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July 29, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Chatham comes up clutch, Downs lifts Lowell


7/29 Cup of Coffee: After a very rough start to his professional career, C.J. Chatham finally collected his first two hits and did it in a big way for the GCL Sox. Rafael Devers continued his red-hot July with another home run in a Salem win. Nate Freiman and Andrew Benintendi paced the Sea Dogs to a win. Jerry Downs (pictured) sent Lowell fans home happy with a walk-off homer. Both Greenville and the GCL Sox walked tightropes to escape ninth inning jams. In the DSL, Everlouis Lozada made his on-base percentage skyrocket with a staggering night at the plate.

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A six-run second inning quickly put the game out of reach, as Pawtucket pitching surrendered five home runs to Rochester on Thursday. Sean O'Sullivan was roughed up over three innings of work, giving up six runs on six hits. The six runs all came with two outs in the second as O'Sullivan was singled to death and then surrendered a three-run homer. William Cuevas surrendered six runs and three home runs in mop-up duty in 5 1/3 innings of relief. Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 5 with two RBI

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The Sea Dogs jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back against the Mets on Thursday. Nate Freiman kicked off the offense with a two-run double in the top of the first. He finished the game 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles, three RBI, and a run scored. Andrew Benintendi went 2 for 4 with a pair of singles, two runs scored and a stolen base. Jalen Beeks picked up the win with five solid innings, giving up just two hits. He walked a pair and struck out three.

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Rafael Devers crushed his eighth home run of the season and fourth of the month of July as Salem used a five-run eighth to grab a rain-shortened win. Mike Meyers went 2 for 4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored. Nick Longhi also drove in a pair on a 1-for-4 night. Michael Kopech battled through 4 1/3 innings of work, walking five batters and four hits. He escaped, however, allowing just one earned run and striking out five.

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Greenville escaped with a win by the skin of its teeth against Rome, surviving a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth. Leading by two, Jake Cosart allowed a walk and two singles to load the bases. But Cosart collected a strikeout, a groundout and a fly out to wiggle his way out to a save and preserve the victory. Designated hitter Trent Kemp provided what would ultimately be the game-winning hit, clubbing a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. Roniel Raudes picked up his ninth win of the season, allowing just two runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. He did work around allowing five extra-base hits, including two solo home runs, and seven hits overall. He struck out two and walked one.

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Lowell Spinners 5, Batavia Muckdogs (MIA) 3 (10 inn.)
After sitting deadlocked at 3-3 for six innings, first baseman Jerry Downs finally broke the stalemate with a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth to carry Lowell to the win. Tyler Hill extended his hitting streak to 10 games (18 games in starts) with a 3-for-4 effort with two RBI and a run scored. Starting pitcher Josh Pennington was pulled after just 2/3 of an inning after hitting two batters, throwing a wild pitch and walking two. He gave up two runs without allowing a hit.

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GCL Red Sox 5, GCL Rays 3
After starting his professional career 0 for 16, C.J. Chatham broke out in a big way with his first two hits. He clubbed a double in the first and hit the eventual game-winning, two-run home run in the eighth. Like Greenville, the GCL Sox also escaped a ninth-inning, bases-loaded, no-out jam. After allowing three straight singles, Jared Oliver forced a pop out and struck out his last two batters to lock down the win. Tenth-round pick Santiago Espinal went 1 for 3 and drove in a pair of runs.

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DSL Red Sox1 7, DSL Dodgers2 5
The first DSL team blew a four-run eighth inning lead but was able to rebound for the victory. Ramfis Berroa put the Sox up for good with a clutch two-run triple. Jose Mejias went 1 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored. Marino Campana went 2 for 3 with a triple and two runs scored. Juan Perez settled for a no-decision in a great outing, giving up no runs and just two hits while striking out six and walking one.

The second DSL squad exploded for 15 runs in the final four innings of Thursday's slugfest. Second baseman Everlouis Lozada reached base an incredible seven times, going 2 for 2 with a triple, two RBI, and a whopping five runs scored and five walks. Yeison Coca went 3 for 6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Kleiber Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with a run scored, three walks and three RBI. The Sox had an incredible 10 RBI that came with two outs in an inning.

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Player of the Day: It's hard to ignore when a player reaches base seven times, no matter what level he plays at, so Everlouis Lozada gets Player of the Day honors. Lozada is 17 years old from Anaco, Venezuela. He signed as an international free agent with the Red Sox in July of last year, landing a $250,000 signing bonus. He is currently hitting .282 in 40 games for the DSL Red Sox.

Photo Credit: Jerry Downs by Kelly O'Connor

 
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