June 30, 2012 at 6:53 AM
6/30 Cup of Coffee: The PawSox dropped a home game to the Knights, while Portland and Greenville both beat their opponents by convincing margins. The Spinners fell in Vermont, the GCL Red Sox picked up a win, and the DSL Red Sox shutout the DSL Marlins.
The PawSox fell 5-2 to the Charlotte Knights (CWS) at home at McCoy Stadium. Pawtucket picked up the game's first runs in the bottom of the second. Mauro Gomez singled to reach base and advanced to third when Andy LaRoche hit a single. Another single from Alex Hassan drove in Gomez and advanced LaRoche to second. In his at bat, J.C. Linares grounded into a force out for Hassan at second but reached base himself and advances LaRoche to third. Che-Hsuan Lin then grounded into a force out for Linares at third, but advanced LaRoche to cross the plate. PawSox starter Doug Mathis gave up one run in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Mathis pitched 6.0 innings overall with nine hits, three runs, and two walks. He was replaced in the top of the seventh by Daniel Bard. Right away, Bard was lit up--with a hit, three walks, and a hit batter--all with only one out under his belt. Bard pitched 0.1 innings with one hit, two runs, and three walks and was replaced with one out and the bases loaded by Alex Wilson. In total, Wilson pitched 2.2 innings with one hit, no runs, and one walk. LaRoche and Pedro Ciriaco led the PawSox with three hits each, which helped to contribute to the ten that the team totaled.
Five runs in the eighth inning helped Portland to cement a 9-3 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR). New Hampshire drew first blood with a homer in the top of the first off of Sea Dogs starter Stolmy Pimentel. Portland put up their first runs in the bottom of the third. Derrik Gibson led off the bottom of the third and reached on a single, followed by Drew Hedman who reached base on an attempted force out, advancing Gibson and Hedman to third and second, respectively. Jackie Bradley singled, sending Gibson across the plate and Hedman to third. Jeremy Hazelbaker followed up with a double that scored Hedman and Bradley. The Fisher Cats answered with 2 runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game. Pimentel stayed on the mound through the sixth inning, pitching 6.0 innings with four hits, three runs, and one walk. He was replaced in the seventh inning by Chris Balcom-Miller. In the bottom of the sixth, Marquez Smith reached on a double, followed by a groundout from Dan Butler to advance Smith to third. Gibson then singled, scoring Smith and breaking the tie. Balcom-Miller pitched 2.0 solid innings for the Sea Dogs with two hits, no runs, and no walks. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Sea Dogs broke the lead open with five more runs. Peter Hissey and Gibson both reached base on walks. Hissey and Gibson both advanced in the next at bat thanks to stolen bases, followed by a Nick Natoli walk that loaded the bases. Bradley drew a walk to send Hissey across the plate, followed by a Hazelbaker double that scored Gibson and Natoli. Bryce Brentz then singled, scoring Bradley and Hazelbaker. Brock Huntzinger closed out the game for the Sea Dogs, pitching 1.0 perfect innings with no hits, no runs, and no walks. Portland had 12 hits on the night, three of which belong to Hazelbaker.
The Drive traveled to Charleston and blew out the RiverDogs (NYY) 10-2. Charleston put up the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. The drive answered in the top of the second when Boss Moanaroa doubled, followed by a Jordan Weems single that drove Moanaroa in. The RiverDogs put up another run against Drive starter Luis Diaz in the bottom of the second. In the top of the fifth, Bryan Johns reached base on a double, followed by a Jose Garcia bunt for a single, and a Keury De La Cruz double that rove Johns in. Garcia scored and De La Cruz advanced to third on a wild pitch followed by a walk for Garin Cecchini. David Renfroe grounded out, but advanced De La Cruz cross the plate. Diaz pitched 6.0 innings with four hits, two runs, and no walks. He was replaced in the seventh inning by Matty Ott. The top of the eighth was a productive inning for the Drive. Ramos singled, advanced to second with a hit from Drew Turocy, and Weems drew a walk to load the bases. Johns followed with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Ramos. Garcia then homered, sending himself, Turocy, and Weems across the plate. Ott pitched until the eighth inning, going 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, and no walks. In the top of the ninth, Matt Marquis reached on a single, Renfroe was hit by a pitch and Moanaroa singled to load the bases. Ramos singled to score Marquis and Turocy singled, scoring Renfroe. Michael McCarthy took the mound to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth. He pitched 1.0 perfect innings, with no hits, no runs, and no walks. Drive batters had 15 total hits in the game, three of which belong to Moanaroa.
The Spinners dropped a close 2-1 game to the Vermont Lake Monsters (OAK). The Lake Monsters put up their first run against Spinners starter Zach Good in the bottom of the second. The Spinners put up their lone run of the game in the top of the fourth. Mike Miller and Nathan Minnich both singled, followed by a Kendrick Perkind groundout that advanced the runners. Zach Kapstein then singled, driving in Miller. Vermont answered in the bottom half of the fourth with another run against Good. Despite picking up his second loss of the season, Good had a decent outing, throwing 6.0 innings with four hits, two runs, and three walks. Hw was replaced in the seventh inning by Braden Kapteyn who pitched 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, and 1 walk. Spinners batters had six hits on the night, Miller accounting for three of them.
The GCL Red Sox picked up a 5-2 win against the GCL Twins (MIN). The Twins struck first with a homer against Red Sox starter Mario Alcantara in the bottom of the second. The Red Sox answered with a run in the top of the third when Shaq Green-Thompson drew a walk, stole second base during the next at bat and crossed the plate on a throwing error. In the top of the fourth, David Sopilka reached base on a single and scored thanks to a Jacoby Ellsbury double. In the top of the fifth, Jake Davies doubled, Nick Moore walked, and Sopilka reached base on an attempted force out. Deiner Lopez then drew a walk, scoring Davies. Perez pitched through the fifth, picking up his second win of the season and going 5.0 innings with five hits, one run, and two walks. He was replaced in the sixth inning by Carlos Pinales. The Red Sox added to their lead in the top of the sixth, when Carl Crawford walked, advanced to second on a passed ball, and scored on a Cleuluis Rondon single. In the top of the eighth, Rondon reached base on a throwing error, followed by a passed ball that advanced him to second and a single from Moore that sent Rondon across the plate. Pinales gave up a run to the Twins in the bottom of the eighth and came out of the game after that inning, having thrown 3.0 innings with six hits, one run, and no walks. Gerardo Olivares closed out the game, pitching 1.0 inning with no hits, no runs, and no walks. The Twins out batted the Red Sox 11-8. Lopez led the Red Sox with two hits on the night.
The DSL Red Sox blanked the DSL Marlins (MIA) 6-0. Red Sox pitchers Randy Perez and Victor Ramirez stole the show with their impressive combined efforts. Perez started, throwing 5.0 innings with just one hit, no runs, and two walks. Martinez also had a great outing, going 4.0 innings with three hits, no runs, and no walks. Red Sox batters got their first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Roberto Duncan rounded the bases with a home run. Andres Garcia led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple, followed by Manuel Margot getting hit by a pitch and Alixon Suarez walking to load the bases. Duncan also drew a walk, scoring Garcia. Pablo Urena reached base on a fielding error, sending Margot across the plate. Suarez scored on a wild pitch during the next at bat. The Red Sox put up their last couple runs in the bottom of the sixth. Margot singled to get n base, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Margot scored thanks to a single from Anthony Amaya. In total, Red Sox batters had nine hits, Garcia and Duncan each had 3.
Players of the Night: Randy Perez and Victor Ramirez who combined their efforts to shutout the DSL Marlins. Perez, who pitched five innings, allowed just one hit while Ramirez pitched four innings with three hits.