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Friday Red Sox Farm Report: C Dan Butler sparks PawSox; CF Joseph Monge collects 3 hits, 4 RBIs for Salem

July 01, 2016 - 7:06 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-39): W, 6-4, vs. Columbus (Indians) -- Catcher Dan Butler went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs to lead the PawSox attack. Butler, who smacked a three-run home run in the third inning to put Pawtucket ahead to stay, is hitting .299/.393/.455 in 27 games this season. "He's been terrific and he keeps himself ready," manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). "He's done a nice job as far as handling the staff, but the offensive production has definitely ticked up here." -- Left fielder Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-3 with a walk, his first multi-hit game in Triple-A. Tavarez, 24, has played five games for the PawSox since being called up from Double-A Portland. -- Right fielder Henry Ramos was 0-for-2 but picked up two RBIs on a pair of sacrifice flies. -- Right-hander William Cuevas started but was on a low pitch count as he returned to the Pawtucket rotation after making two relief appearances for Boston last weekend. Cuevas was touched up for two runs on four hits in three innings, although he retired the final four batters he faced, including three via strikeout (he had five strikeouts in all). -- Right-hander Roman Mendez pitched four scoreless innings in relief -- allowing four hits with a pair of strikeouts -- and picked up the win. He improved to 4-2 with a 4.54 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. -- Noe Ramirez pitched the final two innings and allowed a two-run home run in the eighth that ended his 14-inning scoreless streak. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up four hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (27-51): L, 8-5, vs. Hartford (Rockies) -- Designated hitter Tim Roberson went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season and two RBIs. Roberson, 26, is hitting .266/.309/.375 in 37 games this season. -- First baseman Nate Freiman went 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. The 29-year-old is hitting .270/.352/.428 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 45 games with Portland. -- Starter Teddy Stankiewicz pitched six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits and a walk with three strikeouts. The 22-year-old right-hander is 2-7 with a 4.99 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 15 starts this season. -- Williams Jerez came on in the seventh inning and struggled badly, allowing the first five batters to reach base and ultimately allowing four runs on four hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning. The 24-year-old left-hander was charged with a blown save and the loss, falling to 1-3 with a 4.58 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 24 innings. -- Ben Taylor, making his third appearance with the Sea Dogs following his call-up from High-A Salem, finished up with 2 1/3 innings of relief. After allowing one of his three inherited baserunners to score he did not allow a run the rest of the way, surrendering one hit and a walk with three strikeouts. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (48-28): W, 5-1, at Frederick (Orioles) -- Center fielder Joseph Monge had a big day, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs. The 21-year-old reached on a run-scoring fielder's choice that tied the game in the fifth, and he hit a three-run double with two outs in the eighth to break open a one-run game. Monge is hitting .287/.356/.415 in 25 games with Salem after starting the season in Greenville. First baseman Jordan Betts went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Right fielder Nick Longhi was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Designated hitter Mike Meyers went 2-for-5. -- Daniel McGrath delivered his fourth quality start in eight outings this season, allowing just one run in six innings. The 21-year-old Australian gave up five hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts. McGrath improved to 3-3 with a 4.29 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. -- Left-hander Bobby Poyner pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit, and right-hander German Taveras closed things out with a scoreless ninth, surrendering one hit and fanning one batter. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (40-36): L, 5-4, vs. Asheville (Rockies) -- Right fielder Tate Matheny went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. The 22-year-old, a fourth-round pick last year, is hitting .316/.361/.458 with four home runs and 32 RBIs in 54 games this season. -- Catcher Tyler Spoon (1-for-3) and third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus (1-for-4) hit consecutive RBI doubles in the second inning. Spoon added an RBI groundout in the sixth. First baseman Josh Ockimey (1-for-4) hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. -- Right-hander Jose Almonte started and pitched six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while fanning six. The 20-year-old Dominican fell to 2-2 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in nine starts. -- Right-hander Jake Cosart pitched the final three innings and was perfect, striking out Asheville's final six batters. Cosart, 22, is 3-1 with a 1.83 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 20 games this season. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (10-4): L, 5-4, at Connecticut (Tigers) -- Starter Kevin Steen needed just nine pitches to get through the first two innings, but he gave up one run in the third then was pulled in the fourth after allowing the first five batters to reach base on three hits and two walks. The 19-year-old right-hander was charged with five runs on five hits and four walks and fell to 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in three starts. -- Reliever Kuehl McEachern allowed two of his three inherited runners to score, then settled in and allowed no runs in three innings. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up five hits while striking out three. Right-hander Algenis Martinez pitched the final two innings and did not surrender a hit or a run while fanning three. -- Center fielder Yoan Aybar went 2-for-4 and plated two runs with a pair of RBI singles. The 18-year-old is hitting .283/.327/.413 through his first 12 games this season. -- Third baseman Roldani Baldwin went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. The 20-year-old is hitting .388/436/.571 in 12 games with Lowell after starting the season in Greenville. -- Shortstop Carlos Tovar was 2-for-3 with a walk, improving his slash line to .300/.364/.500 in 11 games.