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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Aaron Wilkerson tosses 7 shutout innings for Portland; LHP Daniel McGrath goes 6 scoreless for Salem

Ken Laird
August 24, 2015 - 6:24 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (49-80): L, 4-2 in 10 innings, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- RHP Pat Light walked three consecutive batters in the top of the 10th inning, on 3-0, 3-2 and then 3-1 pitches, leading to the go-ahead runs scoring on an ensuing two-bounce chopper to shortstop that Deven Marrero charged and fielded cleanly but bounced on the throw home, an error charged to Marrero (his 17th of the season) as the ball evaded catcher Humberto Quintero, allowing two runs to score. Light (Boston's No. 22 prospect at MLB.com) had not walked a batter in his two previous outings after walking 11 over a four-appearance span in early August. "It's been interesting because I've never had an issue with fastball in my career up to this point," the 24-year-old told the Providence Journal. "I don't have something to draw on from the past to help figure that out. I've just been missing a little, usually on my arm side. It's been hit-or-miss. Sometimes I've been great with [the fastball] and sometimes not." The 6-foot-5 Light had allowed just two earned runs over his last 13 1/3 innings, although one of those was the go-ahead home run allowed in a Pawtucket extra-inning loss last Wednesday. Selected by Boston in the first round (37th overall) of the 2012 draft out of Monmouth University, Light has worked 29 2/3 innings with the PawSox over 22 outings, with 17 earned runs (5.16 ERA), 33 strikeouts and 26 walks. -- Marrero (Boston's No. 10 prospect at MLB.com) had plated both Pawtucket runs earlier in the game with his sixth home run of the year, a deep drive over the billboards and out of the ballpark in left field on a 3-1 pitch in the third inning. Marrero, 24, is slashing .248/.308/.344 over 90 games this year in Triple-A and has had two stints in the majors where he appeared in just six games and hit 1-for-7 in his limited at-bats. Since his last stint in Boston, Marrero has batted leadoff in 12 consecutive games, the first such games of his Triple-A career, and has hit .308 (16-for-52) with hits in 11 of the 12 contests. -- RHP William Cuevas allowed a two-run homer in the top of the third inning but pitched his third quality start in his fourth Triple-A try, finishing with a no-decision final line of: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO (108 pitches, 69 strikes). The 24-year-old Cuevas had walked the leadoff batter in the third prior to the long ball, and did so again to start the fourth but recovered to limit the damage as he retired the final eight batters he faced. Promoted to Pawtucket on Aug. 4, the 6-foot Cuevas was an Eastern League All-Star this year with Double-A Portland where he held opponents to a .233 average and allowed just four home runs. -- LHP Robby Scott pitched three scoreless innings of relief, retiring the first 10 batters he faced before allowing back-to-back singles in the ninth and stranding them with an infield pop out. Scott, 25, struck out three and walked none and has not allowed a run over his last nine innings pitched, with six hits allowed, seven whiffs and no walks over that span. -- RHP Jonathan Aro was recalled to Boston on Sunday for the third time this season, with RHP Matt Barnes optioned back to Pawtucket. Aro, 24, had returned to Pawtucket on Aug. 1 and made six Triple-A appearances over that span, allowing five earned runs (including two home runs) in 12 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and two walks. The last five outings from Aro have been multi-inning appearances, with his last on Wednesday a three-inning scoreless relief spot. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (47-80): W, 9-0, at Harrisburg (Nationals) -- RHP Aaron Wilkerson pitched seven shutout innings against a lineup that featured rehabbing major leaguers Denard Span and Dan Uggla, as Wilkerson picked up the victory with a final line of: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO (88 pitches, 59 strikes). It was the fourth overall Double-A start for the 26-year-old Wilkerson (2-1, 3.65 ERA) , and his second consecutive seven-inning outing, after allowing just one earned run last Tuesday. Wilkerson allowed single baserunners in the first, second, fifth and seventh innings, but two were erased on the bases and the other two stranded. The 6-foot-3 Wilkerson leads all Red Sox minor leaguers in strikeouts this year with 123. He went 7-2 with a 2.96 ERA over 17 appearances (12 starts) this year with High-A Salem before his promotion to Portland on Aug. 5. Undrafted out of Cumberland University in 2011, Wilkerson was signed by Boston in the summer of 2014 after three years of playing independent league baseball. -- Second baseman Carlos Asuaje (Boston's No. 24 prospect at MLB.com) extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 1-for-5 day including an RBI. Over his streak, the 23-year-old Asuaje is hitting .405 (15-for-37) with three homers, seven RBIs and a triple that put him in the Eastern League lead with seven three-baggers. In addition, Asuaje has committed just two errors in his last 52 games played. -- First baseman Sam Travis (Boston's No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) hit two doubles in the same inning, part of an eight-run fourth as Portland sent 11 men to the plate and racked up eight hits in the frame. Travis, 21, leads all Red Sox minor leaguers in average and RBIs with .303 (135-for-446) and 68 marks split this year between High-A Salem and Portland. Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, Travis has reached base safely in 50 of his 53 games in Double-A. -- LHP Williams Jerez (Boston's No. 25 prospect at MLB.com) finished the shutout, pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Wilkerson. The 6-foot-4 Jerez allowed just one hit and struck out three, with a wild pitch, and he now has two straight scoreless outings (four innings pitched) HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (57-68): W, 5-1, at Wilmington (Royals) -- LHP Daniel McGrath pitched six shutout innings with eight strikeouts, picking up his first victory since April 26 with a final line of: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO (91 pitches, 65 strikes). The 21-year-old McGrath (2-6, 4.05 ERA) retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing a lone single in the third inning, then retired six more in order before another lone single in the fifth. It is the second straight quality start for McGrath, and the second straight without a walk, as McGrath now has made 15 starts for Salem with 73 1/3 innings pitched, striking out 62 and walking 34. -- RHP Brandon Show pitched three innings in relief of McGrath for his first professional save, giving up just one run on one hit after retiring the first seven batters he faced, allowing a ninth-inning triple with a run crossing on an ensuing ground out. Selected by Boston in the 38th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of San Diego, the 22-year-old Snow has a 2.89 ERA with Salem over 10 appearances, with 28 innings pitched, 12 strikeouts and seven walks. -- DH Kevin Heller went 1-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored, hitting a two-run homer in the fourth and bringing home another run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly. It was the sixth homer of the year for the 25-year-old Heller, who is slashing .293/.413/.429 over 79 games this season in High-A. Heller now leads Salem with 44 RBIs on the year. -- Shortstop Mauricio Dubon (Boston's No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot, raising his August slash line to .301/.378/.315 with five RBIs and eight runs scored over 18 games. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (64-62): W, 4-0, at Delmarva (Orioles) -- LHP Luis Ramos pitched six scoreless innings, picking up the victory with a final line of: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO (61 pitches, 38 strikes). It was the fifth start with Greenville for Ramos (2-3, 6.20 ERA) , as the 20-year-old Panamanian made eight appearances with Short-Season Single-A Lowell to begin the year, going 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA over 38 2/3 innings. -- RHP Jamie Callahan pitched three scoreless innings of relief to complete the shutout and earn his third save, allowing just one hit while striking out three. Callahan, 21, is now 5-6 with a 5.26 ERA in 28 appearances this year, all with Greenville, with 74 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched to go with 31 walks. -- The Greenville offense had just five hits but plated four runs in the fifth inning, with a two-RBI single from right fielder Danny Mars capping the inning. Mars has hits in seven of his last eight games, with a season-long slash line of .298/.356/.355 over 30 games. -- Yoan Moncada (Boston's No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) did not play for a third game in a row. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (30-31): L, 4-0, vs. Staten Island (Yankees) -- Lowell dropped its sixth straight game, producing just four singles -- two from left fielder Kyri Washington and one apiece from second baseman Chad De La Guerra and first baseman Tucker Tubbs. -- RHP Austin Glorius started and pitched four scoreless innings in his fourth outing of the year, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out three. The 22-year-old Glorius was signed by Boston as an undrafted free agent out of Division 2 Valdosta State University, and now is 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA over his first 13 2/3 innings as a professional. -- LHP Matt Kent took the loss (6-1, 1.71 ERA), his first as a professional, as he allowed four runs, two of them earned over five innings of relief. Selected by Boston in the 13th round of this year's draft out of Texas A&M University, the 22-year-old Kent has thrown 42 innings with 31 strikeouts and nine walks. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (38-16): Scheduled off day. Next action Monday vs. GCL Orioles

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