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August 19, 2018 at 6:42 AM

Cup of Coffee: Kent super for Portland; Duran on fire at the dish

8/19 Cup of Coffee: A super performance from Matthew Kent (pictured, right) propelled Portland to a win while Jarren Duran extended his hit streak to seven games with Greenville. Pawtucket and Salem were both shut out while Lowell got a lift from Devlin Granberg at the plate.


Former PawSox prospect Brandon Snyder delivered a two-run home run to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth after an hour and 20-minute rain delay. Starter Fernando Rodriguez Jr. got the no-decision with 3 2/3 innings of two-hit ball. The 34-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out three. Matthew Gorst took the loss after allowing the aforementioned Snyder homer.

In the wake of the Worcester news, Pawtucket's bats fell silent, as the team garnered just four hits with Mike Miller getting two of them. Tzu-Wei Lin had the only extra-base hit, a double. 

Matthew Kent provided nearly seven shutout innings, and the bullpen followed suit as the Sea Dogs downed the Curve. Kent threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out three. Trevor Kelley (1 1/3 IP, 1 BB) and Josh Taylor (1 IP, 2 H) completed the shutout with the latter picking up his sixth save of the season.

Bobby Dalbec broke an 0-for-6 skid by going 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. Michael Chavis went 1 for 4, and Jordan Betts added the only other extra-base hit in a 1-for-4 performance. 


A day after shutting out the Wood Ducks, Salem was blanked in a loss. Kutter Crawford continues to tally up the strikeout total, striking out eight but gave up four hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. It was the fourth straight start Crawford had seven or more strikeouts.

Brett Netzer provided the only extra-base hits, going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles.  


A night after going 4 for 4, Jarren Duran kept up his torrid pace of late at the plate, going 3 for 5 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run. Even an hour and seven-minute delay couldn't damper Duran's bat. Ryan Fitzgerald, Charlie Madden, and Frankie Rios all had two hits apiece while Tanner Nishioka went 3 for 4 with a run and RBI.

Alex Scherff tossed four innings of one-run ball, striking out five while Durin O'Linger was lights out in relief, giving up just two hits across three innings while striking out four. O'Linger picked up the win. 


A seven-run eighth inning broke up a 2-2 tie as Lowell put up 13 hits in the victory. Devlin Granberg (pictured, left) recorded the most of them, going 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBI, including a solo home run in the fourth inning. Grant Williams, Korby Batesole and Alberto Schmidt all added multi-hit performances, and Jonathan Ortega was the lone Lowell batter not to record a hit.

Kris Jackson picked up the win, with two innings of scoreless relief. Chris Machamer got the start, going four innings and allowing one run on three hits. 


Brandon Howlett went 4 for 4 with a double and an RBI to raise his batting average to .313 as the Red Sox won Game 1 of a doubleheader. Elih Marrero added two hits and two runs, along with an RBI, while Nicholas Northcut had the other RBI for the Red Sox.

Yoan Aybar recorded the win, going 2 1/3 innings and allowing one run on four hits in relief.

A two-run double by Jonathan Diaz set the tone in a three-run first inning, as the Red Sox held on to take Game 2 of the twin bill. Five pitchers pitched in for the win, although Gregorio Reyes wasn't much of a help, as the left-hander didn't record an out, giving up three hits and three runs in the sixth inning.


DSL Astros 3, DSL Red Sox1 2 (Game One)
Six strikeouts across four innings still didn't get the job done for Yoelvis Guedez as the right-hander picked up his second loss and failed to go five innings or more for the first time since July 19 and in five appearances as the Red Sox lost to the Astros in Game 1.

Fabian Andrade went 2 for 3, and so did Denny Daza. DSL failed to record an extra-base hit.

DSL Red Sox1, DSL Astros (Suspended) 
Game 2 of the doubleheader was suspended due to rain.


DSL Red Rays2 2, DSL Red Sox2 1 (Game One)
Carlos Velez got the start and pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four hits, and one earned run to go with two strikeouts but got the no-decision as Robinson Montero picked up the loss in relief, giving up the deciding run in the bottom of the seventh of a walk-off win for the Rays.

The Red Sox mustered just four hits, with Yulis Hernandez going 2 for 3 in the loss.

DSL Red Rays2, 2, DSL Red Sox2 1 (Game Two)
The offense again was quiet, garnering just four hits in a rain-shortened five-inning affair. Hernandez had the lone run and extra-base hit, going 1 for 2 in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Jose Ramirez took the loss, pitching 4 1/3 innings and giving up three hits and two runs (one earned) and walking four.


Player of the Day: Matthew Kent has recovered nicely from a 10-hit debacle on August 7 in a loss to Erie with two consecutive quality starts. Following up a seven-inning outing last Sunday with a 6 2/3 inning performance on Saturday. The left-hander gave up two hits and walked four but stranded those runners without allowing a run to improve to 9-8 on the season. The 2015 13th round draft pick has won three of his last four outings.  

Photo Credit: Matthew Kent and Devlin Granberg by Kelly O'Connor