|Red Sox Minor League Roundup: The amazing Xander Bogaerts; the struggling Matt Barnes||08.05.12 at 11:22 am ET|
With apologies to the GCL Red Sox and DSL Red Sox, a brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday . . .
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 7-3 LOSS VS. LEHIGH VALLEY (PHILLIES)
–Daniel Bard ran his streak of innings without an earned run to seven before allowing a pair of runs in his second inning of work. He allowed a hit, walked two and struck out two. He blistered through his first inning of work, striking out a batter and working around a hit while throwing seven of 11 pitches for strikes. After striking out the first batter on three pitches in his second inning of work, however, Bard threw eight straight balls before getting pulled. Both of the runners whom he entrusted to reliever Mark Prior came around to score. The fact that Bard’s command woes came in the second inning of work are noteworthy, given that it was his first outing of more than three outs since June 24. Each of his prior 15 appearances had been one inning or less.
– Jose Iglesias went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 2-1 WIN VS. ERIE (TIGERS)
– For the second straight start, Stolmy Pimentel struggled with his control, permitting a season-high five walks. However, unlike his previous outing, in which Pimentel gave up four runs while walking four and retired just one of seven batters he faced, this time, the 22-year-old limited the damage by scattering five hits over six innings and allowing just one run. He struck out two. In 17 starts this year, Pimentel has eight quality starts, most on the Sea Dogs.
– Michael Olmsted, a hulking 25-year-old who was signed by the Sox at an independent league tryout and recently promoted from Salem, struck out a batter in a perfect ninth, and he now has four scoreless appearances in which he’s struck out 12 and walked just one in seven innings for Portland. On the year, he has a colossal 14.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He also has a sweet mustache in his official MILB.com photo.
– Bryce Brentz went 2-for-4 with a double, and in his last four games, he’s 6-for-14 with two doubles and a homer.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 6-5 WIN VS. POTOMAC (NATIONALS)
– Xander Bogaerts. Xander Bogaerts. Xander Bogaerts. Get used to the name. He went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two walks, and in his last four games, the 19-year-old is 11-for-17 (.647) with a .684 OBP, 1.000 slugging mark and six doubles. For the year, he’s now hitting .301 (9th in the Carolina League) with a .377 OBP (8th), .504 slugging mark (6th) and .881 OPS (6th) along with 15 homers (tied for 5th).
– Matt Barnes continued his struggles, permitting four runs in 4 2/3 innings while walking three and striking out two. In his last eight starts, he has a 6.96 ERA with 29 strikeouts and 11 walks in 31 innings. He has not pitched more than five innings in that span. It is a drastic contrast with his performance over his first eight starts in High-A, when the right-hander had a 1.31 ERA while averaging six innings per start, striking out 53 and walking eight in 48 innings.
– Sean Coyle went 1-for-3 with two walks — one of which was for the walk-off victory. His second-half line (.317/.366/.488/.853) suggests that he now is performing at a level that is comparable (and, given the league — both in terms of age, talent and challenging hitting environments, superior to) the one that established his prospect status last year in Greenville, when he hit .247/.362/.464/.826.
– Why the minors are awesome, courtesy of a tweet from Aaron McFarling of the Roanoke Times: Salem Red Sox GM is dressed as Nacho Libre tonight. My favorite part is the sash that says “NACHO LIBRE.” Not on official uni.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 8-4 LOSS VS. HICKORY (RANGERS)
– Right-hander Matty Ott turned in a strong outing in relief, logging four shutout innings while punching out four and walking none. He also elicited seven groundball outs (and just one flyball out). In his last 10 games the 2011 13th rounder out of LSU has tossed 24 innings with a 2.63 ERA, 22 strikeouts and just three walks.
– Infielder Jose Garcia, serving as DH on Saturday, cracked a three-run homer, giving the 21-year-old a .267/.364/.396/.760 line with six homers and 22 steals this year. He has shown an ability to control the strike zone as well, walking 41 times while striking out on 67 occasions.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 7-3 WIN AT STATEN ISLAND (YANKEES)
– First-rounder Brian Johnson tossed two perfect innings, striking out one and getting four groundballs. That’s two straight scoreless appearances for the left-hander to start his career.
– Outfielder Dreily Guerrero went 4-for-5 to improve to .294 with a .355 OBP, .341 slugging mark and .696 OPS on the year.
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