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June 13, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Gomez powers Pawtucket, Flores leads DSL to extra inning victory


Mauro Gomez (Kelly O'Connor)
6/13 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket was able to chop down the Braves while the DSL Red Sox brought home an extra inning thriller for the only affiliates wins of the day. While Salem was washed out by rain, Portland and Greenville had a tough time containing their opponent’s offense.  

A big night from Mauro Gomez and steady relief pitching lifted Pawtucket past the Gwinnett Braves (ATL), 4-1. Brandon Duckworth received the start and hurled 5.2 innings, allowing one run on seven hits and three walks, striking out three. Alex Wilson picked up the victory as he tossed 1.1 innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out two. Mark Prior added an inning of relief out of the PawSox bullpen, walking two and striking out three. Junichi Tazawa picked up his second save as he walked one and allowed one hit in the ninth. Down 1-0 in the second, a run scoring double play for Pawtucket knotted the affair, 1-1. With the game still tied in the sixth, Gomez smacked a two run home run to put the PawSox on top, 3-1. Gomez added a solo shot in the eighth to give Pawtucket a bit more breathing room, 4-1. Gomez’s 2 for 3 night at the plate now puts him fourth in the International League in home runs (15) and RBI (43).

Bowie’s offense struck early and often as the Baysox (BAL) out-muscled the Sea Dogs, 11-6. Stolmy Pimentel struggled as he went 4.0 innings in the start, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out four. Marco Duarte added an inning of relief, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks. Jesse Carlson also added an inning of work out of the Sea Dogs bullpen, allowing three runs on five hits. Caleb Clay tossed the final 2.0 innings of the contest, allowing one run on three hits. Down 3-0 in the second, Peter Hissey’s RBI double put Portland on the board, 3-1. Finding themselves trailing 4-1 in the fourth, a Ryan Dent RBI ground out pulled the Sea Dogs closer, 4-2. After Bowie plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth, Portland struck for four in the top of sixth on a Bryce Brentz grand slam which made the game 7-6 in favor of Bowie. The Baysox immediately responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and one run in seventh to open up an 11-6 advantage. Dent was 3 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Sea Dogs offense.

Salem’s contest against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC) was postponed due to rain. The two teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

The Drive were never able to overcome an early 4-0 hole as they were trampled by the Asheville Tourists (COL), 6-3. Luis Diaz dropped to 0-3 for his 2.2 inning performance, allowing five runs (four earned) on two hits and three walks, striking out three. Scott Swinson notched 4.1 innings of relief, allowing just two hits while striking out two. Justin Erasmus added 2.0 innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits while punching out two. Down 5-0 in the seventh, Greenville was finally able to get on the board with a Henry Ramos two run home run, drawing the Drive within three. After Asheville plated a run in the top of the eighth, Greenville brought home a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning as the Asheville shortstop misplayed a potential inning ending double play. Unfortunately for the Drive, they were held in check the rest of the contest as they were 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position, leaving six men on base.

A low scoring contest turned wild late as the DSL Red Sox raced past the DSL Yankees2 (NYY), 7-4 in 10 innings. Jose Espitia tossed 3.0 flawless innings in his start, striking out four. Victor Ramirez followed Espitia with 3.0 innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three. German Tavares added 2.1 innings out of the bullpen, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. Leonel Vazquez picked up the win for his 1.2 innings of work, allowing one run on four hits while punching out 4. With the game scoreless in the third, a wild pitch allowed Anthony Amaya to scamper home and give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. The Yankees would tie the game in the sixth, and the contest would remain quiet until the ninth. RBI triples by Amaya and Raymel Flores allowed the Red Sox to plate three and take a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Taking advantage of a wild pitch and a throwing error, the Yankees were able to tie the game up in the bottom of the ninth and send the game into extra innings. Wasting no time to reclaim the lead, the Red Sox plated three in the top of the tenth on a Pablo Urena sacrifice fly, a Flores RBI single and a run scoring wild pitch. Despite the Yankees getting two runners on in the bottom of the tenth, Vazquez was able to shut the door and preserve the victory. Flores was 4 for 6 from the top of the order with two triples and two RBI to lead the Red Sox offense.

Player of the Night: Mauro Gomez, who went 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored, 2 home runs and 3 RBI to ignite Pawtucket in their 4-1 victory over Gwinnett.

 
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