Edwin Escobar

Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Andrew Benintendi debuts for Greenville; Edwin Escobar tosses 5 scoreless innings

Ken Laird
August 18, 2015 - 4:53 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (48-76): W, 6-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals) -- LHP Edwin Escobar (Boston'€™s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) pitched five scoreless innings to pick up the win (1-2, 5.51 ERA) in his third start of the season, with a final line of: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (87 pitches, 53 strikes). Escobar, 23, loaded the bases in the third and fell behind the Syracuse cleanup hitter with a 3-1 count, but recovered for his first strikeout of the game on a fastball to escape the jam. The 6-foot-2 Venezuelan allowed leadoff singles in the second, third, and fourth, but was able to navigate the action as he stranded seven total runners in the outing. Acquired by Boston in July of 2014 from San Francisco along with RHP Heath Hembree in exchange for RHP Jake Peavy, Escobar has started three of his last four games and in his last three appearances has allowed just one run over 13 innings of work, with nine strikeouts and seven walks. Escobar began the season on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation, and allowed at least a run in nine of his first 14 appearances after coming off the DL on June 18. -- RHP Jorge Marban pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief in his second PawSox appearance since his promotion from Double-A, allowing a run on an RBI-double in the seventh inning but getting a strikeout on a breaking ball to limit further damage and strand a runner at third. Marban was replaced by RHP Pat Light (Boston'€™s No. 22 prospect at MLB.com) with one out and a man aboard in the eighth, and Light struck out the next two batters to end the frame, one on a 97 mph fastball and another on a split-finger fastball. The 6-foot-5 Light stayed on and worked a perfect ninth, getting three groundouts to end the ballgame. Selected by Boston in the first round of the 2012 draft (37th overall) out of Monmouth University, the 24-year-old Light has allowed just one earned run over his last six appearances, a span of 12 1/3 innings with just five hits allowed. Over that span, Light has struck out 17 and walked 11. Light'€™s last seven outings have been of the multi-inning variety. -- Five different Pawtucket batters had multi-hit games, with first baseman Allen Craig, third baseman Carlos Rivero, left fielder Chris Marrero, catcher Sandy Leon, and right fielder Jonathan Roof all collecting two hits. Leon and Roof also walked, while center fielder Quintin Berry reached base twice with a hit and a walk. Leon'€™s RBI single in the fourth drove in Rivero to give Pawtucket a 1-0 lead. The PawSox then added four runs in the sixth, started off by Rivero'€™s solo home run, his first with Pawtucket. Later in the inning, Jemile Weeks drew a bases-loaded walk and Roof'€™s two-RBI single followed to score Leon and shortstop Marco Hernandez. An RBI single by Craig in the seventh capped the scoring. Rivero, 27, has a six-game hitting streak and has hit .370 (10-for-27) over that span with four RBIs and eight runs scored. Acquired by Boston in a trade with Seattle on August 9, Rivero played 96 games with Triple-A Tacoma this year, batting .256 with eight homers and 40 RBIs. Craig, 31, has hits in five straight games and in seven of his last eight, hitting .400 (12-for-30) over that span with four doubles, four walks, and five RBIs to raise his slash line to .278/.378/.349 over 81 games in Triple-A. -- Prior to the game, RHP Matt Barnes and RHP Heath Hembree were promoted to Boston, with Garin Cecchini and RHP Matt Cook optioned back to Pawtucket. Also, Triple-A pitching coach Bob Kipper was elevated to the majors as interim bullpen coach with Red Sox minor league pitching coordinator Ralph Treuel joining the PawSox to help with the pitching staff. "€œHe is familiar with a lot of these guys and they know exactly what he brings to the table,"€ Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said to the Providence Journal about Kipper heading to work in Boston. "He has a great relationship with a lot of these pitchers from early on in their careers. I think it'€™s a great fit for him." DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (44-77): Scheduled off day. Next action Tuesday at Altoona (Pirates) HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (55-64): Scheduled off day. Next action Tuesday at Carolina (Braves) SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (61-59): W, 5-4 in 13 innings, at Greensboro (Marlins) -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston'€™s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) made his Greenville debut after his promotion from short-season Single-A Lowell, going 0-for-4 with two walks while batting in the cleanup spot in the order. The 21-year-old Benintendi had a line out, two groundouts, and a fly out in addition to his two free passes. Selected by Boston in the first-round (seventh overall) of this year'€™s draft out of the University of Arkansas, Benintendi slashed .281/.405/.523 over 36 games with Lowell, with seven homers, four triples, and two doubles. -- Catcher J. T. Watkins tripled in the top of the 13th inning and came home to score what proved to be the winning run on a two-out RBI double by second baseman Hector Lorenzana. It was the first triple of Watkins'€™ career as a professional, and put his slash line at .221/.245/.284 through 23 games this season. 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 in the Army. Watkins played 17 games with Lowell in 2012 before returning to military duty, and although he has been granted opportunity this season to pursue his baseball career, Watkins may be recalled for active military duty at any time over the next six years. -- Lowell plated four runs in the third inning to take a 4-2 lead as a bases-loaded single by left fielder Danny Mars that was misplayed by the Greensboro center fielder, leading to three runs. Mars, 21, would later score himself on a wild pitch. Selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of Chipola College, Mars is slashing .307/.369/.276 through 25 games with the Drive with 15 runs scored and eight stolen bases. -- The Lowell bullpen combined for nine shutout innings of relief, as RHP Edward Garcia, RHP Mario Alcantara, and RHP Carlos Pinales (W, 5-4, 4.46 ERA) each threw three scoreless frames. It was the Greenville debut for the 6-foot-4 Garcia, who was named a short-season All-Star as he went 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA this year in 14 relief appearances, striking out 26 over 23 innings. Garcia, 21, retired the first seven batters he faced, allowing a walk and a single in the seventh before escaping unscathed. Alcantara, 22, struck out the side in the eighth and got an inning-ending double play in the 10th after allowing a single and a walk. With four strikeouts, the 6-foot-2 Dominican now has whiffed 59 batters this year over 63 innings of relief, with 33 walks and a 4.00 ERA. Pinales, 23, retired all nine batters he faced in extra innings and struck out four in his 27th appearance of the season. Through 66 2/3 innings with Greenville this year, the 6-foot-1 Dominican has struck out 45 with 10 walks and seven home runs allowed. -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) and third baseman Michael Chavis (Boston'€™s No. 11 prospect at MLB.com) did not play in the game. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (30-26): Scheduled off day, All-Star break. Next action Wednesday at Brooklyn (Mets) -- The New York-Penn League All-Star Game will take place Tuesday in Aberdeen, Maryland at Ripken Stadium. The Lowell All-Star representatives for the North squad will be third baseman Victor Acosta, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe (Boston'€™s No. 30 prospect at MLB.com), second baseman Chad De La Guerra, first baseman Josh Ockimey. RHP Edwar Garcia was also selected but has since been promoted to Single-A Greenville. In addition, the Lowell Spinners staff of manager Joe Oliver, coach Luke Morton, pitching coach Lance Carter, and hitting coach Iggy Suarez will lead the North team. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (33-16): L, 2-1, at GCL Rays -- The GCL Red Sox plated just one run in the ballgame, with right fielder Trent Kemp drawing a leadoff walk in the fifth inning, stealing second, heading to third on a single by catcher Isaias Lucena, and coming home to score on a double play ball. The 19-year-old Kemp, selected by Boston in the 15th round of the 2014 draft, is in his second season in the Gulf Coast League and is slashing .220/.368/.303 through 36 games this year, with eight steals and 22 walks drawn. -- DH Andy Perez had the only multi-hit game for the GCL Red Sox, going 2-for-4 to raise his slash line to .365/.431/.429 through his first 18 games as a professional. The 22-year-old Perez, and undrafted signee out of Duke University, is hitting .455 in nine August games with hits in eight of those nine contests, including four multi-hit games. -- RHP Gerson Bautista started and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five. Through 10 starts this season, the 20-year-old Dominican is 2-3 with a 3.35 ERA, with 34 strikeouts over 43 innings of work to go with 21 walks. -- RHP Max Watt made his professional debut, pitching one perfect inning of relief with one strikeout. The 6-foot-8, 21-year-old Watt was selected by Boston in the 22nd round of this year'€™s draft out of Lynn University where he struck out 85 batters over 69 innings. -- RHP Nick Duron suffered his first loss (2-1, 2.01 ERA) as a professional as he allowed two runs in the seventh on a single, run-scoring double, walk, and then a balk, after which GCL Red Sox manager Tom Kotchman was ejected by the home plate umpire. Duron, 19, has pitched 22 1/3 innings over 12 appearances with 27 strikeouts and four walks. The 6-foot-4 Duron was selected by Boston in the 31st round of this year'€™s draft out of Clark College.