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June 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Salem takes two, Margot fuels DSL victory

Manuel Margot
6/14 Cup of Coffee: Salem swept a doubleheader as Greenville brought home a close contest. Portland struggled as they were shutout, and the DSL Red Sox topped the rival DSL Yankees for the second straight day.    

Bowie continued to give the Sea Dogs fits as the Baysox (BAL) muzzled Portland, 7-0. Anthony Ranaudo struggled in his 3.0 innings of work, allowing four runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks, striking out two. Will Latimer tossed a flawless 3.0 innings of relief, allowing a walk while punching out two. Aaron Kurcz followed Latimer and struggled in his lone inning out of the bullpen, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks. Josh Fields tossed a scoreless eighth inning as he notched one strikeout. Portland managed only two hits and only advanced one runner into scoring position the entire game.

In game one of a doubleheader, Salem nipped the Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC), 3-2. Jeremy Kehrt received the start, hurling 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out two. Charle Rosario picked up the victory as he added 2.0 innings of relief, striking out four. With the game scoreless in the fourth, Christian Vazquez’s solo home run gave the Red Sox a 1-0 advantage. Wilmington struck right back, adding a run in the bottom of the fourth and a run in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. In the seventh, Salem took advantage of a key fielding error and received an RBI single from Xander Bogaerts that brought home two to snatch a 3-2 advantage. The Blue Rocks were set down in order in the ninth as the Red Sox won the contest despite being just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

Game two of the doubleheader saw the Red Sox blank Wilmington, 3-0. Keith Couch picked up the victory, moving him to 6-4 on the season, as he tossed 6.0 shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks while punching out two. Michael Olmsted pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two, to record his 13th save. Travis Shaw’s solo home run in the first inning gave the Red Sox a quick 1-0 lead. Shaw’s RBI double in the third brought home two more runs to give Salem a 3-0 advantage. Shaw’s 2 for 3, double, home run and three RBI performance easily led the Red Sox offense.

After losing their last five games against Asheville, Greenville finally quieted the Tourists (COL), 2-1. Henry Owens improved to 7-2 after his 5.1 inning start in which he allowed one run on two hits and two walks, striking out eight. Matty Ott added 2.1 innings of relief, allowing a hit and a walk while punching out two. Tyler Lockwood struck out two as part of a scoreless ninth inning that earned him his fifth save of the season. David Renfroe laced an RBI single in the first to put the Drive on top, 1-0. In the second, Jose Vinicio added an RBI single of his own to give Greenville a 2-0 advantage. Asheville plated a run in the sixth, but was held in check the rest of the way to preserve the Drive victory. Renfroe was 2 for 4 to lead the Greenville offense.

A day after topping them in extra innings, the DSL Red Sox pushed past the DSL Yankees2 (NYY), 7-2. Luis Ortega received the start and hurled 4.0 innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and three walks, striking out two. Carlos Garcia received the victory, allowing three hits and striking out two in his 3.0 innings of relief. Down 1-0 after the top of the first, the Red Sox plated two in the bottom half of the inning on a Manuel Margot RBI double and a throwing error which allowed Margot to score after stealing third. In the second, Raymel Flores laced an RBI triple which gave the Red Sox a 3-1 advantage. The DSL squad would grab a 4-1 lead in the third as Robert Del Rosario came home on a wild pitch. In the sixth, the Red Sox took advantage of two wild pitches and a key fielding error as well as a Roberto Duncan RBI single to grab a 7-1 lead. Margot has come out of the gates hot in his debut season, hitting .351/.425/.676 with two home runs, two triples, fifteen RBI and eight stolen bases in just ten games this season.

Player of the Night: Manuel Margot, who went 3 for 3 with a double, RBI, run scored and three stolen bases in the DSL Red Sox 7-2 victory.

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