|Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Daniel Bard, Alex Wilson moving in opposite directions; Drew Hedman becoming Relevant in Portland||07.06.12 at 9:43 am ET|
A look at Thursday’s action in the Red Sox minor league system…
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 6-4 LOSS AT ROCHESTER (TWINS)
– Daniel Bard submitted perhaps his worst outing since being sent to the minors after struggling in the Red Sox rotation. Summoned with runners on second and third and none out, Bard retired none of the four batters he faced, hitting one batter, allowing a two-run double to center, hitting a second batter, uncorking two wild pitches and then finally giving up an RBI single. He threw just eight of 20 pitches for strikes. One of his pitches was so high that it tipped off the catcher’s mitt and ended up hitting the home plate umpire.
In 13 1/3 innings in the minors, Bard has issued 10 walks, hit six batters and thrown six wild pitches. His Triple-A ERA is 8.78. Opponents have a .435 OBP against him.
– Alex Wilson entered for Bard with a runner on first and no outs, and quelled the rally. Though he gave up a single to the first batter he faced, he retired the next three and had a three-up, three-down second inning of work (with two strikeouts) before sandwiching a strikeout between a pair of walks in his third inning of work, at which point he was lifted. In all, he gave up a hit and two walks while striking out four in 2 1/3 innings. In his last three outings, Wilson has thrown seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and four walks while punching out nine.
– Shortstop Jose Iglesias went 2-for-5, his first multi-hit game with the PawSox since May 18 (a span of 13 games that bridged a trip to the DL).
– Andy LaRoche went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, and in six games since signing with the Sox, he’s hitting .440/.481/.680/1.161 with a homer and three doubles.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 11-3 LOSS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE (BLUE JAYS)
– Carl Crawford went 1-for-4 and blasted a triple into the gap in right-center. He said that while he might not be ready for activation from the disabled list from a physical standpoint, he’s close.
“I’ve been getting just about everything,” he said. “Running the bases, seeing balls off the bat. … I’m getting the things that I need to get ready.”
“Of course I’d like to be up in the big leagues playing right now,” he added. “I don’t know if that’s possible, but definitely in the back of my mind I wish I was up there playing.”
For more of Crawford’s thoughts on the game, click here. Crawford also said that a fan at the game addressed him with a racial epithet.
– Ryan Sweeney went 1-for-4 with a single, two groundouts and a fly out in his first game since landing on the disabled list with an injury to his big toe on June 27. Sweeney said that he expects to remain with Portland through the weekend.
– Drew Hedman, a 26-year-old who was taken by the Red Sox in the 50th round of the 2009 draft and signed for a $1,000 bonus, is off to a tremendous start since his recent promotion from High-A Salem to Portland. In nine games, he has four homers en route to a line of .267/.405/.733/1.139. He went 2-for-4 with a homer and double on Thursday.
– Anthony Ranaudo was placed on the seven-day disabled list due to dead arm. After not missing any starts in his first pro season a year ago, when he made 26 starts and threw 127 innings, the right-hander is now making his second DL stint. He’s 1-3 with a 6.69 ERA, 27 walks and 27 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings for Portland.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 4-3 LOSS AT CAROLINA (INDIANS)
– Brandon Jacobs went 1-for-3 with a two-run, two-out single and a walk. For the year, Jacobs is hitting .328/.393/.440/.834 with runners on base, compared to marks of .230/.271/.402/.673 with the bases empty. Jacobs also stole his 12th base of the year in 17 attempts.
– Miguel Celestino continued to struggle, permitting two homers as part of a four-run yield in 5 2/3 innings. Celestino has given up five homers in his last 14 2/3 innings after yielding just three in his first 64 frames this inning.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: RAINED OUT
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 10-1 LOSS AT AUBURN (NATIONALS)
– Mookie Betts went 1-for-3 with his second double of the year. It was Betts’ first double of the year against a right-hander; he’s batting .146/.160/.167/.327 against right-handers, compared to .500/.526/.556/1.082 in 19 plate appearances against lefties.
– Kendrick Perkins broke up a no-hitter with one out in the seventh inning with a double, part of his 1-for-3 night. His double came against a right-handed reliever, improving Perkins (a left-handed hitter) to .333/.412/.511/.923 against righties.
ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 6-4 WIN AT GCL RAYS
– Chris Carpenter, in his second game since undergoing elbow surgery in spring training, tossed one inning in which he gave up a run despite not allowing a hit. He walked a batter and had a wild pitch while also punching out one.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 7-3 WIN AT DSL YANKEES
– Outfielder Manuel Margot went 1-for-4 with his third homer of the year and a walk. His 11 extra-base hits are tied for the team lead.
– Shortstop Raymel Flores went 2-for-4 with a walk, and the 17-year-old has now reached base in 16 straight games en route to a .407 OBP that ranks second on the team.
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