Jackie Bradley Jr.

Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hit streak; Portland walks off with win; Yoan Moncada struggling defensively

Ken Laird
June 04, 2015 - 4:33 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday, June 3: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (27-27): L 5-1 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) -- It was a bullpen day for Pawtucket as starter Brian Johnson (WEEI.com Pawtucket Player of the Month for May) was skipped in the rotation to ease his workload, a move Red Sox manager John Farrell described as a "typical approach taken with all starters". Farrell said he expects Johnson to make his next scheduled start next Monday at McCoy Stadium. In Johnson'€™s place on Wednesday Miguel Celestino made his first start since 2012, taking the loss despite allowing just one run in three innings of work. -- Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. had a hit to extend his hit streak to eight games. Despite his recent surge and his season long Triple-A average of .351, another call-up of Bradley to Boston does not appear imminent. Farrell was asked about Bradley at his pregame press conference Wednesday and responded, "Swinging the bat well. Everything that I have says he'€™s swinging the bat as he has when camp broke and that is an all field approach. There'€™s nothing that says he'€™s on his way back here, though." -- Pawtucket'€™s offense managed just one run and three hits in the afternoon affair as Yankees'€™ prospect Bryan Mitchell (New York'€™s No. 13 prospect MLB.com) overcame seven walks to pitch six scoreless innings. Pawtucket catcher Matt Spring hit a solo home run in the seventh for the PawSox'€™ only run of the ballgame, and their final hit of the day. It was Scranton'€™s seventh win in the last eight against Pawtucket. -- Pitcher Kyle Kraus was promoted from Double-A Portland and made his PawSox debut, closing out the game with 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Kraus, a 5-foot-11 righty, struck out two and did not walk a batter. A seventh round draft pick by Boston in 2012, he's made nine appearances in Portland this year, mostly in long relief work, giving up 21 earned runs in 29 2/3 innings. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (23-30): W 4-3 vs. Richmond (Giants) -- Portland enjoyed their second walkoff win of the season at Hadlock Field, coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth for the victory. Carlos Asuaje, whose two-RBI single tied things at three, scored from second base as David Chester'€™s ground ball to third went off the glove of Richmond'€™s third baseman and into left field. Portland had 10 of their 12 hits in the final four innings, finally breaking through after stranding runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh, as well as seeing Chester thrown out at the plate in the eighth. -- Asuaje, Portland'€™s 23-year-old Venezuelan second baseman, went 2-for-5 to raise his average to .266. Asuaje peaked at .287 on May 25 after starting the month with at least one hit in 18 of 25 games. However, Asuaje finished May on an 0-for-14 mini-slump before now greeting June 3-for-8 with three RBI and two runs scored. Asuaje has now scored 30 runs on the season, fifth-best in the Eastern League and has an impressive .374 on-base percentage. His 26 walks are fourth-best in the league. -- The Portland bullpen pitched in with 3 1/3 scoreless innings to setup the comeback. Madison Younginer, a 6-foot-4 righty, went 2 1/3 hitless innings to go along with three strikeouts. Jorge Marban picked up the victory as he tossed a scoreless ninth in his fifth appearance for the Sea Dogs since being promoted from Salem on May 20. Marban, 26, has not allowed a run in nine innings of work with Portland, allowing just three hits. After three years pitching in the independent Frontier League, Marban was signed this offseason by the Red Sox out of the Australian Baseball League. Marban has an impressive splitter to go with a mid-90s fastball and a slider. -- Starter Joe Gunkel was traded to the Orioles on Wednesday, in return for outfielder Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations. Gunkel (Boston'€™s No. 30 prospect at MLB.com) had pitched well with Portland since his promotion from High-A on May 14, going 2-1 while allowing just eight earned runs in 18 1/3 innings to go with 22 strikeouts. The 6-foot-6 righty was an 18th round selection in the 2013 draft out of West Chester University. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (26-25): Scheduled off day. Next action Thursday vs. Potomac (Nationals) SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (31-22): L 5-3 vs. Kannapolis (White Sox) -- On a rainy evening and a game that featured a combined seven errors by the two squads, all of Greenville'€™s offense came via unearned runs as they managed just four hits. The Drive scored two in the seventh to tie the game 3-3 as catcher Jordan Procyshen beat out an attempted 6-4-3 double play at first, allowing Joseph Monge to score from third, as well as the speedy Mauricio Dubon from second as he slid under the tag on the ensuing throw home. Dubon (Boston'€™s No. 28 prospect MLB.com) has 33 runs on the season, fifth-most in the South Atlantic League. -- Defensively, Greenville committed three errors of their own including the seventh miscue committed by top prospect Yoan Moncada in nine games played at second base. Moncada'€™s error Wednesday came as he had backhanded a grounder behind the bag, but then threw in the dirt and on the homeplate side of first. Then in the eighth, Kannapolis scored the game-winning run as Moncada couldn'€™t cleanly field a grounder, allowing the runner from third to score as Moncada took the only out remaining at first base. No error was charged on the later play. At the plate Moncada was 0-for-3 with a walk, dropping his average to .250 (11-for-44) to start his professional career. -- Nick Longhi (Boston'€™s No. 23 prospect MLB.com) collected his third double of June and now has hits in six of his last seven games, as the Greenville left fielder has gone 11-for-27 (.407) to raise his average from .250 to .277. Longhi, 19, hit .330 last year in short-season Lowell over a 30 game span to go with a .388 on-base percentage.