Blake Swihart

Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Blake Swihart begins rehab stint as PawSox lose 12th straight; Rafael Devers has 4 hits in Greenville loss

July 11, 2015 - 5:39 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-51): L, 4-2, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- Blake Swihart, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 3 with a left foot sprain, began his rehab assignment Friday, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in three at-bats as the designated hitter. Daniel Nava, who is rehabbing from a left thumb strain, played first base and went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. -- Right-hander Pat Light gave up two runs in the top of the ninth and the PawSox were unable to rally in the bottom of the inning, dropping their 12th straight game. Light took the loss, allowing four walks and one hit in just 1 1/3 innings. He is 0-2 with two saves in 11 appearances for Pawtucket this season. -- Henry Owens started for Pawtucket and struck out a season-high nine batters. The left-hander allowed two earned runs, five hits and two walks over seven innings. Owens is 2-7 with a 3.36 ERA in 18 starts this season. -- Rusney Castillo drove in both Pawtucket runs on a single to center in the bottom of the first inning. He finished the game 2-for-4. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (32-56): L, 7-3, vs. Binghamton (Mets) -- Starting right-hander Justin Haley took the loss, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits. He was unable to record an out in the third inning, completing just two full frames before being pulled for reliever Heri Quevedo. He walked none and struck out one. Haley fell to 3-10 with a 5.45 ERA after 17 starts, becoming the second Portland pitcher to have already lost double-digit games this season. Haley joined right-hander Mike Augliera, who leads the Eastern League with 12 losses. -- Quevedo came on in the third and went three innings, giving up one earned run on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The right-hander has struggled this season, posting an 0-5 record in six starts. He lowered his ERA to 8.14 after Friday'€™s outing. -- Third baseman Jantzen Witte posted the only two-hit game for Portland, going 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Witte is hitting .289 with 48 RBIs this season. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (44-41): W, 5-2, at Frederick (Orioles) -- Designated hitter (and Rhode Island native) Zach Kapstein led the Salem offense, going 2-for-3 with a two-out solo shot to left-center in the third inning, his first home run with the Red Sox. First baseman Mario Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. -- Starter Kevin McAvoy was victorious in a six-inning effort. The right-hander allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The 21-year-old improved to 5-7 with a 4.08 ERA through 16 starts this season. -- Right-hander Kyle Kaminska recorded his second save of the season with three scoreless innings of relief. He gave up four hits and struck out one. Kaminska is 2-for-2 in save opportunities in a Salem uniform and 2.25 ERA in five appearances. -- Salem turned five double plays Friday, recording one in the fifth through ninth innings. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (45-41): L, 9-6, at Asheville (Rockies) -- Third baseman Rafael Devers paced the offense, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Devers has cooled off at the plate after a hot start to the season but still is hitting .294 and leads the Drive with 42 RBIs. -- Shortstop Javier Guerra also posted a multi-hit game for Greenville, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. The 19-year-old lefty has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and is hitting .290 on the season with 41 RBIs. -- Michael Chavis, who was the designated hitter Friday, and right fielder Carlos Mesa both hit two-run home runs. Chavis went 1-for-5 with a homer to center in the fifth after Mesa hit a shot to left-center in the second, finishing the day 1-for-3 with a walk. -- Starting right-hander Jeffry Fernandez suffered the loss, going four innings and allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic is 2-7 with a 6.16 ERA in starts for Greenville this year. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (13-8): L, 3-0, vs. West Virgina (Pirates) -- Dioscar Romero took the loss, giving up one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. The 20-year-old right-hander allowed three hits. Romero is 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA in four starts for Lowell this season. -- Left-hander Logan Boyd allowed the other two West Virginia runs Friday, giving up four hits and walking two with one strikeout over two innings of relief. Edwar Garcia pitched the final 1 1/3 innings Friday, allowing one hit and striking out one. Garcia is 2-0 with two saves and a 1.74 ERA in six appearances this year for the Spinners. -- The Lowell offense managed just three hits Friday, all singles off the bats of center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe, catcher Alex McKeon and right fielder Jordan Austin.

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