Jackie Bradley Jr.

Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada returns, Jackie Bradley Jr. back to hitting in Triple-A

Ken Laird
May 28, 2015 - 3:40 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday, May 27: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-24): L 9-6 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) -- Pawtucket lost their sixth straight home game, the club'€™s longest home losing skid since July of 2009, as well as their 11th game in 13 played against the Yankees'€™ Triple-A affiliate dating back to last season. Pawtucket has lost 14 of 20 overall after opening the year with an 18-10 record. -- Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka made his second rehab start for Scranton, on his path back from being placed on the disabled list April 27 with wrist tendinitis and a strained forearm. Tanaka was on a pitch count and finished with 62 tosses and a line of: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. Over 30 members of the Japanese media were credential to watch Tanaka work at McCoy Stadium. Tanaka complained about the state of the mound during the first inning, leading to a 10-minute delay while members of the grounds crew worked the dirt to more to Tanaka'€™s liking. -- The long-ball allowed by Tanaka came off the bat of Jackie Bradley Jr., who also doubled off the right-center field wall and scored twice, finishing 3-for-5 and raising his Triple-A average to .342. It was Bradley'€™s third game back with the PawSox after his most recent stretch in Boston, an 0-for-11 six-game cup-of-coffee that ended with Rusney Castillo'€™s promotion last Friday. Bradley spent the majority of 2014 with Boston, but batted just .198 in 127 games played. -- John Cornely made his second Pawtucket appearance since being acquired by the Red Sox one week ago in a trade from the Braves. Cornely, 26, took the loss after allowing two runs, including a triple and a home run in 1 2/3 innings. The game was tied at six entering the seventh inning when Cornely, a hard-throwing righty, allowed two runs. He had recorded a two-out save in his first Pawtucket appearance last Friday. -- Pawtucket will have an off day on Thursday before a three game series with Louisville begins. With the callup of lefty Eduardo Rodriguez to Boston, Brian Johnson will pitch Friday and Henry Owens Saturday. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (21-26): W 3-2 at Binghamton (Mets) -- Venezuelan righty William Cuevas won his sixth game of the season (6-2) for Portland, moving into a three-way tie for the Eastern League wins lead, with an outstanding line of: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO. Cuevas, 24, retired the last 10 batters he faced and lowered his ERA from 3.24 to 3.02. He has allowed three earned runs or less in eight of nine starts this season. Last year in High-A Salem, Cuevas was a swing-man, making 10 starts to go along with 16 bullpen appearances. -- Aneury Tavarez recorded his first Double-A RBI with a fourth inning ground-rule double off of rehabbing Mets'€™ starter Dillon Gee. Tavarez played center field and was 2-for-4. He'€™s hit safely in all three of his Triple-A starts since making the jump from High-A Salem on May 25. Tavarez hit .280 with Salem this year before his jump, while in a full season last year led the team in home runs with 11 and was second in stolen bases with 18. -- Marco Hernandez now has a six-game hit streak and nine hits in his last four games after a 2-for-5 day batting in the leadoff spot. Hernandez, 22 and a lefty bat, tied the game at one with an RBI single in the second inning. A shortstop, Hernandez was acquired as the player to be named later in the Felix Doubront trade with the Cubs last year. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (24-22): W 5-4 at Frederick (Orioles) -- Kevin Heller made up for finishing a home run shy of the cycle on Monday as he clubbed a two-run blast in the third inning to give Salem a 4-2 lead at the time. Heller, 25, playing left field and batting cleanup, raised his average to .327. Heller has reached base in all 15 games for Salem after being demoted on May 9. He was hitting just .132 in Portland. -- Veteran Denny Bautista, 32, went 5 1/3 innings and gave up just two earned runs in qualifying for the victory (1-0). Taylor Grover pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for a hold, while Austin Maddox closed the game and garnered his league-leading seventh save despite allowing one run. -- Outfielder Manuel Margot, the No. 6 ranked prospect of the Red Sox in the MLB.com rankings, continues his recovery from injury and is getting closer to a return to Salem after playing back-to-back days in extended spring training. The 20-year-old Dominican is still in the Carolina League top five in stolen bases (11) and triples (3) despite being out since May 9. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (27-19): L 2-5 and W 3-1 (8 innings), at Augusta (Giants) -- Yoan Moncada, Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB and ESPN.com, returned to the lineup in Game 2 of the doubleheader for his first action since suffering a hamstring injury on a slide into third base Saturday evening. Moncada, 20, was the designated hitter and went 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout. The Cuban switch-hitter is 6-for-21 with two RBIs and has scored four runs in the first six games of his professional career. -- Rafael Devers drove in the go-ahead run in extra innings in the nightcap and Greenville held on to split the doubleheader, making up for Tuesday'€™s rainout. Devers, Boston'€™s No. 2 prospect at ESPN, was 2-for-4 in Game 1 as the DH and 1-for-4 in Game 2 as the third baseman, putting his average at .331. The 18-year-old Dominican signed with Boston last July and was the third youngest player to play in the Gulf Coast League in 2014, hitting .312 in 42 games. -- Pitcher Michael Kopech, Boston'€™s No. 13 prospect at MLB.com, did not receive a decision as the Game 2 starter, as he allowed: three hits, one run, while walking two and striking out eight. The eight strikeouts were a season-best for the 19-year-old 2014 first-round pick. Kopech has a 2.76 ERA after eight starts, with opposing batters hitting .217 against him.

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