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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (52-51): W, 7-5, vs. Rochester (Twins)

— Christian Vazquez went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run. He roped an RBI single into right field to give the PawSox a 3-0 lead. It was his second three-hit performance in five games. Since being optioned to Pawtucket from Boston on July 5, Vazquez is slashing .271/.371/.373. He averaged .226 in 51 games with the Red Sox.

— Justin Haley was able to come away with the win, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings. He fanned five batters and walked three while not giving up a run until the fourth inning. The 25-year-old right-hander has pitched at least five innings in his last seven starts. Drafted in 2012 by the Red Sox, Haley is 9-7 with a 3.00 ERA in 20 outings.

— Chris Marrero went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. He drove home the first two runs of the game, with both of his RBI hits coming with two outs in the inning. Marrero, 28, has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games, and he is batting .291/.345/.518 with the PawSox. He also has 19 home runs, second best in the International League.

— Pat Light, Boston’s No. 13 prospect at, came on in the middle of the ninth inning after reliever Chandler Shepherd gave up a run in the frame. Light struck out the next two batters to end the game and earn his seventh save of the year. The 25-year-old right-hander is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities and has struck out 36 in 30 innings. His ERA is 2.10.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (37-64): W, 5-2 in 7 innings, vs. Trenton (Yankees)

— In a rain-shortened contest, right-hander Kevin McAvoy was able to record a complete-game win, the first of his professional career. He surrendered two runs on two hits in a career-high seven innings, fanning four and walking two. McAvoy, 23, has pitched at least six innings in his past four outings. He now is 7-5 with a 6.84 ERA in 15 starts.

— Andrew Benintendi (1-for-3) had the biggest hit of the evening, looping a ball to center that the center fielder could not catch and allowed to get behind him, which resulted in a two-run triple in the third inning. It was Benintendi’s 12 three-bagger of the season and gave Portland the lead for good. He then scored on an error to make it 4-2.

“The ball got in on me a little bit, so obviously I didn’t square it up the best I could,” Benintendi told the Portland Press Herald of the triple. “It was a tough play and he was trying to make a good play and it was just fortunate for us that it got by him.”

Drafted in the first round of last year’s draft, Benintendi is hitting .301/.369/.509 in 92 games with both Portland and Salem. He is Boston’s No. 3 prospect at

— Rainel Rosario went a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk. He scored the first Portland run of the game on a fielder’s choice in the third inning. Rosario, 27, is hitting .357 in his last 10 games. He is averaging .268/.327/.329 in the minors this season.

Danny Mars

Danny Mars

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (59-40): W, 7-4, at Potomac (Nationals)

— Down 4-3 heading into the ninth inning, the Red Sox were able to drive home four runs in the final frame to steal the win. It was outfielder Danny Mars who handed Salem the lead for good, hitting the first pitch he saw into the outfield to plate Nick Longhi and give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead. Monday’s win was the first for Salem after trailing in the eighth inning.

Mars finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. The 22-year-old is on a hot streak, batting .421 in his last 10 games, with six multi-hit outings in that span. He is slashing .272/.339/.367 in 89 games.

—  Jorge Marban earned the win for Salem. He tossed three scoreless innings, letting up just two hits in that span. He struck out one and walked one in the outing. Marban, 27, is 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA in 18 appearances.

— Jordan Procyshen had a monster game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. He finished a triple shy of the cycle, and his four hits are a new career high. He blasted a ball over the outfield wall in the eighth inning for a solo home run, then added an RBI single in the ninth as part of Salem’s late rally. The 23-year-old Canadian is hitting .350 in his last 10 games. He is batting .261/.331/.361 in 119 at-bats.

— Trey Ball got the start for Salem, giving up one run on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two while walking three. Ball, 22, is Boston’s No. 16 prospect at, and now is 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 16 appearances. He has not recorded a decision in his last three starts.

Dedgar Jimenez

Dedgar Jimenez

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (50-49): L, 4-1, at Asheville (Rockies)

— He may have allowed four runs, but it still was a solid outing for Dedgar Jimenez, who is the first Greenville pitcher to toss a complete game this year. He surrendered three earned runs on eight hits in eight innings while fanning four and walking none. The 20-year-old now is 1-3 in his last five starts. He is 6-7 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 total minor league starts.

— The lone run of the game came from Luis Alexander Basabe, who hit an RBI single in the ninth inning. Basabe now has hit safely in 12 consecutive games. The 19-year-old outfielder has five multi-hit performances in that span. On the year, the Venezuela native is hitting .260/.329/.469 in 77 games. He is Boston’s No. 7 prospect at

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (21-15): Game postponed due to rain.

The Spinners’ game at West Virginia (Pirates) has been pushed back a day. The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday before Lowell takes Thursday off.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

In the penultimate game of the Red Sox’ nine-game homestand, knuckleballer Steven Wright will square off against Tigers right-hander Mike Pelfrey on Tuesday night.

The 31-year-old Wright is 12-5 with an AL-best 2.67 ERA.  He’s won his last four starts, his most recent win coming in a 13-12 victory over the Twins on Thursday. Wright pitched spectacularly in the outing, letting up just one earned run on four hits in eight innings. He also struck out a career-high nine batters.

“The knuckleballer was good,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Wright. “We just didn’t have a lot of offense to muster up. He had the lead and you knew he was going to ride it out for a while.”

Wright has faced the Tigers just once in his four-year career. On July 25 of last season, the right-hander got the loss after surrendering two earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched in a 5-1 Tigers win.

Pelfrey is 3-9 with a 4.78 ERA and 1.76 WHIP. The 32-year-old has totaled just two wins in his last nine appearances. His last outing, however, was a 2-1 win at the White Sox on Thursday. Pelfrey gave up just one run on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, though he only struck out one batter in the rain-shortened contest.

Despite this being his 11th major league season, Pelfrey has only pitched three times against the Red Sox, recording a 1-1 record with a 1.71 ERA. His last appearance vs. Boston came on June 2 of last season, when he allowed one run on six hits and struck out one in seven innings in a 1-0 Red Sox win.

Tigers vs. Wright (RHP)

Nick Castellanos is 1-for-2 with 1 double and 2 RBIs.

Victor Martinez is 1-for-2.

Jose Iglesias is 1-for-2 with 1 double.

Anthony Gose is 0-for-2.

Ian Kinsler is 0-for-2 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

James McCann is 0-for-2 with 1 RBI.

J.D. Martinez is 1-for-1 with 1 walk.

No other batters have faced Wright.

Red Sox vs. Pelfrey (RHP)

Hanley Ramirez (53 plate appearances): .189 AVG/.246 OBP/.245 SLG, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (9): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts

David Ortiz (8): .125/.222/.250, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Michael Martinez (7): .429/.429/.857, 1 home run, 4 RBI

Xander Bogaerts (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Mookie Betts (6): .333/.333/.333

Ryan Hanigan is 2-for-5 with 1 strikeout.

Sandy Leon is 2-for-4 with 1 walk.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

Drew Pomeranz's strong start Monday night gives the Red Sox options as the deadline approaches.</p>
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Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.

Joe Kelly’s first relief appearance with the Red Sox didn’t go perfectly according to plan, but then again it was his first relief outing as a member of the team.

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly’s first relief appearance with the Red Sox didn’t go perfectly according to plan, but then again it was his first relief outing as a member of the team.

Pitching at the major league level for the first time since June 1 and after seven relief appearances between Lowell and Pawtucket, the right-hander allowed one run in his inning of work while throwing 21 pitches.

Kelly entered the game in the seventh with the Red Sox trailing the Tigers 2-1. He allowed a lead off triple to Justin Upton on a 101 mph fastball to the triangle in right-center field. That was followed by a fly out, but then James McCann singled right back up the middle scoring Upton to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game-winning run.

Of Kelly’s 21 pitches, over half of them were recorded over 100 mph on the Fenway Park radar gun.

“He was powerful. A lot of power,” manager John Farrell said afterwards. “A lot of velocity. Some inconsistent command getting behind in the count. 2-1 to Upton, fastball out over the plate that he’s able to drive one the other way. Still, the first look, I thought he threw enough strikes. He threw a breaking ball for strikes on occasion. First look on his part.”

The right-hander spent some time in the bullpen was he was with the Cardinals, but Monday was his first in a Red Sox uniform.

“I’m sure there was some adrenaline,” Farrell said. “You would hope that every guy takes the mound there is adrenaline there. I can’t say that it took him out of his game. We’re thinking in that spot he is going to give us two innings, but 20-plus pitches, not going to run him up to 40-plus is that is the possibility. I don’t think he was over-throwing to the point he was completely losing the strike zone.”

Given the injury to Koji Uehara, Kelly will likely get more looks in the sixth and seventh innings leading into Brad Ziegler and eventually Craig Kimbrel at the end of games.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Drew Pomeranz deserved better.

After the left-hander allowed five runs in just three innings during his Red Sox debut last week, Pomeranz bounced back nicely, but the offense was silenced by Justin Verlander and couldn’t come through late as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers, 4-2.

Drew Pomeranz was great Monday night for the Red Sox. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz was much better than his first time out with the Red Sox. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz deserved better.

After the left-hander allowed five runs in just three innings during his Red Sox debut last week, Pomeranz bounced back nicely, but the offense was silenced by Justin Verlander and couldn’t come through late as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers, 4-2.

Pomeranz went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out seven. He only made one mistake the entire night when he allowed a two-run homer well over the Monster seats to Jose Iglesias in the sixth inning.

Joe Kelly made his relief debut as a member of the Red Sox in the seventh and allowed a run on two hits. Kelly allowed a lead off triple to Justin Upton, who then scored on a RBI single up the middle by James McCann.

Another starter turned reliever, Clay Buchholz pitched the eighth and he allowed a run on two hits. Iglesias led the inning off with a bloop single and advanced to second on a passed ball, got to third on a sacrifice fly and then scored on a Victor Martinez single.

Buchholz would then throw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Justin Verlander shut the Red Sox bats down as he allowed just one run on four hits in six innings of work. The veteran right-hander was able to make the big pitches when he needed.

The Red Sox scored their first run of the game in the second inning on a Travis Shaw double down the right field line with two outs. Jackie Bradley Jr. had had an infield single the batter before, and then scored from first on the double.

Down 4-1 in the eighth, the Red Sox had bases loaded with no outs, but only managed one run. Pinch-hitter Bryce Brentz struck out, Sandy Leon delivered a RBI single, but then Brock Holt struck out and Mookie Betts grounded out to end the threat. Overall, the Red Sox left 11 runners on base in the loss.

Closing Time note

Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 28 straight games, the longest active streak in the American League.

Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:


— Kelly allowed a run in the inning of work. The hard-throwing right-hander had over half his pitches hit over 100 mph on the Fenway Park radar gun, but the triple showed it doesn’t matter how hard it comes it, if a pitch is left over the plate, it will get hit.

— While Buchholz allowed a run in the eighth, he deserved better. The run likely wouldn’t have scored if Sandy Leon didn’t allow a passed ball to allow Iglesias to reach second base after singling to lead off the inning. It was his third relief appearance in five games after not pitching in nearly a month.

— In his first game back after missing two games with a knee injury, Betts went 0-for-5.


— Even though he didn’t get the win, Pomeranz deserved one. The left-hander pitched very well, showcasing how good his curveball can be as he got a number of swing-and-misses on the pitch. Other than the home run, he didn’t allow a base runner past second base.

— Although Shaw has struggled of late, 10 of his last 15 hits have gone for extra bases.

— Leon’s single in the seventh inning snapped an 0-for-9 skid for the catcher. He added another single in the eighth.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Dave Dombrowski was asked flat-out about Clay Buchholz’ trade market Monday. His answer was predictable.

“I wouldn’t get into specific players,” the Red Sox president of baseball operations said.

So, what does the future hold for the 31-year-old?