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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Back in the Groove: A rare hitless performance apparently didn’t sit well with Salem Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini.
After going 0-for-5 in the final game of Salem’s road trip, the Carolina League’s leading hitter rebounded with two extra-base hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth inning that gave the Red Sox a 6-4 victory over Carolina in front of 1,533 at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
Key Strokes: Cecchini entered the game with a .374 average and a circuit topping .466 on-base percentage, but he had been shut down in Salem’s most recent game.
Not this time. Cecchini doubled in the sixth inning to key a two-run, game-tying rally. In the eighth, he drove a 1-0 pitch deep over the wall in right-center for his fourth home run of the season, breaking a 4-4 deadlock.
The Journey Continues: Red Sox starter Kyle Kaminska made his first appearance at Salem Memorial Ballpark, marking the 10th stadium he has called home in his seven-year minor league career.
Originally drafted by the Marlins, Kaminska also pitched in the Pirates system before joining the Red Sox this year. He was sent to Salem on May 1 after starting the season at Double-A Portland.
Kaminska lived up to his reputation as a strike-thrower, lasting 6 1⁄3 innings and allowing four runs on nine hits while walking none.
There when you need him: Right-hander Matty Ott continued his strong work out of the Salem bullpen, picking up his second victory with 2 2⁄3 innings of scoreless relief.
Ott allowed just one hit and struck out two, lowering his ERA to 2.37.
Two-out lightning: The Sox trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the third inning, but took their first lead thanks to some clutch hitting with two outs.
A Carson Blair walk and a Sean Coyle double set the stage for shortstop Nick Natoli, who drove a pitch into the gap in left-center to give the Red Sox the lead.
Loose ends: The game was delayed 76 minutes because of rain but breezed by in 2 hours and 1 minute…The Mudcats lineup featured four players who are batting over .300…Coyle, who went 1-for-4 and scored twice, is batting an even .300… Outfielder Matty Johnson was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.
On deck: In the second 11 a.m. game of the season, the Sox send RHP Mike Augliera (3-0, 4.13) to the mound against Carolina RHP Cody Anderson (3-1, 3.18) today.
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