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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Brian Johnson reportedly leaves start due to illness; Reed Gragnani gives Portland Game 1 walkoff win

June 30, 2015 - 5:16 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-41): L, 6-0 and L, 3-0, at Rochester (Twins) -- The first game of Monday'€™s doubleheader was a continuation of the June 5 contest suspended due to rain after two innings with Rochester leading, 1-0. That would be all the offense Rochester would need as the PawSox managed just five hits -- all singles. -- Right-hander Keith Couch pitched all six innings in Game 1, allowing nine hits and five earned runs. He walked one and struck out one. Righty Zeke Spruill, who started the game June 5, suffered the loss and fell to 3-2 on the season. -- Left-hander Brian Johnson started the second game of the doubleheader, but left after throwing just five pitches. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Johnson left due to illness, not injury. Johnson took the loss, as the only batter he faced walked and scored on a sacrifice fly. The 2012 first-round draft pick is 8-5 with a 2.68 ERA in 15 starts. -- Righty Dalier Hinojosa took over for Johnson and allowed one earned run on four hits in four innings of work. Hinojosa is 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA in 35 1/3 innings over 17 games with Pawtucket this season. --€” The Pawtucket offense struggled again in Game 2, combining for just four hits. Allen Craig notched two of them, going 2-for-3 with a double. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (28-49): W, 5-4 and L, 6-1, vs. Reading (Phillies) -- Second baseman Reed Gragnani hit a single to center in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 that scored Manuel Margot and gave the Sea Dogs their third walkoff win of the season. Gragnani went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the first game and Margot went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. -- Ryan Hanigan continued his rehab assignment, playing both games of the doubleheader. Hanigan went 0-for-3 with a walk in Game 1 as the catcher, but went 2-for-3 with a double in the second game as the designated hitter. -- Right-hander Madison Younginer grabbed the win in Game 1 after tossing three innings of relief. Younginer is now 3-3 with one save and a 3.02 ERA in 41 2/3 innings over 22 games this season. -- Left-hander Robby Scott made a spot start for the Sea Dogs in the second game, taking the loss after going 2 2/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk and struck out two. Scott has a 1-1 record and a 2.04 ERA in 20 appearances for Portland this year, including two starts. -- Keury De La Cruz accounted for Portland'€™s only run in Game 2, as the left fielder hit a two-out solo shot to center in the bottom of the seventh inning. The 23-year-old lefty has hit safely in his last five games and is hitting .219 with five home runs and 28 RBIs on the season. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (40-33): L, 3-1, vs. Lynchburg (Indians) -- Third baseman Jose Vinicio extended his hitting streak to six games, going 2-for-3 with a triple. The switch-hitting 21-year-old has a .283 average with eight doubles, three triples and 11 RBIs in 45 games with Salem this season. -- Right fielder Kevin Heller drove in the lone Salem run on a single to left in the bottom of the first inning. Second baseman Tzu-Wei Lin scored after doubling to center with one out in the frame and advancing on a Yoilan Cerse groundout. -- Right-hander Kevin McAvoy started for Salem, tossing six innings and giving up one earned run on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. McAvoy is 4-6 with a 4.06 ERA in 14 starts this year. -- Chandler Shepherd relieved McAvoy in the seventh inning and suffered the loss, allowing two runs in the eighth inning. He gave up four hits and no walks. The 22-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with one save and a 4.56 ERA in 23 2/3 innings over 10 games. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (41-34): L, 4-1 and W, 4-2, vs. Charleston (Yankees) -- Dedgar Jimenez pitched the first complete game of the season for Greenville but suffered the Game 1 loss. The 19-year-old southpaw gave up four runs --€” only one earned --€” on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Jimenez is now 5-4 in 11 starts and has a 3.32 ERA. -- Second baseman Yoan Moncada went 2-for-4 in game one and scored the Drive'€™s only run. He went 0-for-4 with a run scored in the second game and is hitting .229 with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBIs through 30 games. -- Left fielder Carlos Mesa hit a two-run home run in the third inning that was the difference in game two. Mesa is hitting .267 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 39 games for the Drive this year. -- Starting left-hander Jake Drehoff allowed just two runs on six hits and struck out five in 4 1/3 innings in game two, but right-hander Jamie Callahan earned his first win of the season with 2 2/3 innings of relief. Callahan is 1-5 with a 6.48 ERA in 15 appearances --€” six starts --€” for Greenville this season. SHORT SEASON LOWELL SPINNERS (9-2): W, 5-3 and L, 1-0, at Vermont (Athletics) -- Designated hitter Josh Ockimey led the offense in Game 1, hitting the Spinners'€™ first home run of the season. He finished the game 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. The 19-year-old played first base and went 0-for-3 in the second game but is hitting .387 with nine RBIs in nine games this season. -- Right-handed starter Dioscar Romero earned the win in Game 1 with a five-inning effort. He allowed four hits, two earned runs and one walk and struck out six. The 20-year-old Dominican is 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA after two starts. -- Luis Ramos pitched a six-inning, one-run complete game in Game 2 of Monday'€™s doubleheader but the Lowell offense combined for only three hits. The 20-year-old left-hander gave up just one earned run on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Ramos is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts.

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