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Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Haley tosses gem for Portland; Andrew Benintendi triples, has 7-game hit streak

Ken Laird
August 14, 2015 - 6:08 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-75): L, 3-2, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) -- RHP Shawn Haviland pitched into the eighth inning in his second Pawtucket start since being acquired by Boston earlier this month, but he took the loss with a final line of: 7 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (104 pitches, 66 strikes). Haviland (4-7, 4.32 ERA) allowed two runs in the first on three singles but recovered to pitch six scoreless innings as he scattered just a hit, two walks and a hit batsman over his next 20 batters faced. However, in a 2-2 game in the eighth, Haviland allowed back-to-back singles and was removed for RHP Noe Ramirez, who allowed the go-ahead RBI single with Haviland'€™s inherited runner scoring. A Harvard graduate, the 29-year-old Haviland was acquired by Boston earlier this month in a trade with Colorado for cash considerations after making 19 appearances (13 starts) with Triple-A Charlotte and compiling a 4-5 record with a 4.19 ERA over 77 1/3 innings. In his first start with the PawSox, the 6-foot-2 Haviland allowed four earned runs over five innings, walking two and striking out two. -- The Pawtucket offense had nine hits, all singles, and finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Pawtucket tied the game 2-2 in the third inning on an RBI ground out from third baseman Carlos Rivero, scoring first baseman Matt Spring, and an RBI single from catcher Sandy Leon, scoring shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston'€™s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com). Rivero, 27, finished 2-for-5 in his third game with Pawtucket since being reacquired by Boston from Seattle for cash considerations. He also struck out to end the game with the potential tying run on second base in the top of the ninth. Center fielder Quintin Berry also had two hits, going 2-for-4 with a successful sacrifice bunt to improve to 4-for-12 over his last three games, and DH Marco Hernandez (Boston'€™s No. 23 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-4 but struck out to end the third inning with the bases loaded. -- Pawtucket has lost 11 games in a row, two shy of a club record set in 1985. The PawSox also have dropped 14 of 16, and 22 of 26 overall, with a 6-36 mark since June 29. -- Reliever Jorge Marban was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland. The 26-year-old Marban made 24 appearances with the Sea Dogs, going 2-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 33 innings of work, with 26 strikeouts and 22 walks. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (43-75): W, 2-1, vs. Erie (Tigers) -- RHP Justin Haley pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, and picked up the victory with a final line of: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO (82 pitches, 58 strikes). The 6-foot-5 Haley (5-13, 5.08 ERA) was perfect in every inning but the second, with batters reaching on a fielding error and a single before Haley stranded runners and first and third on a 92 mph fastball that painted the outside black of the plate. Haley then retired 16 batters in a row before being lifted after seven innings, tying for the longest start of the season by a Portland pitcher. All told, Haley recorded 12 ground outs to just two fly outs, and worked primarily off his fastball on the day. "He had great control of his fastball -- in and out, up and down," catcher Luis Martinez told the Portland Press Herald. "That was key for him." "Everything felt good today," Haley said. "This year I've struggled staying in the groove. I've had glimpses of it. It was nice to get in the groove and stay there." Selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of Fresno State, the 24-year-old Haley now has a team-leading 23 starts on the season, with six of them quality outings. Last year Haley went 3-2 with Portland over six appearances after a late-season promotion, giving up just five earned runs over 37 2/3 innings (1.19 ERA) while striking out 33. Haley also won a September playoff game last year, pitching six scoreless innings with five allowed hits and eight strikeouts. -- LHP Williams Jerez (Boston'€™s No. 25 prospect at MLB.com) earned his first Double-A save, allowing a solo home run (traveling over 400 feet) over his two innings while striking out one, that being the final batter of the game to end the top of the ninth. Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2011 draft, the 6-foot-4 Jerez was promoted to Portland on June 24 and has made 15 appearances, allowing 28 hits over 25 innings with 13 earned runs (4.68 ERA), 17 strikeouts and 13 walks. -- The Portland offense scored single runs in the second and third innings on RBI singles from left fielder Keury De La Cruz and first baseman Sam Travis (Boston'€™s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com), converting respective doubles from right fielder Henry Ramos (Boston'€™s No. 27 prospect at MLB.com) and shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin. De La Cruz, 23, has a five-game hit streak, has reached safely in 11 of his last 13 games, and is slashing .370/.393/.630 in nine August games with a homer, triple and two doubles. Travis, 21, finished 2-for-4 and is slashing .302/.372/.408 over 45 games with Double-A Portland, reaching base safely in 42 of his starts. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (55-62): L, 9-3, vs. Myrtle Beach (Cubs) -- LHP Daniel McGrath suffered the loss with a final line of: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO. McGrath (1-5, 4.40 ERA) had faced the minimum through three innings, erasing a leadoff walk in the second with a double play to end the frame, but ran into trouble in the fourth as Myrtle Beach sent nine men to the plate and racked up three doubles, five total hits and a walk, coupled with a throwing error from Salem first baseman Jordan Betts. The 21-year-old McGrath would recover to pitch a scoreless fifth and induce another double play in the sixth before being lifted with two outs and the bases empty. The 6-foot-3 McGrath was signed by Boston in 2012 for $400,000 out of high school in Australia. McGrath missed over a month of this season due to elbow inflammation, and since his return has gone 0-4 over seven starts, with 24 earned runs allowed over 31 1/3 innings (6.89 ERA), with 20 strikeouts and 16 walks. -- Every batter in the Salem lineup had a hit, with 14 total hits on the night but only three runs as Salem left 11 runners on base. Left fielder Yolian Cerse got Salem on the board in the seventh with an RBI double, later scoring on an RBI single from third baseman Deiner Lopez. In the ninth, Lopez would bring home another run on a sacrifice fly, scoring Betts who had tripled. -- Center fielder Forrestt Allday went 3-for-5 with a run scored, while shortstop Mauricio Dubon (Boston'€™s No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) and DH Kevin Heller each had two hits. -- Salem fell to 17-30 in the second half and has lost 18 of 24 games, outscored 105-36 over its past 16 contests. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (59-57): L, 8-2, vs. Asheville (Rockies) -- Left fielder Mike Meyers went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot with Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) sitting for a third straight game, but the Greenville offense scored just two runs on seven hits, with the Drive going just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The 21-year-old Meyers singled and stole his 12th base in the first, but he was stranded as DH Rafael Devers (Boston'€™s No. 2 propsect at MLB.com) struck out and Nick Longhi (Boston'€™s No. 20 prospect at MLB.com) flied out. In the third, Meyers doubled and scored on an RBI single from Michael Chavis (Boston'€™s No. 11 prospect at MLB.com). In August, Meyers is hitting .342 (13-for-38) over his first 10 games, and on the season the 6-foot-1 Meyers is slashing .299/.366/.433 with five homers, six triples and 18 doubles for Greenville over 89 games played. Meyers was selected by Boston in the 12th round of the 2012 draft out of high school in Nevada. -- LHP Luis Ramos started and took the loss (2-3, 5.71 ERA) in his third Greenville start with a final line of: 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO (67 pitches, 41 strikes). Ramos gave up two runs in the second on four hits, stranding the bases loaded on a fly out to right. In the fourth, Ramos was tagged for four more runs, including a three-run homer that increased Asheville'€™s lead to 7-1. Signed by Boston during the 2012 international signing period out of Panama, Ramos went 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA last season in the Gulf Coast League, striking out 29 in 43 innings before starting this season with Short-Season Single-A Lowell. -- LHP Jake Drehoff pitched three innings of relief, giving up one earned run on five hits, with three strikeouts. The 6-foot-4 Drehoff, selected by Boston in the 12th round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Southern Mississippi, has allowed just the one earned run in his last four outings, a total of eight innings. The 23-year-old Drehoff also has made four starts this year for Greenville, with a 2.08 ERA in those four outings. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (28-25): W, 7-5, at Batavia (Marlins) -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston'€™s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to seven games, and every member of the Lowell lineup contributed with a hit as the Spinners built a 6-0 lead and hung on for the victory. Benintendi, 21, singled and scored in the seventh and then led off the ninth with a triple, coming home to score on an RBI double from third baseman Victor Acosta. Selected by Boston in the first round of this year'€™s draft (seventh overall) out of the University of Arkansas, Benintendi is slashing .283/.403/.549 over 32 games as a professional. The 5-foot-10 lefty stick has hits in 12 of his last 14 games, batting .351 (19-for-54) with three homers, three triples and a double with eight RBIs and 11 runs scored over that 14-game span. -- Acosta, 19, went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, an RBI and a run scored as he improved his slash line to .290/.342/.400 over 39 games with 18 RBIs and 20 runs scored. Signed by Boston during the 2013 international signing period out of Venezuela, Acosta spent 2014 with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox and compiled a .345 on-base percentage through 42 games, with 31 runs and 13 stolen bases. -- RHP Kevin Steen made his third Lowell start and finished with a no-decision line of: 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO (82 pitches, 47 strikes). Steen, 19, stranded baserunners in each of the first three innings before recording a perfect fourth, and was then lifted in the fifth with the bases loaded after allowing two singles and a walk. Selected by Boston in the ninth round of the 2014 draft out of high school in Tennessee, the 6-foot-1 Steen has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his nine outings this year, six in the Gulf Coast League before his promotion on Aug. 3. He is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA combined between the two squads. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (32-14): W, 8-0, vs. GCL Orioles -- Third baseman Roldani Baldwin drew a walk with the bases loaded in the first inning and cracked his third home run of the season in the third frame as the GCL Red Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back, compiling 13 hits on the day. Baldwin, 19, now has a nine-game hitting streak and is hitting .433 (13-for-30) over that span with two homers, four doubles, five RBIs and five runs scored. -- DH Andy Perez went 3-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs on the day to extend his hitting streak to six games. The 22-year-old Perez drove in two runs in the first on a single that scored second baseman Rafael Oliveras and first baseman Jerry Downs, and his single in the sixth scored shortstop Luis Alejandro Basabe. The 6-foot righty stick also stole a base during the game, his third of the year. Perez is slashing .385/.450/.462 over 15 games as a professional. -- Basabe, the twin brother of Lowell'€™s Luis Alexander Basabe, went 3-for-5 with two runs from the leadoff spot to put his hitting streak at five games. Oliveras went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run, and left fielder Trent Kemp went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk and a run scored. -- Roniel Raudes picked up his second victory (2-0) in as many Gulf Coast League games with his second five-shutout-inning start, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out three on Thursday. The 17-year-old Nicaraguan went 4-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 11 appearances this year in the Dominican Summer League before his promotion on Aug. 7. -- RHP Yankory Pimentel pitched four scoreless innings to finish the game, earning his sixth save. The 21-year-old Pimentel struck out five and walked none, allowing just three hits. The 6-foot-2 Pimentel is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 appearances this season, striking out 33 in 26 innings of work with five walks. For more, check out the latest WEEI Farm Report Podcast hosted by Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable.