Marco Hernandez

Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Marco Hernandez hits 3-run blast in PawSox comeback; Yoan Moncada has 3 hits for Greenville

Ken Laird
August 02, 2015 - 8:27 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (43-64): W, 8-7, at Buffalo (Blue Jays) -- Pawtucket, coming off its worst winning percentage month in team history (4-22 in July, .154) and without a home run in nine straight games, entered the eighth inning on Saturday trailing 6-1 but scored two in the eighth and five in the ninth on the strength of two-out homers from shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston'€™s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com) and third baseman Marco Hernandez (Boston'€™s No. 23 prospect at MLB.com) to win 8-7. In the eighth, an RBI ground out from Garin Cecchini (Boston'€™s No. 14 prospect at MLB.com) and a sacrifice fly from Hernandez drove home Marrero and catcher Sandy Leon to make it a 6-3 game. In the ninth, Marrero hit a solo home run with two outs, and Cecchini'€™s RBI single scorched through the left side scored Leon to make it a 6-5 game to set the stage for Hernandez. On a 1-2 pitch, Hernandez turned on a fastball and lined it over the right field wall near the foul pole for his second Triple-A homer to give the PawSox an 8-6 lead. RHP Jonathan Aro came on for the bottom of the ninth and picked up his second save, but with some drama. With a man aboard, Buffalo'€™s Matt Hague, leading the International League with a .346 average, was called out on strikes and then ejected along with Buffalo'€™s manager after arguing the call. Then, after a single and a sacrifice fly scored a run to cut the lead to 8-7, second baseman Mike Miller made a great diving stop of a grounder behind the second base bag and flipped to to Marrero covering second to nab the lead runner who had rounded the bag too far, ending the game. -- Hernandez, who finished with four RBIs, improved his Triple-A slash line to .286/.305/.482 with two homers and five doubles in 15 games played with the PawSox since his promotion on July 16. The 22-year-old has played second and third base in consecutive days after spending most of the season at shortstop. -- Cecchini finished with three RBIs and Marrero was 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored to go with his long ball, Marrero'€™s fifth of the season and first since June 7. Marrero had his first stint in the majors this season from June 25 through July 21 with Boston, playing in just five games and going 1-for-7. -- RHP Pat Light (Boston'€™s No. 22 prospect at MLB.com) saw his control problems re-emerge, as he pitched two innings and allowed one run on a single and four walks while striking out three. Light, 24, had not walked a batter in four appearances since the All-Star break after issuing eight free passes in a three-game span in early July. Selected by Boston in the first round of the 2012 draft (37th overall) out of Monmouth University, Light has allowed runs in seven of his last 13 appearances after racking up 17 out of 21 scoreless outings to start the year with Double-A Portland. The 6-foot-5 flamethrower has struck out 19 batters in 19 Triple-A innings pitched. -- Leon went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored in his first game with Pawtucket since clearing waivers. The 26-year-old backstop played in 33 games with Boston in the majors this year, hitting .180 (16-for-89). DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (40-68): L, 3-2, vs. Harrisburg (Nationals) -- Four Portland pitchers held Harrisburg to just three hits in the game, but the Sea Dogs could not climb out of an early 3-1 deficit as Portland batters were just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. LHP Danny Rosenbaum started and struggled with control, walking the leadoff batter in four consecutive innings, and allowed all three runs as he took the loss (0-3, 6.75 ERA) with a final line of: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 3 SO (70 pitches, 32 strikes). It was the fifth Double-A start of the year for the 27-year-old Rosenbaum, who is returning from Tommy John surgery (May of 2014) and is in his first year in the Boston organization after being acquired in January from the Nationals in exchange for catcher Dan Butler. In 2013 Rosenbaum made 28 starts for Triple-A Syracuse, going 7-11 with a 3.87 ERA in 28 starts. RHP Mike Augliera came on in relief and pitched four perfect innings, with four strikeouts as he retired the side in order in the fourth through seventh innings. A starter for most of the season and throughout his four year career with the Boston organization, the 25-year-old has allowed just one earned run over 8 2/3 innings since transitioning to the bullpen. Augliera was selected by Boston in the fifth round of the 2012 draft out of SUNY Binghamton. LHP Williams Jerez (Boston'€™s No. 25 prospect at MLB.com) and RHP John Cornely combined to pitch the final two innings scoreless. Jerez now has had scoreless outings in seven of 12 appearances since his Double-A debut on June 25. Cornely has thrown scoreless outings in nine of his last 11. -- First baseman Sam Travis (Boston'€™s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) went 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Travis, 21, scored in the first after a walk on DH Tim Roberson'€™s RBI double, but also struck out in the seventh with the tying run at third and just one out. Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, Travis has reached safely in 33 of 35 starts with Double-A Portland. -- Left fielder Keury De La Cruz tripled and scored on a ground out by catcher Luis Martinez in the fourth for the other Portland run, giving the 23-year-old De La Cruz a five game hit streak. Third baseman Dustin Lawley connected for his first base hit in his second game with Portland and finished 1-for-4. The 26-year-old Lawley was released by the Mets in June and signed by Boston to a minor league contract. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (53-54): W, 11-3, at Potomac (Nationals) -- Shortstop Mauricio Dubon (Boston'€™s No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) went 3-for-6 with a double, two RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base to lead the Salem offense on a 15-hit night. Over his last 12 games, Dubon is hitting .317 (13-for-41) with six RBIs to raise his Salem average from .200 to .231. The 21-year-old Dubon hit .301 this season with Greenville in 58 games before his promotion on June 26. -- Every member of the Salem lineup had a hit on Saturday and eight players scored runs, with multi-hit games from center fielder Forrestt Allday (2-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored), second baseman Wendell Rijo (Boston'€™s No. 15 prospect at MLB.com, 2-for-6 with an RBI), first baseman Mario Martinez (2-for-5 with an RBI and a run) and DH Zach Kapstein (2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored). -- LHP Daniel McGrath left the game after four innings with a 6-3 lead, but without the necessary five innings of work for a win settled for a no-decision final line of: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO. The 21-year-old Australian allowed a first-inning two-run homer and an RBI double after two walks in the fourth. Through 11 starts with High-A Salem this season, McGrath is 1-4 with 4.09 ERA, striking out 45 in 50 2/3 innings with 28 walks. Signed by Boston for $400,000 out of high school in Australia, McGrath spent time on the disabled list this year with elbow inflammation. -- RHP Brandon Show picked up the win (1-0, 0.00 ERA) with four scoreless innings, extending his scoreless inning streak with Salem to 17 1/3 frames over six appearances. The 22-year-old Show, a 6-foot-2 reliever selected by Boston in the 38th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of San Diego, has allowed just one earned run this season in 10 combined appearances between Lowell, Greenville, and now Salem. Show has 14 strikeouts to eight walks, with an opposing batting average of just .140, over that span. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (54-51): W, 6-2, vs. Lexington (Royals) -- LHP Jalen Beeks allowed just one run through seven innings, picking up the win (9-4, 4.01 ERA) with a final line of: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO (84 pitches, 58 strikes). The quality start was the ninth in Beeks'€™ last 15 starts. Beeks'€™ lone run surrendered came after three singles in the second inning, after which the 22-year-old retired 16 of 20 batters faced, exiting with a 6-1 lead. Selected by Boston in the 12th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Arkansas, Beeks made just two appearances last year in the Gulf Coast League as he began his professional career. -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles to lead the Greenville offense, as the Drive racked up 12 hits and five extra-base hits in the game. Moncada also stole a base, his 23rd, while also getting thrown out at home as teammate Danny Mars was hung up between first and second on a pickoff move. In the field, Moncada was charged with his 17th error on the season on a missed catch as the throw came into the wrong side of second base on a steal attempt. The 20-year-old Moncada is slashing .278/.369/.431 on the season after wrapping up a July of .316/.419/.526 that featured four homers, six doubles, a triple, 23 runs scored, 13 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in the month. -- Third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston'€™s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) doubled home two runs during a four-run sixth inning to give Greenville a 6-1 lead, pulling a ball over the head of the right fielder and to the wall. Devers is coming off a July slash line of .258/.288/.454, when he hit five homers and four doubles with 16 RBIs and 14 runs scored in the month. For the season, the 18-year-old Dominican is at .289/.320/.448 through 86 games. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (22-19): W, 5-4, at State College (Cardinals) -- Lowell overcame a 4-0 deficit in the comeback win, scoring three runs in the seventh inning and the winning run in the eighth behind key extra-base hits from first baseman Josh Ockimey. The 19-year-old Ockimey led off the seventh with a double, coming in to score on an RBI single by Brandon Magee to pull within 4-2. Two more runs scored in the seventh on RBIs by Luis Alexander Basabe and Chad De La Guerra to tie the game, and in the eighth Ockimey led off with a triple, scoring the go-ahead marker on Mitchell Gunsolus'€™ RBI single to right. Ockimey finished the night 4-for-4 with two triples and a double, to go with an RBI and two runs scored. Ockimey'€™s three-bagger in the fourth put Lowell on the board and brought home Victor Acosta. Selected by Boston in the fifth round of the 2014 draft out of high school in Pennsylvania, Ockimey is slashing .280/.351/.440 in 29 games this year with a homer, three triples, and seven doubles. -- LHP Logan Boyd picked up his second win (2-0, 3.46 ERA) with four scoreless innings of relief, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three. Selected in the 19th round of this year'€™s draft out of Sam Houston State University, Boyd has whiffed 15 batters in 13 innings while walking eight over six total appearances in his first experience as a professional. -- RHP Dioscar Romero started the game and allowed four earned runs on three hits and four walks through three innings. A bases-loaded triple in the first brought home three against the 20-year-old Romero, as he walked three of the first four batters of the game. Romero, a 6-foot-3 Dominican, is 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA through eight starts this year in the New-York Penn League after missing almost all of 2014 due to injury. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (21-12): Postponed vs. GCL Twins due to wet grounds. Next action Monday vs. GCL Rays.

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