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July 5, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Cup of Coffee: PawSox, Salem win big on Fourth


7/5 Cup of Coffee: The PawSox and Salem pulled off big wins on Independence Day, while the other affiliates struggled.
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The PawSox took on the Rochester Red Wings (MIN) and came out on top, 7-4. Pawtucket started things off with a bang in the top of the first inning on a two-run homer from Jason Repko, but Rochester answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the first starter Doug Mathis. In the top of the second, Jon Hee hit his first Triple-A home run bringing in another three runs. Repko later tripled and scored on a Lars Anderson single. Rochester put up another run against Mathis in the bottom of the second, and two more in the bottom of the fourth. Mathis went 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks, striking out two. He was replaced by Will Inman, who walked two in 2.0 hitless, scoreless innings. Junichi Tazawa took the mound for Pawtucket in the bottom of the eighth and pitched 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, and no walks. In the top of the ninth, Pawtucket got an insurance run on an Alex Hassan single for the final 7-4 margin. Repko and Hee led a group of six PawSox with multi-hit nights, including Ryan Lavarnway, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.
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The Sea Dogs had an eleventh-inning rally but could not fend off the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) in an 11-10 loss. In the top of the first, Marquez Smith doubled home Jackie Bradley to start the scoring. New Hampshire retaliated in the bottom half of the frame with two runs against Portland righty Stolmy Pimentel. The Sea Dogs put another run on the board in the top of the second thanks to a Drew Hedman homer, but New Hampshire answered with another run in the bottom of the third. In the top of the fourth inning Ryan Dent doubled home a pair of runs, later scoring on a double-play ball. The Fisher Cats tied it back up in the bottom of the fifth with two solo home runs. In the top of the sixth, Dent scored again to give Portland back the lead, this time on a Carl Crawford single. The Sea Dogs got a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Bradley doubled, stole third, and crossed the plate on a Brentz single, and Dan Butler later homered. However, Brock Huntzinger took the mound in the bottom of the ninth and let in three New Hampshire runs to tie the game and send it to extra innings. After a scoreless tenth, the Sea Dogs put up two more runs in the eleventh. Jeremy Hazelbaker singled and stole second. Brentz was intentionally walked, and an error advanced the pair to second and third. Smith was also intentionally walked, followed by a Butler single that scored Hazelbaker and Brentz. However, in the bottom of the eleventh, New Hampshire rallied against Jason Urquidez, eventually taking the win on a two-run walk off home run.

Pimentel pitched 6.0 innings for the Sea Dogs and had eight hits, five runs, and three walks. He was replaced by Aaron Kurcz, who pitched 2.0 scorless innings, allowing just one hit and no walks while punching out one.  The Sea Dogs had 18 hits in the effort, Bradley leading the team with a 4-for-6 night and Brentz going 3-for-5 with a walk. Both Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury continued their rehab assignments, the former starting in left field and going 2-for-4, the latter going 1-for-5 in his first game with Portland as the club's center fielder.
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Christian Vazquez (Kelly O'Connor)
Salem showed the Carolina Mudcats (CLE) who's boss in a 12-3 road win. The Red Sox got things started with five runs in the top of the first inning. Matty Johnson  kicked things off with a lead off double, followed by a Heiker Meneses single that scored Johnson. In the next at bat, Meneses stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Brandon Jacobs singled, scoring Meneses, followed by a Michael Almanzar single that sent Jacobs to third. Christian Vazquez then doubled, scoring Jacobs. Sean Coyle also had an RBI single in the inning.

In the bottom of the third, the Mudcats plated their first run against Red Sox starter Brandon Workman. Salem answered in the top of the fourth when Coyle reached base on a single, stole second, and ultimately scored on a Shannon Wilkerson single. Salem had another five-run inning in the top of the fifth. Xander Bogaerts reached base on a walk, followed by an Almanzar single. Almanzar stole second base, followed by a Vazquez single that scored the two base runners. After a pitching change, Ibarra walked, followed by a Coyle single that scored Vazquez and sent Ibarra to second. A Meneses triple drove in two more runs. Workman pitched a total of 6.0 innings with nine hits, three runs, and no walks. Workman was replaced by Michael Gleason, who pitched 3.0 innings with one hit, no runs, and one walk. The Red Sox put up one last run in the top of the ninth. Johnson singled, followed by a James Kang walk and a wild pitch that advanced both base runners. Jacobs was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Bogaerts singled, scoring Johnson. Salem had 19 total hits on the night, with Johnson, Almanzar, and Coyle each contributing three.
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The Drive hosted the Rome Braves (ATL) and fell 13-6. In the bottom of the second, Cody Koback reached base on a single, stole second, and reached third on a wild pitch. Dreily Guerrero then singled to drive in Koback. Rome retaliated with four runs in the top of the third against Drive starter Luis Diaz. In the bottom half of that frame, Garin Cecchini was hit by a pitch, stole second base during the next at-bat for his system-leading 28th swiped bag, and advanced to third when Boss Moanaroa grounded out. During the next at bat, Cecchini scored on a passed ball. The Braves put up three more runs in the top of the fourth. Diaz pitched 4.0 innings for the Drive, giving up nine hits, seven runs, and walking one. Diaz was replaced by Kevin Brahney who took the mound in the top of the fifth.

Greenville answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Koback reached base when he was hit by a pitch, followed by Guerrero single that scored Koback and sent Guerrero to second on a fielding error. Jose Garcia then doubled, scoring Guerrero. Rome put up another run in the top of the fifth, with a home run against Brahney. In the bottom of the fifth, Drew Turocy doubled, followed by a single from Henry Ramos that sent Turocy across the plate. Brahney got into trouble in the top of the sixth inning, letting in six runs. With one on and two out, he was replaced by Nathan Striz who struck out the next batter to end the inning. Brahney pitched 1.2 innings with four hits, five runs, and two walks. The Braves put up one more run in the top of the seventh with a home run against Striz. The Drive put up one last run in the bottom of the eighth. Koback reached on a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Jordan Weems then singled, scoring Koback. Striz pitched 2.1 innings with one hit, one run, and two walks. In total, the Drive had 11 hits on the night, with most of the lineup contributing to that number.
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Despite a five-run first inning, the Spinners fell 11-5 to the Auburn Doubledays (WAS). In the top of the first, Deven Marrero reached base on a walk, and David Chester reached on a fielding error. Anuery Tavarez drew a walk to load the bases, and Mookie Betts reached on a fielding error, scoring Marrero. Seth Schwindenhammer then cleared the bases with a grand slam. Unfortunately, these would be Lowell's only runs of the game.

The Doubledays put up two runs in the bottom of the second and three more in the bottom of the third against starter Zach Good. Good got into even more trouble in the bottom of the fifth, when he let in a run. With no outs and one on, he was replaced by Greg Larson, who let in Good's last base runner but got out of the inning otherwise unscathed. Good was credited with the loss, his third of the season, and finished his day with 4.0 innings with seven hits, seven runs, and four walks. Larson stayed in the game until the bottom of the seventh when he was replaced with two outs and one on by Leandro Marin. Larson pitched 2.2 innings with one hit, no runs, and two walks. Marin was lit up in the bottom of the eighth, with Auburn picking up four runs against him. Marin pitched 1.1 innings with three hits, four runs, and no walks. The Spinners had three total hits in the game.
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The GCL Red Sox hosted the GCL Rays and fell in a shortened seven-inning game in a 4-3 loss. The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Rays put up a run against Red Sox starter Jonathan Aro. The Red Sox retaliated with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Cleuluis Rondon led off with a single, followed by Jesus Loya double that sent Rondon to third. Deiner Lopez then singled, scoring Rondon and sending Loya to third. Lopez stole second base and Keaton Briscoe singled, sending Loya and Lopez across the plate. Aro got into trouble on the mound in the top of the fifth, when he let in three runs. He was replaced with one out and the bases loaded by Oscar Melendez. Melendez let in one more of Aro's runs, but got out of the inning mostly unharmed. Aro pitched 4.1 innings with ten hits, four runs, and one walk. Melendez closed out the game for the Red Sox, pitching 2.2 innings with one hit, no runs, and no walks. The Red Sox had seven hits in the game, three of which belong to Rondon.
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The DSL Red Sox were crushed 11-2 by the DSL Pirates1. The Pirates1 started things off in the top of the first with two runs off of Red Sox starter Edwar Garcia. The Red Sox put up their first run in the bottom of the second when Robert Del Rosario singled, advanced to second on a fielding error, advanced to third when Anthony Amaya  grounded out, and scored when Aneudis Peralta grounded out. Garcia gave up two more runs in the top of the fifth. In total, Garcia pitched 5.0 innings with six hits, four runs, and two walks. He was replaced in the top of the sixth by Jervis Torrealba, who gave up one run that inning. The Red Sox answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Raymel Flores reached base when he was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on wild pitch. Andres Garcia grounded out, advancing Flores to third followed by Manuel Margot grounding out to send Flores across the plate. The Pirates1 lit up Torrealba with four runs in the top of the seventh. Torrealba stayed on the mound through the eighth inning and pitched 3.0 innings with five hits, five runs, and no walks. He was replaced by William Gonzalez, who gave up two runs in the top of the ninth. Gonzalez pitched 1.0 inning with one hit, two runs, and one walk. The Red Sox had three hits on the night total, thanks to Margot, Del Rosario, and Pablo Urena.
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Player of the Night: Christian Vazquez, who had two hits in Salem's win over the Carolina Mudcats. Vazquez had three RBI and two runs, accounting for five of the Red Sox' 12 runs in the game.

 
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