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August 1, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Reyes' terrific outing leads DSL Red Sox to victory on trade deadline Sunday

8/1 Cup of Coffee: The Red Sox affiliates split the 6 games of action on deadline day, while we say goodbye to one of the organization’s best hitters of the season.

Pawtucket could not muster much offense against Louisville (CIN), losing by a score of 7-2. The Bats collected 17 hits and employed a steady assault, scoring runs in 6 of 9 innings. Ryan Lavarnway and Hector Luna led the Paw Sox, as each went 2-4 with an RBI. Lavarnway’s 8th inning double was the team’s only extra base hit of the day. Tony Pena took the mound for Pawtucket, and dropped to 7-5 on the season with the loss. Pena allowed 9 hits and 4 runs over 5 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 2.

Portland used the power of the long ball to defeat Altoona (PIT), 8-5. All but 1 of the 8 runs scored by Portland came via the home run. Jon Hee led the way, going 3-5 with a home run and 4 RBI. Tim Federowicz went 2-4 with a home run and 2 RBI in his final game as a member of the team. Oscar Tejeda went 2-5 with a solo shot of his own. Federowicz and Chih-Hsien Chiang, who went 2-4 in his final game, were traded in the 3-team deal that sent Erik Bedard to the Red Sox. Federowicz is headed to the Dodgers, while Chiang is headed to Seattle. Chiang led the Eastern League in average (.340), slugging (.648), OPS (1.050), RBI (76) and doubles (37). Chris Balcom-Miller started for Portland and labored through 4 innings. He allowed 6 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) while walking 2 and striking out 5. Junichi Tazawa relieved Balcom-Miller and pitched 3 perfect innings with 4 strikeouts to earn the win. Tazawa looks like he might be turning a corner in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He has a 2.79 ERA over his last 9 outings, with a 21:4 K:BB ratio.

Salem was doubled up by Lynchburg (ATL), 10-5. Miles Head was the only member of the lineup to collect multiple hits, as he went 2-4 with a solo homer. Vladimir Frias went 1-4 with a home run and 3 RBI. His 3-run shot in the 4th inning tied the game at 4, which didn’t last for long, as the Hillcats plated 5 runs in the bottom of the frame to put the game out of reach. Anthony Ranaudo started for Salem and allowed 8 hits and 8 runs (7 earned) over 3.2 innings of work, walking 1 and striking out 3. Ranaudo has struggled badly over his last 7 starts, with an ERA of 6.62 during that time.

Greenville withstood a late rally attempt to beat Charleston (NYY), 5-3. Greenville was leading 5-1 entering the 7th, when the Riverdogs plated 2 runs. However, Michael Olmsted then shut the door, stranding 1 runner in the 7th and 2 in the 8th to seal the victory. Sean Coyle went 1-2 with 2 walks, a double and 2 RBI. Brandon Jacobs went 2-3 with an RBI. Keith Couch started for the Drive, pitching the first 7 innings, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs (1 earned). He walked 1 and struck out 4. Couch has been great all year, but particularly over his last 10 starts. He’s 5-2 with a 2.24 ERA in that time, with an astounding 50:6 K:BB ratio. Olmsted came on in relief and earned his 3rd save by pitching 2 scoreless innings. He allowed 2 hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 3.

Lowell lost a low-scoring affair to State College (PIT), 4-2. The Spinners had 2 men on in the 9th, but consecutive groundouts killed the comeback attempt and gave them the loss. Joantoni Garcia went 2-3 with a double and a walk, while Michael Johnson and Jose Garcia each collected 1 hit and an RBI. Joe Holtmeyer started for Lowell and gave up 2 hits and 2 runs in 1 inning of work. He did not walk a batter and struck out 1. Tyler Wilson relieved Holtmeyer and threw 6 innings. He allowed 4 hits and 1 run (which was unearned), while walking a batter and not recording a strikeout.

The DSL Red Sox handily defeated the DSL Mets, 8-3. After 5 innings, the Red Sox were up 7-0. Deiner Lopez went 2-5 with a home run and 2 RBI. David Sopilka went 4-4 with a walk. Aly Gonzalez went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI, while Jair Bogaerts went 1-2 with 2 walks and an RBI. The DSL Red Sox didn’t need that much offensive firepower, however, as Pedro Reyes was brilliant. He went 5 innings, scattering just 1 hit and a walk, while recording 7 strikeouts. The outing improves Reyes to 5-1 on the season, with a 2.39 ERA. William Abreu made his season debut in relief of Reyes, and allowed 2 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) over 3 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 3.

Player of the Day: Pedro Reyes, who pitched 5 scoreless innings of 1-hit ball in the DSL Red Sox' 8-3 victory over the DSL Mets.