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August 1, 2015 at 7:12 AM

Cup of Coffee: McAvoy tosses Salem past Nationals

8/1 Cup of Coffee: The affiliates went 5-4 on the evening, as Pawtucket dropped an extra inning affair and Portland was outmatched by the Senators. Salem, Greenville, and Lowell, all found the winner's circle, while the GCL squad split a doubleheader. The DSL Red Sox2 continued their strong season, while their counterparts fell to the Giants.


Buffalo Bisons (TOR) 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 1 (13 innings)
In a game where pitching dominated the action, Pawtucket mustered just five hits and was unable to get key hits with runners on base. Jess Todd pitched well in his six innings of work, allowing an unearned run on six hits and a walk, punching out three. Matt Barnes followed Todd, allowing two hits and three walks across three innings of relief. Noe Ramirez picked up his first loss of the year, allowing the game's winning run in the 13th.

Pawtucket's lone run came in the fourth, on a Marco Hernandez RBI double. Allen Craig was 2 for 6 to lead the PawSox offense, but also had three strikeouts. The team was 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, and left eight men on base.


Harrisburg Senators (WAS) 9, Portland Sea Dogs 4
Justin Haley dropped to 4-12 on the year, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk in six innings. Kyle Martin followed Haley and did not fare any better, allowing three runs on three hits in his lone inning of relief. Jorge Marban, who has been nearly untouchable, allowed two runs on four hits in his two innings of relief. The two runs double the amount Marban had allowed in his prior 20 outings.

Henry Ramos led the offense with a 3 for 3 evening, lacing a double, scoring two runs and driving home a run. The Sea Dogs certainly had their chances, but went just 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position.


Salem Red Sox 5, Potomac Nationals (WAS) 1
Kevin McAvoy (pictured, above) tossed a gem, allowing only an unearned run on five hits and three walks in seven innings as he moved to 6-9 on the year. Taylor Grover added two scoreless innings of relief, striking out three.

The Red Sox got the scoring started in the second, plating three on a Kevin Heller solo home run, and a Jordan Procyshen RBI double. Procyshen would bring home another run in the fourth on an RBI ground out. Cole Sturgeon capped scoring in the sixth with his RBI single. The victory snaps Salem's six game losing streak.


Dedgar Jimenez improved to 6-7 as he allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks in his 6 2/3 innings of work. Kuehl McEachern added 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing just three hits, as he earned his eighth save.

Javier Guerra and J.T. Watkins led the offense with two hits. Yoan Moncada was 0 for 3, snapping his five game hitting streak. 


Lowell Spinners 9, State College Spikes (STL) 3
The Spinners used a six run eighth inning to blow past the Spikes for their third win in a row. Jose Almonte received the start for Lowell, allowing three runs on one hit and four walks, striking out six. Matt Kent picked up the victory, hurling 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Acosta led the Spinners offense, both going 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI's. Brandon Magee was 3 for 4 with an RBI and Jeremy Rivera was 2 for 4 with a run scored. 


In a game that had just three hits, the Red Sox used superb pitching to push past the Twins. Gerson Bautista allowed just four walks, striking out three in four innings of work. Nick Duron picked up his first professional victory, tossing three scoreless innings of relief, striking out four. The lone run of the game came in the fifth, as Isaias Lucena smacked an RBI single. 

Kevin Kelleher's professional debut did not go according to plan, as he allowed three runs on four walks in just 1/3 of an inning. Carlos Caceres followed Kelleher, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings of relief. The Red Sox mustered only five hits, scoring their runs on a Raiwinson Lameda RBI ground out and a run scoring error.


DSL Giants (SF) 3, DSL Red Sox1 2
Junior Espinoza dropped to 0-4, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in four innings, striking out five. Edilson Batista followed Espinoza, allowing one run on three hits in his four innings of relief.

Keibert Petit was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Red Sox offense. Marino Campana, Luis Yovera, and Willis Figueroa each added two hits in the loss.

DSL Red Sox2 8, DSL Tigers (DET) 3
Ryan Oduber picked up his first victory of the year as he tossed six innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits, punching out five. Warlyn Guzman picked up his third save, hurling three perfect innings of relief, striking out four.

The Red Sox pounded out 13 hits, led by Juan Hernandez, who was 4 for 5 with three runs scored. Imeldo Diaz and Carlos Pulido each added two hits in the victory.

Player of the Night: Kevin McAvoy, who tossed seven innings, allowing just an unearned run on five hits and three walks, striking out two in Salem's 5-1 victory. The win improved McAvoy to 6-9 on the season. The 2014 fourth round pick has compiled a 4.12 ERA in 20 starts this season.

Photo Credit: Kevin McAvoy by Kelly O'Connor

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