Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Christian Vazquez 3-for-4 for PawSox; LHP Matt Kent tosses 8 scoreless innings for Salem

July 20, 2016 - 7:08 am
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Here is a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-46): W, 4-2, at Toledo (Tigers) -- Catcher Christian Vazquez's bat was red hot Tuesday night. The 25-year-old was 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored. Vazquez was sent down to Pawtucket on July 5 after hitting .226/.278/.305 in 51 games in the big leagues. Since being demoted, Vazquez has been hitting .295/.415/.409 in 13 games. -- Starter Justin Haley pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, 10 hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The 25-year-old right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in seven games (six starts) with the PawSox. Haley has been with Pawtucket since June 17, when he was promoted from Portland. -- In relief of Haley, Robby Scott pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit with two strikeouts. Following Scott, Roman Mendez came into the ninth inning to throw five pitches and get the save. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (35-60): L, 3-2, at Trenton (Yankees) -- Mitch Atkins recorded his sixth quality start of the season, pitching six innings and allowing two runs, three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. In 21 games (12 starts), Atkins is 2-4 with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. -- Andrew Benintendi and Nate Freiman each went 2-for-4. In the sixth inning with Mauricio Dubon on base, Benintendi hit an RBI triple to center field. Freiman then hit a single to left to score Benintendi. Freiman is hitting .271/.341/.453 in 53 games, while Benintendi is hitting .282/.346/.487 in 52 games. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (56-38): W, 1-0 in 11 innings, vs. Potomac (Nationals) -- With one out in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the 11th inning, Rafael Devers and Nick Longhi hit back-to-back doubles to win the game. Longhi has the second most doubles on the team with 23 and Devers is third on the team with 22. Devers finished the game 3-for-5 with two doubles and Longhi went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. -- Left-hander Matt Kent threw eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks (one intentional) with eight strikeouts. Kent reached career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts. Kent was the first Salem pitcher since Teddy Stankiewicz on May 25, 2015, to throw eight full innings. The 23-year-old is 8-4 in 17 starts with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. -- Jamie Callahan picked up the win after pitching three scoreless innings of relief and allowing just one hit while recording three strikeouts. In 23 games this season Callahan is 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (48-45): No game scheduled. -- Greenville wills start a three-game series at Greensboro (Marlins) on Wednesday night. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (19-13): L, 4-2, vs. State College (Cardinals) -- Brian Johnson made his second rehab start in Lowell on Tuesday. Johnson threw six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and one walk with six strikeouts. In Johnson's two rehab starts he has not allowed an earned run and only seven hits in 11 innings pitched. -- Chris Madera and Carlos Tovar each went 2-for-4, while Robby Scott and Andy Perez each drove home a run.