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The Cap on Sunday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde  July 28, 2013 11:25 PM

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Triple-A
Lehigh Valley - 0
Pawtucket - 2
WP: Wright (5-6)
LP: Jimenez (4-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Steven Wright bookended his July with complete game shutouts when he allowed just 4 hits and a walk while striking out 7 on Sunday. On the month the knuckleballer went 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA, logging 32 2/3 innings in 5 starts. His two shutouts ties him for most in the International League. ... This game was an intense pitcher's duel until Pawtucket struck for their two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Jeremy Hazelbaker scored Will Middlebrooks on a sac-fly to left field and Brock Holt plated Jonathan Diaz with a two-out single. ... Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with two singles. He has reached base in all 23 July games he has played in.

Double-A
Harrisburg - 2
Portland - 3
WP: Kehrt (1-3)
LP: Karns (7-4)
S: Ramirez (2)
HR: POR-Spring (9)
HIGHLIGHTS: After the Sens pulled even in the top of the seventh inning, Matt Spring yanked the lead right back with a solo home run to spur the Sea Dogs to their second straight win. The Sea Dogs had only five hits in the game to Harrisburg's 10. ... Tony Thomas went 0-for-3 with an RBI and stole his 13th base of the season. ... Noe Ramirez picked up his second save since joining the Sea Dogs. He has not allowed a run in his last 9 1/3 innings

High-A
Potomac - 6
Salem - 4
WP: Bates (3-4)
LP: Owens (8-5)
S: Benincasa (10)
HR: POT-Keyes (9); SAL-Gedman (5), De La Cruz (7)
HIGHLIGHTS: Henry Owens ran his hitless innings streak to 19 1/3 before Cutter Dykstra singled with two outs in the fourth. The Nationals got to Owens in the eighth inning, putting six runs on the board to erase a 3-0 deficit. It was the first time that Owens had allowed an earned run in 26 2/3 innings and it was his first loss since July 5th. ... Matt Gedman went 2-for-4, hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning, his fifth of the year. In his last ten games he is hitting .353 with 3 homers, 6 RBIs, 6 runs and 6 walks. ...Salem is 12-14 in July with two game remaining the month, both versus Potomac.

Low-A
Greenville - 3
Lakewood - 4
WP: Francisco (3-4)
LP: Maddox (4-6)
HR: GRE-Roberson (3), Martinez (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: The wheels fell off in the bottom of the ninth as the Drive got stuck in neutral, blowing a 3-1 lead as the Blue Claws walk off with the series finale. Austin Maddox, on in relief, struck out the first batter of the inning, but was felled by a Jose Vinicio error that sparked the rally. Art Charles' triple with two outs scored the tying and winning runs. It was the third blown save by Maddox. ...Starter Cody Kukuk allowed just one earned run his six innings, striking out 5 in the process. Kukuk went 0-2 in five July starts, but posted a 2.39 ERA with a .194 opponents batting average and 28 Ks.... Center fielder Jesus Loya, just up from the Gulf Coast, went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in his Greenville debut.

Short Season-A
Lowell - 1
Vermont 6 GAME 1
WP: Powers (4-1)
LP: Alcantara (2-3)
S: Bayless (5)
HR: VER-Soto (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Lake Monsters put up two runs in the first inning and four more in the third to cruise to the win. The Spinners had only four hits in the game, with Kevin Mager's sixth inning double - the team's only extra base hit - serving as the only damage maker. ... Vermont's Brent Powers struck out 6 and allowed just the one run in 5 2/3 innings, improving to 4-1 in eight starts. ... Trevor Bayless struck out 2 in the last 1 1/3 innings to earn his fifth save, tied for most in the league with Brooklyn's John Mincone. ... Lowell's Dylan Chavez threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out 3 in the process.

Lowell - 1
Vermont - 0 GAME 2
WP: Taveras (2-0)
WP: Stalcup (1-3)
S: Martin (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Spinners bats were even quieter in game two, mustering only 3 hits, but they only needed one run with Francisco Teveras on the hill. Making his second start with Lowell as part of a rehab assignment, the lefty allowed just a hit and walk over five innings, K'ing 5 Lake Monsters in the process. ... Again Kevin Mager came through with the team's only extra-base hit, another run scoring double in the second inning. ... It was the fourth time this season that Lowell has been on the winning side of a 1-0 game, tying a franchise best mark set in 2000. It was the 19th one-run game for Lowell this season, who improved to 13-6 in those games.

New England teams

Double-A
Altoona - 7
New Hampshire - 3
WP: Sadler (8-5)
LP: McGuire (5-9)
HR: ALT-Cutler (3); NH-Schimpf (18)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Fisher Cats had only 3 hits on the day, yet they still scored 3 runs. Unfortunately the Curve had the hot sticks, scorching 12 hits for 7 runs, scoring in five separate innings as all but one starter picked up at least a hit. ...Ryan Schimpf hit his team best 18th home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning. It was his first long ball since July 5th.

New Britain - 9
Reading - 3
WP: Davies (1-0)
LP: Biddle (4-11)
HR: NB-Rosario (3); REA-Hewitt (12)
HIGHLIGHTS: After a five run second inning the Rock Cats found themselves up, 8-0, after five frames as they held down the Fightins' who couldn't rally enough late. New Britain took a lead after scoring via, walk, hit-by-pitch and walk while the bases were loaded. Miguel Sano opened things up with a two-run single. ... The top three hitter in New Britain's order - Danny Santana, Eddie Rosario, Sano - combined to go 5-for-10 with 7 RBIs and 3 runs. ... Kyle Davies struck out 6 and allowed just 5 hits and a run over 7 innings for the win.

Short Season-A
Connecticut - 3
Tri-City 0
WP: Felix (1-2)
LP: Thurman (1-1)
S: Reininger (4)
HR: CON-Harrison (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: Five Tigers had multi-hit games, with Brett Harrison's 3-for-3 leading the way, but despite 13 hits they only plated 3 runs. It was more than enough as the ValleyCats only had 4 hits of their own. ... Julio Felix picked up the win after firing five scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 6. He has not allowed a HR in 21 1/3 innings with Connecticut.

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