Sam Travis

Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis delivers walk-off hit for PawSox

Ken Laird
April 10, 2016 - 4:39 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (2-1): L, 3-1, Game 1 and W, 4-3, Game 2 vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays) -- First baseman Sam Travis (Boston's No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) was the hero of Game 2 with a walk-off single ripped down the left-field line that gave Pawtucket a 4-3 victory. Second baseman Josh Rutledge led off the bottom of the seventh (the final inning as in standard minor league doubleheader formats) with a single to center and advanced to second with a stolen base. Catcher Christian Vazquez was then intentionally walked, bringing Travis to the plate for the finish. Travis, 22, had also singled home a run in the fifth — a laced single to center on a 2-0 pitch that scored shortstop Marco Hernandez — to tie the game at 3 as Travis finished the nightcap 2-for-4 with two RBIs after going 1-for-3 with a run scored in Game 1. Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, Travis was named the Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 after slashing .307/.381/.452 in 131 games split between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. -- Rutledge, Hernandez and Vazquez combined to go 8-for-11 with four runs scored hitting in the top three spots of the PawSox order in Game 2. Hernandez tripled home Rutledge in the first with a shot off the left-center wall, and later came home on a Vazquez single past third base. Hernandez would add a double in the third as well, pulling one into right field and hustling in to second ahead of the throw. Hernandez, a 23-year-old switch hitter, slashed .305/.330/.454 last season split between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket as he finished with nine homers, 30 doubles and six triples in 114 games played. Hernandez was acquired by Boston from the Chicago Cubs as part of the return in the Felix Doubront trade in December of 2014. -- Lefty reliever Robby Scott earned the Game 2 victory with three innings of scoreless relief of Edwin Escobar (4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO). Scott, 26, allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two. -- Right-handed starter Sean O'Sullivan took the loss (0-1) in Game 1 despite pitching a complete-game seven innings, with a final line of: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO (97 pitches, 72 strikes). O'Sullivan finished with four perfect innings, retiring the final 13 batters he faced. The PawSox offense managed just four hits in support of O'Sullivan in Game 1, with right fielder Justin Maxwell (2-for-3) the only multi-hit man. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (2-1): W, 6-2, at Reading (Phillies) -- Sinkerballer Kevin McAvoy made his Double-A debut a good one, earning a victory (1-0) with a final line of: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO (86 pitches, 50 strikes). McAvoy allowed a two-run single in the third after two walks and a batter reaching via catcher interference, but he rebounded for a strikeout to end the inning. The 22-year-old McAvoy then finished with a perfect fourth and fifth as he retired the final seven batters he faced. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Bryant University, McAvoy went 11-9 with a 3.89 ERA last season in 26 starts with High-A Salem. In the second half of 2015, McAvoy was 7-3 with a 3.52 ERA and he allowed three earned runs or less in each of his final eight starts. -- Relievers Chandler Shepherd (Boston's No. 29 prospect at MLB.com) and Luis Ysla (Boston's No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) each pitched two scoreless innings of relief, each striking out two batters with Ysla allowing the lone hit of the final four innings. The 23-year-old Ysla, a lefty acquired last year by Boston in the trade that sent Alejandro De Aza to San Francisco, was awarded his first save of the season and of his professional career. -- The Portland offense compiled 14 hits on the night, all for singles including five that brought runs home. Center fielder Cole Sturgeon led the way in hits going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Joining him with RBIs were third baseman Mike Miller, DH Jantzen Witte, left fielder Rainel Rosario, and right fielder Aneury Tavarez. Witte and Rosario, along with first baseman Jordan Weems and shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin, finished with two-hit nights. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (1-1): Postponed due to weather vs. Carolina (Braves). Next action Sunday (doubleheader) vs. Carolina SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (2-1): W, 5-2, vs. Asheville (Rockies) -- Shortstop Luis Alejandro Basabe hit Greenville's first home run of the season, a two-run shot over the Fluor Field 'Green Monster' in left, to give the Drive a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Basabe then added a single in the fifth (a rocket back up the middle) and another RBI single in the seventh (an opposite-field hit through the hole to right field) to finish 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored while hitting out of the second spot in the order. Basabe was also charged with an error in the field as he was unable to glove a high chopper over the second-base bag in the sixth. 'Aj' Basabe, 19, was signed for a $450,000 bonus during the 2012-13 international signing period out of Venezuela along with his twin brother Luis Alexander Basabe (Boston's No. 8 prospect at MLB.com). Saturday's homer was first homer for 'Aj' Basabe since hitting one in the 2013 Dominican Summer League. Last season over 28-games with the rookie Gulf Coast Red Sox he slashed .260/.387/.310 with five doubles, six RBIs and eight steals. --  DH Kryi Washington added a home run in the seventh, a solo blast on a 3-2 pitch to the opposite field and off the right-field foul pole. Washington, 21, has hit safely in all three games of the season so far as he's started 4-for-10 with a homer and two triples. Selected by Boston in the 23rd round of the 2015 draft out of Longwood University in Virginia, Washington proved intriguing over just 24 games with Short-Season Lowell last season as he finished with eight doubles, 15 RBIs and 13 runs in 80 at-bats to end the season. -- First baseman Mitchell Gunsolus went 3-for-4 hitting out of the cleanup spot, with all three hits for singles. The 23-year-old Gunsolus was a 10th round selection by Boston out of Gonzaga University in last year's draft. -- Left-handed starter Logan Boyd picked up the victory (1-0) with a solid line of: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO (74 pitches, 44 strikes). Boyd has yet to suffer a loss in his professional career, as he went 4-0 with a 2.85 ERA last season in 13 appearances with Short-Season Lowell (making just one start). The 22-year-old Boyd was selected by Boston in the 19th round of the 2015 draft out of Sam Houston State. -- Relievers Austin Glorius and Bobby Poyner combined for four shutout innings of relief. Glorius, a 22-year-old righty, allowed just a double and a walk as he put up zeroes in the sixth and seventh while Poyner, a 23-year-old lefty, struck out five including the side in the ninth to shut the door with two perfect innings. A 14th-round selection by Boston in 2015 out of the University of Florida, Poyner earned 10 saves for Short-Season Lowell last year as he struck out 22 batters in 22 2/3 innings (17 appearances) and finished with a 2.28 ERA.