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Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Joe Kelly earns first Pawtucket win; Jackie Bradley Jr. hits 2 homers; Portland loses on walkoff walk

July 18, 2015 - 8:17 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (40-53): W, 13-4, at Durham (Rays) -- Joe Kelly picked up his first win in a Pawtucket uniform with a five-inning effort Friday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. The righty is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA after four starts for the PawSox. -- Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pair of home runs, a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo home run in the sixth, and finished the day 3-for-5 with a walk. Bradley is hitting .311 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 61 games for Pawtucket this season. -- Marco Hernandez, playing in just his second game with Pawtucket since his promotion from Portland, picked up where he left off in Double-A, going 4-for-5 with a three-run home run in the third inning. The 22-year-old shortstop also doubled and scored three runs. Hernandez, who has five hits in nine at-bats in his first two games in a PawSox uniform, was hitting .326 with five home runs and 31 RBIs through 68 games with Portland. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (32-61): L, 2-1, at New Hampshire (Blue Jays) -- Right-hander John Cornely walked four batters -- one intentionally -- in the bottom of the ninth, including a bases-loaded free pass to Kevin Nolan as New Hampshire literally walked off with a win. The 26-year-old Cornely, acquired from the Braves organization in May, gave up no hits and struck out two over one inning of work. The loss was Cornely'€™s first of the season after 14 appearances with Portland. He has a 3.63 ERA. -- Left-hander Danny Rosenbaum made his second start for Portland, giving up eight hits, one earned run and one walk over four innings. Right-handers Heri Quevedo and Kyle Martin combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings out of the Sea Dogs bullpen. --€” The Sea Dogs managed just four hits Friday, a double off the bat of first baseman Sam Travis and singles by center fielder Manuel Margot, second baseman Reed Gragnani and designated hitter Carlos Asuaje. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (48-44): L, 4-1, vs. Lynchburg (Indians) -- In game played before the biggest home crowd in team history -- 7,059 fans at Salem's LewisGale Field -- the Red Sox dropped to 0-9 at home against Lynchburg as their three-game winning streak ended. Left-hander Daniel McGrath suffered the loss, going four innings and allowing all four Lynchburg runs, although two were unearned. He gave up nine hits and one walk and struck out four. McGrath is 1-2 with a 1.89 ERA in eight starts this year with Salem. -- Salem'€™s bullpen was dominant Friday, as right-hander Brandon Show and left-hander Mike Adams tossed five scoreless innings. Show pitched four frames and gave up just one hit with four strikeouts. Adams pitched a perfect ninth inning. -- First baseman Mario Martinez accounted for Salem'€™s only run and recorded the only multi-hit game for the Red Sox, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the seventh, his fourth long ball of the season. Martinez extended his hitting streak to 12 games and now is hitting .274 with four home runs and 37 RBIs. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (50-42): W, 14-8, vs. Asheville (Rockies) -- Catcher Danny Bethea led the Greenville offense, driving in three runs and finishing the day 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Bethea has hit safely in six of his last seven games and has a .304 average with three doubles and 10 RBIs in 18 games with Greenville this season. -- Shortstop Javier Guerra extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and four runs scored. The 19-year-old lefty hitter raised his average to .309 and leads the Drive in home runs with 12 and RBIs with 51. -- Mike Meyers hit a home run, his fifth of the season, and scored three runs. Javier Guerra went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and four runs scored. -- Starter Reed Reilly tossed four innings to earn the win, despite giving up six earned runs on nine hits with no walks and no strikeouts. The 23-year-old righty improved to 5-3 on the season but raised his ERA to 4.26. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (16-11): L, 4-3, vs. Connecticut (Tigers) -- Javier Rodriguez suffered his first pro loss Friday, allowing three earned runs on three hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. The 20-year-old southpaw from Mexico has an 0-1 record and a 7.27 ERA after two starts in a Spinners uniform. -- Center fielder Andrew Benintendi notched his first two hits in front of the home crowd, finishing the day 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI. The seventh overall pick in this year'€™s draft, Benintendi is hitting .219 with four RBIs through nine games with Lowell. -- Third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus went 2-for-3 and designated hitter Isaias Lucena, who made his Spinners debut Friday, went 2-for-4 with an RBI. -- Tate Matheny recorded his first professional RBI with a single in the ninth inning. Matheny, who played right field Friday, went 1-for-5 and is hitting .225 in 11 games for the Spinners.