Bryce Brentz

Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Bryce Brentz leads way for Pawtucket; RHP Anderson Espinoza tosses shutout ball for Greenville

May 31, 2016 - 6:34 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Monday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-27): L, 6-5, at Gwinnett (Braves) -- Bryce Brentz led the way for Pawtucket offensively, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs against the Braves. He contributed right away, as his two-out RBI double in the top of the first inning gave the Red Sox an early lead. He also singled in the seventh inning to bring home a run and tie the game at 5. Brentz, Boston's No. 30 prospect at MLB.com, is on a nice streak at the plate, as he is batting .450 in his last five games. He has hit five doubles and plated six runs in that same span. On the season, the 27-year-old is hitting .324/.370/.441 in 19 games with Pawtucket. -- Another strong showing at the plate came from designated hitter Justin Maxwell, who led Pawtucket with four hits and crossed home plate twice. Monday's performance gives the 32-year-old Maxwell a .250/.352/.368 batting line. He is third on the team in runs (19) and RBIs (18). -- The Gwinnett bats were kept mostly silent until the fourth inning, when they drove home five runs against Pawtucket pitcher Roenis Elias to take the lead. Despite being roughed up in the inning, Elias had a decent outing, allowing four earned runs and six hits in five innings of work. He struck out four and walked four. In eight games (seven starts), Elias, 27, is 2-3 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. The Cuba native ranks second among Pawtucket pitchers in innings pitched (45), and his 45 strikeouts lead the team. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (18-32): W, 8-6, vs. Hartford (Rockies) -- Starting pitcher Justin Haley shut down Hartford in the series finale, letting up only one run in seven innings in his 10th start of the season. He gave up only five hits, walked just one and struck out five. "Something he's doing well this year is using his changeup a little more, and mixing his pitches a little more," Febles said of Haley after the game (via the Portland Press Herald). "His fastball plays better when he throws the changeup. He has a sneaky fastball and it looks 100 [mph]." Haley, 24, sits at 4-3 with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP with Portland. He's 4-1 in his last six starts and his 50 2/3 innings pitched is second on the team. -- At the plate, Tzu-Wei Lin led the way, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. His two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Haley a comfortable 6-1 lead. Lin, 22, was the only Sea Dogs batter to tally at least two RBIs. Monday's game ends a three-game skid in which Lin failed to collect a hit. The Taiwan native is batting .209/.259/.261 in 38 games this season. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (33-18): L, 5-3, 10 innings, at Lynchburg (Indians) -- Red Sox starting pitcher Jalen Beeks got off to a rough start Monday vs. Lynchburg, giving up two runs in the opening frame. The 22-year-old would bounce back, however, allowing only one run in the next four innings before exiting the game. Beeks finished with five innings pitched, three runs allowed and seven strikeouts to keep Salem in the game. In 10 starts for Salem, the 2014 Red Sox draftee is 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. He has allowed 10 runs in his last three starts, but he leads Salem in innings pitched (51 2/3) and ranks second in strikeouts (41). -- Mike Meyers hit his third home run of the year in the seventh inning to tie the game at 3. After a Rafael Devers single, Meyers drilled the ball over the left field fence to bring Salem back into the game. Meyers also crossed home plate twice and drew a walk. Meyers, 22, is batting .250/.333/.392 in 42 games with Salem. He has recorded a hit in eight of his last 10 games. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (25-25): W, 1-0, vs. Charleston (Yankees) -- Right-hander Anderson Espinoza had yet another strong outing on the mound, recording his second straight shutout. He limited the RiverDogs to one hit and recorded four strikeouts in five innings. He did, however, allow four walks. Boston's No. 4 prospect and No. 1 pitching prospect at MLB.com, Espinoza is 4-4 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 10 games. He's pitched at least five innings in his last three starts, and the 18-year-old leads the team in strikeouts (49). -- The lone run of the game came from Josh Ockimey, Boston's No. 16 prospect at MLB.com. The 20-year-old was the only Drive batter to record multiple hits. Ockimey clobbered his ninth home run of the season in the third inning, which would prove to be the game-winner. Ockimey is batting .297/.441/.561 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 45 games. His on-base percentage leads the team and his slugging average ranks second.