Keith Couch

Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Rusney Castillo on hot streak for PawSox; RHP Keith Couch goes distance for Portland

July 03, 2016 - 7:01 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-41): L, 7-2, vs. Columbus (Indians) — Center fielder Rusney Castillo went 2-for-3 and scored a run. He has at least one hit in seven of his last eight games, and he's batting .345 in that span. For the season, he's hitting .250/.303/.344 with two home runs and 18 RBIs in 51 Triple-A games. — Playing before a sellout crowd (and season high) of 11,408, the PawSox scored on Jantzen Witte's RBI single in the second inning and Mike Miller's RBI groundout in the eighth. — Ryan Hanigan, continuing his rehab assignment from Boston, played all nine innings at catcher and went 0-for-3. — Right-hander Aaron Wilkerson got through three innings without allowing a run, but things fell apart in the fourth as Columbus scored four times on two singles, a double, a walk and some sloppy defense. The PawSox committed four errors in all, and four of the seven runs Wilkerson allowed were unearned. Wilkerson gave up seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts. "We didn't take care of the baseball behind him and it's a credit to him to be able to get seven innings out of him," manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). "I'm very impressed on how Wilkerson went after the hitters and kept his composure." Wilkerson, 27, is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in nine games (eight starts) with the PawSox since being called up from Portland. — Left-hander Robby Scott pitched two perfect innings in relief. He is 3-2 with a 3.04 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP in 20 appearances (three starts) this season. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (30-51): W, 7-1, vs. Hartford (Rockies) — Right-hander Keith Couch pitched Portland's first nine-inning complete game in three years — and coincidentally he was the last Sea Dog to do it. Couch allowed one run on five hits with no walks and a season-high seven strikeouts. A 13th-round pick in 2010, the 26-year-old is 5-4 with a 4.09 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 10 Double-A starts this season. — Left fielder Cole Sturgeon went 4-for-4, tying his career high for hits — all of which were singles. The 24-year-old is hitting .268/.316/.385 with three home runs and 23 RBIs in 63 games with Portland. — Center fielder Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple, a walk and two RBIs. He's now hitting .289/.343/.497 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 41 games since being called up from Salem. — Second baseman Yoan Moncada went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk and an RBI. He's hitting .292/.320/.563 in 11 games since his call-up from Salem. — Right fielder Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and now is hitting .319/.374/.455 in 56 Double-A games this season. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (49-29): W, 5-2, at Frederick (Orioles) — Third baseman Rafael Devers had a monster night, going 3-for-3 with a double, a triple a home run and two walks in his final two at-bats, leaving him a single short of the cycle. Devers' home run was a two-run blast in the third inning that nearly cleared the 30-foot wall. The 19-year-old is hitting .246/.313/.371 in 71 games. — Left fielder Mike Meyers went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Second baseman Wendell Rijo was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. — Right-hander Anyelo Leclerc, making his second start for Salem after his call-up from Greenville, pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. — Right-hander Yankory Pimentel surrendered a pair of solo home runs in the sixth inning but settled in to allow just the two runs and four hits total in three innings. Right-hander Jamie Callahan pitched a perfect ninth, recording two strikeouts, for his first save of the season. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (41-37): W, 12-2, vs. Asheville (Rockies) — Right-hander Roniel Raudes went six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. The 18-year-old Nicaraguan is 8-2 with a 3.78 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 14 starts for the Drive. — Righty reliever Jeffry Fernandez pitched the final three innings without allowing a run to pick up his second save of the season. He gave up just one hit and fanned one. — Third baseman Michael Chavis went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run. He's now hitting .287/.353/.459 in 32 games. — Second baseman Luis Alejandro Basabe, left fielder Kyri Washington and first baseman Mitchell Gunsolus each went 2-for-4 with a home run. Washington had an RBI double and a two-run home run, his team-leading 12th of the season. Basabe and Gunsolus collected two RBIs apiece. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (11-5): W, 4-1, vs. Aberdeen (Orioles) — Center fielder Yoan Aybar continued his hot start, going 3-for-4. The 19-year-old now is hitting .320/.358/.440 in 13 games. — Starter Daniel Gonzalez pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks with six strikeouts. The 20-year-old Venezuelan is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 1.11 WHIP since being demoted from Greenville. — Former big leaguer Casey Janssen, making his fourth appearance with Lowell, allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts in one inning, then righty Daniel Zandona pitched two scoreless innings and righty Gerson Bautista closed it out with a scoreless ninth.