Thursday’s Red Sox minor league roundup: Felix Doubront works his way back; Steven Wright healthy; Blake Swihart stays hot
|06.06.14 at 10:43 am ET|
On a day when the Red Sox added two power bats and a power arm with their first three picks in the Major League Baseball draft, here’s a brief look at the action in the Red Sox minor league system on Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 2-0 AT DURHAM (RAYS)
– Steven Wright was activated from the disabled list on Thursday (Ryan Lavarnway was placed on the 60-day DL in a corresponding move in order to add Wright back onto the 40-man roster) and tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out seven and issuing three walks. He tossed 103 pitches with 59 going for strikes.
Wright underwent surgery in January for a sports hernia, and had previously made two rehab starts, one for the PawSox and another for the Sea Dogs.
– Feats of Mookie: Settling in. Making his first Triple-A start in center field, Mookie Betts went 1-for-3, reaching base with a single and a walk. He also struck out looking and flew into a double play. Betts has now reached base in all three of the games in which he’s appeared for Pawtucket. Betts led the game off with a single off of Durham starter Alex Colome (who has appeared in a few major league games for the Rays), though it wasn’t a hard hit ball, popping up towards second base. His walk came with a runner on third and no outs in the top of the ninth inning, but the PawSox couldn’t capitalize.
Betts didn’t see much action in center, securing two fly balls (both coming in the eighth inning) and fielding a single up the middle.
– Dalier Hinojosa‘s ugly eighth inning spoiled Wright’s shutout, as the reliever allowed two runs on two hits and a pair of walks (one intentional). He also uncorked a key wild pitch with one out and two on, allowing the runners to advance to second and third. A subsequent single followed by a sac fly allowed both runners to score.
Though Hinojosa has been able to hold opposing batters to a .158 average and has allowed just six extra-base hits in 25 innings, command has proven to be an issue. He’s walking an average of almost 6 1/2 batters per nine innings while unleashing six wild pitches.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 5-3 WIN VS. ERIE (TIGERS)
– Making his first rehab start since injuring his shoulder on a car door and hitting the disabled list back on May 21, Felix Doubront went four innings, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out two. He didn’t walk anyone. Doubront cruised through his first two innings, striking out two (both went down swinging) and getting the other four batters he faced to ground out. A couple of singles, a stolen base and a throwing error by catcher Blake Swihart led to a run, while another single to left would plate the second run. All but one ball that was put in play against Doubront was on the ground.
According to Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press-Herald, Doubront’s fastball sat in the high 80s, once touching 90, and he worked relatively efficiently.
“[He] was able to throw the baseball with no restrictions,” Sea Dogs pitching coach Bob Kipper told Thomas. “The timing of his delivery was pretty good. Certainly a positive outing.”
“Tonight was starting anew,” Doubront told Thomas. “I want to be healthy and help the [Red Sox] to win games.”
– In relief of Doubront, Mike McCarthy was nearly flawless, allowing just one hit in four innings while punching out two. Though the first hitter he faced lined a double to left, McCarthy picked him off second a batter later. No one else would reach against the righty. McCarthy used just 43 pitches in his four innings of work and rarely left the strike zone, throwing 81 percent of his pitches for strikes. The 26-year-old has split time between starting and relieving this season, compiling a 4.44 ERA in 11 games (46 2/3 innings)
– Swihart put together his third multi-hit game in a row, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. The catcher has been on a roll offensively, batting .383/.420/.574 over his last 11 games. The 22-year-old is batting .302/.335/.484 in 46 games this season. The blemish for Swihart came on defense, when he made an errant throw trying to gun down a runner taking second, his third error of the season. Regardless, Swihart has been outstanding behind the plate, throwing out 50 percent of basestealers.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 9-8 LOSS (RESUMPTION OF WEDNESDAY’S SUSPENDED GAME, 12 INNINGS), 4-0 WIN (SEVEN INNINGS) VS. FREDERICK (ORIOLES)
– Justin Haley was impressive in his fifth start of the season (12th appearance overall), tossing six scoreless innings while allowing four hits and a walk. He punched out seven. The 22-year-old has been dominant as a starter, holding the opposition to a .219 average and posting a 1.50 ERA in 30 innings while striking out 28 in comparison to just six walks allowed.
– Shortstop Mike Miller went 2-for-3 with his first extra-base hit of the season, a double to left. Since being activated from the disabled list on June 1, Miller has gone 7-for-15 while driving in four runs. He’s attempted two stolen bases but he’s been caught both times.
– Twenty-four-year-old Mario Martinez had a big day at the plate, smacking a bases loaded triple in the first game of the day, while going 1-for-3 and clubbing his fourth home run of the season in game two. Martinez is batting .278/.309/.422 with 28 runs driven in on the season.
SINGLE-A GREENVILE DRIVE: POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN
– Playing in his first game of the season, center fielder Luis Alejandro Basabe went 2-for-4 with a single and a triple atop the order, scoring twice and driving in one. The 17-year-old hit just .192 in 198 plate appearances in the DSL last season, but was able to get on base at a .332 clip and collect 10 extra-base hits, including three triples. Like his twin brother and teammate, Luis Alexander Basabe (yes, same name), much of his success in 2013 came from his ability to take a walk against the often young and inexperienced pitchers of the DSL.
– Rafael Devers went 1-for-3 with a single (on a fly ball to center), walk and a sacrifice fly. Though he’s played in just five games, the slugging third baseman has already driven in 10 runs, going 8-for-19 (a .421 average) in his first few professional games. Devers has also drawn four walks while fanning the same amount.
– Starter Daniel Gonzalez picked up his second win in as many starts, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk over his six innings of work. He fanned six to bring his total to 10 through his first 10 innings this season. The 18-year-old Gonzalez had a dazzling first season of professional ball in 2013, striking out 42 batters while walking just three in 46 1/3 innings and posting a 0.97 ERA in two starts and 12 relief appearances. He has allowed three earned runs on nine hits through his first two starts in 2014.
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