Garin Cecchini

Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Garin Cecchini finds an RBI; Pat Light, Williams Jerez impress in pen; Rafael Devers keeps hitting

Ken Laird
June 07, 2015 - 4:12 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (27-29): L, 11-4, at Syracuse (Nationals) -- Pawtucket suffered the loss despite its offense having a three-homer night, with long balls off the bats of Mike Miller (his first in Triple-A), Bryce Brentz (his seventh), and Garin Cecchini (his second). For Cecchini (Boston'€™s No. 8 prospect at MLB.com) it was his first home run and, amazingly, also his first RBI since April 13, a span of 36 games. Cecchini, hitting just .185 over 41 games, missed eight contests in April with left shoulder inflammation. -- Much of the Syracuse damage was done in a seven-run inning against Pawtucket starter Jess Todd, but also touched up were PawSox bullpen arms Dalier Hinojosa and Robbie Ross Jr. Each allowed two earned runs in their respective two innings of work. Hinojosa had not been scored on in nine of his previous 10 outings in Triple-A, sandwiched around a brief call-up to the majors. Ross has had four stints with Boston this year, most recently optioned back to the PawSox on Thursday. -- Veteran catcher Humberto Quintero was ejected in the seventh inning after receiving the first pitch thrown from reliever Heath Hembree. Hembree'€™s pitch was called a ball, and Quintero, who had been charged with a throwing error earlier in the inning, had an extended verbal sparring with the home plate umpire from his catcher'€™s crouch. Shortly after Quintero was tossed, PawSox manager Kevin Boles also was ejected. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (23-33): L, 1-0, vs. Bowie (Orioles) -- Closer Pat Light continued his eye-opening season with Portland as he pitched another scoreless inning, with his first four velocities clocked at 97, 97, 99 and 98 mph. Light has allowed just one earned run in his last 17 1/3 innings, with 17 of his 20 appearances on the season producing zeroes in the earned run column. Light, a 24-year-old, 6-foot-5 righty, was a first-round pick of the Red Sox in 2012 out of Monmouth University. -- On Wednesday, Boston traded Joe Gunkel (its No. 30 prospect at MLB.com) to Baltimore for major league outfielder Alejandro De Aza. On Saturday, Gunkel returned to Portland in an opposing jersey and shut down his former Portland team over six scoreless innings. The Bowie bullpen did the rest to complete the shutout of the Sea Dogs in Portland'€™s shortest nine-inning game of the season, a quick two hours and six minutes. Gunkel, a 23-year-old, 6-foot-5 righty, had pitched well in Portland before the trade as he gave up eight earned runs in 18 1/3 innings, with 22 strikeouts. -- Gunkel'€™s spot in the Portland rotation was filled by Heri Quevedo, a 6-foot-2 righty who came off the disabled list to make his first start of the season as well as his Double-A debut. The debut line for Quevedo: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO (84 pitches, 50 strikes). Quevedo fractured his hand in spring training when he was hit by a line drive, and is coming off a rocky 2014 (6.36 ERA in 15 games) split between short-season Lowell and High-A Salem. Quevedo, 25, did make six scoreless relief appearances out of seven in the Dominican Winter League. -- Portland managed just five hits Saturday, one of which was a double from Aneury Tavarez. Tavarez, a 23-year-old Dominican who was promoted from High-A Salem on May 24, manned center field in place of Blake Tekotte, who was placed on the disabled list. Tekotte has anchored center for Portland this year, starting 49 of the first 55 games. -- Cole Sturgeon was called up from High-A Salem and made his Double-A debut, starting in right field and going 0-for-3 from the ninth spot in the batting order. Sturgeon'€™s 11-game hit streak from Salem came to an end. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (27-27): L, 4-3, vs. Potomac (Nationals) -- Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin drove in all three Salem runs, but it wasn't enough as Salem dropped a second straight at home to the P-Nats. Lin was 2-for-4 with a bases-loaded single and a run-scoring wall-ball double to raise his average to .273. Lin, 21, hit .306 in May (30-for-98) and has continued to hit well so far in June, off to a 5-for-17 (.294) start to the month. A lefty stick from Taiwan, Lin hit just .229 last year over 102 games in Low-A Greenville. -- Starter Kevin McAvoy allowed three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings, getting tagged for eight hits to go with five walks. McAvoy, 21, struck out two. Now 4-4 on the season with a 3.54 ERA through 10 starts, the 6-foot-4 righty has been unable to reach quality start status in his past three after opening the year surrendering just nine ER in his first 39 2/3 innings (2.04 ERA). -- Williams Jerez made his Salem debut, striking out five batters in 3 1/3 shutout innings of relief. The 23-year-old Jerez, a 6-foot-4 lefty, allowed just nine ER in 39 1/3 innings (2.06 ERA) this year out of the bullpen in Low-A Greenville before his promotion Thursday. Combined this year Jerez has struck out 48 batters to just 10 walks. Drafted as an outfielder by Boston in the second round in 2011, Jerez made a switch to the mound in the spring of 2014. -- Home plate umpire Tucker Beneville was taken to the hospital in an ambulance in the first inning after he took a foul ball from the bat of Wendell Rijo in the area below his protective mask. The base umpire finished the game as a one-man crew. The Salem Red Sox reported during the game that Beneville was doing OK after being evaluated. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (31-25): L, 10-6, at Savannah (Mets) -- Greenville got its offense back on track, but pitching was another story as the Drive dropped its fifth straight. Starter Jeffry Fernandez was perfect through two innings but in the third gave up two doubles and two walks around a throwing error from shortstop Javier Guerra, and Savannah plated four runs. Fernandez (1-5, 5.28 ERA) lasted four innings in a no-decision outing. -- Greenville retook the lead with a four-run fifth, but Drive reliever Jamie Callahan (Boston'€™s second-round draft pick in 2012) gave up six earned in two innings and Savannah grabbed the lead back for good. Callahan was tagged for seven hits, including three doubles and a triple, to go with a hit batsman. -- The Drive had 12 hits on the night, all singles, as third baseman Rafael Devers led the way with a three-hit night to go with three RBIs. The 18-year-old Devers (Boston'€™s No. 5 ranked prospect at MLB.com) ended a three game mini-slump (0-for 10) to raise his average back to .328 (second best in the South Atlantic League). -- Top prospect Yoan Moncada did not play. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE: RED SOX 2 (5-2): W, 11-2, at DSL Yankees 2 -- Anderson Espinoza allowed one earned run (scoring after a balk and a wild pitch) over four innings, striking out five while walking two in his second start of the year. The 17-year-old, a 6-foot righty out of Venezuela, was ranked as the top pitcher in the international class in 2014 when Boston signed him to a $1.8 million deal.

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