Kevin McAvoy

Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Joe Kelly solid in relief for PawSox

July 21, 2016 - 5:42 am

Here's a look at the action in the minors on Wednesday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-47): L, 3-2, vs. Toledo (Tigers). -- The PawSox got their only two runs of the game in the ninth inning, squandering solid efforts from starter Keith Couch and reliever Joe Kelly. -- Couch went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. The 26-year-old righty is now 1-3 with a 4.50 and 1.36 WHIP in five appearances (four starts) with Pawtucket. -- Kelly tossed a scoreless eighth inning of relief, allowing one hit and one walk with a pair of strikeouts. The 28-year-old has appeared three times for the PawSox since returning from Lowell on a rehab assignment, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out eight of the 16 batters he's faced. -- Christian Vazquez and Brennan Boesch hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to provide the only two runs for the PawSox. -- Jantzen Witte was the only member of the PawSox to get two hits in the team's six-hit effort; however Boesch and Chris Marrero both smacked doubles. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (35-61): L, 7-4 vs. Trenton (Yankees). -- A pair of rough innings from Kevin McAvoy were the difference Wednesday in the Sea Dogs road loss in Trenton. -- After Portland jumped on the board first with a run in the first inning, McAvoy dug himself a hole by yielding three runs in the third. He continued digging deeper in the fifth, allowing a pair of runs on a Dustin Fowler two-out, two-run blast. -- The 23-year-old righty fell to 6-5, going six innings, allowing five runs on six hits with six strikeouts. He has a 7.30 ERA with a 1.67 WHIP while allowing batters to hit .298 against him. -- Ty Buttery and Jake Drehoff each allowed a run each over a combined two innings. -- Cody Decker generated most of the offense for the Sea Dogs, blasting a three-run homer in the sixth inning. He went 2-for-4 on the night, adding a fourth-inning double. -- Aneury Tavarez also had a servicable night at the dish, going 2-for-3 with a leadoff triple. The 24-year-old Dominican is hitting .310 with an .814 OPS in Portland this season. -- Andrew Benintendi went 1-for-4. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (56-38) -- No game scheduled. The Red Sox will begin a four-game set at Frederick (Orioles) on Thursday. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (48-46): L, 8-3, vs. Greensboro (Marlins) -- Greensboro jumped on the Drive early with one run in the first and two in the second and never took their foot off the gas en route to their series-opening win. -- Drive starter Dedgar Jimenez was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs over five innings with eight hits, a walk and four strikeouts. He also allowed a home run in the fifth inning to Casey Soltis. The 20-year-old Venezuelan fell to 4-3 this season with Greenville, with a 4.94 ERA and 1.48 WHIP while allowing a .321 batting average to opposing hitters. -- Gerson Bautista was not much more reliable, allowing a three-run shot in the eighth to Aaron Blanton. Trevor Kelly, however, did pitch a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts. -- Luis Alexander Basabe's offensive surge continued, drilling a two-run homer in the ninth inning. The 19-year-old Venezuelan has an eight-game hitting streak, with a trio of multi-hit games and 10 RBI in that stretch. -- Tate Matheny was also a contributor on offense, reaching base in all four plate appearances with two singles and a pair of walks. The 22-year-old is hitting .308 this season with a .796 OPS. SHORT SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (19-13) -- No game scheduled. The Spinners will begin a a three-game set at Mahoning Valley (Indians) on Thursday.