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May 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Ramos leads Salem, Pawtucket no-hit by Durham

5/6 Cup of Coffee: Salem was the lone victor of the day, with the rest of the affiliates falling on Sunday. Pawtucket was on the wrong side of history, as they were no-hit by the Durham Bulls. 


Pawtucket took a tough loss on Sunday, getting no-hit by the Durham Bulls (TB), falling 2-1. Durham pitchers Jake Odorizzi, Frank De Los Santos, Kirby Yates, and Jeff Beliveau combined on the no-hitter. The PawSox were able to draw eight walks and scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Brandon Snyder. Lost in the fanfare of the contest was the solid relief outing of Graham Godfrey, who tossed five scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out two. 

The no-hitter was the first nine-inning no-hitter thrown against Pawtucket since Jose Lima of the Toledo Mud Hens did so on August 17, 1994.


A five-run fifth inning was not enough, as the Sea Dogs fell to the New Britain Rock Cats (MIN), 6-5. Brandon Workman received the start for Portland, tossing 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks, while striking out eight.

Down 3-0 in the fifth, Portland plated five runs on a Derrik Gibson RBI single, a J.C. Linares RBI single, a fielding error, and an RBI double from Tony Thomas. The Sea Dogs would hold the lead until the eighth, when the Rock Cats pulled ahead, as Chris Martin allowed inherited runners from Pete Ruiz to score on an RBI double.

The two teams combined to strike out 23 times and commit four errors. Heiker Meneses was 0 for 5 and was the only member of the Portland lineup not to reach base. 


Salem got off to a quick start that propelled them to a 7-3 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash (CHW). Michael McCarthy picked up the victory for the Red Sox, hurling five innings, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four. Noe Ramirez and Nefi Ogando each added two innings of relief.

In the top of the first inning, the Red Sox plated three runs on a Keury De La Cruz RBI double, a Brandon Jacobs RBI single, and a Blake Swihart RBI triple. After Winston-Salem countered with a run in the bottom of the first, Salem added two more runs in the second on a Garin Cecchini RBI ground out and a wild pitch.

Henry Ramos would help bring home Salem's final two runs, roping an RBI single in the sixth and an RBI triple in the eighth. Ramos, Swihart, and Jacobs each had two hits to lead the Salem offense.


Despite collecting more hits, Greenville was struck down by the West Virginia Power (PIT), 6-3.  Frank Montas picked up the loss, pitching five innings and allowing four runs on six hits, while striking out five.

Down 4-0 in the third, a Cody Koback RBI ground out put the Drive on the board. Greenville would not score again until the ninth, when Mookie Betts drew a bases loaded walk, and Koback laced an RBI single.  The loss, Greenville's fourth straight, drops the team to 10-19, last in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. 


Player of the Day: Henry Ramos, who was 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBI in Salem's 7-3 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash. Ramos, 21, has been hitting well of late. After hitting .176/.323/.196 in his first 16 games, in eight games since April 27, Ramos is 12 for 32 with two doubles, two triples and seven RBI for a .375/.394/.563 line. He has, to his credit, been strong all year with runners on base, hitting .351/.442/.541 with three doubles, two triples and nine RBI.

Photo Credit: Henry Ramos by Kelly O'Connor.

John Gray is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com.