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April 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Brentz, Castillo move Pawsox to 2-0, Guerra paces Drive


4/11 Cup of Coffee: After a trio of wins on opening day, the lone affiliate who remained undefeated after Friday's action was Pawtucket, who used a 16-hit attack to move to 2-0. Pitching struggled across the board Friday, as Salem and Greenville both gave up double digit hits in losses. 

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Keith Couch picked up the victory for the PawSox as he allowed three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings of work. Zeke Spruill collected the final two outs of the contest in his Pawtucket debut to pick up just his third career save. Every PawSox starter had at least one hit, paced by Bryce Brentz, who was 3 for 5 with a solo home run and three runs scored. Rusney Castillo also had a stellar night at the plate, going 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI. Sean Coyle also added a two-run home run in the winning effort. 

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Portland Sea Dogs vs. Reading Fightin Phils (PHI) - PPD.
Opening day for the Sea Dogs was postponed yet again by Mother Nature on Friday. After having Thursday's opener postponed due to snow, Friday's contest was sacked by wet, unplayable grounds. The two teams will hopefully get the season underway today as part of a single admission doubleheader beginning at 1 PM. 

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Trey Ball's 2015 debut did not go as planned as the left-hander took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on ten hits and a walk in just 5 1/3 innings. Taylor Grover pitched well in relief, tossing two shutout innings. The Red Sox were unable to crawl out of an early 4-0 hole, despite a two-run home run from Sam Travis in the fourth inning and back-to-back RBI doubles from Jordan Betts and Jordan Weems in the seventh. 

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Jamie Callahan lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his 2015 debut, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk as he picked up his first loss. Williams Jerez and Jake Drehoff did not fare much better in relief, as neither were able to keep the GreenJacket offense at bay. Javier Guerra was red hot at the plate, going 4 for 4 with a a double, a two-run home run, two runs scored and three RBI, falling just a triple short of a cycle. Acting as the designated hitter, Rafael Devers was 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored. 

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Player of the Day: Despite his team not coming away victorious, the nod goes to Javier Guerra, who was 4 for 4 with a double, home run, two runs scored, and three RBI in Greenville's 9-6 loss to Augusta. The 19-year-old native of Panama is making his full season affiliate debut with Greenville after spending 2014 with the GCL Red Sox. 

Photo Credit: Javier Guerra by Kelly O'Connor.

 
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