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Minor League Update - 08/08/05

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The Results
Pawtucket vs Buffalo - W, 9-4
Portland vs Binghamton - L, 4-1
Wilmington - DNP
Greenville - DNP
Lowell at Aberdeen - W, 5-3

The Prospects
Jacoby Ellsbury - DNP
Christian Lara - DNP
Jed Lowrie - 2-4, k, sb
Alejandro Machado - 1-2, 2r, 2b, bb
Cla Meredith - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Brandon Moss - 0-4, k
Jon Papelbon - 1 IP
Dustin Pedroia - 1-2, 2r, hr, rbi, 2bb
Hanley Ramirez - 1-4
Kelly Shoppach - 1-4, 2rbi, 2k
Luis Soto - 2-4, 2r, rbi, k

The Starters
name IP H R ER BB SO HR Dec
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Abe Alvarez 5.1 6 4 4 0 9 2 W
Anibal Sanchez 6.2 4 2 2 0 9 1 L
Ryan Phillips 3.2 3 2 2 4 4 1 ND

Other Notables
Kevin Youkilis - 0-2, r, 2bb
Adam Hyzdu - 2-4, r, hr, 3rbi, k
Mark Bellhorn - 1-4, r, 2rbi
George Lombard - 1-4, r, hr, rbi, k
Scott Youngbauer 1-3, r, hr, rbi, bb, 2k
Jay Johnson - 1-3, 2r, 2b, bb

Modest Ozuna - 2.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Eugenio Flores - 2 IP, 1 BB, W

The Bad Guys
org W-L place GB runs(rank) RA(rank)
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ABE BAL (shA) 17-28 6th 12.5 167(14 of 14) 213(9 of 14)

News and Notes
It was a light day in the minor leagues as both Wilmington and Greenville were scheduled with a day off. Today Wilmington begins a 7 game stay at home, starting with a 4 game set against Winston-Salem, followed by 3 games against Potomac. Greenville begins hosting a 4 game set against Savannah.

Abe Alvarez saw his ERA climb to 4.28 yesterday after allowing 4 runs in 5.1 IP, but he did get the win and he did strike out 9 while not walking anyone. All four of the runs he let up came on a 3 run homer in the first and a solo shot later in the game. Besides those two mistake pitches, he had a very good game. His control was obviously there and the 9 K's brings his K/BB ratio on the season to 100/27 in 124 IP. He also has an 11-4 record. He may not be flashy, but this is a guy who is getting the job done.

Mark Bellhorn went 1-4 on the day and knocked in two runs brining his average up to .115. For the first time during his rehab stint he went the entire game without striking out. He DHed on the day while Dustin Pedroia manned second and Alejandro Machado was at short. Pedroia had another great game, walking twice and hitting another home run. If that injury hadn't slowed him down I have a feeling he'd be cruising through AAA right now.

Jon Papelbon pitched a perfect 9th inning. He didn't allow a single base runner and didn't strike anyone out.

Anibal Sanchez pitched another gem, striking out 9 without walking a batter, but was out dueled by the Mets' top pitching prospect, Yusmeiro Petit. Petit only struck out 7 and walked 1 batter, but he lasted 7 innings, allowing only 1 run whereas Sanchez made it through 6.2 IP, giving up 2 runs. So far Alvarez is doing even better in Portland than he did in Wilmington, and considering how well he performed as a member of the Blue Rocks, that's saying a lot.