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August 29, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Salem and Greenville lose, while Hurricane Irene beats the rest of the affiliates

8/29 Cup of Coffee: Red Sox affiliates went 0-2 yesterday with the extremely light schedule due to the effects of Hurricane Irene.

Salem was edged out by Wilmington (KC), 5-4. Salem took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st, but the Blue Rocks answered with 2 runs in the 2nd inning. Salem tied it in the 3rd when Derrik Gibson scored on a wild pitch. The score stayed that way until the 7th inning, when Wilmington scored 2 runs. Salem tied the game immediately in the bottom of the frame on RBI singles by Zach Gentile and Miles Head. Wilmington scored 1 more in the top of the 9th on a wild pitch by Jeremiah Bayer, and the Red Sox could not answer the call yet again. Offensively, Salem was led by Heiker Meneses, who went 3-5 with a double and 2 steals, and Miles Head, who went 1-1 with an RBI and was hit 3 times by Wilmington’s starting pitcher, Tyler Sample. Anthony Ranaudo started for the Red Sox. Ranaudo allowed 3 hits and 2 runs (0 earned) in 4 innings of work. He walked 4 and struck out 6. Jeremiah Bayer took the loss in relief, dropping his record to 7-3. Bayer went 2.1 innings, allowed no hits and 1 run (which was unearned, due to Bayer’s own throwing error). He walked 1 and struck out 4.

Greenville was thoroughly handled by Augusta (SF), losing by a score of 7-0. Augusta scored 3 runs before Greenville even got to the batter’s box, which proved to be more than enough of a cushion. The Drive had just 3 hits in this game. Sean Coyle and David Renfroe each went 1-3, while Felix Sanchez went 1-4. Keith Couch drew the start for Greenville and took the loss. Couch allowed 9 hits and 5 runs in 4.1 innings of work. He walked 1 and struck out 3.

Player of the Day: Miles Head. This was not a day filled with stellar performances, but Head certainly had a nice day, reaching base in all 4 of his plate appearances in Salem’s loss to Wilmington. He presumably has the bruises to prove it as well, as the 20-year old was hit 3 times in the game by Wilmington’s starting pitcher.