Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Chris Marrero hits 10th HR for PawSox; LHP Henry Owens earns win

June 01, 2016 - 8:49 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Tuesday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (25-27): W, 6-4, at Gwinnett (Braves) -- Chris Marrero had a good day at the plate for Pawtucket, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. His two-run home run in the third inning was his 10th blast of the season, tying him for the lead in the International League. He also hit his 13th double on the year later in the game. Drafted by the Nationals in 2006, Marrero, 27, is batting .279/.335/.529 in 47 games. Marrero leads the team in hits (48) and doubles (13) and is second in RBIs (28). -- Pawtucket gave the start to Henry Owens, who allowed four runs and three hits in six innings pitched. Owens, who was demoted from Boston after struggling with his control, walked three and struck out four on 99 pitches. He let up four runs in the first three frames before settling down and retiring the last 10 batters he faced. On the year, Owens, 23, is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Since returning to Pawtucket on May 6, the left-hander is 3-1 in five starts. Despite spending time in Boston's rotation this year, Owens still ranks second on the team in strikeouts (42). -- Right fielder Justin Maxwell had another strong game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run after having a four-hit game on Monday. He is batting .255/.354/.390 this year. Maxwell hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, immediately after Ryan LaMarre crushed a solo homer to center field to put the PawSox ahead 5-4. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (18-33): L, 6-4, vs. Reading (Phillies) -- Pitcher Ty Buttrey, Boston's No. 26 prospect at MLB.com, allowed four earned runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings of work Tuesday. The right-hander walked four and struck out five. He let up only one run in the first four innings before getting roughed up in the fifth and surrendering three runs. "I think [Buttrey] got real tired," Portland manager Carlos Febles told the Portland Press Herald after the game. "For me, that was his issue. Fatigue." In nine starts with Portland, the 23-year-old has yet to record a win, going 0-6 with a 6.08 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Opponents are batting .273 against him, and the 2012 Red Sox draftee has pitched more than five innings only once this season. -- Ryan Court had a nice game offensively, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. His two-out single in the bottom of the fifth inning drove home Andrew Benintendi and tied the game at 4. He also hit his fourth double of the year. Drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2011, Court was signed by Portland on May 2. In about a month, the 28-year-old is hitting an impressive .304/.402/.443 with nine RBIs and 14 runs. His batting average is third best on the team and his on-base percentage ranks second. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (33-18): No game scheduled. Salem opens a two-game series against visiting Myrtle Beach (Cubs) on Wednesday night. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (26-25): W, 11-3, vs. Charleston (Yankees) -- Right-hander Marc Brakeman, Boston's No. 24 prospect at MLB.com, had one of his best starts for the Drive, holding Charleston to one run on five hits while tallying nine strikeouts. He walked just one batter. The performance gives Brakeman a 2-4 record to go along with a 5.72 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. The 21-year-old had given up four earned runs in each of his last three games before Tuesday's start. -- Leading the way at the plate again for Greenville was Josh Ockimey, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk. He recorded an RBI single in the second inning and a two-run single in the seventh with the game all but over. On the year, Ockimey, Boston's No. 16 prospect at MLB.com, is hitting .308/.450/.566 with the Drive, and his 27 runs scored lead the team. -- Left fielder Jayce Ray also notched three hits in the blowout win, crossing home plate twice and walking once. The 26-year-old has an impressive batting line of .364/.432/.455 in just nine games.