Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Andrew Benintendi debuts in left field with no issues; Luis Alexander Basabe continues hot July

Ryan Hannable
July 23, 2016 - 7:16 am

Here is the look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-49): L, 2-0, at Columbus (Indians) -- The two runs Columbus scored in the bottom of the first were all the runs scored in the game as they shutout the PawSox. Robby Scott made a spot start after Roenis Elias was scratched a couple hours before the game and allowed two runs, on six hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. The two runs came courtesy of a Yandy Diaz two-run homer. He was followed by Roman Mendez who threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings. -- Joe Kelly pitched the bottom of the eighth and while he allowed a double, he didn't allow any runs and struck out two. With Pawtucket, Kelly hasn't allowed a run in five innings and has struck out nine. -- At the plate, the PawSox finished with just three hits. Ryan LaMarre had a double, while Jantzen Witte and Henry Ramos added singles. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (36-62): W, 9-3, vs. Binghamton (Mets) -- The biggest story in this one was Andrew Benintendi making his pro debut in left field. He was tested right away, with three of the first four batters flying out to left field. For the third catch, Benintendi had to leap at the warning track, catching the ball against the wall. "He just needs to get used to the wall," manager Carlos Febles said via the Portland Free Press. "He went back against it couple of times like it was nothing. He didn't get intimidated or hesitate. He looked very comfortable." At the plate he went 2-for-5 with a double and is now batting .280 with Portland. -- Shortstop Mauricio Dubon had a good night at the plate as well, going 2-for-5 with a double. He raised his average to .306. -- Portland got a much-needed solid start from Teddy Stankiewicz as the right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, while not walking a batter and striking out six. It was his third win of the season, but his ERA is 5.04 after a rough past few outings. -- In other news, Yoan Moncada took grounders at third base prior to the game, but Febles said it was nothing out of the ordinary and normal work for minor league infielders to take grounders at other positions. Regardless, it's something to watch. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (57-39): W, 7-0, at Frederick (Orioles) -- Led by three home runs, Salem shutout Frederick on Friday night. Joseph Monge, Rafael Devers and Jordan Betts all homered in the win. -- Devers went 1-for-5 with the home run and is now batting .271 on the season. He is on a nine-game hit streak and has seemingly turned his year around after a very tough April. -- Left fielder Mike Meyers paced the offense going 3-for-4. His average is up to .278 on the year. -- Daniel McGrath picked up the win for Salem as he went six shutout innings, while scattering three hits, walking four and striking out two. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (49-47): L, 4-3, at Greensboro (Marlins) -- Despite the loss, Luis Alexander Basabe continued his tear of late. The center fielder went 2-for-4 with a home run. In July, he is batting .393 with four homers and 16 RBIs. -- Third baseman Mitchel Gunsolus went 2-for-4 with a double. His average is now up to .247 on the season. -- Roniel Raudes took the loss on the mound as he went five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, while not walking a batter and striking out four. He is 8-3 on the year with a 4.50 ERA. -- In relief, Jeffry Fernandez and Victor Diaz combined for three scoreless innings. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (20-14): L, 14-7, at Mahoning (Indians) -- Starter Josh Pennington had a rough night as he allowed five runs on five hits in two innings of work to take the loss. He walked four and struck out two. This was his first real poor start as he is 2-1 on the year with a 3.10 ERA. -- Things got so bad that Tucker Tubbs, a first baseman, pitched the eighth inning. He didn't allow a run on a hit in the inning. -- Despite the loss, Victor Acosta and Isaias Lucena each had three hits.