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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Haley pitches shutout for Pawtucket; Aneury Tavarez homers twice for Portland

August 08, 2016 - 5:13 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 (60-54): W, 6-0/L, 3-6, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays) -- In Game 1, Justin Haley pitched a complete-game shutout, lasting seven innings in a shortened game due to the doubleheader. The right-hander let up five hits and one walk in the outing while striking out four. "He was aggressive, worked ahead in the count and he was very efficient," PawSox manager Kevin Boles said. "He showed that sneaky fastball and he set the tone for us today." Haley, 25, now has won four straight starts and pitched two consecutive shutouts. He also has pitched at least six innings in his last five appearances. He is 11-7 with a 2.67 ERA this season. -- Offensively, Christian Vazquez led the way, going 3-for-3 with a double, 3 RBIs and a run. He hit a three-run double into right-center field to plate three runs in the third inning, and that would prove to be all the support Haley needed on the mound. Vazquez, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run against Buffalo on Friday, is slashing .276/.366/.368 and has 11 RBIs in 25 games with Pawtucket. He totaled 10 RBIs in 51 games with Boston before being sent down to Triple-A. -- Ryan LaMarre added a solo home run in the fifth inning to further cement Pawtucket's lead. It was his seventh shot of the year. LaMarre, 27, now is batting .300/.374/.444 in 67 games. -- In Game 2, starting pitcher Sean O'Sullivan struggled, surrendering five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four in his third rehab start for the PawSox. The 28-year-old righty has lost all three games on his rehab assignment and now is 6-5 with a 4.23 ERA in 14 starts with Pawtucket. -- Three Pawtucket batters recorded multiple hits, led by Rusney Castillo, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Castillo, 29, is averaging .395 in his last 10 games and is hitting .256/.297/.338 in 305 at-bats. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (44-69): W, 5-3, vs. Akron (Indians) -- Aneury Tavarez spurred the Sea Dogs to victory thanks to the first multi-home run game of his career. The outfielder led off the first inning with a solo shot and then began the third inning with another solo blast. He finished 3-for-4 and now has five home runs this season. Tavarez, 24, now has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. He has bumped up his batting average to .330 with Portland, good enough to lead the Eastern League. -- Right-hander Keith Couch earned the win, holding Akron to three runs (none earned) on four hits in six innings. He fanned five and walked two and now has held his opponents to one run or less in seven of his last eight outings. The 26-year-old is 9-7 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 19 appearances. --  Ben Taylor tossed two scoreless frames of relief to close out the game, holding Akron hitless. He struck out three and walked only one. Taylor, 23, now is 6-for-8 in save opportunities and has a 2.45 ERA in 29 outings. -- Tim Roberson went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs. It was his first multi-hit performance since July 1. The 27-year-old catcher is averaging .263/.312/.403 in 186 at-bats. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (67-45): W, 11-2, vs. Lynchburg (Indians) -- The Salem bats came alive later in the game, knocking in three runs in the fifth inning and six in the sixth. Joseph Monge led the way, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run. He is 11-for-17 in his last three games. Monge, 21, is hitting .444 in his last 10 games to bump up his batting average to .289 in 55 games with Salem. He is hitting .308 overall in the minors. -- Michael Kopech, Boston's No. 5 prospect at MLB.com, held Lynchburg to one run -- none earned -- on three hits in five innings to collect the win. He struck out seven and did not allow a hit through the first three innings. The 20-year-old right-hander has totaled 53 strikeouts in eight starts and is 2-1 with a 0.96 ERA. -- Rafael Devers, another top Red Sox prospect, went 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs. He drove in Salem's first two runs of the game in the fifth inning with his seventh triple of the year. Devers, 19, is on a 10-game hit streak with 12 RBIs in that span. He is slashing .278/.336/.442 in 103 games. -- Jayce Ray went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs. The 26-year-old outfielder has hit safely in eight consecutive games and is batting .356/.423/.425 in 87 at-bats. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (58-54): W, 4-3, at Charleston (Yankees) -- Roniel Raudes pitched well enough to earn his 10th win of the season, letting up just one run on three hits and striking out three in six innings. Raudes, 18, has allowed four total earned runs in his last three starts. Boston's No. 13 prospect at MLB.com, Raudes now is 10-4 with a 4.05 ERA in 20 starts. -- Trevor Kelley pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit, to record his third save. -- Luis Alexander Basabe, Boston's No. 8 prospect at MLB.com, gave Greenville the lead for good when he hit a two-run home run in the third inning, his 11th homer of the season and his first since July 22. The 19-year-old outfielder is now slashing .253/.322/.452 in 87 games. -- Roldani Baldwin was the only Greenville batter to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. He has not hit in back-to-back games after going three straight games without a hit. He is hitting .260/.307/.378 in 246 at-bats. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (29-20): L, 6-0, at Staten Island (Yankees) -- Darwinzon Hernandez, who struggled with his control previously, struck out eight and walked none in five innings of work. He let up three runs on five hits and could not avoid getting the loss. He retired 10 Staten Island batters at one point. Hernandez, 19, has not allowed more than three runs in any of his nine starts this season. The southpaw is 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA. -- Brandon Workman let up one run on two innings as he continues his major league rehab assignment with Lowell. He struck out two and walked two. The 27-year-old righty is now 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA in five minor league appearances. -- The Lowell bats were nowhere to be found, only totaling five hits, all of them singles. Yoan Aybar, Boston's No. 26 prospect at MLB.com, went 1-for-3. He is now batting .217/.268/.334 in 39 games with the Spinners.