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Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Joe Kelly tosses scoreless inning of relief with Lowell; Christian Vazquez goes 1-for-4 with Pawtucket

July 07, 2016 - 5:59 am
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Here's a look at what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (45-42): L, 8-6, vs. Charlotte (White Sox) -- Power was not an issue for the PawSox Wednesday with Henry Ramos, Chris Marrero and Chris Dominguez all parking homers in the game. With the exception of Deven Marrero and Rusney Castillo, each Pawtucket starter had at least one hit, with Chris Marrero grabbing a pair of them. -- Henry Owens went six innings and allowed five runs on five hits, while walking four and striking out six. The 23-year-old lefty is 5-5 on the year with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. -- The only other pitcher for the PawSox — Wesley Wright — got handed the loss in release, falling to 0-2 this year. In two innings of work, he allowed three runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. -- In his first game back with Pawtucket since April 12, Christian Vazquez was 1-for-4 on the night with a strikeout. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (30-55): L, 6-1, vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays) -- Kevin McAvoy got tagged for five runs while the Sea Dogs struck out nine times and managed just four hits en route to Portland's fourth straight loss on Wednesday. McAvoy went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The 22-year-old righty is now 5-4 this year after the loss, with a 7.81 ERA and 1.79 WHIP. -- Cody Decker was the lone bright spot for the Sea Dogs offense, crushing a solo homer in the fourth inning. -- Andrew Benintendi had a tough 22nd birthday at the dish, going 0-for-3. He's hitting .284 with Portland so far this season. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (50-32): L, 5-1 (7 innings); L, 11-5 (7 innings), vs. Carolina (Braves) --The Salem Red Sox dropped both games of a doubleheader against Carolina, scrounging six runs between the two games as opposed to Carolina's 16. --After putting themselves in a 5-0 hole after four innings in Game 1, the only sign of life for Salem came in the sixth, when Nick Longhi's single drove in Wendell Rijo, but that's as far as the Salem offense would take them in the loss. -- Trey Ball went three innings for Salem, allowing five runs on three hits with seven walks and a pair of strikeouts. The 22-year-old is now 5-4 this season with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. --Anyelo Leclerc came in relief, tossing the remaining three innings, allowing no runs on two hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout. -- Rafael Devers led the Salem offense in Game 2. The 19-year-old went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. He also had a strikeout in the game. The Dominican is hitting .258 this season with a .713 OPS. -- Bobby Poyner got the nod for his first professional start in a spot start, allowing five runs on six hits over three innings, with a walk, three strikeouts and a home run. -- The bullpen did not provide much relief, with Jorge Marban coming into to pitch a less than stellar inning, allowing five runs on five hits with two home runs. It was the 27-year-old's second appearance for Salem this season after being sent down from Pawtucket on July 3. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (42-40): L, 4-0, vs. Rome (Braves) -- The Drive's bats were silent all day as they got blanked by four Rome pitchers. -- Shortstop Jeremy Rivera had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double. The No. 9 hitter is now hitting .245 in Greenville this season. -- Luis Alexandre Basabe added two hits of his own in a 2-for-3 effort. The 19-year-old Venezuelan also had a walk and a strikeout. With the exception of Rivera and eight-hole hitter Trent Kemp, each starter for the Drive had at least one strikeout. -- Starter Anderson Espinoza took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits with with a trio of strikeouts over five innings of work. The 18-year-old Venezuelan in 4-8 on the year with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (13-7): L, 1-0, vs. Auburn (Nationals) -- The most notable storyline in an otherwise underwhelming effort from the Spinners was the rehab appearance for Joe Kelly out of the bullpen. Kelly came in to pitch the seventh inning, allowing no runs or hits, while walking and striking out one. It was Kelly's first appearance since being placed on the disabled list June 12 (retroactive to June 9) while in Pawtucket with a groin injury. He's scheduled to pitch for Lowell Friday and Monday. -- Starter Jacob Dahlstrand six innings, allowing one run on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in the loss. After three starts this season, the 24-year-old righty is 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. -- The Spinners struck out seven times, with Carlos Tovar and Isaias Lucena being the source of the only two hits in the game for Lowell.