Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Andrew Benintendi homers for Portland; Rusney Castillo homers for Pawtucket

June 30, 2016 - 6:25 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (41-39): W, 3-2, vs. Rochester (Twins) -- A pair of semi-familiar faces in Boston, Roenis Elias and Rusney Castillo carried the PawSox to a series win over Rochester in the rubber match of the series. -- Castillo drilled a home run in the second inning to put the PawSox on the board first, and later scored the go-ahead run in the sixth after being driven in by Chris Dominguez. The Cuban was 2-for-4 on the night and is now hitting .242 this season. -- Roenis Elias was solid in the win, climbing to 5-3 on the season with a 3.73 ERA. He went six innings allowing three hits and two runs (one of which was earned) while striking out and walking two. -- Brock Holt went 0-for-3 in his rehab assignment and was replaced by Henry Ramos in the sixth inning. Also on a rehab assignment was Ryan Hanigan, who went 1-for-2 with a walk before being replaced by Ali Solis. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (27-50): L, 5-1, vs. Trenton (Yankees) -- The Sea Dogs imploded late in the game, surrendering all five runs to Trenton in innings seven through nine and also managed just one hit on the night. -- Benitnendi was the sole owner of the Sea Dogs only run and hit, a solo home run in the first inning. He was 1-for-3 on the night. -- Starter Mitch Atkins got the loss after surrendering two runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh. The 30-year-old righty tossed seven innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out seven and walking one. He's now 2-4 this season with a 4.71 ERA. -- Luis Ysla came in relief in the eighth and was not of much service, allowing two runs on one hit with a walk in his inning of work. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (47-28): L, 1-0, vs. Myrtle Beach (Cubs) -- The Red Sox found themselves on the losing end of a pitchers duel Wednesday, being held scoreless by the Pelicans pitching staff. -- Joseph Monge, Wendell Rijo, Jose Sermo and Jordan Betts were responsible for Salem's four hits, with the latter two each smacking doubles. -- Travis Lakins fell to 5-3 on the season after being hit with the loss. Lakins tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits with a pair of strikeouts. The 22-year-old now has a 5.45 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE (40-35): L, 5-4, vs. Charleston (Yankees) -- The Drive fell after falling apart in the eighth inning, allowing three runs after leading 4-2 going into the frame. -- With the exception of Michael Chavis, every hitter for the Drive registered at least one hit in their 13-hit effort. Six of the 13 hits were doubles. Luis Alejandro Basabe, Tyler Spoon, Luis Alexander Basabe, Austin Rei and Derek Miller all had a pair of hits. -- Starter Logan Boyd had a modest outing in the no-decision, going five innings, allowing three hits and two runs — none of which were earned — with a trio of walks and strikeouts. He also allowed a home run. -- Looking to get the save, Trevor Kelley instead allowed three runs on as many hits, one of which being a two-run homer from Jhalan Jackson. Kelley fell to 0-1 on the year while registering his first blown save and raising his ERA to 4.50. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (10-3): L, 8-3, vs. Connecticut (Tigers) --The Spinners were handed their first road loss of the season Wednesday, due largely to a three-run fourth inning and a four-run sixth inning. --Enmanuel De Jesus earned his first loss of the season, falling to 2-1 after going four innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits with four walks and as many strikeouts. -- Casey Janssen and Brad Stone each allowed two runs of their own in relief. -- Offensively, Yoan Aybar smacked his first home run of the season, putting a solo shot over the fence in right field for his only hit of the night. Nick Lovullo went 2-for-4, while Roldani Baldwin added an RBI single of his own.