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June 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Cup of Coffee: PawSox have the power


6/16 Cup of Coffee: The PawSox blasted 4 home runs in a win on the road. The Sea Dogs, Salem, and DSL Red Sox all picked up wins, while the Drive lost their third straight.

Pedro Ciriaco (Kelly O'Connor)
Pawtucket demonstrated impressive power at the plate in an 8-3 win over the Buffalo Bisons (NYM). Pawtucket took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Pedro Ciriaco, in the first at bat of the game, blasted a homer to left field. Tony Thomas smacked another home run to lead off the third inning. Ciriaco then reached base on a fielding error, followed by a walk from Ryan Lavarnway and a Lars Anderson single that scored Ciriaco. Alex Hassan also singled to drive in Lavarnway. The Bisons put up their first run of the game when PawSox starter Justin Germano gave up a home run in the bottom of the third. Pawtucket struck again in the top of the fourth, when Nate Spears and Ciriaco each doubled to reach base, followed by a Ryan Kalish homer to bring in three more runs. Germano stayed on the mound into the sixth inning and was replaced with two outs and no one on by Alex Wilson. Germano pitched 5.2 innings with 4 hits, 1 run, and 1 walk. Wilson struck out the remaining batter that inning and stayed on for the seventh. He pitched 1.1 innings with no hits, no runs, and 1 walk. Tony Pena Jr.  took the mound for the PawSox in the bottom of the eighth and retired three batters in a row on ground outs, pitching for 1 inning with no hits, no runs, and no walks. Pawtucket got one more run in the top of the ninth when Anderson blasted a home run, the team's fourth of the night. Will Inman replaced Pena in the bottom of the ninth and gave up a two run homer. He pitched 1 inning with 2 hits, 2 runs, and no walks. In total, PawSox batters had 13 hits in the game. Ciriaco led the team in hitting going 4 for 5.

The Sea Dogs snapped a four game losing streak when they beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-2. Portland put up the first tally of the game in the top of the first. Jeremy Hazelbaker drew a leadoff walk, stole second base, and advanced to third when Ryan Dent grounded out. JC Linares hit a single to drive Hazelbaker in. Richmond put up their first run in the bottom of the third when Sea Dogs starter Drake Britton gave up three hits for 1 run. He gave up another in the bottom of the fourth. In the top of the fifth inning, Bryan Johns singled, stole second base, and was advanced to third when Hazelbacker flew out. Johns scored when Dent singled to drive him in. Britton stayed in the game through the sixth inning. He pitched 6 innings for 8 hits, 2 runs, and no walks. He was replaced to begin the seventh by Chorye Spoone, who kept the Flying Squirrels scoreless for 2 innings with no hits, no runs, and 3 walks. He was credited with the win, his first of the season with the Sea Dogs. In the top of the eighth, Linares singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. Bryce Brentz singled to drive Linares to third, followed by a Dan Butler single that scored Linares and advanced Brentz to third. Peter Hissey followed with a single that drove in Brentz. Josh Fields took the mound for Portland in the bottom of the ninth, and pitched 1 inning with no hits, no runs, no walks, and 2 strikeouts. The Sea Dogs put up 9 hits on the night, 3 of them belonging to Linares.

Salem took an early lead against the Carolina Mudcats (CLE) and held on to win 10-4. Jackie Bradley reached base in the bottom of the first when he was hit by a pitch, followed by a single Travis Shaw that advanced Bradley to second. With Brandon Jacobs at bat, Bradley stole third and Shaw stole second. Bradley was thrown out at the plate before Jacobs homered, giving the Red Sox their first runs of the game. In the bottom of the second, the Red Sox loaded the bases when Sean Coyle drew a walk, Heiker Meneses singled, and Bradley was hit by his second pitch of the night. Shannon Wilkerson walked to score Coyle, followed by a Shaw single that drove in Meneses and Bradley. The bases were loaded again when Jacobs was intentionally walked, and Xander Bogaerts hit a sacrifice fly to score Wilkerson. Salem picked up two more runs in the bottom of the fourth when Shaw singled, followed by a home run from Bogaerts. The Mudcats put up their first run of the game in the top of the fifth against Salem starter Brandon Workman. Workman, who was credited with the win, pitched 6 innings with 3 hits, 1 run, and no walks. Michael Gleason took the mound for the Red Sox in the top of the seventh and gave up a home run for 2 runs. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Jacobs drew a walk, Michael Almanzar singled, and Christian Vazquez walked to load the bases. Coyle was hit by a pitch to drive in Jacobs. Gleason let up another homer in the top of the ninth, but otherwise got out of the inning unharmed. He pitched 3 innings with 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 errors, and 2 walks. Red Sox batters had 11 hits on the night, Shaw leading them with 4.

The Drive dropped their third straight to the Augusta GreenJackets (SF) in a 2-1 loss. The top of the third gave Greenville their only run of the game. Blake Swihart reached on a single, followed by a Cody Koback walk. Koback was thrown out at second, however Swihart advanced to third, and scored on a throwing error. The GreenJackets answered with a run in the bottom of the third against Drive starter Noe Ramirez. Ramirez pitched 4 innings with 6 hits, 1 run, and 2 walks. He was replaced in the top of the fifth by Justin Erasmus. Augusta put up a run against Erasmus with a home run in the bottom of the seventh. He came out of the game after that inning, having pitched 3 innings with 1 hit, 1 run, and no walks. Erasmus was credited with the loss. Tyler Lockwood took the mound for Greenville in the bottom of the eighth and pitched 1 inning with 1 hit, no runs, and no walks. Greenville batters were held to 5 hits in the contest, Jose Garcia led the team with 2.

After being blown out by the DSL Mets2 the night before, the DSL Red Sox beat them 3-2 in a game at home. The Mets got the first tally of the game with a run against pitcher Keivin Heras. The Red Sox picked up their first runs in the bottom of the third when Roberto Duncan reached on a walk, followed by a Raymel Flores triple that drove Duncan in. Andres Garcia hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Flores. Heras stayed on the mound through the fourth inning, having pitched 4 innings with 5 hits, 2 runs, and 1 walk. He was replaced in the top of the fifth by Randy Perez, who gave up a run to the Mets that inning. Perez stayed in for the next inning and pitched 2 innings with 1 hit, 1 run, and 1 walk. Enfember Martinez took the mound for the Red Sox in the seventh and pitched 2 scoreless innings with 1 hit and no walks. Martinez was credited with the win, his first of the season. The Red Sox broke the 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh when Duncan led off with a home run. In total, the Red Sox had seven hits on the night, Manuel Margot led the team with 2.

Player of the Night: Pedro Ciriaco, who went 4 for 5 with 3 runs and 2 RBI. Ciriaco, a major factor in Pawtucket's 8-3 win over the Bisons, blasted a home run in the first at bat of the game.

 
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