August 22, 2016 at 7:00 AM
Cup of Coffee 8/22: Two rainouts turned what was already a quiet day for the affiliates into a three-game night. Salem picked up its 10th straight win in blowout fashion, and Tyler Hill (pictured) and Tucker Tubbs carried Lowell to a 9-6 victory. Greenville was on the wrong side of an eight-run second inning in its loss.
Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) - Cancelled
Heavy rain forced the cancellation of Pawtucket’s last meeting with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The game will not be made up.
Portland Sea Dogs vs. Binghamton Mets (NYM) - Cancelled
The Sea Dogs and Mets last meeting of the year was rained out Sunday and will not be made up.
The Red Sox used a six-run fourth inning and five-run seventh inning to run away from their Carolina League rival and secure their 10th win in a row. Five Red Sox recorded multiple hits and seven of nine starters scored a run. Bryan Hudson had a huge day from the leadoff spot, going 3 for 5 with a triple and three stolen bases. Jordan Procyshen racked up four RBI and two runs scored in his 2-for-4 day. The pitching was rock solid for Salem. Anyelo Leclerc started with five innings of one-run ball to pick up the win. Jake Cosart tossed two scoreless frames in relief, his fourth straight multi-inning scoreless outing since joining Salem. Jeffry Fernandez and Bobby Poyner each threw scoreless frames as well.
An eight-run second inning for Charleston sunk the Drive in a 9-2 loss. Greenville could not get much going offensively, mustering just six hits compared to Charleston’s 17. Kyri Washington accounted for a bulk of the team’s production, finishing 3 for 4 with a double, a stolen base and an RBI. Luis Alexander Basabe and Jeremy Rivera each doubled. Dedgar Jimenez surrendered all eight of the second-inning runs in a dismal two-inning start for the lefty. Kuehl McEachern allowed just one run over the next four innings, and Trevor Kelley tossed two scoreless.
Tucker Tubbs mashed two home runs in consecutive innings as the Spinners jumped on Brooklyn to the tune of eight runs in the first three frames. Tubbs racked up his fifth and sixth home runs on the season, but still did not have the best night on the team. That honor goes to a recognizable character: Tyler Hill. The league’s leading hitter went 4 for 5 on the night with two doubles and a home run of his own. He also drove in four runs, scored three and stole his 11th bag of the season. Bobby Dalbec chipped in another extra-base hit, a double, in a 1-for-4 day. Darwinzon Hernandez struggled to find the plate, walking six batters and allowed five runs (three earned) in just 2 2/3 innings. Pat Goetze was rock solid out of the pen, tossing 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball while striking out four. Dioscar Romero went three innings and allowed one run to earn the save.
Player of the Night: Tyler Hill just keeps on hitting for Lowell. Even on a day that his teammate Tucker Tubbs swatted two home runs, Hill posted the better day with four hits, three for extra bases, including his fourth home run of the season. Hill posted just a .649 OPS in his first full professional season in 2015, but has been unstoppable in 2016 with a line of .342/.410/.508. He is the New York-Penn League’s best hitter, leading in average and OPS.
Photo Credit: Tyler Hill by Kelly O'Connor