Monday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Justin Haley tosses gem in PawSox win; LHP Matt Kent strikes out 10 as Salem pitchers fan 19

September 05, 2016 - 5:47 am
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Here's a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (73-68): W, 1-0, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays) -- Right-hander Justin Haley closed out his season in impressive fashion, allowing just two infield singles in eight innings of work. He did not allow a hit until the seventh, when former major leaguer Quintin Berry hit a comebacker that deflected off Haley's glove, and the speedy Berry beat it out. Haley struck out seven and walked just one in throwing 100 pitches. "I was just trying to have a good rhythm throughout the game and I think we kept a good tempo," Haley said (via MiLB.com). "We kept the hitters on their heels, pitched inside a lot and kept them in swing-mode." Haley, who was promoted from Portland on June 17, has appeared in 15 games (14 starts) with the PawSox, going 8-6 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. -- Left-hander Luis Ysla, making his Triple-A debut, pitched a scoreless ninth. The 24-year-old Venezuelan struck out the first two batters, allowed a single to center, then closed out the game with a fly out for Pawtucket's franchise-record 17th shutout of the season. "The way [Ysla] went after hitters, there was no fear," PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). "I thought he attacked the hitters and did a great job." Ysla went 2-5 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 39 relief appearances with Portland this season, converting three saves in six opportunities. -- The PawSox scored their only run in the first inning when Jose Vinicio raced home from second base on an errant pickoff throw. -- Pawtucket had just four hits on the day: doubles by first baseman Chris Marrero and left fielder Chris Dominguez, and singles from catcher Ali Solis and designated hitter Allen Craig. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (54-83): W, 7-2, at New Hampshire (Blue Jays) -- Shortstop Mauricio Dubon pulled a three-run home run down the left-field line in the second inning as the Sea Dogs jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. First baseman Cody Decker and left fielder Aneury Tavarez added solo homers later in the game. Dubon and Tavarez each finished the day 2-for-4, the only PawSox with multiple hits. -- Right-hander Mitch Atkins made his final start a good one, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing one run on eight hits and a walk while striking out nine. The 30-year-old Atkins, who leads the Eastern League in strikeouts with 145, finishes the season at 6-7 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 30 appearances (20 starts) in Double-A. -- Left-hander Jake Drehoff pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing no hits but three walks that led to one run. He struck out a pair. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (87-51): W, 5-4 in 12 innings, at Lynchburg (Indians) -- Left-hander Matt Kent struck out a career-high 10 batters in six innings, and Salem pitchers recorded a season-high 19 strikeouts on the day. Kent surrendered two runs on six hits and finished his season with an ERA of 3.69, currently third best in the Carolina League. The 23-year-old, a 13th-round pick last year, is 10-7 with a 1.31 WHIP in 26 starts with Salem after spending the first two weeks of the season with Greenville. -- After right-hander Jake Cosart gave up two runs on one hit and three walks with three strikeouts in two innings, righty Simon Mercedes pitched three scoreless innings. Mercedes, who got the win to improve to 5-2, allowed two hits and no walks while striking out five. -- Infielder Jordan Betts, who made his debut as a reliever last week, pitched a hitless bottom of the 12th for his first career save. He recorded the final out via strikeout with runners on first and second via walks. Betts, who started the game at third base, also hit a double in his five at-bats. -- Second baseman Jose Sermo hit an RBI single in the 12th for the winning run, driving in right fielder Luis Alexander Basabe. Both played finished 2-for-6, while Sermo had two RBIs. -- Shortstop Deiner Lopez was 3-for-5 with an RBI triple and his 15th stolen base of the season. Center fielder Joseph Monge was 3-for-6 with a double. First baseman Nick Longhi went 1-for-3 with two walks, a double and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (33-36): L, 2-1, at West Virginia (Pirates) -- Right-hander Daniel Gonzalez allowed just one run in seven innings, giving up six hits and striking out five, but left with no decision. The 20-year-old Venezuelan finishes his South Atlantic League season at 5-5 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 16 starts. -- Gerson Bautista took the loss, falling to 1-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 15 appearances, after allowing a run on one hit and a passed ball in the eighth inning. -- Greenville's lone run came courtesy of a home run from left fielder Kyri Washington in the fourth inning. It was his 16th homer this season. -- Designated hitter Tyler Spoon and right fielder Derek Miller had Greenville's only other hits. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (47-28): W, 8-3, at Vermont (Athletics) -- Shortstop C.J. Chatham had a big day for the New York-Penn League Stedler Division champions, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. The 21-year-old, a second-round pick this year, is hitting .260/.322/.423 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 26 games with Lowell. -- Second baseman Andy Perez was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. The 23-year-old from Duke is hitting .287/.355/.380 in 31 games. Third baseman Bobby Dalbec went 1-for-4 with an RBI, lowering his average to .391/.432/.688 in 33 games. First baseman Tucker Tubbs went 1-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. -- Right-hander Dakota Smith started and pitched six innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on two hits with one strikeout. The 23-year-old finishes the regular season at 5-2 with a 1.77 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in nine games (seven starts) after being signed out of independent league ball in July -- Righty reliever Pat Goetze pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and fanning three. Righty Jordan Weems pitched the ninth, giving up a solo home run and one other hit while recording all three outs via strikeout. ROOKIE GCL RED SOX: L, 6-2, at GCL Cardinals -- The Red Sox' bid for a third straight Gulf Coast League championship ended with a loss in a one-game semifinal. Designated hitter Steven Reveles went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and shortstop Santiago Espinal was 2-for-4 with a triple to lead the offense. Left fielder Raiwinson Lameda and second baseman Jagger Rusconi drove in the Sox runs in the seventh and ninth innings, both on ground outs. -- Right-hander Victor Garcia started and allowed three runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings. Left-hander Ryan Oduber took over in the fifth and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Righty Francisco Soto pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts.