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Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Pat Light strikes out 6 in relief; Aaron Wilkerson makes Double-A debut

Ken Laird
August 06, 2015 - 6:27 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-67): L, 7-4, at Syracuse (Nationals) -- RHP Matt Barnes made his first start since May 1 and took the loss with a final line of: 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO (75 pitches, 42 strikes). The 25-year-old allowed just a walk through the first two innings, but allowed two runs each in the third and fourth on five singles, a walk, and a hit batsman before being removed with the bases loaded. Barnes, Boston'€™s selection at 19th overall in the 2011 draft out of the University of Connecticut had made five relief appearances coming into Wednesday'€™s start since returning from Boston on July 16 and over that span had allowed three earned runs in 10 1/3 innings (2.61 ERA) with nine strikeouts and nine walks. -- RHP Pat Light (Boston'€™s No. 22 prospect at MLB.com) relieved Barnes with the bases full in the fourth and allowed a two-run single (the runs charged to Barnes) on his first pitch thrown before striking out two to end the frame. Light then retired the side in order in the fifth and struck out three more to end the sixth with the bases loaded again on a heavy dosage of split-finger fastballs that were diving late out of the strike zone. Light'€™s final strikeout came on a 96 mph fastball to cap his third inning of work, as the 24-year-old threw 47 pitches, his most in a game this season and pitched more than two innings for just the second time this year. Selected by Boston with the 37th pick of the 2012 draft out of Monmouth University, Light has now whiffed 14 batters in his last 8 1/3 innings to go with five walks. -- LHP Tommy Layne allowed four hits and a walk in the seventh inning with three earned runs scoring, as he retired just two batters before being removed after 30 pitches. It was just the second Triple-A appearance for the 30-year-old Layne since being optioned to Pawtucket on July 30. Layne made 40 appearances in the majors this year and was 0-1 with a 3.51 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings to go with 16 walks. -- Catcher Sandy Leon spent a night as the DH and went 3-for-4 with two RBIs batting in the No. 3 hole. The 26-year-old has hits in all five games played with the PawSox since clearing waivers and reporting to Triple-A, batting .444 (8-for-18) to go with four walks, with all of his hits for singles. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (41-70): W, 7-6, at Erie (Tigers) -- Portland'€™s entire lineup contributed hits and the Sea Dogs snapped a 5-5 tie with two runs in the seventh to take the lead for good on RBIs from DH Tim Roberson and shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin to score Aneury Tavarez and Sam Travis (Boston'€™s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com). The RBI single from Roberson extended his hitting streak to 13 games, as the 26-year-old finished 1-for-4 to put his average at .418 (23-for-55) over his surge. Travis also finished 1-for-4 and his hitting streak now sits at 12 games with an average of .347 (17-for-49) over the last dozen games. Center fielder Henry Ramos reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk and left fielder Keury De La Cruz hit a two-run home run in the second, his sixth homer this season. Lin and second baseman Carlos Asuaje (Boston'€™s No. 24 prospect at MLB.com) each tripled in the game, with Asuaje pulling into a tie for the Eastern League lead for triples with six on the year. -- RHP Aaron Wilkerson made his Double-A debut and finished with a no-decision line of: 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO (95 pitches, 52 strikes). The 26-year-old retired the side in order in the first, but gave up four runs in the second as two singles and a hit batsman loaded the bases before an RBI single and bases clearing double followed. Wilkerson allowed one more run in the third inning after back-to-back walks to start the frame, but then retired eight of the final 10 batters faced as he pitched into the fifth. The 6-foot-3 Wilkerson was signed by Boston last August after playing the past two years in the Independent leagues. Wilkerson is 7-2 this season with a 3.58 ERA in 23 appearances, with 14 starts, combined between Single-A Greenville, High-A Salem, and now Portland. -- LHP Williams Jerez (Boston'€™s No. 25 prospect at MLB.com) and RHP Jorge Marban closed out the eighth and ninth innings with Jerez striking out two in the ninth only to see a batter reach on a passed ball by catcher Jordan Weems after a swinging strikeout. Marban was then called in to record the final out, which he did via strikeout to earn his fifth save. Jerez has now thrown scoreless outings in eight of 13 appearances, with Marban not allowing runs in 20 of his 23 relief spots. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (53-57): L, 9-7, vs. Frederick (Orioles) -- RHP Teddy Stankiewicz left the game after six innings with his team leading 5-4, but Frederick scored four in the eighth for the comeback win in a game that featured seven errors committed by the Salem defense. Stankiewicz'€™s final line read: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. After allowing a single run in the second, Frederick scored two off the 21-year-old in the fifth with help from a throwing error by catcher Danny Bethea as he threw into center field on a steal attempt. Then in the sixth, an error on center fielder Forrestt Allday and a hit batsman set up another run charged to Stankiewicz after an RBI single. Selected by Boston in the second-round of the 2013 draft out of Seminole Junior College, the 6-foot-4 Stankiewicz is now 3-10 with a 3.89 ERA over 20 starts this year, all with Salem. -- The Salem offense had 18 hits, 16 of them singles, led by second baseman Wendell Rijo (Boston'€™s No. 15 prospect at MLB.com) and right fielder Cole Sturgeon who each finished 4-for-5 with a double. The 19-year-old Rijo is 11-for-23 over his last five games, raising his average from .239 to .257. The 23-year-old Sturgeon has a six game hitting streak, going 12-for-21 over that span to raise his average from .234 to .266. -- A throwing error by shortstop Mauricio Dubon (Boston'€™s No. 21 propsect at MLB.com) proved costly as it began the Frederick four-run eighth inning. It was Dubon'€™s fourth error in High-A through 36 games played, after 10 miscues to start the year in 58 games with Single-A Greenville. -- Infielder Deiner Lopez was promoted to Salem from Greenville on Wednesday. Through 36 games with the Drive, Lopez slashed .282/.321/.395 and had hits in nine of his last 10 games. It will be the second stint with Salem for Lopez, as the 21-year-old Venezuelan spent 14 games in High-A earlier this year in May and June, hitting .271 in 48 at-bats. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (56-53): L, 12-11 in 12 innings, at West Virginia (Pirates) -- The Drive came back from a 10-4 deficit with three runs in the seventh and four more in the ninth to take an 11-10 lead, but West Virginia responded with one in the ninth to tie before walking off on a home run in the 12th inning for the wild 12-11 win. The Greenville offense had 16 hits, led by first baseman Nick Longhi'€™s 4-for-7, two-RBI night and second baseman Yoan Moncada'€™s (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) 3-for-7, three-RBI evening. Third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston'€™s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) had two doubles and shortstop Javier Guerra (Boston'€™s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) hit a two-run homer, his 14th of the season. -- LHP Dedgar Jimenez started and was tagged for six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits while walking and striking out one. The 19-year-old is now 6-7 with a 3.93 ERA through 16 starts on the season. -- Greenville re-added infielder Hector Lorenzana from Lowell, as the 23-year-old played in 21 games in the New York-Penn League after stints in April and May with Salem and Greenville. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (24-21): W, 12-0, vs. Brooklyn (Mets) -- The Lowell offense mashed 12 hits, taking an 11-0 lead through four innings and cruised to the win. First baseman Josh Ockimey hit his second home run, a two-run blast in the first inning and finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Shortstop Jeremy Rivera was 3-for-5, and the Spinners also had multi-hit games from center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston'€™s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com, 2-for-4), and third baseman Victor Acosta (2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, and three runs). -- RHP Jose Almonte started and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing three hits with five strikeouts and two walks. LHP Matt Kent picked up the victory (4-0, 1.20 ERA) with four scoreless innings of relief, striking out four with just one hit allowed. Selected by Boston in the 13th round of the 2015 draft out of Texas A&M University, Kent has allowed just four earned runs in 30 innings pitched as a professional.