Organizational One-Stop: 4/21/08

The four Red Sox affiliates all earned victories Sunday in a remarkable day for offense. The Sea Dogs scored eight runs in the eighth in recording their eighth straight win while the Drive scored a team-record 13 runs in the seventh inning of its win. The PawSox and JetHawks also cruised. Here's the recap:

Red Sox: Sean Casey's bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning capped a rally from a five-run deficit as the Sox edged the Rangers. 6-5, at Fenway Park. A recap of that game appears elsewhere on this site.

Triple-A Pawtucket: A three-run homer by Jeff Bailey and a two-run homer by Keith Ginter provided all the runs for the PawSox and a quartet of pitchers battled out of jams all day in a 5-1 win over Buffalo in front of 6,525 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI. Bailey had two of the PawSox' six hits. Edgar Martinez made his first professional start in place of David Pauley, who was shelved in case he has to start today for the flu-stricken Clay Buchholz in Boston, and threw 4 1/3 shutout innings despite allowing four hits and three walks while striking out none. Jon Switzer allowed a run on three hits and struck out four in 2 1/3 innings to earn the win. Buffalo recorded 12 hits and three walks against Martinez, Switzer, Eric Hull and Lee Gronkiewicz but stranded 13 runners. The PawSox host Buffalo again today.

Double-A Portland: Eight was more than enough for the Sea Dogs, who scored eight runs in the eighth inning and had eight players record multiple hits as they recorded their eighth straight win with a 13-2 rout of Binghamton in front of 2,886 in Binghamton, NY. Remarkably, the eight-run rally began with two outs in the eighth, after which 10 straight batters reached base. Ryan Khoury was 4-for-5 with two RBI while Sean Danielson, Jay Johnson and Andrew Pinckney all had two RBI apiece for the Sea Dogs. Bubba Bell and Sandy Madera had three hits each for the Sea Dogs, who racked up 21 hits overall. Matthew Goodson earned the win after he allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out five in five innings. The Sea Dogs will go for their ninth straight win tonight, when Michael Bowden is scheduled to take the mound against New Hampshire in the opener of a seven-game homestand.

Single-A Lancaster: Carlos Vasquez and T.J. Large combined to throw four no-hit innings of relief and Chih-Hsien Chiang's solo homer in the seventh gave the JetHawks the lead for good as they edged Bakersfield, 4-2, in front of 712 in Bakersfield, CA. Vasquez, who earned the win, and Large, who earned the save, each struck out two in two innings. Their only blemish was a hit by pitch charged to Large. Starter Tony Bajoczky allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three in five innings. Chiang had two hits, as did Dennis Blackmon, who hit a solo homer in the second inning. Mickey Hall had an RBI and a stolen base. The JetHawks are off tonight and will open a three-game series at Modesto Tuesday.

Single-A Greenville: Thought the Sea Dogs' feat was impressive? The Drive enjoyed the biggest inning in team history when it scored 13 runs and sent 19 batters to the plate in the seventh inning of a 19-7 hammering of Augusta in front of 1,469 in Augusta, GA. The Drive didn't record an extra-base hit in the deluge as it parlayed eight singles, five walks (including four with the bases loaded), a hit-by-pitch, a passed ball and an error into the mammoth outburst. Aaron Reza was 3-for-6 with four RBI and three runs scored while Yamaico Navarro was 4-for-6 with two RBI. Anthony Rizzo had three hits and two RBI while Mike Jones and Manuel Arambarris had two hits and two RBI. David Marks had two RBI without a base hit for the Drive, who had 18 hits, including 16 singles. Jones has hit in 12 straight games and has multiple hits in seven straight. Rizzo has hit in 11 in a row, during which he has collected nine multi-hit games. Bryce Cox, the second of four Drive pitchers, recorded the win in his season debut despite allowing two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out three in 1 2/3 innings. Starter Chris Province was staked to a 5-0 lead in the second but didn't pitch long enough to earn the win as he gave up three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two in 4 1/3 innings. The Drive will look to remain hot tonight, when Eamonn Portice is scheduled to start the series finale in Augusta.


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