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June 4, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Matheny mauls at plate; Sturgeon delivers two homers

6/4 Cup of Coffee: Salem was the lone squad to take a loss as the system fell one win short of a Sunday sweep. Timely hitting from the likes of Cole Sturgeon, Tate Matheny (pictured) and Tanner Nishioka, and some quality starting pitching made it a near Sunday Funday for the farm. 


Cole Sturgeon book-ended the game with solo home runs as the Pawtucket right fielder powered his team to a win over the Bulls. In his 18th game with the PawSox since a promotion from Double-A Portland, Sturgeon hit his first homer with Pawtucket by lifting a solo shot in the top of the first before blasting a one-run homer in the top of the ninth.

Justin Haley scattered 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings of work, allowing just one run and striking out two to pick up the win. Ryan Brasier pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the save, his sixth of the season.


Tate Matheny went 4 for 4 with two doubles, two RBI, and two doubles to pace Portland past Harrisburg. Matheny also added two stolen bases in the victory. Austin Rei added a solo home run for the Sea Dogs.

Teddy Stankiewicz took home the win, bringing his record to 5-5 with a six-inning, three-hit performance as the tall right-hander allowed two earned runs while striking out four.


CJ Chatham scored on a fielding error in the bottom of the eighth to get the Red Sox within one run, but Bobby Dalbec was caught out at home later on in the inning, and Roldani Balwin grounded into a force out as Salem ultimately fell to Wilmington. Santiago Espinal, Brett Netzer, and Chatham all had three hits apiece.

Roniel Raudes took the loss, giving up six hits and four earned runs across six innings.


An RBI single from Victor Acosta tied it at six apiece in the bottom of the ninth before Tanner Nishioka's two-out RBI single handed the Drive a walk-off win over the Tourists. Nishioka, fresh off a 4-for-4 performance on Saturday, went 2 for 5 in the win but Lorenzo Cedrola did the most damage at the plate with three hits, two doubles, two runs and three RBI. 


Player of the Day: A day after Tanner Nishioka went 4 for 4 to lead Greenville to a win, Tate Matheny collected four hits to power Portland to victory. Matheny has mauled opposing pitching as of late, as the 24-year-old is the midst of a five-game hit streak and has multi-hit performances in each of his last four games. The right-handed hitter has seen his average climb from .261 on May 29 to .324 on Sunday.

Photo Credit: Tate Matheny by Kelly O'Connor