Red Sox minor leaguer Josh Ockimey

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Red Sox Farm Report: Josh Ockimey posts second multi-home run performance in three games

Nick Friar
May 15, 2019 - 7:00 am

For the third time in 2019 and the second time in three games, Josh Ockimey hit two home runs for Triple-A Pawtucket. The two he hit in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to the Columbus Clippers (Indians) went for a combined distance of 806 feet.

He also went yard twice on May 11 against the Gwinnett Stripers (Braves) and on April 26 against the Rochester Red Wings (Twins), as well.

Ockimey has 10 home runs on the year to go with six doubles and a triple. He’s only hitting .230, but has a .403 on-base percentage and .610 slugging percentage (1.013 OPS). The Red Sox 2014 fifth-round draft pick hit 20 home runs last year in 117 games between Double-A Portland (15 home runs in 90 games) and Pawtucket (five home runs in 27 games).


Ward lights out in Greenville

Although Class A Greenville was on the wrong end of a 4-3 finish against the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers) on Tuesday, it had nothing to do with Thad Ward’s pitching performance. The 22-year-old right-hander went 7 1/3 innings for the Drive with seven strikeouts. He only walked one and surrendered four hits.

On the season, Ward has put together a 2.91 ERA over eight starts and 43 1/3 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .208 against him and have received 18 free passes, along with the five batters Ward has hit (1.18 WHIP).