|Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Drake Britton dominates; consistent quality from Chris Hernandez, Brandon Workman; no pop for Jose Iglesias||08.03.12 at 1:48 pm ET|
A few Red Sox minor league starting pitchers enjoyed strong performances, as noted in this brief roundup of Thursday’s action in the farm system . . .
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET: 2-1 LOSS AT LEHIGH VALLEY (PHILLIES)
– Left-hander Chris Hernandez continues to show the same effectiveness in Triple-A that has characterized his two-year march up the ladder in the Red Sox system. For the third time in as many starts since his promotion from Portland, he tossed at least five innings while giving up two or fewer runs, this time permitting two runs on four hits (two singles, two doubles) in 5 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking two. He has a 2.16 ERA in 16 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and six walks.
– Andy LaRoche went 1-for-3 with his third homer in 28 games with the PawSox. The homer was off of right-hander Tyler Cloyd.
– Chris Carpenter extended his shutout streak to five innings in as many appearances, allowing no runs on one hit and one walk. Overall, in nine innings with Pawtucket, he’s allowed one run on six hits and five walks while punching out nine.
– Jose Iglesias went 1-for-4 with a single. He has now gone 16 straight games without an extra-base hit, and his .278 slugging percentage is last in the International League among qualifying hitters, while his .293 OBP is the sixth lowest at the level.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 3-0 WIN VS. AKRON (INDIANS)
– Left-hander Drake Britton turned in another dominant start in Portland, tossing five shutout innings while striking out six. He did allow nine baserunners — scattering six singles and permitting three walks — but he continues to stifle opposing lineups. The 23-year-old has a 4.24 ERA in 11 starts in Double-A, but he’s allowed two or fewer runs over at least five innings in eight of his 11 starts, and he’s showing swing-and-miss stuff, striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings in Double-A (compared to a higher-than-ideal 4.4 walks per nine innings). In his last three starts, he has a 1.59 ERA in 17 innings along with 21 strikeouts.
– Jackie Bradley Jr. continued to show surprising pop, going 2-for-4 with his fifth homer in 42 games since moving up to Double-A. All of those homers have come in 22 games since the All-Star break, though it’s worth noting that during that time, he’s being challenged by the level, hitting .235/.333/.518/.851.
– Josh Fields, in what proved to be his last game with the Sea Dogs, went two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. In his last 24 1/3 innings, he’d allowed just one earned run (0.37 ERA) on six hits with 30 strikeouts and five walks. The 26-year-old, a 2008 first-rounder, was promoted after the game to Triple-A Pawtucket. He was acquired by the Sox from the Mariners a year ago in the Erik Bedard trade.
– For the second straight game since his promotion to Portland, Travis Shaw went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 5-3 WIN (10 INNINGS, CONCLUSION OF SUSPENDED GAME), 8-0 LOSS AT POTOMAC (NATIONALS)
– Brandon Workman now has a streak of 10 straight starts of six innings or more, having gone six frames while allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four in his outing on Wednesday. He has also walked two or fewer batters in all but one of his 19 starts this year, walking 1.7 batters per nine innings in Salem while punching out 8.2 batters per nine.
– Xander Bogaerts finished the first game having gone 2-for-5 with a double and then backing that up with a 2-for-4 game with a double. The 19-year-old has shown impressive consistency in his first full season at an affiliate. After hitting .293/.368/.483/.851 with nine homers in the first half and hitting .280/.359/.488/.847 in the second half.
– Outfielder Felix Sanchez stole three bases over the two contests, and he now has 21 steals in 23 attempts over the course of just 39 games this year. Though he’s hitting just .240/.301/.298/.598 for the year, the burner has reached base in each of the last 12 games in which he had a plate appearance, with a .267/.389/.378/.767 line in that time.
– Brandon Jacobs was 0-for-8 with four strikeouts and a walk in the two contests, and over his last five contests, he’s 1-for-21 with eight strikeouts.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 4-3 WIN VS. CHARLESTON (YANKEES)
– Keury De La Cruz is amidst yet another streak. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a steal (as well as two runs batted in), and he’s now reached base in 12 straight contests, a stretch during which he’s hitting .320/.370/.580/.950 with two homers and 11 RBI.
– Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 with a steal, giving him 23 straight steals without being caught, dating to May 19; since that time, no one else in the minors has as many as 20 straight steals without getting gunned down. Cecchini has 38 steals in 41 attempts on the year.
– Right-hander Michael McCarthy tossed seven shutout innings, scattering five hits while striking out one and walking none. The 24-year-old, who was moved into the Greenville rotation a few weeks ago, now has a streak of 18 straight scoreless innings spanning his last three starts.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 4-2 WIN AT JAMESTOWN (MARLINS)
– William Cuevas won for the fifth time in as many outings, logging six innings and permitting one run on seven hits while striking out four and walking one. Over those five outings, he has a 2.29 ERA in 29 2/3 innings, actually up from his 1.62 mark in 50 innings this year. The 21-year-old ranks third in the New York-Penn League in ERA, first in innings (50), third in strikeouts (46) and eighth in WHIP (1.00). Given the three-pitch mix that includes a fastball in the low-90s that tops out at 95 and strong strikeout-to-walk numbers, Cuevas is forcing his way into consideration as a prospect.
ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 7-6 WIN AT GCL RAYS
– Jeremias Pineda went 2-for-4 with a triple, and in his last three games, he’s not 7-for-12 with a triple and two doubles, a walk and two steals. He’s hitting .417 for the year.
– In his first game since July 20, shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin went 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts. The 18-year-old from Taiwan is hitting .286/.400/.333/.733 in his pro debut.
– Catcher Beau Bishop went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, the first extra-base hit of his pro career since the Sox signed him out of New Zealand, where he was a softball star.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 6-3 LOSS VS. DSL METS
– Third baseman Aneudis Peralta went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. In his last 10 games, the 18-year-old is hitting .333/.429/.556/.984.
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