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August 30, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Wilson's impressive start helps Pawtucket split doubleheader

8/30 Cup of Coffee: Red Sox affiliates took 4 of 6 games on a busy Monday which included 2 doubleheaders.

Pawtucket was 1-hit in the first game of their doubleheader, losing to Scranton Wilkes-Barre (NYY), 3-0. The only hit of the game for the Paw Sox was collected by Jose Iglesias, who had a 6th inning single. Tony Pena started the game and took the loss. Pena allowed 5 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) in 4.2 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 4.

Pawtucket turned the tables in game two, defeating Scranton Wilkes-Barre, 2-0. The Paw Sox had just 2 hits in this game, but one of them was a 2-run home run by Ryan Lavarnway to provide the necessary offense. Alex Wilson drew the start and earned his first win since being promoted to AAA. Wilson scattered 5 hits over 5 shutout innings. He walked 1 and struck out 9.

Portland doubled up Harrisburg (WAS), 4-2. All 6 runs were scored in the 4th. Portland scored 4 in the frame, highlighted by a 2-run double by Mark Wagner. The Sea Dogs were led by Wagner and Oscar Tejeda, who went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Jeremy Kehrt toed the rubber for Portland and got his 3rd win of the year. Kehrt allowed 6 hits and 2 runs in 5.1 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 3.

Greenville did not have much luck against Augusta (SF), losing by a score of 1-0. The Drive had just 2 hits in this game. Augusta’s starter, Shawn Sanford, had a perfect game entering the 9th inning, and stood to become the first pitcher in the history of the SAL to throw a 9 inning perfect game. However, Drew Hedman led the inning off with a single to spoil the bid for perfection. Matty Johnson added a single later in the frame, but it was for naught as Felix Sanchez and Sean Coyle struck out to end the rally attempt. Miguel Celestino started for Greenville and was the tough luck loser in this one. Celestino allowed just 5 hits and 1 run in 6 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 5.

Lowell beat Tri-City (HOU), 5-4, in the first game of their doubleheader. The Spinners scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st, highlighted by Travis Shaw’s 2-run home run. The Valleycats fought back and eventually tied the game at 3-3 in the 5th. The score stayed that way until the top of the 10th, when Lowell scored 2 runs, including a solo shot by Jose Garcia. The 2 runs scored proved to be just enough, as Tri-City scored 1 in the bottom of the frame before succumbing to defeat. The Spinners were led by Shaw and Garcia, who each went 2-5 with a homer. Raynel Velette started for Lowell. In 4 innings, he allowed 3 hits, 2 runs, walked 3 and struck out 2. Kevin Brahney earned the win, as he allowed 3 hits and a run in 2 innings of relief. Brahney did not walk a batter and struck out 2.

Lowell edged Tri-City again in the nightcap, this time winning by a score of 3-2. Moko Moanaroa’s 6th inning RBI single put the Spinners up for good by that same score. Offensively, the team was led by Joantoni Garcia, who went 1-4 with a solo home run, as well as Matt Marquis and Adalberto Ibarra, who each went 2-3. Raul Alcantara started for Lowell, and continued to improve since being promoted to Lowell. Alcantara allowed 4 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) in 4.1 innings pitched. He walked 1 and struck out 6. Robby Scott earned the win as he pitched 2.2 perfect innings of relief with 2 strikeouts.

Player of the Day: Alex Wilson. Wilson pitched 5 shutout innings to help Pawtucket salvage a split of their doubleheader. He allowed 5 hits, walked 1 and struck out 9.