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July 9, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Jimenez, Mata, Olmos dominate on the mound


7/9 Cup of Coffee: The minor league squads got great pitching performances up and down the Sox system on Saturday. Dedgar Jimenez (pictured) highlighted all of those outings, authoring possibly his best outing of the year. Bryan Mata was impressive again for Greenville. Edgar Olmos continued his hot streak since his move to the rotation.

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Edgar Olmos continued his dazzling streak of solid starts since being moved to the rotation, picking up his sixth win of the year with six shutout innings. The 27-year-old lowered his ERA to 1.64, allowing just three hits, striking out six and walking none. Pablo Sandoval went 2 for 4 in another rehab start. Matt Dominguez added an RBI double.

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A pair of home runs could not carry the Sea Dogs on Saturday, as the bullpen surrendered three late runs. Jeremy Barfield and Chad De La Guerra each clocked solo homers, but Portland could not muster much offense beyond that. Elih Villanueva authored his best start since signing with the Red Sox organization, allowing two runs on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. He settled for a no-decision, however, as Luis Ysla gave up two runs late.

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Dedgar Jimenez sparkled on the mound with arguably his best start of the season. The big lefty went eight shutout innings, allowing just four hits. He struck out six and walked none en route to his ninth win of the year. Victor Acosta went 3 for 4 out of the nine hole, driving in a run. Tate Matheny and Tyler Spoon each drove in a run.

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Bryan Mata did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, hurling five stellar shutout innings. The 18-year-old righty struck out five and walked just one. Rodani Baldwin had a nice night at the dish, going 2 for 3 with a walk and three RBI. Granger Studdard went 2 for 3 with a walk, a solo home run and two RBI.

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The Spinners rode a five-run sixth to a win on Saturday. Raiwinson Lameda paced the offense with a 2-for-4 performance that included a double, a triple, a run scored and two RBI. Brett Netzer went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI. Marino Campana added a two-run double.

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The GCL Sox were held to just three hits against the Twins and could not take advantage of five walks. Jecorrah Arnold provided two of them in a 2-for-3 performance. Eduard Bazardo was solid again out the bullpen, striking out four in two shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 1.23.

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The DSL Sox got great production out of the bottom of their lineup with the six through nine hitters providing all six of the team's hits. Luis Torres went 2 for 3 with two doubles and and RBI. Andres Jimenez pitched five solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five and walking one.

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Player of the Night: With eight impressive innings, Dedgar Jimenez gets Player of the Night honors. Jimenez's command was on point, throwing 66 of his 95 pitches for strikes. After being limited to six innings of work or less for most of the season, Jimenez has now gone two straight outings of seven innings or more.

Photo Credit: Dedgar Jimenez by Kelly O'Connor

 
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