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Red Sox minor league roundup: Impressive tune-up for Rubby De La Rosa; Bryce Brentz mashing; Sergio Gomez dominates

06.18.13 at 2:09 pm ET
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A brief look at the limited action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 4-0 WIN AT COLUMBUS (INDIANS)

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Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa earned his first win of 2013 on Monday. (AP)

Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa earned his first win of 2013 on Monday. (AP)

– Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, back in Pawtucket after a one-day stint in the big leagues on Saturday, earned his first victory of the year, logging 5 1/3 shutout innings while giving up just two hits (one double, one single), striking out five and walking five. Both the five walks and the 5 1/3 innings represented season highs, as did De La Rosa’s 87 pitches (49 strikes; 56 percent).

In his last nine outings, De La Rosa — a candidate to start for the Red Sox in the big leagues on Saturday if Clay Buchholz lands on the DL — now has a 0.97 ERA with opponents in possession of a feeble .163/.283/.236 line against him. In that stretch, De La Rosa has 36 strikeouts and 19 walks in 37 innings.

Bryce Brentz continues to mash. He launched his fourth homer in six games on Monday while going 1-for-3 with his 14th roundtripper; he also got hit by a pitch. The 24-year-old is tied for fourth in the International League in homers and fifth with 49 RBI.

– In his first appearance since a brief big league callup, right-hander Alex Wilson was dominant, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three in 1 1/3 shutout innings. Wilson now has 12 strikeouts and three walks in 10 2/3 minor league innings.

Brock Huntzinger, in his second appearance since a promotion to the PawSox, retired all six batters he faced, punching out one. The 24-year-old has delivered three perfect innings thus far in Pawtucket.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: OFF

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: OFF

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: OFF

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 1-0 WIN AT CONNECTICUT (TIGERS)

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– Right-hander Sergio Gomez, after a one-start diversion in Greenville on the way up to the Spinners from Fort Myers, was dominant in the season opener. The 19-year-old native of Colombia allowed just one hit (a double to right in the third) and did not walk a batter while punching out eight in five shutout innings. The eight punchouts were a career-high for the stringy, 6-foot-3 right-hander.

Gomez is considered a pitcher with a good, repeatable delivery and a highly projectable frame if he can add weight and strength. While that has yet to happen for the teenager, he is still able to work in the low-90s with a swing-and-miss changeup. In 71 1/3 innings dating to the start of the 2012 season (which he spent in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League with a one-start cameo in Lowell), Gomez has 73 strikeouts and 13 walks in 71 1/3 innings.

– Right-hander Chris Carpenter, on the DL for Triple-A Pawtucket since May 12, did not allow a run though he permitted a hit and a walk while hitting a batter. Indeed, he was bailed out by a double play on a fly ball, when center fielder Williams Jerez caught a fly ball and threw out a runner at the plate.

– Second baseman Cleuluis Rondon, a defensively gifted 19-year-old who will play on both sides of second base in Lowell, went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

– Right-hander Jonathan Aro, 22, logged three shutout innings in which he gave up a pair of hits and struck out six, matching a career-high for punchouts.

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