A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-45): L, 3-0, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-45): L, 3-0, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— Joe Kelly suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs on four hits and four walks. The righty struck out seven and is now 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA after two starts in Pawtucket.

— The Pawtucket offense combined for just five hits. Left fielder Carlos Peguero notched the only extra-base hit, doubling to left in the bottom of the second. He finished the day 1-for-4 and is now hitting .259. Jemile Weeks, Quintin Berry, Rusney Castillo and Travis Shaw all recorded singles.

— Daniel Nava, on a rehab assignment, went 0-for-2 with a walk, while Allen Craig went 0-for-4.

— With Friday’€™s loss, the PawSox dropped a season-high six consecutive games.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (29-52): L, 11-4, vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays)

— Starter Heri Quevedo lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up six earned runs on five hits and allowed five walks with one strikeout. The 25-year-old righty fell to 0-5 in six starts with Portland and now has an 8.86 ERA.

— Right-hander Simon Mercedes relieved Quevedo and pitched four innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout.

— Shortstop Marco Hernandez and third baseman Carlos Asuaje posted two-hit games for the Sea Dogs. Hernandez went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Asuaje went 2-for-4. Hernandez has hit safely in his last four games and has recorded two hits in his last three. He is hitting .313 on the year.

— Left fielder Keury De La Cruz drove in a pair of runs for Portland and finished the day 1-for-3 with a double. The lefty is hitting .216 with 30 RBIs through 68 games this season.

Teddy Stankiewicz

Teddy Stankiewicz

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (41-38): L, 5-1, and W, 3-0, at Myrtle Beach (Indians)

— Teddy Stankiewicz went the distance in Game 2 to earn the victory, allowing just three hits over seven shutout innings. The right-hander matched a career-high in strikeouts with nine and walked none. Stankiewicz is now 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA in 15 starts with Salem this year.

— Salem scored all three runs in the top of the sixth, as first baseman Mario Martinez drove in two on a single to right. Second baseman Tzu-Wei Lin tacked on the third with a bases loaded single to left, bringing Martinez to the plate. Lin finished the day 3-for-4, raising his average to .290 on the season.

— Game 1 was a continuation of Thursday’€™s suspended game. Salem held a 1-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings before the contest was halted in the bottom of the fifth due to rain. Myrtle Beach scored all five runs in the bottom of the eighth off of right-hander Taylor Grover. Grover took the loss, falling to 2-2.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (43-36): W, 4-3, at Hickory (Rangers)

— Jalen Beeks improved to 7-4 on the season, earning the win in a six-inning effort. The left-hander allowed three earned runs on seven hits and walked none and struck out two. Beeks has a 4.27 ERA through 15 starts this year.

— Right-hander Jamie Callahan notched his first save of the year, tossing three scoreless innings of relief. He allowed two hits and struck out two. Callahan has a 1-5 record with a 6.04 ERA in 16 games, including six starts.

— Left fielder Bryan Hudson went 1-for-3 with two RBIs to lift the Greenville offense. Second baseman Yoan Moncada went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.

SHORT SEASON LOWELL SPINNERS (11-4): W, 2-1, at Connecticut (Tigers)

— Lowell scored both runs in the top of the ninth inning. Second baseman Chad De La Guerra kicked off the rally with a single to center. He scored on a single to center off the bat of Josh Ockimey after 2015 first-round pick Andrew Benintendi, who made his pro debut Friday, moved De La Guerra to second on another single to center. Benintendi scored the second run on a single to right by Mitchell Gunsolus. Benintendi, who played center field and batted third, finished the day 2-for-4.

— Jose Almonte started for the Spinners, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. The 19-year-old right-hander gave up one just one hit and walked three and struck out four.

— Right-hander Enfember Martinez came on in the sixth and earned the win. He finished out the game, going 3 1/3 innings and giving up one earned run on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Martinez is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four appearances with Lowell this season.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy

After allowing four runs (two earned) in the 10th inning of Friday’s 12-8 loss to the Astros, Noe Ramirez, who was making his major league debut at the time, was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket and Steven Wright was recalled.

Steven Wright

Steven Wright

After allowing four runs (two earned) in the 10th inning of Friday’s 12-8 loss to the Astros, Noe Ramirez, who was making his major league debut at the time, was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket and Steven Wright was recalled.

“High number of innings out of the bullpen — we need a fresh arm and someone capable of going multiple innings,” manager John Farrell said before Saturday’s game.

Wright started for the PawSox on Wednesday, going five innings and threw 95 pitches so he wasn’t available to pitch Friday, which was the reason he wasn’t called up yesterday. Despite being on two days rest, the knuckleballer is available Saturday.

“He’s available for a couple of innings today,” Farrell said.

With the Red Sox this season, splitting duties between long reliever and a starter, Wright is 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA.

Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday against the Yankees and while he’s progressing, the team is weighing the risk-reward of playing him for three games, or giving him an extra three days off leading into the All-Star break.

“Hit again yesterday in the cage,” Farrell said. “Yesterday was a good day for him where the intensity to his running started to increase more. We will get a clearer view on this as we get through the Miami series. What we’re going to come down to is what is the risk-reward for activating him in the final series later this week on the homestand, or do we take advantage of those four days. We’re not clear — the next few days will give us more clarity on that.”

— With the two off days next week and issues some starters have had of late, Farrell had no update on the rotation as who would start when or who may be skipped. He said he would have that information Sunday.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

For the first time since May 23, Shane Victorino will start a game for the Red Sox.

The right fielder (left calf) was activated from the disabled list prior to Friday’s game, but will make his return Saturday against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh.

For the first time since May 23, Shane Victorino will start a game for the Red Sox.

The right fielder (left calf) was activated from the disabled list prior to Friday’s game, but will make his return Saturday against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh.

Other than Victorino, it’s a standard Red Sox lineup with Sandy Leon catching Clay Buchholz.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Brock Holt, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Pablo Sanodval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Shane Victorino, RF
Sandy Leon, C
Clay Buchholz, RHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After dropping the first game of a three-game set to the Astros, the Red Sox will send right-hander Clay Buchholz to the mound to face Collin McHugh Saturday afternoon.

Buchholz enters Saturday’s game with a record of 6-6 and sporting a 3.48 ERA. He has struck out 96 in 16 starts on the season, and has a WHIP of 1.24.

In his last start, Buchholz dominated the high-octane Blue Jays offense to the tune of eight innings and one run. He scattered five hits in a 3-1 Red Sox victory.

“He’s been on a really strong run through the entire month, and tonight tops off the month that he’s had,’€ said manager John Farrell of his starter’s effort. ‘€œEight very strong innings for us. On a night we needed a starter to go deep, he provided it. But he was outstanding. He threw four pitches for strikes. He threw some quality two-seamers in to their big right-handers to keep them honest. It was a constant mix, staying out of the middle of the plate. He was outstanding tonight.”

Buchholz has been far and away the best starter in the Red Sox rotation this season, and has in many ways been better than his ERA indicates. In his past nine starts, the 30-year-old has accrued a 2.13 ERA and opposing hitters have hit just .235 against him. He has earned a 1.03 WHIP during that span, dating back to May 15.

Collin McHugh

Collin McHugh

McHugh has earned a 9-3 record to go along with a 4.51 ERA in 16 starts so far this season. He has a 1.27 WHIP and 4.01 FIP.

McHugh’s last start was a great one, as he delivered a win against the Yankees on Sunday. The right-hander pitched eight innings of one-run ball and the Astros took a 3-1 decision. He allowed only two hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight.

“I’m not sure I can accurately describe that,” Hinch said of his performance. “He was fantastic, as dominant as we could.”

The win was McHugh’s third in a row, during which he has compiled a 2.45 ERA and allowed opponents only a .190 average against him. He has hurled 22 innings and struck out as many hitters during the streak.

In his only career start against the Red Sox on August 17, 2014, McHugh got the win. He pitched six innings and allowed just one run while striking out six and the Astros won 8-1.

Red Sox vs. McHugh (RHP)

Ryan Hanigan (4 plate appearances): .000 AVG/.333 OBP/.000 SLG, 1 walk, 1 RBI

Xander Bogaerts (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Jackie Bradley Jr. (3): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 walk

Brock Holt (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

David Ortiz is 0-for-2 with a walk against McHugh.

Alejandro De Aza is 1-for-2 against McHugh.

No other Red Sox have faced McHugh.

Astros vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Colby Rasmus (26 plate appearances): .143 AVG/.280 OBP/.143 SLG, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts

Jose Altuve (12): .083/.083/.083, 3 strikeouts

Chris Carter (9): .333/.333/.444, 1 double, 3 strikeouts

Jason Castro (9): .375/.444/.375, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Marwin Gonzalez (9): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 3 strikeouts

Luis Valbuena (8): .125/.125/.500, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Hank Conger (6): .400/.500/.600, 1 double, 1 walk

Jon Singleton (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

No other Astros have faced Buchholz.

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin

The Red Sox started beating themselves before they even threw a pitch on Friday night, and the mental errors continued right through the end of a demoralizing 12-8 loss to the Astros in 10 innings.



It was the singular play that symbolized a horrendous night of baseball for the Red Sox.

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

It was the singular play that symbolized a horrendous night of baseball for the Red Sox.

Mookie Betts has shown more often than not, in his first full season with the team, that he is not just a highly-skilled player with multiple tools, but a smart one as well. Friday night, he did not show those qualities in a brutal 12-8 loss in 10 innings to Houston at Fenway Park.

Down a run with one out in the bottom of the eighth and the Red Sox threatening against Astros reliever Pat Neshek, Betts thought he had a good enough lead from second base to take off for third on his own.

Astros catcher Jason Castro fired a bullet to Luis Valbuena that caused Valbuena to lose balance over the bag. But not before the Houston third baseman caught the ball and snapped his glove down to easily nab Betts for the second out. Xander Bogaerts walked and David Ortiz put a perfect swing on a tailing outside fastball from Neshek to drive it off the Monster for a game-tying double. But it should have been the go-ahead and eventual game-winning double.

With Xander Bogaerts at the plate, why in the world was Betts stealing?

“I had a sign, it was a tough at-bat for a righty, I was trying to force something and I shouldn’t have,” Betts admitted. “I was trying to put points together pretty much and didn’t have the right points. In hindsight you can always make the right decision. If I’m safe it’s a great play, since I’m out it’s terrible, so you just have to live and learn from it.

‘€œObviously, I know I messed up. The game continues. You’ve got to cheer on Bogey, have to forget it.”

“Overaggressive,” Red Sox manager John Farrell lamented. “Ill-advised. Overaggressive. We sacrifice him to get into scoring position because Neshek is under is under 1.15 seconds in his unloading times [to the plate]. Overaggressive decision on his part to attempt to steal.”

Indeed, Betts opened the inning by getting on base on an error from shortstop Carlos Correa. Brock Holt put down a perfect bunt to move Betts into scoring position with one out with the heart of the order coming up.

But that wasn’t the only visit to bizarro land for the Red Sox. Alejandro De Aza took off for third and was called for the “fourth” out of the inning when Houston first baseman Chris Carter forgot that Ryan Hanigan was the third out of the seventh inning on a ground out. Third base umpire Laz Diaz even made the “fourth out” call.

“He’s going first to third on a continued play,” Farrell said. “The fact is the third out is made at first base, he’s got the play behind him so if anybody lost the outs, the throw was made to third base.”

Then there was Hanley Ramirez hesitating on a pair of run-scoring doubles off the Monster before forgetting to take first base on Ball Four in the the seventh. Did Ramirez forget the count?

“Apparently, he may have,” Farrell said. “It’s Ball Four and he did not take the base until [home plate umpire Cory Blaser] told him it was Ball Four.”

Farrell has watched his team finally gain the scoring touch. They scored eight runs in the first inning Thursday night. They scored eight runs Friday. They have finally showed signs of putting big innings together and fighting back in the late innings. They were down 5-2, 7-5 and 8-7, only to battle back each time to tie the game.

“Our offense did a great job tonight,” Farrell said. “Three times we battled back when being down. A number of good swings. David obviously with a big one in the eighth inning to tie it. We continue to battle back. Our offense is swinging the bat well. We’re scoring a good number of runs. But the larger concern is getting deep into the games by the guys that are starting out the ballgame.”

Justin Masterson was good in the first three scoreless innings Friday. He couldn’t get out of the fourth, allowing five runs and seven hits.

“First three innings he was solid,” Farrell said. “And then in a matter of thirteen pitches there’s three runs on the boards and seven hits in the fourth inning. They went early in the count. When he did try to alternate, get a first-pitch slider in there, it was a ball. He had to fight back in the count. They were aggressive and took him the other way. I thought he came out [strong] early and had good life to his stuff. But to close out the fourth inning, it couldn’t happen.”

But after using Koji Uehara for just 11 pitches in the ninth inning Friday, Farrell decided it was time for Noe Ramirez to make his major league debut, with Junichi Tazawa unavailable. Farrell, who used five relievers, did not even think of using Uehara for the 10th.

“No,” Farrell said. “With knowing this probably has a chance to get into an extended situation. Ramirez and Koji were the last two guys in the bullpen. In a tie game, not going to pitch him two innings.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia