Jake Romanski

Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada scores career-high 4 runs in 7th straight Salem win

Ryan Hannable
May 05, 2016 - 7:04 am

Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (13-13): W, 7-2, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- Trailing 2-0 going into the eighth inning, the PawSox scored seven runs in the final two innings, including five in the ninth to come away with the win to even their record at .500. Chris Marrero had the big hits -- a two-run single in the eighth and a grand slam in the ninth. -- Catcher Dan Butler also had a solid day at the plate as he went 2-for-3 with a double. -- Blake Swihart, playing left field, went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, and so did first baseman Sam Travis. It was a day off for Rusney Castillo. -- It was a strange day for starter Brian Johnson as it was uncertain if he would start at all because of the weather. He did start, but was removed after one inning and 28 pitches. He walked three batters and allowed two runs. The team said afterward it wasn't injury-related. In five games this season he's 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA, but he has 14 walks in 21 innings. -- Roman Mendez picked up the win as he tossed three scoreless innings of relief. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (8-18): L, 6-3 (rain-shortened), vs. Binghamton (Mets) -- The game was called after seven innings due to rain. Binghamton scored all six of its runs in the final three innings of action. Ty Buttrey delivered one of his better starts of the season, as the right-hander went five innings and allowed two runs on six hits while walking a batter and striking out two. His ERA is now 4.09 on the year. -- In relief of Buttrey, Nik Turley took the loss as he allowed four runs in just 1 2/3 innings. -- Catcher Jake Romanski has carried over his hot start into May, as he went 2-for-3 in the game. For the season he's batting .348. -- Outfielder Bryce Brentz went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. He's still on the Red Sox' 40-man roster, but has battled injuries for seemingly the last three years. With Portland this year he's batting .194. It's likely he will be promoted to Pawtucket soon as sort of one last chance to show what he has. He's known for his power -- something the system lacks -- but just hasn't been on the field enough to showcase it. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (18-8), W, 9-2, vs. Carolina (Braves) -- Yoan Moncada scored a career-high four runs in his first three-hit game of the season in Salem's win. He also stole a base, which was his Carolina League-leading 19th of the season. Moncada is now batting .348 on the year with 10 extra-base hits and 14 RBIs at the top of the Salem batting order. "I want to steal 100 bases," he said via MiLB.com. "That's just the way I am. I like being aggressive on the basepaths." -- Another game, another monster night for Andrew Benintendi. The center fielder went 2-for-4 with a triple to extend his hit streak to a Salem record, 22 straight games. For the season, he's batting .376 with 19 extra-base hits and 25 RBIs in 25 games. Of his 38 hits, exactly half have gone for extra bases. -- Dedgar Jimenez got the win on the mound as he tossed six scoreless innings. -- Salem has now won seven straight games for the second time this season. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (12-12): W, 6-4, vs. Augusta (Giants) -- Greenville got great performances from the mound from all three pitchers in the win. Starter Marc Brakeman went five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits to pick up the win. Jake Cosart came on following him and tossed two innings, allowing a run. Five of his six outs were recorded via strikeout. Bobby Poyner closed his fourth game of the year with two scoreless innings following Cosart. -- As a team, Greenville pounded out 15 hits. It was led by third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus and DH Joseph Monge, who each had three hits in the win. One of Gunsolus' hits was a homer. -- Luis Alejandro Basabe, Kyri Washington, Austin Rei and Jeremy Rivera all had multi-hit games as well. -- Greenville got good production from the bottom of its order as Nos. 7-9 hitters went a combined 7-for-12.