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June 2, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Affiliates swept on quiet night

6/2 Cup of Coffee: Thanks to mother nature, just three games took place on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the affiliates were swept, thanks to some sloppy defense and lackluster performances on the mound. 

Pawtucket Red Sox at Gwinnett Braves (ATL), CCD.
The series finale between the PawSox and the Gwinnett Braves was cancelled due to rain. The game will not be made up, since the two teams do not have a planned contest for the remainder of the season.


Teddy Stankiewicz fell to 1-5 as he allowed eight runs on nine hits and two walks in just 3 2/3 innings. The Fightin Phils broke the game open in the fourth, plating seven runs thanks to some miscues by the Sea Dog and a trio of doubles. Portland only mustered two runs, plating one in the third on a Tzu-Wei Lin double, and one in the fourth on an Aneury Tavarez sacrifice fly.


Four Red Sox errors helped the Pelicans soar. Trey Ball fell to 2-2, allowing five runs (two earned) on four walks and seven hits over five innings. The young left-hander did not strike out a hitter, and threw just 52% of his pitches for strikes. Ben Taylor followed, allowing an unearned run on three hits while punching out five. Down, 5-0, in the fourth, the Red Sox got on the board thanks to a Nick Longhi RBI single. Salem would not score again until the bottom of the ninth, when an RBI ground out from Ben Moore and an RBI single from Bryan Hudson helped make the game interesting.


A back-and-forth contest was decided by the bullpens as Charleston prevailed. Jose Almonte (pictured, above right) received the start for the Drive, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Kuehl McEachern took the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks in two innings of relief. Greenville took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Josh Ockimey RBI single. After the RiverDogs tied the game in the top of the fifth, Greenville reclaimed the lead on a Luis Alexander Basabe solo home run.

In the sixth, the Drive took a three-run lead on a Mitchell Gunsolus RBI ground out and a Roldani Baldwin RBI single. The RiverDogs came right back, plating one in the seventh and three in the eighth to pull ahead 5-4.  The game was knotted once again in the eighth, as Jayce Ray laced an RBI single. Charleston brought home two in the top of the ninth to seal the victory. 


Player of the Night: The award goes to Jose Almonte, who scattered seven hits, allowed a run, and struck out five in five innings for Greenville. The 20-year-old right-hander has put together strong back-to-back starts. He allowed no hits and two walks in six innings in his outing last Monday against Rome. 

Photo Credit: Jose Almonte by Kelly O'Connor