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.
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Pawtucket Red Sox (26-27)
William Cuevas allowed a run on seven hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings; striking out four. Wesley Wright pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and striking out one. Pat Light pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, giving up two hits and a walk. Anthony Varvaro pitched a scoreless tenth and eleventh, giving up two hits and three walks – two intentional – while striking out two. Roman Mendez pitched the final three innings, giving up three hits, a walk, and hit a batter; striking out three.
Jose Vinicio went three-for-five after pinch hitting for Deven Marrero – who was hitless in his only at-bat – in the fifth inning. Bryce Brentz and Jantzen Witte each went three-for-six; Witte with a double. Sandy Leon went one-for-five with a double and a walk. Mike Miller and Chris Marrero each went 1/6; Miller with a double. Ryan LaMarre and Justin Maxwell each went 1/7; Maxwell with a double. Chris Dominguez went hitless in six plate appearances.
The PawSox knocked down two runners at the plate in extras. In the 10th, Mike Yastrzemski, who had tripled, was thrown out at home on a ground ball to first baseman Chris Dominguez. In the 12th, Dariel Alvarez, who had doubled and moved to third on a ground out, was caught at home attempting to score on a fly ball by Sharlon Schoop to right field. It was Justin Maxwell with the cannon that caught Alvarez at the plate.
PawSox went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 men on base. Tides went 1-for-24 with runners in scoring position and left 19 runners on base.
Portland Sea Dogs (18-35)
Kevin McAvoy went 3 innings and 6 batters, allowing 7 runs (6 earned) on seven hits and two walks; striking out one. Mike McCarthy pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing 7 runs on 6 hits (2 HRs) and three walks; striking out one. Austin Maddox went 2 2/3 innings, allowing a run on a HR and two walks; striking out 2. Nik Turley pitched the final inning, walking two and striking out two.
Rainel Rosario was three-for-four with a home run. Jake Romanski went two-for-four. Sean Coyle and Andrew Benintendi each went two-for-five. Ryan Court and Tzu-Wei Lin were each one-for-four. Aneury Tavarez had a walk and three hitless at-bats. Wendell Rijo went hitless in four at-bats, Cole Sturgeon went hitless in five at-bats.
Salem Red Sox (35-19)
Ben Moore had three singles in three at-bats. Jordan Betts had a single and a double in three at-bats. Yoan Moncada had two doubles in four at-bats, driving in five. Rafael Devers and Joseph Monge each hit a single in three at-bats. Danny Mars had a single in four at-bats. Mauricio Dubon had a walk in four plate appearances. Nick Longhi and Bryan Hudson each went 0-for-3.
Yankory Pimentel pitched the first five innings and picked up his fourth win, allowing two runs on three hits, two walks, and a pair of wild pitches; striking out five. Newly promoted Bobby Poyner pitched two scoreless innings, walking three.
Yoan Moncada had two doubles and a walk in four plate appearances. David Sopilka and Deiner Lopez each went two-for-three with a double; Lopez with a stolen base. Nick Longhi had two singles in four at-bats. Mauricio Dubon, Mike Meyers, and Franklin Guzman each went 1/3. Dubon had a sacrifice bunt and was picked off, Meyers had a double and a walk and was also picked off, and Guzman had a triple. Danny Mars and Rafael Devers each went one-for-four.
Greenville Drive (27-26)
Dedgar Jimenez pitched the first five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, a walk, and a hit batter; striking out two. Angelo Leclerc pitched the final four innings in scoreless fashion, giving up two hits and striking out six.
Kyri Washington led the offense, going three-for-four with a triple and a walk. Trenton Kemp went 2/4. Tate Matheny went one-for-three with a homer, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Mitch Gunsolus went 1/3 with a walk, a sacrifice fly, and a stolen base. Roldani Baldwin went one-for-three before being taken out of the game in the middle of the defensive fifth inning. With designated hitter Austin Rei – who had a single and was hit by a pitch in five plate appearances – replacing Baldwin at catcher, pitcher Angelo Leclerc was forced into the lineup, going 0/2 with two strikeouts. Luis Alejandro Basabe went one-for-four with a walk and a stolen base. Chad De La Guerra had a triple in four at-bats. Josh Ockimey came up to the plate five times without success.
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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