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Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox 1B Chris Marrero blasts 19th HR; 4th-round pick Bobby Dalbec hits 2 doubles in debut with Lowell

July 24, 2016 - 7:46 am

Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Saturday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-50): L, 10-6, at Columbus (Indians) -- First baseman Chris Marrero had two hits, including his 19th home run, tying him for the International League lead. Marrero, who also had a double, is hitting .289/.344/.516 in 93 Triple-A games this season. -- Second baseman Mike Miller was 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs. The 26-year-old is hitting .271/.335/.327 in 59 games with the PawSox after spending the first week of the season with Portland. -- Designated hitter Jantzen Witte went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and three runs scored. Witte is hitting .253/.332/.372 in 71 games with the PawSox. -- Right-hander William Cuevas allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on 11 hits and three walks with one strikeout. It was the second straight game Cuevas allowed 11 hits. He's now 6-5 with a 4.17 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 17 Triple-A starts. -- Right-hander Noe Ramirez was impressive in relief, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out six batters in a row. Righty Pat Light pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing two hits. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (36-63): L, 7-4, vs. Binghamton (Mets) -- Third baseman Ryan Court went 2-for-2 with two walks. The 28-year-old is hitting .311/.399/.396 in 48 games after starting the season with the PawSox. -- Andrew Benintendi, again playing left field, went 1-for-3 and picked up his 34th RBI in 56 games with the Sea Dogs. He's hitting .281/.346/.476 since his call-up from Salem. -- Designated hitter Tim Roberson (1-for-3) hit a two-out, two run double to tie the game in the sixth inning, but relievers Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez were touched up for two runs apiece in their two-inning stints. Both of Buttrey's runs were unearned, although he allowed two hits and two walks. Jerez allowed one hit and three walks. Neither reliever recorded a strikeout. -- Left-hander Jalen Beeks started and allowed three runs in the first inning, then pitched four scoreless frames before being lifted. He gave up four hits and five walks with four strikeouts. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (58-39): W, 4-2, at Frederick (Orioles) -- Hard-throwing right-hander Michael Kopech started and was lifted after four innings and 83 pitches, as he struggled with his control. The 20-year-old former first-round pick allowed two runs (both in the first inning), two hits and four walks with two hit batsmen and three wild pitches while striking out four. Kopeck is 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in four starts with Salem. -- Right-hander Mario Alcantara picked up the win after pitching three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks with two strikeouts. He's now 8-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 22 relief appearances with Salem. -- Righty Jamie Callahan pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two singles in the ninth before closing things out and earning his second save. Callahan, who had two strikeouts, is 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 24 appearances. -- Third baseman Rafael Devers and right fielder Danny Mars each went 2-for-4 with a home run. Designated hitter Mike Meyers also went 2-for-4 with an RBI. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (49-48): L, 2-1, at Asheville (Rockies) -- Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe upped his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI single to provide Greenville's lone run. The switch-hitting Venezuelan finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk and now is batting .262/.333/.475 in 75 games this season. -- Designated hitter Kyri Washington went 2-for-4. Left fielder Derek Miller went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored. -- Right-hander Daniel Gonzalez, making his return to Greenville, pitched five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. The 20-year-old right-hander started the season with the Drive but after struggling in seven starts was sent to extended spring training and then a seven-game stint with Lowell before rejoining Greenville this weekend. -- Right-hander Austin Glorius relieved Gonzalez and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. Righty Trevor Kelley pitched a hitless eighth, walking one and striking out one. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (20-15): L, 7-2, at Mahoning Valley (Indians) -- Bobby Dalbec, the Sox' fourth-round pick in this year's draft, made his professional debut and went 2-for-4, collecting two doubles and factoring in both of his team's runs. Appearing as the designated hitter, he hit a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning, then scored in the ninth on a single by Carlos Tovar. -- Right fielder Matt McLean also went 2-for-4. A ninth-round pick this year, McLean is hitting .266/.373/.328 in 17 games with the Spinners. -- Dakota Smith, who joined the Spinners on Thursday after being signed from the independent Gateway Grizzlies, started and pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks with three strikeouts. The 23-year-old Smith, primarily an outfielder at the University of Kansas, transitioned to pitcher after going undrafted last year and joining Gateway. "Dakota has swing-and-miss type of stuff while he's still young and relatively new to pitching," Gateway manager Phil Warren said in a story on the team's website, adding: "He's a hard-worker, and the sky is the limit for Dakota." With the Grizzlies this season, Smith was 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 42 strikeouts vs. eight walks in 40 innings. -- Right-hander Dioscar Romero relieved Smith and was touched up for three runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Right-hander Stephen Nogosek, Boston's sixth-round pick this year, then pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk with four strikeouts.