Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Nate Freiman 3-for-5 in Portland rout; Jerry Downs hits walk-off HR for Lowell

July 29, 2016 - 6:30 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 (54-52): L, 13-5, vs. Rochester (Twins) -- Right-hander Sean O'Sullivan, returning from a stint on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis, pitched a scoreless first and third inning but was touched for six runs in the second inning. He allowed six hits and no walks while fanning four. -- Righty William Cuevas relieved and allowed six runs on eight hits (three home runs) and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Right-hander Casey Janssen finished up with two-thirds of an inning, allowing a run on one hit with one strikeout. -- Designated hitter Chris Marrero went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single. The 28-year-old now is hitting .289/.343/.511 in 98 games. -- Right fielder Ryan LaMarre went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles. Center fielder Rusney Castillo also went 2-for-5. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (38-66): W, 7-0, at Binghamton (Mets) -- Designated hitter Nate Freiman went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs. His two-run double in the first inning opened the scoring. The 29-year-old now is batting .278/.350/.464 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 61 games with the Sea Dogs. -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs. The 2015 first-round draft pick is hitting .285/.348/.478 with six home runs an 38 RBIs in 61 games with Portland since his call-up from Single-A. -- Right fielder Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and now is batting .308/.359/.447 in 73 games with Portland. -- Left-hander Jalen Beeks pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out three, to improve to 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in seven starts with the Sea Dogs. Two relievers completed the shutout, as lefty Jake Drehoff allowed three hits in three innings and righty Taylor Grover closed it out with a perfect ninth. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (61-41): W, 8-2, vs. Myrtle Beach (Cubs) -- In a game shortened to eight innings by rain, right-hander Michael Kopech started and pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and five walks with five strikeouts. Righty Mario Alcantara picked up the win after pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits while fanning four. He's now 9-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Right-hander Simon Mercedes allowed a run on two hits with one strikeout in one inning, picking up his fourth save. -- Left fielder Mike Meyers went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple as part of Salem's five-run eighth inning. Third baseman Rafael Devers was 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in the sixth inning that put his team ahead to stay. First baseman Nick Longhi was 1-for-4 with two-run single in the eighth. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (52-49): W, 5-4, vs. Rome (Braves) -- Right-hander Roniel Raudes pitched five scoreless innings before surrendering back-to-back solo home runs in the sixth. He finished his stint at 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts. He picked up the win and now is 9-3 with a 4.41 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. -- Right-hander Gerson Bautista relieved and went 1 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run but no hits and one walk with a pair of strikeouts. Righty Jake Cosart pitched the final two innings to collect his second save, allowing one run on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. He ended the game by inducing a fly out with runners on first and third. -- Designated hitter Trent Kemp (1-for-4) unloaded for a two-run home run in the sixth inning, sending the ball off the building beyond Greenville's Green Monster in left field. The shot was estimated at 412 feet. -- Catcher Austin Rei was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. Third baseman Michael Chavis (1-for-4) hit an RBI double in the first inning. -- Shortstop Jeremy Rivera made a diving catch to save a run in the third inning. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (23-16): W, 5-3 in 10 innings, vs. Batavia (Marlins) -- First baseman Jerry Downs lined the second pitch he saw in the 10th inning over the fence in left field for a two-run home run to give Lowell the walk-off win. Downs also had a single earlier in the game, finishing 2-for-4. He's now hitting .250/.344/.375 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 23 games. -- Left fielder Tyler Hill went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. He singled just before Downs hit the game-winner. A 19th-round pick of the Sox in 2014, Hill now is batting .381/.436/.571 with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 32 games. -- Third baseman Steven Reveles went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs, upping his line to .224/.253/.263 in 20 games. -- Designated hitter Allen Craig, starting a rehab assignment after being out since May 19 with right knee inflammation, went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. -- Right-hander Josh Pennington started but was removed after walking the first two batters (one was subsequently caught stealing), hitting the next two, allowing a sacrifice fly and throwing a wild pitch. Following his two-out, two-run stint, he's now 2-1 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in eight starts. -- Righty Pat Goetze was the first reliever to see action. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Right-hander Algenis Martinez followed with four innings of scoreless ball, allowing just one hit and two walks with four strikeouts. Righty Matthew Gorst, a 12th-round pick this year, picked up the win after pitching a scoreless top of the 10th, striking out one.

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