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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: LHP Brian Johnson loses in return to PawSox; Yoan Moncada strikes out 5 times for Portland

July 25, 2016 - 5:53 am

Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Sunday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-51): L, 5-2, at Columbus (Indians) -- Making his first start for the PawSox since May 14, Brian Johnson took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in just three innings. His control wasn't great, as he fanned just one batter while walking four. Johnson, 25, made four rehab starts with both Lowell and the Gulf Coast League Red Sox as he dealt with an anxiety issue before returning to Pawtucket. The left-hander is 2-5 with a 4.00 ERA in 12 starts this season. He is Boston's No. 5 prospect and No. 2 pitching prospect at -- Pawtucket did not get on the board until the fifth inning, when catcher Dan Butler lined a two-run double to left field, cutting the Clippers' lead in half. Butler, who finished 1-for-3, is averaging .364 in the month of June. The 29-year-old is slashing .304/.398/.461 with Pawtucket. -- Henry Ramos was one of two Pawtucket batters to record multiple hits, finishing the game 2-for-4 with a run scored. Boston's No. 20 prospect at crossed home plate on Butler's double in the fifth frame. Ramos, 24, has hit safely in the last four games and is batting .267/.308/.415 in the minors. -- Keith Couch relieved Johnson and lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing just one run. He gave up five hits and did not strike out a batter. Sunday's game was the second non-start for the 26-year-old righty, who's a 7-7 with a 3.79 ERA in 17 outings. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (36-64): L, 2-1, vs. Binghamton (Mets) -- He didn't score a run, but Mauricio Dubon had a great day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles for his first four-hit game in Double-A. Boston's No. 11 prospect at has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games and is averaging .436 in his last 10. Dubon, 22, is hitting .315/.383/.409 in 337 at-bats. -- Mitch Atkins got the start for the Sea Dogs, letting up two runs on eight hits in six innings in his fifth loss of the season. He fanned five and walked two in a quality start. "You've got to take the good with the bad," Atkins told the Portland Press Herald. "I threw the ball well. My job is to keep the game close and give my team a chance to win, and I did that. Sometimes you pull it out and sometimes you don't." The 30-year-old right-hander has struck out at least five in his last nine appearances, and he is 2-5 with a 4.74 ERA in 23 outings. -- It was an unusual game for Boston's top overall prospect Yoan Moncada, who went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts. His final at-bat was the last out of the game. It was the first time in his career that Moncada, 21, totaled five strikeouts. "People may look at the 0-for-5 with five punch-outs, but I really believe that this kid is going to be an offensive player with power," Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez said. "He's probably a little over his head right now and maybe we just got him at the right time, but the way he goes about his business, he's going to be a really good player." Moncada has failed to get a hit in four of his last five games and is batting .171 in his last 10 games. He's still averaging .297/.408/.515 in 87 minor league games this season. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (58-40): L, 7-0, at Frederick (Orioles) -- The Salem bats went quiet, totaling only three hits and one extra-base hit. Nick Longhi, Boston's No. 15 prospect at, doubled to open up the seventh inning but was stranded on base. It was his team-leading 25th double of the season. Longhi, the 20-year-old Springfield native, is slashing .291/.357/.401 in 337 at bats. -- Matt Kent recorded the loss, surrendering five runs on seven hits in five innings. Five of those runs came in the first inning, letting Frederick jump out to a 3-0 lead. He also struck out three and walked just one. Kent, 23, has gone at least five innings in his previous five starts. The southpaw is 8-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 20 starts. -- Reliever Bobby Poyner had a perfect eighth inning, striking out the side. The 23-year-old left-hander now has 44 strikeouts in 46 innings. He is 0-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 28 minor league appearances. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (50-48): W, 12-5, at Asheville (Rockies) -- Trenton Kemp blasted two home runs to give him 11 on the year. He hit a solo homer in the second inning and a two-run jack in his next at-bat in the fourth inning. He also doubled. Kemp, 20, had his first three-hit game of the season and is batting .247/.329/.470 with the Drive. -- Tate Matheny also performed well at the plate, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. He reached base in all five of his appearances. The son of former major league catcher Mike Matheny, the 22-year-old outfielder is averaging .389 in his last 10 games, crossing home plate six times in that span. Matheny is hitting .314/.356/.444 in 71 at-bats. -- Enmanuel De Jesus got the start for Greenville, letting up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of work, failing to remain in the game long enough to pick up the win. The lefty struck out five and walked three. De Jesus, 19, is 2-2 with a 4.79 ERA in seven minor league starts. -- Austin Rei went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs. He hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning for his fifth homer of the season. Drafted last season by the Red Sox, the 22-year-old is averaging .221/.345/.336 in 64 games. He is Boston's No. 22 prospect at SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (21-15): W, 5-2 in 12 innings, at West Virginia (Pirates) -- Yoan Aybar, Boston's No. 19 prospect at, went 3-for-5 with a run, two RBIs and a timely two-run home run. His third homer of the season came in the 12th inning to give Lowell the lead for good. The 19-year-old has hit two home runs in his last three games and is slashing .219/.264/.360 in 30 games. -- Tyler Hill also came through with a clutch homer. He drilled a solo shot in the ninth inning to tie the game and force extra innings. Hill, 20, finished the game 2-for-5 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. One of Lowell's best overall hitters, Hill is batting .371/.422/.578 in 29 games. -- Kevin Steen has a decent start for Lowell, giving up two runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out four in the process. It was the least runs allowed in an outing for Boston's No. 24 prospect at since his first start of the year on June 20. Steen, 20, is 1-3 with a whopping 6.16 ERA and 1.73 WHIP.