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August 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Barnes impresses in shutout victory

8/21 Cup of Coffee: It was a great day for the affiliates, as every team except Salem was victorious. Pawtucket got another stellar pitching performance as they shut out Lehigh Valley for the second night in a row. Lowell walked off with a victory as they returned from the All-Star break, while the DSL Sox clinched their division in an unorthodox way.  


A night after fellow rotation mate Anthony Ranaudo shut down the IronPigs, Matt Barnes (pictured, above) had no problem with Lehigh Valley. The 24-year-old right-hander tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out seven. In five starts since the All-Star break, Barnes is 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA, allowing just 18 hits in 32 1/3 innings of work. Jose Valdez added 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Heath Hembree pitched a scoreless ninth inning. 

In the second game of his rehab, Allen Craig was 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBI. Ryan Roberts was 2 for 4 with two runs scored, a double, a home run and two RBI. Deven Marrero broke an 0 for 21 stretch with a single in the fifth inning.


Justin Haley picked up his first victory as a member of the Sea Dogs, hurling 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out eight. Wilfredo Boscan collected just his second career save, allowing just one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Shannon Wilkerson was 1 for 2 from the leadoff spot, smacking a triple and driving in a run. Carson Blair paced the Sea Dogs offense, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored, a double, home run and three RBI. This is the first time in the 24-year-old Blair's career that he has homered in two consecutive games.  


It was a tough night for Pat Light, who lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on 12 hits, striking out three. Nate Reed did not fare much better in his 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks.

Carlos Asuaje was 2 for 4 with a run scored, an RBI and a pair of doubles. Mario Martinez was also 2 for 4, collecting a double and an RBI.

Myles Smith (pictured, right) improved to 5-9 as he tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and three walks, striking out eight. Jason Garcia collected his third save, hurling 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and a walk, punching out six.

Sam Travis had another big night at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a double, home run and three RBI. Danny Bethea and Franklin Guzman each added a solo home run in the victory. Danny Mars played in his first game with Greenville after being promoted from Lowell, going 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. Jordan Procyshen also made his first appearance as a member of the Drive, going 1 for 4. 

In their first game after the All-Star break, the Spinners sent fans home happy after striking for two runs in the ninth in a walk-off victory. Reed Reilly allowed one run on four hits and a walk, striking out four in his five innings of work. Mario Alcantara continued to struggle, allowing three runs on three hits in his lone inning of relief. Ellis Jimenez picked up the victory, thanks to his two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Down 4-3 in the ninth with one out, Mauricio Dubon and Jordan Betts hit back-to-back singles. A wild pitch coupled with a throwing error allowed Dubon to score from second and Betts to move up to third. Mike Meyers ended the game with his two out RBI single. Betts and Dubon both were 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Gabe Speier was impressive on the mound as he improved to 2-0 on the season after tossing five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out five. Carlos Garcia got the final out of the contest to record his second save.

Victor Acosta was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, and Rafael Oliveras was 1 for 2 with a walk and two RBI to lead the Red Sox offense. Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis were each 1 for 4 with a double.

Despite just getting one hit, the DSL Red Sox clinched the Boca Chica South Division with their victory. Shair Lacrus hurled six shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk. Ritzi Mendoza collected his first career save, pitching three scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out five.

The Red Sox lone hit of the day was a base hit from Carlos Tovar. The DSL squad scratched out runs in the third and fifth innings on a combination of walks and errors.

Player of the Day: Matt Barnes, who tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings in Pawtucket's 9-0 victory over Lehigh Valley. Barnes allowed just two hits and three walks, striking out seven, as he threw 64 of his 105 pitches for strikes. After a pedestrian July, Barnes has found something in August, going 2-0 with a 0.99 ERA in four starts. In those starts Barnes has struck out 24 in 27 1/3 innings, walking just eight.

Photo Credit: Matt Barnes & Myles Smith by Kelly O'Connor