Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-38): L, 9-3, vs. Scranton (Yankees)
— Brock Holt continued to show signs of improvement on his rehab assignment, going 3-for-4 with a run and a walk. Sunday’s game was his sixth start for Pawtucket and the second time he’s played nine innings in left field in a span of 24 hours. His performance came after going 2-for-3 on Saturday.
“Today was a good day, probably the best so far,” Holt told MiLB.com. “It was good to get out there on a short break after last night’s game and still feel pretty good.”
Holt is slashing .421/.522/.526 in six games with Pawtucket.
— Henry Owens got the start for Pawtucket, lasting just four innings while allowing five runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked five en route to collecting his fourth loss this season. Since being optioned to Pawtucket from Boston on May 6, Owens is 4-3 with a 4.61 ERA. The 23-year-old southpaw has tallied more walks than strikeouts in two of his last three outings.
— Ryan Hanigan, who is also on rehab assignment working his way back from a neck strain, went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI. He scored on a wild pitch in the second inning and tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. In his four rehab starts, Hanigan, 35, is slashing .250/.375/.333 with two runs and two RBIs.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (27-47): W, 9-8, vs. Reading (Phillies)
— The Sea Dogs snapped a four-game losing streak thanks to Nate Freiman’s three-run blast in the eighth inning. His fifth home run of the season proved to be the go-ahead hit of the game. Freiman, 29, also hit a double to collect his third multi-hit performance in his last five games.
Freiman was signed by the Red Sox to a minor league contract on May 9. The Wellesley, Massachusetts native has major league experience, most recently with the A’s.
— Top prospect Andrew Benintendi kept his hot streak intact, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com hit a two-run double in the first inning and got on base for Freiman’s homer in the eighth. The 21-year-old is batting .350 in his last 10 games and is hitting .304 in 69 total games between Salem and Portland.
— Boston’s No.1 prospect Yoan Moncada also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
— With Portland playing from behind, Nik Turley and Austin Maddox combined to pitch five frames of scoreless ball out of the bullpen. Turley let up two hits and struck out eight in three innings, while Maddox allowed only one hit in the final two innings.
“They were huge,” Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles told the Portland Press Herald. “They came in and put zeroes on the board and gave us a chance.”
The three innings pitched tied Turley’s season high, while the eight strikeouts were the most in an outing. Batters are averaging only .192 against the 26-year-old lefty. Maddox’s was called up to Portland from Salem on June 1, and his 0.53 ERA with Portland leads the team. For the whole season, the 25-year-old right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 20 appearances.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (45-27): W, 6-1, vs. Frederick (Orioles)
— Trey Ball was magnificent on the mound for Salem, throwing seven scoreless innings and letting up just two hits. The left-hander and Boston’s No.18 prospect at MLB.com struck out six and walked two. Ball, 22, has now tossed three consecutive solid outing after likely his best performance of the year. He is 5-3 with a 2.29 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 11 starts.
— Salem only recorded two hits in the game. The biggest hit of the day came from Joseph Monge in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Monge, 21, hit a bases-clearing double to give Salem a dominating 6-0 lead. On the year, Monge is batting .313/.373/.433 in 59 games.
— Despite getting only two hits, Salem was able to put up six runs thanks to working nine walks in the game, including No. 9 hitter Bryan Hudson working four of them. Salem was also helped out by four Frederick errors as all six runs Salem scored were unearned.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (39-34): W, 2-1, vs. Blue Claws (Phillies)
— Roniel Raudes delivered a strong outing for the Drive, as the right-hander surrendered only one run and three hits in five innings. Boston’s No.13 prospect at MLB.com, Raudes also fanned six and walked none for the third time in six appearances. Sunday’s games was Raudes’ second consecutive start allowing one earned run, and the 18-year-old is 7-2 with a 3.86 ERA on the season. He sits third on the team in innings pitched (60.2) and strikeouts (56).
— Reliever Trevor Kelley came in to replace Raudes, tossing three scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. The 22-year-old has a 1.29 ERA in four starts.
— Luis Alexander Basabe, Boston’s No.8 prospect at MLB.com, wound up with the game-tying hit, smacking an RBI double in the fifth inning to make it a 1-1 game. It was his 11th double of the season.
Basabe, 19, is batting .220/.287/.407 this season.
SINGLE-A (SHORT SEASON) LOWELL SPINNERS (9-1): L, 11-6, vs. Tri-city (Padres)
— It was a rough outing for starting pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez, who allowed three earned runs on two hits in just 1 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked three in the shortest outing by a Lowell starting pitcher this season. It was also the first loss by the Spinners this season.
— Roldani Baldwin had a good outing offensively, going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. The 20-year-old catcher is hitting .270/.311/.433 in 37 minor league games.
— Nick Lovullo, son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Lovullo, 22, snapped a four-game hitless streak with the performance.