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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox RHP Aaron Wilkerson tosses 6 shutout innings; RHP Mitch Atkins shines for Portland

June 13, 2016 - 5:48 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Sunday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (33-30): W, 1-0, vs. Louisville (Reds) -- Pawtucket relied on strong pitching to defeat Louisville on Sunday, as Aaron Wilkerson, Robby Scott and Noe Ramirez allowed only four hits in a combined shutout. Wilkerson got the start, throwing six innings while striking out seven and walking only one. He also did not give up any extra-base hits. Sunday's win wraps up a seven-game homestand in which the pitching staff let up only 10 total runs. "Our pitching has been terrific and it all starts with the length we've gotten out of our starters," manager Kevin Boles told PawSox.com after the game. "The whole staff has been effective commanding the zone, and I thought our defense also really took care of the baseball this homestand." Since being activated from the temporarily inactive list on June 2, Wilkerson, 27, has 16 strikeouts and has allowed only two earned runs in three appearances. On the year, the right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in the minors. Opponents are hitting only .195 against him. -- After Wilkerson was pulled, Scott came in and held Louisville hitless in the seventh and eighth innings. He started the ninth, but allowed a single on the first at-bat. Scott, 26, is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP this season. He has allowed just one run in his last four appearances. -- Ramirez came in after Scott allowed a hit in the ninth to earn his second save of the season. The 26-year-old right-hander forced a double play and another ground out to end the game. Ramirez is 1-3 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 10 games with Pawtucket. -- The Pawtucket bats were held to three hits, which proved to be just enough to secure the team's ninth win in 12 games. Two of those hits came from catcher Ali Solis. His second-inning, two-out single brought home Bryce Brentz and would prove to be the only run the Pawtucket pitching staff needed. Solis was called up to Pawtucket on June 5 after playing 20 games with the Portland Sea Dogs. The 28-year-old is batting .162/.224/.221 in 22 total minor league games. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (21-41): W, 7-1, vs. Richmond (Giants) -- Starting pitcher Mitch Atkins shined, going six innings and surrendering just one hit and one run while striking out seven. The 30-year-old right-hander was perfect through 5 1/3 innings until he walked a batter, and he had a no-hitter intact until a double to lead off the seventh inning. "Just able to control my fastball," Atkins told the Portland Press Herald. "I had good command, established the inner part of the plate, and it just kind of fell into line from there." On the year, Atkins is 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 17 strikeouts in his last four starts. -- Aneury Tavarez was a perfect 3-for-3, crossing home plate twice and driving in two. He hit a solo home run in the second inning for the game's first run, then hit an RBI double in the fourth for more insurance for Atkins. He was a triple shy of the cycle, and is batting .276/.345/.392 this season. -- Andrew Benintendi, Boston's No. 3 prospect at MLB.com, went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He singled home a runner in the seventh inning to further extend Portland's lead. Benintendi, 21, is .298/.361/.476 in 23 games with Portland. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (40-23): W, 6-5, at Wilmington (Royals) -- Danny Mars led the way offensively for Salem, as the Red Sox recorded 11 hits in the game. Mars, 22, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He brought home two runners with a triple to right center field in the sixth inning to give Salem a 3-0 lead. He then hit another triple in the eighth inning before crossing home plate on a Jordan Betts single. Mars, drafted by the Red Sox in 2014, is batting .280/.342/.374 in 57 games. -- Salem also got an efficient performance from Trey Ball on the mound. Ball, Boston's No. 19 prospect at MLB.com, held Wilmington scoreless in 5 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed only five hits while striking out three and walking two. The 21-year-old Ball is 3-3 this season with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Opponents are hitting only .221 when facing Ball. -- Both Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers, Boston's top two prospects at MLB.com, went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Moncada singled home the first run of the game in the fifth inning, while Devers tripled in the seventh inning to drive home Mauricio Dubon. Moncada, 21, is hitting .299/.419/.466 in 59 games, while Devers, 19, is .228/.301/.340 in 58 games played. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (32-30): W, 11-8, vs. Augusta (Giants) -- Third baseman Michael Chavis led the team with four RBIs in a high-scoring contest. He smacked a two-run home run in the second inning to cut into Augusta's lead, then hit a sacrifice fly to drive in another run in the third. He added yet another run with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Chavis, 20, is batting .355/.412/.592 in 20 games with the Drive. He has 13 hits in his last 10 games and is third on the team in batting average. -- It was a rough outing for starting pitcher Roniel Raudes, who let up six runs in the opening frame. He ended up lasting four innings after letting up seven hits and eight runs while striking out four. Boston's No.14 prospect at MLB.com, the 18-year-old right-hander is 6-1 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP in 11 games. -- Relief pitcher Marc Brakeman was able to earn the win after going three innings and allowing only one hit and striking out four. Boston's No. 24 prospect at MLB.com, Brakeman is 4-4 with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 11 games. -- Tyler Spoon went 3-for-5, touching all the bases twice and driving in a run. He hit a solo shot over the left field wall in the sixth inning for the game's final run. The 23-year-old is hitting .368/.400/.684 in five games with the Drive after being assigned to Greenville from Lowell on June 6.