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August 15, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Pimentel continues to weather the Stolm in Salem's convincing win

8/15 Cup of Coffee: Sunday’s games proved fruitful for the Red Sox affiliates, as they took 4 of 6 matchups, including 2 exceptional pitching performances for Pawtucket and Salem.

An extraordinary pitching performance led Pawtucket to a 5-0 victory over Gwinnett (ATL). Matt Fox pitched a complete game 2-hit shutout. Fox walked 1 and struck out 7. In 3 August starts, the righty has allowed only 9 hits and 3 earned runs over 20.2 innings pitched, with a 24:4 K:BB ratio. Offensively, the Paw Sox were led by Daniel Nava, who went 1-4 with a walk and a solo homer. Nate Spears went 2-2 with a walk and an RBI, while Ryan Kalish went 0-3, though he contributed 2 sacrifice flies.

Portland beat Erie (DET), 9-5. This game did not have the makings of the high-scoring affair it turned out to be, as the game was tied 1-1 after 5 innings. The SeaWolves took a 3-1 lead in the 6th, but the Sea Dogs tied the score at 3-3 following Matt Spring’s 2-out, 2-run double. Erie again took a 2-run lead in the 7th. This time, Portland answered back with 4 runs, highlighted by Mark Wagner’s 2-run double. They added 2 more runs in the 8th for insurance, and held on for the win. Spring, Wagner and Alex Hassan led the team offensively, as they each had 1 hit and 2 RBIs. Oscar Tejeda was the only member of the lineup to collect multiple hits, as he went 2-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. Charlie Haeger started the game and went 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs (2 earned). He walked 4 and struck out 4. Josh Fields allowed 2 hits and 2 runs over 2 innings, but improved to 2-0 since being acquired by the Red Sox at the trade deadline. He walked 1 and struck out 2.

Salem soundly beat Kinston (CLE), 10-3. This was a team effort, as 7 of the 9 members of the lineup contributed at least 1 RBI. The team was led by Heiker Meneses, who went 2-2 with 2 walks, a triple and 2 RBI. Despite the offensive output, the most positive aspect of this win for Salem was the performance of Stolmy Pimentel. Pimentel, who began the season in Portland and was demoted following an abysmal stint, had unquestionably his best start of the year. The righty threw 6 shutout innings, allowing only 1 hit (a single) and a walk, while striking out 5. Don’t look now, but he’s now won 3 straight starts after losing his first 12 decisions of the year.

Greenville could not keep the winning ways, as they were doubled up by Rome (ATL), 8-4. The Drive, who faced a 5-1 deficit, brought it to 5-4 with a 3-run 5th inning. That was the closest that they’d get, however, as Rome added 3 insurance runs and held on to win. Offensively, Greenville was led by Sean Coyle, who went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI, as well as Felix Sanchez and Brandon Jacobs, who each went 1-4 with an RBI. Miguel Celestino got the start for the Drive and took his first loss since June. The tall right-hander allowed 8 hits and 5 runs over 5 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 2. Andrew Jones threw 2 perfect innings in relief with 1 strikeout. In 14 professional outings across 3 different levels, Jones has still yet to walk a batter.

Lowell outslugged Jamestown (FLA), 11-7. The Spinners opened the game with 6 runs in the first 2 innings, highlighted by Matt Marquis’ 3-run homer in the first. Jamestown’s rally attempt came up short, and Lowell held on. The team was led by Marquis, who went 1-3 with that 3-run bomb, Reynaldo Rodriguez, who went 1-3 with 3 walks and a 2-run home run, and Boss Moanaroa, who went 3-4 with 3 RBI. Jason Garcia started the game and allowed 3 hits and 4 runs (1 earned) over 3 innings. He walked 4 and struck out 2. Hunter Cervenka threw 6 innings in relief and earned his first win of the season. He allowed 5 hits, 3 runs, walked 1 and struck out 3.

The DSL Red Sox had a tough day on Sunday, getting tripled up by the DSL Dodgers, 6-2. The Red Sox found themselves down 6-0 after 4 innings, and did not mount much of a comeback effort. The team was led by Jeremias Pineda, who went 1-3 with a 2-run double, and Alixon Suarez, who went 2-4 with a double. Pedro Reyes got the start for the DSL Sox and took the loss. In 5 innings of work, Reyes allowed 8 hits and 6 runs (5 earned). He walked 2 and struck out 4.

Player of the Day: Stolmy Pimentel, who threw 6 shutout innings of 1-hit baseball in Salem's 10-3 win over Kinston.