Red Sox pitching prospect Tanner Houck

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Red Sox Farm Report: Tanner Houck lights out against Yard Goats

Nick Friar
April 23, 2019 - 7:39 am

On Monday, Red Sox 2017 first round draft pick Tanner Houck had one of his best starts as a member of the organization yet. The right-handed pitching prospect made his third start of the season for Double-A Portland and built off of his five-inning, one-run outing against the Reading Fightin Phillies on April 15.

Houck was nearly perfect in his five innings against the Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies) in a 7-0 Portland win. He struck out a career-high nine batters and gave up one hit without walking a soul.

It took Houck 74 pitches to work past the Yard Goats, so there’s a chance he would’ve gone longer had the game not been postponed due to weather. The abbreviated five-inning game was still long enough to be official, so Houck not only walked away with the win but also his first professional complete game shutout.

Portland’s offense continued its strong stretch behind Houck. The Sea Dogs have now scored seven or more runs in four of their last six games.

Bobby Dalbec hit a mach-seed out to left field, sending an offering from Yard Goats reliever Jordan Foley 375 feet. The two-run home run clocked in at 105.9 miles per hour off the Red Sox top prospect’s bat.

Dalbec was also hit by a pitch and scored two runs.

Seven of the nine Sea Dogs starters had hits, including shortstop C.J. Chatham, who was the only one with multiple hits (two). He hit his ninth double of the season and scored twice.

Tate Matheny knocked in two runs in his 1-for-3 performance.

Marcus Wilson made his first appearance for Portland, fresh off being trading from the Diamondbacks for Blake Swihart. He went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk.