Justin Masterson

Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Masterson has quality start; Pat Light perfect in Triple-A; Manuel Margot reaches base four times

Ken Laird
June 17, 2015 - 4:22 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (32-33): L, 2-0, at Charlotte (White Sox) -- Justin Masterson made his fourth rehab start (right shoulder inflammation) and produced his second consecutive quality start: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO (89 pitches, 54 strikes). Masterson had a wild pitch to go with his three free passes. The sinkerballer incurred nine ground outs to four in the air. Charlotte strung three singles together to get a run off Masterson in the second inning, and another in the sixth after a walk, two stolen bases and an RBI double. -- The PawSox offense struck out a combined 18 times against three Charlotte pitchers, while also leaving 11 runners on base in the shutout defeat. Jackie Bradley Jr. had Pawtucket'€™s only extra-base hit, a double in the ninth. However, Bradley whiffed three times, as did Garin Cecchini, Deven Marrero and Sean Coyle. -- RHP Matt Barnes reported from Boston and pitched a scoreless seventh inning, allowing a leadoff double but recovering with back-to-back strikeouts to end the frame. Barnes allowed the go-ahead home run on Saturday in Boston to Toronto'€™s Russell Martin, the day after allowing the first three hits in what would become a nine-run Blue Jays inning on Friday night. -- RHP Pat Light has retired all nine batters he has faced in Triple-A, pitching a scoreless eighth and adding a strikeout to his season-long coffers of now 36 in 32 2/3 innings. Light'€™s K came on a 3-2 offspeed pitch after a steady dose of fastballs, and he finished out the inning by inducing two weak grounders. Light has produced scoreless outings in 18 of his last 20 appearances. His season WHIP is 0.89, with an opposing batting average of .155. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (25-39): L, 6-1, vs. Binghamton (Mets) -- Shortstop Marco Hernandez homered on an 0-1 pitch in the first, pulling one over the right-center wall for his second long ball of the season. Hernandez, 22, had an eight-game hitting streak end on Sunday, wrapping up a 15-for-34 stretch (.441) at the plate which had raised his batting average among the Eastern League leaders. After a 1-for-4 effort Tuesday he sits at .317, good for sixth best. Hernandez had a rough day in the field, however, as he was charged with two errors. In the second inning a high chopper in the hole went off Hernandez'€™s glove, and in the third a slow roller behind a runner was not fielded cleanly. Both miscues led to unearned runs for Binghamton. Hernandez previously had been charged with just one error in his past 30 games; he now has 11 on the season. -- The Portland bullpen continued its strong recent work, allowing a run on just two hits over four innings of work. Over the last 56 1/3 innings, Portland relievers have allowed just eight earned runs for a collective 1.28 ERA. RHP Kyle Kraus was touched for one of those runs, a homer, but it was the only hit he allowed over three innings. A seventh-round draft pick out of the University of Portland in 2012, Kraus threw just 31 pitches in his three frames, 25 for strikes. LHP Robby Scott pitched a scoreless ninth and now has gone 10 straight outings without allowing an earned run. A Florida State product who was signed by Boston out of independent ball in 2011, Scott was an Eastern League All-Star last season and is making a case again in 2015. Scott has struck out 14 over his last 15 1/3 innings, all scoreless, allowing just six hits and two walks. He'€™s made four appearances over two stints with Triple-A Pawtucket this year as well (10 IP, 12 H, 3 ER, 4BB, 10 SO). -- Portland was assigned another bullpen arm, as RHP Miguel Celestino was demoted and joins a now-eight-man relief crew. With the PawSox this year in 17 outings, the 6-foot-6 Dominican was 0-4 with a 3.67 ERA (34 1/3 IP, 36 H, 17 R, 14 ER, 16 BB, 26 SO). HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (34-30): W, 4-3, at Wilmington (Royals) -- Third baseman Jordan Betts hit a go-ahead home run over the left-field wall with two strikes and two outs in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie. It was the third homer this month for Betts, who in June is hitting 12-for-39 (.308) with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBIs. Drafted in 2014 in Round 18 out of Duke University, Betts had struggled at the plate through May, hitting just .186 (25-for-134) with seven doubles and no homers. -- Leadoff man Manuel Margot (Boston'€™s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) also homered for Salem, his second of the season, and reached base four times as he was 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. Margot, 20, also swiped a bag, putting him at 18-for-22 on the year and fourth in the Carolina League in stolen bases. -- It was a no-decision outing for starter Kevin McAvoy: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO (85 pitches, 46 strikes). McAvoy, 21, held Wilmington hitless through three innings before getting into some trouble in the fourth, minimized by a double-play ball. A 2014 fourth-round draft pick by Boston, the 6-foot-4 righty is 4-5 on the year with a 3.78 ERA in 12 starts. -- RHP Taylor Grover finished the final three innings for the win, giving up one run to end his streak of 26 straight scoreless frames as a reliever since the start of May. Grover (2-1, 3.29 ERA) has struck out 31 batters in that span, with four more added to the K column on Tuesday. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (35-30): L, 12-4, at Greensboro (Marlins) -- Lefty starter Jalen Beeks was tagged for three home runs, including a fourth-inning grand slam, leading to a final line of 5 IP, 9H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO. Beeks'€™ record fell to 6-3 and his ERA rose to 3.80. Beeks, drafted by Boston in Round 12 in 2014, had allowed just two homers over his first nine starts, but has now surrendered five in June. -- The Salem offense produced two homers of its own, with Michael Chavis hitting his sixth and Mike Meyers his fourth in a three-run seventh inning. The 19-year-old Chavis (Boston'€™s 2014 first-round draft pick) hit 13 home runs at Sprayberry High School last year in Marietta, Georgia, and won the home run derby at the Perfect Game All-American Classic. He has struggled to hit for average in professional ball so far, however, currently sitting at .210. Meyers, playing left field, was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, raising his average to .277 and to .304 (14-for-46) in June. Meyers was drafted in Round 12 out of Silverado High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2012. Meyers did not homer in 56 games played last season with Lowell of the New York-Penn League. -- Right fielder Nick Longhi and catcher Jordan Procyshen each had two singles on the day, with top prospect Yoan Moncada going 1-for-4 (.218) and committing his ninth error of the season on an errant throw from his second base position.

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