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Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Brian Johnson has quality start for PawSox; Salem's Rafael Devers, Greenville's Michael Chavis deliver walk-off hits

August 17, 2016 - 5:39 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 (65-58): L, 1-0, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- Brian Johnson pitched well despite picking up the loss, holding Lehigh Valley to one run on four hits in seven innings. The 25-year-old southpaw had a no-hitter through four innings and struck out two in the effort. Boston's No. 7 prospect at MLB.com, Johnson saw his three-game winning streak snapped with the loss. He now is 5-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 15 minor league starts. -- Jantzen Witte had three hits for the PawSox, who failed to plate a run despite totaling 10 hits. Witte, 26, has hit safely in five consecutive games. He is slashing .279/.354/.402 with 29 doubles in 98 games with both Pawtucket and Portland. -- Ryan LaMarre 2-for-4 on the night. He has a hit in three straight games after going four games without one. The 27-year-old outfielder is batting .297/.373/.434 with 32 RBIs in 256 minor league at-bats. -- Noe Ramirez pitched a hitless eighth inning, striking out one in the frame. That's now seven of his last eight outings that Ramirez has not allowed a run. The 26-year-old right-hander been impressive coming out of the bullpen for Pawtucket, totaling a 2-3 record with a 2.04 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 24 appearances. Opponents are batting only .239 against him. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (45-73): Postponed vs. Altoona (Pirates) The Sea Dogs had a doubleheader against Altoona scheduled for Tuesday, but they only made it to the fourth inning before the game was suspended with Portland trailing 2-0. The suspended game will be continued Thursday as part of a doubleheader, while the second game has been canceled. The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday as well. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (73-47): W, 7-6 in 11 innings, vs. Carolina (Braves) -- After Jayce Ray led off the 11th inning with a single, Rafael Devers hit the first pitch he saw to left-center field for a walk-off double. It capped a 4-for-6 night for Devers, the Red Sox' No. 3 prospect at MLB.com. Devers, who has a 20-game hitting streak at home, is hitting .283/.339/.457 in 111 games. The Red Sox trailed by four runs entering the ninth inning but stormed back to tie, with Devers delivering another RBI double in that rally and later scoring the tying run on a sacrifice fly from Mike Meyers. Danny Mars and Nick Longhi (2-for-5) had RBI singles in that frame. -- Bryan Hudson and Jordan Procyshen had two hits apiece, and Hudson had an RBI. -- Anyelo Leclerc got the start for Salem, pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing four runs, eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts. In 11 games (six starts) with Salem, the 24-year old right-hander is 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. Leclerc has finished five innings just twice in his last six starts. -- After Mario Alcantara allowed two runs in three innings, Jeffry Fernandez entered the game in eighth inning with two outs and picked up the win after pitching a perfect 3 1/3 innings while recording three strikeouts. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (64-56): W, 3-2 in 11 innings, vs. Kannapolis (White Sox) -- Michael Chavis may have gone just 1-for-5, but his one hit was a big one, as his two-out single to center in the 11th inning drove home Jeremy Rivera and gave the Drive the walk-off win. Boston's No. 9 prospect at MLB.com is hitting .257/.337/.411 in 68 games with Greenville. -- Dedgar Jimenez held Kannapolis scoreless through seven innings, striking out six and walking one. Jimenez, 20, now has back-to-back quality starts and has 13 strikeouts in his last three outings. The left-hander is 8-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 22 starts. -- Trent Kemp went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He singled home a run in the bottom of the second inning to give Greenville a 2-0 lead. The 20-year-old outfielder has collected at least two hits in three of his last four games, driving in seven runs in that span. He is averaging .251/.328/.480 in in 271 at-bats with the Drive. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (32-24): No game scheduled. -- While Lowell did not play, some Spinners were in action in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, playing for the losing North team in Wappingers Falls, New York. The South won the game 9-5. -- Tyler Hill, playing left field and batting leadoff, started the scoring for the North with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. Hill finished the night 1-for-5 with a strikeout. -- Carlos Tovar took over at shortstop in the top of the fifth inning. Tovar went 1-for-2 with a run scored. -- Matt McLean got the start in right field and went 0-for-1. -- Righty reliever Algenis Martinez, a late addition to the North roster, pitched the sixth inning and allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and one walk with one strikeout. -- Lowell opens a three-game series against visiting Connecticut (Tigers) on Thursday night.

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