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The Cap on Monday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde  August 20, 2013 09:40 AM

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Red Sox affiliates

Triple-A
Buffalo – 0
Pawtucket – 3
WP: Mortensen (3-0)
LP: Drabek (1-1)
S: Beato (4)
HR: PAW-Butler (14)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox (69-60) held the Bisons to just three hits on the night and maintain a one game lead in the I.L. Wild Card race with the win. … Clay Mortensen allowed just one hit and three walks in six scoreless innings of work. He has picked up wins in his last two starts and in five starts with Pawtucket he had allowed just three earned runs. … Dan Butler went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, his second in his last three games. He also threw out Mike McCoy trying to steal second base in the sixth inning. It was the 23rd base runner Butler has cut down this season. … After reaching first following a wild pitch on a strikeout, Jeremy Hazelbaker proceeded to steal his 34th base of the season. He is second in the Red Sox minor league system behind Mookie Betts (35).

Double-A
New Hampshire – 2
Portland – 3
WP: Hernandez (1-0)
LP: Boone (3-2)
S: Ramirez (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Sea Dogs (61-66) capitalized on three straight errors by the Fisher Cats (62-64) in the fourth inning to grab a 2-1 lead, then broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth to escape with their second straight win. … Michael Almanzar (2-for-3, RBI, run) and Matt Spring (2-for-4) accounted for four of Portland’s six hits. Almanzar has six two-hit games over his last ten. … Chris Hernandez worked eight innings for his first Sea Dogs win since last June. He allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three.

High-A
Carolina – 2
Salem – 9
WP: Quevedo (6-5)
LP: Whitenack (0-3)
S: Kraus (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Salem Sox (64-62) jumped on the Mudcats early, piling up an 8-0 lead after three innings. With the win they pulled within a game and a half of Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League’s Southern Division and they will face the Pelicans for three games after completing their four game set with Carolina on Tuesday. … Blake Swihart led the offense, going 2-for-4 with a double (24), triple (7), two RBIs and two runs. That’s six straight games with hits for Swihart who is hitting .345 in August. The catcher has 33 extra-base hits this season and his seven triples are second most in the organization. … Kyle Kraus worked four innings for his first save with Salem. In eight relief appearances with the Salem Sox he is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA.

Low-A
Lexington – 5
Greenville – 1
WP: Almonte (5-8)
LP: Johnson (1-6)
HIGHLIGHTS: After picking up a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, the Drive (47-76) slipped down the stretch and now find their elimination number down to seven with 15 games to play. … Brian Johnson lasted six innings in the start, but was saddled with his second straight loss. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks, while matching his previous start’s output of six Ks. In his back-to-back losses Johnson has a 2.08 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. … Keaton Briscoe (2-for-2, double, walk) had the only multi-hit game for Greenville.

Short Season-A
Connecticut – 2
Lowell – 6
WP: Alcantara (4-4)
LP: Phillips (4-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Spinners (34-23) used a five-run first inning to catapult themselves to their fourth straight win and more importantly to the top of the NYPL Stedler Division by themselves. Lowell now leads Tri-City by a half a game with 16 to play. … The 2, 3 and 4 hitters in the Spinners lineup – Deiner Lopez, Kevin Mager and Danny Bethea respectively – went 6-for-11 with two RBIs (both from Bethea) and four runs scored. … Piggyback starter Mario Alcantara struck out eight and allowed just one run and two hits in five and 1/3 innings for his second straight win. … Reliever Joe Gunkel K’d six in two perfect innings of work. He has struck out 24 batters in 15 1/3 innings for the Spinners.

Rookie
DSL Red Sox – 3
DSL Royals – 0
WP: Ramos (5-3)
LP: Garces (3-3)
S: Ramirez (14)
HIGHLIGHTS: With the win the Red Sox (44-22) put another game between themselves and the second place Royals, who are now five games back in the DSL SD North. … Red Sox pitching allowed just three hits and a walk and combined for nine strikeouts to lead the winning effort. Victor Ramirez struck out two in the ninth to pick up his 14th save, second most in the DSL. … Luis Alexander Basabe went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, RBI and run. He has hit safely in five straight.

GCL Red Sox – 5
GCL Orioles – 1
WP: Heras (2-0)
LP: Keller (1-1)
HR: RS-Brentz (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Red Sox (28-23) got back to a game up on the Orioles atop the GCL South with nine games left on the schedule. … Rehabbing Bryce Brentz keyed a four-run fourth inning rally with a two-out grand slam in his second game back. Brentz also doubled and drew a walk. … Myles Smith, the Red Sox fourth round pick in June, struck out four in two perfect innings. He has allowed just one hit and has struck out six in his three appearances.

New England teams

Double-A
Trenton – 10
New Britain – 3
WP: Moreno (1-0)
LP: Turpen (1-1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats (59-69) couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead late as the Thunder struck for ten runs over the final three innings. New Britain pitching allowed 16 hits and six walks on the night… Eddie Rosario drove in all three of New Britain’s runs after a 1-for-4 performance at the plate. … Miguel Sano went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. In his last six games he has struck out eight times and walked only once. … Danny Santana went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk and two runs. He has picked up two or more hits in six of his last eight games.

Short Season-A
Vermont – 7
Tri-City – 2
WP: Finnegan (3-3)
LP: Bushue (3-4)
HR: VER-Healy (3), Boyd (7)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Lake Monsters (29-31) bumped the ValleyCats out of first place after staking themselves a 6-0 lead after their first two at-bats. … B.J. Boyd went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs. It was his first home run and first runs batted in since August 7th. … Ryon Healy went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and a run. It was also his first home run since August 7th. … Kyle Finnegan did not all an earned run in five innings as he picked up his first win in four August starts. After walking six in his last start he did not give up a free pass.

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