Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Ryan Lavarnway continues tear; Daniel Bard struggles; Kendrick Perkins likes being Kendrick Perkins
|06.21.12 at 9:12 am ET|
A quick synopsis of Wednesday’s minor league action in the Red Sox system:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 6-5 LOSS (11 INNINGS) AT SYRACUSE (NATIONALS)
– The weather is warm, and Ryan Lavarnway is now scorching. The catcher went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk, and in his last four games, he’s 10-for-16 with three walks, a double and five homers. He’s boosted his line for the year to a .306 average, .397 OBP, .481 slugging mark and .877 OPS. While he hasn’t shown the same consistent power that he did en route to blasting 34 homers a year ago, his average and OBP both represent what would be career bests at any level. In his last 33 games dating to May 6, he’s hitting .349/.432/.577/1.009.
– Daniel Bard was summoned to preserve a 4-3 lead with four outs to go for Triple-A Pawtucket against Syracuse. Instead, he suffered his first blown save since being sent to the minors.
Bard entered in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second and two outs. He retired the first batter he faced on a pop-out, but then gave up a double (to Chris Marrero, cousin of Red Sox 2012 first-round pick Deven Marrero) and single with a pair of wild pitches en route to a two-run yield over four outs. In addition to uncorking the pair of wild pitches, Bard threw just 11 of 22 pitches for strikes, threw a first-pitch ball to five of the six hitters he faced and got one swing and miss in the outing.
Though the PawSox had scored an insurance run for him after the eighth, Bard’s two-run yield tied the game and ultimately permitted Syracuse to claim a 6-5 walkoff win in 11 innings.
The outing represented something of a reversal, as Bard had delivered four shutout innings with six strikeouts and one walk in his previous two appearances, also out of the bullpen. Overall, he has a 7.36 ERA in five Triple-A games, none longer than two innings, and all but one of which has come from out of the bullpen.
– Junichi Tazawa, who did not give up any runs in his first 13 outings of the year (eight in the minors, five in the big leagues), has now permitted runs in seven of his last 10 outings. He gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning on Wednesday. In his last 10 outings, he has allowed 15 runs (10 earned) in 17 1/3 innings en route to a 5.19 ERA. After issuing one walk in his first 21 innings of the year, Tazawa has allowed 12 in his last 17 1/3.
– Manager Arnie Beyeler will serve as a coach for the World Team at the All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 7-3 LOSS VS. HARRISBURG (NATIONALS)
– Drake Britton, who had given up 11 hits and two runs in his first 16 1/3 innings with Portland (spanning three starts), was tagged for a career-high 10 hits on a night when he allowed seven runs in just three innings of work. He also gave up a homer, ending a streak of 10 straight starts without being taken deep. As bad as the line was, he still was working in the mid-90s and threw strikes on 38 of 58 pitches (66 percent). Britton walked one and struck out one.
– Jeremy Hazelbaker went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers and a walk. He has gone deep three times in the past two games. Since May 7, he has gone deep eight times in his last 35 games. Hazelbaker had two multi-homer games in 2011 for Portland.
– Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press-Herald reports that Juan Carlos Linares will be promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. In 58 games, Linares hit .333 (second in the Eastern League) with a .403 OBP (second), .538 slugging mark (fourth) and .941 OPS (fourth).
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: OFF
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: OFF
– With Jackie Bradley Jr. heading to Portland, center fielder Lucas LeBlanc will move up from Greenville to Salem. LeBlanc, who was repeating at Greenville after making his full-season pro debut there in 2011, was hitting .264 with a .336 OBP, .388 slugging mark and .724 OPS in 34 games this year. The 23-year-old was taken in the 11th round of the 2010 draft.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 11-5 WIN AT CONNECTICUT (TIGERS)
– Outfielder Kendrick Perkins went 3-for-5 while driving in a pair of runs. The 20-year-old is now 5-for-12 to start the year. And, about the name… Perkins seems to relish being “The Other Perk,” or more appropriately, the newest Perk, in Boston, as suggested by this story from Matt Langone in the Lowell Sun.
“With the name, comes expectations,” Perkins said in the story. “It pushes me and motivates me. He grew up (Beaumont, Texas) about 75 miles from where I grew up. It’s really neat how it all worked out. He gets drafted by Boston, then I end up getting drafted by Boston. It’s amazing.”
– Dreily Guerrero went 3-for-4 with a walk, and is now 6-for-11 (.545) in the first three games of the season.
– Deven Marrero, the Red Sox’ top pick in the 2012 draft, said that he will join Lowell in Connecticut on Thursday to start his professional career. Here’s a bit more on Marrero, who signed officially with the Sox for a $2.05 million bonus on Wednesday and then took grounders and batting practice at Fenway.
ROOKIE LEVEL GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX: 7-6 WIN AT GCL ORIOLES
– Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, including one off of rehabbing Orioles pitcher Matt Lindstrom.
– Shaq Thompson, the intriguing two-sport star who will play football this fall at the University of Washington, went 0-for-3 with two walks and three strikeouts while serving as the designated hitter in his pro debut. Thompson was taken by the Sox in the 18th round of the 2012 draft.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 12-8 LOSS AT DSL RANGERS
– Raymel Flores went 1-for-5 with an RBI single and sac fly. The 17-year-old shortstop is hitting .368/.435/.579/1.014 with runners in scoring position. He’s now hit in nine of his last 11 games.
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