4/23 Cup of Coffee: The Portland pitching staff was a highlight on a night when the staffs of the other three affiliates struggled mightily. Brandon Walter, Frank German (pictured), and company struck out 17 batters in a 10-inning comeback win. That magic did not extend past the Maine border, as Worcester, Greenville, and Salem combined to find themselves outscored 33 to 10. 

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Worcester was 9-3 as it entered its series with the 1-10 Syracuse squad but has now lost the first four games of the matchup. Friday night’s contest got off to a good start, as Triston Casas ripped a double off the right-center field wall and came around to score on a Christin Stewart base hit, giving Worcester a 1-0 lead in the first. The closest thing to a highlight the rest of the night was a lovely postgame fireworks show. Nick Sogard did have a good effort in his Triple-A debut, going 2 for 4. Yolmer Sanchez had a homer and a double, and Johan Mieses notched a pair of hits. It was a struggle for…



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