Red Sox minor league roundup: Impressive tune-up for Rubby De La Rosa; Bryce Brentz mashing; Sergio Gomez dominates

June 18, 2013 - 10:09 am
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A brief look at the limited action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 4-0 WIN AT COLUMBUS (INDIANS) (BOX) -- Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, back in Pawtucket after a one-day stint in the big leagues on Saturday, earned his first victory of the year, logging 5 1/3 shutout innings while giving up just two hits (one double, one single), striking out five and walking five. Both the five walks and the 5 1/3 innings represented season highs, as did De La Rosa's 87 pitches (49 strikes; 56 percent). In his last nine outings, De La Rosa -- a candidate to start for the Red Sox in the big leagues on Saturday if Clay Buchholz lands on the DL -- now has a 0.97 ERA with opponents in possession of a feeble .163/.283/.236 line against him. In that stretch, De La Rosa has 36 strikeouts and 19 walks in 37 innings. -- Bryce Brentz continues to mash. He launched his fourth homer in six games on Monday while going 1-for-3 with his 14th roundtripper; he also got hit by a pitch. The 24-year-old is tied for fourth in the International League in homers and fifth with 49 RBI. -- In his first appearance since a brief big league callup, right-hander Alex Wilson was dominant, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three in 1 1/3 shutout innings. Wilson now has 12 strikeouts and three walks in 10 2/3 minor league innings. -- Brock Huntzinger, in his second appearance since a promotion to the PawSox, retired all six batters he faced, punching out one. The 24-year-old has delivered three perfect innings thus far in Pawtucket. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: OFF HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: OFF SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: OFF SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 1-0 WIN AT CONNECTICUT (TIGERS) (BOX) -- Right-hander Sergio Gomez, after a one-start diversion in Greenville on the way up to the Spinners from Fort Myers, was dominant in the season opener. The 19-year-old native of Colombia allowed just one hit (a double to right in the third) and did not walk a batter while punching out eight in five shutout innings. The eight punchouts were a career-high for the stringy, 6-foot-3 right-hander. Gomez is considered a pitcher with a good, repeatable delivery and a highly projectable frame if he can add weight and strength. While that has yet to happen for the teenager, he is still able to work in the low-90s with a swing-and-miss changeup. In 71 1/3 innings dating to the start of the 2012 season (which he spent in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League with a one-start cameo in Lowell), Gomez has 73 strikeouts and 13 walks in 71 1/3 innings. -- Right-hander Chris Carpenter, on the DL for Triple-A Pawtucket since May 12, did not allow a run though he permitted a hit and a walk while hitting a batter. Indeed, he was bailed out by a double play on a fly ball, when center fielder Williams Jerez caught a fly ball and threw out a runner at the plate. -- Second baseman Cleuluis Rondon, a defensively gifted 19-year-old who will play on both sides of second base in Lowell, went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. -- Right-hander Jonathan Aro, 22, logged three shutout innings in which he gave up a pair of hits and struck out six, matching a career-high for punchouts.

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