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Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi have 11-game hit streaks

Ken Laird
April 22, 2016 - 4:25 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 (9-6): L, 5-0, at Rochester (Twins) -- LHP Brian Johnson (Boston's No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) took the loss with a final line of: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO (95 pitches, 54 strikes). The 25-year-old Johnson (1-2, 2.51 ERA) battled control problems early, walking three in the second inning alone although keeping the game scoreless into the third. Two PawSox errors then led to two unearned third-inning runs. First, third baseman Jantzen Witte bounced a throw home on a first-and-third ground ball induced from Johnson. Later in the inning, shortstop Marco Hernandez airmailed a throw to third after recording a pop-out as he tried to catch the lead runner at the bag. A fourth-inning triple and ensuing sacrifice fly finished the damage against Johnson. On the season, through three starts, the 6-foot-4 southpaw has allowed four earned runs over 14 1/3 innings with 14 strikeouts and eight walks. -- RHP Pat Light (Boston's No. 15 prospect at MLB.com) entered with one out and a runner on second in the seventh, cleaning up the frame with a ground out and a strikeout via his split-finger fastball. However, Light was touched up in the eighth as he allowed a deep shot on a first-pitch fastball pulled over the left-center fence. It was the first homer allowed by Light this season. In five outings so far in 2016 Light has allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and three walks. -- Twins top prospect Jose Berrios limited the PawSox offense to just three baserunners over the first seven innings, taking a no-hitter into the sixth. Pawtucket managed just a walk (Swihart) and two singles (Witte and second baseman Sean Coyle) against the 21-year-old righty, striking out seven times. Pawtucket scratched out three more singles (catcher Sandy Leon, Hernandez and center fielder Rusney Castillo) against the Rochester bullpen but could not manage a run. Swihart hit into a double play with two runners on to end the game, and through five games with Pawtucket since his demotion he is just 3-for-21 (.143) with a double. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (6-8): Scheduled off day. Next action Friday at Hartford (Rockies) HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (10-5): L, 7-2, vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston's No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) doubled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, finishing 1-for-4 with a run scored. The 21-year-old Benintendi has hits in 12 of 14 games played this year, slashing .321/.381/.625 with six triples and five doubles to go with 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Selected by Boston in the first round (seventh overall) of last year's draft, the 5-foot-10 Benintendi is second in the Carolina League in total bases (35), third in slugging percentage (.625), and seventh in hits (18). Last year in 54 games split between Short-Season Lowell and Single-A Greenville Benintendi slashed .313/.416/.556 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs. -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston's No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) also extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. The 20-year-old Moncada has hit safely in 12 of 13 games this season and has reached safely in all 13, slashing .356/.508/.511 so far with five extra-base hits. Signed by Boston in 2015 for a record $31.5 million bonus out of Cuba, the 6-foot-2 switch hitter is leading the Carolina League in on-base percentage (.508), and is second in walks (14), second in steals (13), third in batting average (.356) and fifth in runs (12). -- Third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston's No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) continues to struggle at the plate, going 0-for-4 to lower his average to just .135 (7-for-52) through 14 games. Devers has a home run and three doubles to go with eight walks, but has had just one multi-hit game so far this year. -- Catcher Ben Moore hit his first professional home run, going 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to five games. Selected by Boston in the eighth round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Alabama, the 23-year-old Moore is off to a 7-for-28 (.250) start in his first eight games played this season. Moore played just 24 games last season with Single-A Greenville but slashed .319/.356/.426 with a triple, eight doubles, nine RBIs and 16 runs scored. -- RHP Ben Taylor took the loss (0-1, 4.85 ERA) — which snapped Salem's seven-game win streak — with a final line of: 4 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO (80 pitches, 55 strikes). Taylor allowed four straight hits to start the game, with three runs crossing in the first. In his first two outings this year the 23-year-old University of South Alabama product had allowed just one earned run over nine innings with 10 strikeouts and two walks. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (9-6): L, 13-9, vs. Columbia (Mets) -- Left fielder Kyri Washington hit his fifth home run -- tied for the South Atlantic League lead -- to tie the game 6-6 in the fourth inning. The homer, estimated at 405 feet, came on a 1-1 offspeed pitch and was pulled over the Fluor Field "Green Monster" in left; the blast extended Washington's hitting streak to five games. The 21-year-old Washington is off to a 15-for-49 (.306) start at the plate with the five homers, two triples, 16 RBIs (two shy of the league lead) and 10 runs scored. He was selected by Boston in the 23rd round of the 2015 draft out of Longwood University, where he hit 15 home runs in 2015 with 52 RBIs in the Big South conference. -- First baseman Josh Ockimey (Boston's No. 16 prospect at MLB.com) also homered, leading off the second inning with a shot over the right-center fence. It was Ockimey's fourth blast of the year, and he added an RBI single in the third and a single and run scored in the seventh to finish 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Selected by Boston in the fifth round of the 2014 draft out of high school in Pennsylvania, the 20-year-old Ockimey is slashing .314/.444/.608 through 13 games with seven extra-base hits and 10 runs, and his 12 walks are just three shy of the league lead. -- Third baseman Michael Chavis (Boston's No. 10 prospect at MLB.com) extended his hitting streak to six games with a single in the third, while also adding a walk. The 20-year-old Chavis is off to a 20-for-53 (.377) start with three homers, three doubles, 13 RBIs and 10 runs scored. His 20 hits are the second most in the South Atlantic League. -- It was a tough night on the mound for RHP Daniel Gonzalez, as the 6-foot-5 native of Venezuela finished with a final line of: 5 IP, 13 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO (82 pitches, 58 strikes). RHP Austin Glorius pitched three scoreless innings of relief but was tagged with the loss in the ninth as he allowed five straight hits in the final frame before being pulled. All five runners scored to lose the 9-8 Greenville lead.

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