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Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Brian Johnson perfect in 6 innings of PawSox win; Keury De La Cruz lifts Portland

May 30, 2015 - 5:24 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (25-24): W, 1-0, vs. Louisville (Reds) --€” Brian Johnson struck out nine over six perfect innings to earn his sixth win of the season. The 24-year-old southpaw started in place of Eduardo Rodriguez, who was called up to Boston and made his major league debut Thursday night. Johnson was working under a pitch limit Friday and was pulled after throwing 74 pitches despite his stellar performance. The 2012 first-round draft pick improved to 6-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.60. -- Right-hander Miguel Celestino tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning before giving up a one-out single to Eugenio Suarez in the eighth. Suarez would be Louisville'€™s only baserunner of the night. --€” Heath Hembree recorded his sixth save of the year, relieving Celestino in the eighth and tossing a perfect 1 2/3 innings with one strikeout to close out the one-hitter. Hembree'€™s ERA is 0.98 in 18 1/3 innings with Pawtucket. -- Shortstop Deven Marrero drove in the lone Pawtucket run with a bases-loaded single in the second inning. Allen Craig scored after leading off the frame with a walk. The RBI was Marrero'€™s first in his last 10 games. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (22-27): W, 12-10, at Trenton (Yankees) -- Portland scored a season-high seven runs in the seventh inning to overcome a 9-5 deficit, highlighted by left fielder Keury De La Cruz'€™s go-ahead two-run double. The 23-year-old lefty hitter went 4-for-6 with with two doubles and four RBIs. De La Cruz is hitting .245 with 13 doubles and 23 RBIs. -- Shortstop Marco Hernandez tied a franchise record with three doubles Friday night. The 22-year-old finished 3-for-6 with three RBIs and is now batting .305. -- The Sea Dogs recorded a season-high total of 18 hits. Six starters, including De La Cruz and Hernandez, notched multi-hit games. -- Right-hander Mike McCarthy secured the win after relieving starter Luis Diaz, who was tagged for eight runs in just 2 1/3 innings. McCarthy, who has started eight games for Portland this year, went 3 2/3 and allowed one run on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. He improved to 4-3 on the season. -- Pat Light recorded four outs en route to his third save of the season. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out two and allowed one walk and no hits. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (25-23): L, 5-4, at Frederick (Orioles) -- Left-hander Trey Ball suffered the loss, allowing all five Frederick runs -- three earned --€” on eight hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings. The 20-year-old began his outing giving up a one-out, two-run home run to Trey Mancini in the first inning. Ball, the Sox' 2013 first-round draft pick, fell to 3-5 on the season and now has a 4.79 ERA. -- Second baseman Jose Vinicio paced the offense, going 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. The 21-year-old switch-hitter is batting .263. --€” First baseman Sam Travis went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and center fielder Cole Sturgeon went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. -- Right-handers Keuhl McEachern and German Taveras were solid out of the bullpen. McEachern went 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just one hit and one walk with two strikeouts. Taveras pitched the ninth inning, giving up one hit and also recording two strikeouts. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (28-20): L, 10-3, at Lexington (Astros) --€” Catcher Jordan Procyshen went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. The 22-year-old lefty hitter is batting .282 with 17 RBIs in 32 games in Greenville this season. -- Now riding a 10-game hitting streak, third baseman Rafael Devers improved his South Atlantic League-leading batting average to .344. The 18-year-old third baseman went 2-for-4 Friday and is batting .400 in his last 10 games. -- Left-hander Dedgar Jimenez fell to 3-2, taking the loss after allowing five runs on 11 hits, including two home runs, in just four innings. The 19-year-old walked one and struck out three. He now has a 3.90 ERA in 30 innings of work over six starts with Greenville. -- Lefty Williams Herez pitched three innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Righty Mario Alcantara closed for Salem, striking out two but giving up three runs and four hits in the ninth inning.