Travis Shaw

Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Keith Couch delivers best start of year, John Cornely makes debut

May 23, 2015 - 6:05 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-19): W, 6-5, at Louisville (Reds) -- First baseman Travis Shaw paced the PawSox offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Shaw has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games since his major league call-up on May 8. The 25-year-old has recorded multiple hits in his last three games, bringing his average up to .218. Luke Montz, who was the designated hitter Friday, went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and three RBIs. -- Right-hander Keith Couch pitched a season-high seven innings en route to his second win of 2015, allowing just two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Couch has struggled this season, posting four straight losses after opening the year with a win. He is now 2-5 with a 4.53 ERA in eight starts and one relief appearance. -- John Cornely earned the save in his first appearance with Pawtucket after he was acquired Wednesday from the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations. The righty pitched a perfect two-thirds of an inning, getting one out on a grounder back to the mound before striking out the final batter. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (17-24): L, 6-2, vs. Reading (Phillies) -- Third baseman Carlos Asuaje accounted for the only Sea Dogs runs, as the 23-year-old lefty belted his first Double-A home run with two outs and Mike Miller on first in the bottom of the ninth. In 37 games with Portland, Asuaje is batting .274 with 20 RBIs. The Venezuelan-born Asuaje has now reached base safely in 29 straight games. -- Right-hander William Cuevas started for Portland, taking the loss in a six-inning effort. The 24-year-old gave up three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out three. In his first season with the Sea Dogs, Cuevas is 5-2 in eight starts with a 3.24 ERA. Cuevas is the team leader in wins and strikeouts, with 40 in 41 2/3 innings, which includes a 10-strikeout performance on May 6. -- Righty Kyle Krauss, 25, made his seventh appearance of the season, allowing three runs and three hits, including a two-run home run in the ninth inning by Gabriel Lino. Krauss finished his outing with two walks and no strikeouts. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (20-22): L, 4-0, vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox)  -- Salem lost its fifth straight despite a strong start from Aaron Wilkerson. The righty went six innings and recorded a season-high seven strikeouts. He walked one and gave up just two hits, a double in the second inning and a single in the fifth. Wilkerson now has a 0.47 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings with Salem. -- Left-hander Mike Adams took the loss for the Red Sox. The 24-year-old southpaw gave up three runs -- only one earned --€” on four hits in two innings of relief. Adams is now 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 appearances this season. -- Wendell Rijo snapped his seven-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 night at the dish. The 19-year-old second baseman also had a rough night in the field, committing a costly error in the seventh inning that allowed a run to score. -- Aneury Tavarez had the only multi-hit game for Salem, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (25-16): W, 2-1, vs. Charleston (Yankees) -- A fourth-inning double to left field off the bat of Nick Longhi was the difference for the Drive. Longhi drove in third baseman Rafael Devers and catcher Ben Moore after Devers singled to center with one out in the inning and Moore reached safely on a throwing error. Although Longhi'€™s average has dropped to .262 during the month of May after finishing April at a .301 clip, the 19-year-old outfielder has collected five RBIs in his last four games. -- Right-hander Michael Kopech walked none and struck out six over five innings of work to earn the win. The 19-year-old gave up four hits, including a solo shot by Chris Breen in the fifth inning that would be Charleston'€™s only run. Selected 33rd overall by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2014 draft, Kopech is 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA in seven starts with Greenville. -- Righty Mario Alcantara pitched two scoreless innings to record his second save of the season. The 22-year-old gave up no hits, walked one, and struck out one to close out the win. In 20 innings of work for Greenville this year, Alcantara is 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 19 strikeouts. -- The Drive are 9-1 in their last 10 games.