Bryce Brentz

Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Salem pitching dominant in second straight shutout win; Miguel Celestino struggles in Pawtucket loss after solid start from Henry Owens

June 15, 2015 - 6:07 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (32-32): L, 4-3, vs. Toledo (Tigers) -- Right fielder Bryce Brentz hit a solo shot to left in the bottom of the ninth inning to cut Toledo'€™s lead to one, but the comeback fell short and Pawtucket dropped back to .500. Brentz finished the day 2-for-5 and now is hitting .231 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs. -- Miguel Celestino took the loss as he came on in the seventh inning with a 2-1 lead but gave up the tying run and failed to record an out. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed a leadoff single and made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, allowing the runner to advance. He then gave up a walk, a sacrifice bunt and another single before he was pulled. Celestino was tagged for three runs on two hits and a walk. Celestino is 0-4 in 17 appearances this season. -- Right-hander Jonathan Aro was solid in relief of Celestino, but the damage was done. After the inherited runners scored in the seventh, Aro tossed two perfect innings and finished the day with four strikeouts. In 18 1/3 innings of work over eight games for Pawtucket this season, Aro has a 1.96 ERA and 23 strikeouts. -- Left-hander Henry Owens started for Pawtucket, giving up just one run on four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. He lowered his ERA to 3.45 but remained 2-5 on the season. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (25-38): L, 6-3, at Bowie (Orioles) -- Right-hander Simon Mercedes took the loss as Portland closed out a 2-4 road trip in Maryland. Mercedes came on in the sixth inning with a runner on first base and the Sea Dogs holding a 3-2 lead. He promptly gave up a two-run home run to Trey Mancini on his first pitch. The 23-year-old Dominican is 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 15 appearances for Portland this season. -- Right-hander Justin Haley started for Portland, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings. Haley, a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder who played collegiately at Fresno State, is 1-8 in 12 starts this season and has a 5.98 ERA. -- All three of Portland'€™s runs came on solo shots, as center fielder Dave Sappelt hit one to left in the second, second baseman Oscar Tejeda hit one to left-center in the fourth, and first baseman David Chester hit a fifth-inning shot to left. Tejeda recorded the only multi-hit game for Portland, finishing the day 2-for-4, as the Sea Dogs lost for the fifth time in six meetings vs. the Baysox this season. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (33-29): W, 7-0, vs. Wilmington (Royals) -- Jose Vinicio drove in three runs to pace the Red Sox€™ offense, finishing the day 2-for-3 with a two-RBI double in the eighth inning. The 21-year old Dominican, who played third base and batted ninth Sunday, is hitting .287 with five doubles and eight RBIs. -- Right fielder Forrest Allday added two RBIs, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. The lefty is hitting .300 and has eight RBIs in 22 games with Salem this season. -- Left-hander Williams Jerez earned the win after starter Trey Ball left the game following a rain delay in the fifth. Ball allowed just two hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings of work and now has pitched 15 2/3 consecutive innings without allowing a run. Jerez came on after the rain delay to finish the fifth and went three innings, giving up three hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Since being called up to Salem, Jerez has not given up an earned run in 9 1/3 innings of work over three appearances. -- Right-hander Austin Maddox recorded his ninth save of the season, pitching the eighth and ninth innings and recording four strikeouts. He did not give up a hit and allowed just one baserunner on a hit batsman. The 2012 third-round pick out of Florida is 9-for-12 in save opportunities and has a 1-4 record with a 4.01 ERA. -- Salem pitchers have not allowed a run in 23 straight innings, dating back to the fifth inning of Friday'€™s 4-2 win over Wilmington. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (34-29): L, 5-2 (11 innings), vs. Rome (Braves) -- Right-hander Kuehl McEachern suffered the loss, giving up three runs in the top of the 11th. He is 3-2 on the season with a 2.76 ERA in 29 1/3 innings over 14 games with Greenville. -- Jake Drehoff started, but his outing was cut short due to a rain delay. The 23-year-old left-hander still struck out a season-high seven batters in just four innings, and allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits. Drehoff has struck out 27 over 22 2/3 innings of work in nine games this season and is 1-0 with a 2.78 ERA. -- First baseman Nick Longhi led the Drive'€™s offense with a 3-for-5 day. He recorded his 31st RBI of the season and now is hitting .289. -- Second baseman Mauricio Dubon had the only other multi-hit game for Greenville, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Dubon has hit safely in six straight games and is hitting .300 on the season.