Only a 2-run single in the 9th by Luis Exposito kept the Red Sox from being shut out. Of their 4 total hits, Pawtucket attained 3 of those in the 9th. Exposito (2-4, 2 RBI), Brett Carroll (1-2, 2 walks) and Hector Luna (1-3, walk) were the only members of the lineup to make an appearance in the hit column. Felix Doubront started the game and took the loss. He gave up 6 hits and 5 runs over 3 innings of work, walking none and striking out 4.

Portland could not match Reading’s (PHI) offensive output in a 7-4 loss. Reading held a slim 2-1 lead until the bottom of the 6th, when they scored 5 runs to open a huge lead, one that proved insurmountable for the Sea Dogs. Ryan Khoury led Portland in the losing effort, as he went 2-4 with a double, a home run and 2 RBI. Brock Huntzinger took the mound, and the loss, in this one. Huntzinger allowed 9 hits and 7 runs in 5.2 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 2.

Salem was shut out by Myrtle Beach (TEX), 4-0. The Red Sox had only 5 hits in the game, and collectively, had a staggering 14 strikeouts. Miguel De Los Santos had one of the more dominant starts against a Red Sox affiliate we’ve seen this season. The left hander went 6 shutout innings, allowed 1 hit, walked 1 and struck out 11. Offensively, the Red Sox were led by Heiker Meneses went 2-4, while Pete Hissey, Kolbrin Vitek and Shannon Wilkerson each collected 1 hit. Drake Britton drew the start for Salem and dropped to 1-13 on the year. Britton allowed 8 hits and 3 runs over 5 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 2.

Greenville lost a close one to Rome (ATL), 3-2. The game remained scoreless until the top of the 6th, when Rome took a 1-0 lead. Greenville answered back in the 7th, but after Rome plated 2 in the 8th, the Drive could not match that. Offensively, the team was led by Xander Bogaerts, who went 2-4 with an RBI. Brandon Workman started for Greenville and was quite impressive, despite not earning a victory. Workman went 7 innings, allowed 4 hits, 1 run (0 earned), walked 2 and struck out 3. Tyler Lockwood relieved Workman and took the loss. He allowed 5 hits and 2 runs over 2 innings, did not walk a batter and struck out 4.

The GCL Red Sox jumped out to a huge lead, and held on to beat the GCL Rays, 11-8. The Red Sox plated 9 runs in the 2nd inning, highlighted by 3 triples. Though the Rays drew as close as 9-8 after the top of the 8th, the Red Sox added 2 insurance runs in the bottom of the inning and shut down the Rays in the 9th. Offensively, the Sox were led by Cody Koback (1-3, 2 walks, home run, 2 RBI), Jose Vinicio (2-4, triple, 2 RBI), Williams Jerez (2-5, triple, 2 RBI) and Nick Moore (1-3, 2 walks, triple, 2 RBI). William Cuevas started for the Red Sox and threw 5 strong innings to earn his 2nd victory of the season. Cuevas allowed 2 hits, 1 run, walked 2 and struck out 3.

The DSL Red Sox had 10 hits, but still lost to the DSL Cardinals, 5-3. The Red Sox tied the game at 3-3 after 4 innings, but the Cardinals added 2 runs in the 5th and closed the Red Sox out. Offensively, the team was led by David Sopilka (2-4, 2 RBI) as well as Jair Bogaerts and Jeremias Pineda, who each went 2-3 with a double. Edwar Garcia started this game for the Red Sox. He allowed 3 hits and 3 runs over 3.2 innings, did not walk a batter and struck out 5. Oscar Melendez relieved Garcia and took the loss. He allowed 5 hits and 2 runs over 2.1 innings, did not walk a batter and struck out 1.

Player of the Day: Cody Koback, who went 1-3 with 2 walks, a home run and 2 RBI in the GCL Red Sox’ 11-8 win over the GCL Rays.

 
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