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April 13, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Hernandez strikes out eight for Greenville


4/13 Cup of Coffee: Shawn Haviland, Teddy Stankiewicz, and Darwinzon Hernandez (pictured) all had solid outings on the mound, while Rusney Castillo and Tyler Hill each launched home runs. Josh Ockimey finally cooled off, and Jake Cosart continued to struggle with his control. 

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Shawn Haviland, Robbie Ross Jr., and Kyle Martin combined to throw a four-hit shutout against the Chiefs. Haviland improved to 2-0 as he allowed four hits over six innings, striking out four. Ross tossed a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance as he works his way back from the flu, and Martin struck out four over two perfect innings. Rusney Castillo went 2 for 4 with his second home run of the season, Ryan Court went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple, Bryce Brentz notched three singles in four at-bats, and Dan Butler went 2 for 4 with a double. 

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A strong start from Teddy Stankiewicz was not enough as the Sea Dogs fell in extra innings. Stankiewicz went the first seven innings allowing three runs, two earned, on eights hits. He struck out five without walking a batter. Jake Cosart continued to struggle with his control, walking three over two scoreless innings, and he now has walked seven batters while recording seven outs on the season. Jamie Callahan picked up the loss after allowing one run over 1 2/3 innings. Nick Longhi was the only player with multiple hits for the Sea Dogs, going 2 for 5. Rafael Devers went 1 for 5 with a strikeout as the designated hitter. 

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A three-run eighth inning was enough for the Hillcats to sink the Red Sox. Matt Kent was able to rebound from a rough first appearance, allowing one run on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. Adam Lau moved to 0-2 on the season after allowing the go-ahead run to score in the eighth. Josh Tobias and Mike Meyers each went 2 for 4, with Tobias adding a double. It was a rough night for Josh Ockimey, who went 0 for 4 and did not pick up a hit or a walk for the first time in seven games this season. 

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Darwinzon Hernandez continued to rack up the strikeouts, punching out eight batters over four innings of one-run ball. Daniel Gonzalez was just as impressive, throwing five hitless innings while striking out four. A solo home run from Tyler Hill was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Drive. The home run was the third of the year for Hill. Bobby Dalbec went 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout, and Yoan Aybar went 1 for 4 with a run scored. 

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Player of the Night: The 21st ranked player in the SoxProspects.com rankings, Darwinzon Hernandez has come out hot in his full-season debut. The 20-year-old left-hander has now struck out 15 batters in nine innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits. With a fastball that sits in the low 90s and has touched 95 mph, Hernandez is an intriguing arm that could see his stock rise if his secondary offerings take a step forward this season.

Photo Credit: Darwinzon Hernandez by Kelly O'Connor

 
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