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April 22, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Ockimey homers twice, Salem sweeps twin bill

4/22 Cup of Coffee: Josh Ockimey (pictured) had a huge day at the plate in game one of Salem's doubleheader with a pair of long balls. Michael Chavis also homered for Salem and Bobby Dalbec had a big night in Greenville's 18-inning loss. Shaun Anderson continued his hot start on the mound for the Drive as well.


Rusney Castillo went 3 for 5 atop the PawSox order, including his third steal of the year. He is now batting .321 on the young season. Ryan Court drove in both Pawtucket runs with a fourth-inning two-run homer as part of his 2-for-3 night. Kyle Kendrick delivered seven innings and allowed three earned runs and Kyle Martin finished the game with a pair of strikeouts in his only inning of work.


Trenton Thunder (NYY) vs. Portland Sea Dogs (PPD)
The Sea Dogs were postponed and will make up the game as part of a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Josh Ockimey drove in six of Salem's 10 runs, as the first baseman went 3 for 4 with a pair of two-run homers and a two-run single. Chad De La Guerra also went deep and drove in three. Michael Chavis went 2 for 3 with a double. Dedgar Jimenez started and allowed just two earned runs in five innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Travis Lakins picked up the win but had his first rough outing of 2017, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. Chavis stayed hot by going 1 for 3 with another home run, his fifth, along with two RBI and two runs. Jordan Betts and Josh Tobias added doubles.


After 10 shutout innings from the bullpen, Greenville finally broke down and dropped this one in an 18-inning marathon. Shaun Anderson was brilliant to start, tossing six shutout innings while allowing just two hits and two walks. He now has a 0.83 ERA on the year. First baseman, Tucker Tubbs, was brilliant out of the bullpen, hurling three innings of two-hit baseball, striking out four along the way. Bobby Dalbec went 3 for 6 with a double and a walk.


Player of the Night: Even with an 0-for-4 showing in game two, Josh Ockimey still gets the nod because his performance in game one was that good. He homered twice, once to center and once to left-center, and drove in six runs. The left-handed hitting first baseman is on a tear to start the year, batting .404/.477/.692 in 14 games.

Photo Credit: Josh Ockimey by Kelly O'Connor