Ty Buttrey

Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis hits 2 home runs; Ty Buttrey struggles yet again

May 16, 2016 - 6:51 am

Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Sunday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (18-19): W, 12-7, vs. Gwinnett (Braves) -- Sam Travis belted two home runs, collecting five RBIs in the process. Travis, 22, made Gwinnett pay right away in the first inning with a three-run shot. He struck again in the sixth, clobbering a two-run homer that almost landed past the Pawtucket bullpen. Including Saturday's doubleheader, Boston's No. 7 prospect at MLB.com hit three home runs in six plate appearances. "Travis made the wind look like it was blowing out to left field today," manager Kevin Boles said after the game. "He had a great approach." After the productive weekend, Travis has a .290 AVG/.805 OBP/.457 SLG stat line. He leads the team in hits (40), runs scored (22), doubles (8) and RBIs (23). -- Despite getting the win, southpaw Henry Owens had another shaky outing. Owens, who continues to get starts in Pawtucket after being demoted from Boston earlier this month, allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in five innings and 99 pitches. He also gave up three home runs. "When he's right, he's hitting the fastball cross-corner to right-handed hitters, and everything else sets up from there," Boles told the Providence Journal. "But he's had this pattern now where he's missing high to his arm side. We've got to get it on the other side of the plate." On the season, Owens is 3-1 in Pawtucket with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. The 23-year-old also has recorded 33 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched, which leads the team. -- Marco Hernandez had a strong showing at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI. He also managed to be on base for both of Travis' home runs. Boston's No. 13 prospect at MLB.com, the second baseman is batting .333/.827/.441 with seven doubles and 11 runs scored. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (13-25): L, 8-1, vs. Binghamton (Mets) -- Sea Dogs starter Ty Buttrey failed to get out of the opening inning before letting up four earned runs on seven hits. Boston's No. 26 prospect at MLB.com, the 23-year-old Buttrey was pulled after that first inning when he allowed four RBI singles. He also walked two batters in the inning. "He couldn't command his pitches," Sea Dogs manager Carlos Febles told the Portland Press Herald following the game. "Everything was all over the place. The hitters were patient until he threw strikes, and they made him pay." The loss gives the struggling Buttrey an 0-6 record on the season with a 5.86 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Opponents are batting .286 against the right-hander. -- The only run of the game for Portland came on a sacrifice fly from Nate Freiman in the bottom of the sixth inning. The first baseman finished the game 1-for-3 with a double. The 29-year-old is batting .333/.391/.500 in six games since joining the Sea Dogs a week ago. He also has three doubles and six RBIs. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (26-10): W, 10-9, vs. Wilmington (Royals) -- It was an effective day at the plate for Danny Mars, who finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored. He notched a two-out single in the first inning to bring in a run, then scored on a Mike Meyers double later in the inning. Mars, 22, then hit a two-run double in the second inning to blow the game open at 7-0. Drafted by Boston in the sixth round in 2014, Mars is batting .264/.319/.355 on the year. He also has three triples and is third on the team in RBIs with 23. -- Despite falling behind 7-0, Wilmington would not give in, using a four-run fifth inning to stay in the game before staging a furious rally with a four-run ninth inning. However, pitcher Mario Alcantara pitched very well in relief, allowing no runs and only one hit in three innings pitched. He came in for Salem starter Dedgar Jimenez in the sixth inning, recording two strikeouts. Alcantara is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in nine games. The right-hander also has 17 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (18-17): W, 11-10, at Augusta (Giants) -- Right fielder Joseph Monge was the star of the game for Greenville in its come-from-behind win. Monge went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, three runs and a home run. His home run, his second of the year, was a two-run blast in the top of the ninth inning and provided the go-ahead runs for the Drive. Monge, 20, is batting .340/.872/.472. He leads the team in hits with 36 and is second on the team in doubles with eight, tied with Kyri Washington. -- Another strong performer at the plate for Greenville was first baseman Mitchell Gunsolus. The 23-year-old finished the game 4-for-6 with one run and four RBIs. He also hit a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning, which gave Greenville an 8-1 lead. It was Gunsolus' fifth home run of the season. Gunsolus has been one of the premier batters for the Drive this year, as he is batting .342/.991/.582. His batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and RBIs (19) all rank in the top third on the team.