Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens struggles once again for Portland

Brooks Sutherland
July 17, 2017 - 9:40 am

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (48-44): W, 7-1 vs. Syracuse

— Right fielder Aneury Tavarez homered and tripled, as Pawtucket clobbered Syracuse for its sixth straight win. Tavarez, a 25-year-old from Dominican Republic, has played in 48 minor league games this season, 21 with Pawtucket. He is batting .241 with four home runs and nine RBIs.

— In his second game since winning the 2017 Triple-A Home Run Derby, left fielder Bryce Brentz blasted his 19th home run of the season with a three-run shot in the sixth inning.

— Designated hitter Matt Dominguez had three hits including two doubles in the game, while shortstop Mike Miller also added a trio of hits.

— Marcus Walden (8-3) earned the win for the Red Sox, throwing 5 1/3 innings and allowing one earned run on four hits. Walden also had five strikeouts and walked two batters. Kyle Martin and Chandler Shepherd pitched the final 3 2/3 innings of relief for Pawtucket.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (43-47): L, 10-3 vs. New Hampshire

— The Sea Dogs were limited to six hits, while allowing the Fisher Cats to rack up 10 runs on 14 hits. One of Portland’s hits however, was a home run from Michael Chavis, Boston’s ninth-best prospect according to MLB.com's "Prospect Watch." Chavis belted a solo shot in the sixth, his fifth since getting called up to Double-A on June 22.

— Left-hander Henry Owens struggled in a four-inning outing in which he allowed six earned runs on six hits and six walks. The former first round draft pick (2011) was demoted to Portland from Pawtucket on June 26 in an organized effort to alter his arm slot and work on control. Owens is 1-2 with an ERA of 8.38 since beginning his stint with the Sea Dogs.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (55-38): W, 5-4 vs. Carolina (12 innings)

— First baseman Josh Ockimey hit a walk-off home run in the 12th to lead Salem to its fourth win in five games. Ockimey, Boston’s eighth-rated prospect, is batting .276 in 87 games with Salem this season. The former fifth-round pick (2014) has 10 home runs and 57 RBIs.

— Right fielder Mike Meyers and shortstop Jeremy Rivera each added two hits.

— On the mound, Mike Shawaryn pitched five innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Marc Brakeman and Gerson Bautista each blew saves in relief, before Stephen Nogosek was credited with the win, pitching three innings and allowing no runs and one hit.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (52-40): L, 3-1 vs. Hickory

— Greenville scattered nine hits, but mustered only one run, while leaving seven on base in the loss.

— Catcher Isaias Lucena, a 22-year-old who signed a free agent contract with Boston back in 2013, led the way offensively with three hits. Lucena is batting .231 with one home run and 11 RBIs for Greenville this season.

— Leftie Jay Groome (1-2), a 2016 first-round pick, took the loss on the hill, throwing five innings and allowing two runs on seven hits. The 18-year-old Groome, who is No. 2 on Boston’s Prospect Watch, has an ERA of 9.22 in four games with Greenville this season.

SHORT SEASON-A LOWELL SPINNERS (10-14): L, 6-5 vs. Williamsport (10 innings)

— Cole Stobbe’s walk-off blast in the 10th shut the door on Lowell, who dropped to 10-14 on the year.

— Right fielder Juan Barriento batted 4-for-5 in the game to lead the Spinners offensively. Barriento, a 21-year-old from Domincan Republic, is hitting .237 with eight RBIs in 20 games with Lowell this season. Second baseman Brett Netzer, a 2017 third-round pick also added three hits. Netzer is batting .300 in eight games with Lowell.

— Starter Dakota Smith pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run on six hits. Juan Florentino took the loss after a blown save.

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