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August 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Bailey and Younginer continue rehab assignments

8/13 Cup of Coffee: Andrew Bailey is looking like he is ready for Boston, while Lowell continued its scorching pace. 
Zach Stewart lasted only three innings, as the Buffalo Bisons (NYM) beat the PawSox, 9-3. Stewart threw 75 pitches over his 3.0 innings of work, allowing three runs on five hits. Mark Prior continued to struggle in relief, allowing two runs in 1.2 innings, and he has now allowed eight runs in his last 15.1 innings. Andrew Bailey was the lone bright spot for the pitching staff, as he threw 1.1 hitless innings, striking out one. He has allowed only one run in 6.1 innings on his rehab assignment, while striking out 10. Mauro Gomez (pictured) went 2 for 4 with a double and a home run, and Che-Hsuan Lin went 2 for 3 with two walks.
Brandon Workman's Double-A debut was rained out, and the game will not be made up.
Michael McCarthy was solid in his debut with Salem, but the Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC) prevailed with a 5-0 victory. McCarthy, who made four starts in 26 appearances with Greenville, tossed 5.1 innings, allowing  two runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out five. The Salem offense could only collect four hits on the day, with Adalberto Ibarra leading the way, going 2 for 4. Since Xander Bogaerts was promoted to Portland on August 9th, Salem has averaged only one run per game.
Lowell improved to 10-2 in August with a 5-2 victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades (TB). Making his first rehab start with the Spinners, Madison Younginer allowed one run on one hit in 3.0 innings, walking two and striking out three. Lowell loaded the bases with nobody out in the first, but only scored one run after a double play and a ground out. It was almost a similar scene in the fifth as Mike Miller grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, but Deven Marrero hit a two-out single to put the Spinners up 3-1. 

After the Renegades scored another run in the sixth, Dreily Guerrero hit a two-run double in the eighth to secure the win. Guerrero and Marrero each went 2 for 3 with a walk, and J.T. Watkins went 2 for 2 with a walk. Yunior Ortega pitched well in relief, allowing only one run in 4.0 innings. 
Player of the Night: Mauro Gomez went 2 for 4 with a double and a home run in the PawSox loss to Buffalo. Gomez is now batting .306 in Triple-A with 23 home runs and a .952 OPS.

Photo Credit: Mauro Gomez by Kelly O'Connor