Keith Couch

Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Nick Longhi HR, Michael Chavis grand slam lead Greenville to doubleheader sweep

August 08, 2015 - 6:28 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-69): L, 5-0, vs. Syracuse (Nationals) -- Starter Keith Couch suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on four hits and three walks in just three innings of work. He also struck out four. The right-hander has started 21 games for Pawtucket this season and has made 23 total appearances and is 4-10 with a 6.42 ERA. -- Lefty reliever Edwin Escobar also tossed three innings, giving up no runs, two hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Escobar has an 0-2 record and a 7.54 ERA in 14 games with the PawSox this season. -- The Pawtucket offense combined for just six hits -- all singles -- off Syracuse starter Richard Bleier, who pitched a complete game. Bleier induced 22 ground ball outs, including all three in the ninth inning, and did not walk a batter. -- Friday'€™s loss marked Pawtucket'€™s International League-leading 17th shutout loss of the year. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (41-72): L, 6-0, at Akron (Indians) -- Left-hander Danny Rosenbaum fell to 0-4 in a Portland uniform, taking the loss Friday after pitching 4 2/3 innings. He gave up four earned runs on five hits and five walks and struck out one. Rosenbaum has made six starts for the Sea Dogs and has a 6.97 ERA. -- Right-hander Heri Quevedo pitched two innings of relief and gave up a pair of runs on four hits and two walks. He recorded one strikeout. Quevedo is 0-5 with a 6.03 ERA in 13 games this season, including six starts. -- Righty Madison Younginer finished the game, tossing a perfect 1 1/3 innings of relief. -- The Sea Dogs recorded only three hits, as left fielder Keury De La Cruz doubled and right fielder Aneury Tavarez and designated hitter Carlos Asuaje singled. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (54-58): L, 5-3, at Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- German Taveras took the loss in a three-inning effort. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed two runs, one hit and one walk while striking out two. Taveras has a 4-3 record with two saves and a 5.62 ERA in 24 relief appearances for Salem this year. -- Left-hander Daniel McGrath started, allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings of work. The 21-year-old is 1-4 with a 4.20 ERA after 12 starts with Salem this season. -- Shortstop Mauricio Dubon led the Red Sox offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. The 21-year-old has recorded two hits in each of his last three games and is hitting .238 with 14 RBIs through 38 games with Salem this season. -- First baseman Jordan Betts went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and left fielder Yoilan Cerse went 1-for-4 with an RBI. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (58-53): W, 7-5, and W, 11-4, at Lexington (Royals) -- First baseman Nick Longhi hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to lead Greenville to a Game 1 victory. Longhi finished the game 1-for-4 with two runs scored. The 19-year-old is hitting .284 on the season with five home runs and 50 RBIs. -- Center fielder Danny Mars went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in the first game. Right fielder Joseph Monge went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. -- Jake Drehoff took the Game 1 victory, pitching 1 2/3 innings of relief. The 23-year-old left-hander allowed one hit and one walk and struck out two. Drehoff improved to 2-1 after 18 appearances this season and lowered his ERA to 2.79. -- Third baseman Michael Chavis highlighted the Game 2 win with a second-inning grand slam that was part of a seven-run frame. The 19-year-old first-round pick in 2014 now is hitting .219 with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs. -- Center fielder Mike Meyers went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. Left fielder Bryan Hudson went 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. Shortstop Javier Guerra also posted a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. -- Right-hander Jamie Callahan earned the win in the nightcap, tossing three scoreless innings of relief and allowing just two hits. He also struck out three. Callahan improved to 5-6 on the year with a 5.75 ERA. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (24-23): L, 7-1, vs. Connecticut (Tigers) -- Catcher Jhon Nunez scored the only Spinners run after hitting a triple to center field in the fifth inning. Nunez crossed the plate on a single by shortstop Jeremy Rivera. Nunez finished the day 1-for-3 and Rivera went 2-for-3. -- Right fielder Luis Alexander Basabe and center fielder Andrew Benintendi also recorded two-hit games for the Spinners. Basabe went 2-for-4 with a walk and Benintendi finished the day 2-for-4. -- Starter Javier Rodriguez lasted just 3 1/3 innings and took the loss, yielding five earned runs on three hits, including a home run, and six walks. The 20-year-old lefty fell to 0-4 and now has an 8.27 ERA after six starts for the Spinners this season. -- Right-hander Daniel Gonzalez pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief, giving up two earned runs on four hits and one walk and striking out six. The 19-year-old is 2-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 games with Lowell this year.