Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Jay Groome (1 hit) picks up 1st pro win; Henry Owens walks 6 in 2/3 inning

Ryan Hannable
July 05, 2017 - 9:19 am

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (40-42): L, 5-3 at Rochester

— Eduardo Rodriguez made a rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket and lasted four innings, allowing four runs on four hits, but walked five and struck out five. The left-hander will not join the Red Sox' rotation before the All-Star break and it remains unclear at this time if he will need another rehab start.

-- In relief, Marcus Walden allowed one run over four innings while not walking a batter and striking out two.

-- As the designated hitter, Jhonny Peralta went 1-for-4 with a home run, and while playing third base Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-4. Sandoval is rehabbing from an inner ear infection, while Peralta was signed to a minor league deal a few weeks ago.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (37-42): L, 4-0 at New Hampshire

— Henry Owens made his first start in Double-A since being demoted and working on a new arm slot, but it did not go as planned. The tall lefty didn't make it out of the first inning as he walked six batters in just 2/3 of an inning. He left the game with the bases loaded and allowing three runs. 

“Everything felt good and my body felt good,” Owens said, via Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press Herald. “I just felt I didn’t have command of my off-speed stuff, which usually gets me back on track with my fastball. “I was manipulating the change-up and it was squirting outside the zone. Then I’d go back to fastball, with just marginal miss off the plate.”

— In relief of Owens, Jake Drehoff (3 1/3 innings), Luis Ysla (3 innings) and Bobby Poyner (2 innings) combined to allow just one run.

-- At the plate, Rafael Devers went 0-for-4, while Michael Chavis went 2-for-3.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (48-34): W, 5-1 at Carolina

— Every member of the Salem lineup had a hit in the win. Leading the way was shortstop Jeremy Rivera and first baseman Jordan Betts, who each recorded two hits.

— Third baseman Jose Sermo hit a solo homer, while Tate Matheny and Nick Lovullo each went 1-for-4 with a double.

— On the mound, Matthew Kent was exceptional as he allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings, while walking one and striking out six.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (45-37): W, 2-0 at Rome

— Red Sox first-round pick of a year ago Jay Groome returned to Greenville after injuring his lat in his first start of the year and picked up his first professional win. Groome went five shutout innings, while only allowing one hit, walked one and struck out seven. Now that he's fully healthy, Groome is starting to show just how dominant he can be. He pitched in three rehab games in Lowell before Tuesday's return to Greenville.

-- At the plate, Tyler Hill (2-for-4) and Roldani Baldwin (2-for-4, 2 doubles) led the way.

SHORT SEASON-A LOWELL SPINNERS (5-10): L, 4-2 at Aberdeen

—It was a tough night for the Spinners as they only managed five hits as a team, two coming from Jordan Wren.

-- Durin O'Linger, who recently wrapped up his college career with Davidson, picked up the loss by allowing three runs in 3 1/3 innings.