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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Chris Marrero wins Triple-A Home Run Derby; Joe Kelly excels in rehab assignment with Lowell

July 12, 2016 - 6:24 am

Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (47-44): No game scheduled. The PawSox are resting during the Triple-A All-Star break and will next play on Thursday, when they kick off a four-game home series against Charlotte (White Sox). -- One of their players is not off as Chris Marrero, who has 16 home runs this season, relied on that power to win the Triple-A Home Run Derby Monday night. He hit 18 homers in three minutes to defeat Kyle Jensen of the Reno Aces to become the first Pawtucket player ever to win the event "This was cool," Marrero said. "The fans were really into it. They kept the adrenaline going." DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (32-57): No game scheduled. The Sea Dogs are in the middle of their All-Star break and won't play until Thursday, when they open a four-game home series vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays). HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (52-35): W, 6-5, vs. Lynchburg (Cubs) -- In a game where the Red Sox forced 11 walks and recorded only five hits, Nick Longhi was the only Salem batter to collect multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Longhi hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the third inning to cut Lynchburg's lead to 3-2. He also loaded the bases with a single in the fifth inning. The 20-year-old is slashing .295/.364/.407 in 79 games this season. His 55 RBIs and 21 doubles lead all current members of Salem. -- Starting pitcher Trey Ball had a rough outing, allowing four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. He also walked four while striking out four. The southpaw has not earned a win since June 26, allowing at least four runs in his last three starts. On the year, Ball, 20, is 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA and 1.51 WHIP. -- Anyelo Leclerc came into the game to secure the win, giving up just one run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander fanned five and walked just one, but did allow a solo home run in the seventh inning. The outing gave Leclerc, 24, his second victory in three appearances. He is 2-0 with a 3.07 ERA since being called up to Salem from Greenville on June 23. In 25 total games this season, batters are hitting .189 against him. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (45-41): No game scheduled. The Drive had the day off and will get back on the field when they open a six-game home stand Tuesday against Greensboro (Marlins). SHORT SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (14-10): L, 2-1, vs. Staten Island (Yankees) -- Joe Kelly came into the game in the seventh inning. He looked dominant in his two innings, letting up no hits or walks, while striking out two with an impressive fastball. After giving up two runs in just an inning in his last appearance, the 28-year-old bounced back with ease. Kelly now has a 4.50 ERA in three relief appearances with the Spinners. He is 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in seven minor league games total. -- Starting pitcher Jacob Dahlstrand gave up one run on six hits in six innings, fanning three and walking one in the process. He didn't allow a run until his final frame. Sent to Lowell on July 4 for a rehab assignment, the 24-year-old right-hander is 1-2 with a 1.31 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in four minor league starts. -- It was a quiet night for the Lowell bats, as the offense only total four hits. Ryan Scott went 1-for-4 with a double and the lone Spinners RBI. His two-bagger hopped over the wall in right-center to cut Staten Island's lead to one in the ninth inning. Scott, 23, is batting .220/.266/.322 in 16 games.