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Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Pat Light earns save with 101 mph fastball; Yoan Moncada triples, steals 2 more

Ken Laird
May 22, 2016 - 5:40 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 (21-22): W, 7-4, at Buffalo (Blue Jays) -- RHP Pat Light (Boston's No. 15 prospect at MLB.com) earned a four-out save (his second save in two opportunities this season), hitting 101 mph on the stadium radar gun on his final pitch: a 1-2 count fastball on the outside corner that was a called strike three. Light, 25, has struck out 20 in 15 2/3 innings this year with nine walks in 11 outings. He's given up a total of six earned runs on the season for a 3.45 ERA, and opposing batters are hitting just .158 against him. -- First baseman Sam Travis (Boston's No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) hit a two-run double (video here) in the sixth with the bases loaded to break a 3-3 tie, pulling a 1-2 offspeed pitch into the left field corner. Travis, 22, finished 2-for-5 to put his slash line at .285/.339/.444 with five homers, nine doubles, 25 RBIs and 22 runs scored over 40 games played. Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, Travis was the Red Sox 2015 Minor League Offensive Player of the Year as he slashed .307/.381/.452 split between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, with nine homers, six triples, 32 doubles and 78 RBIs in 131 games. -- RHP Sean O'Sullivan had a no-decision start with a final line of: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO (59 pitches, 40 strikes). The 28-year-old O'Sullivan allowed three hits in the first but limited the damage to just one run. After zeroes in the second and third, Travis was unable to glove a sinking throw at the first-base bag from a charging third baseman Chris Dominguez on a bunt, and later in the frame Dominguez was charged with a fielding miscue of his own as Buffalo took a 3-2 lead. Saturday was O'Sullivan's first appearance back with Pawtucket after getting a pair of starts for Boston on May 10th and 15th in Red Sox victories over Oakland and Houston, respectively. O'Sullivan allowed nine earned runs in those two starts over a combined 10 1/3 innings and was outrighted back to the PawSox after being designated for assignment. -- Lefty Reliever Robby Scott took over for O'Sullivan in the fifth and picked up the win (3-0, 2.13 ERA) with 3 2/3 innings of work allowing just one earned run -- a solo homer in the eighth -- on three hits. The 26-year-old Scott struck out one and walked none and now has eight whiffs to no walks allowed in his last four appearances. On four occasions this season Scott has pitched three or more innings of relief and allowed one run or less in those outings. Scott has been especially tough on right-handed batters this year, holding them to a .190 batting average. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (15-27): Postponed due to rain. Next action Sunday doubleheader at Altoona (Pirates). HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (29-13): L, 6-0, vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston's No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) tripled in the first and stole two more bases in the third after being hit by a pitch to bring his season total to 30 steals. Moncada, 20, finished 1-for-3 at the plate to put his slash line at .324/.454/.510 with three homers, three triples, and 12 doubles in 40 games played. A switch hitter, Moncada has put up better numbers from the left side of the plate (.339 average, three homers, three triples and nine doubles in 109 at-bats) than the right (.278, three doubles in 36 at-bats). Moncada continues to lead the Carolina League in runs (42), walks (33), steals, and on-base percentage. Moncada's 30 steals are tied for the lead across the minors with Marlins' prospect Yefri Perez of the Double-A Southern League. -- Salem would manage just one more hit the rest of the game — a second inning single from left fielder Mike Meyers — in the shutout loss. The two hits were the lowest in a game this season for the Salem offense. -- DH Rafael Devers (Boston's No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) went 0-for-3 to extend a hitless streak to 15 at-bats. The 19-year-old Devers is hitting just .184 (27-for-147) in 39 games with three homers, a triple, six doubles, 18 RBIs and 12 runs. His May splits have been slightly better, with a .239 average (16-for-67) and 10 RBIs in 18 games so far this month. Signed by Boston for a $1.5 million bonus during the 2014 international signing period out of the Dominican Republic, Devers last season slashed .288/.329/.443 with 11 homers, 38 doubles, 70 RBIs and 70 runs for Single-A Greenville in 115 games of action. -- LHP Dedgar Jimenez took the loss (2-2, 5.75 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO (73 pitches, 43 strikes). The 20-year-old Venezuelan has lowered his ERA from 9.00 where it sat after his first four starts, with now seven earned runs allowed in his last four outings (20 innings pitched) SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (20-21): L, 4-2, and W, 7-0, vs. Lexington (Royals) -- In Game 1 of a doubleheader, RHP Marc Brakeman (Boston's No. 24 prospect at MLB.com) took the loss (1-3, 6.14 ERA) with a final line of: 4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (86 pitches, 56 strikes). The 21-year-old Brakeman allowed just one run through the first four innings — a single and a double bringing a run home for Lexington in the third — before three runs crossed against Brakeman in the fifth on four singles and a pair of groundouts. In total, Brakeman induced eight groundouts to just two outs in the air. Selected by Boston in the 16th round of last year's draft out of Stanford University, Brakeman has made seven starts this season in his first full year as a professional. He has been tough on opposing right-handed batters, holding them to a .211 average with 22 strikeouts to five walks; however, opposing lefties are hitting him at .429 with three homers. -- RHP Jake Cosart replaced Brakeman and pitched 2 1/2 scoreless innings, striking out four and walking three. Selected by Boston in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Seminole State College, the 22-year-old Cosart has been used a multi-inning reliever this season (after starting his previous two years in the rookie Gulf Coast and Short-Season leagues) and has pitched well, allowing just five earned runs in 22 1/3 innings (2.01 ERA) with 31 strikeouts and 12 walks. -- Greenville had two players hit solo homers in the Game 1 loss: In the fourth, catcher Austin Rei (Boston's No. 25 prospect at MLB.com) turned on an 0-2 pitch and sent one over the Fluor Field Green Monster for his second dinger of the season. Selected by Boston in the third round of last year's draft out of the University of Washington, the 22-year-old Rei is hitting .200 this season (18-for-90) with just four extra-base hits. In the sixth, center fielder Tate Matheny send the first pitch over the right-center fence for an opposite-field homer, his second on the season. Matheny would also add a two-RBI single in Game 2 of the doubleheader, a singled laced back up the middle and off the pitcher into center. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of last year's draft out of Missouri State, the 22-year-old Matheny is slashing .302/.345/.443 this season in 27 games of action with 21 runs and 18 RBIs. -- In Game 2, right fielder Trent Kemp launched two homers, both towering two-run shots pulled to left field, one in the second inning and another in the fifth. Kemp finished the nightcap 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored, improving his slash line to .221/.330/.442. The 20-year-old Kemp has five homers and four doubles on the year over 27 games played, with 15 RBIs and 14 runs scored. -- Three Greenville pitchers combined for the seven-inning Game 2 shutout, with spot-starter RHP Adam Lau going four innings, RHP Austin Glorious going two to earn the win (2-1, 3.97 ERA), and RHP Kuehl McEachern pitching a final scoreless frame. Lau, 21, struck out six and walked one on the night, and has pitched six scoreless innings since returning to action from extended spring training.

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