Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP William Cuevas solid again as PawSox win on walk-off error

June 09, 2016 - 7:10 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 (30-29): W, 2-1, vs. Toledo (Tigers) -- The Pawtucket bats were quiet, but the Sox still managed to win as they walked off on an error in the ninth. Starter William Cuevas made up for the offense's lackluster performance, tossing eight innings of one-run ball on four hits while striking out five and walking two. The right-hander retired the final seven batters he faced. "[Cuevas] throws strikes, so you know what you're going to get from him, and tonight he had fastball command on both sides of the plate," PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). Cuevas is 4-2 with a 2.74 ERA over 10 starts this season with Pawtucket. The 25-year-old Venezuelan has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last nine starts, and in his eight starts since being optioned from Boston on April 22, he has a 1.95 ERA. "When you get an outing like that, everything feels good, but my command of the fastball was great today and it helped me a lot," Cuevas said. -- Noe Ramirez got the win as he gave the PawSox the opportunity to walk off in the ninth, tossing a scoreless inning of relief. -- Henry Ramos' fifth-inning sacrifice fly broke a scoreless tie, scoring Chris Dominguez, who doubled just two batters earlier. In the ninth, with the score tied again, Ryan LaMarre walked and advanced to third via a balk and a fly ball to right. He proceeded to score the winning run when a chopper to third from Dominguez could not be handled by Mud Hens third baseman Casey McGehee. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (19-39): L, 4-1, vs. Bowie (Orioles) -- Nate Freiman was the only reliable source of offense in the Sea Dogs' third straight loss, belting a solo home run in the seventh inning to put Portland on the board. He added a single in the ninth for his second hit of the night. The 29-year-old first baseman is hitting .253/.327/.458 since being acquired on May 10. -- Sea Dogs starter Teddy Stankiewicz went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 11 hits, four runs and a pair of walks with two strikeouts. He fell to 1-6 on the year as his ERA climbed to 4.52. -- The bullpen was a bright spot for Portland pitching, as Luis Ysla struck out five while not allowing any runs or hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Chandler Shepherd added a scoreless, hitless inning of relief in the ninth. -- Andrew Benintendi's offensive woes continued since joining Portland, as he went 0-for-4, striking out and grounding into a double play. In 19 games with Portland, the 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .203/.241/.270. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (38-21): Scheduled off day. Salem next will play Thursday at Wilmington (Royals). SINGLE-A GREENVILLE (30-28): L, 3-2, at Kannapolis (White Sox) -- It was all about pitching on both sides. Jose Almonte started for the Drive, allowing five hits and two runs with three walks and two strikeouts over five innings. Jake Cosart got the loss for Greenville as he allowed one run on one hit with four strikeouts and a walk over two innings of relief. Victor Diaz also added an inning of scoreless, hitless relief with a strikeout in the eighth. -- The Drive had trouble at the plate with three hits and seven strikeouts as a team, including a pair of strikeouts each for Kyri Washington and Tyler Spoon. -- Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. The 19-year-old Venezuelan is hitting .220/.286/.415 over 42 games.

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