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July 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Devers' bat makes major impact in GCL debut

7/5 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket and Salem found themselves on opposite sides of extra inning battles while Greenville and Lowell fell on the road. The GCL Sox offense fired on all cylinders in a lopsided victory and the DSL Sox remained hot with another win. 


In a contest that was tight the entire way, the PawSox slipped by the league leading Syracuse Chiefs (WAS), 3-2. Steven Wright pitched well for Pawtucket, hurling eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three. Alex Wilson picked up the victory tossing two innings of scoreless relief.

Down 2-0 in the fifth, a sacrifice fly from Travis Shaw and an RBI single off the bat of Carlos Rivero helped Pawtucket tie the game, 2-2. The game remained knotted until the tenth, when Deven Marrero laced a two-out RBI double to bring home the game's winning run.

The PawSox had 15 hits on the evening, having multiple scoring chances throughout the game, but going just 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Andres Torres was 4 for 5 with a double and a run scored. The outfielder has performed admirably since joining Pawtucket, going 8 for 22 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI. 


Portland's game against the New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader today, July 5th.  


Salem let a late lead slip away as they were stuck down by the Carolina Mudcats (CLE), 7-6. Justin Haley got the start, tossing just three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk. Kyle Martin took the loss, as he allowed two runs on four hits and to walks in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

Down 4-0 in the fifth, the Red Sox climbed to within one thanks to RBI singles from Matty Johnson, Jantzen Witte, and Carson Blair. In the sixth, Salem grabbed a 6-4 lead after a solo home run by Aneury Tavarez and RBI singles by Johnson and Mike Miller. The Red Sox held a 6-5 lead in the ninth and were within one out of victory when Carolina got back-to-back clutch hits to tie the game. The Mudcats quickly got two runners on in the tenth and knocked in the game winning run off of Matty Ott


Greenville's bats were alive on Friday, but their pitching stuttered in a 13-9 loss to the Augusta GreenJackets (SF). Jamie Callahan received the loss, hurling 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and three walks, striking out five. Sergio Gomez did not fare much better in relief, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

Down 3-0 in the fourth, the Drive plated five runs on a Tim Roberson solo home run, Kendrick Perkins RBI double, and a Kevin Mager RBI single. Carlos Asuaje's two-run home run in the fifth extended the Greenville lead to 7-3. Augusta broke through in the bottom of the fifth for six runs, reclaiming the lead 9-7. Down 13-7 in the ninth, the Drive rallied for two runs on an Asuaje sacrifice fly and a Jake Romanski (pictured, above) RBI single.

Every member of the Greenville lineup reached base at least once, with Romanski leading the way with a 3 for 4 showing at the plate. The 2013 14th round selection is now hitting .306/.344/.397 with a home run 39 RBI in 60 games this season. 


Lowell couldn't keep pace with the Tri-City ValleyCats (HOU), falling 7-4. Karsten Whitson tossed two innings to start the contest for the Spinners, allowing a run on one hit and a walk, striking out one. Willie Ethington took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

Down 1-0 in the third, Lowell tied the game on a Danny Mars RBI single. After Tri-City plated two runs in the bottom of the third, the Spinners responded with a Sam Travis RBI single in the fourth. Nick Longhi's RBI double in the sixth tied the game briefly, 3-3. The ValleyCats plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth and two in the bottom of the seventh to open up a comfortable 7-3 advantage. Travis added an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to round out the scoring for the Spinners.

Mars was 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI atop the order while Travis was 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. 


The GCL Red Sox crushed the GCL Twins (MIN), 13-3. Jose Almonte picked up his first win of 2014, hurling five shutout innings, allowing five hits and walking one. Williams Jerez allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in three innings of relief.

The Red Sox smacked 17 hits on the day, with every Red Sox started reaching base at least once. Devon Fisher made his professional debut as a pinch hitter, collecting a single in his lone at-bat. Joseph Monge was 3 for 5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Ben Moore went 2 for 4, driving in two. In his first game with the GCL Sox, Rafael Devers (pictured,right) had a monster day, going 4 for 4 with a double, triple and three RBI, reaching base all five times he stepped to the plate. 


The DSL Red Sox remained hot as they doubled up the DSL Mariners (SEA), 4-2. Daniel Gonzalez moved to 6-0 as he hurled five innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk, striking out four. Carlos Caceres picked up his third save, allowing a run on three hits in his lone inning of relief.

The Red Sox opened up scoring in the third on an RBI ground out from Juan Hernandez. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Isaias Lucena and Gerardo Carrizalez gave the the Red Sox a 3-1 advantage. In the ninth, the Red Sox plated an insurance run as Rafael Toribio walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then came home on another wild pitch.

The Red Sox have now won six out of their last seven contests and sit just a game back in the division. 


Player of the Day: Rafael Devers, who made his GCL debut in a big way on Friday, going 4 for 4 with a double, triple and three RBI. The 17-year-old phenom reached base in all five plate appearances and paced the GCL Sox in their 13-3 victory. Devers is now hitting .361/.466/.583 with three home runs and 24 RBI in 29 games this season. 

Photo Credit: Rafael Devers by Kelly O'Connor.