Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox RHP Sean O'Sullivan continues stellar stretch; LHP Jhonathan Diaz leads GCL Sox into playoffs

September 04, 2016 - 6:22 am
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Here's a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (72-68): W, 2-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals) -- Right-hander Sean O'Sullivan started and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts -- his most in a game since the opening month of the season. "I thought he had a good use of his cutter and he spun some breaking balls that were effective," PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). In his last three starts, spanning 17 innings, O'Sullivan has allowed just two runs. -- Right-handers Roman Mendez, Austin Maddox and Heath Hembree combined to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. -- Rusney Castillo doubled home Jose Vinico (double) in the third inning for Pawtucket's first run. In the fifth, Castillo reached second base on a Syracuse error, then scored on a broken-bat single by Ryan LaMarre. -- Chris Marrero reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (54-83): L, 5-2, at New Hampshire (Blue Jays) -- Kevin McAvoy pitched a complete game but took the loss to fall to 8-9 with a 5.80 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. The 23-year-old right-hander from Bryant University allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits (two home runs) and two walks with two strikeouts. -- Seven Sea Dogs had one hit apiece, with Nate Freiman hitting a solo home run and Ryan Court and Danny Bethea collecting doubles. Mauricio Dubon drove in the other Portland run on a ground out that scored Bethea. -- Center fielder Cole Sturgeon made a fantastic leaping catch at the wall in the third inning with the bases loaded and one out, preventing further damage. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (86-51): W, 9-3, at Lynchburg (Indians) -- In his third game with Salem since being called up from Greenville, Luis Alexander Basabe went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Basabe is 6-for-12 with Salem after batting .258/.325/.447 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs in 105 games with Greenville. -- Jordan Betts went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run that opened the scoring in the second inning. -- Bryan Hudson went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double and an RBI. Jose Sermo went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. Nick Longhi was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. -- Left-hander Daniel McGrath started and pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The 22-year-old Australian is 8-6 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 19 starts this season. -- Bobby Poyner pitched the final 3 2/3 innings for his fourth save. The 23-year-old left-hander surrendered one run on four hits with three strikeouts. He's now 3-1 with a 4.99 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 23 appearances since his midseason promotion from Greenville, where he had dominated. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (70-67): L, 4-1, at West Virginia (Pirates) -- Right-hander Roniel Raudes had a tough night, lasting just 1 2/3 innings and surrendering four runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. The 18-year-old from Nicaragua fell to 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 24 starts. -- Righty Austin Glorius was stellar in relief, coming on in the second inning with the bases loaded and inducing a ground out to get out of the inning, then pitching another four innings of hitless, scoreless ball, striking out four while walking three. He's now 2-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. -- Righty Stephen Nogosek, a sixth-round draft pick this year, pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while fanning one. He's 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 10 appearances since being promoted from Lowell. -- Derek Miller went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Tyler Spoon (double) and Tate Matheny had the only other Greenville hits. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (46-28): L, 4-2, at Connecticut (Tigers) -- Right-hander Kevin Steen started and was hindered in his efforts by three Lowell errors and a wild pitch. He lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with one strikeout. The 20-year-old now is 3-5 with a 5.37 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 14 starts. -- Matthew Gorst relieved with two runners on base in the sixth and got out of the jam, but he went on to allow two runs in the seventh. In 2 1/3 innings, he allowed three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. A 22-year-old who was drafted in the 12th round this year, Gorst is 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 13 appearances. -- Victor Acosta went 2-for-4 and scored both of Lowell's runs, on an Isaias Lucena single in the second and a passed ball in the ninth. Matt McLean and Carlos Tovas also were 2-for-4. ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (33-28): W, 4-3, at GCL Twins -- In a game that was delayed one day due to the hurricane in Florida, the Red Sox beat the Twins in a one-game playoff to win the South Division and earn the league's final postseason berth. The Red Sox, looking for their third straight GCL title, play the East Division champion Cardinals on Sunday in a one-game semifinal. -- Left-hander Jhonathan Diaz pitched the first five innings and did not allow a run, giving up just two hits and two walks with six strikeouts. The 19-year-old Venezuelan is 4-4 with a 2.85 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 13 games (12 starts). -- Right-hander Hildemaro Requena pitched the final four innings and gave up three runs in the eighth but was able to keep the Twins from tying the game. He finished with a line of four innings, four hits and three strikeouts. A 19-year-old from Venezuela, Requena is 3-4 with a 2.35 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 13 appearances (seven starts). -- Jagger Rusconi went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the offense. A fifth-round pick of the Sox last year, the 20-year-old is hitting .292/.320/.375 in seven games with the GCL Sox. -- Santiago Espinal was 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Steven Reveles went 2-for-5 with one RBI.