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June 7, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Cup of Coffee: Rehabbing Middlebrooks, Victorino both homer

6/7 Cup of Coffee: Overshadowed some by last night's draft and the major-league club's stunning comeback, there was plenty of action down on the farm. Portland and Greenville were both stopped by inclement weather. Pawtucket lost its game as tempers flared, Salem dropped its contest, and the DSL Red Sox continued to impress.


It was a wild night in Pawtucket, as the PawSox fell 10-5 to the Charlotte Knights (CHI). Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks both got starts as they work their way back from leg and back injuries, respectively. Making his first rehab appearance, Victorino took the second pitch of the game over the right field wall, giving Pawtucket a 1-0 lead. Later on, Middlebrooks connected for his second home run in as many nights. In between, little went right for Pawtucket.

After allowing a home run to lead off the second inning, pitcher Allen Webster hit the next batter, causing home plate umpire Adam Hamari to issue a warning. After a walk to old friend Lars Anderson, Webster hit another batter. It was deemed unintentional by the umpire, and Webster was allowed to continue, which turned out to be a blessing for Charlotte. Steve Tolleson, the following batter, took Webster deep for a grand slam, giving the Knights a 5-2 lead they would not relinquish. In the fourth inning, Webster plunked Tolleson and was ejected for the second time this season. Drew Sutton and manager Gary DiSarcina were also ejected. Pitching coach Rich Sauveur went on to be ejected from the game in the ninth inning. 

Lost in the shuffle of rehabbing major leaguers and mass ejections, Brock Holt continues to swing a hot bat. He went 2 for 3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. During that stretch, he is 25 for 56 (.446).


Salem fell 5-4 to the Winston-Salem Dash (CHI). Starting pitcher William Cuevas allowed four runs on just three hits in six innings, striking out four and walking one. Noe Ramirez took the loss in relief, dropping to 2-1 on the season. Ramirez allowed a run on three hits in two innings. Henry Ramos (pictured) led the way at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a home run, a stolen base, and a pair of runs scored. Brandon Jacobs went deep as well for Salem. Keury De La Cruz went 2 for 4, notching his league-leading 19th double, while Garin Cecchini also doubled as part of a 1 for 4 evening. 


The DSL Red Sox moved to 4-1 to start the season with a 5-3 victory over the DSL Athletics. Luis Ramos, who pitched out of the DSL bullpen in 2012, made a strong first professional start. The left-hander allowed a run on two hits in four innings, while striking out two without walking a batter. Jervis Torrealba earned the win after surrendering a run on three hits in two innings of work. Three relievers combined to hold on for the win, including Edinxon Pacheco, who pitched a scoreless ninth for his first professional save.

The DSL Red Sox were able to win without the benefit of an extra-base hit by getting on base 20 times in the contest - seven singles, 12 walks and a hit batsman. Victor Acosta led the charge, going 2 for 3 with two walks and a run scored. Acosta has hit safely in all five of the Sox's games. Center fielder Raiwinson Lamenda  went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored, as Isaias Lucena and Ricardo Andujar also reached base three times in the victory.


Player of the Day: It was a big night in a losing effort for Henry Ramos. All of Ramos' offensive tools were on display, as he displayed excellent contact (three hits), power (a home run), and speed (a stolen base). It was the second consecutive night that Ramos has gone deep, and he is now riding a modest four-game hitting streak.

Photo Credit: Henry Ramos by Kelly O'Connor

James Dunne is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com.