July 18, 2016 at 7:00 AM
7/18 Cup of Coffee: The PawSox needed just one big hit from Marco Hernandez to pull away for a win. Salem walked off with a dramatic win thanks to an unlikely hero. Portland fell late despite more production at the plate from Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi. Josh Ockimey posted another multi-RBI game, but Greenville fell in a tight contest. Lowell fell despite a big night from its top three hitters, including Tyler Hill (pictured). Three Red Sox prospects participated in the Dominican Summer League All-Star Game.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) 5, Portland Sea Dogs 4
The Sea Dogs could not hang on to a late lead, as New Hampshire rallied for the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth off of Austin Maddox. That spoiled a quality start from Teddy Stankiewicz, who lasted six innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked one. Yoan Moncada reached base three times, going 1 for 2 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored, while Andrew Benintendi contributed an RBI double.
Salem Red Sox 7, Potomac Nationals (WAS) 6 (11 inn.)
After coming close to a walk-off win in the ninth and 10th, Salem finally came through with the victory in the 11th. Second baseman Jose Sermo was hitless on the night until the final inning when he roped the game-winning double to left. Rafael Devers and Mike Meyers led a 13-hit attack for Salem, each collecting two RBI. Trey Ball had a rough start, lasting just 3 2/3. He gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits while walking five and striking out four.
Hagerstown Suns (WAS) 3, Greenville Drive 2
Greenville rallied to tie the game on a Josh Ockimey two-run double in the eighth inning, but the bullpen could not hold, as Gerson Bautista surrendered the go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth. The solo shot was one of just two hits he allowed in two innings of work. Adam Lau provided three solid innings of scoreless relief, striking out five and walking three in his outing. Michael Chavis was held hitless in four at-bats
The top three spots in the Lowell order reached base seven times, but their teammates did little to help them in a frustrating game for the Spinners. As a team, Lowell went 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Tyler Hill had a big day at the plate, going 3 for 5 and coming up a double shy of the cycle. He drove in three of Lowell's four runs and also scored a run. Steven Reveles and Victor Acosta each went 2 for 5. Kevin Steen was roughed up over 4 2/3 innings of work, allowing five runs on five hits, walking four and striking out five.
DSL AL All-Stars 4, DSL NL All-Stars 3
The Red Sox had three representatives at the Dominican Summer League All-Star Game, including Pedro Castellanos, Eddy Reynoso and Ritzi Mendoza, who started the game for the AL squad. Castellanos, who started in right field, and Reynoso, who got the nod at catcher, each went 1 for 2 with a run scored. Mendoza pitched one inning of scoreless ball, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Player of the Night: On a day lacking big performances, Tyler Hill stood out with his 3-for-5 showing at the plate. The home run was Hill's second and the triple was his fourth. A 2014 19th-round draft pick out of Delaware Military Academy, Hill currently boasts an impressive slash line of .375/.430/.594 for Lowell this season.
Photo Credit: Tyler Hill by Kelly O'Connor