A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-42): L, 1-0, at Rochester (Twins)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just two hits, but got no run support and took the loss (2-6, 3.28 ERA) with a final line of: 7 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO (98 pitches, 60 strikes). Owens was perfect through four before walking the leadoff batter in the fifth. He continued with a no-hitter into the seventh before allowing a leadoff double. A ground out and sacrifice fly would bring that runner home and provide the difference on the scoreboard.
It was the fourth straight quality start for Owens, who was selected by Boston in the first-round of the 2011 draft (36th overall). However, Owens has not won a game since May 5, a span of 12 starts. The 22-year-old finished June with an 0-3 mark in six outings with a 3.47 ERA, compiling 27 strikeouts to 13 walks in 36 1/3 innings.
— RHP Pat Light (Boston’s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) replaced Owens in the eighth after a leadoff double and a strikeout. Light, 24, allowed a single, but stranded two runners as he came back with a strikeout of his own on a split-finger fastball, followed by a pop-out to end the inning. A 2012 first-round draft choice and this year converted to a reliever, Light has now rebounded with two straight scoreless appearances since blowing back-to-back saves on June 21 and June 24.
— Big leaguer Ervin Santana held the Pawtucket offense in check, giving up just five hits while walking not walking a batter over eight scoreless innings. Santana completed his three-game Triple-A build up to rejoining Minnesota after his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The PawSox had two aboard in only one inning, the eighth, but second baseman Sean Coyle (Boston’s No. 13 prospect at MLB.com) popped out to end the chance.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (28-50): L, 7-4, vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays)
— Right fielder Shane Victorino had his rehab assignment (calf) transferred to Double-A Portland where the 34-year-old played a full nine innings going 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the fifth as well as a run scored. Victorino’s double looped down the right field line and evaded the diving New Hampshire right fielder who was breaking in. The next batter, second baseman Carlos Asuaje, sent a deep fly ball to the warning track in center that was caught by the tumbling New Hampshire center fielder, allowing a hustling Victorino to score all the way from second on a sacrifice fly.
“No reason for me to be cautious,” Victorino told the Portland Press Herald after the game. “I’m going to have to do it at some point. I had to test it. It’s the way you play the game. You don’t change the way you play just because you’re rehabbing.”
Victorino, who was also hit by a pitch on the forearm but stayed in the game, has now played five rehab games between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, going 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles and two runs scored.
— RHP Justin Haley gave up a grand slam in the third and took the loss (2-9, 5.29 ERA), allowing his most runs in game since April as Haley was tagged for five earned over just three innings plus. The 24-year-old was coming off of back-to-back six-inning shutout starts but was pulled in favor of Mike McCarthy after a leadoff walk to start the fourth. The 6-foot-5 Haley was Boston’s sixth-round draft pick in 2012 out of Fresno State University.
— Center fielder Manuel Margot (Boston’s No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) extended his modest hit streak to six games with a single in the second inning, finishing 1-for-4 in the game. In nine games since his promotion to Portland, the 20-year-old is 11-for-35 (.314) with a homer, three doubles, five RBIs, and four runs scored.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (30-28): L, 11-4, vs. Lynchburg (Indians)
— RHP Aaron Wilkerson suffered his first loss (4-1, 2.86 ERA) with Salem and his worst start of the season as he allowed six earned runs and did not make it out of the fourth inning. Lynchburg already led 1-0 entering the fourth and then strung together five hits, including a triple and a double with both batters coming around to score. The 26-year-old Wilkerson, who had allowed three earned or less in each of his last seven starts, did strike out six in 3 2/3 innings, but also walked two.
— Second baseman Wendell Rijo doubled home two runs in the third inning to give Salem a short-lived 2-1 lead. Rijo, 19, finished 2-for-4 and compiled his third two-hit game in his last four, raising his average 12 points over that span to .249.
— Center fielder Derek Miller, shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin, and DH Zach Kapstein all had two-hit games as well in the losing effort. Miller scored twice, while Lin also walked, scored a run and also stole a base, his 11th. The 21-year-old Lin completed another solid month at the plate, as he hit .295 over 22 games in June after hitting .306 in May.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (41-35): L, 8-1, at Hickory (Rangers)
— Left fielder Mike Meyers got Greenville out to a 1-0 lead as he tripled in the first and scored on a wild pitch. Meyers, 21, finished 1-for-3 with a walk, raising his season-long average to .289. Drafted by Boston in round 12 of the 2012 draft out of high school in Nevada, Meyers now has a five-game hit streak and over his last nine contests is hitting 13-for-35 (.371) with four extra base hits and four runs scored. In 23 games played in June, Meyers had a terrific slash line of .321/.400/.476.
— The Greenville offense was held to just three total hits and threatened in just one more inning after the first, as the Drive loaded the bases in the seventh inning on walks by DH Rafael Devers and shortstop Javier Guerra, sandwiched around catcher Danny Bethea being hit by a pitch. However, first baseman Cisco Tellez, center fielder Bryan Hudson, and right fielder Carlos Mesa all struck out to end the frame.
— RHP Jeffry Fernandez took the loss (2-6, 5.51 ERA) and was roughed up in the second inning as he allowed six runs, all earned, including two home runs. Fernandez, 22, was coming off of back-to-back quality outings but has now allowed six homers over his last four starts. The Dominican did come back to pitch three scoreless innings and get through five frames.
Luis Alexander Basabe
SHORT SEASON LOWELL SPINNERS (10-2): W, 7-6 in 10 innings, at Vermont (Athletics)
— Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe hit two home runs, one from each side of the plate — his second a go-ahead shot in the top of the 10th inning that gave Lowell the 7-6 lead and eventually the victory. An 18-year-old Venezuelan, Basabe also hit a three-run dinger in the third inning, taking a 2-2 pitch over the left-center wall to get Lowell out to a 3-1 lead. Basabe, who only hit one homer over 32 games last year with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, now has hits in 8 of his past 9 games with the two homers hit Tuesday as well as two triples.
— Second baseman Chad De La Guerra also homered, his first as a professional, a two-run shot that extended the Lowell lead to 5-1 in the fourth inning. De La Guerra finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs, giving him a four-game stretch of 7-for-14 (.500) hitting with five RBIs, five doubles, and six runs scored. A 22-year-old lefty batter, De La Guerra was Boston’s round 17 selection in the 2015 draft out of Grand Canyon University where this past season he hit .344 with 11 homers.
ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (8-0): W, 5-2, at GCL Orioles
— RHP Anderson Espinoza (Boston’s No. 25 prospect at MLB.com) started and threw another four scoreless innings, giving up three hit, while allowing a walk while striking out five. The 17-year-old Espinoza now has pitched eight innings, all scoreless, in the Gulf Coast League since his promotion from the Dominican Summer League. Combining Espinoza’s DSL and GCL statistics on the season through six starts, Espinoza’s collective line reads: 23 IP, 19 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 27 SO.
Espinoza was signed for $1.8 million out of Venezuela last summer, and was one of the highest ranked prospects in that 2014 international signing period.
— Left fielder Henry Ramos (Boston’s No. 18 prospect at MLB.com) reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, as the 23-year-old continued his rehab assignment (knee). In seven Gulf Coast League games Ramos is 7-for 20 (.350) with four walks, four runs scored, and two stolen bases. All of Ramos’ hits have gone for singles. Last year in Double-A Portland the switch-hitting Ramos hit .326 over 48-games with two homers, two triples, and nine doubles.
— Right fielder Tyler Hill doubled and went 2-for-5 with an RBI, run scored, and stolen base. Hill, who was back in the lineup after a game off, has a five-game hitting streak and has gone 8-for-21 (.380) over that span with three RBIs and four runs scored. The 19-year-old Hill played in only four games in 2014 after being drafted by Boston in round 19 out of Delaware Military Academy.
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