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Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Bryce Brentz, Juan Carlos Linares flex muscle; big finish for Pat Light

09.06.12 at 11:24 am ET
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The Lowell Spinners’ season wrapped up in Brooklyn on Wednesday, leaving Triple-A Pawtucket as the lone Red Sox minor league affiliate still playing. The PawSox took a step towards their first postseason series win since 2003 with a power-fueled win in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series with the Yankees‘ Triple-A affiliate.

A look at the action:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET: 7-4 WIN VS. SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE (YANKEES); LEAD BEST-OF-FIVE PLAYOFF SERIES, 1-0

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Juan Carlos Linares went 1-for-3 and clubbed a two-run homer while drawing a walk. The homer came against right-hander John Maine, running counter to the regular-season splits by the 27-year-old (who turns 28 on Friday). In 52 Triple-A games, he hit .310/.356/.595/.951 with three homers in 45 plate appearances against southpaws, and .294/.312/.450/.762 with five homers in 170 plate appearances against right-handers.

Here’s what his homer looked like:

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Bryce Brentz clubbed his first Triple-A homer, going 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and his two-run launch to left. It was both his first extra-base hit in six games in Triple-A and his first hit against a right-hander at that level.

Alex Wilson had his most dominant outing in more than two months. After finishing the year by allowing at least one baserunner in each of his final 23 appearances, he retired all six batters he faced on Wednesday, striking out three in the process. He threw 14 of 20 pitches for strikes.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 5-3 WIN AT BROOKLYN (METS)

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— Right-hander Pat Light concluded his first pro summer in dominant fashion, striking out four and walking none in three shutout innings during which the 2012 supplemental first-round permitted just one hit. It was Light’s third straight three-inning scoreless outing. In 30 1/3 innings this summer, he struck out 30 and walked just five batters en route to a 2.37 ERA. Between college and Lowell, Light logged 130 2/3 innings this year.

— Brooklyn native Kevin Heller, a 40th-round pick out of Amherst College, blasted a pair of homers, his first two as a professional. Heller was 8-for-24 with two walks and the two homers in seven season-ending games in Lowell, after producing a .263/.364/.342/.706 line in 12 games in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League.

Mike Miller, a 22-year-old who was one of the college seniors taken by the Red Sox to increase draft spending flexibility, went 3-for-5 while stealing a pair of bases. He finished his first pro season with a .261/.337/.333/.670 line along with 21 steals while walking almost as often (29 times) as he struck out (35).

Mookie Betts capped his strong pro summer by going 0-for-2 with a walk and a steal. Betts had a .352 OBP as a 19-year-old against mostly older competition (the average pitcher in the league was over 21) while walking 32 times and striking out 30 times. He hit .267/.352/.307/.658 (showing an above-average hit tool and on-base skills, even with a dearth of power, compared to the league average of .244/.318/.345/.663) while ranking among the league leaders in steals. The package of tools he demonstrated — as a line-drive hitter who can draw walks and run while mixing in good defensive skills — then he could emerge as something of a sleeper prospect in the Red Sox system.

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