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June 5, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Travis, Romanski, Ball pace Salem in rout

Cup of Coffee 6/5: A Salem rout highlighted Thursday's slate of Red Sox minor league games with a big night at the plate from both Sam Travis (pictured, left) and Jake Romanski as well as a solid outing from Trey Ball. That was the lone win in the system, as a late Portland rally came up short and Pawtucket and Greenville bats were stymied in losses.


The PawSox could not get the bats going on Thursday and one bad inning did in Henry Owens in the loss.  Owens went five innings and allowed four runs, all of which came in a rough third inning. He allowed four hits - three of which came in the third - struck out seven and walked three. Jonathan Aro (2.92 ERA) and Noe Ramirez (2.50 ERA) continued their solid seasons out of the bullpen with three combined innings of scoreless relief. The PawSox five through nine batters were held hitless. Allen Craig provided the lone Red Sox run in the first, going 2 for 4.


Richmond Flying Squirrels (SFG) 4, Portland Sea Dogs 3

The Sea Dogs rallied late for the third straight game against Richmond, but could not pull off the comeback in a rare morning game. Trailing 4-0 in the eighth, Portland plated three runs on Danny Bethea and Carlos Asuaje doubles and still had the bases loaded with no one out. Oscar Tejeda grounded into a double play, however, killing the rally. Bethea provided three of Portland's five hits on the day, going 3 for 4 with a RBI and a run scored. Mike Augliera dropped to 2-9 on the season, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.


Salem Red Sox 13, Potomac Nationals (WAS) 1

Salem pounded out 14 hits, led by Sam Travis, who went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBI, and Jake Romanski who had four RBI on a 2-for-4 night. Every Salem batter had at least one hit except leadoff man Manuel Margot, who had a tough 0-for-5 night in his third game since returning from the DL. Designated hitter Mario Martinez was 2 for 5 with two RBI and a run scored.

Trey Ball bounced back from a rough start his last time out to throw six innings of shutout ball. He allowed only two hits and struck out a pair. He struggled with walks again, though, allowing four free passes.


Savannah Sand Gnats (NYM) 4, Greenville Drive 2

Greenville batters struck out 12 times against Savannah pitching in Thursday's loss. Yoan Moncada got the hat trick in that category, striking out three times in a 0-for-4 game. Rafael Devers was also 0 for 4. Right fielder Derek Miller collected Greenville's lone RBI, going 2 for 3. The Drive did not collect an extra-base hit on the game. Dedgar Jimenez lasted five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking four. He fell to 3-3 on the season.


Player of the Night: Sam Travis stood out in a game in which many Salem hitters saw success. Travis leads the Red Sox High-A affiliate in just about every offensive category, including hits (54), RBI (30) and runs scored (24). He raised his slash line to .290/.352/.414 on the season.

Photo Credit: Sam Travis by Kelly O'Connor