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Cultivating the Farm: Red Sox affiliates hit July slump

Posted by Craig Forde  July 16, 2012 02:44 PM

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for PawSoxlogo.gifPawtucket (52-44, 3rd in IL North – AAA) – Pawtucket has not only slid from the top of the International League North Division, they have now slipped into third place after dropping three of four games to Buffalo over the weekend…The one game that the PawSox did take from the Bisons came this past Sunday in a 14-inning affair that saw third baseman Andy LaRoche come on in relief for the victory. He was 0-for-5 at the plate prior to stepping on the hill where he allowed only one hit in one inning of work, hitting low-90s on the McCoy Stadium radar gun with his fastball. Jay Miller of the Enterprise has a nice piece about LaRoche’s win hereZach Stewart now has four starts under his belt since being traded for Kevin Youkilis with varying results. In his first two starts he looked like he might not be spending a lot of time in Pawtucket after going 1-0 and allowing only one run in each appearance with no walks over 11 2/3 innings. However, in his last two starts he has allowed seven runs, 15 hits and five walks over ten innings, including five runs against Buffalo on Saturday…After catching fire in June catcher Ryan Lavarnway has cooled quite a bit at the plate, batting .185 with three RBIs and five runs since the start of July. After leading the Sox Minor League system with 32 home runs a year ago, Lavarnway has only seven long balls this season, with his last coming on June 18th against the Syracuse Chiefs.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for SeaDogslogo.gifPortland (40-55, 5th in EL Eastern – AA) – The SeaDogs went 10-14 in a recently concluded stretch that saw them face off against only Trenton and New Hampshire. They were 7-5 against New Hampshire (Blue Jays) thanks to a 4-1 home series against the Fisher Cats. However, Trenton (Yankees) took it to Portland, winning nine of their twelve affairs. The Dogs are 5-9 in July…On Saturday starter Stolmy Pimentel tossed his best game in Double-A, allowing only one run and two hits over seven innings. He had a perfect game in tact until the bottom of the sixth inning when he yielded a double to Kenen Bailli…Bryce Brentz has 33 extra-base hits on the year, but has only three (double, two home runs) in his last ten games. He is batting .243 during that stretch.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for SalemSoxlogo.gifSalem (7-16 second half, last in CL Southern – High A) – The Salem Sox are seven games out of first place and sinking as they have yet to duplicate the consistent results that they had in the first half of the season. They are 4-9 in July and are in the midst of their second three-game losing streak…Matt Barnes returned to form following his two-pitch, two-out performance in the All-Star Futures Game. In his first start since July 3rd, Barnes scattered four hits and allowed only one run against Lynchburg on Sunday. He did however pick up his second straight loss…Outfielder Shannon Wilkerson had an eight-game hitting streak recently snapped. In five of those games he had two hits and he is batting .333 with 7 RBIs and 6 runs in July. One aspect of Wilkerson’s game that has gone by the wayside is his base-stealing where after swiping the first 16 bases he tried for this year, he has only six in his last nine attempts.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Drivelogo.gifGreenville (10-13 second half, 5th in SAL Southern - Low A) – A 4-9 start to July has the Greenville Drive mired in a second half slump. Road woes are the story as the Drive are 4-10 away from Fluor Field in the second half of the season…LHP Dylan Chavez was the first member of the Red Sox 2012 draft class to make it up to Greenville. A 14th round selection out of Ole Miss, Chavez made four relief appearances for the Lowell Spinners this season, allowing four earned runs in six innings. He got to work right away with the Drive, coming on in the seventh inning of this past Saturday's game versus Charleston and allowing only one hit over two innings of work…Outfielder Drew Turocy batted .369 in May and .358 in June but is a paltry .229 in July with four doubles, two RBIs and three runs.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Spinnerslogo.gifLowell (7-20, last in NYPL Stedler - Short Season A) – The Lowell Spinners were not immune to the July slump. Heck, they’ve had it the worst, going 2-12 in the month, which included most of an eleven game losing streak…Right fielder Kendrick Perkins leads the team in home runs (4), RBIs (13) and runs (19), but also leads the league in strikeouts (39)…Pat Light, the 37th overall selection in the 2012 draft, made his debut on July 9th against Batavia. He allowed a hit and struck out a batter in the first inning, but suffered a different fate in the second, allowing four hits a walk and two runs. In his second start he struck out three and scattered four hits and a run in his two innings of work…The 24th overall pick in 2012, shortstop Deven Marrero, has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and is batting .378 during that span with five multi-hit games.

Thumbnail image for Red Sox logo.gifGulf Coast (12-12, tied for 2nd in GCL South - Rookie) – The Gulf Coast Sox are the only affiliate to be at .500 for June having split the first fourteen games of the month…Jeremias Pineda has put up some decent numbers, batting .371 with nine RBIs, nine runs and seven stolen bases in 19 games. Glaringly his on-base percentage is only twenty points higher than his average as Pineda has only walked once…Eighteen-year-old Shaq Green-Thompson, a 2012 18th round selection, is 0-for-27 and has struck out 26 times…Highly touted international free-agent pickup, shortstip Tzu-Wei Lin was only batting .250 coming into this week, but had hit safely in five of the seven games he has appeared in.

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