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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Rainel Rosario collects 3 hits for Portland; Mike Meyers continues hot streak for Salem

May 24, 2016 - 6:52 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Monday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (21-23): No game scheduled. The PawSox will host a three-game series vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies) starting Tuesday. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (15-28): L, 6-5, at Harrisburg (Nationals) -- Left fielder Rainel Rosario did his part to keep Portland in the game, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. The 27-year-old hit a clutch RBI single in the top of the eighth inning, giving the Sea Dogs a temporary 5-4 lead. He also had a double in the game. Rosario is batting .318/.328/.318 through 29 games this season. The native of the Dominican Republic has been a very balanced batter for Portland, as he sits in the top four on the team in runs (10), RBIs (10), hits (28), doubles (6) and walks (11). -- Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, catcher Jake Romanski was 2-for-4 with a double, and right fielder Henry Ramos went 2-for-5 with an RBI. -- Sean Coyle ripped a two-run, opposite-field home run in the third inning. Coyle, sent down from Triple-A after struggling in 24 games with Pawtucket, is hitting .176/.333/.412 in five games with the Sea Dogs. -- It was a decent performance on the mound for Portland's Aaron Wilkerson, who let up three earned runs and six hits in five innings pitched. He also walked two and collected two strikeouts. The right-hander gave up a run in the bottom of the second inning, ending his scoreless innings streak at 21. He also allowed an RBI single in the fourth inning before giving up a triple to the first batter in the sixth inning. Wilkerson then was pulled, and the runner eventually scored. Monday's night game was the first appearance in which Wilkerson allowed an earned run since an April 29 loss to Reading. The Texas native now sits at 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in nine games with both Pawtucket and Portland this season. Wilkerson has the best ERA of all Portland pitchers and his 48 strikeouts lead the team as well. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (30-14): L, 5-3 vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- Southpaw Matt Kent struggled, going six innings and surrendering four earned runs and a season-high 11 hits. He walked two and struck out three. The 23-year-old Texas native let up three runs on two doubles and a single in the top of the third inning, but he did settle down and pitch three scoreless innings before getting pulled. In nine total starts with both Salem and Greenville this season, Kent is 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Having pitched the second-most innings for the Red Sox (39 1/3), Kent has 26 strikeouts and has allowed only 19 earned runs with Salem. -- Outfielder Mike Meyers continued his hot streak at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. His two-out single in the bottom of the third inning plated two and cut Salem's deficit to 4-3. Meyers also stole his eighth base of the season. Meyers, 22, is batting .420 in his last five games with five RBIs in that same stretch. On the season, the 2012 draft pick is .252/.313/.374 and is tied for third on the team in RBIs (25). -- Right fielder Franklin Guzman went 2-for-3 with a double. He has three hits in the last two games to improve his average from .121 to .179 in 13 games. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (21-22): L, 3-2, at Asheville (Rockies) -- In the longest start of his professional career, 18-year-old right-hander Roniel Raudes had a solid performance, recording eight strikeouts and allowing no runs and only three hits in six innings vs. the Tourists. He only let up one extra-base hit and walked none. Raudes, Boston's No. 14 prospect on MLB.com, has a 5-1 record to go along with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. The native of Nicaragua has pitched less than five innings only twice in eight starts this year. He leads Greenville with 38 innings pitched and ranks second on the team in strikeouts (38). -- Despite Raudes' impressive performance, the Drive were unable to break .500, as righty reliever Victor Diaz allowed three runs in the seventh inning to let the Tourists take the lead for good. Greenville scored two runs in the eighth and ninth innings to spark a comeback but ended up falling just short. Diaz is 1-4 in 11 appearances with a disappointing 8.44 ERA and 1.97 WHIP. Opponents are batting .348 against the 22-year-old this season. -- Left fielder Trent Kemp had two hits for the third straight game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the ninth inning. The 20-year-old is hitting .247/.358/.473 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. J.T. Watkins had a pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning.