A strong farm system is at the heart of every successful MLB franchise. The Boston Red Sox have graduated a talented crop of players from their system including a shortstop, right fielder, and a left-handed starter. In Brandon Magee‘s Minor League Gameday, he will update us on how the teams in the Red Sox farm system performed every day.
[Note: All Times EDT / All pitchers listed subject to change]
Pawtucket Red Sox (33-30)
Aaron Wilkerson pitched the first six innings, giving up three singles, a hit by pitch, and a walk; striking out seven. Robby Scott went the next two innings and one batter, giving up a single and a hit by pitch; striking out four. Noe Ramirez picked up the save with a one-two-three ninth.
Ali Solis had two singles in three at-bats, driving in the only run of the game. Bryce Brentz had a double and a walk in four plate appearances, scoring the only run of the game. Mike Miller garnered a walk in three trips to the plate. Jose Vinicio had a sacrifice bunt and two hitless at-bats. Ryan LaMarre picked up a walk in four trips to the plate. Justin Maxwell was hit by a pitch and had three hitless at-bats. Chris Dominguez and Jantzen Witte each went 0-for-3. Chris Marrero went 0-for-4.
Portland Sea Dogs (21-41)
Mitch Atkins gave up a walk and struck out seven in his first six innings of work. He allowed his first hit, a single, to the only batter he faced in the seventh inning. Luis Ysla would allow the runner to score on a single two batters later. Ysla went two innings, giving up that one single and striking out two. Chandler Shepherd pitched a one-two-three ninth inning.
Aneury Tavarez had a perfect day, with a single, a double, a home run – his first of the season – a walk, and a stolen base. Ryan Court and Andrew Benintendi each had two singles in four at-bats; Court with the combination pick-off/stolen base. Nate Freiman and Cole Sturgeon each had a single in three at-bats; Freiman adding a walk, Sturgeon with a hit by pitch. Rainel Rosario had a triple in four at-bats. Wendell Rijo had a walk and three hitless at-bats. Sean Coyle had a walk and four hitless at-bats. Danny Bethea went 0-for-4.
Salem Red Sox
Trey Ball pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up five hits, a hit by pitch, two walks, and two wild pitches; striking out three. German Tavarez allowed a run on a Chad Johnson home run in his 1 2/3 innings of work. Bobby Poyner had his first bad day in well over a month, allowing four runs on five hits, two walks, and a hit by pitch in two innings of work; striking out one.
Yoan Moncada, Mauricio Dubon, Rafael Devers, Joseph Monge, and Danny Mars each went 2-for-4; Moncada with a walk and was caught stealing twice (once being picked off), Dubon with a walk and a stolen base, Devers with a triple and a pair of base swipes, Monge with a stolen base, Mars with a duo of triples. Jordan Betts had a single and a sacrifice fly in four trips to the plate. Nick Longhi garnered a walk in four plate appearances. Ben Moore and Franklin Guzman each went 0-for-4.
Salem can clinch the first-half division title with a win or a Myrtle Beach Pelican loss tonight.
Greenville Drive (32-20)
Roniel Raudes battled through four innings of work, allowing eight runs on seven hits (one homer), two walks, and a balk; striking out four. Marc Brakeman pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a hit and striking out four. Angelo Leclerc finished off the GreenJackets with a pair of scoreless frames, giving up two hits, and a walk while striking out three.
Chad De La Guerra and Tyler Spoon led the offense with 3-for-5 days; De La Guerra with a triple, Spoon with his second home run of the season. Michael Chavis had a single, a home run, and a sacrifice fly in five trips to the plate. Luis Alexander Basabe picked up a single, a double, and a stolen base in five at-bats. Austin Rei singled in his two official at-bats, drawing a walk and driving a sacrifice fly in his other two appearances. Derek Miller hit a single and drew a walk in four plate appearances. Jeremy Rivera slashed a triple and stole a base in his four at-bats. Tate Matheny garnered a pair of walks and had three hitless at-bats. Josh Ockimey had a rare off-day at the plate, going 0-for-5.
DSL Red Sox 1 and DSL Red Sox 2
The clubs in the Dominican enjoyed their traditional Sunday off.
Brandon Magee is our minor league expert; he has written about minor league travel, ranking prospects, a first round draft pick, and the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
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