*** Boston Red Sox Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
PAWTUCKET RED SOX - The Red Sox continued their recent surge this past weekend winning all three contests. The team has now won four straight games and six of its last seven overall. With the recent success, Pawtucket has climbed to just 1 1/2 games back of Rochester for first place in the International League's North Division. IF Brian Daubach led the charge this past weekend, going 4-for-10 with five runs scored, two home runs and four RBI. In 10 games played this season, Daubach has a team-best five home runs and 13 runs scored. OF's Adam Hyzdu and Justin Sherrod were also effective over the team's last three games and combined for four home runs and five RBI. C Andy Dominique, who batted .300 over the past three games, still leads the squad in RBI (20) and total bases (39) on the season. As for the pitchers, RHP Josh Stevens was the only starter who was able to come away with a victory this past weekend. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs in a 10-4 victory over Syracuse on April 25th. The win was Stevens' first in three games started this season.
PORTLAND SEA DOGS - The Sea Dogs were swept by Bowie this past weekend and they have now dropped five straight decisions. The team is currently in last place in the Eastern League's Northern Division standings at 4-11 thanks in part to a dismal 1-7 mark away from home. The Sea Dogs managed only six runs in the three games against Bowie, while allowing 13. Despite being swept, Mike O`Keefe had a solid series, going 2-for-5 with five walks and a stolen base. IF John Hattig was also productive in the series with three doubles and two walks. However, he struck out seven times, running his season total to a team worst 19. IF Jesus Medrano, who leads the team with a .298 batting average, went just 2-for-13 against Bowie. RHP Chris Smith failed to earn a decision for the third straight time this season in the team's 3-2 loss to Bowie on April 23rd. In that game, he went five strong innings, allowing only one run on three hits while fanning five. RHP's Ryan Cameron and Jerome Gamble were saddled with the losses in the other two games of the series, as they allowed a combined eight runs in 8 2/3 innings of work. No starting pitcher for the Sea Dogs has yet to record a win this season.
SARASOTA RED SOX - After a slow start to the season, the Red Sox have begun to heat up with two straight wins and five in their past six games. The team has now climbed its way over .500 at 10-8 and is just 2 1/2 games back of Tampa for first place in the Florida State League's West Division standings. IF Jeremy West continued to kill opposing pitching over the Red Sox' last four games, going 10-for-16 with three home runs and seven RBI. He is now batting a stellar .510 with five dingers and 14 RBI this season. IF Stefan Bailie was equally impressive over the team's last four games with three home runs and five RBI. As for the starting pitchers, lefties Jon Lester and Luis Mendoza and righthander Jon Papelbon each earned a victory over the team's past four games and had combined ERA of 1.59 in their starts. Mendoza and Papelbon each notched their second wins of the season, while Lester snapped a two-game losing streak with his first triumph of the 2004.
AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS - The GreenJackets continue to slide and have dropped five straight games and 11 of their last 12 overall. The club is just 3-14 overall and stand alone in last place in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division standings. Still, over the last four games, OF Brandon Moss has been tearing it up with a .412 batting average and five RBI. However, IF Heriberto Guzman continues to struggle, as he went just 2-for-15 with seven strikeouts over the GreenJackets' last four outings. He is batting just .178 for the season. In his first start of the season, RHP Chris Farley was rocked for seven runs and eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings of a 12-7 loss to Hickory on April 23rd. Although RHP Gary Galvez didn't receive a decision in his last start, he was still effective with seven shutout innings of work. No starting pitcher for Augusta has yet to record a win this season.