Organizational One-Stop: 4/8/08

Red Sox affiliates had a perfect day Monday, though it took until Tuesday for the JetHawks to win a marathon 18-inning affair. Here's the recap:

Red Sox: The Sox were off Monday. They'll play the 96th home opener at Fenway Park today, when Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to start against the Tigers' Kenny Rogers.

Triple-A Pawtucket: Chris Carter's three-run double sparked a six-run sixth inning and gave the PawSox the lead for good in their 9-3 win over Lehigh Valley in front of 3,401 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI. George Kottaras added a bases-loaded walk and Jonathan Van Every capped the surge with an RBI single. Bobby Kielty hit a solo homer in the fifth. Kottaras finished with two RBI for the PawSox, who had fewer hits (six) than walks (eight). Lincoln Holdzkom, the third of four PawSox pitchers, earned the win with 1 1/3 perfect innings. Mike Timlin, in Pawtucket on a rehab assignment, pitched a scoreless first inning. The PawSox return to action tonight against Lehigh Valley, when Chris Smith is scheduled to make the start in place of the sidelined Bartolo Colon.

Double-A Portland: Dustin Richardson's Double-A debut was an impressive one as he struck out 10 in five innings to lead the Sea Dogs to a 7-3 win over Connecticut in front of 1,017 in Norwich, CT. Richardson walked three and didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning, when he gave up one run on two hits. Kyle Jackson (two innings) and Mike James (one inning) combined to retire nine in a row in relief of Richardson. Sean Danielson had an impressive game by going 4-for-6 with two runs scored. Ryan Khoury had two hits and two RBI while Iggy Suarez also had two RBI. The Sea Dogs play Connecticut again tonight, when Justin Masterson is scheduled to make his second start of the season.

Single-A Lancaster: It took two days, but the JetHawks finally beat Inland Empire, 6-3, in an 18-inning game that began Monday and ended Tuesday in San Bernardino, CA. The game was suspended after 15 innings Monday and concluded tonight before the scheduled game between the two teams. The typically potent JetHawks were held scoreless between the seventh and 17th innings before Chih-Hsien Chiang delivered a two-run single with none out in the 18th. Reid Engel, who went 5-for-8 to raise his average to .448, later added an RBI single. Four other players—Chiang, Lars Anderson, Jon Still and Zak Farkes—had two hits apiece for the JetHawks, who pounded out 18 hits overall. Blake Maxwell (five innings), Jason Blackey (two innings) and T.J. Large (three innings) were brilliant in relief for the JetHawks as they combined to allow just five hits and two walks while striking out six in 10 shutout innings. Starter Tony Bajoczky (four hits and one walk with three strikeouts in five innings) and James Russ combined to blank Inland Empire over the first eight innings before Richie Lentz gave up three runs on one hit and three walks without recording an out in the ninth. Travis Beazley is scheduled to start for the JetHawks tonight against Inland Empire.

Single-A Greenville: Eamonn Portice allowed one run and struck out five in 3 1/3 innings of relief and the Drive scored twice apiece in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings to beat Lexington, 6-3, in front of 7,642 in Lexington, KY. Portice, who allowed one hit and one walk, followed Austin Bailey, who made his professional debut and gave up two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three in 4 2/3 innings. Felix Ventura worked around two walks in the ninth to earn the save. David Marks had three hits, including a two-run homer, while Manuel Arambarris also had three hits. The Drive return to action tonight at Lexington, where left-hander Jose Alvarez will take the mound for the Drive.


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