Here is a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-36): L, 6-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)
— Ryan Hanigan (neck) took the first step in returning to the big league club by starting his rehab assignment in Pawtucket. Hanigan started the game as the PawSox’ designated. In the bottom of the third, Hanigan doubled to left field scoring Pawtucket’s only run of the game. Hanigan finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
“Hanigan swung the bat well,” said manager Kevin Boles. “He managed his at-bats and said he felt fine afterwards so that’s a good first game for him.”
— Brock Holt made his third rehab start for Pawtucket, as he works to come back from a concussion. Holt committed a throwing error at shortstop in the second inning and the plate went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
— PawSox starter Justin Haley ran into trouble in the second inning when he surrendered five runs on four hits. Aside from that inning, Haley retired 13 of 15 batters he faced. Haley was pulled from the game after 5 1/3 innings allowing six runs, four hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
“We didn’t see the command that we saw from the first outing, but we also saw some good signs from him,” said Boles.
Thursday’s start was Haley’s second in Triple-A after getting promoted from Portland. Haley is now 1-1 with a 4.73 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in Pawtucket.
— In relief of Haley, Kyle Martin gave up a double in the sixth inning scoring a run that was charged to Haley, but following the double, Martin sat down eight of the nine batters he faced with four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings pitched.
— Pat Light came in after Martin and recorded two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Light now has a 10 scoreless inning streak.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (26-45): L, 5-2, vs. Harrisburg (Nationals)
— Jalen Beeks got his first start for Portland and in his debut Beeks fanned a career-high 10 batters. In five innings, Beeks gave up four runs (three earned), eight hits and one walk. Before Beeks was called up, he was 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 13 starts for High-A Salem.
— Shortstop Mauricio Dubon also made his Double-A debut and in the eighth inning, he hit a triple and came around to score on an Andrew Benintendi ground out. Dubon finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk. Before getting promoted, Dubon was hitting .306/.387/.379 in 62 games for Salem.
— Aneury Tavarez committed a fielding error in right field by dropping the ball in the third inning that allowed a run to score. In the fifth inning, Tavarez made up for his error with a solo home run. Tavarez, a Dominican Republic native, is hitting .304/.363/.431 with two home runs and currently holds the fifth-highest batting average in the Eastern League.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (43-26): Postponed due to rain vs. Frederick (Orioles)
— Thursday night’s game was delayed in the bottom of the second inning because of rain. Lightning and rain continued and the game was eventually cancelled. Frederick led the game 1-0 when the game was called off. The contest will resume at Friday at 5 p.m. The teams will play a full nine innings and then the teams will play seven innings of the originally scheduled game.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (37-33): L, 8-7, (10 innings) vs. Lakewood (Phillies)
— Logan Boyd lasted four innings for the Drive giving up seven runs, which tied a season high, nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Boyd gave up four of his seven runs in the third inning. Boyd is 7-4 in 14 starts with 5.59 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.
— In the bottom of the ninth inning with the Drive down 7-5, Michael Chavis hit a single and Josh Ockimey and Kyri Washington walked to load the bases. Tate Matheny then singled to score two runs and tie the game. Chavis finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Ockimey ended up going 2-for-4. Matheny led the team going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.
— The Drive fell in the 10th inning when Trevor Kelley allowed a run on three hits to take the loss.
SINGLE-A (SHORT SEASON) LOWELL SPINNERS (7-0): W, 5-2 (11 innings), at Hudson Valley (Rays)
— With the game tied at two, Chris Madera singled in the top of 11th inning to drive home the go-ahead run. Following Madera, second baseman Jagger Rusconi hit a double to drive home two insurance runs to guide the Spinners to their seventh straight win.
Madera finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a walk and two strikeouts, while Rusconi went 2-for-6 with a run scored and two strikeouts.
— Starter Josh Pennington only allowed one run and two hits with four strikeouts, but he did also give up three walks and struggled with his control. In two starts, Pennington has a 4.32 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP, but has yet to record a decision.