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June 12, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Cup of Coffee: Celestino shuts down Blue Rocks, Anderson's big night not enough to lift Pawtucket

Lars Anderson (Kelly O'Connor)
6/12 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket was on the wrong side of an offensive tussle while Greenville and the DSL Red Sox also came up short on Monday. Salem brought home the lone victory of the evening, shutting out Wilmington. 

Pawtucket’s offense continued to produce, but they were unable to overcome an early deficit as they were trumped by the Gwinnett Braves (ATL), 11-8. Billy Buckner was roughed up in his second appearance as a PawSox, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in just 4.2 innings of work. Daniel Bard added an inning of relief out of the bullpen, allowing a run on 1 hit and 1 walk, notching a pair of strikeouts. Clayton Mortenson chipped in 3.0 innings of relief, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits while punching out 2. Down 5-0 in the fourth, Alex Hassan’s RBI double put Pawtucket on the board, 5-1. After the Braves tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth, Ryan Lavarnway laced an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 7-2 in favor of Gwinnett. With the score 8-2 Braves in the sixth, Hassan added a second RBI double to bring Pawtucket closer, 8-3. A Lars Anderson solo home run in the eighth cut the deficit for the PawSox, 8-4. The Braves would add three more runs in the top of the ninth to take a commanding 11-4 lead. Pawtucket would rally in the bottom half of the inning, adding four runs on a Lavarnway RBI single, Anderson RBI single, and a Che-Hsuan Lin RBI double. The rally ended with runners on second and third as Tony Thomas and Nate Spears both struck out looking to end the game. Hassan was 4 for 5 with 2 doubles to lead the Pawtucket offense. 

Timely offense and dazzling pitching allowed Salem to push aside the Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC), 8-0. Miguel Celestino moved to 5-2 following his 7.0 inning performance in which he allowed just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Ruben Flores added 2.0 innings of relief, allowing just 2 walks. Shannon Wilkerson’s sacrifice fly in the first gave Salem a quick 1-0 advantage. In the third, Wilkerson added an RBI single and proceeded to steal second and third base before coming home on a throwing error. Holding a 3-0 lead in the fifth, Salem brought home three more runs on Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts bases loaded walks as Brandon Jacobs was hit by a pitch with the bases full of Red Sox. A wild pitch and a Wilkerson sacrifice fly provided the final two runs for Salem in the sixth inning. Wilkerson had an impressive night, going 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Salem received an incredible 12 walks and one hit batsmen in the victory.

A torrent of runs allowed the Asheville Tourists (COL) to defeat Greenville, 8-1. Yeiper Castillo fell to 5-3 as he tossed 3.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks, striking out 3. Raynel Velette added 2.0 innings of relief, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 5 walks. Nefi Ogando also provided 2.0 innings out of the bullpen, allowing 1 run on 2 hits. Michael McCarthy hurled the final 2.0 innings of the contest, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk. Greenville’s lone run of the game came in the first inning on a Jose Garcia solo home run. The Drive compiled 10 hits, but were a dreadful 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position and bounced into three double plays.

Miguel Celestino (Kelly O'Connor)
A late rally allowed the DSL Pirates1 (PIT) to sack the DSL Red Sox, 5-3. Edwar Garcia received the start for the DSL squad, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 3.1 innings of work. Jervis Torrealba picked up his second loss of the early season, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk in 2.2 innings of relief. Wildyn Florian added 2.0 innings out of the bullpen, allowing 1 run on 1 hit and a walk. The Red Sox jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a Manuel Margot sacrifice fly. Down 2-1 in the fifth, Anthony Amaya’s two out RBI double allowed the Red Sox to tie the game, 2-2. In the sixth, a run scoring double play gave the Red Sox a 3-2 advantage. The lead would be short-lived as the Pirates struck for 3 runs in the seventh and held the Red Sox in check the rest of the game. Andres Garcia was 3 for 4 with a triple and 2 runs scored to pace the Red Sox offense.

Players of the Night: Miguel Celestino, who hurled 7.0 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 in Salem’s 8-0 victory over Wilmington and Lars Anderson, who  was 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored, a home run, double and 3 RBI in Pawtucket's 11-8 loss to Gwinnett.