Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (66-61): L, 4-0, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— With Henry Owens a late scratch due to his call-up to Boston, right-hander Chandler Shepherd made a spot start — his first start this season and just the second of his three-year professional career — and threw a season-high 56 pitches (45 for strikes). The 23-year-old from Kentucky pitched well through three innings, striking out three batters in the first and recording a 1-2-3 third. In the fourth he allowed singles to three of the first four batters, loading the bases, and was removed. Right-hander Noe Ramirez proceeded to allow a bases-clearing double, with all three runs charged to Shepherd. Ramirez also gave up an RBI single in that frame, with that run charged to him.
— After Ramirez’s 1 2/3-inning stint, right-hander Kyle Martin pitched three scoreless innings, allowing four hits while fanning three. The 25-year-old Martin, who has allowed one run in nine innings pitched this month, is second among International League relievers with 11.15 strikeouts per nine innings, and he carries a 3.23 ERA.
— Chris Young, continuing his rehab stint, played all nine innings in left field for the second consecutive game and went 1-for-4. He’s 5-for-23 in seven games with the PawSox.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (49-75): W, 10-8, at Binghamton (Mets)
— Shortstop Mauricio Dubon went 4-for-5 to lead Portland’s 16-hit attack. The 22-year-old Dubon, who scored four times, is hitting .332 in 49 games with the Sea Dogs since his promotion from Salem.
— Outfielder Cole Sturgeon went 3-for-5 with a walk, two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. He’s now hitting .274 in 102 games with Portland.
— First baseman Cody Decker went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and catcher Danny Bethea went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
— Right-hander Keith Couch started and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in three innings. Righty Taylor Grover pitched the next three innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks with a strikeout, picking up his second win in the process. Righty Ty Buttrey went two innings and allowed one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Righty Ben Taylor picked up his fifth save after pitching a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning two.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (77-47): W, 4-2/W, 3-2, at Winston-Salem (White Sox)
— Salem rallied for two runs in the final inning of the nightcap, tying the score on a Jordan Betts home run and plating the winning run on a Rafael Devers RBI triple, and the sweep of the two seven-inning games extended Salem’s winning streak to nine games, the franchise’s longest since 2007.
— Devers (2-for-4) and right fielder Jayce Ray (2-for-2, one walk) were the only Red Sox with multiple hits in the second game.
— Left-hander Trey Ball started and pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He’s now 7-5 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Right-hander Jamie Callahan pitched a scoreless seventh, walking one and fanning one, and picked up his sixth save in nine chances.
— In the opener, Nick Longhi (2-for-3) broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with an RBI double, and Jose Sermo hit a sacrifice fly later in the frame to cap the scoring.
— Left fielder Mike Meyers went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and center fielder Joseph Monge hit a solo home run.
— Left-hander Matt Kent started and pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He’s now 9-6 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 23 starts with Salem. Righty Yankory Pimentel pitched a scoreless seventh, giving up one hit and fanning one, for his fourth save in five opportunities.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (66-58): W, 6-4, at Charleston (Yankees)
— Left fielder Kyri Washington went 2-for-4 and scored a run for the opportunistic Drive, who made the most of their eight hits. Austin Rei and Derek Miller (who doubled) scored in the second inning on an errant pickoff throw. Second baseman Mitchell Gunsolus had an RBI single in the sixth inning, and a second run scored when the right fielder misplayed the ball.
— Left-hander Emmanuel De Jesus started and pitched five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Right-hander Stephen Nogosek then pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and fanning three. He was followed by righty Gerson Bautista, who pitched one inning and gave up one run on one hit and a walk. Righty Victor Diaz closed things out with a perfect ninth inning (three groundouts) for his 10th save in 12 chances.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (35-25): W, 4-1, vs. Brooklyn (Mets)
— Right-hander Josh Pennington pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The 21-year-old is 3-3 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 11 starts.
— Righty Matthew Gorst was similarly impressive, tossing three shutout innings for his first save as a pro. Gorst allowed just one hit and struck out four. In 10 appearances, he’s 1-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.
— First baseman Tucker Tubbs went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Center fielder Matt McLean went 3-for-4. Designated hitter Bobby Dalbec went 2-for-4 with a double to up his slash line to .380/.424/.684.