Justin Masterson

Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Masterson struggles in Pawtucket rehab start; Nick Longhi 4-for-4 in Greenville win

June 01, 2015 - 5:39 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (26-25): L, 5-1, vs. Louisville (Reds) -- Justin Masterson started for Pawtucket, making his first rehab appearance since spending time on the 15-day DL with arm fatigue. Masterson lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, two hits, and three walks with two strikeouts. Masterson threw 50 pitches and suffered the loss. --€” Right-hander Zeke Spruill relieved Masterson, pitching 3 2/3 innings. Spruill allowed two runs on five hits and struck out one. Righty Jonathan Aro went 2 2/3 and allowed one hit with four strikeouts. Righty Noe Ramirez came on in the ninth and gave up just one hit. --€” Travis Shaw, who played third base Sunday, accounted for the only PawSox run with a solo shot to right-center in the sixth inning. The home run was Shaw'€™s second in as many games, and he now is batting .228 with five home runs and 24 RBIs. -- Jackie Bradley Jr. went 3-for-4 with a walk. He is hitting .352 in 30 games with Pawtucket this season. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (22-29): L, 2-0, at Trenton (Yankees) -- Righty Joe Gunkel took the loss, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks over five innings of work. He also recorded a season-high seven strikeouts. Gunkel is 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA in three starts with Portland after beginning the season 1-1 in two starts and six relief appearances with High-A Salem. -- Right-handers Jorge Marban and Simon Mercedes were solid out of the bullpen. Marban pitched the seventh and eighth innings, allowing one hit and three walks with two strikeouts. Mercedes came on for the top of the ninth and managed to prevent any further damage despite loading the bases with three walks. -- The Sea Dogs combined for just three hits Sunday, two coming off the bat of third baseman Oscar Tejeda. Tejeda, who hit cleanup, singled to right in the fourth inning and singled to center in the seventh. First baseman Jantzen Witte notched the other Portland hit, a seventh-inning single to right. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (26-24): W, 6-5, at Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- Right-hander Kevin McAvoy improved to 4-3 on the season, giving up five runs, eight hits and one walk with two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. The 2014 fourth-round draft pick out of Bryant University in Rhode Island now has a 3.59 ERA in nine starts with Salem. --€” Austin Maddox earned his Carolina League-leading eighth save, allowing one hit with one strikeout in one inning of work. The 24-year-old right-hander has a 3.48 ERA in 20 2/3 innings with Salem this season. -- Salem jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning on three hits, three walks and a hit by pitch. Franklin Guzman scored the sixth Salem run after a leadoff double to left in the fourth inning. The right fielder finished the day 1-for-4 with an RBI. -- Second baseman Jose Vinicio, shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin and center fielder Cole Sturgeon all posted two-hit games. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (30-20): W, 15-0, at Lexington (Astros) -- Right fielder Nick Longhi highlighted the offensive show with a 4-for-4 day that included a home run, four RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. The 19-year-old is batting .270 with three home runs and 26 RBIs in 38 games with Greenville. -- Second baseman Mauricio Dubon also recorded four RBIs, going 2-for-4 with a home run -- his fourth of the year --€” three runs scored and a walk. The 20-year-old from California raised his average to .295 and has 25 RBIs on the season. -- Rafael Devers extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a two-run home run in the third inning. The 18-year-old lefty from the Dominican Republic, who was the designated hitter Sunday, also singled in the seventh inning and finished the day 2-for-5. --€” Eight Greenville starters recorded a hit Sunday, and although first baseman Cisco Tellez was the only member of the lineup who did not, he still got on base with a fifth-inning walk. -- Brandon Show earned the win in his Greenville debut, pitching four innings of relief. The 22-year-old righty allowed just two hits and two walks and struck out two. Left-hander Jake Drehoff pitched the first three innings in his first start of the season. Drehoff struck out two and allowed three hits and no walks, lowering his ERA to 3.68 in 14 2/3 innings over six appearances this season.