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Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi produce in front of Dave Dombrowski

Ryan Hannable
April 23, 2016 - 5:27 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (10-6): W, 6-5, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- Making his first career Triple-A start after being promoted from Double-A Portland, Aaron Wilkerson pitched very well. The right-hander went 4 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out five. He was called up after Roenis Elias was called up to the big league club with the depleted bullpen. -- Reliever Kyle Martin picked up the win despite allowing Lehigh Valley to tie the game in the sixth inning. He went two innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Roman Mendez earned the save by going two scoreless innings. -- The PawSox' run in the seventh inning in a tie game proved to be the game-winner. Deven Marrero collected a two-out infield single and then stole second base. Marco Hernandez followed with a double over the head of center fielder Nick Williams, to plate the game-winning run. -- The Marrero brothers paced the offense, each collecting two hits and both going 2-for-4. Deven is batting .207 this year, while Chris is batting .280. -- As the designated hitter, Blake Swihart went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (6-9): L, 2-0, at Hartford (Rockies) -- It was a tough game for the Sea Dogs as they just couldn't get anything going offensively. Starter Ty Buttrey didn't pitch all that bad even though he picked up the loss to fall to 0-3. The right-hander went 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, while walking four and striking out three. -- Rob Wort went 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Simon Mercedes tossed a scoreless inning in relief of Buttrey. -- As a team Portland collected eight hits, but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. -- Center fielder Cole Sturgeon paced the offense, as he went 2-for-3 with a walk. He is now batting .359 on the season. -- Catcher Jake Romanski also continued his fast start to the season going 1-for-4 and he is now hitting .349. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (10-6): L, 13-8, vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- Despite following behind 9-0 in the top of the second, Salem battled back, but it was too big of a deficit to overcome. Winston-Salem had 20 hits in the win. Starter Dedgar Jimenez went just 1 1/3 innings and allowed nine runs on 10 hits to pick up the loss. -- Every member of the Salem lineup recorded a hit in its comeback bid. Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada led the offense. Benintendi went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. He now has seven doubles and six triples on the young season. Moncada went 2-for-6 with a double and a run scored. He is batting .353 at the top of the Salem order. -- Right fielder Danny Mars and left fielder Mike Meyers collected two hits in the loss. -- President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is in Salem for the weekend and spoke with the Roanoke Times about player development.

"Really, ultimately, even though I'm not involved with the minor league operations day to day — that's Ben Crockett's responsibility and everybody else that's involved under him, and then they report to Mike Hazen and work closely with Mike Hazen, our general manager and they keep me informed," Dombrowski said. "You get reports daily. We get lengthy game reports every single day. You're reading those from the beginning of spring training until the end of the instructional league and Arizona Fall League. But I always have found that it's helpful to see players on a first-hand basis.
"You want to get a pulse of everything taking place. When you're responsible for the ultimate aspect of the operation, you want to have a pulse of everything that's taking place, really. So for me, it's a matter to see the players in person, get a pulse of themselves, get a chance to talk with them much more, get to know the facility that we have, the city that we're in. I think it's important to do that, this year maybe a little bit more so because I've never done it before in this organization." SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (9-7): L, 5-3, vs. Columbia (Mets) -- Columbia scored two runs in the top of the ninth off reliever Jeffry Fernandez to come away with a two-run win. Starter Marc Brakeman went 5 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on two hits while walking two and striking out two to earn a no-decision. -- The bottom of the Greenville order had a good night as the No. 7-9 hitters went 6-for-12 with two RBIs. Designated hitter Kyri Washington, right fielder Joseph Monge, and left fielder Trent Kemp all went 2-for-4. -- Second baseman Chad De La Guerra also went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple in the No. 2 spot in the order. He is batting .255 on the season. -- Cleanup hitter Josh Ockimey hit his fifth home run of the season in the fourth inning. Along with his four home runs, he is batting .315 this season.