Organizational One-Stop: 4/13/08

The Drive salvaged Saturday for Red Sox farmhands by sweeping a doubleheader. The PawSox, Sea Dogs and JetHawks all fell for the second straight day. Here's the recap:

Red Sox: Jonathan Papelbon struck out Alex Rodriguez with two runners on to end the eighth and retired the side in order in the ninth as the Sox edged the Yankees, 4-3, in front of another sellout crowd of 37,461 at Fenway Park. The game story appears elsewhere on this site.

Triple-A Pawtucket: Brandon Moss' RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth put the PawSox on the board, but the rally stopped there as Louisville earned a 3-1 win in front of 13,131 in Louisville, KY. George Kottaras, who was the only PawSox player with two hits, scored on Moss' single. Michael Tejera was effective over 5 1/3 innings but took the loss after he allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Eric Hull, who was acquired from the Dodgers in exchange for Christian Lara Tuesday, made his organizational debut and was perfect for 1 2/3 innings. The PawSox will continue their series in Louisville today, when Chris Smith makes his second start in place of Bartolo Colon.

Double-A Portland: New Britain put up five multi-run innings and hammered a quintet of Sea Dogs pitchers in a 14-5 win in front of 5,501 at Hadlock Field in Portland, ME. Starter Kris Johnson took the loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two in 3 1/3 innings. Kyle Jackson (three runs in 1 2/3 innings), Hunter Jones (one run in two innings), Mike James (two runs in one inning) and Miguel Asencio (one run in one inning) couldn't stop the bleeding as the Sea Dogs dropped their second in a row. Sea Dogs relievers entered the game having allowed just five runs (three earned) in their first 33 innings. Bubba Bell (3-for-5 with a triple) and Zach Daeges (2-for-4 with a triple) each snapped out of slumps for the Sea Dogs. Bell was just 4-for-27 entering the game while Daeges was only 3-for-26. Iggy Suarez had two hits and an RBI while Jeff Natale, Aaron Bates and John Otness all had an RBI. The Sea Dogs will try to avoid a series sweep today, when Dustin Richardson is scheduled to take the mound.

Single-A Lancaster: The JetHawks pounded out 13 hits but scored just one run—on Jon Still's solo homer—as they were trounced by Lake Elsinore, 11-1, in front of 1,818 in Lancaster, CA. The JetHawks have given up more runs in the last two games (21) than they did in the six preceding contests (18). Lake Elsinore did most of its damage in the third and eighth innings, when it scored four and six runs, respectively. Five players had at least two hits—Zak Farkes had three while Still, Jorge Jimenez, Argenis Diaz and Luis Segovia had two apiece—for the JetHawks, who stranded 10 runners. Diaz entered the game just 3-for-30 this season. James Russ labored in his first start for the JetHawks and took the loss after he allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out two in 2 2/3 innings. Tony Bajoczky made his first relief appearance of the season and gave up three runs on six hits while striking out one in 4 2/3 innings. The JetHawks will try to avoid a series sweep today, when Travis Beazley makes his third start of the season.

Single-A Greenville: David Marks hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the sixth inning of the opener and Yamaico Navarro capped an impressive day with three RBI in the nightcap as the Drive swept a doubleheader from West Virginia, 7-2 and 5-1, in front of 2,351 in Charleston, WV. Marks and Navarro each went 2-for-4 in the first game while Aaron Reza finished 3-for-4 with three doubles to lift his average to .500 (8-for-16). Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3, his third straight two-hit game following a 2-for-18 start. Felix Doubrount and Daniel Bard were an effective one-two punch again as they combined on a four-hitter. Doubrount allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and walked none while striking out seven in five innings to earn the win. Bard was perfect over the final two frames, during which he struck out three. In Doubrount's first start April 6, he went five innings before Bard struck out three in two perfect innings. In the second game, Navarro's two-run triple highlighted a four-run third. He had five RBI in the twinbill. Kris Negron had two hits, Mike Jones had an RBI and David Mailman stole his fourth base in as many tries. Chad Povich allowed two hits and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win. Eamonn Portice was lifted one out shy of qualifying for a victory but was impressive in 4 2/3 innings, during which he allowed one run on five hits and no walks while striking out eight. The Drive, which has won four in a row, will attempt to extend the streak today, when Jose Alvarez is scheduled to start against West Virginia.


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