Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (67-61): W, 2-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)

— With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh inning, Marco Hernandez came through, with his go-ahead home run giving the PawSox the win. It was his fifth minor league home run of the season.

“He’s got great impact to his pull side,” Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles told MiLB.com. “He’s been a spark plug for us.”

Hernandez, who went 3-for-4, has hit the ball out of the park in his last two home games. The 23-year-old is slashing .308/.344/.449 in 55 games.

— Brian Johnson performed well in the start, limiting Syracuse to one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He fanned five and walked three.

“I’ve just been keeping it simple,” Johnson said. “I’ve been attacking the glove and going pitch to pitch.”

In his last five starts, Johnson has accumulated a 1.76 ERA after sporting a 5.25 ERA at one point this season. Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com now has a 3.19 ERA to go along with a 5-6 record in 17 minor league starts.

— Ryan Lamarre joined Hernandez as the only other PawSox player to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He crossed home plate on a passed ball in the second inning after drilling his 15th double of the season and advancing to third on a ground ball. Lamarre, 27, has hit safely in his last seven games. He is now batting .300/.371/.430 in 76 minor league games.

— Joe Kelly picked up his second minor league save thanks to two shutout innings. He struck out four in the impressive outing. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 0.69 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 10 relief appearances with the PawSox. Overall, he is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 17 outings.

Teddy Stankiewicz

Teddy Stankiewicz

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (49-76): L, 4-0, vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays)

— Teddy Stankiewicz was handed the loss despite a quality start, letting up three runs on four hits in six innings. He fanned six batters and walked three in the outing. Stankiewicz, 22, now has a team-leading 13 quality starts this season. He is 4-9 with a 4.98 ERA in 23 starts.

— In his second game back from a sprained right ankle, Yoan Moncada went 1-for-2 with two walks while continuing to make the switch to third base. Boston’s top overall prospect at MLB.com is hitting .296/.405/.513 in 99 games with both Salem and Portland.

— Brandon Workman made his second relief appearance with Portland, allowing one run in three innings and striking out two. Workman, 28, is 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA in eight rehab appearances.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (78-47): No game scheduled.

The Red Sox had Monday off and will hit the road Tuesday for a three-game series against Potomac (Nationals).

Jeremy Rivera

Jeremy Rivera

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (66-60): L, 8-2, at Charleston (Yankees)

— Jeremy Rivera went 3-for-4 with two doubles. He drove in both of Greenville’s runs with his two-bagger in the ninth inning. The 21-year-old shortstop has three multi-hit outings in his last seven games. A 17th-round draft pick of the Red Sox in 2014 out of El Paso (Texas) Community College, Rivera is averaging .267/.311/.339 with 17 doubles in 322 at-bats this season.

— Left-hander Logan Boyd was handed the loss after surrendering four runs on eight hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked none. Boyd saw his streak of three consecutive one-run outings snapped. The 22-year-old now is 13-7 with a 4.67 ERA in 25 starts.

— Tate Matheny went 2-for-4 to push his team-leading batting average to .297. He has recorded a hit in eight of his last 10 games, and is slashing .297/.339/.411 in 94 contests.

Bobby Dalbec

Bobby Dalbec

SHORT SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (37-25): W, 8-1, vs. Brooklyn (Mets)

— Bobby Dalbec’s performance at the plate alone would be enough to come away with the win. He went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. A double shy of the cycle, Dalbec blasted his sixth home run of the year in the third inning to drive in two runs. The 21-year-old infielder leads the New York-Penn League in home runs this month with five.

Dalbec has been on fire as of late, averaging .475 in his last 10 games. He has 13 RBIs and eight runs in that span. He is batting .386/.426/.727 in 23 games. He is Boston’s No. 21 prospect at MLB.com.

— Daniel Zandona got the win, pitching five shutout innings of relief. He gave up three hits and struck out five. Zandona, 23, has let up three total runs in his last four outings and now is 4-2 with a .293 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 14 appearances. Opponents are hitting only .205 when facing Zandona.

— Tyler Hill went 2-for-4 with two runs and now has three multi-hit outings in his last four games. The 20-year-old outfielder is hitting an impressive .346 this season, the best average in the league by 18 points.

— Jordan Weems pitched a perfect final frame, striking out two in one inning of work. The right-hander has given up seven runs in his last 16 1/3 innings and is 3-0 with a 3.08 ERA in 15 appearances with Lowell.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

Red Sox first-round draft pick Jason Groome made his professional debut Monday, pitching two shutout innings for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in a 6-3 victory over the Rays’ GCL affiliate. As shown in the video above (courtesy Jeanie Verderese) the 6-foot-6 left-hander from New Jersey allowed just one baserunner (on an opposite-field double to left with two outs in the second) while striking out three. He threw 30 pitches, 18 for strikes.

Groome, who turns 18 Tuesday, was selected with the 12th pick of the draft.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

In the second game of a four-game series against division rival Tampa Bay, the Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound to go up against Rays righty Chris Archer.

Buchholz, who is filling in for the injured Steven Wright, sits at 4-9 with a 5.42 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. He has made two consecutive starts after stringing together some successful outings coming out of the bullpen. In his last start, the 32-year-old held the Tigers to one run on six hits through six innings of work in a 4-3 Red Sox loss on Thursday. He struck out three and walked none.

“I felt good, I went with out of the stretch the whole start, less moving parts for me, just things I’ve been working on,” Buchholz said. “I feel like that keeps me over the rubber a little bit longer and enables me to command a little bit better.”

This will be the first outing against Tampa for Buchholz. The right-hander has faced the Rays 20 times in his 10-year career, totaling an 8-7 record with a 2.63 ERA. He last faced the division rival May 4 of last season, when he gave up five runs on nine hits through 6 1/3 innings in a 5-1 Boston loss.

Archer enters Tuesday’s contest with a 7-16 record, a 4.18 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The 27-year-old leads the American League in strikeouts (186), but he has struggled to translate that to wins. He is 3-5 in his last eight starts, his last appearance being one of his best. Archer threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings, letting up four hits and fanning nine in a 2-0 win over the Padres on Wednesday.

“I felt good today. It was also nice to have the guys back there making great plays,” Archer said. “Any time I can give [Xavier Cedeno] a night off … or Erasmo [Ramirez] and some of those other guys, it’s a good day.”

Archer has recorded 14 starts vs. the Red Sox in his five-year career. He last faced Boston in a 6-5 Red Sox win on July 8, when he let up five runs on seven hits in six innings.

Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP)

David Ortiz (34 plate appearances): .382 AVG/.447 OBP/.765 SLG, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 16 RBIs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (29): .241/.361/.241, 2 RBIs, 6 walks, 6 strikeouts

Brock Holt (23): .217/.217/.261, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (19): .368/.400/.421, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (18): .222/.440/.611, 1 double, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 7 walks, 2 strikeouts

Jackie Bradley Jr. (18): .222/.286/.333, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (9): .444/.583/.444, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

Travis Shaw (7): .429/.556/1.000, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

Rays vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Evan Longoria (46 plate appearances): .217 AVG/.294 OBP/.326 SLG, 5 doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 16 strikeouts

Desmond Jennings (20): .200/.238/.250, 1 double, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Logan Morrison (12): 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 2 strikeouts

Kevin Kiermaier (10): .100/.100/.100, 4 strikeouts

Hank Conger (8): .375/.444/.500, 1 double, 1 walk

Logan Forsythe (7): .429/.500/.571, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Brad Miller (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Steven Souza Jr. is 1-for-5 with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

Andrew Benintendi got a chance to celebrate like a major leaguer Monday night. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- This seems familiar for David Ortiz.



David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It was an exercise virtually every kid executes in their living room. All you need is a ball and a piece of furniture. Good thing for Andrew Benintendi, he was no exception.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It was an exercise virtually every kid executes in their living room. All you need is a ball and a piece of furniture. Good thing for Andrew Benintendi, he was no exception.

“I remember when I was a kid I would throw a tennis ball up over my couch and jump over it and catch it to practice,” the Red Sox rookie recalled.

It finally paid off.

Benintendi made the catch of the season Monday night at Tropicana Field, robbing Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza Jr. of a two-run home run in the eighth inning which would have cut the Sox’ lead to a run. Instead, it sent a bolt of adrenaline through what is now the first-place Red Sox, helping propel the visitors to a 6-2 win over the Rays.

“That was the best one by far,” the 22-year-old said. “I’ve never had a chance to do that. It’s something I’ve talked about doing, but never got the chance. It was fun to do.”

Making the moment happen was the fact that Benintendi had moved over to left field from center to begin the inning. So when Souza Jr.’s ball started tailing just inside the left field foul pole, the left-handed outfielder had the advantage of not having to reach across his body.

Another subtle help in making the play? A well-placed piece of furniture that prevented Benintendi from falling over the wall.

“There was a table and if that wasn’t there I don’t know what would have happened,” he said.

Benintendi also didn’t just go into the area around the 315-foot marker without some sort of familiarity, having done a bit of prep work prior to the game.

“That was something I was aware of in batting practice, working out there. I saw the wall out of the corner of my eye and timed up my jump well,” he said. The outfielder then added, “I took some fly balls out there in batting practice. The biggest thing was seeing the ball with the roof here, the lights were in a weird spot. I was more worried about that than the wall.”

It all led the chief topic of conversation in the dugout during the game, and then the clubhouse immediately after.

“Spending seven years here, I didn’t see that catch too many times,” said the Red Sox winning pitcher David Price. “That doesn’t happen a whole lot. That was huge.”

“Hey, listen. There’s a reason why he’s running in and getting in the position,” said David Ortiz. “When you do that as a young player, that means you’re special.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford