Anyelo Leclerc

Monday's Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Haley throws 6 scoreless innings for PawSox; Andrew Benintendi homers twice in Portland rout

August 01, 2016 - 5:07 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (57-52): W, 4-0, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) -- The PawSox were able to complete the sweep of the Rail Riders thanks in large part to Justin Haley, who let up just one hit and no runs in six innings. He struck out four and walked three in his first Triple-A scoreless outing. "My slider was probably my best pitch today and we had a lost of success with it," Haley said (via MiLB.com). "I was focused on getting ahead on hitters, and this was a good outing to build on." The performance gave Haley, 25, his 10th minor league victory in 20 starts. The right-hander holds a 2.84 ERA with both Pawtucket and Portland, and opponents are averaging just .228 against him. -- Offensively, Jantzen Witte was the only Pawtucket batter to collect at least two hits. He hit an RBI double in the fifth inning for the team's only extra-base hit. The 26-year-old Texas native now has doubled in five of his last six games and is slashing .260/.333/.384 in 79 games with Pawtucket. -- Heath Hembree pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the win. He ended all three of the team's shutouts this week. Hembree, 27, has yet to allow a run in seven minor league appearances and is 4-for-4 in save opportunities. The righty was 4-0 with a 2.41 in 27 games with Boston before being optioned to Pawtucket on July 24. -- Marco Hernandez extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run. The 26-year-old is averaging .310/.353/.406 in 40 games with Pawtucket. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (40-67): W, 8-1, at Binghamton (Mets) -- Andrew Benintendi showed why he is one of the top prospects in the minors, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs. He hit a pair of two-run homers to help Portland run away with the game. Benintendi, Boston's No. 2 prospect at MLB.com, had his fourth multi-hit performance in his last nine games. The 22-year-old is batting .312/.378/.532 in 97 minor league contests. His eight home runs and 44 RBIs lead Portland. -- Not to be outdone, top overall Boston prospect Yoan Moncada went 3-for-4, coming up a home run short of the cycle. Batting leadoff, he failed to drive in a run but crossed home plate himself four times. Moncada, 21, is hitting .289/.368/.563 in 32 outings with Portland. He has hit safely in six consecutive games. -- Mauricio Dubon also had a successful day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and a run. The home run was his first in Double-A. The 22-year-old has collected a hit in 11 of his previous 12 games and is averaging .309/.375/.408 in 363 at bats. He is Boston's No. 12 prospect at MLB.com. -- In his return from Pawtucket, Keith Couch pitched six quality innings, letting up one run on four hits while fanning five batters. The win was Couch's seventh with Portland and eighth overall. Couch, 26, has held opposing teams to one run or less in six of his last seven outings. He is 8-7 with a 3.67 ERA in 18 total appearances. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (62-43): L, 3-1, vs. Myrtle Beach (Cubs) -- Anyelo Leclerc picked up the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in four innings. The three runs came on two home runs. Leclerc also fanned four and walked two. The 24-year-old right-hander struggled in just his third start of the season but is 5-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 29 outings. He is 8-for-8 in save situations. -- It was a quiet night at the plate for Salem, as the team failed to build any momentum throughout the game. Joseph Monge had the lone multi-hit outing, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in the first inning. Monge, 21, has crossed home plate in three consecutive games. He is slashing .291/.346/.433 in 85 games and has 15 stolen bases. -- Yankory Pimentel replaced Leclerc in the fifth inning, throwing three shutout innings to keep Salem in the game. He let up four hits and struck out three on 45 pitches. The 22-year-old has not let up a run in a game since July 17. The righty is 7-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 25 appearances. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (52-52): L, 6-3, vs. Rome (Braves) -- Austin Rei led the Greenville offense, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the seventh inning. The home run was his sixth of the season. Rei, 22, is batting .220/.346/.345 in 69 games. -- Dedgar Jimenez took the loss, letting up four earned runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one. He pitched well up until the seventh inning, when Rome drove in three runs to force the southpaw out of the game. Jimenez, 20, has 43 strikeouts in his last eight starts. He is 6-8 with a 5.40 ERA in 20 starts. -- Kyri Washington also went 2-for-4, crossing home plate twice. He now has three multi-hit performances in the last six games. The 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .267/.324/.495 with 60 RBIs in 74 games with the Drive. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (24-17): Postponed due to rain at Tri-City (Astros). The Spinners now will play a doubleheader against the ValleyCats on Monday in Troy, New York.