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August 23, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Lin's home run leads Pawtucket to a win

8/23 Cup of Coffee: The Red Sox affiliates struggled again on Monday, taking just 2 of 5 scheduled.

Pawtucket narrowly defeated Syracuse (WAS), 3-2. The Paw Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 4th on Brett Carroll’s RBI double. The Chiefs tied the game in the 5th, but Che-Hsuan Lin’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the inning gave Pawtucket a 3-1 lead, which proved to be just enough. Offensively, the team was led by Lin (2-4, home run, 2 RBI), Hector Luna (2-4, double) and Will Middlebrooks (2-4). Tony Pena started for Pawtucket and earned his 9th victory of the season. Pena allowed 4 hits and 1 run over 6.2 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 3. Michael Bowden recorded his 16th save of the year by pitching a perfect 9th with 1 strikeout.

Portland was beaten by Harrisburg (WAS), 4-1. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 6th when Jeremy Hazelbaker hit an RBI double to put the Sea Dogs up 1-0. The score stayed that way until the 8th, when Blake Maxwell’s error led to 4 runs for the Senators. Hazelbaker was the only noteworthy hitter in this game for Portland, as he went 2-4 with that RBI double. Chris Balcom-Miller started this game and pitched brilliantly, despite not getting the win. Balcom-Miller pitched 7 shutout innings, scattering 7 hits (6 singles). He walked 1 and struck out 7.

Salem doubled up Winston-Salem (CWS), 6-3. The Red Sox were down 3-1 until the 6th, when they scored 3 runs to take the lead, 4-3. They added 2 more insurance runs in the 8th and held on for the victory. Offensively, the team was led by Kolbrin Vitek and Josue Peley, who each went 2-4 with an RBI. Drake Britton started the game for Salem. Britton allowed 7 hits and 3 runs over 5 innings pitched. He walked 2 and struck out 5. Jeremiah Bayer picked up his 7th win of the year by pitching 4 scoreless innings in relief. He allowed just 2 hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 3.

Greenville’s game with Charleston (NYY) was postponed.

Lowell lost to Staten Island (NYY), 3-1. The Spinners could not get much going offensively. Their lone run was scored in the 7th on a Jason Thompson RBI groundout. Moko Moanaroa led the team offensively, going 2-3 with a walk and a double. Raul Alcantara started for Lowell and rebounded nicely from his Spinners debut, though he still took the loss in this one. Alcantara pitched 5 innings, allowing 8 hits and 2 runs (1 earned). He walked 1 and struck out 3.

The GCL Red Sox were soundly defeated by the GCL Orioles, 9-2. The Orioles put up 5 runs in the 3rd to open the scoring, which proved to be more than enough to get the win. Jose Vinicio led the way for the GCL Sox, going 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Vinicio has tore the cover off the ball this month. In 16 games, he is hitting .424 (25-59) with a 1.027 OPS. Matthew Price started the game, marking his professional debut and first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 2010 8th round draft pick pitched a perfect 1st inning with 2 strikeouts. William Cuevas relieved Price and took the loss. Cuevas allowed 6 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) in 1.1 innings pitched. He walked 1 and struck out 3.

Player of the Day: Che-Hsuan Lin, whose 2-run home run led Pawtucket to a victory over Syracuse.