Yoan Moncada

Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada breaking out of recent slump with 7 doubles in last 3 games

Ryan Hannable
June 04, 2016 - 6:31 am

Here is a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (26-28): L, 3-2, at Norfolk (Mets) -- Despite strong performances from the mound, the PawSox lost another tough one on the road. In fact, 10 of their 13 road losses this season have been by two runs or less. Despite getting the loss, right-hander Aaron Wilkerson was solid. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits while picking up seven strikeouts. He didn't walk a batter. -- In relief, Robby Scott pitched a scoreless 2 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two. -- It was a tough night at the plate for PawSox hitters as they managed just six hits as a team with no batter having a multi-hit game. Mike Miller and Dan Butler each hit doubles in the loss. -- In a weird coincidence, every member of the lineup struck out once. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (18-36): L, 5-1, at Hartford (Rockies) -- Keith Couch took the loss for Portland on the mound as he allowed five runs in seven innings, while walking two and striking out one. His record fell to 3-1 on the year with a 3.00 ERA. -- Right fielder Henry Ramos continued his hot streak at the plate as he went 2-for-5 with a RBI. In his last 10 games he's batting .333. -- Third baseman Ryan Court and shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin also each collected two hits in the loss. Lin tripled for one of the two Portland extra-base hits. -- Andrew Benintendi went 1-for-3 with a walk. In 15 games with Portland, the center fielder is slashing .220/.266/.271. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (36-19): W, 11-10 vs. Myrtle Beach (Cubs) -- It was a wild one, but Salem was able to rally by coming back from a 7-1 deficit, scoring nine runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, to come away with a one-run win. -- Right-hander Travis Latkins struggled on the mound as he went four innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits. His ERA is now 5.55 on the year. -- Shortstop Mauricio Dubon paced the offense going 4-for-4, including a double with three runs scored. He is batting .310 this season. -- For a second straight day, Yoan Moncada swung a hot bat. The second baseman went 3-for-3 with three doubles and a walk, scoring four runs in the comeback win. In his last three games, which includes a doubleheader Thursday, he is 7-for-9 with seven doubles and three walks. "The key is pitch selection; when he got his pitch, he's got the swing," said Salem hitting coach Nelson Paulino via MiLB.com. "A week ago, he was swinging at pitcher's pitches and he was off-balance at the plate. We had a meeting and I said, 'This is nothing mechanical, your swing is good. Don't panic, swing the bat and be confident.'" -- Third baseman Rafael Devers had a nice game as well, going 2-for-5 with an RBI to get his average to over .200 for the year at .205. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (27-27): L, 6-5, at Asheville (Rockies) -- Greenville led 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Adam Lau allowed three runs to pick up the blown save and spoil a nice start by Logan Boyd. Boyd went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out six. -- Tate Matheny continued to pace the offense as the outfielder went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. -- Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe went 2-for-4 with a double in the loss. -- Every member of the lineup except Josh Ockimey was able to record a hit.