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The Cap on Thursday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde  June 21, 2013 12:34 AM

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Red Sox affiliates

Pawtucket – 3
Columbus – 0
WP: Workman (2-1)
LP: House (1-7)
S: Kehrt (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox (44-28) staked Brandon Workman a two-run lead before he ever hit the hill and he took care of the next seven innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five. In his three starts since being promoted to Pawtucket he is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA and has struck out 18 in 19 innings. … Mitch Maier went 1-for-4 and drove in two. He has hit safely in five straight games. … Alex Hassan’s first inning double drove in a run to help the cause. He has seven hits in the five games since returning to Pawtucket, five of them have been doubles, one a home run. … The PawSox have won four straight, their longest win streak since they won six-in-a-row May 6-11.

Portland – 5
Reading – 2
WP: Couch (5-2)
LP: Biddle (3-7)
S: McCarthy (7)
HR: POR-Thomas (7), Vazquez (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: In just his third start of the season Keith Couch shows up Phillies top prospect Jesse Biddle, to win his fifth game of the season for Portland. Both starters lasted six innings, but Couch allowed just two earned runs while Biddle gave up five on six hits and six walks. As a starter Couch is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA. … Christian Vazquez went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs, hitting his first home run since May 22nd. Although he is hitting just .175 in June, he has five hits and six RBIs in his last four games. … Heiker Meneses and Matty Johnson each had two hits apiece for the Sea Dogs.

Hagerstown – 14
Greenville – 1
WP: Mooneyham (3-1)
LP: Diaz (1-4)
HR: HAG-Martinez (1); GRE-Chester (11)
HIGHLIGHTS: David Chester got the Drive off on the right foot, launching his 11th home run in the bottom of the first inning. Then Hagerstown rained down seven runs in the fourth and followed it up with four more in the fifth to bury Greenville where they stood. It was the most runs that the Drive (22-48) have allowed all season. … Chester (2-for-3, RBI, run) was the only Greenville batter with a multi-hit game. It was his 13th multi-hit game of the season. …Drive batters struck out 11 times on the night.

Tri-City – 8
Lowell – 5 (11 innings)
WP: Minnis (2-0)
LP: Spalding (0-1)
S: Lo (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Spinners (2-1) were smooth sailing their way into sole possession of first place in the Stedler Division, up 5-0 after seven innings with barely a care in the world. Then the ValleyCats struck for three in the eighth, two in the ninth to force extras and three again in the 11th to pull off an improbable win. … Starter Simon Mercedes was sharp in his first outing of the season, allowing three hits and two walks over five innings. … DH Kevin Mager led the Spinners offense with a 4-for-5 effort, driving in two and scoring one. … Chris Carpenter pitched two scoreless innings of relief in his second rehab appearance with Lowell. The three relievers who followed – Jack McGeary, Dylan Chavez and Matt Spalding – allowed a combined six earned runs, six hits and five walks over four innings.

New England teams

New Britain – 2
Erie – 0
WP: Darnell (6-6)
LP: VerHagen (0-1)
HR: NB-Rodriguez (9)
HIGHLIGHTS: Both teams had only four hits apiece on the day as the pitchers ruled the roost. Both staffs had nine strikeouts each and there were only four total free passes handed out on the day between the teams. … Starter Logan Darnell became the first Rock Cats pitcher to notch a complete game shutout since Brett Jacobson did it back in June of 2011. He struck out a season-high nine batters for the second time in six starts. Darnell’s 96 2/3 innings are most in the Eastern League and his 2.61 ERA fourth best. … Kyle Knudson (2-for-3) was the only New Britain player with a multi-hit day. He has collected seven hits over his last four games, but has yet to get an extra-base hit since being called up from Fort Myers at the end of May. … Reynaldo Rodriguez’s ninth home run of the season was a solo shot in the second inning and turned out to be the game winner. He has hit three long balls in his last five games and is batting .362 in June.

New Hampshire – 4
Altoona – 7
WP: Ramos (1-0)
LP: Wright (1-3)
S: Sanz (6)
HR: ALT-Cunningham (14)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Fisher Cats (33-39) had just tied the game with a three-run seventh before Jarek Cunningham answered with a solo shot in the bottom half of the inning to snatch the lead right back for the Curve, who would not relent the rest of the way. … A.J. Jimenez went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run. He has hit safely in all eight games he has played for New Hampshire and is batting .500. … Adam Loewen and Kevin Nolan each had two hits for the Fisher Cats. Loewen has hit safely in seven straight games and Nolan in five straight.

Connecticut – 1
Vermont – 5
WP: Torres (1-0)
LP: Mantiply (0-1)
S: Johnson (1)
HR: VER-Pinder (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Chad Pinder’s first inning solo home run set the Lake Monsters (1-3) off on the right foot and with three more runs in the third they were able to cruise to victory over the winless Tigers (0-3). The home run was the first of Pinder’s pro career having just been selected in June’s draft, a second round pick of the A’s out of Virginia Tech. … Vermont’s Michael Soto went 2-for-3 with two doubles an RBI and a run. Soto now has two two-hit games in four played. … Connecticut’s Pat Leyland singled in the sixth inning to snap an 0-for-9 start to his season.

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