|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: C Dan Butler 4-for-4 for PawSox; top draft pick Jason Groome allows 1 run in 2 IP for GCL Sox||08.28.16 at 7:39 am ET|
Here’s a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (69-64): L, 7-2, at Syracuse (Nationals)
— Catcher Dan Butler had half of his team’s hits, going 4-for-4 with a double. The 29-year-old bumped his average 16 points to .305 in 43 games with the PawSox.
— Center fielder Ryan LaMarre and first baseman Chris Marrero had Pawtucket’s other hits, as they both went 2-for-4. LaMarre hit a solo home run in the third inning, his 10th of the season.
— Left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched four innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits (three home runs) with two strikeouts. He was touched up for five runs in the fourth. Right-hander Chandler Shepherd relieved and pitched three innings of shutout ball, allowing one hit and a walk with four strikeouts. Lefty Robby Scott pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Joe Kelly tosses another scoreless inning for PawSox; Mauricio Dubon 3-for-4 in Portland win||08.26.16 at 10:56 am ET|
Here’s a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (68-63): L, 6-1, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
— Joe Kelly pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit while recording all three outs on strikeouts. It was his eighth inning pitched without allowing a run. In 11 relief appearances with the PawSox since returning from a rehab stint with Lowell last month, Kelly has allowed one run in 14 innings while fanning 23 and walking just one. The right-hander has retired 23 of the last 27 batters he’s faced.
“My fastball command has been pretty good,” Kelly said (via MiLB.com). “Right now, I feel like I’m throwing the ball well and hopefully I keep doing it.”
— Right-hander Justin Haley started and went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits (two home runs) and two walks with six strikeouts. He’s now 7-5 with a 4.02 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) with Pawtucket. After left-hander Robby Scott pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, righty Kyle Martin went 1 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on a pair of home runs in the eighth.
— Second baseman Mike Miller hit an opposite-field home run down the right-field line in the third inning, his first homer of the season, for Pawtucket’s lone run. Miller finished the day 1-for-2 with a walk and now is slashing .245/.310/.309.
— Center fielder Rusney Castillo and catcher Christian Vazquez both went 2-for-4.
|Video: Red Sox draft pick Jason Groome makes pro debut with 2 shutout innings||08.23.16 at 9:57 am ET|
Red Sox first-round draft pick Jason Groome made his professional debut Monday, pitching two shutout innings for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in a 6-3 victory over the Rays’ GCL affiliate. As shown in the video above (courtesy Jeanie Verderese) the 6-foot-6 left-hander from New Jersey allowed just one baserunner (on an opposite-field double to left with two outs in the second) while striking out three. He threw 30 pitches, 18 for strikes.
Groome, who turns 18 Tuesday, was selected with the 12th pick of the draft.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Mauricio Dubon 4-for-5 in Portland win; RHP Josh Pennington goes 6 strong for Lowell||08.21.16 at 8:04 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (66-61): L, 4-0, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— With Henry Owens a late scratch due to his call-up to Boston, right-hander Chandler Shepherd made a spot start — his first start this season and just the second of his three-year professional career — and threw a season-high 56 pitches (45 for strikes). The 23-year-old from Kentucky pitched well through three innings, striking out three batters in the first and recording a 1-2-3 third. In the fourth he allowed singles to three of the first four batters, loading the bases, and was removed. Right-hander Noe Ramirez proceeded to allow a bases-clearing double, with all three runs charged to Shepherd. Ramirez also gave up an RBI single in that frame, with that run charged to him.
— After Ramirez’s 1 2/3-inning stint, right-hander Kyle Martin pitched three scoreless innings, allowing four hits while fanning three. The 25-year-old Martin, who has allowed one run in nine innings pitched this month, is second among International League relievers with 11.15 strikeouts per nine innings, and he carries a 3.23 ERA.
— Chris Young, continuing his rehab stint, played all nine innings in left field for the second consecutive game and went 1-for-4. He’s 5-for-23 in seven games with the PawSox.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Chris Dominguez homers twice in PawSox rout; Michael Kopech fans career-high 11 for Salem||08.19.16 at 8:24 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (66-59): W, 9-3, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— Left fielder Chris Dominguez hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead Pawtucket’s 13-hit attack. Dominguez, who also hit a home run in the previous game, finished 2-for-4 and now is hitting .230/.264/.434 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs in 62 games.
— Catcher Christian Vazquez and designated hitter Chris Marrero each went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Vazquez, who scored twice, is hitting .272/354/.386 in 32 Triple-A games. Marrero upped his average to .291/.349/.518 in 116 games. Marrero also has 23 home runs and 64 RBIs.
— Third baseman Jantzen Witte went 2-for-4 with a double, while center fielder Rusney Castillo had a hit and two walks and scored twice.
— Left-hander Roenis Elias started and pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. He’s now 9-4 with a 3.62 ERA and 1/41 WHIP in 18 Triple-A games.
— Right-hander Roman Mendez came on in the sixth and prevented two inherited runners from scoring, but in the eighth he surrendered two runs. He finished the night allowing four hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
— Joe Kelly pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits but no runs while striking out two. He lowered his ERA to 1.80 in 12 games with the PawSox.
|Farm Report: RHP Michael Kopech fans career-high 11 for Salem; RHP Daniel Gonzalez impressive in Greenville win||08.14.16 at 9:03 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (64-55): Postponed, at Buffalo (Blue Jays)
Following Saturday’s rainout, the teams will play a doubleheader Sunday starting at 12:05 p.m.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (45-72): Postponed, at Akron (Indians)
Saturday’s game was postponed by rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday starting at 1:05 p.m.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (70-47): W, 5-2, vs. Wilmington (Royals)
— Hard-throwing right-hander Michael Kopech started the game by striking out the first six batters, and through five innings he had allowed just one hit and one walk while fanning a career-high 11. However, in the sixth the 20-year-old loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, a hit batsman and a bunt single. Reliever Bobby Poyner then induced three ground outs, but two runs scored in the process, tying the game. In eight starts with Salem, Kopech is 2-1 with a 1.41 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. In his three starts this month, he’s struck out 28 batters in 16 innings.
— Poyner was charged with a blown save despite not allowing a hit, but the left-hander also picked up the win after pitching three scoreless innings with no hits, walks or strikeouts. He’s 3-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 18 appearances with Salem following his midseason promotion from Greenville.
— Right-hander Jamie Callahan pitched a scoreless, hitless ninth inning with one strikeout for his fifth save in eight opportunities.
— Center fielder Joseph Monge, batting leadoff, went 3-for-4 with a double to raise his batting line to .289/.346/.426 with three home runs and 29 RBIs in 60 games with Salem after starting the season in Greenville.
— Designated hitter Danny Mars went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Shortstop Deiner Lopez went 2-for-4 with the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Salem RF Danny Mars 6-for-7 with 4 extra-base hits, 5 RBIs in 13-inning win||08.07.16 at 8:04 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (59-54): Postponed, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays)
— Saturday’s game was postponed by rain. It will be made up as part of a Sunday doubleheader, with the first game starting at 11:35 a.m.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (43-69): W, 9-4, vs. Akron (Indians)
— Left fielder Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-5, his 27th multi-hit game of the year, and hit a two-run triple as part of a four-run second inning. Tavarez is hitting an Eastern League-leading .324 and is second in the league with nine triples.
— First baseman Cody Decker went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, his eighth of the season, and two runs scored.
— Right fielder Rainel Rosario went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Second baseman Tzu-Wei Lin was 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Designated hitter Nate Frieman went 2-for-3 with a walk. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon hit a three-run double in the fourth inning and later scored on a wild pitch.
— Right-hander Jacob Dahlstrand started and pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks and four strikeouts. Righty Taylor Grover was touched up for three runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Righty Ty Buttrey came on for the final 1 2/3 inning and allowed no runs or hits while striking out three of the four batters he faced.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Rusney Castillo has another 2-hit game in PawSox win; Jerry Downs walks off Lowell again||07.31.16 at 11:10 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (56-52): W, 8-7, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— Center fielder Rusney Castillo went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. It was his third two-hit game in his last four, and he’s now hitting .232/.278/.306 in 71 games with the PawSox.
— Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. He’s hit in six straight games and 13 out of 14.
— Left fielder Brennan Boesch went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run to right field in the first inning.
— Second baseman Jose Vinicio went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the eighth inning that put the PawSox ahead to stay.
— Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, on a rehab assignment, started the game and faced three batters. He allowed a leadoff single, induced a ground out, then hit a batter before being removed.
|Sunday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Steven Wright vs. Tyler Skaggs||07.31.16 at 9:12 am ET|
Steven Wright will get the ball to close out the slumping Red Sox’ four-game series in Anaheim on Sunday afternoon, with left-hander Tyler Skaggs making his second start of the season for the Angels after a two-year absence from the majors due to an elbow injury.
Wright is 12-5 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.198 WHIP, but he’s coming off his worst performance of the season. On Tuesday, Wright last just 4 2/3 innings, giving up a season-high eight runs on nine hits and three walks with a pair of strikeouts as the Sox suffered a 9-8 loss to the Tigers. Wright put the Sox in an early 4-0 hole, and after the Boston offense rallied for a 5-4 lead in the fourth, Wright gave up four more runs in the fifth.
“Early on didn’t have the same, or typical, violence and action to his knuckleball,” manager John Farrell said. “They nick him for a couple of runs in each of the first two innings then I thought he got the touch and feel for it. Started to have his typical action to the pitch, and then in that fifth inning, couple of walks to lead things off and we contributed inside the inning with an extra out. A couple of balls found their way through a hole.”
Said Wright: “This is a tough loss for me because I feel like you can get eight runs, you should get the team a win. You can’t keep asking the offense to score eight, nine runs every night. That’s tough to do for any team.”
Much was made after the game about the challenges of throwing the knuckleball on a hot humid night such as Tuesday’s, but Wright downplayed the moisture issue.
“It makes it move a little bit more, but I don’t think that really affected me today,” Wright said. “I felt like the ball was moving. I thought the ball was coming out of my hand really good. Definitely had a little bit of a hard time getting called strikes and they were taking. They had a good approach, especially that last inning.”
In three career starts against the Angels, Wright is 2-1 with a 6.61 ERA and 1.531 WHIP. On July 1 at Fenway, Wright pitched five shutout innings but then ran into trouble in the sixth, loading the bases on a double, hit batsman and walk before surrounding a grand slam to C.J. Cron that ended his night. However, the Red Sox held on for a 5-4 win. In five-plus innings Wright gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out three.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Nate Freiman 3-for-5 in Portland rout; Jerry Downs hits walk-off HR for Lowell||07.29.16 at 10:30 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (54-52): L, 13-5, vs. Rochester (Twins)
— Right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, returning from a stint on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis, pitched a scoreless first and third inning but was touched for six runs in the second inning. He allowed six hits and no walks while fanning four.
— Righty William Cuevas relieved and allowed six runs on eight hits (three home runs) and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Right-hander Casey Janssen finished up with two-thirds of an inning, allowing a run on one hit with one strikeout.
— Designated hitter Chris Marrero went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single. The 28-year-old now is hitting .289/.343/.511 in 98 games.
— Right fielder Ryan LaMarre went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles. Center fielder Rusney Castillo also went 2-for-5.
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