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

Aaron Wilkerson

Aaron Wilkerson

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (40-38): W, 6-2, at Rochester (Twins)

— In another solid outing, Aaron Wilkerson surrendered two runs on four hits over seven innings, while striking out eight and walking none. Of his 97 pitches 75 were strikes and he retired the first 10 batters he faced. The 27-year-old right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA since his return to Pawtucket from Portland on May 28. For the season, Wilkerson is 6-2 with a 2.00 ERA, and opponents are hitting just .198 against him.

— The PawSox could have won with Henry Ramos’s bat alone. The 24-year-old outfielder went 2-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs. It’s the second game that Ramos has collected four RBIs in his last three games. In the third inning, Ramos hit a two-run triple, his fifth of the season. Then in his next at bat in the fifth, Ramos brought home two more with a single to right field.

Boston’s No. 22 prospect at MLB.com, Ramos has hit safely in nine of his last ten games and is hitting .368 in that span. In 61 total games with Pawtucket and Portland this year, Ramos is slashing .296/.335/.443 with 26 runs scored and 25 RBIs.

— Jantzen Witte went 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI. He plated Pawtucket’s sixth run in the seventh inning on his second double. Witte, 26, is averaging .346 in his last seven games, and his 26 runs tie him for second-best on the team.

— Reliever Kyle Martin threw two hitless frames to end the game, walking one and fanning one in the outing. Drafted by the Red Sox in 2013, the righty is 2-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 22 appearances. Boston’s No.27 prospect at MLB.com is also 4-for-4 in save opportunities.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (27-48): L, 3-0, in five innings at Trenton (Yankees)

— The Sea Dogs fell behind early in a rain-shortened contest, as Keith Couch allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits in four innings. He walked two batters and struck out one in a game that was called after an hour and 10 minute rain delay. The 26-year-old is now 1-5 in his last six starts, allowing five or more runs in four of those starts. On the year, the 6-foot-2 right-hander is 4-6 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.

— Infielder Sean Coyle collected two of Portland’s three hits, going 2-for-2. It was his seventh multi-hit game this season. He is batting .175/.284/.290 in 55 games with Pawtucket and Portland.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (45-27): Postponed due to rain. Next game Tuesday vs. Myrtle Beach (Cubs)

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (40-34): W, 6-1, at Charleston (Yankees)

— Dedgar Jimenez held Charleston to just one run on five hits in seven strong innings. He struck out six while walking one. Jimenez, 20, is now 3-1 since returning to Greenville from Salem on June 1. He has allowed no more than one run in three of his last five starts. In 14 minor league games this year, the southpaw is 5-4 with a 5.71 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP.

— Outfielder Kyri Washington went 2-for-4 with an RBI double. His double in the ninth inning was his 13th of the year and drove in the final run of the game.

The 21-year-old has hit safely in his last five games and has eight RBIs in his last four. Washington is slashing .289/.321/.563 with 50 RBIs, which lead the team.

— Luis Alexander Basabe, Boston’s No.8 prospect at MLB.com, went 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. He hit a two-run single in the ninth to help put the game out of reach from Charleston. Basabe, 19, is slashing .220/.287/.407 with five triples and 14 stolen bases, both of which lead all Greenville batters.

Tucker Tubbs

Tucker Tubbs

SINGLE-A (SHORT-SEASON) LOWELL SPINNERS (9-2): L, 8-3, vs. Tri-city (Padres)

— Tucker Tubbs kept up his hot streak at the plate, hitting a triple in the third inning that drove home two runs. The 23-year-old is batting .563 in his last five games, and he’s tallied six RBIs in his last three. He is slashing .429/.598/.762 in seven games overall.

— Starting pitcher Daniel Gonzalez took the loss after giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits in four innings of work. He struck out four and walked two, but he allowed a two-run home run in the fourth inning to Daz Cameron, son of former Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron. He would be pulled after that homer.

Gonzalez, 20, is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in three games with Lowell after being brought down from Greenville. On the year, the right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.75 ERA and 40 strikeouts in ten appearances.

— Outfielder Matt McLean hit his second triple of the season in the first at bat of the game. He would later be brought home on a Nick Lovullo single. The 22-year-old Texas native is .231/.355/.385 in six games with Lowell.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

The struggling Red Sox will have Rick Porcello take the mound Tuesday against the Rays, who will send out 27-year-old right-hander Chris Archer.

Porcello starts with an 8-2 record, a 3.93 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He is just 1-0 in his last six starts, despite throwing at least six innings in five of those outings. Most recently, the veteran righty let up four runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in an 8-7 win Thursday over the White Sox.

In 12 career games against the Rays, Porcello is 6-4 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He last faced Tampa Bay on April 20 of this season, when he allowed three runs on six hits and struck out a season-high nine in seven innings pitched in a 7-3 Red Sox win.

Archer enters Tuesday’s contest with a 4-10 record to go with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound hurler has the most losses in the the majors and is fourth in the AL in walks (39), yet ranks third in the AL in strikeouts (108).

He’s lost three consecutive starts, with his last outing coming in a 6-1 loss to the Indians on Wednesday. The North Carolina native surrendered four runs and six hits while fanning five and walking two in six innings pitched. He let up three runs in the first inning, as he continues to falter at the beginning of games.

“We’ve got to start adjusting off that a little bit because we’re putting ourselves in a little bit of a hole,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “The way we’re playing as a team right now, it’s tough to come back from. There’s no doubt about it.”

Archer has faced the Red Sox 12 times in his four-year career. He is 1-7 vs. Boston, and his 5.67 ERA when pitching to the Red Sox is his second most against any team. His last game against Boston was the same game Porcello started, a 7-3 Red Sox win on April 20. Archer gave up six runs on eight hits and tallied six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP)

David Ortiz (29 plate appearances): .379 AVG/.438 OBP/.690 SLG, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 14 RBIs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (23): .217/.345/.217, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (16): .375/.412/.438, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts

Jackie Bradley Jr. (13): .154/.267/.231, 1 double, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (12): .250/.500/.750, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 6 walks, 1 strikeout.

Christian Vazquez (7): .143/.143/.143, 3 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (6): .333/.333/.333, 3 strikeouts

Travis Shaw is 2-for-4 with 1 double, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts.

Deven Marrero is 0-for-2 with 2 strikeouts.

Rays vs. Porcello (RHP)

Evan Longoria (30 plate appearances): .200 AVG/.250 OBP/.267 SLG, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts

Desmond Jennings (20): .300/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

Kevin Kiermaier (20): .250/.286/.300, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Steven Souza Jr. (15): .400/.400/.400, 4 strikeouts

Logan Forsythe (14): .357/.438/.500, 1 triple, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Logan Morrison (10): .400/.400/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Hank Conger (10): .200/.200/.200, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Corey Dickerson (7): .286/.286/.857, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Nick Franklin (7): .143/.143/.143, 3 strikeouts

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

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Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.

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Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.

[0:02:08] ... year overall. Not say he's hired as dead legs these day off. John Farrell said after the game yesterday our shortstop needs a day off. And what do they do they call a shortstop like Miller ...
[0:03:42] ... else for their fifth guy. The way the Blue Jays that we Jason Grilli. In their bullpen took a shot a guy has not been good to me that they sat around and waited. It's a ...
[0:06:22] ... the eight inning you do that might fall apart. Left field with Chris Young being the go to guy all these things have been evident for a month a month it's been a slow motion. Car ...
[0:09:47] ... not gonna fire himself. But those two guys that particular. John Ferrell Carl Willis. They are in that. Might wanna keep checking Twitter stage of their careers where you might wanna keep an eye on that ...






John Farrell

John Farrell

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, he was out of options.

With the bullpen having to pitch 18 of the Red Sox’ hurlers 33 innings on the current road trip, with Monday night’s starter Eduardo Rodriguez going just 2 2/3 innings in the what turned into a 12-7 loss to the Rays, the relieving situation got a bit uncomfortable for the Sox’ manager.

Farrell was forced to bring in each of his high-leverage relievers — Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel — for an inning each. Tazawa ended up throwing 17 pitches, while Uehara and Kimbrel each finished tossing 26.

Prior to the trio, Robbie Ross Jr. went 1 1/3 innings, while Tommy Layne also pitched an inning.

“We had five innings, max, out of the bullpen tonight,” Farrell explained. “That’s a game typically when we’re not going to see those guys come to the mound. On a night when [Matt] Barnes was still a little sore, Heath Hembree, there was no way he was able to get to the mound, guys who have been giving us multiple innings, that’s why Eddie [Rodriguez] was still on the mound when he was, trying to get as many innings as possible, even in a situation where we’re down. Unfortunately, we had to turn to everyone to get through the eighth inning.

Farrell added, “Koji and obviously Craig had not pitched since Friday. Three days down, or hadn’t pitched in three days, it was a chance to get him to the mound. Yeah, you don’t like to see him throw 20-plus pitches.”

While Tazawa didn’t allow a run, Uehara surrendered a two-run blast off the bat of Nick Franklin. Kimbrel also gave up a run on three hits.

After the game the Red Sox optioned Rodriguez, who allowed nine runs on 11 hits, to Triple-A Pawtucket, most likely opening the door for the promotion of another reliever for Tuesday.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The conversation was there for everyone to see, and seemingly offered a microcosm of the Red Sox’ frustrations.

During a third-inning mound visit Monday night, Dustin Pedroia could be seen having a pointed conversation with struggling starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

After the game, the second baseman predictably downplayed the exchange.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The conversation was there for everyone to see, and seemingly offered a microcosm of the Red Sox’ frustrations.

During a third-inning mound visit Monday night, Dustin Pedroia could be seen having a pointed conversation with struggling starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

After the game, the second baseman predictably downplayed the exchange.

“What did I say to Eddie? Do you honestly think I’m going to tell you that? I was talking to him about baseball,” Pedroia said after the 13-7 loss to the Rays. “I talk to all my teammates, every day. That’s about it.”

Pedroia was also asked about the team meeting conducted by manager John Farrell after the game. The message, according to Farrell, that the Sox needed to be better. When asked if he agreed, the second baseman said, “Yeah, absolutely. I can’t really elaborate on that. Yeah, I do think we’re better than this.”

The Red Sox are now 12-18 wince May 26, falling 4 1/2 games out of first-place in the American League East. Their starters have combined for a 13.20 ERA on the current road trip.

Rodriguez lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs on 11 hits. He was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after the game.

“It’s part of the game. I knew going into the season, you go into every season it’s not going to be an easy,” Pedroia said. “It was you wouldn’t play all the games, you just show up at the end and it would be fun. It’s a grind. That’s part of it. You have to show up every single day prepared and ready to work and that’s how you get through it. You’re going to have good days. You’re going to lose by 10 runs and you’re going to win by 10 runs. You’re going to have days like that. You play a lot of games so the main thing that we’ve always gone about here is that it shouldn’t change how you act day to day. You should pride yourself on showing up and trying to win every single day. Sometimes you’re going to get your ass kicked, but then you’re going to show up the next day and try and give it right back. That’s it.”

He then added, “I think guys are playing hard. Hell, our shortstop ran a 3.9 down the line in the ninth inning down seven runs and then went first to third. So, yeah, that was pretty cool.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It didn’t take long for the Red Sox to start putting changes in motion after their 13-7 loss to the Rays Monday night.

Following an outing in which Eduardo Rodriguez gave up nine runs on 11 hits over 2 2/3 innings, a team source confirmed the starting pitcher Eduardo would be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.