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June 6, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Kalish and Lavarnway power Pawtucket past Indians

Ryan Kalish (Kelly O'Connor)
6/6 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket and Portland both cruised to relatively easy victories as the rest of the affiliates had a down day.

An offensive clinic and a huge night from the rehabbing Ryan Kalish allowed Pawtucket to blow past the Indianapolis Indians (PIT), 13-2. Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed 1.1 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Mark Prior dazzled in his 1.2 inning performance out of the bullpen, allowing 2 hits while punching out 5. Justin Germano picked up the victory to move to 6-3 as he hurled 6.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 5. After the Indians plated a run in the first, Kalish blasted a two run home run and Mauro Gomez added a two run blast of his own to give the PawSox a 4-1 lead after one. In the second, Gomez and Alex Hassan laced back-to-back RBI singles to widen Pawtucket’s advantage, 6-1. A Kalish RBI single in the third expanded the PawSox lead to 7-1. Ryan Lavarnway clobbered a three run home run in fifth as Pawtucket took a 10-1 lead. A Tony Thomas RBI double in the sixth and a Hassan sacrifice fly and Che-Hsuan Lin RBI single in the seventh put Pawtucket on top, 13-1. The Indians got one back on a solo home run in the eighth, but were easily dispatched by Red Sox pitching. Every member of the PawSox starting lineup reached base at least once, with Lavarnway going 4 for 5 to lead all hitters.

Strong pitching and timely hitting pushed the Sea Dogs past the Bowie Baysox (BAL), 6-1. Drake Britton made his Double-A debut by tossing 5.0 hitless innings, allowing 6 walks and striking out 2 as he picked up the victory. Will Latimer hurled 3.0 innings of relief, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 1. Aaron Kurcz came on for the ninth, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2. Portland opened up the scoring in the third, as they took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Oscar Tejeda and a bases loaded walk to Reynaldo Rodriguez. A Rodriguez RBI double in the fifth widened the Sea Dogs lead to 3-0. A Derrik Gibson RBI triple and a run scoring wild pitch in the sixth allowed Portland to take a comfortable 5-0 lead. After Bowie scored its first run of the contest in the eighth, Dan Butler blasted a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning as the Sea Dogs grabbed a 6-1 advantage. Bryce Brentz and Heiker Meneses were the only Portland players not to reach base, each going 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.

Salem’s late comeback attempt was not enough to overcome the Winston-Salem Dash (CHW), as the Red Sox fell 6-4. Brandon Workman dropped to 3-3 for his 5.0 innings of work in which he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4. Michael Gleason added 3.0 innings of relief, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk, punching out 1. Michael Olmsted pitched a flawless ninth inning, striking out 1. Down 3-0 in the second, Salem got on the board thanks to a Xander Bogaerts RBI ground out. In the seventh, an Adalberto Ibarra RBI single pulled the Red Sox within one, 3-2. After Winston-Salem expanded their lead to 6-2 in the top of the eighth, Salem responded with two in the bottom half of the inning on a Bogaerts RBI single and a Michael Almanzar sacrifice fly. Finding themselves down 2 in the ninth, the Red Sox got a two-out double from Jackie Bradley Jr., but were unable to muster a rally. The loss drops Salem 1.5 games behind Winston-Salem for first place in the Carolina League’s Northern Division.

A three run fifth inning allowed the Rome Braves (ATL) to brush past Greenville, 5-3. Jason Garcia received a no-decision for his 5.0 innings of work, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks, striking out 2. Raynel Velette received the loss for his 2.0 innings of relief, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a walk, punching out 2. Tyler Wilson added an inning of relief, allowing 1 run on 1 hit, striking out 1. Garin Cecchini’s sacrifice fly in the third opened scoring and gave the Drive a 1-0 advantage. In the fifth, a Cecchini RBI single and a David Renfroe sacrifice fly gave Greenville a 3-0 lead. Rome would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth and take the lead in the sixth as Greenville only managed one hit after the fifth inning. Jose Garcia and Keury De La Cruz each had 2 hits from the top of the order to lead the Drive’s offense.

The DSL Red Sox dropped their first contest of the early season 7-3 to the DSL Marlins (MIA). Edwar Garcia received the start and pitched just 0.1 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 1 hit and 2 walks. Jervis Torrealba received the loss for his 2.2 innings of work, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and a walk. William Abreu tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing a hit and walk while striking out 1. Leonel Vazquez added 2.0 innings of relief, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, punching out 2. A Robert Del Rosario RBI single in the first gave the Red Sox a quick 1-0 lead. Down 2-1 after one, the Red Sox tied the game in the top of the second on a run scoring wild pitch. Down 4-2 in the third, Del Rosario laced another RBI single to bring the Red Sox to within one, 4-3. The Marlins plated two more runs in the bottom half of the third and one more in the eighth as they pulled away for the 7-3 victory. Manuel Margot continued his impressive debut, going 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored, 2 walks and 2 stolen bases.

Player of the Night: Ryan Kalish, who went 2 for 2 with a home run, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored and 3 walks in his 2012 debut for Pawtucket.