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June 11, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Masterson rehabs as Cecchini's walk-off double leads Pawtucket

6/11 Cup of Coffee: Garin Cecchini (pictured) and Derek Miller provided late-game heroics in an otherwise quiet night for the Red Sox farm system. Justin Masterson made his third rehab start and pitched very well.


2010 fourth-round pick Garin Cecchini laced a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to score Deven Marrero that gave the PawSox a 2-1 victory. All eyes were on Justin Masterson as he took the mound for his third rehab start. He was solid, going six innings and allowing just two hits and one run. He struck out six and walked one. Al Skorupa of Baseball Prospectus wrote that Masterson sat at 85-87 MPH with his fastball and touched 88.

Zeke Spruill tossed three innings of scoreless relief and earned his fourth win of the season. Sean Coyle and Travis Shaw each added a pair of hits.


The Sea Dogs offense was held in check and managed just six hits and one run. Luis Martinez led the way with a 2 for 4 performance and Oscar Tejeda went 1 for 4 with the lone RBI. Luis Diaz took the loss and dropped his record to 0-5 on the season. He went five innings and allowed four earned runs, raising his ERA to 7.04. Simon Mercedes went two innings in relief and John Cornely finished the game off for Portland with a scoreless frame.


Salem also struggled to find a rhythm offensively. They received just four hits and two runs against the Hillcats. Third baseman Jordan Betts led the way by going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Teddy Stankiewicz started the game for the Red Sox and pitched fairly well despite taking the loss. He went the first five innings and allowed just two earned runs while striking out four and walking one. Williams Jerez made his first appearance in a Salem uniform and threw three innings, allowing one unearned run. Austin Maddox hit a speed bump and was knocked around a bit. He allowed three earned runs in the ninth inning.


The Drive, like the PawSox, also received a walk-off hit. This one came in the 10th inning off the bat of Derek Miller. In spirit of the draft, Miller was selected last year by Boston in the 23rd round and is now batting .285 for Greenville. Nick Longi had a pair of singles in four trips, raising his season batting average to .278. Last year's first round selection Michael Chavis also had two hits.

The Drive got very good pitching from Dedgar Jimenez and another 2014 draft pick Kuehl McEachern. The former started the game and went 6 2/3 innings while allowing just two earned runs. He struck out seven and walked one. McEachern got the win and went 3 1/3 innings, surrendering just one hit and no runs. He struck out four and walked none.


DSL Red Sox1 8, DSL Orioles2 (BAL) 7
Down 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth, the DSL Red Sox came back to walk-off as well. They scored eight runs on just five hits, but benefited from four errors by the Orioles. Samuel Miranda was the hero in the ninth, as he singled in two runs with two outs to give the Red Sox the victory. The Red Sox came back twice, as they scored six in the bottom of the second after being down 3-0. Alejandro Rodriguez started and struggled, giving up three earned runs in three innings. However, Luis Colmenares and Shair Lacrus each went three innings and gave up zero combined earned runs. Lacrus was able to grab the win.


DSL Mets1 (NYM) 4, DSL Red Sox2 3
The other DSL Red Sox team tried to mount a comeback in the ninth as they scored to come within a run, but the rally fell short. Juan Barriento and Rafael Toribio each went 2 for 4 at the dish. Stolen bases were a common theme yesterday for the Red Sox, as they stole six total bags. Toribio had three, giving him six on the season, Barriento had two, and Lorenzo Cedrola had one. Yorvin Panjoja started and took the loss, going 4 2/3 innings and surrendering three earned runs. Darwinzon Hernandez and Victor Diaz then came on in relief to toss a combined 3 1/3 scoreless innings. The Red Sox struggled defensively in this one, committing four errors.

Player of the Night: Dedgar Jimenez continued a solid season for Greenville last night. He struck out seven and walked just one while allowing two earned runs over 6 2/3 frames. He lowered his ERA to 3.89 on the season and he has a record of 3-3.

Photo credit: Garin Cecchini by Kelly O'Connor