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Minor League Update - 08/21/05

The Results
Pawtucket vs Rochester - L, 3-2
Portland at New Hampshire - W, 1-0
Wilmington vs Lynchburg - L, 3-1
Greenville at Columbus - L, 4-3
Lowell at Tri-City - L, 8-3

The Prospects
Manny Delcarmen - DNP
Jacoby Ellsbury - 2-4, r, 3b, bb
Craig Hansen - 1 IP, 2 K
Jed Lowrie - 1-4, 2b, rbi, bb, 2k
Alejandro Machado - DNP
Cla Meredith - DNP
Brandon Moss - 1-3
David Murphy - 1-4, rbi, k
Dustin Pedroia - 1-4, k
Hanley Ramirez - 1-4, r
Kelly Shoppach - 2-4, r, hr, 2rbi, k
Luis Soto - 1-3, 2b, bb

The Starters
name IP H R ER BB SO HR Dec
Anastacio Martinez 5 6 2 2 1 2 0 ND
Kason Gabbard 5.2 6 0 0 0 4 0 W
Jose Vaquedano 5 4 3 3 3 4 1 L
Jarrett Gardener 7 6 3 3 1 2 2 ND
Adam Blackley 1.1 5 7 3 2 0 1 L

Other Notables
Kevin Youkilis - 0-4, 3k
Scott Youngbauer - 2-4, k
Mickey Hall - 2-3, 2b, rbi, k, cs
Jeff Corsaletti - 2-5, r, k
Salvador Paniagua - 2-4, r, rbi, k

Ricky Bottalico - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Felix Romero - 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Brantley Jordan - 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 K, L
Yader Peralta - 2.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Argimiro Guanchez - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K

News and Notes
The lack of offense the big league club put up yesterday set the tone for the rest of the organization. The five teams from Lowell to Pawtucket managed to score just 10 runs between them. Portland, scoring only 1 run, was the only team to win their game thanks to a fantastic effort from four of their pitchers.

Pawtucket's bats were held quiet all night by one of Minnesota's top pitching prospects, Francisco Liriano. Liriano is having a great year with a 1.75 ERA in 72 IP over 11 starts for Rochester. He's even outperforming the 3.64 ERA in 76.2 IP over 13 starts that he had in AA this year. He made the Paw Sox look silly, shutting them out for 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits and a walk while striking out 12 for the win. Pawtucket didn't manage to score until the bottom of the 9th when Kelly Shoppach hit a two run blast, his 25th homer of the year. According to the Providence Journal the Paw Sox still nearly managed to win a game when Luis Figueroa hit a towering shot with two outs and a runner on in the bottom of the 9th, but it was just barely foul. He followed his near home run with a pop out to third to end the game.

David Murphy knocked in Hanley Ramirez for the only run in Portland's 1-0 defeat of New Hampshire. Kason Gabbard went 5.2 IP and combined with 3 members of the bullpen to shut down the other club. Craig Hansen pitched a perfect inning striking out 2 and now has struck out 9 in 6 innings in Portland this year, still without giving up a run.

Greenville's Jeff Corsaletti, a 22 year old outfielder drafted by the Sox in the 6th round this year, continues to put together a fantastic first season as a pro. The Florida native is a lefty who is an athletic guy with good range in the field, a good batting eye, some power potential, and above average speed. So far this year he is showing all of that with a .366/.437/.497 line in 191 AB's. The near .500 SLG is thanks, in large part, to his great AVG as he has only 3 homers on the year, but he also has 24 walks and only 28 K's. He's stolen 8 bases in 10 tries. He has already proven that he deserves a shot at Wilmington, but the Sox likely don't want to advance him so quick in his first year as a pro. His AVG is due for a huge drop, however, as his .419 BABIP suggests, but until that happens he'll continue to tear things up in Low-A.