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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (10-8): L, 5-3, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies)

Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello

Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello will look to remain perfect when he takes the mound Monday night against the Braves in Atlanta, where he will face off against righty Julio Teheran.

It’s been smooth sailing thus far for Porcello, starting the year 3-0 with a 4.66 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. In his last start Wednesday against the Rays, he went seven innings (his longest outing of the season), allowing three earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out nine in the Red Sox’ 7-3 win.

“He’s been very consistent with one, staying out of the middle of the plate,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Porcello. “I think his changeup continues to refine itself. He’s getting some swing and miss. He’s putting away a couple of right-handers tonight with a right-on-right changeup. We stake him to a five-run lead and knowing we needed a deep start he gave us everything we could have asked for, but more importantly, staying in command of the count and using his secondary pitches effectively — curveballs early in the count at times — but the fastball-chanegup combination very good for him.”

In two career starts against the Braves, Porcello is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.105 WHIP. He has 10 strikeouts and three walks over 12 2/3 innings.

Teheran, 25, is off to a rocky start in 2016. In four starts he is 0-2 with a 5.64 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. In his last start Wednesday against the Dodgers, however, he was fairly solid. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts. He left with the lead, but the bullpen could not hold it in Atlanta’s 5-3 loss in 10 innings.

“I felt like Julio had given us all he had,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after the loss about Teheran, who pitched through an illness.

Teheran has started one game against the Red Sox. It came June 16 of last season , when he was hit hard for six earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one in his team’s 9-4 loss.

Julio Teheran

Julio Teheran

Red Sox vs. Teheran (RHP)

Josh Rutledge is 2-for-5 and was hit by a pitch once.

Mookie Betts is 3-for-4 with one double, one triple and one RBI, while Brock Holt is 3-for-4 with one double, one home run and one RBI.

Hanley Ramirez is hitless in four at-bats.

Xander Bogaerts is 2-for-3 with an RBI.

David Ortiz is 0-for-2 with one walk, while Chris Young is 0-for-2 with one strikeout.

Braves vs. Porcello (RHP)

Erick Aybar (33 plate appearances): .185 AVG/.333 OBP/.222 SLG, 1 double, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts

Nick Markakis (31): .407/.452/.556, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout

A.J. Pierzynski (29): .214/.241/.321, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Jeff Francoeur (24): .391/.375/.739, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 2 strikeouts

Tyler Flowers (22): .150/.227/.200, 1 double, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

Kelly Johnson (12): .300/.417/.300, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Drew Stubbs (10): .300/.300/.600, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Freddie Freeman (6): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Jace Peterson is 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

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Travis Upham

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

Marco Hernandez

Marco Hernandez

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (10-8): L, 5-3, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies)

— Second baseman Marco Hernandez (Boston’s No. 13 prospect at MLB.com) went 3-for-4 with a game-tying RBI double, extending his modest hitting-streak to five games and reaching safely for the 10th time in 10 games played. In the seventh inning on Sunday, the 23-year-old Hernandez turned on a 2-2 pitch against a lefty reliever and sent it into the right-field corner to plate third baseman Mike Miller, knotting the game at 3-3.

Acquired by Boston from Chicago in the Felix Doubront trade, the 6-foot Hernandez is slashing .324/.375/.459 to start to the season with a triple and three doubles; he also made his major-league debut on April 17, going 1-for-2 with a walk, a run, and a stolen base. In 2015, split between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket, Hernandez slashed .305/.330/.454 over 114 games with nine homers, six triples, and 30 doubles; he was a mid-season Eastern League All-Star.

— With the PawSox trailing 3-0 entering the seventh, center fielder Rusney Castillo singled and would later score on an RBI double from catcher Sandy Leon. Shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston’s No. 9 prospect at MLB.com) singled to cut the deficit to 3-2, setting up the Hernandez double to tie the contest 3-3. After a walk to DH Blake Swihart to load the bases, first baseman Sam Travis (Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) grounded out to third to end the threat.

Leon also finished 3-for-4, while Swihart and Travis were a collective 0-for-7 on the day; Marrero was 1-for-5 and Castillo 1-for-4 with a run scored.

— RHP Sean O’Sullivan took the loss (2-2, 3.12 ERA) with a final line of: 7 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO (99 pitches, 68 strikes); the 10 strikeouts were a career best for O’Sullivan in International League play. O’Sullivan, 28, retired 10 straight batters after a single in the first until a leadoff double in the fifth that would lead to a run. Two more scored against O’Sullivan in the sixth after a three-hit span, and he was finally removed after allowing a leadoff walk in the eighth; reliever Wesley Wright could not prevent the inherited runner from scoring as an ensuing triple and double plated the game’s winning runs.

O’Sullivan has seen major league action for the Angels, Royals, Padres, and Phillies over the last seven seasons, starting in 52 of his 66 major league games where he earned a record of 11-23 with a 5.95 ERA. Through four starts with Pawtucket this season, O’Sullivan has struck out 27 batters to just four walks in 26 innings pitched.

Justin Haley

Justin Haley

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (6-12): L, 2-0, at Hartford (Rockies)

— The Portland offense continued to struggle as it managed just four hits on Sunday and was shut out for the third time in a four game span. Portland has not homered since a shot by Wendell Rijo (Boston’s No. 18 prospect at MLB.com) on April 10th, a 14-game drought.

“Just going through a little slump,” Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles told the Portland Press Herald. “That’s part of the game. Sometimes you pitch and can’t hit. Just have to put everything together.”

— RHP Justin Haley suffered from the lack of run support, taking the loss (0-2, 3.44 ERA) despite a solid final line of: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO (90 pitches, 61 strikes). The 24-year-old Haley allowed a run in the first on back-to-back hits but then retired 11 straight before a leadoff walk in the fifth. A leadoff home run in the seventh was the only other damage against Haley as he finished with seven ground-ball outs to just three in the air; the seven innings of work tied a career high.

“Just attacking the zone and throwing strikes,” Haley said. “We mixed a lot (fastballs, sliders and change-ups).”

“The thing that was big for him was he threw a lot of strikes,” Sea Dogs’ pitching coach Kevin Walker said. “He was moving his fastball around well. And he committed to using his off-speed and had some success.”

Selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of Fresno State, the 6-foot-5 Haley spent the entire 2015 season with Portland where he went 5-16 with a 5.15 ERA in 27 starts, with seven quality starts.

— Lefty reliever Luis Ysla (Boston’s No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two for his fourth straight scoreless appearance. The 23-year-old Ysla touched 94 mph on his fastball, while getting punch-outs on breaking pitches. Acquired by Boston last year from San Francisco in the Alejandro De Aza trade, Ysla has allowed three earned runs over seven innings this season with seven strikeouts and  four walks.

— Left fielder Bryce Brentz (Boston’s No. 30 prospect at MLB.com) drew a walk as he played in his third game since returning from injury suffered during Spring Training; he was previously on Triple-A Pawtucket’s DL before getting the Portland assignment. The 27-year-old Brentz reached safely in all three games played but is just 2-for-10 with the walk and four strikeouts.

Travis Lakins

Travis Lakins

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (11-7): W, 3-2, vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox)

— Yoan Moncada (Boston’s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) and center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) both singled in the first inning to promptly extend their hitting streaks to 14 games as Salem plated three runs in the first and hung on for the win.

Moncada, 20, was just 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, but his first inning single led to the game’s first run as he advanced to second on a pickoff attempt (throwing error) and came home on an RBI single from shortstop Deiner Lopez. Moncada has reached safely in all 16 games he’s played this year and is slashing .350/.474/.483 with two triples, four doubles, 15 runs, eight RBIs, 14 walks and 13 stolen bases; his on-base percentage (.474) is tied for the Carolina League lead.

— Benintendi, 21, singled to center in the first and would later score on a wild pitch. He finished the game 1-for-4 with three fly outs to put his slash line at .333/.390/.623 through 17 games with six triples, eight doubles, 15 runs and 11 RBIs. Benintendi’s slugging percentage (.623) is the second-highest mark in the Carolina League.

— RHP Travis Lakins (Boston’s No. 11 prospect at MLB.com) earned the victory (2-1, 2.33 ERA) with a final line of: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO (87 pitches, 59 strikes). Lakins’s lone blemish came in the first as he walked the game’s leadoff man and he came in to score on a fielding error by right fielder Mike Meyers. The 21-year-old Lakins would then allow leadoff batters to reach in the second (single) and third (walk) but stranded both runners. Lakins gave up singles in the fifth and sixth before being removed.

Selected by Boston in the sixth round of last year’s draft out of Ohio State University, the 6-foot-1 Lakins has allowed five earned runs this year in 19 1/3 innings, striking out 23 while walking eight; over his last three starts Lakins has allowed just two earned runs in 15 2/3 innings.

Joseph Monge

Joseph Monge

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (10-8): W, 5-1, vs. Columbia (Mets)

— Left fielder Joseph Monge and right fielder Tate Matheny had three-hit games, while first baseman Josh Ockimey went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs to lead the way for Greenville.

Monge, 20, went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. On Sunday he singled and scored in the first, reached via error in the second, singled in the fourth and finally singled home an insurance run in the seventh. Selected by Boston in the 17th round of the 2013 draft out of Puerto Rico, the 6-foot Monge is off to a 19-for-60 (.317) start to 2016 with a homer, five doubles, and four stolen bases.

Matheny, 22, went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. He put one through the left side with a runner aboard in the first, brought home a run in the second by looping a 2-2 offspeed pitch to center, and singled again on a hard-hit ball to the third baseman. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of last year’s draft, the 6-foot Matheny got a late start to the season but through his first six games is batting 10-for-26 (.385) with a double, eight runs, six RBIs and seven walks.

Ockimey (Boston’s No. 16 prospect at MLB.com), 20, went 2-for-5 with an opposite-field RBI single in the first and an RBI triple pulled into the right field corner in the sixth. The 6-foot-1 lefty bat now has a six game hit streak and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Selected by Boston in the fifth round of the 2014 draft out of high school in Pennsylvania, Ockimey is slashing .323/.447/.645 over 16 games with five homers (tied for the South Atlantic League lead), the triple, three doubles, 11 runs and 10 RBIs.

— LHP Logan Boyd started and earned the win (3-1, 3.32 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO (74 pitches, 48 strikes). After a perfect first, Boyd stranded two runners in the second and after allowing a run in the third struck out two to go with a caught-stealing from catcher Austin Rei (Boston’s No. 25 prospect at MLB.com) to end the inning.

Selected by Boston in the 19th round of last year’s draft out of Sam Houston State University, the 6-foot-2 Boyd has allowed seven earned runs over 19 innings this year with 16 strikeouts and just two walks. Last year in 13 appearances with Short-Season Lowell, Boyd was 4-0 with a 2.85 ERA, striking out 37 in 41 innings.

— Relievers Jake Cosart and Bobby Poyner combined for four innings of shutout relief, each allowing just a single.

Cosart, a 22-year-old righty, struck out two and has now made three straight scoreless appearances, with 12 whiffs in 9 1/3 innings so far this year.

Poyner, a 23-year-old lefty, struck out the side in the eighth and another batter in the ninth; he has yet to allow a run this year in 11 innings, striking out 17 without walking a batter.

— According to the Greenville News, the Drive’s home facility Fluor Field will be getting further renovations after the 2016 season. Prior to this year, the stadium opened with improvements including a new video board and sound system.

“Coming in 2017, under construction once this season is over, are some pretty dramatic changes,” Greenville Mayor Knox White said.

The Red Sox are currently committed to their player development contract with Greenville through 2020.

“We invested over $20 million in building Fluor Field 10 years ago,” Drive owner Craig Brown said. “There’s nothing that’s happened in the 10 years that’s changed that one iota. In fact, it’s just confirmed what a wonderful community this is. This is where we live. This is where we want to be.”

Blog Author: 
Ken Laird
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the sox centerfielder, who drove in the winning run in the 12th inning against the Astros.

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Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the sox centerfielder, who drove in the winning run in the 12th inning against the Astros.

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What could have been a disastrous loss, became one of the Red Sox’ most satisfying victories.

Henry Owens only lasted 3 1/3 innings in his first start of the season. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Henry Owens only lasted 3 1/3 innings in his first start of the season. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

What could have been a disastrous loss, became one of the Red Sox’ most satisfying victories.

The Red Sox scored twice in the 12th inning, thanks to a Jackie Bradley Jr. bases-loaded single and run-scoring wild pitch, giving John Farrell’s team a 7-5 win over the Astros. This after allowing Houston to tie things up with two outs in the ninth inning on a two-run homer from Colby Rasmus off closer Craig Kimbrel.

With Heath Hembree stepping in and mowing down the Astros for the final three innings (throwing 49 pitches), the Sox rebounded in impressive fashion against Houston reliever Ken Giles in the 12th.

Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw led off the frame with a pair of singles, with both runners moved up on a Brock Holt bunt. After Ryan Hanigan’s 13-pitch walk loaded the bases, Bradley Jr. rifled the game-winner into right. The Sox center fielder is now 5-for-6 with 11 RBI with the bases full over the past two seasons. Hanigan would add an insurance run by racing on home on Giles’ wild pitch.

Just about an hour before the 12th, it looked like Rasmus had punctured the Sox for a second straight game. With two outs in the ninth inning, his team down by two runs and a runner on third, the Houston outfielder jumped all over a Kimbrel fastball for a game-tying, two-run blast.

The Kimbrel pitch was almost in the exact same spot as the fastball Rasmus hit for a grand slam the day before against Red Sox Clay Buchholz.

It was the first blown save as a Red Sox for Kimbrel, and ruined what had been a stellar outing by the Sox bullpen, who had to pick up the slack for another short outing from their starter.

The Red Sox’ bullpen, which has thrown more innings than any other group of American League relievers, was forced to carry the load once again, Sunday night against the Astros. This time the bullpen had to spring into action with one out in the fourth inning, thanks to just a 3 2/3-inning outing from starter Henry Owens.

But, once again, they managed. The group of Matt Barnes, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara (who was pitching for the first time since Marathon Monday) did their job until Kimbrel’s issues.

Barnes went two innings, giving up a hit and a walk. Tazawa struck out two in cruising through the seventh. And Uehara needed 14 pitches to strike out two of his three batters. Hembree then closed things out, stretching his string of scoreless innings to 7 2/3 to start his season.

With the promotion of Pat Light before the game, the Red Sox have now featured 11 relievers already this season.

Closing Time note

Carlos Gomez was not a big fan of striking out on a Henry Owens changeup.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Even before the 12th, Hanigan chipped in offensively, claiming his first RBI of the season on a third inning double. It was the first of two hits for the catcher. All of this and catching 12 innings.

– Hanigan’s RBI, and the Sox’ two-run third, was made possible because of Brock Holt’s hustle. The outfielder beat out a two-out grounder after working a 10-pitch at-bat. That was followed by the hit from Hanigan, who then capped the frame’s scoring by coming in on Bradley Jr.’s double.

– The Red Sox scored in the first inning for the fifth straight game, this time coming away with three runs out of the gate (giving them the second-most first-inning runs in the majors). During the three-run first, Houston manager A.J. Hinch executed the unorthodox move of intentionally walking David Ortiz in the designated hitter’s first at-bat, loading the bases. That would be followed with a Hanley Ramirez run-scoring grounder (and error from Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, who missed the bag while trying to turn a double play), a bases-loaded walk to Travis Shaw, and Holt’s sacrifice fly.

– Dustin Pedroia, who has the highest batting average against Houston of any big league player (minimum 100 at-bats), came away with his fourth straight multiple hit game. Pedroia claimed three hits, raising his average to .321.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– The Red Sox didn’t get the kind of start they were hoping for from Owens, who was making his season debut after totaling a 1.00 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Pawtucket. Owens only got 10 outs, giving up three runs on five hits while walking four. The lefty threw 85 pitches before giving way to reliever Matt Barnes.

– Ramirez was gunned down by about 20 feet trying to tag up on Brock Holt’s seventh-inning fly ball to left field. Perhaps the aggression on the basepaths had carried over from Ramirez stealing second after leading off the seventh with a single.

– Travis Shaw made his third error of the season, botching a ground ball in the 12th.

– After not hitting a home run, the Red Sox have just five homers since April 13. During that stretch, four big leaguers (Bryce Harper, Wellington Castillo, Anthony Rizzo, Neil Walker) individually have more than the Sox.

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Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The Red Sox have summoned reliever Pat Light to the big leagues from Triple-A Pawtucket, a source confirms to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.

Pat Light

Pat Light

The Red Sox have summoned reliever Pat Light to the big leagues from Triple-A Pawtucket, a source confirms to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.

Light, a supplemental first-round pick in 2012, will be making his big league debut. The 25-year-old has allowed three hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings with the PawSox. Though he throws as high as 100 mph, he has been plagued by control problems since converting to a reliever last season.

He has walked more than six batters per nine innings in relief, compared to 3.1 per nine as a starter.

The Red Sox have not announced the move, nor a corresponding one to activate left-hander Henry Owens to start on Sunday against the Astros.

News of Light’s call-up was first reported by the Boston Globe.

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WEEI
Our ol' friend Torey Lovullo joins Giardi and Bradford from Houston to discuss the week that was for the Red Sox. He talks about the issues that have been plaguing the starting staff, some of the decisions that people have been questioning John Farrell on and more.

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