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September 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Extra inning victories kick off playoff action

9/4 Cup of Coffee: Late inning drama was the name of the game Wednesday as both Pawtucket and Salem secured extra inning victories in game one of their respective series. Portland was unable to hold a lead as they dropped game one of their series. The DSL season came to a close as the Red Sox fell once again. 


Edwin Escobar was outstanding on the hill, hurling 8 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out seven. Escobar was given a 1-0 lead in the sixth when Travis Shaw blasted a lead-off solo home run. That lead held up until the ninth, when Escobar quickly retired the first two batters, but allowed a game tying home run thereafter.

The game moved to extra innings where Pawtucket made noise in the 10th. Bryce Brentz led off the inning with a double. Brentz moved to third on a wild pitch and saw Shaw and Ryan Lavarnway both walk to load the bases. Garin Cecchini played hero, lacing a single up the middle to bring home the game's winning run. Heath Hembree secured the victory for tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

The PawSox were just 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, leaving 13 men on base. Alex Hassan left the game after being hit in the arm with a pitch. Blake Swihart was 3 for 4 with three singles in the victory. 


Brian Johnson received the start for Portland, hurling seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk, punching out eight. Robby Scott relieved Johnson and did not have much success, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in just 1/3 of an inning. Noe Ramirez was tagged with the loss, allowing three unearned runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Down 1-0 in the fourth, Sean Coyle's solo home run tied the game for the Sea Dogs, 1-1. Portland moved ahead 5-1 in the sixth as they received an RBI single from Keury De La Cruz and a three-run home run from David Chester. Binghamton stormed back in the eighth and the ninth, taking advantage of two errors and using a walk off three run home run to secure game one.

Carson Blair was 3 for 4 with three singles in the loss. Rusney Castillo led off for Portland and went 1 for 3 with a run scored and a stolen base.


Jacob Dahlstrand(pictured, above) tossed a magnificent game, allowing just two hits in his seven innings of work, punching out eight in a no decision. The Red Sox held an early 1-0 lead all the way until the eighth, thanks to a first inning Carlos Asuaje RBI single.

The Pelicans tied the game in the eighth off of Madison Younginer, who allowed a run on a hit and two walks in his 2/3 innings of relief. The game moved into extra innings, where Jake Romanski hit a controversial two-run home run. The play was challenged as the Pelicans believed the ball to be foul, but the home run was upheld, leading to three members of the Pelicans being ejected.

Kyle Martin picked up the victory, as he tossed the last 2 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three.


Unable to overcome a 4-0 hole, the DSL Red Sox fantastic season came to a close. Jhonathan Diaz took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in four innings of work. Shair Lacrus allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

The Red Sox lone run of the contest came in the seventh, as Gerardo Carrizalez laced an RBI triple. The Red Sox mustered just four hits, going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. After winning the first game of the series, the Red Sox dropped the next three to lose the best-of-five series. 


Player of the Day: While he didn't receive a win, Jacob Dahlstrand was certainly deserving of one Wednesday night. The 22-year-old right-hander was making just his seventh start of the season after pitching primarily in a relief role with Greenville in 2014. Dahlstrand tossed seven innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight. Between Greenville and Salem this season, Dahlstrand was 8-5 with a 2.90 ERA in 28 appearances.

Photo Credit: Jacob Dahlstrand by Kelly O'Connor