Joe Kelly

Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Joe Kelly struck by line drive, leaves Pawtucket start after first inning; Luis Alexander Basabe hits 2 homers

July 09, 2015 - 4:58 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-50): L, 9-8 (11 innings), at Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- Joe Kelly made his third start for Pawtucket but left the game after the first inning after he was hit in the forearm by a line drive. He finished out the first, allowing one hit with no walks and no strikeouts. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA in a PawSox uniform over three starts. There was no update on his status after the game. -- Righty Dalier Hinojosa came in to pitch after Kelly'€™s departure. He went 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and allowing two walks with five strikeouts. In 19 games this season, Hinojosa is 3-1 with a 3.21 ERA. -- The PawSox held an 8-1 lead after four innings, but Lehigh tagged Hinojosa for three runs in the fifth before he was pulled for righty Jonathan Aro. Aro was tagged for four more runs in just 1 1/3 innings on five hits and a walk. Right-hander Jess Todd took the loss after allowing the winning run to score in the 11th. Todd is now 3-3 with a 4.95 ERA in 18 games -- 10 starts -- for the PawSox this year. -- Third baseman Garin Cecchini and left fielder Quintin Berry recorded three-hit games for Pawtucket. Cecchini went 3-for-5 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored and Berry went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (31-55): L, 2-1, vs. Reading (Phillies) -- Right-hander Mike McCarthy took a tough loss in a four-inning effort, allowing just one earned run. He gave up four hits and two walks. McCarthy fell to 4-4 on the season, but lowered his ERA to 3.95. -- Righty Simon Mercedes relived McCarthy in the fifth and gave up the second Reading run. He finished with two hits, no walks and four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings of work. Mercedes is 1-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 21 appearances for Portland this season. -- First baseman Sam Travis drove in the lone Portland run Wednesday on a single to center in the eighth inning. Second baseman Carlos Asuaje scored from second after he singled and advanced on a fielder'€™s choice. Travis finished the game 1-for-3 and Asuaje went 2-for-4. -- Shortstop Marco Hernandez finished the day 3-for-5 with a double, extending his hitting streak to nine games. The 22-year-old lefty is batting .323 with 20 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 30 RBIs through 64 games. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (43-40): L, 4-3, vs. Carolina (Braves) -- Five Salem batters recorded two-hit games Wednesday, as the Red Sox out-hit Carolina 12-4 despite the loss. Center fielder Forrestt Allday went 2-for-5 with an RBI and shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin went 2-for-5 with a double, Salem'€™s only extra-base hit of the day. Designated hitter Jordan Procyshen and left fielder Derek Miller both went 2-for-4 with a run scored, with Miller adding an RBI and a stolen base. First baseman Mario Martinez finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. -- Starter Trey Ball suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts over six innings. The left-hander is now 6-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 15 starts for Salem this year. -- The bullpen was solid for the Red Sox, as right-handers Taylor Grover and German Taveras combined for three no-hit inning. Grover struck out two in two innings of work and Taveras struck out one batter in the ninth inning. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (45-39): L, 7-4 (11 innings), at Asheville (Rockies) -- Shortstop Javier Guerra led the Greenville offense, going 4-for-5 with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. The 19-year-old lefty is hitting .287 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs through 67 games. -- Third baseman Michael Chavis went 3-for-5 with a double and Yoan Moncada, who was the designated hitter Wednesday, went 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored. -- Jalen Beeks started for the Drive, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts. The 21-year-old left-hander has a 7-4 record with a 4.35 ERA in 16 starts for Greenville this year. -- Lefty reliever Michael Gunn suffered the loss, tossing the final 1 2/3 innings and giving up three earned runs on three hits and three walks. Gunn struck out two and has recorded 24 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings, but fell to 0-2 on the season as his ERA climbed to 4.94. SHORT SEASON LOWELL SPINNERS (13-6): W, 4-1, vs. West Virgina (Pirates) -- Switch-hitting Luis Alexander Basabe drove in all four Lowell runs Wednesday on two home runs, one from each side of the plate. The 18-year-old, who played right field and led off, hit a solo shot in the third inning and hit a three-run home run in the fifth. Basabe has played in 17 of Lowell'€™s 19 games this season and is hitting .271 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. -- Second baseman Chad De La Guerra extended his hitting streak to six games with a seventh-inning single to left field. De La Guerra finished Wednesday'€™s game 1-for-3 and is hitting .293 on the season. -- Starter Jake Cosart earned the win, tossing five no-hit innings. The right-hander walked four and struck out two. Cosart is 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA through four starts this season.