Jose Sermo

Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Brennan Boesch hits walk-off HR for PawSox; Jose Sermo hits 3 homers for Salem

July 27, 2016 - 7:46 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (53-51): W, 4-2 in 11 innings, vs. Rochester (Twins) -- With one out in the 11th inning of a tie game and a runner on second base, Brennan Boesch came through, smacking a two-run walk-off home run for Pawtucket's second straight come-from-behind win. "You don't even get opportunities to get up in those situations a lot," Boesch said after pulling the full-count breaking ball over the fence in right, "so when you come through, whether it's a hit or a homer, it feels good." Boesch also doubled in the game and crossed home plate twice. The 31-year-old has three multi-hit performances in his last five games. He's batting .268 in 17 games with Pawtucket. -- Henry Owens stuck out a season-high-tying nine batters. He allowed two runs on five hits in five innings, and his two walks tied a season low. Owens, 24, has lasted at least five innings in his five previous starts. He is 6-5 with a 4.17 ERA in 18 minor league starts. "He had some swing-and-miss weapons and better command overall," manager Kevin Boles said. "But he just burned through his pitch count and they worked deep counts on him." -- Relievers Kyle Martin and Noe Ramirez combined to pitch six shutout innings. Martin kept Rochester hitless for three innings after replacing Owens, and Ramirez struck out five and let up just two hits in three innings of work. Martin, Boston's No. 25 prospect at MLB.com, has allowed only one run in his last nine outings, while Ramirez now has 26 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched. -- Jantzen Witte went 2-for-4, tying the game in the seventh with an RBI double. The 26-year-old is averaging .387 in his last eight games, with five multi-hit outings in that span. Overall, he is slashing .270/.350/.395 in 85 games. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (37-65): L, 15-4, vs. Trenton (Yankees) -- Boston's top overall prospect at MLB.com, Yoan Moncada, may have gone only 1-for-5, but he drilled a solo home run into the right-field seats in the sixth inning. It was his eighth homer with Portland and 12th overall. Moncada, 21, remains one of the top prospects in the minors but is in the midst of a cold streak at the plate, hitting .186 in his last 12 games. He is batting .296/.406/.518 with 55 RBIs and 80 runs in 89 total games. -- Mike McCarthy pitched well in the start but failed to reach five innings. He tossed four shutout frames, allowing four hits and walking two. He did not record a strikeout in just his fourth game started. The 28-year-old right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in nine games. Opponents are batting .347 against him. -- Nate Freiman finished 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. He singled in Mauricio Dubon in the sixth inning after tripling in the second for his first three-bagger of the season. Freiman, 29, is hitting .257/.327/.429 in 226 at-bats. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (60-40): W, 10-7, at Potomac (Nationals) -- It was a big night for Jose Sermo, who became the third batter in Salem team history to homer three times in a game. He is the first Carolina League batter to accomplish the feat since 2014. He went yard in the fifth, seventh and ninth inning to carry Salem to victory. Sermo, 25, was signed to the Red Sox farm system on June 23. He is averaging .224/.274/.506 in 24 games. -- Yankory Pimentel got the win with a strong relief performance. The right-hander surrendered just one run on two hits in three innings, fanning three in the process. The 22-year-old is 7-5 with a 3.63 ERA in 24 outings. -- Danny Mars' offensive performance was overshadowed by Sermo, but he went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. The four hits tie a career high. Mars, 22, is averaging .462 in the last 10 games and is batting .280 overall. He also has 25 stolen bases. -- Nick Longhi also had a multi-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. The 20-year-old has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and is slashing .297/.366/.410 in 344 at-bats. He is Boston's No. 15 prospect at MLB.com. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (51-49): W, 11-3, at Asheville (Rockies) -- Tate Matheny powered the Drive offense, going 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. His solo home run in the sixth inning was his fifth blast of the season. Tuesday's game was his second four-hit performance in three games. Matheny, 22, is batting .318/.359/.455 with Greenville. -- Logan Boyd earned his 10th victory of the season, letting up one run on four hits in five innings. He fanned four and walked two. He is the first South Atlantic League pitcher to reach double-digit wins this year. Recently named the SAL Pitcher of the Week, the 22-year-old southpaw has three wins in his last four starts and is 10-6 with a 4.95 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 20 starts. -- Jeremy Rivera collected three hits, one of them a double, and tallied an RBI and a run. Rivera, 21, has hit safely in six consecutive games. He is averaging .261 in 78 games this season. -- Luis Alexander Basabe, Boston's No. 7 prospect at MLB.com, extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. His hitting streak is the longest by a Drive batter this season. The 19-year-old is hitting .263/.330/.468 in 297 at-bats. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (22-16): W, 5-3/L, 4-0, at West Virginia (Pirates) -- In Game 1, Darwinzon Hernandez took the mound and got the win, surrendering two earned runs on six hits in five innings. The 19-year-old left-hander fanned six while walking three. He is 3-2 with a 3.47 ERA in seven starts, and batters are hitting .218 when facing Hernandez. -- Leadoff hitter Matt McLean went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. He kicked off the game with his fourth triple of the season, scoring on a ground out later in the frame. His four triples are tied for the most in the New York-Penn League. McLean, 22, now has back-to-back multi-hit performances. He is averaging .279 in 18 games. -- In Game 2, starter Daniel Zandona pitched well despite picking up the loss. The right-hander let up two runs (zero earned) on two hits in 3 2/3 innings, striking out two. It was the first start for Zandona, 23, who is 1-1 with a 3.47 ERA in nine appearances. -- Victor Acosta tripled in the first inning but failed to cross home plate. He finished 1-for-3. The 20-year-old infielder is slashing .245/291/.309 this season.