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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Rafael Devers extends hit streak to 6 games; Gulf Coast Red Sox 1 win away from title

Ken Laird
September 01, 2015 - 4:41 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (54-83): L, 4-2, at Rochester (Twins) -- Left fielder Chris Marrero went 2-for-4 for Pawtucket in the loss on Monday, driving in both of the team'€™s runs including one via a fourth inning home run that got the PawSox on the board. Turning on a high fastball, Marrero sent the ball deep to left, a line drive shot that cut the deficit to 3-1 and gave him his second homer in his last four games. Then, in the eighth, Marrero singled to bring home shortstop Marco Hernandez (Boston'€™s No. 23 prospect at MLB.com) and make it a 4-2 game. Marrero was released by Triple-A Charlotte on August 5 and joined the PawSox on August 15. He is now hitting .226 (14-for-62) in 15 games since joining the squad. -- RHP Jonathan Aro pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Zeke Spruill (4-10, 4.19 ERA), with Aro striking out one over the two perfect frames. The 24-year-old Aro has a 2.92 ERA over 25 outings in Triple-A this year with 52 strikeouts and 10 walks in 49 1/3 innings of work. Aro has also had three stints in Boston this year, appearing in three major league games with six earned runs allowed over 4 2/3 innings. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (50-85): W, 9-6, at New Hampshire (Blue Jays) -- Portland had a 4-3 lead in the eighth, then trailed 6-4 entering the ninth before scoring five two-out runs to comeback for the 9-6 victory. Center fielder Manuel Margot (Boston'€™s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) started the ninth inning scoring as he ripped a 2-1 pitch to left to cut the deficit to 6-5, plating left fielder Keury De La Cruz. Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin then delivered the game-winning hit, a two-run double on a 97 mph fastball sprayed down the left field line on a 3-2 pitch. First baseman Sam Travis (Boston'€™s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) and DH Oscar Tejeda would add insurance runs on ensuing singles. Margot, 20, finished 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run and has hit safely in five of his last six games. Over the last 15 contests, Margot is hitting .267 (16-for-60) with four doubles and nine runs scored. He has hit safely in 41 of 57 starts with Portland since his promotion on June 22. Lin, 21, has reached safely in nine straight games with hits in six of seven games. Since being promoted to Portland on July 16, Lin is slashing .215/.280/.282 over 40 games with 13 RBIs and 20 runs scored. Travis, 22, was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored to put his slash line at .294/.366/.429 over 61 games played in Double-A. In his last dozen games, Travis is batting .277 (13-for-47) with a homer, triple, three doubles, and nine RBIs. Tejeda, 25, hit a three-run home run in the first to get Portland out to a 3-0 lead. It was Tejeda'€™s fourth homer of the year and second in his last nine games, and snapped an 0-for-15 mini-slump. On the season Tejeda is slashing .250/.291/.345 over 97 games in Double-A. -- RHP Luis Diaz, 23, tied a season-high with seven innings pitched, finishing with a no-decision line of: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO (85 pitches, 53 strikes). It was Diaz'€™s 10th quality start this year in his 26th outing. The 6-foot-3 Diaz is 2-10 with a 5.39 ERA over 132 innings pitched, to go with 84 strikeouts and 57 walks. -- RHP Kyle Martin, 24, closed the game out for his fifth save, striking out the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth before getting the final batter to fly out. The 6-foot-7 Martin has made 25 relief appearances this season with Portland, striking out 44 over 39 1/3 innings with 12 walks. Selected by Boston in the ninth round of the 2013 draft out of Texas A&M University, Martin now has thrown six of eight scoreless outings with three earned runs allowed in his last 12 innings (2.25 ERA). HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (60-72): Scheduled off day. Next action Tuesday at Lynchburg (Indians) SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (68-65): L, 6-3, at Rome (Braves) -- LHP Jake Drehoff took the loss (3-2, 2.91 ERA) as Rome built a 4-0 lead after six innings, with Drehoff'€™s final line: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (75 pitches, 48 strikes). Drehoff walked in a run in the first after two singles and his own error, recovering to strike out two with the bases loaded before ending the frame. Drehoff then retired nine straight before allowing two runs on three hits in the fourth, and another in the sixth as a leadoff walk would come home to score on a double allowed by relief pitcher Jeffry Fernandez. Selected by Boston in the 12th round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Southern Mississippi, the 6-foot-4 Drehoff has started in three of his last four appearances and in seven of his 23 outings this year overall, with a total of 68 innings pitched to go with 62 strikeouts and 15 walks. -- The Greenville offense broke through for three runs in the seventh inning, as Rafael Devers (Boston'€™s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) brought home a run on a sacrifice fly and right fielder Nick Longhi (Boston'€™s No. 20 prospect at MLB.com) drove in two runs on a bases-loaded double that he pulled down the left-field line to bring the Drive within 4-3. Devers, 18, finished 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to six games with now back-to-back multi-hit contests. Since August 19, Devers is batting .333 (14-for-42) with seven doubles over the 10-game span and with hits in nine of those 10 games. On the season, through 108 games played, Devers is slashing .278/.320/.433 with 11 homers, 34 doubles, 67 RBIs and 64 runs scored. Longhi, 20, finished 2-for-5 with two doubles to put his season-long slash line at .277/.338/.398 over 109 games played, with seven homers, 24 doubles, 60 RBIs, and 48 runs scored. Selected in the 30th round of the 2013 draft out of high school in Florida, Longhi hit .330 last year over 30 games with short-season Lowell after playing just 16 games in the Gulf Coast League his draft year of 2013. -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) went 0-for-4 with a walk and three fly outs, while center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston'€™s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) went 1-for-4 with a free pass. -- Greenville dropped their second straight game and are now 1/2 game back of Asheville for a wild card berth in the South Atlantic League playoffs. The Drive will play two more games against Rome before returning home for a final five-game homestand against division-leading Savannah. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (34-35): L, 12-6, vs. Hudson Valley (Rays) -- LHP Javier Rodriguez didn'€™t make it out of the second inning, taking the loss (0-5, 5.28 ERA) as he allowed six runs, four of them earned, on five hits with a walk and two hit batsmen in just 1 1/3 innings. In the first, Rodriguez allowed a bases loaded single to center that scored a run initially and then a second as center fielder Tate Matheny'€™s throw to the plate bounced off the glove of catcher Alixon Suarez and into foul territory. Hudson Valley then added four more in the second with a bases-loaded double, an RBI-single, and then a fourth run as a comebacker to Rodriguez was thrown away on an error. The 20-year-old Rodriguez has made 10 starts with Lowell, with 33 walks in 34 innings pitched to go with 19 strikeouts. -- Lowell climbed back into the game with a five-run fourth inning, getting RBI hits from right fielder Kyri Washington, DH Austin Rei, Matheny, and shortstop Jeremy Rivera. -- It was Washington'€™s second game back in the Spinners'€™ lineup after missing a week of action and the 21-year-old finished 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, and two RBIs. Selected by Boston in the 23rd round of the 2015 draft out of Longwood University, Washington has hits in six of his last seven games as he'€™s hit .409 (9-for-22) over that span to put his slash line at .246/.308/.362 over 21 games with Lowell. -- Rei, 21, finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, with manager Joe Oliver telling WEEI.com that he'€™s utilized Rei in the DH role recently to ease some of his workload at catcher. "€œBeing a catcher, coming to pro ball is probably one of the tougher one"€ Oliver said. "€œIt'€™s a mental and physical grind. Knowing that you have to get acclimated into doing it all the time, you don'€™t want to run somebody in the ground coming off a college season either [so] you can protect the innings for a catcher." Selected by Boston in the third-round of this year'€™s draft out of the University of Washington, Rei is slashing just .183/.277/.308 through 31 games, but Oliver said he has seen growth. "€œYou start to see some improvement for the draft guys even though the numbers are showing differently," Oliver said. "€œ[I'€™m] starting to see some guys acclimated and adjusted and starting to see better at-bats, more quality innings played, whether these guys are going to instructional league or preparing for the offseason you try to get them going on a positive note." -- Rivera, 20, extended his hitting streak to six games with a 1-for-3 night, and added a sparkling defensive play at shortstop as he fully extended to his right on a dive to stop a hard grounder in the first, recovering to get the lead runner at second base. Selected by Boston in the 17th round of the 2014 draft out of El Paso Community College, Rivera is slashing .268/.342/.298 over 58 games, with now hits in seven of his last eight contests. The 5-foot-9 switch hitter is also batting .321 (28-for-87) with runners on base this season. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (41-17): W, 3-2, vs. GCL Blue Jays in Game 1 of best-of-three GCL Finals -- The Gulf Coast League Red Sox scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a comeback, walkoff win in Game 1 of the best-of-three GCL Finals. Third baseman Roldani Baldwin hit a two-out single to score Jerry Downs for the win, after Downs had singled and advanced, along with the game-tying run, on a misplay by the GCL Blue Jays'€™ center fielder. Baldwin, 19, went 2-for-5 from the cleanup spot in the batting order after going 1-for-4 in Sunday'€™s one-game semifinal win over the GCL Cardinals. On the season, over 47 games, Baldwin slashed .288/.362/.397 with three home runs and eight doubles. Baldwin had hits in 18 of 21 games in August, hitting .342 with nine RBIs and 10 runs scored over the month. Downs, 21, went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, and RBI from the three-hole of the order as he also brought home a run in the first inning via a sacrifice fly. Downs, a 6-foot-2 lefty stick, slashed .275/.399/.382 in the regular season with two homers, eight doubles, 24 RBIs and 23 runs scored. -- DH Andy Perez went 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored from the leadoff spot. Perez, 22, singled and came around to score in both the first and ninth innings. A 6-foot righty bat, Perez slashed .355/.431/.409 over 26 regular season games with a triple, three doubles, 18 RBIs, and 14 runs scored. -- LHP Logan Allen (Boston'€™s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) started and pitched four innings, with a final line of: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO. Allen, 18, faced the minimum through two with the help of a double play, before stranding two runners in the third and then allowing two runs on three hits in the fourth frame. Selected by Boston in the eighth round of this year'€™s draft out of IMG Academy in Florida for a $725,000 bonus, Allen made seven starts in the regular season and allowed just two earned runs over 20 innings, with 24 strikeouts and one walk. WEEI contributor Erin Lashley was at JetBlue Park and took a few videos of the Allen performance, which can be found here. -- Three members of the GCL Red Sox'€™ bullpen combined for five shutout innings of relief, with RHP Travis Lakins (1 IP), RHP Yankory Pimentel (3 IP) and RHP Algenis Martinez (1 IP) allowing a collective two hits with no walks while striking out six. The 21-year-old Lakins, selected by Boston in the sixth-round of this year'€™s draft out of Ohio State University, made his professional debut as he entered in the fifth, allowing a runner to reach via a wild pitch on a strike three before inducing a double play and then ending the frame. Pimentel, 21, retired the first seven batters he faced before allowing a lone single in the eighth. In the regular season over 16 appearances, Pimentel was 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA, allowing just six earned runs in 33 2/3 innings with 42 strikeouts and seven walks. Martinez, 21, picked up the victory with a scoreless ninth, striking out two and allowing a single. Over 16 regular season outings Martinez was 4-1 with a 3.72 ERA with 29 innings pitched, 19 strikeouts, and six walks.

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