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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Ramos hits walk-off HR for Pawtucket; Eduardo Rodriguez takes solid first step in start

July 04, 2016 - 5:53 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (43-41): W, 5-4 in 16 innings, vs. Columbus (Indians) -- Sunday's extra-innings contest was the longest since Pawtucket played a 16-inning game on April 12, 2015. Henry Ramos was the one to end it, blasting a two-run home run off Clippers shortstop Yhoxian Medina, who was forced to the mound due to a lack of Columbus relievers. "Before I stepped to the plate, [Rusney] Castillo told me, 'This is like BP, so go and hit it far,' and that is what I did," Ramos told MILB.com after hitting his third home run of the year. Ramos, 24, now is slashing .282/.319/.429 in 67 games this season with Pawtucket and Portland. Boston's N0. 22 prospect at MLB.com has collected 14 RBIs in his last 10 games. -- Eduardo Rodriguez got his first start since being assigned to Pawtucket from Boston, and he was able to deliver a very solid outing. The 23-year-old southpaw tossed seven frames of scoreless ball, giving up just two hits and striking out four. He also retired 11 consecutive batters. "I was working my pitches on both sides of the plate and didn't throw it right down the middle like when I was in the big leagues," Rodriguez said. "I just used my slider, my changeup, and used them on different counts." Rodriguez has started six games each with the Red Sox and PawSox. He is 1-3 with an 8.59 ERA with Boston, and 0-3 with a 2.83 ERA in Pawtucket. -- With the game seemingly never going to end, pitcher Justin Haley came through for Pawtucket, as he pitched the last six innings and allowed just one run. He gave up four hits and fanned five in his first Triple-A relief performance. Called up to Pawtucket from Portland on June 17, the 25-year-old Haley is 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA with the team. -- On the day after his 28th birthday, Chris Marrero drilled his 13th home run of the season in the second inning to put Pawtucket on the board. He is tied for the team lead in homers, and he also was the man on for Ramos' walk-off blast. Marrero is batting .272/.334/.459 in 78 games. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (30-52): L, 8-1, vs. Hartford (Rockies) -- Boston's top overall prospect at MLB.com Yoan Moncada hit a solo home run in the first inning to start things off, but the Sea Dogs failed to build on that, collecting only five hits after Moncada's third homer with Portland. Moncada, only 21, is hitting .288/315/.596 in 12 games with Portland. He averaged .307/.427/.496 in the prior 61 games played with High-A Salem. -- Jalen Beeks got the start for Portland, but the left-hander didn't have his best stuff. Boston's No. 30 prospect at MLB.com surrendered six runs on eight hits in only 3 1/3 innings. He also struck out three and walked two in his third start for Portland since being called up from Salem. "This is a kid who has good stuff, but it was not his day," manager Carlos Febles told the Portland Press Herald. "He threw mostly fastballs in the first two innings. Then he went to his secondary stuff and he was all over the plate." Beeks, 22, has not recorded a win since a game with Salem on May 8. Overall, he is 4-6 with a 3.79 ERA in 16 starts. -- Relief pitchers Luis Ysla and Williams Jerez combined for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. Ysla, Boston's No. 20 prospect at MLB.com, gave up three hits and struck out three, while Jerez, Boston's No. 19 prospect threw a perfect ninth inning, fanning two. Ysla, 24, has allowed three runs in his last 13 2/3 innings pitched, while the 24-year-old Jerez is 1-3 with a 4.46 ERA in 25 outings. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (50-29): W, 4-1, at Frederick (Orioles) -- In his seventh quality start of the season, Matt Kent gave up no runs and scattered four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He took a no-hitter into the fourth inning and struck out six while only walking one. It was the 23-year-old southpaw's third scoreless start of the season, and his seventh straight game allowing under three earned runs. He is 7-3 with a 2.79 ERA in 16 minor league starts. -- Jose Sermo, recently signed to a minor league contract, went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. He bombed a ball over dead center field for his first homer with the Red Sox. In his eight games with Salem, the 25-year-old is slashing .185/.207/.407. -- Bryan Hudson was the other Salem batter to collect multiple hits in the win, going 2-for-5 with an RBI. His RBI single in the eighth inning drove home Jordan Betts and pushed Salem's lead to 2-0. Hudson, 21, is batting .244/.396/.296 in 47 games this season. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (41-38) L, 5-2, vs. Asheville (Rockies) -- Dedgar Jimenez took the mound for Greenville, allowing four earned runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out a career-high eight batters but gave up a three-run home run in the fifth inning that would prove to be the difference. Sunday's outing was the first loss for Jimenez since June 9. The 20-year-old left-hander is 3-2 with a 4.94 ERA after being assigned to Greenville on June 1. -- Luis Alejandro Basabe, Boston's No. 8 prospect at MLB.com, went 3-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. He had entered the game with a .184 average in his previous 10 games. On the year, the 19-year-old Basabe is hitting .218/.280/.400 in 60 games. -- Jeremy Rivera also had three hits, all of them singles, in the loss. The 21-year-old, drafted by the Red Sox in 2014, is averaging .229/.284/.271 this season. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (12-5): W, 3-1, vs. Aberdeen (Orioles) -- Relief pitcher Brad Stone was handed the win after pitching 2 2/3 scoreless frames in relief of Josh Pennington. Stone let up only one hit and walked one in a strong outing. The 22-year-old now is 3-0 on the short season, and 2.70 ERA in five relief appearances. -- It was an impressive day at the plate for Nick Lovullo, who went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI. He scored on a wild pitch in the first inning and ripped an RBI single in eighth inning for insurance. Drafted this year in the 20th round, the son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo is slashing .308/.391/.385 in 12 games. He has five RBIs and seven runs scored. -- Algenis Martinez pitched the final 2 1/3 innings without allowing a hit, earning his first save of the season. He also struck out two. The 22-year-old has a 0.73 ERA in 12 1/3 innings pitched this year.