A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-62): L, 2-0, vs. Norfolk (Orioles)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) once again pitched well enough to win, but without run support took the loss (3-8, 3.16 ERA) with a final line of: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO (97 pitches, 64 strikes). In Owens’ seven losses this season, Pawtucket has scored a combined six runs.
The lone run charged to Owens Wednesday came after an RBI double in the second inning, with a single and passed ball charged to catcher Humberto Quintero preceding the run. Owens, 23, retired 13 of the final 17 batters he faced, with two of those that reached doing so via errors on the PawSox infield.
The 36th overall selection in the 2011 draft, Owens has thrown quality starts in eight out of his past nine outings, giving him an ERA of 2.85 (20 ER/63 IP) over that span with 54 strikeouts to 18 walks. In 2014 Owens went 17-5 over 26 starts split between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket, with an ERA of 2.94.
— RHP Pat Light (Boston’s No. 24 prospect at MLB.com) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, getting a double play to end the seventh after RHP Dayan Diaz had allowed a double and walked three batters. Light stayed on for the eighth and retired the side in order, striking out two. Light, 24, now has scoreless appearances in three of his last four after a rough stretch of eight outings that saw his ERA rise to 8.74. The 37th overall selection in the 2012 draft, Light had a terrific start to the year in Portland with 32 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings over 21 appearances before his promotion.
— The PawSox offense was held to just five hits, with DH Garin Cecchini (Boston’s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com), shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com), and center fielder Quintin Berry each reaching base twice (each with a single and a walk). Pawtucket was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and the team fell to 4-20 in July.
— Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was promoted to Boston with Mookie Betts heading to the disabled list. In 71 games in Triple-A Bradley has slashed .305/.382/.472, with five home runs in July to bring his season total to nine.
Infielder Mike Miller was reassigned from Portland back to Pawtucket, and catcher Matt Spring was added off the temporary inactive list.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (39-66): L, 4-2, at Trenton (Yankees)
— First baseman Sam Travis (Boston’s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com), in the DH spot on Wednesday, doubled and scored a run in the first and singled home a run in the seventh, finishing 2-for-4 to raise his average to .306 in 32 games with the Sea Dogs. Travis, 21, extended his hit streak to six games, which he’s hit .375 (9-for-24) with three RBIs. Selected by Boston in the second-round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, Travis has put together an excellent July as he’s hit .347 with 16 RBIs and 12 runs scored over 26 games this month, to go with a .412 on-base percentage.
— Catcher Tim Roberson went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, his sixth multi-hit game in his last seven as he’s raised his season-long average to .359. Over those last seven games, Roberson is hitting .500 (14-for-28) with eight RBIs. Roberson, 26, was on the disabled list from May 23-July 6 with a fractured finger. Signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent out of Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011, Roberson played mostly at first base in 2014 and hit .231 with 10 home runs split between Greenville and Salem.
— LHP Williams Jerez took the loss, allowing two runs in the bottom of the eighth to decide a game that was tied 2-2. Jerez walked the first three batters he faced before surrendering an RBI single and an RBI groundout. The 23-year-old Jerez has now walked 12 in 19 2/3 innings in Double-A since his promotion from High-A Salem, with seven earned runs allowed over those 11 appearances. Jerez started the season with Greenville, striking out 43 over 39 1/3 innings before ascending through the organization, stopping in Salem for just five outings prior to his Double-A debut. A converted position player, Jerez was selected by Boston in the second round of the 2011 draft out of high school in New York.
— Right fielder Aneury Tavarez led off the ninth inning with a triple pulled down the right field line, but was stranded as Manuel Margot (Boston’s No. 4 prospect at MLB.com), Carlos Asuaje (Boston’s No. 22 prospect at MLB.com) and Travis all struck out to end the game.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (51-53): L, 4-0, and L, 8-2 in 7 innings, at Lynchburg (Indians)
— Game 1 of a doubleheader was a resumption of Tuesday’s suspended game, with Salem trailing 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning. RHP Ty Buttrey had started the game on Tuesday and despite not continuing Wednesday was saddled with the loss (7-4, 3.39 ERA) as he had allowed three runs (just one earned) on four walks and a hit.
— RHP Kyle Kraus took the mound to start Wednesday, in relief of Buttrey, and kept Salem within reach as he went five innings allowing an unearned run with three hits and two walks allowed while striking out two. Kraus, 25, has been working in long relief for much of the season and in his last ten appearances (six with Double-A Salem) he’s allowed just four earned runs over 33 2/3 innings, with 19 strikeouts to six walks.
Salem produced just four hits in the opener, with a double from catcher Danny Bethea the lone extra base hit and with right fielder Kevin Heller the only batter to reach base multiple times (single, walk, hit by a pitch).
— Salem’s offense didn’t fare much better in Game 2 of the doubleheader, producing just five hits as Salem lost their fifth straight game.
Heller was again the only Salem batter with multiple on-base appearances, finishing 1-for-1 with a solo home run and two walks. Playing left field in the nightcap, Heller led off the second inning with his fourth homer of the season to bring Salem with a run at 2-1. The 25-year-old Heller is now slashing .311/.430/.446 in 59 games in High-A this year, after being demoted from Portland 13 games into the season. Selected by Boston in the 40th round of the 2012 draft out of Amherst College, Heller is now hitting .347 in July with two homers, four doubles, 14 RBIs, 10 runs scored, and 16 walks over his last 24 games.
— RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (Boston’s No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) made his first start since being partially hit in the head with a line drive on July 20, taking the loss Wednesday (3-10, 3.86 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. Stankiewicz, 21, allowed back-to-back RBI doubles in the first and then single runs in the second, third, and fifth innings. A throwing error by catcher Carlos Coste in the third, as well as a run-scoring passed ball charged to Coste in the fifth, contributed to Stankiewicz’s problems. Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Seminole Junior College, Stankiewicz was 11-8 with a 3.72 ERA last year in 25 starts with Greenville.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (52-50): Scheduled off day. Next action Thursday vs. Lexington (Royals)
Luis Alexander Basabe
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (19-19): W, 10-7, at Williamsport (Phillies)
— Right fielder Tate Matheny drove in four runs, including the go-ahead marks in the ninth inning with a single that scored Jhon Nunez and Luis Alexander Basabe, as Matheny finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Matheny, 21, also highlighted a seven-run fourth inning for Lowell with a leadoff walk and later in the inning a two-RBI single as ten batters came to the plate. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of this year’s draft out of Missouri State, Matheny picked up his first multi-RBI game and the second multi-hit game of his now 19-game professional career.
— Left fielder Luis Alexander Basabe walked all five times he came to the plate, scoring two runs and raising his on-base percentage to .364. Basabe, 18, became the first player for Lowell to walk five times in a game since 2008 and yet also saw his eight-game hitting streak come to an end. Signed along with his twin brother Luis Alejandro Basabe for a $450,000 bonus out of Venezuela during the 2012 international signing period, Basabe is hitting .363 (12-for-33) over his last nine games with 10 runs scored, a homer, triple, four doubles, and six steals.
— RHP Taylor Nunez closed out the final two innings, picking up the victory (2-1, 1.37 ERA) while allowing no runs, no hits, two walks, and striking out one. A 6-foot-4 23-year-old selected by Boston out of Southern Mississippi in the 27th round in 2014, Nunez has compiled six straight appearances without allowing an earned run. Nunez had 11 outings last year in the Gulf Coast League, allowing four earned runs over 15 2/3 innings while striking out 13.
ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (20-10): W, 3-1 in 7 innings, vs. GCL Orioles. Game 2 of scheduled doubleheader postponed due to rain.
— Center fielder Yoan Aybar (Boston’s No. 29 prospect at MLB.com) doubled home a run in the second inning and finished 2-for-2. The 18-year-old Dominican native also was caught stealing on an attempted swipe of third base. Through 24 games this year Aybar is slashing .333/.358/.414 with two triples and three doubles, with eight of his last 15 games mutli-hit affairs. Aybar, a 6-foot-2 lefty bat, was signed by Boston for a $450,000 bonus in the 2013 international signing period.
— Leadoff hitter Andy Perez reached base twice as the DH, coming around to score after a leadoff single in the sixth inning on an RBI single by first baseman Jerry Downs. Perez, 22, is hitting .400 (8-for-20) to start his professional career through seven games, adding five walks, five RBIs, and five runs scored while just striking out once. Perez played four years of college baseball at Duke University and was picked up by Boston this year as an undrafted free agent.
— RHP Josh Pennington picked up the victory (2-1, 1.00 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO. Wednesday’s earned run allowed was just the second that Pennington has allowed in six appearances (18 innings) to start his professional career. Pennington stranded six runners in the game, utilizing a double play and a pickoff at first to his advantage. Selected by Boston in the 29th round of the 2014 draft out of high school in New Jersey, Pennington has struck out 20 on the season while walking nine in his 18 innings of work.