|Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Xander Bogaerts and Sean Coyle raking; Mike Augliera impresses||08.04.12 at 10:16 am ET|
A brief look at Friday’s action in the Red Sox system . . .
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 7-1 WIN VS. LEHIGH VALLEY (PHILLIES)
– Juan Carlos Linares went 2-for-4 with a double; it was his second extra-base hit (both doubles) in the last 10 days, as after a quick start to his Triple-A assignment, his power has not been playing up as much. It was his first multi-hit game in eight contests, boosting his overall line back to .303/.336/.462/.798.
– Mauro Gomez ended a run of 12 games without a homer, going 2-for-4 with his 21st longball of the year. It was his 10th homer of the year (in 254 plate appearances) against right-handers; he’s mashed 11 homers in 113 plate appearances against southpaws.
– Billy Buckner scattered four hits in six scoreless innings, and in his last three starts, he’s fired 19 1/3 inning with no earned runs while striking out 10 and walking three.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 5-1 WIN VS. ERIE (TIGERS)
– Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-4 and led off the game with a homer, his second in as many days. It marked the first time that Bradley has gone deep in consecutive games as a pro.
– Bryce Brentz went 1-for-3 with a walk and his 14th homer of the year. Eight of his 14 homers have come against lefties, against whom he is hitting .260/.333/.552/.885, as compared to a line of .281/.345/.420/.765 against righties.
– Travis Shaw went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk for his first hit in three Double-A games. It was
– Jeremy Kehrt tossed six scoreless innings, and now has a 1.33 ERA in his last five starts, with three of those being shutout appearances.
– Kolbrin Vitek went 0-for-4, and is now 0-for-12 with four strikeouts in his last three games.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 7-5 WIN VS. WILMINGTON (ROYALS)
– Sean Coyle continued his second-half surge, going 2-for-4 with a double and his eighth homer of the year. He has six multi-hit games in his last 10 contests, a span in which he’s hitting .395/.452/.763/1.216 with three homers and five doubles. After a very difficult first half, Coyle’s strong second half performance (.317/.352/.492/.843) has brought his overall season numbers (.246/.306/.392/.699) nearly in line with the Carolina League averages (.258/.328/.392/.720), an accomplishment that is more impressive than it initially appears given that, at 20, Coyle is one of the younger players in the league.
– Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, giving him four doubles in his last three games. He’s reached base in 10 straight contests, a stretch during which he’s hitting .421/.500/.789/1.289 with eight extra-base hits (five doubles, three homers) and six walks.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 4-1 WIN VS. HICKORY (RANGERS)
– Noe Ramirez punched out seven batters while allowing one run on five hits in six innings. In his last two starts, he now has 16 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings while permitting a total of two runs. In 11 starts, Ramirez is now 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA with 8.2 strikeouts and 2.1 walks per nine innings. However, the right-hander has been somewhat homer-prone, having given up seven homers in 57 innings including at least one in each of his last four starts.
– Jose Vinicio went 1-for-4 with a pair of steals, giving him 22 on the year including eight in 16 games since returning to Greenville from the disabled list last month.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 3-2 WIN (10 INNINGS) AT JAMESTOWN (MARLINS)
– Mike Augliera tossed three shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out seven. In his last three starts, Augliera has nine shutout innings with 15 strikeouts and one walk. At the start of his season in Lowell, Augliera had a 13.50 ERA in six starts, but Sox officials thought he might have been overthrowing at the start of his pro career, as the 2012 fifth-rounder was working at 91-95 mph. In his last few outings, Augliera has shown similar stuff to what he did as a dominant senior at Binghamton, with his fastball dropping below bats for plenty of swings and misses. Though he has a 7.08 ERA for the year, Augliera has 28 strikeouts and two walks in 20 1/3 innings while having allowed just one homer.
– Mookie Betts went 2-for-5 with a double (his fourth of the year and first in 10 games) and his 12th steal of the year. He’s now hitting .280/.335/.307/.642, with his average and OBP both representing solid marks considering he is a 19-year-old making his pro debut in a league that predominantly features college products.
ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 5-4 WIN VS. GCL TWINS
– Andrew Bailey, in the second game of his rehab assignment, tossed a shutout inning while punching out two and allowing a hit and a walk. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that the reliever’s fastball registered at 92 mph. He is expected to make his next appearance on Sunday in Double-A Portland.
– Jeremias Pineda went 3-for-6 with three singles, including a walkoff single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The 21-year-old is now hitting .421 — tied for the top average in all of minor league baseball — with a .447 OBP and .534 slugging mark.
– Cleuluis Rondon went 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk, his fifth walk in his last eight games. He walked just once in his first 25 games of the season.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 10-5 WIN AT DSL MARLINS
– Manuel Margot went 2-for-5, his third multi-hit game in his last four contests. He also stole a pair of bases, giving him 27 in 51 games. In his last 10 games, Margot is hitting .317/.417/.341/.758 with 10 steals.
– Catcher Alixon Suarez went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk.
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