September 1, 2011 at 8:22 AM
9/1 Cup of Coffee: The affiliates only managed one win on Wednesday, as Salem pulled out a 16-10 slugfest. Pawtucket, Portland and Lowell all fell in relatively close contests.
Pawtucket could not muster much offense in a 4-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings (MIN). Kyle Weiland picked up the loss for his 6.0 innings of work, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. Junichi Tazawa and Scott Atchison each added a scoreless inning of relief. Down 3-0 in the fifth, Nate Spears lofted a sacrifice fly to put the PawSox on the board, 3-1. The rehabbing Kevin Youkilis added a solo home run in the ninth to give the Pawtucket their final run of the evening. The PawSox managed just 4 hits, 2 of which were for extra bases.
A game that was gridlocked most of the way saw Portland end up on the wrong end of a 2-1 score in their loss to the Harrisburg Senators (WAS). Brock Huntzinger pitched splendidly during his 7.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 6 hits and a walk, striking out 6. Eammon Portice received the loss for his lone inning of relief, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and a walk while striking out 2. The Sea Dogs lone run of the game came in the fifth on a Mitch Dening sacrifice fly. Portland only had 2 runners in scoring position the entire game, leaving both men on base.
A game that featured 26 runs and 33 hits saw Salem outslug the Winston-Salem Dash (CHW), 16-10. Stolmy Pimentel received the victory despite a rough 5.2 innings, allowing 7 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4. Manuel Rivera received his second save, hurling 3.1 innings of relief, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 2. Every member of the Red Sox lineup reached base at least once, led by Matt Spring who went 3 for 6 with a home run, 2 doubles and 3 RBI and Zach Gentile, who went 3 for 4 with a double, 2 runs scored and 5 RBI. Jorge Padron and Miles Head each added 3 hits while Peter Hissey, Bryce Brentz and Heiker Meneses each collected 2. Salem was also aided by 5 Winston-Salem errors, including two instances of catcher’s interference.
The Spinners struggles continued as they were blown away by the Brooklyn Cyclones (NYM), 4-1. Madison Younginer dropped to 1-6 after his 5.0 innings of work, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. Luis Bastardo finished off the game with 4.0 innings of relief, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8. Lowell’s lone run of the evening came on an Oscar Perez RBI single in the second which at the time gave them a 1-0 lead. Travis Shaw led the Spinners offense by going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles.
Player of the Night: Matt Spring, who went 3 for 6 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, a home run and 3 RBI in Salem’s 16-10 win over Winston-Salem.
Pitcher of the Night: Luis Bastardo, who tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8 in Lowell’s 4-1 loss to Brooklyn.