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August 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Cup of Coffee: Affiliates allow only two runs on a perfect Monday

8/7 Cup of Coffee: Thanks to terrific starting pitching performances and timely hitting at every level, the affiliates swept their opponents on Monday.
Pawtucket received another strong start from Zach Stewart and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the IronPigs (PHI). The PawSox scored three times in the first, with doubles from Jose Iglesias and Juan Carlos Linares being the key hits in the inning. That was more than enough for Stewart, who threw 5.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits while striking out four. Clayton Mortensen, Chris Carpenter and Daniel Bard combined to throw 3.0 innings of hitless relief. Iglesias led the offense, going 3 for 5 with a double, while Linares and Dan Butler each went 2 for 4 with a double.
After missing a month with a hamstring strain, Mickey Pena (pictured) was brilliant in his return to the Greenville rotation, and the Drive beat the Crawdads (TEX), 3-0. Pena tossed 5.0 innings, allowing only two hits while striking out six. Greenville got a run in the second on a David Renfroe home run and added two in the eighth on a Bryan Johns single. Johns went 2 for 4, and Keury De La Cruz went 2 for 3 with a double.
Despite being out hit 10-6, the Spinners defeated the Staten Island Yankees (NYY), 5-1. Mookie Betts got the scoring started, hitting an RBI double in the second and scoring on a Tim Roberson sacrifice fly. With runners on first and second in the seventh, the Spinners attempted a double steal, and the Yankee catcher threw the ball into left field allowing Mike Miller to score and Deven Marrero to advance to third. Marrero now has 16 steals on the season. Justin Haley lowered his ERA to 0.89 with 3.0 scoreless innings, and Anuery Tavarez went 1 for 2 with two walks.  
The DSL Red Sox completed the sweep for the affiliates, defeating the DSL Rangers (TEX), 2-0. Keivin Heras threw 6.0 shutout innings, allowing four hits while striking out three. Enfember Martinez completed the shutout, allowing three hits over 3.0 innings. The Red Sox scored their first run in the fifth on a Manuel Margot sacrifice fly and added an insurance run in the seventh, as Anthony Amaya scored on a passed ball. Margot went 2 for 3, and Amaya went 3 for 3 with a double.
Mickey Pena returned from a month-long absence and showed little rust, allowing only two base runners in five innings of shutout ball. His six strikeouts were the most he recorded since May 25.

Photo credit: Mickey Pena by Kelly O'Connor

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