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August 3, 2019 at 8:30 AM

Cup of Coffee: Wilson's go-ahead home run propels Portland

8/3 Cup of Coffee: Marcus Wilson's heroics for the Sea Dogs and Teddy Stankiewicz's (pictured, right) eight strikeouts were the performances of the night, with Wilson launching a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning. Chris Murphy continued to impress over his first few professional starts, and Blake Loubier bounced back from a rough debut.


Rochester Red Wings 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 2
It was a tie game in the eighth, but Domingo Tapia gave up five runs that put the game out of reach. Teddy Stankiewicz had a very strong start, striking out eight while allowing only two runs over seven innings. The right-hander was coming off a tough July that saw him pitch to a 6.18 ERA. There was not much offense to speak of, with the highlights being Gorkys Hernandez going 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Cole Sturgeon going 2 for 3 with a double and an outfield assist.


Portland Sea Dogs 7, Bowie Baysox (BAL) 6
The Sea Dogs rallied to score four runs in the ninth as they came back and stunned the Baysox. With one run already in, Marcus Wilson came to bat with two on and two out and he launched a three-run home run to give Portland the lead. This was the cherry on top of a 3-for-5 night that also included a two-run single and a double. Jarren Duran went 2 for 5 with two stolen bases, and C.J. Chatham went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base.

Konner Wade has turned in several quality starts recently, and Friday night was no exception. He allowed just one run over six innings as he lowered his ERA to 2.22 over his last 10 starts. Adam Lau and Matthew Gorst were each hit hard, but Dedgar Jimenez was able to lock down the save with a scoreless ninth.


Salem Red Sox 6, Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) 3
Three RBI from Victor Acosta and a shutdown relief performance from Andrew Politi helped the Red Sox double up the Hillcats. Acosta went 2 for 4 with a double, while Keith Curcio went 3 for 4 with a double. Garrett Benge hit his third home run of the year and finished the night 2 for 3 with a walk.

Politi allowed two baserunners and struck out four over his three innings as he helped Dylan Thompson hold on to his fourth win of the year. Thompson allowed three runs over five innings. Zach Schellenger did not allow a baserunner in the ninth to earn his second save.


Delmarva Shorebirds (BAL) 8, Greenville Drive 5 (Game One)
This game started on Thursday but was finished on Friday after it was suspended due to rain. Alex Scherff dropped to 4-10 by allowing four runs over four innings, though he did walk only one and struck out five. The defense let Angel Padron down as he gave up four unearned runs in his three innings, and Yoan Aybar followed with two scoreless innings. Aybar has been on fire lately, allowing just two runs over his last 16 2/3 innings with 27 strikeouts. Jordan Wren had two hits and Brandon Howlett did not have a hit but did draw three walks.

Delmarva Shorebirds @ Greenville Drive, Cancelled (rain)
The teams were not able to play the second game of the night, and it was ultimately cancelled.


Lowell Spinners 11, State College Spikes (STL) 2
There were great performances all over the diamond for the Spinners as they crushed the Spikes. Chris Murphy had more than enough run support as he fired four shutout innings, walking one and striking out four. Murphy had some control issues in college, but so far in Lowell he has walked only three and struck out 17 in 14 innings.

Four Lowell batters had multi-hit games, with leadoff hitter Alex Erro going 3 for 5 with two RBI and a stolen base. Joe Davis also drove in two runs as he went 2 for 5 with a double, Marino Campana went 2 for 5 with two doubles, and Antoni Flores went 2 for 4.


It was a pitcher's duel for most of the day, with the game going to extra innings still scoreless. 13th-rounder Blake Loubier was vastly improved in his second professional appearance, striking out two and allowing just one walk over two innings. Aaron Perry, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, struck out two and walked two over three innings, and Devon Roedahl struck out five over 2 1/3 hitless innings. The loss went to Dylan Spacke who allowed two runs in the 10th inning after the Red Sox took the lead in the top half. 

Danny Diaz gave the Red Sox the lead with an RBI single as he extended his hitting streak to four games, and Matthew Lugo went 1 for 2 with a walk and he is now hitting .410 over his last 10 games.


Only two players got into the hit column for the Red Sox, with Darel Belen going 2 for 4 and Andy Pena going 2 for 3 as the rest of the team went 0 for 21 with three walks. Belen now has exactly two hits in each of his last four games. Nixson Munoz had some rare struggles on the mound as he gave up four runs over five innings, and Jesus Rosillo fired two shutout innings.

The poor offense in the rookie leagues continued, but the pitching in this one was enough to make up for it. Despite the one run the Red Sox did collect seven hits, with two each from Bryan GonzalezGiancarlos Santana, and Angeudis Santos, with Santos's two-out RBI single in the sixth inning proving to be the difference.

The shutout was led by a dominant start from Railin Perez who allowed four hits and struck out six over five innings. The 17-year-old has allowed only two runs over his last 25 innings, striking out 27. Andres Ortuno followed with three hitless innings, and Robinson Parra earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning. 

Photo Credit: Teddy Stankiewicz by Kelly O'Connor