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April 27, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Kyri Washington rips pair of doubles in Greenville loss

4/27 Cup of Coffee: The major league club used up all of the offensive firepower available on Tuesday night. While Boston pounded out 11 runs in its rout of Atlanta, the three affiliates in action combined for only four. While the bats fell mostly silent, Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada continued their superlative runs, each extending hitting streaks to 15 games. 


Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) at Pawtucket Red Sox, PPD rain
The weather is often Pawtucket's toughest April opponent. This year, Mother Nature intervened in McCoy Stadium's first and last game of the month, but allowed all in between to go off without a hitch. Tuesday's rainout will be made up on June 21 as part of a doubleheader. The two teams have an off day Wednesday before kicking off a four-game set in Syracuse.


If more evidence is needed to prove won-loss record is a terrible way to judge a minor league pitcher, consider the case of Teddy Stankiewicz. In all four starts this year, the 22-year-old righty has pitched six innings and allowed one or fewer earned runs, yet his record stands at 0-0. Stankiewicz wasn't at his sharpest on Tuesday, walking three batters after issuing only one free pass in his first three starts. He also struck out a season-low two. However he did induce eight ground outs to hold the Mets to two runs (one earned) on three hits in his six frames. Nik Turley took the loss in relief, giving up a run in 1 2/3 innings. The offense mustered only three hits, with Bryce Brentz delivering a two-run double in the sixth inning to account for the scoring.


Little went right for Salem, as the team failed to record an extra base hit and went 0 for 5 with men in scoring position. In the fourth inning, Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi both recorded singles to extend their respective hitting streaks to 15 games. Moncada has reached safely in all 17 games he has appeared. The single blight on the 20-year old's April performance has been the strikeout. With three on Tuesday night, he now has 19 in 81 plate appearances. David Sopilka added two hits and stole a base for the first time since 2014. 

Jalen Beeks had his most difficult start of the season. After surrendering only one run in his first three starts, Beeks allowed four on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two. Ben Taylor walked one batter in 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief, and Yankory Pimentel recorded a perfect eighth.


Of the four hits accumulated by the Drive, two were doubles off the bat of Kyri Washington (pictured). The first drove in Greenville's lone run, scoring Josh Ockimey in the second. Washington now has 11 extra-base hits on the season and an organization-leading .662 slugging percentage.

It was an uneven performance for starter Roniel Raudes, as the right-hander allowed three runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. Raudes also struggled with his efficiency, needing 74 pitches to get through 18 batters. Victor Diaz was outstanding in relief, allowing just one hit in 3 1/3 shutout frames. He struck out two and didn't issue a walk. Jeffry Fernandez struck out two and gave up one hit in a scoreless inning.


Player of the Day: It was a lean night for both team and individual performances on Tuesday, but Kyri Washington continues to impress. A 23d-round pick last spring out of Longwood University, he is off to a strong start in his first full professional season. With a pair of doubles, Washington raised his season line to .308/.328/.662.

Photo Credit: Kyri Washington by Kelly O'Connor