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June 28, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Cup of Coffee: PawSox bust 9 game slump


6/28 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket got their first win in over a week, Greenville picked up their first victory in four games, while all the other affiliates dropped their respective contests.

Mauro Gomez (Kelly O'Connor)
The PawSox picked up their first win in ten games with a 5-1 victory over the Charlotte Knights (CWS). Pawtucket got their first run of the game in the second inning when Lars Anderson doubled and was driven in on an Alex Hassan single. In the bottom of the third, Jason Repko singled to reach base, followed by a Ryan Lavarnway single that advanced Repko to third. Mauro Gomez followed with a three-run homer to left field to give the PawSox a 4-0 lead. Pitching had a great night, too. Zach Stewart got the start, and was in the game until there were two outs in the top of the sixth. Stewart let in three hits and one run in the sixth, and was replaced with two outs and two on by Will Inman. Stewart threw for 5.2 innings with six hits, one run, and no walks and picked up his first win with the PawSox. Inman pitched 0.1 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks, and a strikeout. Daniel Bard took the mound in the top of the seventh and pitched 1.0 perfect inning with no hits, no runs, and no walks. In the bottom of the seventh, Nate Spears doubled followed by a single from Jon Hee that advanced Spears to third and a single from Pedro Ciriaco that drove Spears in. Garrett Mock came out to pitch in the top of the eighth and went 2.0 innings with two hits, no runs, and no walks. In total, PawSox batters had 12 hits on the night. Every batter in the lineup minus J.C. Linares recorded a hit and Lavarnway led the team with three.

The Sea Dogs fell to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) for the second night in a row in a 6-3 loss. In the bottom of the first, Jeremy Hazelbaker doubled to reach base. During the next at bat, Hazelbaker stole third and was driven in on a sacrifice fly to left field from Bryce Brentz. New Hampshire picked up their first run in the top of the second against Portland starter Jeremy Khert. Khert was rocked in the third, giving up five hits for three runs, but stayed in until the fifth inning. In total, Khert pitched 5.0 innings with 11 hits, four runs, and no walks, he was credited with his first loss of the season. Caleb Clay took the mound in the top of the sixth. Clay gave up two runs in the seventh inning and pitched 3.0 innings for five hits, two runs, and no walks. In the bottom of the sixth, Jackie Bradley doubled, advanced to third when Hazelbaker grounded out, and scored when Marquez Smith doubled. The Sea Dogs ninth inning rally attempts fell short, scoring only 1 run when Matt Spring homered. The Fisher Cats out batted the Sea Dogs 16 to 9 in the contest. Bradley and Smith led Portland batters with two hits each.

The Salem Red Sox fell 5-3 in a barn-burner against the Winston-Salem Dash (CWS). Keith Couch was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox and gave up a run on three hits in the bottom of the first, and another run off of two hits in the second. Couch pitched 5.0 innings with six hits, two runs, and three walks. He was replaced by Michael Gleason who took the mound in the bottom of the sixth. Gleason gave up three runs in the seventh inning on a three run homer, but otherwise kept the Dash at bay, pitching 3.0 innings with three hits, three runs, and two walks. On the offensive side, Salem put up their first runs of the game in the top of the third. Drew Hedman reached base on a walk, followed by Sean Coyle getting hit by a pitch. Lucas Leblanc then grounded into a double play that got Coyle out at second but advanced Hedman to third. Matty Johnson then tripled, scoring Hedman, and Heiker Meneses singled to score Johnson. The Red Sox put up another run in the top of the eighth when Johnson reached base on a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Meneses single. Salem batters had eight hits total on the night, Johnson leading the crew with three.

Henry Ramos (Kelly O'Connor)
The Drive beat the Rome Braves (ATL) 6-1, getting their first win after a three game losing streak. Greenville picked up the first run of the game in the top of the third inning. Keury De La Cruz reached base on a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a Blake Swihart single. The Drive put up another run in the top of the fifth. Garin Cecchini singled, followed by a Boss Moanaroa walk, and the pair stole third and second bases, respectively. Henry Ramos then singled, driving in Cecchini. The Braves answered in the bottom of the fifth, putting up a run against Drive starter Jason Garcia. Garcia pitched 6.0 innings with five hits, one run, and two walks. In the top of the seventh, Ramos homered, giving the Drive a 3-1 lead. Justin Erasmus took the mound for the Drive in the bottom of the seventh and pitched 2.0 innings with two hits, no runs, and no walks. Greenville added to their lead in the top of the ninth. Cecchini reached base on a single and stole second base during the next at bat. Moanaroa drew a walk, and Ramos singled, scoring Cecchini and driving Moanaroa to third. Ramos advanced to second on a throwing error, followed by a sacrifice fly ball to right field from Swihart that scored Moanaroa and advanced Ramos to third. Cody Koback was hit by a pitch, and during the next at bat, Ramos stole home. In total, the Drive had 13 hits on the night; Ramos led the pack with three.

The Spinners couldn't stop the Tri-City Valley Cats (HOU) eighth inning rally and lost 2-1, their fifth in a row. In the top of the first inning, Matt Gedman gave Lowell their only run of the game when he drew a walk and then scored on a fielding error during David Chester's at bat. Spinners starter William Cuevas had an excellent outing, throwing 6.0 innings with three hits, no runs, and one walk. He was replaced in the bottom of the seventh by Jadd Schmeltzer. Schmeltzer gave up two runs to Tri-City in the bottom of the eighth and in total threw for 3.0 innings with five hits, two runs, and one walk. He was credited with a blown save and picked up his second loss of the season. Unfortunately, the Spinners were unable to provide their pitchers run support and answer the Valley Cats' late rally. Lowell batters had just three hits on the night, compared to Tri-City's eight.

The GCL Red Sox fell to the GCL Orioles (BAL) in a 3-1 loss. The Red Sox put up the first run of the game in the bottom of the first when Cleuluis Rondon singled, advanced to third on a Jose Colorado single, and was driven in when Kevin Mager grounded into a force-out. The Orioles answered in the top of the second with a homer off of Red Sox starter Sergio Gomez. Gomez gave up another run to the Orioles in the third, and in total pitched 4.0 innings with three hits, two runs, and one walk with six strikeouts. He was replaced in the top of the fifth by Jeffry Fernandez, who pitched two solid innings before giving up a run in the top of the seventh and being replaced with one out and two on by Robby Scott. Fernandez pitched 2.1 innings with two hits, one run, and one walk, while Scott pitched 0.2 innings with no hits, no runs, and no walks. Ricardo Betancourt took the mound for the Red Sox in the top of the eighth and pitched 2.0 innings with two hits, no runs, and no walks. The GCL squad had seven hits in the game, Rondon leading the pack with three.

The DSL Red Sox rallied in the ninth inning, but couldn't stop the DSL Mets2 in a 6-5 lossRaymel Flores led off the top of the first with a triple, and scored thanks to a sacrifice fly to right field from Andres Garcia. The Mets answered with a run against Red Sox starter Keivin Heras in the bottom of the first. Heras stayed in the game until the fifth, pitching 5.0 innings with two hits, one run, and no walks. Enfember Martinez took the mound for the Red Sox in the bottom of the sixth and gave up a run that inning. Martinez came out of the game in the bottom of the eighth with two on and one out and was replaced by German Taveras. In total, Martinez pitched 2.1 innings with five hits, two runs, and no walks. In the top of the ninth, Alixon Suarez drew a walk, Anthony Amaya was hit by a pitch, and Roberto Duncan walked to load the bases. Osvaldo Almengo drew the third walk of the inning, scoring Suarez. After a pitcher change, Flores and Garcia both walked to send Amaya and Duncan across the plate. Manuel Margot walked after another pitcher change to walk in the fourth run of the inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Taveras let in one run and was replaced with one out and one on by Leonel Vazquez. Vazquez gave up a triple and a single to give the Mets two more runs and the walk-off win. Taveras pitched 1.0 inning with two hits, no runs, and no walks. Vazquez pitched 0.0 innings with two hits, one run, and no walks. The Red Sox had six hits on the night.

Players of the Night: Mauro Gomez, who's three-run homer helped to lead the PawSox to their first victory in 10 games, and Henry Ramos who homered, stole home, and went three for four with two RBI in Greenville's win over the Braves.

 
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