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August 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Benintendi goes deep twice in Spinners victory

8/12 Cup of Coffee: It was a good night for power, with Andrew Benintendi (pictured), Luis Alexander Basabe, Javier Guerra, Quintin Berry, and Sean Coyle all hitting home runs. Berry's home run was not enough for the PawSox as their skid continued, Salem could not get any run support for Teddy Stankiewicz, and Michael Chavis continued to show signs of improvement for the Drive.


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 2
The struggles continue for the PawSox, as they dropped their ninth straight game. William Cuevas got the start, going the first five innings and allowing two runs on two hits, walking three and striking out four. Robby Scott came on in the sixth, and after allowing back-to-back singles, Aaron Judge connected for a three-run home run that proved to be the difference.

Quintin Berry slugged his second home run of the year in the losing effort, and Garin Cecchini went 0 for 1 with a season-high three walks. Carlos Rivero and Humberto Quintero were the only other players to reach base multiple times, with each player adding a single and a walk. 


The game between the Portland Sea Dogs and the Erie SeaWolves was postponed due to rain, and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.


Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC) 3, Salem Red Sox 0
It was a rough game offensively for Salem, as they were two-hit in the shutout loss. Teddy Stankiewicz did not allow a run over his 5 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out three, but the Pelicans got to Kyle Kraus for three runs in his 3 2/3 innings. Forrestt Allday and Yoilan Cerse had Salem's only two hits, with Cerse also adding a walk.


Asheville Tourists (COL) 9, Greenville Drive 2
This game was never really in doubt, as the Tourists took the lead early and never looked back. Dedgar Jimenez was tattooed for 11 hits in five innings, giving up six runs, though only four were earned. Jamie Callahan was the lone Greenville pitcher to have success, tossing two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. The defense did not help the staff at all, committing four errors.

Once again Javier Guerra was the star offensively, going 2 for 4 with his 15th home run of the year. His 15 home runs lead the system, and he is now three ahead of teammate Michael Chavis, who went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Chavis has really turned his season around, and over his last 28 games he is batting .273 with an OPS approaching .800. 


Behind Andrew Benintendi's two home runs, the Spinners doubled up the ValleyCats. Benintendi started the day off with a home run in the top of the first, and after singling in the seventh, he capped the day off with another home run in the top of the ninth. He now has seven home runs, which is tied for the team lead with Luis Alexander Basabe, who also homered in the victory. Tucker Tubbs and Jeremy Rivera each had two hits, and Chad De La Guerra knocked in three runs with a double.

Dioscar Romero's day was cut short following a benches-clearing brawl that saw him and Tri-City's shortstop get ejected. It must have been an interesting fight, with Romero listed at 6-foot 3, 230 pounds, and the player who charged the mound listed at 5-foot 9, 165 pounds. Romero went the first 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. Logan Boyd filled in admirably for Romero, firing 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball, and Bobby Poyner picked up the save with 2 2/3 scoreless innings. 


Despite going 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position, the Orioles escaped with a two-run victory. Gerson Bautista was roughed up for four runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, ending a stretch of three strong starts where he allowed only one run over 15 innings. Carlos Caceres and Brad Stone combined to allow two runs over the final 5 1/3 innings, with Stone striking out four.

Sean Coyle went 2 for 5 with a home run, and Jerry Downs and Chris Madera each had two hits as well, with Madera adding two steals. Yoan Aybar went 1 for 4 with a double, but also struck out two more times, and he has now struck out in 44 percent of his last 52 at-bats.


DSL RedSox1 8, DSL Mets1 (NYM) 7
A three-run ninth inning capped an impressive comeback, as the Red Sox stole one from the Mets. Jose Zacarias had a solid start, allowing two runs, one earned, over four innings, striking out four. Shair Lacrus did not fare as well, giving up four runs on five hits over two innings as the Mets took a three-run lead.

Down by two heading into the ninth, Hemerson Serven's sacrifice fly made it a one-run game, and Eddy Reynoso's two-out, two-run single gave them the lead. Eduard Conde led the offense, going 3 for 4, and Luis Benoit went 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored.

DSL Red Sox2 4, DSL Yankees2 (NYY) 3
After tying the game up in the bottom of the sixth, the second Red Sox squad walked off with their 42nd victory of the season. Denyi Reyes was terrific, giving up only three hits and one run over the first five innings, striking out three without walking a batter. The Yankees got to Ritzi Mendoza for two runs in his lone inning of work, but Jervis Torrealba and Angel Padron combined to shut them down over the final three innings.

With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox won in classic DSL fashion. Gerardo Carrizalez singled, moved to second on a balk, advanced to third when a strikeout got away from the catcher, and then scored on a throwing error by the shortstop. Ramfis Berroa went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, and Lorenzo Cedrola went 1 for 2 with three walks.


Player of the Night: Andrew Benintendi continued to show off his power in Lowell, homering twice on Tuesday to raise his OPS to .951. In a well-timed article that came out before the game yesterday, SoxProspects.com Managing Editor Matt Huegel spoke to Benintendi, who credited his power surge over the past year to the muscle he put on last summer after his freshman year at the University of Arkansas.

Benintendi admitted he struggled for the first few weeks of the season as he transitioned to using a wood bat, but over the last 10 games he is hitting .389 with four walks and only one strikeout to go with two triples and three home runs. It would not be surprising to see him in Greenville in the near future.

Photo Credit: Andrew Benintendi by Kelly O'Connor