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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Garin Cecchini grand slam propels Pawtucket; Manuel Margot, Jake Romanski lead Salem offense in win

June 08, 2015 - 5:47 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (28-29): W, 7-2, at Syracuse (Nationals) -- After a single off the bat of Allen Craig and a pair of walks by Travis Shaw and Deven Marrero loaded the bases in the fifth inning, first baseman Garin Cecchini hit a grand slam to right to break open a one-run game. The 24-year-old finished the day 2-for-5, raising his average to .192. Cecchini'€™s grand slam was the first of the year for Pawtucket. --€” Marrero also had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a leadoff home run to center in the second, a walk and two runs scored. Marrero, a 24-year-old who was a first-round pick in 2012, improved his average to .243 and now has four home runs and 17 RBIs on the season. --€” In addition to Cecchini, Jackie Bradley Jr., Quintin Berry, Humberto Quintero and Craig all posted two-hit games. -- Keith Couch earned the win, allowing one earned run on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts over seven innings of work. The 25-year-old righty improved to 3-6 on the season and lowered his ERA to 4.73. --€” Right-hander Doug Fister started for Syracuse, making his first rehab appearance since landing on the DL with a strained flexor tendon in his throwing arm. Fister took the loss Sunday, allowing two runs and seven hits --€” including Marrero'€™s solo shot -- with six strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of work. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (23-34): L, 5-0, vs. Bowie (Orioles) --€” After pitching 84 straight innings without allowing a home run, right-hander William Cuevas gave up a solo shot to Bowie'€™s Trey Mancini in the second inning Sunday. The Baysox never looked back, tagging Cuevas for four earned runs on seven hits and three walks. Cuevas did strike out seven in 4 1/3 innings but ultimately took the loss. Cuevas is 6-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 10 starts for Portland this season. --€” Portland'€™s relievers were solid Sunday, as right-hander Madison Younginer tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing no hits and no walks with one strikeout. Lefty Robby Scott pitched the eighth and righty Pat Light came on for the ninth. Light gave up one run on two hits. -- Third baseman Oscar Tejeda accounted for three of the Sea Dogs'€™ seven runs Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double. The 25-year-old from the Dominican Republic is hitting .304 in 42 games. --€” Sunday marked the ninth shutout loss of the season for Portland and the second in as many nights. The Sea Dogs have lost four straight and eight of their last 10 games. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (28-27): W, 6-5, vs. Potomac (Nationals) --€” Center fielder Manuel Margot drove in two runs, including the go-ahead tally in the sixth inning. The 20-year-old Dominican went 2-for-4 Sunday and now is hitting .273 with 12 RBIs. -- Catcher Jake Romanski, who scored the winning run on Margot'€™s sixth-inning RBI single, finished the day 3-for-4 with two runs scored and brought his average up to .266. --€” Right-hander Denny Bautista recorded the win despite allowing all five Potomac runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings of work. Bautista also struck out three Sunday and now is 2-0 with a 5.82 ERA in three starts with Salem this season. -- Taylor Grover earned his first save of 2015 with a scoreless three-inning relief appearance. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out three and walked one. Grover, who has a 1-1 record, lowered his ERA to 3.50 in 36 innings over 14 games this year. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (31-26): L, 3-1, at Savannah (Mets) --€” Right-hander Michael Kopech lost his second consecutive start after giving up three earned runs on six hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings of work. Selected by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2014 draft, the 19-year-old now has a 2-4 record and 3.11 ERA in 10 starts for Greenville this season. -- Lefty Michael Gunn and righty Carlos Pinales were strong out of the bullpen, combining for 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Gunn relieved Kopech, going 1 2/3 innings with no hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Pinales pitched the final three innings, allowing one hit and striking out four. --€” Center fielder Derek Miller drove in the Drive'€™s only run with a single to left in the seventh inning. Yoan Moncada scored from third after leading off the frame with a single to short and advancing on a wild pitch and a Michael Chavis single. Miller and Moncada posted the only multi-hit games for Greenville, as Miller finished the day 3-for-5 and Moncada went 2-for-4.

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