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August 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: LaMarre powers Pawtucket, Kopech whiffs 10


8/25 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket and Portland both put up double-digit runs in victories. Lowell's six-game winning streak was snapped, and the fifth-ranked prospect on SoxProspects.com, Michael Kopech, submitted another dominant performance. 

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The PawSox used a five-run sixth inning to secure just their third victory in their last eight games. Sean O'Sullivan picked up the win, allowing a run on three hits and two walks while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings. William Cuevas added 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing one run while punching out three. Pawtucket got the scoring started in the second, plating two runs on a Chris Dominguez RBI double and a Rusney Castillo RBI single. In the fifth, Pawtucket extended the lead to 4-0 on a Ryan LaMarre (pictured, above right) two-run home run. In the sixth, Dominguez led off the inning with a solo shot, Castillo slammed a two-run double, and LaMarre added another two-run homer. LaMarre finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored, two home runs, and four RBI. Dominguez was 3 for 4 with two home runs and three RBI.

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Thanks to some late offense, the Sea Dogs were able to walk off as winners. Kevin McAvoy received the start, allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Ben Taylor picked up his first professional victory, tossing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

New Hampshire jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before the Sea Dogs hit back. In the second, Tim Roberson had an RBI ground out. In the fourth, Cole Sturgeon's RBI single cut the Sea Dogs deficit to 6-2. After a Nate Freiman RBI double in the sixth, Portland took a 7-6 lead in the seventh as it plated four runs on an RBI single from Mauricio Dubon and a two-run single by Aneury Tavarez in addition to an RBI ground out from Ryan Court. With the game tied going into the bottom of the ninth, Freiman smashed a three-run home run to lift Portland. Dubon, Tavarez, Freiman, and Court each had two hits to lead the Sea Dogs offense.

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Michael Kopech continued his domination, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out ten. Simon Mercedes added two innings of relief, allowing one run. The Red Sox scored three runs in the first, fourth, and eight innings to cruise to victory. Jayce Ray was 2 for 4 with a run scored and three RBI, Jordan Procyshen was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. The Red Sox have now won 11 of their last 12. 

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An early offensive outburst helped to push the Drive past the Greenjackets. Daniel Gonzalez picked up the victory, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings of work. Marc Brakeman added a scoreless inning of relief, and Gerson Bautista hurled two scoreless innings of relief. In the first, the Drive plated four runs on a Tate Matheny RBI single and a three-run home run from Josh Ockimey. In the second, Matheny brought home two on an RBI double, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Kyri Washington. Matheny and Ockimey both had two hits and drove in three runs in the victory.

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Vermont Lake Monsters (OAK) 5, Lowell Spinners 3
The Spinners six-game winning streak came to an end. Dakota Smith took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings. Matthew Gorst went three innings in relief, allowing a run on one hit and punching out five. Down, 1-0, in the second, Yoan Aybar tied the game on an RBI single. Trailing, 4-1, in the eighth, the Spinners plated two on a Tyler Hill RBI double and a Jerry Downs RBI single. At 38-26, Lowell is three games ahead of Connecticut in the Stedler Division.

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GCL Rays 5, GCL Red Sox 1
The GCL Sox were stymied by the Rays. Victor Garcia fell to 2-3, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out three in five innings. Ryan Oduber allowed two runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief. The lone run for the Red Sox came in the fourth, as Lorenzo Cedrola came home on an error.

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DSL Royals 4 (KC), DSL Red Sox1 1
The Red Sox mustered just three hits against the Royals. Edilson Batista fell to 5-2 as he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three in four innings of work. Carlos Cortes followed, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks in four innings of relief. The lone run for the Red Sox came in the seventh on a solo home run by Carlos Pulido.

DSL Astros Orange 9 (HOU), DSL Red Sox2 5
Despite outhitting the Astros, 10-8, the Red Sox fell. Bryan Mata received the start, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk in three innings of work. Andres Jimenez took the loss, allowing four runs in just one inning of relief. Roberto Medina hurled two scoreless innings of relief, walking four. Pedro Castellanos was the star offensively, going 3 for 5 with three doubles and four RBI. Yeison Coca added three hits, including a triple, and scored twice.

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Players of the Night: Ryan LaMarre and Michael Kopech. LaMarre was 3 for 5 with two home runs and four RBI in Pawtucket's 10-4 victory over Lehigh Valley. The 27-year-old outfielder is now hitting .305 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 77 games for the PawSox this season. Kopech improved to 4-1 with a dominant seven-inning outing, allowing just a hit and two walks while striking out ten. The 20-year-old right-hander now has a 1.23 ERA ten starts for Salem. He has struck out double-digit batters in four of his last five starts. 

Photo Credit: Ryan LaMarre by Kelly O'Connor

 
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