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Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Joe Kelly injured in Pawtucket; Yoan Moncada hits 21st double of season for Salem

June 08, 2016 - 8:15 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 (29-29): L, 3-2, vs. Toledo (Tigers) -- Joe Kelly made his first start for Pawtucket since being demoted from the Red Sox last week. Before Kelly could take the hill he had to wait through a 27-minute rain delay. Kelly lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, six hits and one walk while striking out five. Kelly exited the game in the fifth inning because of tightness in his right groin. "His command of the fastball was good, he was getting guys off the plate a little bit," manager Kevin Boles said. -- Robby Scott pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief after Kelly departed  and sat down all 10 batters he faced, striking out one. The 26-year-old left-hander is 3-0 in 14 appearances this year with a 2.65 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. "He has been terrific this year," Boles said. "He's efficient and he did a great job creating a little length." -- Jantzen Witte put the PawSox on the scoreboard in the second inning with a solo home run, his second long ball of the year. The 26-year-old third baseman went 2-for-4 and now is hitting .265/.328/.419 in 34 games with Pawtucket this season. -- Dan Butler started the seventh inning with a double. One batter later Jose Vinicio drove Butler home with a single to left field. Vinicio has six RBIs in his last six games. In that stretch the 22-year-old Dominican Republic native also has three multi-hit games. Vinicio was promoted to Pawtucket from Portland on May 24. In eight games with Pawtucket, Vinicio is hitting .333/.357/.333. With Portland he was hitting .230/.262/.279 in 22 games. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (19-38): L, 11-5, vs. Bowie (Orioles) -- The baseball looked like a beach ball to Cole Sturgeon on Tuesday night. From the nine spot in the lineup, Sturgeon started his night with a solo home run in the third inning, then in the fifth inning he hit a double and in the ninth inning he finished his night with a triple. Sturgeon completed the game going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, just a single shy of the cycle. The 24-year-old center fielder is hitting .261/.300/.410 in 42 games with Portland. -- Sea Dogs starter Mitch Atkins only lasted three innings, giving up six runs, nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Atkins is 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in 13 games. -- Taylor Grover did not fare well in relief, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits in three innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. -- Ryan Court went 2-for-3 with a walk. He's now hitting .323/.412/.444 in 30 games. -- Nate Frieman drove in the PawSox' first run with a single that scored Andrew Benintendi. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (38-21): W, 5-1, vs. Lynchburg (Indians) -- Yoan Moncada led off the first inning with a single, advanced to second on a ground out, stole third base and eventually scored on a Mike Meyers ground out. Moncada stayed hot in the third inning when he hit his 21st double, which leads the team. The 21-year-old Cuban finished 2-for-4 and now is hitting .299/.421/.475 in 55 games. -- Left-hander Matt Kent made another quality start. In the first two innings Kent struck out five. He finished the game striking out a career-high seven batters. Kent ended up pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up just one run on eight hits with no walks. It was the third time this season that Kent has not walked a batter. The 23-year-old is 5-3 in 12 starts with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Kent was 13th-round draft choice by the Sox in 2015. -- Nick Longhi has been a run-producing machine for Salem this season. In the eighth inning he drove home Mauricio Dubon to get his 38th RBI, which leads the team. Longhi went 2-for-4 with a strikeout and two runs scored. The first baseman is hitting .294/.372/.386 in 53 games. -- Salem had a productive fourth inning. Center fielder Danny Mars (2-for-3, walk) drove home Longhi with an RBI double. Joseph Monge scored Rafael Devers (2-for-4) on a ground out to the second baseman to score Salem's second run of the inning. -- After 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief from right-hander Mario Alcantara, left-hander Bobby Poyner pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing no hits and striking out three. It was Poyner's second save in his second appearance for Salem this season after getting promoted from Greenville on June 1. In 16 games with Greenville, Poyner went 11-for-11 in saves with a 0.35 ERA and 0.42 WHIP. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE (30-27): W, 4-1, and W, 5-2, at Kannapolis (White Sox) -- Greenville played two seven-inning games Tuesday after Monday's game was postponed because of rain. Kyri Washington was the star of the Drive's sweep, hitting three-run home runs in both games. Washington's six RBIs brought his season total to a a team-leading 35. The left fielder is hitting .293/.310/.576 with eight home runs, nine doubles and four triples in 35 games. -- In the opener, Roniel Raudes bounced back after one of his worst starts of the season on May 28. Raudes went 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run, five hits and one walk while recording five strikeouts. The 18-year-old Nicaraguan is 6-1 in 10 starts with a 3.04 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. -- Righty Adam Lau picked up his first save after pitching 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief with one strikeout. -- Austin Glorius got his first start of the season for Greenville in the nightcap. Glorious pitched three innings, giving up two runs (one earned), four hits and one walk with four strikeouts. The 23-year-old right-hander is 2-1 in 13 appearances this season with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. -- Right-hander Marc Brakeman picked up the win in the second game. Making his first relief appearance of the season, Brakeman pitched three innings, allowing no runs, four hits and one walk while striking out three. Brakeman is 3-4 in 10 games with 5.31 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. -- Right-hander Anyelo Leclerc got his fourth save in four chances this season by retiring all three batters in order with two strikeouts. Leclerc is 3-1 in 17 appearances with a 2.10 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. -- In the second inning, Chad De La Guerra had a sacrifice fly that scored Luis Alexander Basabe. Luis Alejandro Basabe later doubled to drive in Mitchell Gunsolus. Luis Alejandro Basabe went 2-for-3 with a run scored and now is hitting .295/.397/.436. De La Guerra is hitting .253/.330/.318.