A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (52-80): W, 4-3 in 10 innings, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— Centerfielder Jonathan Roof lined a two-out single to right-center field in the bottom of the 10th inning to bring home first baseman Allen Craig and gave Pawtucket a walkoff win and a three-game sweep of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Roof, 26, finished 2-for-3 with a double and two walks for his fourth multi-hit game in his last nine contests, as he’s raised his average from .189 to .215 over that span. In 36 games in Triple-A this year, Roof is slashing .215/.260/.273 after starting the year with Double-A Portland where he slashed .234/.333/.313 over 47 games.
It was the first sweep of any series in more than three months for the PawSox, since winning all three games in Toledo from May 5-7 and only their third sweep on the year. It is also the first three-game winning streak for Pawtucket since winning four straight from June 10-13.
— Craig, 31, hit the ball hard all night as he finished 2-for-5 with a home run, two lineouts to center and a leadoff single in the 10th inning that was blistered back up the middle. Craig’s homer, his fourth of the year in Triple-A and first since June 17, came in the fifth inning on a 3-1 pitch, pulled deep to left to tie the game at three. Through 89 games in Triple-A, Craig is slashing .272/.369/.349 with 30 RBIs and 28 runs scored. He is now hitting .290 in August with 12 RBIs in 25 games this month.
— Pawtucket’s offense had 11 hits on the night with other multi-hit games from shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston’s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com, 2-for-4, walk, RBI) and second baseman Mike Miller (2-for-4, RBI).
— RHP Pat Light (Boston’s No. 22 prospect at MLB.com) earned the victory (2-4, 5.04 ERA) after entering with a man aboard and one out in the top of the 10th inning. After allowing a single, the 6-foot-5 Light recorded a strikeout on a split-finger fastball and then got a fly out to end the frame. Light, 24, has now worked 30 1/3 innings in Triple-A with 34 strikeouts and 26 walks, with opposing hitters batting .239 against him.
— RHP Zeke Spruill started and produced a no-decision final line of: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO (106 pitches, 69 strikes). It was the sixth straight quality start for the 6-foot-5 Spruill, who has started eight straight and 12 of his last 15 games after his first 18 appearances came in relief.
— RHP Keith Couch came off the disabled list (thumb contusion) and relieved Spruill with 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing no hits and just two walks while striking out three. Couch, 25, has made 24 appearances this year and 21 of them have been starts, with Couch going 4-10 with a 6.24 ERA in 119 2/3 innings this season.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (48-82): W, 7-3, vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays)
— The Portland offense produced 12 hits, with five different players having multi-hit nights and five players driving in runs highlighted by catcher Luis Martinez’s two-out, bases-clearing double off the center field wall in the third inning that broke a 2-2 tie and gave Portland a 5-2 lead. Martinez, 30, has hits in seven of his last eight games.
— First baseman Sam Travis (Boston’s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks, an RBI and a run scored for his third multi-hit game in his last four. Travis, who turns 22-years-old today, is now slashing .301/.378/.431 over 56 games with Portland with three homers, two triples, 14 doubles, 30 RBIs and 30 runs scored. The triple hit by Travis came in the first inning and was just shy of a home run as the ball caromed back into play off of the center fielder’s glove and perhaps the wall as the player jumped at the fence.
— Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored while also stealing his eighth base of the year. Lin, 21, has reached safely in five straight games with four multi-hit games in his last 12.
— DH Tim Roberson (2-for-4, double, RBI, run) and third baseman Dustin Lawley (2-for-3, walk, RBI, run) also had multi-hit nights. Center fielder Manuel Margot (Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) doubled and scored in the fourth on Lin’s single.
— RHP Luis Diaz earned the win (2-10, 5.47 ERA) with a final line of: 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO (99 pitches, 60 strikes). The 23-year-old Diaz, a 6-foot-3 Venezuelan, gave up two unearned runs in the first after Lawley’s throwing error started the inning and a double and wild pitch followed. A solo home run in the fourth produced the other New Hampshire run.
“He was a little rough in that first inning but then got into a groove,” said Martinez to the Portland Press Herald. “He kept the ball down and threw his breaking ball for strikes.”
— RHP Heri Quevedo, 25, relieved Diaz in the sixth with the bases loaded after Diaz had walked two. The 6-foot-2 Quevedo struck out the first batter and induced a groundout to end the frame, then stayed on to complete 3 2/3 scoreless innings for his third professional save and first at Double-A. Quevedo allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out four, giving him 41 strikeouts and 34 walks in 50 1/3 innings this year.
“Lights out,” Martinez said in regards to Quevedo’s arsenal. “His changeup was working well and he elevated his fastball when he needed to.”
— Outfielder Cole Sturgeon was promoted back to Portland and played right field, going 1-for-4 in his first Double-A start since July 20. RHP Kyle Kaminska was sent back to High-A Salem.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (58-70): L, 8-4, vs. Lynchburg (Indians)
— RHP Teddy Stankiewicz left after six innings with a 4-3 lead, but the bullpen could not hold it as Stankiewicz ended with a no-decision final line of: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO. The 21-year-old Stankiewicz gave up single runs in each of the first three innings, walking three batters in the second inning but limiting damage as he induced an inning-ending double play. The 6-foot-4 Stankiewicz then retired 10 of his final 11 batters faced, getting another double play to end his final frame, the sixth.
Selected by Boston in the second-round of the 2013 draft out of Seminole Junior College, Stankiewicz is 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA this year in 23 starts, with 129 1/3 innings of work to go with 69 strikeouts and 29 walks. Stankiewicz now has 11 quality starts this season.
— Salem took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on an RBI-single from right fielder Kevin Heller and a three-run homer from first baseman Mario Martinez. It was the fifth homer of the year for the 25-year-old Martinez and first since coming off the disabled list on August 21. Martinez has hits in all three games played since his return and in seven straight all told, as he’s hit .367 (11-for-30) over that span with three doubles, six RBIs, and seven runs scored.
Heller, 25, finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to improve his slash line to .303/.416/.450 over 82 games with Salem. Heller has a five-game hit streak, with two homers, a triple, and a double over that span and now three straight multi-hit games.
— RHP German Tavares suffered the loss and a blown save as he allowed three hits and three walks in the seventh to go along with a throwing error as Lynchburg erased a 4-3 deficit to take an 8-4 lead. Tavares, 22, is now 4-4 with a 5.40 ERA over 28 appearances.
— RHP Chandler Shepherd pitched two scoreless innings to finish the game, with three strikeouts and just one hit allowed. Selected by Boston in the 13th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Kentucky, Shepherd has not allowed a run in his last five appearances, with nine strikeouts to just one walk over that 8 1/3 inning span.
— The Channel 7 logo from Roanoke’s WDBJ7 and a black ribbon was painted next to each of the coaches’ boxes on each foul line at LewisGale Field after the tragic Wednesday shooting of two WDBJ journalists.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (65-63): W, 7-0, vs. Greensboro (Marlins)
— Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston’s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) smashed his eighth home run of the year on the second pitch he saw in the bottom of the first inning. The homer, pulled to left-center field, bounced off the wall of the apartment buildings beyond the fence at Fluor Field. Moncada, 20, would also walk twice to finish the night 1-for-3 with two runs scored and put his slash line at .293/.388/.468 over 70 games. In the second half of the season, Moncada is slashing .341/.438/.561 over 45 games with seven homers, 15 doubles, 24 RBIs, 43 runs scored, and 37 stolen bases. On the season, Moncada is hitting .323 against left-handed pitching with six homers, and .276 against right-handers.
— DH Michael Chavis (Boston’s No. 11 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored, while left fielder Bryan Hudson went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run. Third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) and center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston’s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) each reached base twice with a single and a walk, with Benintendi stealing a base (his second with Grenville) and scoring two runs.
— LHP Jake Drehoff, 23, made his sixth start of the season and pitched six scoreless innings to earn the victory (3-1, 2.74 ERA) with a final line of: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO (65 pitches, 45 strikes). Selected by Boston in the 12th round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Southern Mississippi, the 6-foot-4 Drehoff started in all 14 of his appearances last year for short-season Lowell (3-4, 3.54 ERA) before moving into a long relief role for much of this season. As a starter, Drehoff has a 2.30 ERA with seven earned runs allowed over 27 1/3 innings to go with 22 strikeouts and just one walk.
— RHP Jeffry Fernandez, in his first bullpen appearance of the year, and RHP Ryan Harris combined to complete the shutout, with Fernandez allowing a hit and a walk over two innings and Harris allowing one hit over his one inning of work.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (33-31): W, 8-4, vs. Vermont (Athletics)
— Center fielder Tate Matheny snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a bases-loaded, two-RBI single in the sixth inning to snap a 3-3 tie, driving in first baseman Josh Ockimey and left fielder Tyler Spoon. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of this year’s draft out of Missouri State University, Matheny is slashing just .166/.228/.205 over 41 games, with 15 RBIs and 19 runs scored.
— Ockimey, 19, launched a three-run homer in the third inning, estimated at 380-feet over the right field wall, giving Lowell a 3-1 lead. Ockimey also walked twice and scored two runs, raising his slash line to .266/.356/.442 with four home runs, three triples, nine doubles, 28 RBIs and 26 runs scored over 45 games. Selected by Boston in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, Ockimey has now homered in two of his last three games.
— Spoon (2-for-4, double, run) and shortstop Jeremy Rivera (2-for-4, walk, run) had multi-hit games for Lowell, with third baseman Victor Acosta and catcher Jhon Nunez picking up RBIs.
— LHP Javier Rodriguez, 20, started and pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. RHP Daniel Gonzalez, 19, earned the win (3-2, 3.07 ERA) in relief with 4 1/3 innings allowing one unearned run, with five hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. The 6-foot-5 Gonzalez has struck out 49 and walked just 15 over 55 2/3 innings this year.
ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (40-17): W, 3-2, vs. GCL Orioles
— Pinch-hitter Raiwinson Lameda drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with a double that plated catcher Isaias Lucena as the GCL Red Sox won their seventh game in their last eight, as they maintain the best record in the Gulf Coast league with three games remaining in the season. The GCL Red Sox have already clinched a berth in the four-team GCL playoffs, which features two one-game semifinals and then a best-of-three championship round for the winners.
— Third baseman Roldani Baldwin went 2-for-3 as he reached safely for the 18th straight game, with hits in 17 of the last 18. Baldwin, 19, is slashing .296/.370/.408 with three homers, eight doubles, 25 RBIs and 18 runs over 46 games played.
— LHP Logan Allen started and pitched four scoreless innings, with two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. In seven starts, the 18-year-old Allen is 0-0 with a 0.90 ERA (two earned runs over 20 innings) with 24 strikeouts and one walk. The 6-foot-3 Allen was selected by Boston in the eighth round of this year’s draft.
RHP Yankory Pimentel, 21, picked up the victory (4-0, 1.64 ERA) in relief with three innings pitched, allowing two earned runs with a walk and four strikeouts. Pimentel retired the final seven batters he faced. LHP Carlos Garcia finished the game with two scoreless innings, striking out three.