A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-47): L, 4-1, at Syracuse (Nationals)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) had just one trouble inning, with less-than-perfect defense played behind him, but it was enough to saddle Owens with the loss and drop his record to 2-7 on the season while tarnishing his final line: 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO (102 pitches, 65 strikes).
In the third, a leadoff walk and double against Owens gave Syracuse a 1-0 lead. After a bunt single put two aboard, Owens induced back-to-back ground balls to third, the second of which probably could have been a double play if not for a drop on the exchange by second baseman Mike Miller. Instead, another run crossed the plate and Owens then allowed a two-run homer to center by Syracuse cleanup hitter Kevin Keyes.
Owens, 22, recovered to retire 12 of the final 13 batters he faced. The seven strikeouts tied a season high for Owens, as did the four earned runs allowed. A 6-foot-6 lefty from Huntington Beach, California, Owens was selected by Boston with the 36th overall pick of the 2011 draft out of high school. In 2014 Owens was 17-5 with a 2.94 ERA over 26 combined starts between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.
— RHP Dayan Diaz made his sixth straight scoreless appearance out of the bullpen, adding 1 1/3 spotless innings of action to his ledger on Sunday. The 26-year-old Colombian, signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in 2013, was promoted to Triple-A this year on May 11 after striking out 17 in 15 2/3 innings with Double-A Portland. Since June 13 Diaz has pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts to four walks.
— The PawSox offense managed just four hits in the game, including one from rehabbing right fielder Daniel Nava (sprained thumb). The 32-year-old Nava also stole a base and now is 2-for-8 through three rehab games. The final 14 Pawtucket batters were retired in order on Sunday.
— Center fielder Rusney Castillo went 0-for-3 with a walk, as did Allen Craig as the DH.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (30-53): W, 6-1, at Binghamton (Mets)
— Eight Portland batters had hits, including center fielder Manuel Margot (Boston’s No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) who tripled home a run in the fourth and also walked and scored an insurance run in the ninth. It was Margot’s first triple with Portland, driven over the head of the center fielder, as the 20-year-old Margot improved his slash line to .296/.356/.463 with eight RBIs in 14 games since his promotion from Single-A Salem.
— Margot’s triple scored third baseman Jantzen Witte, who had bounced one over the center field wall for a double to lead off the fourth. The 25-year-old Witte now has the Eastern League lead in doubles with 24, as well as a four-game hit streak over which Witte has gone 7-for-19 (.368) with three doubles and four RBIs. Witte, drafted by Boston in 2013 in Round 24 out of Texas Christian University, hit .325 combined in April and May (57-for-175) before scuffling to a .193 month of June (17-for-88).
— RHP Justin Haley pitched six scoreless innings and earned the win (3-9, 4.84 ERA), gaining his fourth quality start of the season as he scattered five hits while striking out six and walking one. The 24-year-old Haley, Boston’s sixth-round draft choice in 2012 out of Fresno State University, has thrown six scoreless frames in three of his last four starts sandwiched around allowing five earned over three innings in an outing on June 30.
Haley told the Portland Press Herald after the game that he had his good stuff working on Sunday. “Quality fastball, a solid slider with good movement late and a quality changeup,” Haley said. “Just staying down with my stuff is the biggest thing.”
In 2014 Haley went 10-6 with a 2.35 ERA combined between 19 appearances with Single-A Salem and six starts with the Sea Dogs.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (42-39): W, 5-3, at Lynchburg (Indians)
— RHP Aaron Wilkerson bounced back from his worst start of the season (6 ER in 3 2/3 innings on June 30) to pick up the victory (5-1, 2.88 ERA) with a final line of: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO. The nine strikeouts tied a season high for the 26-year-old Wilkerson, as he struck out the side in the first inning and whiffed two each in the third and sixth frames to pitch out of some trouble. All four hits allowed by Wilkerson were doubles.
— First baseman Mario Martinez hit a bases-clearing double in the third, and later scored when Mauricio Dubon (Boston’s No. 29 prospect at MLB.com) doubled him home. It was the first extra-base hit with Salem for the 20-year-old Dubon, playing shortstop. He also walked twice, scored a run and stole a base. Dubon hit .301 this year with Greenville, where he was named a South Atlantic League All-Star, but had started slowly with Salem over his first eight games since his promotion as he’d gone just 3-for-28 (.107) entering Sunday’s action. Dubon was drafted by Boston in 2013 in Round 26 out of high school in California.
— Second baseman Jose Vinico picked up a hit and now has hit safely in nine of 10 games, going 13-for-36 (.361) over that span to pick up his average from .268 to .287. The switch-hitting Vinicio, 21, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2009 for $1.95 million.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (43-38): L, 8-6, vs. Savannah (Mets)
— Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston’s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) stayed hot at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a single and a run scored in the first inning, an RBI double in the second and a game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth. The switch-hitting Moncada, 20, also hit a ball on the screws in the sixth with two aboard, but it was directly at the left fielder, who recorded the out. Over his last 10 games Moncada is hitting 13-for-38 (.342) with four extra-base hits, eight runs scored and four RBIs, raising his average from .200 to .242.
— Center fielder Joseph Monge went 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI single, a stolen base and two runs scored. It was the first four-hit game of the season for the 20-year-old Monge, a Round 17 draft choice of Boston in 2013 out of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico. Monge’s stolen base was his 15th in 16 attempts this year, and he is off to a 8-for-15 (.533) start to the month of July, raising his average to .233 on the season after mostly struggling at the plate for the first half (38-for-182, .209).
— Four other Greenville players had two-hit games, with left fielder Bryan Hudson, right fielder Nick Longhi, shortstop Javier Guerra and catcher David Sopilka all chipping in on a 15-hit night for the Drive offense. Hudson improved to 11-for-36 (.305) over his first nine games with Greenville since his promotion, while Guerra picked up his third multi-hit game in his last four to raise his season-long average to .275.
— The Greenville offense took a 3-0 lead in the first, and even came back from a 6-4 deficit to tie the game in the eighth, but in the end the Drive dropped to 0-9 on the season against Savannah as starter Jeffry Fernandez allowed six earned runs over five innings and reliever Ryan Harris allowed two in the ninth to take the loss.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (12-5): L, 6-5 in 14 innings, at Tri-City (Astros)
— The Lowell offense dug out of a 4-1 deficit, hit four home runs and took a lead in extra innings but nonetheless came up on the losing end of a 6-5 game in the 14th frame. The four Spinners homers came off the bats of:
Catcher Alex McKeon, whose solo shot in the third inning gave Lowell a short-lived 1-0 lead. It was the first professional home run for the 22-year-old McKeon, a Round 31 draft choice of Boston in 2014 out of Texas A&M-International.
Second baseman Chad De La Guerra, who hit a solo dinger in the sixth inning to cut a deficit to 4-2 just after leadoff man Luis Alexander Basabe was erased on the bases via a caught stealing. It was the second homer of the year for the 22-year-old De La Guerra, a Round 17 selection by Boston in this year’s draft from Grand Canyon University.
Third baseman Victor Acosta, whose solo home run in the eighth inning tied the game at 4-4. Acosta, a 19-year-old Venezuelan who is off to a 15-for-42 (.357) start to the season, picked up his first homer of the season after hitting a combined 10 over his first two professional seasons in the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League.
Shortstop Hector Lorenzana, his second homer of the year and in as many days, which gave Lowell a 5-4 lead in the top of the 11th inning. The 23-year-old Lorenzana was drafted by Boston in Round 37 out of the University of Oklahoma in 2014.
— Infielder Aneudis Peralta came in as an emergency pitcher for Lowell in the 13th inning, getting through one frame scoreless with help from a double play at the plate as Basabe made a catch and then gunned down a runner attempting to score from third. However Peralta, 21, came undone in the 14th with a leadoff walk, a balk, a fielding error and finally an RBI single by Tri-City to end the game.
— LHP Randy Perez pitched 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball in relief of starter Luis Ramos. Perez, a 21-year-old Dominican, allowed just one hit while striking out two and walking two in his fourth relief appearance of the year. Perez has allowed just one run in 10 1/3 innings in 2015, after spending much of 2014 on the disabled list.
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