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June 6, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Margot, Travis not enough to lift Salem

6/6 Cup of Coffee: It was a tough day for the affiliates as were 1-4 and had a contest suspended due to rain. The DSL Red Sox2 continued their strong start to the season while their counterparts were shutout. Portland let go of a late lead and Salem's big bats were not enough to lift them to victory. 


Friday's nights contest between the PawSox and the Red Wings was suspended due to rain after two innings with Rochester ahead 1-0. The game will continue on June 29th at 5:05 PM. 


Portland couldn't hold on to a 3-2 lead they carried into the eighth inning as they dropped the opener of the series. Justin Masterson got the start, tossing 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out two. Simon Mercedes took the loss, allowing three unearned runs in his 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Portland's only scoring of the evening came on a first inning three run home run from Keury De La Cruz. The Sea Dogs had the bases loaded in both the sixth and seventh innings, but failed to score. Despite having 11 hits, Portland was just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, left 12 men on base, and struck out 12 times.


Teddy Stankiewicz dropped to 1-6, as he allowed six runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Aaron Wilkerson did not fare any better, allowing four runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Offensively, Sam Travis (pictured, above) led the way, going 3 for 4 with a solo home run. Tzu-Wei Lin made his only hit of the contest count, cracking a two-run home run in the eighth inning. Manuel Margot was 3 for 5 from atop the order with an RBI triple and RBI single. 


It was a very quiet night offensively for the Drive as they mustered only three hits. Jalen Beeks took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out five in six innings. Jake Drehoff added two scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and three walks. Greenville has now dropped four straight, but still sits three games ahead of Savannah for first place in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division. 


DSL Red Sox2 14, DSL Pirates 8
It was an offensive display as the two teams combined for 22 runs and 23 hits. Ramfis Berroa led the charge for the Red Sox, going 3 for 6 with a double, four RBI and a stolen base. Juan Hernandez also had a big game, going 2 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored, and adding three stolen bases.

Darwinzon Hernandez pitched the first three innings for the Red Sox, allowing a run on two hits and four walks. Jervis Torrealba picked up the victory despite allowing four runs on seven hits in four innings of relief.

DSL Yankees1 10, DSL Red Sox 0
Unlike their counterparts, the DSL Red Sox were thoroughly dominated offensively. The team had just five hits and struck out 14 times against Yankees pitching. Luis Yovera was the lone bright spot for the Red Sox, going 2 for 3 with a pair of singles. Christopher Acosta took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits in his three innings of work.


Player of the Day: Sam Travis, who was 3 for 4 with a solo home run in Salem's 10-6 loss to Potomac. The 21-year-old first baseman is having a stellar sophomore season, hitting .300/.360/.427 with three home runs and 31 RBI in 51 games. He has been particularly hot over his last ten games, hitting .419 with six multi-hit games. 

Photo Credit: Sam Travis by Kelly O'Connor