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Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Eduardo Rodriguez loses 4th rehab start; Andrew Benintendi walks it off in Salem

Ken Laird
May 15, 2016 - 4:34 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (17-19): L, 3-2, and W, 8-6, vs. Gwinnett (Braves) -- In Game 1, Eduardo Rodriguez made his fourth rehab start and took the loss (0-3, 4.29 ERA) with a final line of: 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO (100 pitches, 71 strikes). Rodriguez, 23, allowed a solo homer to begin the second inning on a 3-2 pitch, an unearned run in the third on a ball that got through third baseman Marco Hernandez, and a final run on a solo homer in the sixth on a first-pitch fastball that was pulled to left. After an ensuing single, Rodriguez was pulled for reliever Noe Ramirez. "I thought the delivery was a little bit cleaner today," PawSox manager Kevin Boles told the Providence Journal. "I don't think the stuff was as sharp as the last outing." Rodriguez has now allowed five home runs in his last three games, albeit with the last four dingers allowed coming with the bases empty. The 6-foot-2 lefty allowed just two long balls in eight Triple-A starts last year, but did surrender 13 in the majors during his 21 starts with Boston in 2015. In 21 total innings this year during his rehab assignment, Rodriguez has allowed 10 earned runs with 10 strikeouts and four walks. -- In Game 2, DH Sam Travis (Boston's No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning (video here), pulled off the foul pole in right, to give the PawSox a 7-4 lead. It was the third home run on the year for Travis and his first in 27 games (since April 14). The 22-year-old Travis finished the game 2-for-4 to put his season slash line at .281/.333/.407 through 35 games with three homers, eight doubles, 19 runs and 18 RBIs. -- Center fielder Rusney Castillo also had a big Game 2, going 3-for-4 with a opposite-field, two-run double in the fourth that gave the PawSox a 5-4 lead. Castillo also singled and scored in the first and singled home a run in the second; he has hits in five straight games and is batting .440 (11-for-25) over his last seven. -- LHP Brian Johnson (Boston's No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) needed the run support to pick up the Game 2 win (2-3, 4.91 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO (100 pitches, 63 strikes). Johnson, 25, walked the game's first three batters and all came around to score on a bases-clearing double. Another run scored off of Johnson in the fourth after a double and a wild pitch, with two more runs crossing in the fifth after a walk and a home run. The six earned runs were the most allowed by Johnson in a game since May 3 of last season; Johnson has allowed 11 earned runs combined over his last two outings this year and has walked three or more batters in five straight starts. -- Right fielder Bryce Brentz (Boston's No. 30 prospect at MLB.com) went 3-for-3 in Game 1, driving in a run in the second and leading off the fifth with a double before coming home on a sacrifice fly from catcher Sandy Leon. The 27-year-old Brentz went 1-for-3 with a double in Game 2 and is now 5-for-18 (.278) over his first six games this year with Triple-A Pawtucket. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (13-24): W, 13-2 and L, 7-3, vs. Binghamton (Mets) -- In Game 1, center fielder Henry Ramos (Boston's No. 23 prospect at MLB.com) homered twice and added a double, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. The switch-hitting Ramos pulled both bombs while hitting from the left side, a 1-1 pitch into the right-field seats in the first and a 2-0 pitch that was down-and-in launched in the second. In the third, Ramos turned around and batted from the right side and doubled to the right-center gap. Ramos, 24, is now 8-for-16 (.500) over his past four games after going just 2-for-22 during a previous stretch. Selected by Boston in the fifth round of the 2010 draft out of Puerto Rico, the 6-foot-2 Ramos has battled leg injuries the past few seasons, being limited to just 37 games in 2015 and spending time on the DL this year from April 17-24. Through 27 games this year Ramos is slashing .260/.318/.420 with three homers, two triples, and three doubles. Ramos went 1-for-3 in Game 2, again hitting from the leadoff spot. -- Catcher Ali Solis had a career high six RBIs in Game 1, going 2-for-3 with a three-RBI double in the first, a two-run homer in the third, and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. The extra-base hits were the first of the year for the 28-year-old Solis, as he's gone 9-for-41 (.220) in limited action this year (14 games played). -- RHP Teddy Stankiewicz earned the Game 1 win (1-2, 3.32 ERA) with a complete game (in the seven-inning, doubleheader format) final line of: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO (86 pitches, 59 strikes). The 22-year-old Stankiewicz allowed single runs in the third and seventh, the latter on a solo homer, and has managed six quality starts out of his seven outings this year with Portland. "We scored some runs for him and he threw the ball extremely well," manager Carlos Febles told the Portland Press Herald. "He had a good fastball and he mixed his pitches well. We played good defense behind him." Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Seminole State College, the 6-foot-4 Stankiewicz was 5-11 with a 4.01 ERA last year over 25 starts with High-A Salem. -- In Game 2, Portland fell behind 4-0 before rallying for three runs in the fifth, highlighted by center fielder Cole Sturgeon's two-run homer which cut the B-Mets lead to 4-3. However, the Portland bats would go quietly in the sixth and seventh, retired in order in both frames. Sturgeon, 24, now has a six-game hit streak during which he's gone 8-for-23 (.348) to bring his slash line to .274/.315/.402 this year over 30 games combined between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (25-10): W, 8-7 in 10 innings, vs. Wilmington (Royals) -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston's No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) was the walk-off hero as his single to right brought home the winning run — pinch runner Deiner Lopez — from second base ahead of a bang-bang play at the plate and Salem emerged victorious in the tenth inning. Benintendi had been hitless in nine straight at bats entering the tenth until his game-winning single. The 21-year-old Benintendi finished 1-for-3 with the RBI, a run and three walks (one intentional) to go with a steal of home, executed on a double steal with first baseman Nick Longhi taking second. On the season, through 33 games, Benintendi is slashing .351/.420/.580 with a homer, seven triples, 13 doubles, 31 RBIs, 29 runs and eight stolen bases. The 5-foot-10 Benintendi ranks among the Carolina League leaders in a number of categories: hits (first, 46), doubles (first), triples (first), total bases (first, 76), RBIs (second), batting average (second), slugging percentage (second), and on-base percentage (fourth). -- Yoan Moncada (Boston's No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-4 with two walks, two runs, and three stolen bases (he was caught once) to reach 24 stolen bags on the year. Moncada singled, stole a base, and scored a run in the first; singled in the second; reached via error in the fourth and stole second before being thrown out at third; walked in the sixth, stole second and would later score; grounded out in the eighth; and walked in the tenth to move the winning run into scoring position. The 20-year-old Moncada improved his slash line to .328/.458/.516 through 33 games of action, with three homers, two triples, 10 doubles, 20 RBIs and 38 runs scored. Moncada leads the Carolina League in runs, walks (27), steals, and on-base percentage. -- Longhi (Boston's No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) went 4-for-4 with an RBI double in the first, a single and run scored in the third (to go with the stolen base), a single in the fourth, an RBI single in the sixth, and a walk in the ninth. The 6-foot-2, 20-year-old righty bat is now slashing .312/.376/.440 through 32 games with two triples, 12 doubles, 27 RBIs and 18 runs scored. He is hitting .385 (25-for-65) at home compared to just .233 (14-for-60) on the road. -- LHP Jalen Beeks worked around trouble in every inning to pitch four scoreless innings before being removed to start the fifth. His final no-decision line was: 4 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO (87 pitches, 50 strikes). Beeks, 22, stranded two on base in the first, two in the second (with two strikeouts to end the inning), three in the third, and three more in the fourth, getting ground outs with the bases loaded to end the final two frames. On the season, through seven starts, Beeks is now 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 13 walks in 35 innings of work. -- RHP Austin Maddox was charged with his first blown save of the year (he had been 5-for-5 in save opportunities) as Maddox couldn't lock down Salem's 7-5 lead in the ninth inning. After recording the first two outs of the inning, Maddox allowed two singles and a game-tying triple to right which tied the game 7-7. Maddox, 25, stayed on to pitch a scoreless 10th and now through 18 2/3 innings of work this year has allowed eight earned runs (3.86 ERA) with 19 strikeouts to seven walks. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (17-17): L, 5-0, at Augusta (Giants) -- The Greenville offense was shut out for the first time in over a month, as all of the Drive's eight hits went for singles and the squad left nine runners on base. Greenville's best chance to score came in the third inning as right fielder Joseph Monge and shortstop Luis Alejandro Basabe singled and first baseman Josh Ockimey (Boston's No. 16 prospect at MLB.com) walked to load the bases. However, DH Kyri Washington grounded out to end the threat. Basabe and catcher Roldani Baldwin had the only multi-hit games, with Basabe 2-for-3 with a walk and Baldwin 2-for-4. Basabe, the twin brother of Luis Alexander Basabe (Boston's No. 8 prospect at MLB.com) improved his slash line to .275/.359/.407 through 24 games played this year; he's hit one homer, two triples, and five doubles to go with 13 runs and five stolen bases. Center fielder Tate Matheny went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Through 20 games played Matheny is slashing .345/.398/.488 with a homer, three triples, three doubles, 20 runs and 14 RBIs. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of last year's draft out of Missouri State University, the 22-year-old Matheny has also stolen six bases this season but was caught on an attempted swipe for the third time Saturday. -- RHP Daniel Gonzalez had a quality start but took the loss (1-2, 5.40 ERA) with a final line of: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO (72 pitches, 53 strikes). Gonzalez faced the minimum through three innings, but allowed four hits in a five batter sequence in the fourth as Augusta built a 3-0 lead. Gonzalez would finish with a scoreless fifth and sixth before being removed for reliever Jeffry Fernandez.

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