Justin Haley

Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Dan Butler collects 3 hits for PawSox; Cody Decker homers for Portland

August 31, 2016 - 11:10 am

Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (71-65): L, 2-0, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies) -- Justin Haley was dealt the loss despite limiting Lehigh Valley to two runs on six hits through 5 2/3 innings. He fanned six and walked just two. The 25-year-old right-hander has lost three consecutive starts vs. the IronPigs. On the season, the 2012 Red Sox draft pick is 12-10 in 26 minor league outings. -- The PawSox only totaled five hits in the game, with three of those hits coming from Dan Butler. He had the only Pawtucket extra-base hit, leading off the fifth inning with his 12th double of the season. Butler is 10-for-14 in his last four games and is averaging .464 through nine games in August. The 29-year-old is slashing .324/.418/.478 through 48 games. -- Deven Marrero, Boston's No. 20 prospect at MLB.com, went 1-for-3 and now has hit safely in three straight games. The 26-year-old infielder is batting .199 with 10 stolen bases through 95 games with Pawtucket. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (53-80): L, 7-6, at Reading (Phillies) -- Cody Decker went 2-for-4 and blasted his 13th home run of the season, which leads the Sea Dogs. His two-run dinger put Portland up 3-2 in the third inning. He also hit a sac fly in the fifth for his fourth three-RBI performance this year. Decker, 29, is hitting .268 in August. He is batting .237/.287/.488 in 58 games with Portland. -- Mitch Atkins did not last long in his start, going only three innings and allowing two runs on five hits in the process. He walked four batters and struck out four as well. The 30-year-old right-hander has held opposing teams to eight runs in his last four outings. He is 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA in 30 appearances. He has 142 strikeouts in 124 2/3 innings pitched. -- Catcher Jake Romanski was the only other Portland batter to notch multiple hits, going 2-for-4. It is his second straight game with two hits. Romanski, 25, is hitting .317 in the month of August, and now is averaging .304/.335/.407 in 322 total at-bats. -- Reliever Luis Ysla gave up three runs in the seventh inning, as he was unable to avoid picking up the loss. He let up four hits and two walks in two innings. The 24-year-old southpaw is 3-for-6 in save opportunities and broke his streak of four straight scoreless outings. Boston's No. 24 prospect at MLB.com is 2-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 39 appearances. SINGLE-A SALEM RED SOX (83-50): L, 4-1, vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- Matt Kent got the loss despite a quality start. He surrendered two runs on eight hits in seven innings, fanning six and walking just one. Six of those hits came in the first inning, but Kent settled down after that. The 23-year-old lost his first start since Aug. 3. He is 10-7 with a 3.56 ERA in 27 starts with both Greenville and Salem. -- Denier Lopez had the only multi-hit outing of the game, going 2-for-3 for his second two-hit game in four tries. After hitting just .200 in July, the 22-year-old infielder has turned it around, batting .293 in August. He is slashing .243/.308/.340 in 92 total games. -- Bobby Poyner relieved Kent in the eighth inning and let up two runs on two hits (one of them a home run) in two innings of work. He struck out four without issuing a walk. Poyner, 23, has not walked a batter in his last 11 innings. The southpaw is 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 38 outings. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (69-64): W, 7-3, vs. Rome (Braves) -- Trent Kemp went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a run and a walk. His two-run single in the third inning put Greenville up for good. The single pushed his batting average with runners in scoring position to .349 this season. Kemp, 20, continues to have a strong season at the plate but needs to cut down his strikeouts; he has struck out 15 times in the last 10 games. The outfielder is batting .253/.332/.446 in 88 games with the Drive. -- Josh Ockimey belted his 18th home run of the season in the seventh inning, ranking him fourth in the South Atlantic League in that category. Boston's No. 10 prospect at MLB.com still is in the midst of a cold streak at the plate, however, hitting just .152 in his last 10 games. On the season, he is averaging .230/.372/.435 with 62 RBIs in 113 games. -- Daniel Gonzalez pitched well in the start, holding Rome to two earned runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked none. The 20-year-old right-hander has won three of his last four and is 9-6 with a 3.24 ERA in 22 appearances. -- Roldani Baldwin finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI and his first stolen base of the season. Called up to Greenville from Lowell on July 18, the 20-year-old is slashing .243/.276/.335 in 56 games with the Drive. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (44-26): W, 8-4, vs. Hudson Valley (Rays) -- The Spinners were able to win their sixth straight behind a strong pitching performance from Josh Pennington, who held Hudson Valley to one run on four hits through five innings. Pennington, 21, has not allowed more than two runs in each of his last six starts. He now is 5-3 and has lowered his ERA to 2.86 in 13 starts. He is Boston's No. 23 prospect at MLB.com. -- Bobby Dalbec went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Coming off a successful college career at the University of Arizona, Dalbec is thriving with the Spinners, as shown by his three consecutive multi-hit performances. Boston's No. 21 prospect at MLB.com now is batting .376/.425/.675 with 30 RBIs in 30 games this season. -- Jerry Downs matched Dalbec's two RBIs, finishing the game 2-for-4 with a double of his own. It was his eighth two-bagger of the season, and he also has three straight multi-hit games. Downs is hitting .245/.346/.367 in 139 at-bats with the Spinners.