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June 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Brentz powers Pawtucket in Workman's debut

6/10 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket and Portland were both able to pick up victories on Sunday thanks to strong pitching. Salem split a doubleheader, and Greenville mustered just one hit in a rain-shortened loss. 


Pawtucket overpowered the Syracuse Chiefs (WAS), 5-3Brandon Workman made his Triple-A debut, allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out four and earned the victory. Alex Wilson, Pedro Beato and Anthony Carter, combined for 3 1/3 innings of flawless relief, striking out seven. 

Pawtucket jumped quickly on Syracuse, plating three runs in the first on a Bryce Brentz (pictured) three-run home run.  In the second, Brock Holt led off the inning with a solo home run, giving the PawSox a quick 4-0 advantage. The Chiefs pulled to within a run in the fourth, but a Brentz RBI single in the eighth provided Pawtucket with an insurance run.

The rehabbing Will Middlebrooks was 1 for 5 with a walk, as the PawSox collected 17 hits on the day. Brentz led the offensive charge, going 3 for 5 with a double, a home run and four RBI. 


Strong pitching and solid contributions from the left side of the Sea Dogs infield allowed Portland to defeat the Akron Aeros (CLE), 4-1. Keith Couch moved to 4-2 after allowing one run on three hits, striking out three in five innings of work. Brock Huntzinger tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to collect his 12th save.

With the game scoreless in the fourth, a Tony Thomas sacrifice fly gave the Sea Dogs a 1-0 advantage. After Akron tied the game in the fifth, Portland struck back in the sixth, plating a run on Michael Almanzar's sacrifice fly. In the eighth, back-to-back RBI singles from Xander Bogaerts and Almanzar gave Portland a 4-1 advantage.

Bogaerts was 2 for 3 with a triple, a walk, a RBI and three runs scored to lead the Sea Dogs offense. In his last 10 games, Bogaerts is 16 for 34 with nine extra-base hits (four home runs) and 11 RBI. 


In game one of a doubleheader, Salem collected 10 hits, but mustered just one run in a 4-1 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats (ATL). Mike Augliera pitched the full six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. Down 4-0 in the seventh, the Red Sox mounted a rally, plating a run on a Keury De La Cruz RBI single. The single left Salem with two men on and no out, however, a strikeout and a double play quickly squashed any hopes of a comeback.

The Red Sox were just 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 men on base. 

In game two, Salem's offense came alive, as they nabbed a 7-4 victory over Lynchburg. Michael McCarthy tossed four innings, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk. Robby Scott picked up the victory for his two innings of scoreless relief.

Down 2-0 in the fourth, the Red Sox trimmed the lead in half on a David Renfroe RBI double. The Hillcats plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. In the fifth, Salem brought home six runs on a Felix Sanchez RBI single and a Renfroe grand slam.

The Red Sox third baseman was 2 for 4 with a double, a grand slam, and five RBI.


The Hickory Crawdads (TEX) used a six-run fourth inning to overcome Greenville, 6-3. Jacob Dahlstrand received the loss, hurling 5 2/3 innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks. With the game scoreless in the third, the Drive jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Mookie Betts RBI double and a run-scoring error. Greenville's only other run of the contest came in the fifth on a Cody Koback RBI ground out.

The game was stopped due to rain with one out in the top of the eighth and never resumed. Greenville mustered just one hit, but received three walks and took advantage of three errors. 


Player of the Day: Bryce Brentz, who went 3 for 4 with a double, a run scored, a home run, and four RBI in Pawtucket's 5-3 victory. The 24-year-old outfielder has been a much different player away from McCoy Stadium. In 28 away games, Brentz has hit .348/.407/.607 with six home runs and 28 RBI. In 27 home games, Brentz is hitting just .204/.244/.372 with five home runs and 16 RBI. 

Photo Credit: Bryce Brentz by Kelly O'Connor.

John Gray is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnRGray.