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May 13, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: De La Guerra hits first homer on winless night

5/13 Cup of Coffee: Tough sledding on the farm on Saturday as all four teams lost. The PawSox and Sea Dogs combined for 20 total hits in losses. Pawtucket and Salem both failed to get to the .500 mark or better as all four teams now possess losing records.   


Ryan Brasier walked a batter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Chiefs a walk-off win over the PawSox. An inning earlier, Brasier induced a 4-6-3 double play to get Pawtucket out of a jam but couldn't repeat his luck in the bottom of the ninth.

The PawSox had 13 hits with Tzu-Wei Lin, Aneury Tavarez, Rusney Castillo, Jordan Betts, Mike Olt, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. all collecting two apiece. Betts produced the only extra-base hit of the day for the PawSox, an RBI double in the first inning, and is hitting .313 on the season.  


Binghamton Rumble Ponies (NYM) 10, Portland Sea Dogs 7
Chad De La Guerra smacked his first home run of the season and was one of three players to collect three hits for a Portland team that picked up 13 total base knocks. Kevin McAvoy struggled over 4 1/3 IP, allowing five runs on four hits and three walks, earning his second loss of the year.

Trailing 4-0 in the top of the fourth, the Rumble Ponies plated two, four, and four runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, respectively, en route to handing the Sea Dogs their 21st loss of the season.

De La Guerra went 3 for 6, Tony Renda went 3 for 5 with two runs and Cole Sturgeon went 3 for 6 with two runs in the loss. In five games with Portland, after spending his first 22 of the season with Pawtucket, De La Guerra is hitting .444 with eight hits in 18 at-bats.


Perhaps as a hangover from a tough 10-inning loss to the Hillcats on Friday, the Red Sox were smacked around for 15 hits in a blowout loss on Saturday at Haley Toyota Field. Tanner Houck was roughed up for 7 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings of work while Hildemaro Requena did not fare well in relief, coughing up 10 runs (8 earned) on six hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. Requena also hit two batters.

Offensively, it wasn't much better for Salem as the Red Sox were 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position as Brett Netzer and Tyler Hill collected two hits each in the loss. 


Things didn't go much better for the Drive as they collected just four hits and were shutout by the Legends. Victor Acosta accounted for two of the Drive's four knocks but was caught stealing on a hit-and-run attempt in the top of the second inning.

Nick Duron took the loss on the mound, but pitched fine, scattering 7 hits and 4 runs across 4 innings. Enmanuel De Jesus gave up two solo home runs in relief, his only two runs allowed in 4 innings while striking out 5. The Drive failed to get to double-digit wins and now hold a 9-26 record on the season.    


Player of the Night: After hitting just .137 with 21 strikeouts in 22 games with Triple-A Pawtucket to start the season, Chad De La Guerra was in need of a little pick-me-up. He got that with a three-hit performance, including his first round-tripper of the season, on Saturday. Since his demotion to Double-A Portland, De La Guerra has 8 hits in five games and 4 strikeouts. So on a tough day at the farm, De La Guerra was one of the few bright spots.

Photo credit: Chad De La Guerra by Kelly O'Connor