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July 14, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Marrero leads IL stars, Kopech continues to dominate


7/14 Cup of Coffee: The affiliates went 3-3 on Wednesday, as Greenville, Lowell, and the DSL Sox2 were victorious. Meanwhile, a number of Sox farmhands played major roles in the Triple-A and Double-A All Star contests. 

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In Charlotte, NC, PawSox outfielder Chris Marrero took home IL MVP honors in the Triple-A All Star game. He launched a solo home run in the eighth inning. Marrero, who was also the winner of the Triple-A home run derby, went 1 for 2 on the evening after entering the game in the bottom of the fifth. Former Sox farmhand Carlos Asuaje led off for the PCL squad, going 0 for 3 with a walk. Another former member of the Red Sox organization, Edward Mujica, earned the save for the International League. The other PawSox representative, Sean O'Sullivan, did not participate in the game due to his recent recall to Boston and subsequent injury.

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Thanks to a 20-hit attack, and a huge offensive evening from Mets prospect Matt Oberste, the East All Stars easily defeated the West All Stars. Oberste was 4 for 5 with a double and four runs batted in from the ninth spot in the order. The Sea Dogs were represented well; Aneury Tavarez was 1 for 3 with a double and Jake Romanski was 2 for 2 with a double. Williams Jerez hurled a scoreless sixth inning, punching out two.

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Despite a stellar start from Michael Kopech (pictured, above right) and a ninth-inning rally, the Red Sox were unable to push aside the Blue Rocks. Kopech, making just his third start of the season, hurled five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while punching out eight. Yankory Pimentel took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits and a pair of walks in just 1 2/3 innings. Mario Alcantara added 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen, allowing two runs on two hits.

Trailing, 1-0, in the top of the sixth, the Red Sox tied the game on a Rafael Devers RBI triple. The Blue Rocks would open up the game over the next few innings, taking a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth. In the final frame, Salem came roaring back, plating runs on a Jordan Procyshen RBI single, a Jordan Betts RBI double, a fielding error, and a bases-loaded walk. Salem had the bases loaded with just one out, but was unable to get the job done.

Steady offense from the top of the order and stable relief pitching helped the Drive edge the Grasshoppers. Enmanuel De Jesus started for the Drive, going five innings. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Jake Cosart picked up the win, allowing a run in two innings of relief. Trevor Kelley earned his first save of the season, adding two scoreless innings. Luis Alexander Basabe went 4 for 4 with a home run, three runs scored, and a pair of RBI. Josh Ockimey was 2 for 4 with a double, home run, and three runs batted in.

A five-run first inning and a strong outing from Daniel Gonzalez gave the Red Sox a victory over Staten Island. Gonzalez, who improved to 3-1 with the Spinners, tossed six shutout innings, allowing five hits while punching out six. Stephen Nogosek added two scoreless innings of relief, and struck out four. In the first, the Spinners scored on an error, a Roldani Baldwin RBI single, a Ryan Scott two-run triple, and a Tucker Tubbs sacrifice fly. In the third, the Spinners rounded out their scoring on solo home runs by Baldwin and Tubbs. At 15-11, the Spinners sit two games behind first-place Connecticut (DET) in the Stedler Division. 

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In a game that saw all the scoring take place in the final three innings, the GCL Sox dropped their fourth straight. Hildemaro Requena pitched well for the Red Sox, allowing just six hits while striking out four in six innings. Devon Fisher took the loss, allowing six runs on four hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings of work. Juan Barriento hit his first home run of the season in the loss.

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In a close battle, the Red Sox let a stellar start from Ritzi Mendoza go to waste. Mendoza went six innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out three. Juan Florentino took the loss, allowing the game's winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The Red Sox only run of the contest came in the fifth, as Ramfis Berroa came home on a throwing error.

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A three-run second inning proved to be enough as the DSL Red Sox2 notched their second straight win. Bryan Mata improved to 3-1; he gave up no hits, walked three, and struck out five in five innings. Gary Calvo added two scoreless innings of relief, striking out four. Warlyn Guzman collected the save, pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Eduard Conde, Ronaldo Pulgar, Fabian Andrade, and Rafael Rincones each had two hits in the win.

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Players of the Night: Both Chris Marrero and Michael Kopech were deserving of recognition for their efforts Wednesday. Marrero was named the International League's MVP in its 4-2 victory in the Triple-A All-Star game. The outfielder belted a solo home run; he also won the home run derby on Monday. Kopech, in just his third start of the season, was fantastic in his five innings on the hill, allowing just five hits while striking out eight. In his three starts, the 20-year-old right-hander has yet to allow a run. 

Photo Credit: Michael Kopech by Kelly O'Connor

 
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