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August 14, 2018 at 6:51 AM

Cup of Coffee: Crawford on cutting edge, Bazardo gets bad luck

8/14 Cup of Coffee: With the PawSox getting rained out and Portland having the night off, Salem was the top affiliate in action on Monday and Kutter Crawford (pictured, left) and Jerry Downs combined to put on a show at Haley Toyota Field. The former picked up his first win in a Salem uniform while the latter blasted a three-run home run. Eduard Bazardo pitched well like Crawford, but the Greenville right-hander didn't get any support in a no-decision and Drive loss. Alex Scherff made his second appearance on a rehab assignment with the GCL Red Sox. 


Pawtucket Red Sox, Norfolk Tides (BAL) PPD
Monday night's game between the PawSox and Tides was postponed due to rain and inclement weather. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 5:05 p.m.


In his second start with Salem, 2017 16th round draft pick Kutter Crawford picked up his first win in a Salem Red Sox uniform, firing five strong innings of four-hit, one-run ball while striking out seven. After a tough-luck loss in his first Salem start on Aug. 8, when the right-hander tossed six innings of three-run ball with seven strikeouts, the 22-year-old Crawford got a little help from his teammates on Monday.

Jerry Downs went 2 for 4 with a double, run and a home run. The 24-year-old left-handed swinging first baseman smacked a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, his 12th home run of the season. CJ Chatham (3 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R) and Tyler Hill (2 for 3, 3 R) both chipped in offensively. Durbin Feltman picked up his first save with Salem, firing a scoreless ninth inning by striking out the side. The 2018 third-round selection has allowed just two earned runs in 14 innings across appearances with Lowell, Greenville, and Salem. 


Another great start from Eduard Bazardo didn't result in a win this time, as the 22-year-old received a no-decision after tossing five innings of four-hit ball, without allowing a run. The right-hander walked two and struck out five to lower his ERA to 0.75 in his second start for Greenville. Bazardo went 5-3 with Lowell in nine starts before a promotion to the Drive on Aug. 4. In his last start, on Aug. 8, Bazardo picked up the win by firing seven innings of five-hit ball, allowing just one run.

On Monday, Greenville couldn't get one run as the Drive went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Jarren Duran went 2 for 3 while Marino Campana continues to see the ball well, going 1 for 2 and picking up two free passes. Juan Florentino took the loss, giving up all three runs in relief in the bottom of the seventh inning.  


GCL Rays 6, GCL Red Sox 3
The GCL Red Sox surrendered six runs in the bottom of the eighth to see a one-run lead turn into a five-run deficit. It was the tale of many arms on Monday, with Alex Scherff, still on a rehab assignment, getting the bulk of the relief. Scherff pitched three frames and didn't allow a run, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out two.

Caleb Ramsey, a 25th-round pick in this year's draft, was the lone GCL Red Sox player with multiple hits, going 2 for 3 with a run. Juan Morillo took the loss.


DSL Rays1 5, DSL Red Sox1 3 (10 inn.)
Jeison Pena, a 20-year-old from the Dominican Republic, gave up seven hits and two runs over seven innings of work while striking out four, but didn't get a decision as Jose Larez surrendered one run in the eighth before giving up two runs in the top of the 10th in an extra-inning loss.

It was double trouble at the plate as Gilberto Jimenez, and Leonel Jiminez both went 3 for 5 with a run scored, with the latter adding two RBI.


DSL Indians 1, DSL Red Sox2 0 
Irvin Villarroel, a 17-year-old from Venezuela, pitched well across five frames, giving up three hits and one earned run while striking out five. Still, the tall right-hander picked up the loss, his fifth of the season and fourth in his last six outings.

The DSL Red Sox mustered just five hits, with three of them coming from Yulis Hernandez. The 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic snapped his five-game hitless streak with the three-hit performance.


Player of the Day: In his second straight quality start for Salem, since a promotion from Greenville, Kutter Crawford registered his first win with Salem. Throwing 55 of his 88 pitches for strikes, Crawford's victory marked the second consecutive outing where he's struck out seven opposing hitters. It was the first win, however, for Crawford since a 10-6 Greenville win over Asheville on July 21.   

Photo Credit: Kutter Crawford by Kelly O'Connor

Tommy Cassell is a Contributing Editor for SoxProspects.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tommycassell44