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Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Rafael Devers gets back on track with 2 hits in Portland loss

June 02, 2017 - 9:58 am
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Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (23-25): W, 6-1 at Norfolk

— A night after hitting a grand slam, Bryce Brentz continued his recent power surge, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth. His team-leading eighth home run of the year capped a six-run inning for the PawSox. The 28-year-old outfielder has four home runs and 13 RBIs in his past eight games.

— Hector Velazquez continued his stellar 2017 campaign, throwing six shutout innings and scattering only three hits. His ERA now sits at 1.50, which is good for second in the International League.

— Rusney Castillo, who leads the team in hits, added his 12th double of the season and grabbed a pair of RBIs, while shortstop Ryan Court had two doubles of his own.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (23-26): L, 14-6 at Reading

— Despite getting 14 hits, the Sea Dogs were done in on Thursday by the poor performance of starter Kevin McAvoy, who allowed nine runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The outing comes as somewhat of a surprise considering McAvoy's strong May during which he posted a 3.00 ERA.

— Out of the leadoff spot, right fielder Danny Mars went 4-for-5, improving his slash line to .310/.353/.424.

— In the fourth inning, designated hitter Jeremy Barfield went deep for the second time in as many days, while Jake DePew and Deiner Lopez added solo home runs of their own in the fifth.

— Top-rated Sox prospect Rafael Devers had a pair of hits and knocked in his 30th run of the year. The 20-year-old Devers leads the team in a number of offensive categories, among them total bases, home runs and RBIs.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (33-20): W, 9-8 vs. Frederick

— Salem won in thrilling fashion on Thursday, walking off thanks to Chad De La Guerra's two-run double in the 11th inning. The second baseman also had an RBI single in the second inning, and went 3-for-6 on the night.

— Michael Chavis went 2-for-5 with an RBI triple and scored a pair of runs. Chavis, who is still working his way back from an elbow injury, has started at third in five of the last seven contests after not making consecutive starts in the field for nearly two months.

— Left fielder Mike Meyers went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while his counterpart in right Trenton Kemp had a two-hit night.

— Lefty Matthew Kent lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowed five runs, two of which were earned, and struck out four.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (33-20): W, 3-2 vs. Charleston

— First baseman Tucker Tubbs' solo shot in the eighth inning proved to the decisive play in this pitcher's duel.

— Robby Sexton had a quality start for the Drive, going six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out seven. 19-year-old Hildemaro Requena came on in relief and pitched three shutout innings to earn his third win of the year.

— Leadoff man Lorenzo Cedrola extended his hitting streak to 10 games. The center fielder is hitting .299, has a team-leading three triples and has swiped 11 bags.