Rusney Castillo had a good day Wednesday for the PawSox. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Rusney Castillo had a good day Wednesday for the PawSox. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-20): L, 9-8 at Scranton W/B

— The PawSox lost late to Scranton after giving up three runs in the eighth inning. Brock Holt continued his rehab assignment and played the entire game as the designated hitter. He finished with a walk and a run scored.

— Sam Travis led the offense with a walk, a stolen base, a home run, three runs and three RBI. This was his 12th multi-hit game of the season. Rusney Castillo also had a good night offensively. He went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI. He tied the game at two in the third with his fourth home run of the season.

— Shawn Haviland got the start for Pawtucket and gave up five earned runs, 11 hits and a walk in six innings. Noe Ramirez got the loss and blown save after giving up a run and a hit in the eighth.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (18-16): L, 13-8 vs. Hartford

— The Sea Dogs allowed all 13 of Hartford’s runs in the first three innings.

— Travis Lakins got the loss in his Double-A debut after giving up five earned runs and five hits in just 1 2/3 innings. He threw 39 pitches in the second inning before getting the hook.

— Josh Tobias had three RBI for Portland and Jake DePew reached base four times. Cole Sturgeon, Danny Mars and Joseph Monge each had two hits, while Rafael Devers hit a single in the fifth inning to extend his on-base streak to 18 games.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (24-15): L, 5-2 vs Frederick 

— Despite a late comeback attempt, Salem fell to Frederick after falling behind early. The Red Sox began their scoring in the fifth on a Chad De La Guerra single and a hard Michael Chavis ground ball, which drove in a run. Josh Ockimey then singled to score Chavis.

— This offense wasn’t enough, however, as Salem starter Roniel Raudes gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings before Austin Glorius came in to relieve him and gave up another run in his three innings.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (24-13): L, 6-5  at Lakewood

— Greenville lost on a two-run walkoff double in the ninth to Lakewood. The Drive’s Stephen Nogosek got the loss after giving up that double. Kyle Hart started the game and gave up two runs and two hits and struck out five in his five innings.

— Greenville had a 4-0 lead after the top of the fifth courtesy of a Santiago Espinal third inning single and a double in the fifth. Jerry Downs hit an RBI single in the fourth and Tyler Hill had one of his own in the fifth.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

Despite injuries to two of their better relievers in Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg, who haven’t appeared in a game this season, the Red Sox bullpen has been one of the biggest surprises so far this year.

Entering play on Wednesday, the bullpen had an ERA of 2.90, good for fourth in baseball, and that was before arguably its best performance of the season.

Craig Kimbrel threw a scoreless inning Wednesday night. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Craig Kimbrel threw a scoreless inning Wednesday night. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Despite injuries to two of their better relievers in Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg, who haven’t appeared in a game this season, the Red Sox bullpen has been one of the biggest surprises so far this year.

Entering play on Wednesday, the bullpen had an ERA of 2.90, good for fourth in baseball, and that was before arguably its best performance of the season.

The Red Sox bullpen combined for seven scoreless innings in their 5-4 win in 13 innings over the Cardinals.

For a complete game recap, click here.

Starter Rick Porcello allowed four runs in the first two innings, but did settle down as he finished the game by going six innings and allowing four runs on nine hits, while walking three and striking out six.

Following Porcello, every member of the bullpen got into the game with Fernando Abad (win) delivering the best performance by going two innings. Other relievers to get in were Robbie Ross Jr. (2/3 of an inning), Matt Barnes (1/3 of an inning), Joe Kelly (2/3 of an inning), Robbie Scott (1/3 of an inning), Craig Kimbrel (one inning), Heath Hembree (one inning) and finally Ben Taylor (one inning, save).

The group combined to retire 20 of the 25 batters it faced, as the Cardinals never threatened much once Porcello exited the game.

The Red Sox seemed out of the game most of the way, as it was 4-0 from the second inning all the way until the seventh when they scored two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to tie the game at four. It took until the 13th inning to plate the go-ahead run and it came with two outs.

Mitch Moreland had a two-out bloop ground rule double, which was followed by an intentional walk to Jackie Bradley Jr. This set the stage for pinch-hitter Chris Young, whose RBI single was the difference.

The performance of the bullpen is encouraging considering it has been asked to do a lot not only with the absence of Smith and Thornburg, but having to log a lot of innings with the issues the No. 4 and 5 starters in the rotation have had.

Once those two pitchers return, and if the group continues to throw like it has, the Red Sox could have one of the best bullpens in baseball come the second half of the season.

Shattering Perceptions Game Note Image

Before Wednesday, the Cardinals were 19-0 this season when leading after seven innings.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Two of the highest paid Red Sox players will be playing for Triple-A Pawtucket in Buffalo Friday night, as both begin rehab assignments.

David Price was already known, as his first rehab outing with the PawSox was rained out on Sunday, but to keep him on a five-day schedule he threw a simulated game indoors. He’s expected to throw about 90 pitches.

Pablo Sandoval will begin a rehab outing on Friday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Pablo Sandoval will begin a rehab outing on Friday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Two of the highest paid Red Sox players will be playing for Triple-A Pawtucket in Buffalo Friday night, as both begin rehab assignments.

David Price was already known, as his first rehab outing with the PawSox was rained out on Sunday, but to keep him on a five-day schedule he threw a simulated game indoors. He’s expected to throw about 90 pitches.

The other will be Pablo Sandoval, who will serve as the designated hitter.

He’s been on the disabled list since the end of April with a knee sprain. The third baseman will fly back to Boston Wednesday night from St. Louis and then travel to Buffalo.

“He’ll begin Friday in Buffalo and DH to begin with and as we’ve done with position players who have had some extended time down, we’ll break him in that way,” manager John Farrell told reporters in St. Louis. “But he’s going to need some games to get into game shape. The fact is he’s done a lot of work to get to this point, some early work again today. And he’s ready to get that rehab underway.”

Sandoval isn’t quite sure how much time he needs.

“I don’t know,” Sandoval said to reporters. “I don’t know how much time I’m going to need. I just want to focus to have a nice rehab and feel healthy. That’s one of the things that I’m looking forward, feel 100 percent to be back on the field and play the game.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
David Ortiz says he doesn't think Boston fans are racist.  (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

David Ortiz says he doesn’t think Boston fans are racist. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Torii Hunter says he was heckled with racial taunts when he played at Fenway Park. The abuse was so bad, it dissuaded him from signing with the Red Sox, according to David Ortiz.

In an interview Wednesday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Ortiz said he tried to recruit Hunter when the former outfielder was a free agent one year.

“I tried to have him play with me in Boston one year when he was a free agent,” Ortiz said, via the New York Daily News. “And [the slurs he experiences] bothered him so much that was reason enough for him not to come and play.”

On May 2, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones says the N-word was directed at him a “handful” of times at Fenway. Over the last two weeks, several black baseball players, including CC Sabathia, have relayed similar stories. The Red Sox have repeatedly condemned the reported behavior, with team president Sam Kennedy touting the club’s zero tolerance policy.

When asked Wednesday on “First Take” about his experiences in Boston, Ortiz said he doesn’t think a “couple of knuckleheads” should speak for the whole fan base –– echoing Pedro Martinez’s comments last week.

“In today’s day, I don’t think that’s what Boston represents,” Ortiz said. “I played in Boston for so long. I have never faced any racial situations over there. People are super nice over there. You sometimes get a couple of knuckleheads out there that get drink, get tipsy and then come out with that kind of stupidity. But I would tell athletes, ‘Don’t focus on that.’ That’s not what Boston is.”

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

ST. LOUIS — It’s starting to look like the Red Sox might have something in Eduardo Rodriguez.

The Red Sox starter turned in yet another solid outing Tuesday night, allowing three runs over six innings. Rodriguez. It was the fifth straight start in which the lefty has gone six innings while not allowing more than three runs.

Eduardo Rodriguez (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Eduardo Rodriguez (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

ST. LOUIS — It’s starting to look like the Red Sox might have something in Eduardo Rodriguez.

The Red Sox starter turned in yet another solid outing Tuesday night, allowing three runs over six innings. Rodriguez. It was the fifth straight start in which the lefty has gone six innings while not allowing more than three runs.

But in years past, this one had all the makings of one that would have come off the rails for the Red Sox.

After cruising through two innings, Rodriguez started slowing falling apart. After a leadoff single by Kolten Wong, the Red Sox pitcher actually hit St. Louis starting hurler Lance Lynn with two strikes while the pitcher was trying to bunt.

Two more hits and a sacrifice fly later and Rodriguez had given the lead right back to the Cardinals via a three-run inning. That’s when Chris Sale stepped in.

“I mean, I got out of that inning and Porz [Rick Porcello} and Sale come to me, and Sale just tells me, ‘Hey man.’ That was the key to get back in the game. He just tells me, ‘This is where the men go out and show who you are. Just go there and try to limit the damage and fight,’ you know what I mean? I think that helped me a lot to get back in the game.”

Rodriguez heeded the advice and righted the ship, going on to not allow another run throughout his final three innings. And by the time he exited, the Red Sox had reclaimed the lead to allow for what would be the starter’s second win of the season.

“I thought he turned in another quality performance here tonight and particularly the fifth and sixth inning where we will able to take back the lead with the two runs in the top of the fifth and he was at this best to go out and have a nine-pitch inning in the bottom of the fifth,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell after his team’s 6-3 win. “Kept his pitch count in order to be able to go out and really allow us to be able to set up the bullpen in a really, I think, a favorable way with some of the matchups.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Many of the Red Sox have been in slumps of late, but not Mookie Betts.

The right fielder took home American League Player of the Week honors last week when he batted .375 with three home runs, and he picked up where he left off Tuesday night in St. Louis when he led the Red Sox to a 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

Mookie Betts homered to leadoff Tuesday's game. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Mookie Betts homered to leadoff Tuesday’s game. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Many of the Red Sox have been in slumps of late, but not Mookie Betts.

The right fielder took home American League Player of the Week honors last week when he batted .375 with three home runs, and he picked up where he left off Tuesday night in St. Louis when he led the Red Sox to a 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

For a complete game recap, click here.

Betts wasted no time, as he blasted a leadoff home run to start the game. It was his 10th career leadoff home run, which ties the Red Sox’ all-time record (Jacoby Ellsbury).

The right fielder wasn’t done there, as he drove in the tying run at the time (3-3) in the fifth inning on a RBI ground out. The right fielder also made a tremendous play by throwing out Matt Carpenter at second base when he tried to extend a single into a double in the bottom half of the inning.

Carpenter ripped a liner down the line that kicked off the wall halfway out to the fence, Betts tracked it down and fired a strike to get him at second base to end the inning. If Carpenter got to second base he would have been the tying run.

Overall, Betts went 1-for-5 with two RBIs, but he had a much bigger impact on the game than the stat line indicates. With the bulk of the Red Sox lineup in a funk (finishing with only six hits in the game), Betts’ play of late could not have come at a better time.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of those players slumping, but he showed signs of coming out of it in the win.

The center fielder went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and a walk. It’s worth noting both these hits were to the opposite field, a sign he’s much more locked in than he has been in recent weeks.

The Red Sox are only two games over .500 and that is primarily because of some of their top hitters underperforming. After a slow start to the season Betts has picked it up of late, and the Red Sox need some of their other key hitters to follow.

Shattering Perceptions Game Note Image

The Cardinals scored one of their runs on a sacrifice fly caught by Xander Bogaerts off the bat of Carpenter. Thanks to Baseball Reference Play Index, it was 134th sac fly fielded by a shortstop in the MLB since 1970 and Carpenter is the only batter with three of them (h/t @nuggetpalooza).

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable