Rick Porcello

Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Rick Porcello to start in Pawtucket; Trey Ball tagged for 8 runs

Ken Laird
August 21, 2015 - 5:23 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (48-78): Scheduled off day. Next action Friday vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- RHP Rick Porcello is scheduled to start Friday night'€™s game for the PawSox, a 7:05 pm first pitch at McCoy Stadium. The 26-year-old Porcello continues his rehab of a right triceps strain, as he was placed on the major league disabled list on August 2. His last start for Boston took place on July 29 and lasted just two innings with five earned runs allowed on 10 hits. Porcello made one rehab start with Short-Season Lowell on August 15, pitching 3 2/3 scoreless innings before lightning and rain suspended play. He allowed three singles and a walk, inducing two double plays and striking out one after 36 total pitches, 26 of which went for strikes. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (46-78): L, 7-2, at Altoona (Pirates) -- LHP Danny Rosenbaum started but didn'€™t make it out of the second inning, taking the loss (0-6, 8.14 ERA) with a final line of: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO (53 pitches, 29 strikes). Rosenbaum, 27, pitched a scoreless first inning but allowed three doubles, a single and two walks in the second before being removed as Altoona plated six runs in the frame. A throwing error by third baseman Dustin Lawley allowed a runner to reach in the inning on a sacrifice bunt, leading to the two unearned runs. Acquired by Boston via trade from Washington in January in exchange for cash, the 6-foot-2 Rosenbaum had Tommy John surgery in May of 2014 and did not come off the disabled list until June 20 of this year, when he made the first of four starts with Short-Season Lowell. In Rosenbaum'€™s last healthy season, 2013, with Triple-A Syracuse he went 7-11 with a 3.87 ERA over 158 1/3 innings. -- The Portland bullpen delivered 6 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just one run. RHP Mike Augliera went 2 2/3 innings allowing one hit while striking out two. LHP Williams Jerez (Boston'€™s No. 25 prospect at MLB.com) pitched two hitless frames with a strikeout. And RHP John Cornely finished out with two innings, giving up a run on a solo homer to begin the eighth in addition to a double, single, and a wild pitch to follow, but limiting the damage with a double play and a stranded runner. -- Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin went 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk, driving in both Portland runs in the fifth as he turned on the first pitch he saw, sending it into the right field corner for his sixth three-bagger of the year (his third with Portland). Lin, 21, has raised his average from .190 to .221 over his last seven games, hitting .320 (8-for-25) with a triple, two doubles, four runs scored and three RBIs over that span. Signed by Boston during the international signing period in 2012 for a $2 million bonus out of Taiwan, Lin began the year with High-A Salem and slashed .281/.331/.367 over 73 games before his promotion on July 13. -- Center fielder Manuel Margot (Boston'€™s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot, scoring a run and raising his slash line to .254/.309/.381 through 47 games with Portland. The 20-year-old Margot has hits in four of his last five contests, hitting .350 (7-for-20) over that span with two doubles and three runs scored. Signed by Boston during the 2011 international signing period for $800,000, Margot started the year in High-A Salem and slashed .282/.321/.420 over 46 games before his promotion on June 22. -- Second baseman Carlos Asuaje (Boston'€™s No. 24 prospect at MLB.com) went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to six games. Sam Travis (Boston'€™s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) did not play. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (55-67): L, 8-0, at Carolina (Braves) -- LHP Trey Ball (Boston'€™s No. 13 prospect at MLB.com) lost his fourth straight start (8-12, 4.77 ERA) and was tagged for eight earned runs with a final line of: 4 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO (70 pitches, 49 strikes). Ball, 21, has allowed 22 earned runs of those last four starts, with his ERA rising over a full point from where it was at 3.69 on July 24. On Wednesday, the 6-foot-6 Ball pitched a scoreless first inning, and allowed one run in the second on a solo home run before retiring the side. Then, in the third, nine Carolina batters came to the plate as Ball allowed four runs on four singles, a double, and a walk. Staying in for the fourth frame, Ball put two aboard via a double and a walk before giving up his second homer of the day, a three-run shot to increase Carolina'€™s lead to 8-0. Selected by Boston in the first round of the 2013 draft (seventh overall) out of high school in Indiana, Ball has made 23 starts with Salem this year, pitching 120 2/3 innings with 68 strikeouts and 55 walks. In 2013 with Greenville, Ball made 22 starts and threw 100 innings. This year opposing batters are hitting .258 against Ball (with opposing left handers hitting .266), and Ball has 16 home runs allowed including seven in the last eight games. -- The Salem offense managed just four hits in the game, with two from third baseman Deiner Lopez and one each from shortstop Mauricio Dubon (Boston'€™s No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) and left fielder Mike Meyers. Lopez, 21, has three straight multi-hit games and is slashing .315/.333/.371 over 26 total games with Salem this year. The 6-foot Venezuelan, a switch-hitter, has had two separate stints with Salem in 2015, appearing in 14 games in High-A during May and June where he hit .271, and now re-joining the team from Single-A Greenville on August 6 as he'€™s hit .366 (15-for-41) over a 12 game stretch with two doubles, five RBIs, and five runs scored. Lopez was signed by Boston during the 2010 international signing period out of Venezuela. Meyers, 21, hit a single to leadoff the fifth inning for his first hit with Salem in his third game since his promotion on August 18. The 21-year-old Meyers played in 92 games with Greenville this year, slashing .296/.364/.426 with five homers, six triples, and 18 doubles with 57 runs scored and 40 RBIs. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (62-61): L, 9-4, at Delmarva (Orioles) -- Third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston'€™s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) hit a two-run single in the third inning, later coming around to score on a sacrifice fly from shortstop Javier Guerra (Boston'€™s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) to give Greenville a 3-1 lead. Devers, 18, finished 1-for-4 and has hits in four of his last five games. However, Devers is hitting just .194 in August through 15 games this month, with 18 strikeouts. Signed by Boston during the 2013 international signing period for $1.5 million out of the Dominican Republic, Devers has seen his average fall from .300, where it stood on July 22, to a current .276 mark. -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston'€™s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a walk, while also being charged with his first Greenville fielding error on a miscue during Dalmarva'€™s six-run fourth inning on a single that allowed two runners to advance a base. It was a sloppy fourth inning all told for Greenville in the field, with a wild pitch from RHP Jeffry Fernandez, a passed ball charged to catcher J. T. Watkins that scored a run, and with six Delmarva hits in the frame as they took a 7-4 lead. Fernandez, 22, started and took the loss (3-9, 6.26 ERA) with a final line of: 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (72 pitches, 43 strikes). Fernandez has made 23 starts this year, all with Greenville, with 110 2/3 innings pitched along with 62 strikeouts and 44 walks. -- RHP Taylor Nunez, 23, made his Greenville debut in relief of Fernandez, allowing two inherited runners to score on a single in the fourth before retiring the next seven batters he faced. Then, in the seventh, Nunez allowed two unearned runs as, after a leadoff double, Guerra was charged with a missed-catch error on a Nunez throw to second base. A two-RBI single followed to give Delmarva a 9-3 lead. Selected by Boston in the 27th round of the 2014 draft out the University of Southern Mississippi, Nunez began the year with Short-Season Lowell and compiled a 1.93 ERA over 13 appearances as opponents hit just ..207 against him. -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, in addition to stealing his 40th base of the season. Moncada, 20, has the sixth most steals in the South Atlantic League, 31 behind the league leader but with 28 fewer games played. Moncada is slashing .292/.383/.459 through 68 games played in 2015. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (30-28): L, 4-3 in 11 innings, at Brooklyn (Mets) -- Left fielder Tyler Spoon singled home center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe (Boston'€™s No. 30 prospect at MLB.com) in the top of the 11th to give Lowell a 3-2 lead, but Brooklyn scored two in the bottom of the inning and won on a walkoff hit-by-pitch as RHP Trevor Kelley plunked a batter with the bases loaded following three hits and an intentional walk. Lowell also blew a 2-0 lead earlier in the game, after scoring runs in the fifth and eighth innings on an RBI-single from catcher Jhon Nunez and a sacrifice fly from right fielder Tate Matheny. RHP Daniel Gonzalez, on for his fourth inning of relief, tried to close the game out in the bottom of the ninth but surrendered two hits and was pulled in favor of Kelley. A costly wild pitch by Kelley advanced both runners into scoring position, and both would score on RBI-ground outs to tie the game 3-3 and send it to extra innings. -- LHP Javier Rodriguez started and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, with three hits and three walks allowed while striking out four. The 20-year-old Rodriguez pitched two perfect innings to begin the game before working out of a bases-loaded jam in the third unscathed. Then, in the fifth, Rodriguez allowed a hit and walked two, but got help from his teammates to keep a scoreless pitching line as Basabe threw out a runner at the plate and Gonzalez relieved to induce an inning-ending double play. The double play ball featured a terrific, athletic play at second base by shortstop Jeremy Rivera as he slid behind the base to make the catch of the grounder, swiped the bag with his free right hand, and then rose and fired to first for the out to save a run. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (36-16): W, 4-3 in 10 innings, vs. GCL Rays -- Right fielder Chris Madera scored the winning, walkoff run in the bottom of the 10th after a walk and a throwing error by the GCL Rays. Madera went 2-for-4 with an RBI-single in the first that got the GCL Red Sox on the board with a 1-0 lead. Madera, 22, is slashing .278/.363/.342 over 25 games in his first season as a professional. Signed by Boston as an undrafted free agent in June of 2015, Madera played two seasons at NAIA Faulkner University in Alabama, with an on-base percentage of over .400 both years. -- Shortstop Yomar Valentin singled home left fielder Trent Kemp in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, with Kemp reaching on a leadoff single and advancing to second on a ground out. Kemp finished 2-for-4 with a triple, although he was picked off the base by the opposing pitcher. -- DH Jerry Downs finished 3-for-5 with a double, while shortstop Carlos Tovar doubled, walked, and scored two runs before being replaced by Valentin in the sixth inning. -- LHP Logan Allen started and took a no-decision with a final line of: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. All three hits came in the third inning, all singles, with two stolen bases against Allen and catcher Andrew Noviello in the frame. The 18-year-old Allen, selected by Boston in the eighth round of this year'€™s draft, has made six starts and has given up just two earned runs over 16 innings (1.13 ERA) with 20 strikeouts and just one walk.