Jackie Bradley Jr.

Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada homers in 3rd straight game; Marco Hernandez wins MVP of Double-A All-Star Game

Ken Laird
July 16, 2015 - 5:15 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-52): Scheduled off day (All-Star break). Next action Thursday at Durham (Rays) -- The Triple-A All-Star Game took place on Wednesday evening in Omaha Nebraska, with the International League stars coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the ninth to best the Pacific Coast League by a score of 4-3. Jackie Bradley Jr. was the lone PawSox representative as a player, batting in the leadoff position while starting the game in left field and later moving to center. Bradley tied the game at three in the top of the ninth as he scored easily from second base on a single up the middle after reaching on a hit-by-pitch earlier in the frame. Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, striking out to leadoff the game in the first, flying to center in the third, striking out in the fifth, and walking in the seventh before the aforementioned ninth inning action. The 25-year-old Bradley has hit .308, good for sixth-best in International League play, with five home runs for Pawtucket this year in 59 games. Bradley has also spent 14 games in Boston in 2015 where he'€™s hit .133 (4-for-30) with one home run. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (32-59): Scheduled off day (All-Star break). Next action Thursday at New Hampshire (Blue Jays) -- Portland'€™s Hadlock Field was the site of Wednesday night'€™s Double-A Eastern League All-Star game, a thriller that was tied 4-4 after nine innings and settled via a sudden death home run derby with the Eastern Division besting the Western Division. Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon, commanding the Eastern squad, came up empty with first three choices for extra swingers in the derby but finally struck gold with his fourth batter as Reading'€™s Brian Pointer came through with the walkoff blast in the one-swing  contest. Portland shortstop Marco Hernandez was named the game's MVP as he went 2-for-2 with a home run and two runs scored. Hernandez got the Eastern Division off to a 1-0 lead in the first as he led off with a single and later came around to score from third as Portland third baseman Jantzen Witte grounded into a double play. Then in the second, Hernandez delivered for his home fans as he turned on a 1-0 pitch and deposited a two-run blast into the first row of seats in right field. Hernandez was pinch-hit for in the fifth inning to end his night. Witte finished 0-for-2, getting five innings of work. Plenty of other Sea Dogs saw action: Second baseman Carlos Asuaje (Boston's No. 23 prospect at MLB.com) entered the game as a replacement in the sixth, grounding out in his lone at bat to end the seventh inning with two aboard. RHP William Cuevas started for the Eastern Division stars and pitched a perfect first inning, getting a line out and two fly outs on 14 pitches, with eight of them strikes. Cuevas pitched just the one frame. RHP Madison Younginer pitched a scoreless sixth inning, getting a strikeout before allowing a double and then finishing with a double play as the lead runner was doubled off of the second base bag on a fly out to left field. LHP Robby Scott came on in relief with two outs in the eighth and put out a fire as he got a broken-bat groundout with the bases loaded for the Western Division stars. Scott then stayed on to pitch a scoreless eighth, finishing his night retiring all four batters he faced. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (47-43): W, 4-3 in nine innings, and W, 4-1 in seven innings, at Lynchburg (Indians) -- In Game 1 of a doubleheader, a makeup for a postponed game originally scheduled on July 6, Salem emerged victorious by a score of 4-3 in extra innings in the ninth as the game was tied at three after the Single-A doubleheader seven inning standard. Third baseman Jose Vinicio'€™s RBI groundout gave Salem the lead in the top of the ninth, scoring DH Mario Martinez who had reached and advanced on a single by catcher Jordan Weems. The switch-hitting Vinicio, 22, finished 2-for-4 in the opener with a double and a run scored and is having a nice month of July at the plate as he'€™s gone 11-for-32 (.344) so far in nine games with three doubles and five runs scored. Vinicio was signed by Boston in 2009 for a $1.95 million bonus out of the Dominican Republic. Martinez, 25, finished 2-for-3 and now has a 10-game hitting streak. -- RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (Boston's No. 18 prospect at MLB.com) pitched six strong innings in the opener, leaving with the lead but finishing with a no-decision. His final line read: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. The 6-foot-4 Stankiewicz, a Boston second-round draft pick from 2013 out of Seminole Junior College, is just 3-9 on the season through 17 starts but has gone at least six innings in 11 of the 17 outings with nine of them quality. -- In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Salem earned a 4-1 win on the strength of a three-run first inning, highlighted by an RBI double off the wall in left from center fielder Kevin Heller. Heller finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, putting his season long slash line at an impressive .301/.409/.417 in 46 games with Salem. Heller started the year with Double-A Portland but struggled out of the gate, hitting just .132 (5-for-38) in his first 13 games before being sent back to Single-A Salem. -- RHP Kyle Kaminska started for the first time since May 7, 2013 and earned the win in Game 2 (1-0, 1.29 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. Kaminska has allowed just three earned in 17 innings this year with Salem, striking out 13 and walking just one. The 26-year-old had announced his retirement in 2013 after coming to Boston in a trade from Pittsburgh in December of 2012, but came out of retirement and returned to the Boston organization this year. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (48-41): L, 3-2, vs. Augusta (Giants) -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) homered for the third straight game, this one of the inside-the-park variety, as in the eighth inning Moncada drove a 3-1 pitch off the wall in center field near the 420 foot marker and hustled around to score as the ball caromed back into the field of play. Moncada slid into home, but well ahead of the throw to the plate. It was Moncada'€™s fourth home run of the season. Moncada also singled and scored in the first, finishing 2-for-5 and putting his season long slash line at .272/.357/.426. In his last 18 contests (since June 25), the switch-hitting Moncada has 10 multi-hit games and is hitting 26-for-72 (.361) with 10 extra-base hits, 10 RBIs, and 21 runs scored. Seven of his last 10 games have been multi-hit games, with 15 runs scored in 13 games played this month. -- Catcher J.T. Watkins drove in Moncada with an RBI single in the first, a line drive to right. Watkins if off to a 7-for-18 (.389) start with Greenville in four games played with the Drive after two with Salem, all told his first professional action since 2012. The 25-year-old Watkins was drafted by Boston in 2012 in the 10th round out of the United States Military Academy at West Point and is a commissioned second lieutenant. Watkins played 17 games with Lowell in 2012 before returning to military duty. Although he has been granted opportunity this season to pursue his baseball career, Watkins may be recalled by the Army for active military duty at any time over the next six years. -- LHP Dedgar Jimenez took the loss (5-6, 3.87 ERA), with a final line of: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (69 pitches, 49 strikes). The 19-year-old Venezuelan has dropped his last two decisions, giving up 10 runs over 10 2/3 innings, after a six start stretch where he had allowed three earned runs or less in each. Jimenez jumped to Greenville this year from the Gulf Coast League, where in 2014 he was 5-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 11 outings. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (15-10): W, 7-4, vs. Connecticut (Tigers) -- Right fielder Luis Alexander Basabe hit his fifth home run, tied for the New York Penn League lead, with a solo blast down the right field line in the fifth inning to pull Lowell within a run. Basabe finished 2-for-5, adding a single and his sixth stolen base in the eighth frame. The switch-hitting Basabe, who was signed in 2012 out of Venezuela along with his twin brother Luis Alejandro Basabe, his just one homer last year in 72 games split between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League. -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi, Boston'€™s top pick and the seventh overall selection in the 2015 draft, returned to action after four days away and drew three walks, going 0-for-2 with two runs scored while batting in the three-hole of the lineup. Benintendi, 21, started 5-for-13 with a homer in his first three professional games before enduring an 0-for-12 mini-slump. All told Benintendi is 5-for-27 in eight games with three RBIs and four runs scored. -- RHP Jose Almonte started and went four-plus innings allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits and four walks. Just the unearned marker had crossed the plate through four innings, but Almonte was pulled in the fifth after a walk and two singles. All three of those runners later scored on a pair of singles allowed by LHP Matt Kent. Signed by Boston out of the Dominican in 2012 for a $610,000 bonus, the 19-year-old Almonte is 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA in five starts this year. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (15-6): L, 7-5, at GCL Orioles -- Two of the five GCL Red Sox hits on the day were homers, with third baseman Chris Madera and DH Jerry Downs each hitting their first professional blasts. Madera'€™s homer was a solo shot in the sixth. The 22-year-old was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2013 but did not sign, leading to two years playing for NAIA Faulkner University in Alabama. Madera then signed with Boston as an undrafted free agent after this season with Faulkner, where he hit .398 with nine home runs. Downs'€™ homer on Wednesday was a three-run shot in the eighth. The 21-year-old followed up Tuesday'€™s first multi-hit game as a pro and he is now 9-for-31 (.290) through 10 games with eight walks and eight RBIs. A left-handed batter who was selected by Boston in Round 15 of this year'€™s draft, Downs played three years of college baseball at NAIA St. Thomas University where this year he hit .349 with nine homers and 12 steals in 64 games played.

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