William Cuevas

Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada's scratch 'nothing serious'; Andrew Benintendi homers twice, has 7 in 30 games

Ken Laird
August 12, 2015 - 4:30 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-73): L, 5-2, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) -- RHP William Cuevas made his second Triple-A start and fell to 0-2 (3.00 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO (99 pitches, 58 strikes). Cuevas was perfect through two innings before allowing a run in the third after loading the bases with no outs on two walks and a single. The 24-year-old nearly escaped the third unscathed but one run crossed after a two-out, bases-loaded wild pitch, a low changeup that trickled off the glove of catcher Sandy Leon and rolled just far enough away from the plate for a run to score. The 6-foot Cuevas recovered to get a pop-up and strand two in scoring position. He then retired the side in order in the fourth before allowing a fifth inning run on a walk and an RBI double that sailed over the head of center fielder Jemile Weeks. Signed by Boston during the 2008 international signing period out of Venezuela, Cuevas was an Eastern League All-Star for Double-A Portland this season posting an 8-5 record with a 3.40 ERA in 19 starts while holding opponents to a .233 average with only four home runs allowed. Cuevas made his Triple-A debut on Aug. 6 and took the loss despite allowing just two runs and four hits over seven innings. -- LHP Robby Scott relieved Cuevas to start the fifth with Pawtucket trailing 2-1, but it soon was a 5-1 game as Scott promptly allowed two singles and a three-run home run. The 25-year-old Scott, who has shuttled back and forth between Triple-A and Double-A Portland this season, was coming off a stint on the disabled list from August 4 through 10 with a right calf strain. All told in Scott'€™s four appearances with the PawSox since his most recent promotion from Portland, the 6-foot-3 southpaw has allowed 17 earned runs in just nine innings, with 19 hits and three homers against. -- The PawSox offense had just six hits on the night, with a solo home run from right fielder Quintin Berry in the fifth and a bases-loaded walk from DH Humberto Quintero in the eighth to score new Pawtucket third baseman Carlos Rivero, who had led off the inning with a single. The 27-year-old Rivero, a righty bat, was reacquired by Boston from Seattle this week for cash considerations. In 96 games this season with Triple-A Tacoma, Rivero hit .256 with eight home runs, 13 doubles and 40 RBIs after signing a minor league deal with Seattle in December. Rivero was Boston property in 2014, splitting time between Portland and Pawtucket as he hit .264 with seven homers and 53 RBIs in 105 games last season, also getting a four-game showcase in the majors in late August when he went 4-for-7 with a homer and two doubles. -- Pawtucket has lost nine games in a row, 12 of 14, and 20 of its last 24 overall. Since June 29, when the PawSox' record was 38-39, the team has gone 6-34 to drop 29 games under the .500 mark. Other than an eight-run game on Aug. 1, the Pawtucket offense has managed just 20 total runs in 13 games since July 29. -- LHP Tommy Layne and RHP Ryan Cook were promoted to Boston with RHP Justin Masterson designated for assignment and RHP Koji Uehara placed on the disabled list. Infielder Deven Marrero (Boston'€™s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com) was optioned back to Pawtucket as outfielder Mookie Betts was activated from the concussion disabled list. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (41-74): Postponed due to rain. Next action Wednesday, doubleheader vs. Erie (Tigers) HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (54-61): L, 3-0, vs. Myrtle Beach (Cubs) -- In a game that was scoreless through seven innings, Salem starter Teddy Stankiewicz (Boston'€™s No. 19 prospect at MLB.com) posted a no-decision final line of: 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. The 21-year-old right-hander stranded runners in four of his five full innings, getting a double-play ball to end the third and a runner caught between third and home on a fielder'€™s choice in the fifth. The 6-foot-4 Stankiewicz allowed two to reach in the sixth on a double and hit batsman, but was taken off the hook as RHP Kyle Kraus entered and induced an inning-ending double play. Signed by Boston in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Seminole State College in Oklahoma, Stankiewicz is 3-10 with a 3.72 ERA this season in 21 starts with Salem. Over 118 2/3 innings, he has allowed 125 hits while striking out 66 and walking 23. Over his last four full starts (he was hit by a comebacker on July 20 and lasted just eight pitches), Stankiewicz has allowed just six earned runs over 22 1/3 innings (2.42 ERA). -- Kraus would stay in the game and take the loss (1-2, 1.38 ERA), giving up three runs over 3 2/3 innings as he surrendered a run in the eighth on two singles sandwiched around an intentional walk, and two more runs allowed in the ninth on a two-run homer off the left-field foul pole. It is the third stint with Salem this season for the 25-year-old Kraus, with three separate trips to Double-A Portland and an outing with Triple-A Pawtucket also on his 2015 ledger. Kraus, selected by Boston in the seventh round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Portland, compiled a 4.59 ERA with Double-A Portland this year, giving up 51 hits in 49 innings with 25 strikeouts and 10 walks before his most recent demotion on July 18. -- The Salem offense managed just two hits in the game, its fewest in a game this season, getting no-hit into the fifth inning before left fielder Yolian Cerse singled. The only other Salem hit was a ninth-inning single from center fielder Forrestt Allday. DH Kevin Heller went 0-for-3 and had his 17-game on-base streak snapped. Salem now has lost seven of its last eight games. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (59-55): L, 9-2, vs. Asheville (Rockies) -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) was a late scratch for the game, sending Javier Guerra (Boston'€™s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) from shortstop to second for the first time in his professional career and Michael Chavis (Boston'€™s No. 11 prospect at MLB.com) to shortstop for the first time this season. "He just got banged up a little bit," Greenville manager Darren Fenster told freelance writer Myron Hosea regarding Moncada's late scratch. "Just precaution. He could've played if we needed to. Nothing serious." Both Chavis and Guerra would be charged with an error in the game, with Greenville racking up four total defensive miscues (left fielder Bryan Hudson and center fielder Mike Meyers also had errors). Chavis had a routine grounder to short go under his glove in the third for his 18th error of the year, with the runner later coming home to score as a part of a four-run Asheville inning. In the ninth, Asheville increased its lead to 8-2 as another routine grounder found the outfield, this one under the glove of Guerra for his 22nd error of the season. Offensively, Guerra went 2-for-4 with a home run, a solo shot in the fourth to cut the deficit to 5-2. It was Guerra'€™s 15th homer of the season, four off the South Atlantic League pace and tied for third most in the league. Guerra, a 19-year-old lefty bat, is slashing .296/.343/.494 over 92 games, with 58 RBIs (seventh best in the league) and 55 runs scored. Chavis, on his 20th birthday, went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, single and RBI ground out in the third that scored catcher J.T. Watkins. Selected by Boston in the first round of the 2014 draft (26th overall), Chavis is slashing .225/.279/.390 with 12 home runs and the second-highest strikeout total in the league with 121. -- LHP Dedgar Jimenez took the loss (6-8, 4.47 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (83 pitches, 56 strikes). The 19-year-old allowed a leadoff homer in the third to start the four-run frame, with single runs surrendered in each of the fourth and fifth innings. A 6-foot-3 native of Venezuela, Jimenez has seen his ERA rise over a point from 3.11, where it sat on July 4, with five of Jimenez'€™s last six starts allowing four earned runs or more. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (27-24): W, 8-4, at Tri-City (Astros) -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston'€™s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) hit two home runs, his sixth and seventh as a professional, with a solo shot in the first to give Lowell a 1-0 lead and another solo blast (an opposite-field homer) in the ninth to increase Lowell'€™s lead to 8-4. Benintendi also singled, finishing 3-for-5 and raising his slash line to .279/.403/.548 through 30 games in the New York-Penn League. Selected by Boston in the first round of this year'€™s draft (seventh overall) out of the University of Arkansas, the 5-foot-10 lefty-hitting Benintendi has a five-game hit streak, hitting .444 (8-for-18) with three home runs in his last two games. -- Arguably the biggest hit in the game came from second baseman Chad De La Guerra, who hit a bases-clearing double as part of a five-run fourth inning to give Lowell a 6-4 lead. Selected by Boston in the 17th round of this year'€™s draft out of Grand Canyon University, De La Guerra is slashing .268/.318/.406 with two homers and 11 doubles through 36 games as a professional. -- Right fielder Luis Alexander Basabe (Boston'€™s No. 30 prospect at MLB.com) also homered in the game, a solo shot in the sixth inning to make it a 7-4 Lowell lead. It was the 18-year-old Basabe'€™s seventh home run on the season, now tied with Benintendi for the team lead and two off the league pace. -- RHP Dioscar Romero was ejected along with Tri-City shortstop Antonio Nunez in the second inning, as Romero hit Nunez in the back with a pitch leading to Nunez shouting at the mound and pushing Lowell catcher Alixon Suarez. Both benches cleared before order was restored. Romero finished with just 1 2/3 innings of work, charged with one earned run and three total as a Suarez error in the first led to two unearned markers. -- LHP Logan Boyd picked up the win (3-0, 3.22 ERA) with 4 2/3 innings of relief allowing one run on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Boyd hit the first batter he faced after relieving Romero, followed by a two-RBI triple before retiring 12 of the next 14 batters he faced. Selected by Boston in the 19th round of this year'€™s draft out of Sam Houston State University, Boyd has made eight appearances with 21 strikeouts over 22 1/3 innings. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (30-14): L, 6-4, vs. GCL Orioles -- Rehabbing second baseman Sean Coyle (Boston'€™s No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer but also three strikeouts in his ninth straight game in the Gulf Coast League. Coyle was placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Pawtucket on July 7 with a lower back strain after missing time earlier this season with left elbow inflammation. The 23-year-old is hitting .286 (10-for-35) with a homer and three doubles on his current rehab stint. -- The GCL Sox plated two in the second on an RBI single from left fielder Chris Madera and a run from right fielder Tyler Hill after a steal of third base and a throwing error from the GCL Orioles€™ catcher. Hill and Madera each stole two bases in the game, with Madera finishing 2-for-4. First baseman Jerry Downs also had a two-hit game. -- RHP Gerson Bautista took the loss (2-3, 3.69 ERA) with a final line of: 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO. The 20-year-old Bautista allowed a run in the first on a double, stolen base and RBI ground out, a solo homer in the second, and two runs in the fourth on a two-run double. The 6-foot-2 Bautista was coming off a three-start streak of allowing just one earned run over 15 innings; on the season through nine starts Bautista has pitched 39 innings with 32 hits, 29 strikeouts, and 19 walks.