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Tuesday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 27, 2013 10:35 AM

New England teams

12:00 p.m.
GCL Red Sox – Jalen Williams (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
GCL Orioles – N/A

6:35 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Henry Owens (2-0, 1.50 ERA)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Stroman (8-4, 3.22 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – Graham Stoneburner (3-5, 4.98 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Steven Wright (7-7, 3.76 ERA)

Charleston RiverDogs – Eric Wooten (1-2, 1.74 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Francisco Taveras (2-4, 6.61 ERA)

Aberdeen IronBirds – Steven Brault (1-1, 2.34 ERA)
at Lowell Spinners – Jamie Callahan (5-1, 3.53 ERA)

New England teams

7:00 p.m.
Vermont Lake Monsters – Lee Sosa (1-3, 3.44 ERA)
at Staten Island Yankees – Rookie Davis (2-4, 2.36 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Cole De Vries (0-2, 1.69 ERA)
at Trenton Thunder – Nik Turley (9-8, 4.12 ERA)

Hudson Valley Renegades – Ben Griset (2-3, 3.38 ERA)
at Connecticut Tigers – Chase Edwards (0-0, 1.82 ERA)

Sunday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 25, 2013 10:53 AM

Red Sox affiliates

1:35 p.m.
Greenville Drive – Cody Kyukuk (4-12, 4.59 ERA)
At Lexington Legends – Miguel Almonte (5-8, 3.16 ERA)

2:00 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (8-6, 4.40 ERA)
at Carolina Mudcats – Cole Cook (2-1, 5.09 ERA)

5:05 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Chris Hernandez (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
at Trenton Thunder – Mikey O’Brien (7-7, 4.20 ERA)

Lowell Spinnes – Clay Buccholz (rehab start)
at Hudson Valley Renegades – Chris Kirsch (2-3, 2.90 ERA)

6:05 p.m.
Scranton/Wilke-Barre RailRiders – Chase Whitney (3-2, 3.12 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Anthony Ranaudo (2-1, 1.93 ERA)

New England teams

1:35 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Deck McGuire (8-9, 5.07 ERA)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – Ryan Demmin (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

2:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Pedro Hernandez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
at Bowie Baysox – Devin Jones (4-5, 5.45 ERA)

2:35 p.m.
Connecticut Tigers – Joe Mantiply (0-1, 2.12 ERA)
at Aberdeen IronBirds – Sebastian Vader (5-3, 2.72 ERA)

5:05 p.m.

Brooklyn Cyclones – Akeel Morris (4-0, 0.47 ERA)
at Vermont Lake Monsters – Cristhian Perez (0-0, 5.87 ERA)

Saturday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 24, 2013 11:38 AM

Red Sox affiliates

6:15 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Heri Quevedo (6-5, 4.13 ERA)
at Carolina Mudcats – Robert Whitenack (0-3, 7.40 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Clayton Moretensen (3-0, 2.95 ERA)
at Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders – Chris Bootcheck (9-7, 3.84 ERA)

Portland Sea Dogs – Keith Couch (10-3, 3.55 ERA)
at Trenton Thunder – Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

Greenville Drive – Jacob Dahlstrand (3-7, 4.79 ERA)
at Lexington Legends – Matthew Murray (1-4, 2.31 ERA)

Lowell Spinners – Teddy Stankiewicz (0-0, 1.69 ERA)
at Hudson Valley Renegades – Jamie Schultz (1-1, 3.51 ERA)

New England teams

1:05 p.m.
GAME 1
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Tyson Brummett (1-5, 5.17 ERA)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – Perci Garner (7-6, 4.25 ERA)

6:05 p.m.
Brooklyn Cyclones – Robert Gsellman (2-2, 1.82 ERA)
at Vermont Lake Monsters – Brent Powers (4-2, 2.61 ERA)

6:35 p.m.
GAME 2
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Chad Jenkins (0-0, 1.20)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – Juan Sosa (3-4, 6.25 ERA)

New Britain Rock Cats – Pedro Hernandez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
at Bowie Baysox – Jake Pettit (6-5, 4.69 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Connecticut Tigers – Alex Phillips (4-2, 3.65 ERA)
at Aberdeen IronBirds - Alex Santana (1-1, 2.15 ERA)

Friday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 23, 2013 11:16 AM

Red Sox affiliates

12:00 p.m.
GCL Twins – N/A
GCL Red Sox – Jake Drehoff (0-2, 2.57 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Charlie Haeger (4-3, 4.89 ERA)
at Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders – Caleb Cotham (5-5, 5.18 ERA)

Portland Sea Dogs – Matt Barnes (5-9, 4.41 ERA)
at Trenton Thunder – Scottie Allen (1-0, 0.73 ERA)

Salem Red Sox – Kyle Stroup (4-9, 5.24 ERA)
at Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Alex Gonzalez (0-0, 4.91 ERA)

Greenville Drive – Sergio Gomez (0-2, 7.00 ERA)
at Lexington Legends – Greg Billo (2-2, 1.19 ERA)

Lowell Spinners – Daniel McGrath (2-1, 3.43 ERA)
at Hudson Valley Renegades – Derek Loera (1-1, 3.33 ERA)

New England teams

7:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – DJ Baxendale (5-6, 5.52 ERA)
at Bowie Baysox – Mike Wright (11-2, 3.19 ERA)

New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Austin Bibens-Dirkx (3-3, 2.05 ERA)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – Jesse Biddle (4-13, 3.76 ERA)

Brooklyn Cyclones – Miller Diaz (4-3, 2.54 ERA)
at Vermont Lake Monsters – Lou Trivino (3-3, 2.79 ERA)

Connecticut Tigers – Joe Mantiply (0-1, 2.12 ERA)
at Aberdeen IronBirds – Alex Santana (1-1, 2.15 ERA)

Wednesday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 21, 2013 11:22 AM

Red Sox affiliates

12:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (6-12, 3.68 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Miguel Pena (6-7, 4.00 ERA)

GCL Rays – N/A
GCL Red Sox – Trey Ball (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Allen Webster (7-4, 3.84 ERA)
at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – Brett Marshall (7-9, 5.26 ERA)

Salem Red Sox – William Cuevas (7-7, 5.05 ERA)
at Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Alec Asher (8-7, 3.14 ERA)

Rome Braves – Lucas Sims (9-4, 2.83 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Justin Haley (7-8, 3.36 ERA)

Lowell Spinners – Ty Buttrey (3-3, 2.53 ERA)
at Connecticut Tigers – Chase Edwards (0-0, 2.19 ERA)

New England teams

7:05 p.m.
Trenton Thunder – Shane Greene (6-3, 3.45 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Cole De Vries (0-2, 2.70 ERA)

Tri-City ValleyCats – Michael Feliz (3-2, 1.41 ERA)
at Vermont Lake Monsters – Lee Sosa (1-3, 3.58 ERA)

The Cap on Tuesday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 21, 2013 12:54 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Triple-A
Buffalo – 0
Pawtucket – 1
WP: Ranaudo (2-1)
LP: Hutchison (0-2)
S: Carter (20)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox (70-60) got a run in the fourth inning and it held up behind some solid pitching, moving the team to just one game back of Rochester in the IL North. Pawtucket also gained a game on Norfolk in the Wild Card race and now lead by two games. … In his fourth Triple-A start Anthony Ranaudo tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings for his tenth win of the season (eight with Portland). He allowed three runs, two walks and struck out four. Ranaudo is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 1.20 WHIP since his promotion. … Drew Sutton (1-for-3) drove in Brock Holt with a bloop single to left field for the game’s only run. Sutton has hit safely in six straight games. … Anthony Carter worked a perfect ninth, striking out two, for his 20th save, second most in the IL.

Double-A
New Hampshire – 8
Portland – 6
WP: Marze (1-0)
LP: Niesen (0-2)
S: Farina (6)
HIGHLIGHTS: In a back-and-forth affair the Sea Dogs (61-67) found themselves with loaded bases and one out in the ninth, but Matt Spring and Ryan Dent could not come through and the Fisher Cats (63-64) keep second place Trenton in their sights. New Hampshire is just 2 ½ games behind the Thunder, who lost in New Britain on Tuesday. … Only one Fisher Cats batter was without a hit as the team combined for 12 knocks, including five doubles and a triple. … Jack Murphy led the charge with a 2-for-4 effort that including three RBIs. … John Tolisano went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. … Garin Cecchini went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. On the season, between Salem and Portland, he has earned 82 walks to 77 strikeouts.

High-A
Carolina – 9
Salem – 10
WP: Younginer (3-0)
LP: Reichenbach (4-4)
S: Ogando (3)
HR: SAL-Betts (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: Things turned into a bit of a donnybrook in the first few rounds of this game, but Salem (65-62) outlasted the Mudcats in the long run as the two clubs combined for 19 runs and 24 hits. It’s Salem’s third straight win, coupled with Myrtle Beach’s fourth straight loss, leaving the Red Sox just a half game behind the Pelicans as the two teams ready for a three game set starting on Wednesday. … Mookie Betts went 3-for-5 with a single, triple and a home run. He drove in three runs and scored once. It was the eighth straight game where Betts has collected a hit. After a .239 July, Betts is hitting .338 in August. … Salem pitching allowed nine runs, nine walks and struck out nine in nine innings. Mike Augliera had his shortest outing in his last six starts, lasting only 3 2/3 innings after allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks.

Low-A
Rome – 4
Greenville – 2
WP: Briceno (5-7)
LP: Kukuk (4-12)
S: Fitzgerald (2)
HR: ROM-Anselment (4); GRE-Moanaroa (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive (47-77) drop their second straight game and move to 28-36 at Fluor Field on the year. … Tim Roberson had half of the Greenville hits in a 3-for-4 bid. The catcher has hit safely in eight of his last ten games, but has not drawn a walk in that span and has earned only 11 free passes all season. … Austin Maddox allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief. In five August appearances Maddox has not allowed a run and has given up just six hits and two walks.

Short Season-A
Connecticut – 6
Lowell – 1
WP: Davenport (1-0)
LP: Littrell (0-3)
HIGHLIGHTS: For the second straight night the Spinners (34-24) swap spots with the ValleyCats in the NYPL Stedler race, as they move back into second place. Lowell sits just a half game behind Tri-City, but are 1 ½ back in the Wild Card race. … Brett Harrison led the Tigers with a 3-for-4 effort that including a single, double and triple. The third baseman drove in two runs and scored one. … Nick Moore (1-for-3) extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The Spinners media relations staff points out that it is Lowell’s longest hit streak since Ryan Westmoreland did it in 2009.

Rookie
GCL Orioles – 3
GCL Red Sox – 2
WP: Dominguez (2-0)
LP: Perez (2-2)
S: Delgado (6)
HR: BAL-Viele (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Orioles pulled back to even in the standings as the Red Sox (28-24) have dropped five of their last six games. … Jalen Williams, a 16th round selection this past June, made his second pro appearance, throwing two scoreless innings in the starter’s role. He allowed just one hit and picked up his first professional strikeout in the first inning. … In his third rehab start Bryce Brentz went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. In his first at-bat he grounded out to the pitcher. … The also-rehabbing Kolbrin Vitek picked up a first inning double and went 2-for-3 in his second appearance since returning from a concussion suffered in July. … Aneudis Peralta went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run.

DSL Orioles -
DSL Red Sox – POSTPONED

New England teams

Double-A
Trenton – 4
New Britain – 6
WP: May (8-9)
LP: O’Brien (7-7)
S: Watts (7)
HR: TRE-Roller (15); NB-Rodriguez (21)
HIGHLIGHTS: After allowing two runs in the top of the first, New Britain (60-69) struck back for five in the first and second, giving them enough of a cushion to thwart the Thunder. … Miguel Sano’s (1-for-4) two-run double in the first inning sparked a three-run rally that put the Rock Cats up for good. … In his first game as part of the Twins organization Brad Boyer went 2-for-4 with an RBI, run and stolen base. Before joining New Britain he had played 78 games with the St. Paul Saints (Independent) and hit .337 with seven home runs, 50 RBIs and 64 runs. … Trevor May walked four, but only allowed two hits and two runs to earn the win. After a stretch of four straight starts without allowing a home run, May has given up one long ball in each of his last three.

Short Season-A
Vermont – 1
Tri-City – 2
WP: Thurman (4-2)
LP: Adkins (0-1)
S: Sanudo (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The ValleyCats (36-25) prevail in a pitcher’s duel as the Lake Monsters (29-32) alternate a win with a loss for the seventh straight game. … Xavier Macklin (1-for-3) drove in the only Lake Monster run on a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning. His single was just the fourth hit he has collected in his last ten games. … Hunter Adkins was pressed into relief duty when starter Matt Stalcup lasted only one inning. Adkins allowed two runs on five hits in six innings. They were the first runs he allowed in three appearances with Vermont.

Tuesday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 20, 2013 10:48 AM

Red Sox affiliates

12:00 p.m.
GCL Orioles – N/A
GCL Red Sox – Jalen Williams (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

6:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Deck McGuire (8-9, 5.00)
Portland Sea Dogs – Terry Doyle (1-4, 3.59 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Buffalo Bisons – Drew Hutchison (0-1, 10.80 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 2.70 ERA)

Carolina Mudcats – Cole Cook (2-1, 4.29 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (8-6, 4.02 ERA)

Rome Braves – Jason Hursh (1-1, 0.72 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Cody Kukuk (4-11, 4.53 ERA)

Connecticut Tigers – Julio Felix (2-2, 4.13 ERA)
at Lowell Spinners – Corey Littrell (0-2, 2.16 ERA)

New England teams

7:00 p.m.
Vermont Lake Monsters – Matt Stalcup (2-4, 2.93 ERA)
at Tri-City ValleyCats – Andrew Thurman (3-2, 4.15 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Trenton Thunder – Mikey O’Brien (7-6, 3.86 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Trevor May (7-9, 4.75 ERA)

The Cap on Monday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 20, 2013 09:40 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Triple-A
Buffalo – 0
Pawtucket – 3
WP: Mortensen (3-0)
LP: Drabek (1-1)
S: Beato (4)
HR: PAW-Butler (14)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox (69-60) held the Bisons to just three hits on the night and maintain a one game lead in the I.L. Wild Card race with the win. … Clay Mortensen allowed just one hit and three walks in six scoreless innings of work. He has picked up wins in his last two starts and in five starts with Pawtucket he had allowed just three earned runs. … Dan Butler went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, his second in his last three games. He also threw out Mike McCoy trying to steal second base in the sixth inning. It was the 23rd base runner Butler has cut down this season. … After reaching first following a wild pitch on a strikeout, Jeremy Hazelbaker proceeded to steal his 34th base of the season. He is second in the Red Sox minor league system behind Mookie Betts (35).

Double-A
New Hampshire – 2
Portland – 3
WP: Hernandez (1-0)
LP: Boone (3-2)
S: Ramirez (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Sea Dogs (61-66) capitalized on three straight errors by the Fisher Cats (62-64) in the fourth inning to grab a 2-1 lead, then broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth to escape with their second straight win. … Michael Almanzar (2-for-3, RBI, run) and Matt Spring (2-for-4) accounted for four of Portland’s six hits. Almanzar has six two-hit games over his last ten. … Chris Hernandez worked eight innings for his first Sea Dogs win since last June. He allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three.

High-A
Carolina – 2
Salem – 9
WP: Quevedo (6-5)
LP: Whitenack (0-3)
S: Kraus (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Salem Sox (64-62) jumped on the Mudcats early, piling up an 8-0 lead after three innings. With the win they pulled within a game and a half of Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League’s Southern Division and they will face the Pelicans for three games after completing their four game set with Carolina on Tuesday. … Blake Swihart led the offense, going 2-for-4 with a double (24), triple (7), two RBIs and two runs. That’s six straight games with hits for Swihart who is hitting .345 in August. The catcher has 33 extra-base hits this season and his seven triples are second most in the organization. … Kyle Kraus worked four innings for his first save with Salem. In eight relief appearances with the Salem Sox he is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA.

Low-A
Lexington – 5
Greenville – 1
WP: Almonte (5-8)
LP: Johnson (1-6)
HIGHLIGHTS: After picking up a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, the Drive (47-76) slipped down the stretch and now find their elimination number down to seven with 15 games to play. … Brian Johnson lasted six innings in the start, but was saddled with his second straight loss. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks, while matching his previous start’s output of six Ks. In his back-to-back losses Johnson has a 2.08 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. … Keaton Briscoe (2-for-2, double, walk) had the only multi-hit game for Greenville.

Short Season-A
Connecticut – 2
Lowell – 6
WP: Alcantara (4-4)
LP: Phillips (4-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Spinners (34-23) used a five-run first inning to catapult themselves to their fourth straight win and more importantly to the top of the NYPL Stedler Division by themselves. Lowell now leads Tri-City by a half a game with 16 to play. … The 2, 3 and 4 hitters in the Spinners lineup – Deiner Lopez, Kevin Mager and Danny Bethea respectively – went 6-for-11 with two RBIs (both from Bethea) and four runs scored. … Piggyback starter Mario Alcantara struck out eight and allowed just one run and two hits in five and 1/3 innings for his second straight win. … Reliever Joe Gunkel K’d six in two perfect innings of work. He has struck out 24 batters in 15 1/3 innings for the Spinners.

Rookie
DSL Red Sox – 3
DSL Royals – 0
WP: Ramos (5-3)
LP: Garces (3-3)
S: Ramirez (14)
HIGHLIGHTS: With the win the Red Sox (44-22) put another game between themselves and the second place Royals, who are now five games back in the DSL SD North. … Red Sox pitching allowed just three hits and a walk and combined for nine strikeouts to lead the winning effort. Victor Ramirez struck out two in the ninth to pick up his 14th save, second most in the DSL. … Luis Alexander Basabe went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, RBI and run. He has hit safely in five straight.

GCL Red Sox – 5
GCL Orioles – 1
WP: Heras (2-0)
LP: Keller (1-1)
HR: RS-Brentz (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Red Sox (28-23) got back to a game up on the Orioles atop the GCL South with nine games left on the schedule. … Rehabbing Bryce Brentz keyed a four-run fourth inning rally with a two-out grand slam in his second game back. Brentz also doubled and drew a walk. … Myles Smith, the Red Sox fourth round pick in June, struck out four in two perfect innings. He has allowed just one hit and has struck out six in his three appearances.

New England teams

Double-A
Trenton – 10
New Britain – 3
WP: Moreno (1-0)
LP: Turpen (1-1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats (59-69) couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead late as the Thunder struck for ten runs over the final three innings. New Britain pitching allowed 16 hits and six walks on the night… Eddie Rosario drove in all three of New Britain’s runs after a 1-for-4 performance at the plate. … Miguel Sano went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. In his last six games he has struck out eight times and walked only once. … Danny Santana went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk and two runs. He has picked up two or more hits in six of his last eight games.

Short Season-A
Vermont – 7
Tri-City – 2
WP: Finnegan (3-3)
LP: Bushue (3-4)
HR: VER-Healy (3), Boyd (7)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Lake Monsters (29-31) bumped the ValleyCats out of first place after staking themselves a 6-0 lead after their first two at-bats. … B.J. Boyd went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs. It was his first home run and first runs batted in since August 7th. … Ryon Healy went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and a run. It was also his first home run since August 7th. … Kyle Finnegan did not all an earned run in five innings as he picked up his first win in four August starts. After walking six in his last start he did not give up a free pass.

Monday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 19, 2013 11:06 AM

Red Sox affiliates

12:00 p.m.
GCL Red Sox – Gabe Speier (0-0, 2.25 ERA)
GCL Orioles – N/A

7:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Deck McGuire (8-9, 5.00 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Chris Hernandez (0-0, 2.25 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Buffalo Bisons – Kyle Drabek (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Clayton Mortensen (2-0, 3.52 ERA)

Carolina Mudcats – Robert Whitenack (0-2, 7.00 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Heri Quevedo (5-5, 4.27 ERA)

Lexington Legends – Miguel Almonte (4-8, 3.22 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (1-5, 2.86 ERA)

Connecticut Tigers – Alex Phillips (4-1, 3.18 ERA)
at Lowell Spinners - Teddy Stankiewicz (0-0, 1.00 ERA)

New England teams

7:00 p.m.
Vermont Lake Monsters – Kyle Finnegan (2-3, 3.00 ERA)
at Tri-City ValleyCats – Tanner Bushue (3-3, 4.20 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Trenton Thunder – Mikey O’Brien (7-6, 3.86 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Pedro Hernandez (rehab start)

Simple mindset equals Mager strides

Posted by Craig Forde August 13, 2013 10:25 AM

In the annals of history great thinkers have often opined on the virtues of simplicity, with Leonardo Da Vinci aptly wrapping up the sentiment by stating that it, “is the ultimate sophistication.”

The idea of keeping things simple when it comes to baseball can lead to sophisticated Mager.jpgresults as Lowell Spinners outfielder Kevin Mager is now learning.

With a nod towards his hitting coach, Mager has become Lowell’s best all-around hitter this season, striving in big situations and helping the team to a 29-22 mark.

“Noah Hall has been great,” said Mager. “He's really keeping things simple for me with a see ball, hit ball emphasis. The game is going to dictate my approach sometimes. Whether there is a man on third with less than two outs or bases loaded with no outs, I'm going to take a certain approach to those at-bats.”

This approach has helped Mager regain his stride after starting the season coming off of the bench for the Greenville Drive.

In 47 games with the Spinners, Mager is hitting .284 with 13 extra base hits, 26 RBIs and 21 runs, numbers that have earned him a spot in Tuesday’s New York-Penn League All Star Game.

“It's nice, I'm playing pretty much every day here,” said Mager. “You get to the park, see your name is in the lineup and you don't have to wonder whether or not you are playing.

“Every day, just going to the park and playing, it's just great. You really learn a lot about yourself playing that many games in such a short amount of time.”

Mager only made 17 appearances with the Drive, and one of those was as a relief pitcher where he tossed a shutout inning versus Charleston on May 18th.

Lowell also used him in the same capacity on June 30th, albeit with different results as he allowed two runs on three hits in a ninth inning stint.

Of course it has been easy to forgive that performance given what he has done at the plate.

On a team that has a combined .228 batting average, third worst in the league, Mager has been a model of consistency throughout, with 11 multi-hit games and two six-game hitting streaks to his credit.

“I feel pretty good right now,” said Mager. “I'm getting up in some big situations with a lot of guys on, so I'm coming through and that always feels good. I'm just trying to keep it going.”

Undrafted out of Rollins College in 2012, Mager signed with the Red Sox as a free agent and played 32 games with Gulf Coast where he hit just .205.

He did also make it up to Lowell at the end of last season, playing in three games and collecting two hits.

“The player I was last year and the player I am this year is completely different,” said Mager. “I've learned so much, especially in my first spring training. I'm just refining those skills I picked up, taking them here and hopefully taking them to the playoffs. It's exciting stuff once you see the improvements.”

His development has him currently leading the Spinners in average, doubles, RBIs, runs, walks and total bases, but the most important lesson learned from last year to this is the artistry of simplicity.

“I try to keep things loose at all times,” said Mager. “Keep things simple, especially this late in the season. Keep reps to a minimum but keep them also very productive.”

Mager will put his talents on display at the NYPL All Star Game in Norwich, Connecticut on Tuesday night and will be joined by teammates Sergio Gomez and Joe Gunkel.

Tuesday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 13, 2013 09:57 AM

Red Sox affiliates

10:30 a.m.
DSL A’s – N/A
DSL Red Sox – Luis Ramos

11:00 a.m.
GAME 1
GCL Rays – N/A
GCL Red Sox – Christian Perdomo (0-0, 10.80 ERA)

GAME 2
GCL Rays – Matthew Swilley (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
GCL Red Sox – Keivin Heras (1-0, 4.06 ERA)

7:00 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Keith Couch (8-3, 3.93 ERA)
at Altoona Curve – Casey Martin (10-5, 3.19 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Louisville Bats – Chad Reineke (8-10, 4.04 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Charlie Haeger (2-3, 5.80 ERA)

Salem Red Sox – Heri Quevedo (5-5, 4.37 ERA)
at Wilmington Blue Rocks – Sam Selman (9-8, 3.53 ERA)

Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (1-4, 3.05 ERA)
at Augusta GreenJackets – Martin Agosto (8-3, 2.03 ERA)

New England teams

5:05 p.m.
GAME 1
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Sean Nolin (7-3, 2.84 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – D.J. Baxendale (4-5, 5.67 ERA)

GAME 2
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Ryan Tepera (8-8, 4.67 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – B.J. Hermsen (1-8, 5.68 ERA)

New York-Penn League All Star Game
at Dodd Stadium, Norwich, Connecticut
7:35 p.m.
National League – Miller Diaz, Brooklyn (4-2, 2.68 ERA(
American League – Brent Powers, Vermont (4-2, 2.35 ERA)

The Cap on Monday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 13, 2013 09:22 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Double-A
Salem – 3
Wilmington – 7
WP: Baez (1-0)
LP: Stroup (4-8)
HR: WIL-Raben (8), Trapp (8)
HIGHLIGHTS: After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Salem Sox (59-60) were knocked off balance when the Blue Rocks plated four in the third and the Sox could not get back on track, despite pulling within one. Salem is three games back in the Carolina League’s Southern Division. … Starter Kyle Stroup and reliever Mike McCarthy allowed a combined seven runs and ten hits in 6 2/3 innings. Stroup has not made it out of the fourth inning in his last six starts and is 0-4 with a 12.21 ERA. McCarthy has allowed eight runs and 19 hits in his last three relief appearances. … Mookie Betts went 0-for-2 with two walks, a run and a stolen base. His nine game hit streak was snapped in the process. … Blake Swihart went 1-for-4 and is hitting .351 in nine August games.

Rookie
DSL Red Sox – 3
DSL A’s – 2
WP: Pimentel (4-3)
LP: Vargas (2-1)
S: Ramirez (12)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Red Sox improved to 39-20 as they come back from a 2-0 deficit to win their third straight. … Starter Yankory Pimentel did not give up an earned run in his six innings of work, striking out six and allowing six hits and a walk. It was his second straight win. … Victor Ramirez worked a perfect seventh inning for his 12th save, striking out two of three batters he faced. He is second in the DSL in saves. … Catcher Jhon Nunez went 1-for-3 with a double to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

GCL Red Sox – 8
GCL Rays – 4
WP: Ortega (3-2)
LP: Crisostomo (2-3)
HR: RS-Davies (1); TB-Paez (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: After being blanked in the first two frames, the Red Sox scored in each of the final five innings in a completion of a rain suspended game from August 8th. … Luis Ortega earned the win after striking out four and allowing three runs in four innings. He is 3-0 in his last four appearances. … Jake Davies went 4-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBIs and two runs. He came into August batting .189, but has since posted a .364 average in the month, with seven RBIs and four runs. … Bryan Hudson and Mike Meyers set the table at the top of the order, both having three hit days.

GCL Red Sox – 3
GCL Rays – 2
WP: Garcia (4-1)
LP: Alvarez (1-3)
S: Perez (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Sox (26-18) were able to hold off a late surge by the Rays to win their fifth straight. … Gabe Speier threw two scoreless innings to start the game, allowing just a hit while striking out one. … Jordon Austin had the only multi-hit game for the Red Sox, going 2-for-3 with a run.

Spinners McGrath named NYPL Pitcher of the Week

Posted by Craig Forde August 12, 2013 12:20 PM

McGrath.jpgFor the third straight week a Lowell Spinners hurler takes home the New York-Penn League’s Pitcher of the Week, only this time it wasn’t Jamie Callahan.

Australian left-hander Daniel McGrath earned the NYPL nod for the period of August 5-11, a span in which the 19-year-old was simply perfect in picking up his first two professional wins.

Last Tuesday, in Mahoning Valley, McGrath struck out four in 2 1/3 innings of relief, then followed it up with five perfect innings at Staten Island in the starter's role on Sunday, striking out a season-high six batters in the process.

His impressive line for the week reads: 2 W, 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 10 K

Since being called up from the GCL McGrath has pitched in four games, all on the road, for Lowell, going 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA and 19 strikeouts.

On the season, between the GCL and Lowell, the Aussie has K’d 49 batters and walked only seven in 37 innings of work.

To learn more about McGrath, who has some local blood in him, check out my NYPL notebook from last week, featuring the young lefty.

Betts big week yields Carolina League Batter of the Week award

Posted by Craig Forde August 12, 2013 12:11 PM

Another week, another weekly honor for the Salem Red Sox.

MookieSalem.jpgThis time around second baseman Mookie Betts has been named the Carolina League’s Batter of the Week for the period of August 5-11, making it six straight weeks that Salem has had a player take home a weekly award.

During the period Betts hit safely in all seven games as the Red Sox went 5-2 during the week, pulling themselves to the .500 mark for the first time since May.

The 2012 fifth-rounder batted .478 after collecting 11 hits, including two home runs.

He went 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts, walked four times, struck out only twice and capped the week with a five RBI performance in Wilmington on Sunday, finishing the week with 11 total RBIs and four runs scored.

Betts was promoted to Salem in July and hit .239 in his first 20 games before busting through in August where he is hitting .371 in ten games with a .462 on-base percentage.

Prior to reaching Salem, Betts batted .296 with eight home runs, 26 RBIs and 63 runs in 76 games with Greenville, where he earned a South Atlantic League Batter of the Week honor back in May.

Monday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 12, 2013 10:24 AM

Red Sox affiliates

12:00 p.m.
GCL Red Sox - Christian Perdomo (0-0, 10.80)
GCL Rays - Freddy Alvarez (1-2, 3.86 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Salem Red Sox - Kyle Stroup (4-7, 4.84 ERA)
at Wilmington Blue Rocks - Angel Baez (0-0, 4.22 ERA)

The Cap on Sunday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 11, 2013 11:01 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Triple-A
Pawtucket – 7
Syracuse – 1
WP: Wright (6-6)
LP: Tatusko (5-6)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox (63-59) halted a four-game slide behind a solid pitching effort from Steven Wright and a couple of timely innings at the plate. They are currently one game back in the Wild Card race. … Wright threw seven innings without allowing an earned run, serving up seven hits and a walk while striking out four. After another stint with Boston, Wright returned for his first start with Pawtucket since a July 28th shutout performance. … Mark Hamilton (2-for-4) led the offense with a double, three RBIs and a run. He has doubled in each of his last three games. … Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs from the leadoff spot.

Double-A
Bowie – 6
Portland -5
WP: Bischoff (5-1)
LP: Celestino (1-9)
S: McCutchen (2)
HR: BOW-Rosa (4); POR-Linares (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Sea Dogs (57-63) let a three run lead slip in the eighth inning as they dropped their second straight series at home. … Matt Barnes allowed a run on four hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out six, but needed 101 pitches to record the 15 outs he needed. … J.C. Linares went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and a run. He has hit safely in nine straight games and has nine hits, including five for extra bases, in his last four games. … Garin Cecchini went 3-for-4 to raise his average with Portland to .301. He also picked up a walk and has seven in his last four games.

High-A
Salem – 6
Wilmington – 1
WP: Cuevas (7-7)
LP: Santiago (3-2)
HR: SAL-Marrero (2), Betts (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Salem Sox (59-59) get back to .500 with a balanced attack, kicking off their six game road trip on the right foot. … Mookie Betts sparked the offense with a five RBI performance. The second baseman went 3-for-5 on the day, hitting his fourth home run with Salem and 12th overall this season. Betts has hits in nine straight games and has driven in 12 and stolen five bases in that span. … William Cuevas worked seven innings, allowing a run, four hits and a walk while striking out four. He is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two August starts.

Low-A
Greenville – 6
Asheville – 10
WP: Brown (6-0)
LP: Dahlstrand (3-7)
HR: ASH-Sosa (16)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive (45-71) end up splitting their four-game set with the Tourists after being outslugged in a game that had a combined 26 hits. … Aneury Tavarez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. He has scored 53 times this season, but is still ten behind Mookie Betts who scored 63 in just 76 games before being promoted to Salem. … Austin Maddox worked two scoreless innings of relief, striking out three and allowing only a walk and a hit. He has yielded just one run in his last six appearances out of the pen.

Short Season-A
Lowell – 3
Staten Island – 1
WP: McGrath (2-1)
LP: Davis (2-3)
S: Aro (1)
HR: LOW-Moore (1), Minnich (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Spinners (29-22) used a power surge (of sorts) and some strong pitching to salvage a win in Staten Island. Lowell is a game and half back of Tri-City in the Stedler Division and a half game behind State College in the Wild Card race. … Daniel McGrath pitched five perfect innings, striking out six along the way. The Australian lefty has picked up wins in his last two outings (one in relief). … Nick Moore and Nathan Minnich hit solo home runs, giving Lowell their only multi-homer game of the season.

New England teams

Double-A
Richmond – 5
New Hampshire – 1
WP: Snodgrass (10-4)
LP: Stroman (6-4)
HR: RIC-Ciriaco (1), Herrera (15); NH-Glenn (17)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Fisher Cats (56-62) didn’t get on the board until the ninth inning and it was too-little, too-late by that point as they drop their second straight. … Marcus Stroman gave up five runs and a season-high 11 hits for his second straight loss. His four strikeouts were the least amount of batters he has K’d in a game since he had four back on June 26th. … Brad Glenn’s solo hom run, his 17th, pulled him within one of team leader Ryan Schimpf and two behind the league lead.

New Britain – 5
Reading – 14
WP: Hollands (3-1)
LP: Summers (1-2)
HR: NB-Sano (13), Parraz (11); REA-Franco (9), Dugan (6)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats (57-63) found out the hard way that it’s tough to win when you give up 14 runs, as Reading takes 2-of-3 from New Britain. … Miguel Sano (2-for-5) connected for his 13th Rock Cat homer, and 29th of the season. He has three straight two-hit games, with seven RBIs to go along with the streak.

Short Season-A
Connecticut – 10
Auburn – 6
WP: Felix (2-2)
LP: Joyce (0-2)
HR: CON-McAlpine (2); AUB-Lippincott (4), Attl (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Tigers (24-29) head into the All Star break on a winning note, taking two of three games in both series away from Dodd Stadium, the home for Tuesday’s All Star Game. … Dominic Ficociello continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. He has hit safely in seven straight games, collecting 14 hits and 11 RBIs in that span. Ficociello is batting .357 in August with five doubles and four stolen bases.

Williamsport – 7
Vermont – 2
WP: Rios (3-2)
LP: Trivino (2-3)
HR: WIL-Pullin (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: After allowing six runs in the first inning, the Lake Monsters (26-28) could not play catch up as their two-game win streak is snapped. … B.J. Boyd went 2-for-3 with a walk and run. The All Star outfielder is batting .320 on the year with 18 extra base hits, 21 RBIs and 29 runs scored.

Sunday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 11, 2013 09:52 AM

Red Sox affiliates

1:00 p.m.
Bowie Baysox – Jake Pettit (6-5, 4.57 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Matt Barnes (5-8, 4.40 ERA)

2:05 p.m.
Greenville Drive – Jacob Dahlstrand (3-6, 4.84 ERA)
at Asheville Tourists – Andrew Brown (5-0, 2.37 ERA)

4:00 p.m.
Lowell Spinners – Jamie Callahan (3-1, 3.99 ERA)
at Staten Island Yankees – Rookie Davis (2-2, 2.48 ERA)

5:00 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Steven Wright (5-6, 3.89 ERA)
at Syracuse Chiefs – Ryan Tatusko (5-5, 3.61 ERA)

Salem Red Sox – William Cuevas (6-7, 5.59 ERA)
at Wilmington Blue Rocks – Leonel Santiago (3-1, 3.86 ERA)

New England teams

2:05 p.m.
Connecticut Tigers – Jonathan Crawford (0-2, 1.89 ERA)
Auburn Doubledays – Jake Johansen (1-1, 1.11 ERA)

3:05 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels – Jack Snodgrass (9-4, 3.61 ERA)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Stroman (6-3, 2.93 ERA)

5:05 p.m.
Williamsport Crosscutter – Yacksel Rios (2-2, 5.46 ERA)
At Vermont Lake Monsters - Lou Trivino (2-2, 2.97 ERA)

6:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Matthew Summers (1-1, 5.54 ERA)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – Mario Hollands (2-1, 3.71 ERA)

Saturday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 10, 2013 01:19 AM

Red Sox affiliates

10:00 a.m.
GCL Twins – N/A
GCL Red Sox – Luis Ortega (2-2, 2.59 ERA)

6:00 p.m.
Bowie Baysox – Tyler Wilson (7-1, 2.81)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Jeremy Kehrt (1-3, 4.61 ERA)

6:05 p.m.
Winston-Salem Dash – Jake Cose (4-4, 4.73 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Miguel Pena (5-6, 4.50 ERA)

Greenville Drive – Luis Diaz (6-4, 2.31 ERA)
at Asheville Tourists – Jayson Aquino (0-4, 3.41 ERA)

7:00 p.m.
Lowell Spinners – Corey Littrell (0-1, 2.30 ERA)
at Staten Island Yankees – N/A

7:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Allen Webster (5-4, 4.13 ERA)
at Syracuse Chiefs – Ryan Tatusko (5-5, 3.61 ERA)

New England teams

6:05 p.m.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Drew Anderson (5-2, 2.24 ERA)
at Vermont Lake Monsters – Matt Stalcup (1-4, 4.26 ERA)

Connecticut Tigers – Jonathan Crawford (0-2, 1.89 ERA)
at Auburn Doubledays - N/A

6:35 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Trevor May (6-8, 4.52ERA)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – Bobby Bramhall (0-2, 3.34)

7:05 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels – Taylor Rogers (5-7, 5.59 ERA)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (6-12, 3.67 ERA)

Friday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 9, 2013 10:19 AM

Red Sox affiliates

12:00 p.m.
GCL Red Sox – Randy Perez (1-1, 2.67 ERA)
at GCL Twins – N/A

6:00 p.m.
Bowie Baysox – Eduardo Rodriguez (1-3, 6.46 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Henry Owens (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

7:00 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Anthony Ranaudo (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
at Syracuse Chiefs – Caleb Clay (3-2, 2.44 ERA)

Lowell Spinners – Francisco Taveras (2-0, 1.46 ERA)
at Staten Island Yankees – N/A

7:05 p.m.
Winston-Salem Dash – Mike Recchia (NR)
at Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (7-6, 4.06 ERA)

New England teams

7:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – B.J. Hermsen (1-7, 5.25 ERA)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – Brody Colvin (3-2, 6.58 ERA)

Richmond Flying Squirrels – Edwin Escobar (3-2, 2.32 ERA)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (6-12, 3.67 ERA)

Connecticut Tigers – Buck Farmer (0-1, 3.60 ERA
at Auburn Doubledays – Austin Voth (0-0, 1.42 ERA)

Williamsport Crosscutters – Mitch Gueller (3-5, 5.59 ERA)
at Vermont Lake Monsters – Lee Sosa (1-2, 2.70 ERA)

The Cap on Thursday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 9, 2013 07:59 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Triple-A
Pawtucket – 0
Syracuse – 4 GAME 1
WP: Mandel (2-7)
LP: Haeger (2-3)
HR: SYR-Walters (26)
HIGHLIGHTS: With only five singles in the game the PawSox were unable to score, allowing the Chiefs to plate four with the same offensive output. … Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 as the only Pawtucket batter with a multi-hit game. He has 36 singles in 51 games with the PawSox. … Charlie Haeger struck out seven in five innings, but gave up five hits, two walks and three earned runs to get saddled with the loss.

Pawtucket – 4
Syracuse – 5 GAME 2
WP: Cedeno (2-0)
LP: Huntzinger (2-1)
S: Davis (13)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox (61-58) caught their third straight loss on the road, despite tying the game up at four in the top of the sixth. They are now four games back in the IL North and a ½ game out in the Wild Card race. … Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run. He has hit safely in three straight and has 14 hits in his last ten games. … Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and a run, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

Double-A
Richmond – 4
Portland – 1
WP: Westcott (5-11)
LP: Doyle (1-4)
S: Quirarte (8)
HR: RIC-Panik (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Flying Squirrels walk away from Hadlock Field with a hat trick of wins, sending the Sea Dogs (56-61) to their fourth straight loss. … Starter Terry Doyle allowed three earned runs on eight hits and a walk in seven innings. He is averaging 6 2/3 innings in seven starts with Portland. … Christian Vazquez went 2-for-3 with a walk, raising his average to .280. He has hit safely in seven straight games, including five multi-hit games. … Garin Cecchini went 0-for-1 with three walks. In his last ten games he has drawn 12 free passes while striking out just nine times.

High-A
Winston-Salem – 4
Salem – 13
WP: Quevedo (5-5)
LP: Ortiz (0-1)
HR: WS-Richmond (7); SAL-Welch (7)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Salem Sox (57-58) make it two straight and improve to 3-1 on their current homestand with a rout of the Dash. During a 5-2 August they have outscored their opponents 32-21. … Blake Swihart continues to swing the hot bat, going 3-for-6 with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs, leading the Sox offense. He has 11 hits in his last five games and is hitting .440 in August after a .241 July. … Deven Marrero went 2-for-3 with three walks, three RBIs and two runs scored. It was his second straight two-hit night following a four game hitless streak. … Starter Heri Quevedo allowed just one run, three hits and a walk in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven, giving him 77 Ks on the season in 80 1/3 innings. Quevedo has picked up a decision in his last six starts, going 4-2 in that span.

Low-A
Greenville – 1
Asheville – 5
WP: Hughes (8-9)
LP: Kukuk (4-10)
HR: ASH-Ciriaco (2), Argyropoulos (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: After an unsuccessful 1-5 home stand, the Drive (43-70) took things to the road where their luck was not altered as they dropped their third straight game. They are 17-37 on the road this season. … Kendrick Perkins went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He has had three two-hit games in his last four played and is hitting .314 over his last ten. … Starter Cody Kukuk struck out seven, the most since he did the same in a June 3rd start. He has not picked up a win since June 22nd.

Short Season-A
Lowell –
Mahoning Valley - POSTPONED

Rookie
DSL Rays – 2
DSL Red Sox – 0 (SUSPENDED in 3rd inn.)

GCL Red Sox – 0
GCL Rays – 0 (SUSPENDED in 2nd inn.)

New England teams

Double-A
Bowie – 9
New Hampshire – 2
WP: Jones (4-4)
LP: Drabek (0-1)
HR: BOW-Waring (18), Robinson (5); NH-Jimenez (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: All of the scoring in this game happened after the fifth inning. Unfortunately for the Fisher Cats (55-60), they did not provide the bulk of runs in this one and dropped to 3-7 over their last ten games and 28-32 at home. … A.J. Jimenez drove in both New Hampshire runs with a seventh inning homer. It was only his sixth hit in his last ten games. … In his second rehab start with the Cats, Kyle Drabek went four innings, allowing two runs on three hits.

New Britain – 1
Akron – 0
WP: Davies (3-0)
LP: Roberts (7-9)
S: Watts (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: Despite only having four hits on the night, the Rock Cats (56-61) needed only one run for the win that bumped them to a 5-2 record in August. … Starter Kyle Davies pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits to go with two Ks. He has won his last three starts for New Britain, logging 20 innings while allowing four earned runs and striking out 15. … The Rock Cats got on the board in the first inning when Evan Bigley drove in Eddie Rosario with a two-out single. Bigley finished the day with two singles.

Short Season-A
Connecticut – 7
Brooklyn – 3
WP: Phillips (3-1)
LP: Knapp (0-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Led by the top third of their order the Tigers (22-28) took two out of three on their trip to Brooklyn. … Curt Powell (2-for-4, two runs), Kasey Coffman (3-for-5, RBI, run) and Dominic Ficociello (2-for-5, two RBIs, run) accounted for half of the Tigers 14 hits. In his last four game Ficociello has gone 7-for-17 with seven RBIs and four stolen bases. …Starter Alex Phillips picked up his third win after allowing three runs over five innings while striking out four. He is 3-0 with a 2.31 in five appearances on the road.

Jamestown – 4
Vermont – 2
WP: Kuhl (2-3)
LP: Powers (4-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: It’s never easy to win when a team has only two hits, as was the case for the Lake Monsters (24-27) who dropped their sixth game in August. … Michael Soto’s fifth inning double and Ryan Gorton’s eighth inning single accounted for all of Vermont’s offense. The Lake Monsters have a team batting average of .227, second worst in the league next to Connecticut’s .224. … Junior Mendez and Tyler Johnson both pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the Lake Monsters, striking out two batters apiece.

Thursday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 8, 2013 09:57 AM

Red Sox affiliates

12:00 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels – Craig Westcott (4-11, 4.37 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Terry Doyle (1-3, 4.19 ERA)

GAME 1
GCL Rays – Christopher Crisostomo (1-2, 3.64 ERA)
GCL Red Sox – Randy Perez (1-1, 2.67 ERA)

GAME 2
GCL Red Sox – Willie Ethington (1-4, 2.67 ERA)
GCL Rays – N/A

5:00 p.m.
GAME 1
Pawtucket Red Sox – Charlie Haeger (2-2, 5.85 ERA)
at Syracuse Chiefs – Jeff Mandel (1-7, 5.59 ERA)

GAME 2
Pawtucket Red Sox – Clay Mortensen (1-0, 3.92 ERA)
at Syracuse Chiefs – Taylor Hill (8-7, 2.80 ERA

7:05 p.m.
Winston-Salem Dash – Braulio Ortiz (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Heri Quevedo (4-5, 4.60 ERA)

Greenville Drive – Justin Haley (6-8, 3.76 ERA)
at Asheville Tourists – Ben Hughes (7-9, 6.07 ERA)

Lowell Spinners – Francisco Taveras (2-0, 1.46 ERA)
at Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Caleb Hamrick (1-5, 4.60 ERA)

New England teams

7:00 p.m.
Connecticut Tigers – Juan Bautista (1-3, 3.89 ERA)
at Staten Island Yankees – David Paulino (1-2, 4.25 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Bowie Baysox – Devin Jones (3-4, 5.46 ERA)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Kyle Drabek (0-0, 2.25 ERA)

New Britain Rock Cats – Kyle Davies (2-0, 4.67 ERA)
at Akron Aeros – Will Roberts (7-8, 4.25 ERA)

Jamestown Jammers – Chad Kuhl (1-3, 2.84 ERA)
at Vermont Lake Monsters – Brent Powers (4-1, 1.85 ERA)

The Cap on Wednesday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 7, 2013 10:18 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Double-A
Richmond – 5
Portland – 3
WP: Osich (1-2)
LP: Perez (2-2)
S: Hall (6)
HR: RIC-Duvall (13), Parker (14)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Flying Squirrels plated four runs in the last two innings, sinking the Sea Dogs (56-60) for the second straight night. … Shannon Wilkerson and Garin Cecchini both went 2-for-4 with a double. Wilkerson scored twice and Cecchini drove in two. … Chris Hernandez, in his first start since being sent down from Pawtucket, allowed just one run on four hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings. He was 3-9 with a 5.72 ERA in 102 1/3 innings with the PawSox.

High-A
Wilmington – 3
Salem – 6
WP: Kraus (3-2)
LP: Hall (0-1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Salem (56-58) put up four runs over their final two innings at the plate to pull away from the Blue Rocks and take the series, two games to one. … A pair of Kyle’s bookended the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Starter Kyle Stroup allowed just one hit and struck out three to set the tone. Kyle Kraus stood strong in the final three frames, striking out two while not allowing a runner on base. … Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 with a walk. His fourth inning single broke an 0-for-15 slump. Since batting .284 in June, Marrero is hitting just .219.

Low-A
Kannapolis –
Greenville – POSTPONED

Short Season-A
Lowell – 7
Mahoning Valley – 0
WP: Gomez (3-1)
LP: Lugo (1-4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Spinners (28-20) move to 12-12 away from LeLacheur Park as they pick up their second straight win in Mahoning Valley. Lowell remains tied atop the NYPL Stedler Division with Tri-City. … Sergio Gomez pitched six scoreless innings in the piggyback role, allowing five hits and striking out five. He has allowed just four runs over his last 24 innings. … Starter Teddy Stankiewicz allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings, recording two strikeouts along the way. The 2013 second-rounder has allowed just one run in his four appearances.

Rookie
DSL Red Sox – 5
DSL Rays – 7
WP: Soto (1-1)
LP: Pacheco (1-1)
HR: TB-Sanchez (10)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Rays scored six in the bottom of the ninth with Manuel Sanchez slamming the door shut on the Red Sox (36-20) with a walk off grand slam. … Shortstop Javier Guerra had the Red Sox only multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 effort. It is the sixth time in ten games that he has had two or more hits and Guerra is batting .405 in that span. … Starter Luis Ramos allowed only three hits and stuck out two in five scoreless innings of work.

GCL Rays –
GCL Red Sox - POSTPONED

New England teams

Double-A
Bowie – 1
New Hampshire – 2
WP: Gracey (4-1)
LP: Schrader (5-3)
HIGHLIGHTS: It took eleven innings but the Fisher Cats (55-59) walk off with a win to set up the rubber match between this teams tomorrow night. Kevin Nolan (3-for-5, double, RBI) singled home Andy Burns with one out, snapping a three game slide. … Starter Sean Nolin tied a franchise record with 13 strikeouts in the game. Teammate Marcus Stroman accomplished the feat in two different July starts. Nolin went six innings in this one, allowing one run on seven hits and a walk.

New Britain – 3
Akron – 7
WP: Brach (7-8)
LP: Baxendale (4-5)
HR: NB-Parraz (10); AKR-Monsalve (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Aeros pumped out 15 hits and a mid-game rally by the Rock Cats (55-61) would not be enough to overcome the Akron offensive output. … Danny Santana and Eddie Rosario, 1-2 in the order respectively, both had two hits in the game for New Britain. Santana collected his team-high seventh triple of year. He is tied for second most in the league. … Starter D.J. Baxendale allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks in six innings. He has given up 15 earned runs, 27 hits and six walks in his last three starts.

Short Season-A
Connecticut – 3
Brooklyn – 4
WP: Paez (2-1)
LP: Ehlers (1-1)
S: Mincone (6)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Tigers (21-28) struck first, but could not hold the lead on three separate occasions, losing by a run for the third time this month. … Dominic Ficociello went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and two RBIs. He has six hits and five RBIs in his last three games and is hitting .300 in his last ten. … Gavin Cecchini, brother of Red Sox prospect Garin, went 1-for-5 to extend a seven game hit streak.

Jamestown – 1
Vermont – 3
WP: Bahramzadeh (1-1)
LP: Kendall (0-1)
S: Bayless (7)
HR: VER-Boyd (6), Healy (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Lake Monsters (24-26) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Jammers squared things up in the third which is where the game would stay until B.J. Boyd and Ryon Healy hit back-to-back homers in the eighth. Vermont snaps a five game losing streak. … Boyd went 3-for-4 and raised his average to .331, fourth best in the NYPL. … Kayvon Bahramzadeh struck out one in three scoreless innings of relief, earning his first win for Vermont. … Trevor Bayless took the league lead with his seventh save of the season.

Wednesday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 7, 2013 10:03 AM

Red Sox affiliates

11:00 a.m.
Wilmington Blue Rocks – J.C. Sulbaran (0-2, 9.58 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Kyle Stroup (4-7, 5.05 ERA)

6:30 p.m.
GCL Rays – Christopher Crisostomo (1-2, 3.64 ERA)
At GCL Red Sox – Randy Perez (1-1, 2.67 ERA)

7:00 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels – Chris Gloor (8-5, 3.44 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Chris Hernandez (3-9, 5.72 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Kannapolis Intimidators – Adam Lopez (1-3, 3.28 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Cody Kukuk (4-9, 3.80 ERA)

Lowell Spinners – Teddy Stankiewicz (0-0, 1.80 ERA)
at Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Sebastian Vader (3-3, 2.65 ERA)

New England teams

11:00 a.m.
Connecticut Tigers – Chase Edwards (0-0, 2.87 ERA)
at Brooklyn Cyclones – Robert Gsellman (2-2, 2.09 ERA)

12:05 p.m.
Bowie Baysox – Mike Wright (9-2, 3.59 ERA)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Sean Nolin (7-3, 2.94 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – D.J. Baxendale (4-4, 5.80 ERA)
at Akron Aeros – Josh Tomlin (NR)

Jamestown Jammers – Cody Dickson (2-0, 2.54 ERA)
at Vermont Lake Monsters – Kyle Finnegan (2-2, 1.75 ERA)

The Cap on Tuesday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 7, 2013 12:58 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Triple-A
Pawtucket – 8
Buffalo – 12
WP: Carlyle (4-1)
LP: Contreras (2-2)
HR: PAW-Middlebrooks (10), Hazelbaker 2 (10); BUF-Gose (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: With a seven-run fourth inning the PawSox (61-56) erased a 7-0 deficit, but the Bisons got it right back and then some with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and a few more insurance runs in the sixth. … In his Triple-A debut starter Keith Couch lasted only one inning after allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks. He needed 45 pitches to make it out of the first. It was the first time in his last eight starts that Couch was unable to make it through five innings or more. … Jeremy Hazelbaker (3-for-4) hit a three-run homer in the fourth and a solo shot in the ninth. He had four RBIs, two runs scored and was caught stealing. He is batting .360 with seven RBIs and two stolen bases in six August games. … Will Middlebrooks extended his hitting streak to five games with a fourth inning solo home run, his second in an many games.

Double-A
Richmond – 8
Portland – 2
WP: Snodgrass (9-4)
LP: Barnes (5-8)
S: McCormick (3)
HR: RIC-Lollis 2 (7), Parker (13)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Flying Squirrels scored in six of the nine frames to send Portland (56-59) to their second straight loss. … Starter Matt Barnes went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a walk. He also struck out seven and despite a 1-2 mark in his last four starts, Barnes has registered 32 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings. … Garin Cecchini ended an 0-for-18 slump with a sixth inning single. He is batting .294 in 39 games with Portland and .328 overall this season. … Christian Vazquez went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. He has hit safely in five straight games and has multiple hits in four straight. Vazquez is batting .526 in his last five games and .441 in his last ten.

High-A
Wilmington – 3
Salem – 0
WP: Santiago (3-1)
LP: Cuevas (6-7)
HR: WIL-Schlehuber (8)
HIGHLIGHTS: It was a rain-shortened affair in Salem as the game was called after five innings and an hour and 48 minute rain delay. The Salem Sox (55-58) had only three hits in the game. … Starter William Cuevas pitched all five innings, giving up two earns runs off of five hits. It was his first loss since June 1st. … Blake Swihart went 0-for-2, snapping a nine game hitting streak. The catcher is hitting .410 in his last ten games and .282 overall this season with 28 extra base hits.

Low-A
Kannapolis – 5
Greenville – 2
WP: Hansen (4-7)
LP: Ortega (2-6)
S: Wheeler (1)
HR: KAN-May (5), Basto (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive (43-69) drop to 1-5 in August as the Intimidators take the first two games of a three game set. … Starter Brian Johnson put forth one of his best efforts of the season, allowing just one run (unearned) in six innings. He struck out five and allowed three hits and two walks. Since returning from the disabled list Johnson has posted a 1.00 ERA in four starts. … Sean Coyle and Jesus Loya both went 2-for-4 for Greenville.

Short Season-A
Lowell – 4
Mahoning Valley – 3
WP: McGrath (1-1)
LP: Guerrero (2-1)
S: Gunkel (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Spinners (27-20) showed no wear after a ten-hour bus ride on Monday as they kick off a six-game road trip on the right foot. …Daniel McGrath earned his first professional win after coming on in relief of Jamie Callahan. The Aussie hurled 2 1/3 perfect innings on the strength of four strikeouts. In 12 innings with Lowell McGrath has struck out 13 batters and walked only one. … Danny Bethea went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Rookie
GCL Orioles – 6
GCL Red Sox – 7
WP: Williams (2-1)
LP: Homick (0-1)
S: Jimenez (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: A six run seventh inning pushed the Red Sox (22-18) to a comeback victory. … Wendell Rijo went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run. The 17-year-old Dominican is batting .279 in 32 games. … Venezuelan righty Ellis Jimenez worked the ninth for his fourth save of the season. He has not allow an earned run in his last 11 1/3 innings, spanning eight appearances.

DSL Red Sox – 5
DSL Dodgers – 2
WP: Pimentel (3-3)
LP: Escudero (2-1)
S: Ramirez (10)
HR: RS-Acosta (6); DOD-Isabel (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: Victor Acosta led the Red Sox offense with a 3-for-4 bid. He hit his sixth home run of the season, drove in two and scored twice. It was the first hits he has collected in August. … Starter Yankory Pimentel went six innings for his third win. He struck out five and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks.

New England teams

Double-A
Bowie – 2
New Hampshire – 1
WP: Pettit (6-5)
LP: Stroman (6-3)
S: McCutchen (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Fisher Cats (54-59) dropped their third straight game as the offense was unable to garner enough runs to overcome a solid effort by Baysox pitchers who struck out nine and allowed only one walk. … New Hampshire starter Marcus Stroman struck out seven over seven innings, but picked up the loss after giving up two runs and eight hits. The 2012 first rounder has struck out 31 in his last three starts. … Andy Burns and A.J. Jimenez both went 2-for-4 with a double each in the game. Jimenez drove in the Cats only run on the night.

New Britain – 13
Akron – 6
WP: Summers (1-1)
LP: Packer (10-7)
HR: NB-Sano (11); AKR-Aguilar (14), Lowery (6)
HIGHLIGHTS: After having a three-game win streak snapped on Sunday the Rock Cats (55-60) got right back to their winning ways with a rout of Akron to start their road trip. … Top prospect Miguel Sano went 3-for-5 with his 11th homer as a Rock Cata and 27th overall on the season. Sano added a double and drove in three while scoring twice. … The top of the New Britain order went 7-for-14 with two doubles, a triple, four RBIs and six runs scored.

Short Season-A
Connecticut – 4
Brooklyn – 1
WP: Maciel (2-1)
LP: Alvarez (1-4)
S: Kirkland (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Tigers (21-27) had only five hits but scored four times, which was more than enough for their second straight win. … Kasey Coffman had two of the Tigers hits and drove in a run. … Dominic Ficociello drove in two and scored once. … Starter Jonathan Crawford did not allow a run in 2 2/3 innings, striking out three while allowing three hits and two walks. The 2013 first-rounder has given up just four earned runs in 19 innings.

Jamestown – 5
Vermont – 3
WP: Espinosa (1-1)
LP: Cruzado (0-2)
S: McKinney (5)
HR: JAM-Ramirez (3); VER-Healy (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: It took 11 innings to conclude this game, but the Lake Monsters (23-26) could not muster enough runs despite a 10-hit effort by the offense. Vermont is 0-5 in August. … Lake Monsters pitching combined for 15 strikeouts and only one walk. Starter Lou Trivino did not allow an earned run in his five innings of work. … B.J. Boyd went 1-for-3 with a walk for the third straight night. He also scored a run and swiped his sixth base of the season.

Tuesday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 6, 2013 12:44 PM

Red Sox affiliates

12:00 p.m.
GCL Orioles – N/A
at GCL Red Sox - Christian Perdomo (0-0. 14.73 ERA)

7:00 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels – Jack Snodgrass (8-4, 3.70 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Matt Barnes (5-7, 4.38 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Keith Couch ()
at Buffalo Bisons – Ricky Romero (3-5, 5.67 ERA)

Wilmington Blue Rocks – Leonel Santiago (2-1, 5.27 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – William Cuevas (6-6, 5.68 ERA)

Kannapolis Intimidators – Kyle Hansen (3-7, 4.44 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (1-4, 3.42 ERA)

Lowell Spinners – Jamie Callahan (3-1, 3.74 ERA)
at Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Kenny Mathews (0-1, 1.20 ERA)

New England teams

7:00 p.m.
Connecticut Tigers – Jonathon Crawford (0-2, 2.20 ERA)
at Brooklyn Cyclones – N/A

7:05 p.m.
Bowie Baysox – Jake Pettit (5-5, 4.85 ERA)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Stroman (6-2, 2.96 ERA)

New Britain Rock Cats – D.J. Baxendale (4-4, 5.80 ERA)
at Akron Aeros – Matt Packer (10-6, 2.64 ERA)

Jamestown Jammers – Dovydas Neverauskas (3-2, 2.95 ERA)
at Vermont Lake Monsters – Lou Trivino (2-2, 3.41 ERA)

The Cap on Monday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 6, 2013 01:12 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Triple-A
Pawtucket – 5
Buffalo – 4
WP: Rowland-Smith (6-0)
LP: Stilson (3-2)
S: Beato (3)
HR: PAW-Middlebrooks (9), Butler (12); BUF-Nanita (2), McCoy (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: After the teams traded the lead a couple of times catcher Dan Butler snagged it back with one stroke of the bat, popping a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the eighth to put the PawSox (61-55) up, 5-4. Pawtucket remains two games back of Rochester in the IL North while maintaining a ½ game lead in the Wild Card standings…Butler went 2-for-3 with a homer, double, two RBIs and two runs. It was his third straight two-hit game and fourth in his last five games…Allen Webster lasted five innings but did not factor into the decision. He allowed six hits, a walk and three runs while striking out four. Webster has not pick up a win for the PawSox since June 1st…For the second time in three games Xander Bogaerts did not reach base. He is batting .286 with three walks and one RBI in his last ten games.

High-A
Wilmington – 2
Salem – 5
WP: Pena (5-6)
LP: Lamb (4-12)
S: Striz (7)
HR: SAL-Welch (6), Chester 2 (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Almost every batter got into the act for the Salem Sox who slugged out 11 hits in winning their third straight. Salem (22-20) is just 1 ½ back in the Carolina League’s Southern Division…David Chester (2-for-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) hit two solo home runs, his first with Salem this season since being called up from Greenville. He did hit one home run in seven games with Salem a season ago. The 6-foot-5 slugger had 13 home runs with the Drive before arriving in Salem…Mickey Pena allowed seven hits and three walks, but only allowed one run to cross as he picks up his fifth win of the year. In half of his last ten starts Pena has allowed a run or less.

Low-A
Kannapolis – 3
Greenville – 0
WP: Bucciferro (2-3)
LP: Dahlstrand (3-6)
S: Wendelken (11)
HR: KAN-May (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive bats were in park much of the night as the Intimidators used 15 strikout performance for their second straight win. Greenville (21-21) is four games back in the SAL Southern, but have four teams ahead of them…Kendrick Perkins went 2-for-4 with a double. It’s his second consecutive 2-for-4 performance and Perkins is batting .324 in his last ten games…First baseman Boss Moanaroa went 0-for-4 with a golden sombrero (four strikeouts). He is batting just .161 in 66 games and .139 over his last ten…A week after being shipped away from Greenville in the Red Sox trade for Jake Peavy, J.B. Wendelken returned to Fluor Field to collect a save against his former mates. He had ten saves with Greenville before the trade.

Rookie
GCL Red Sox – 1
GCL Orioles – 4
WP: Crichton (1-0)
LP: Drehoff (0-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Red Sox got only five hits in the game and suffered their second straight loss. They are 1-4 in August, but maintain a one game lead in the GCL South...Raymel Flores went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk. He was also caught stealing and is 0-for his last three attempts...In his second career start Jake Drehoff allowed a run on three hits in two innings. He also recorded his first strikeout to end the first inning.

DSL Dodgers – 0
DSL Red Sox – 6
WP: Garcia (3-3)
LP: Serrano (5-3)
S: Martinez (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Red Sox pitching held their opponents to just four hits on the day, improving to 35-19 on the year. They are a game and half up in the DSL North...Raiwinson Lameda and Darwin Pena both had two hits in the game. Pena had a double and a triple to go with two RBIs and two runs scored...Starter Carlos Garcia struck out five and allowed just two hits in five innings. He also walked four batters for the second time this season.

Augliera, Callahan win Pitcher of the Week honors again

Posted by Craig Forde August 5, 2013 12:06 PM

For the second straight week Red Sox right handed prospects Mike Augliera and Jamie Callahan won their respective league's Pitcher of the Week honors for the period of July 29-August 5.

Thumbnail image for Augliera.jpgThe Salem Red Sox have been represented in the Carolina League's Player of the Week over the last five periods and Augliera has earned the nod three of those weeks.

This past period he made one start in Lynchburg, earning the win on the heels of seven scoreless, one-hit innings of work on Saturday.

He faced only two batters over the minimum, striking out four and forcing seven ground outs.

Augliera, who has made 21 starts this season, has walked just one batter in each of his last three starts and has logged 113 innings, third most of any pitcher in the Boston organization.

Thumbnail image for Callahn.jpgCallahan was two outs away from being a part of Lowell Spinners history after he hurled six perfect innings against the Auburn Doubledays last Wednesday.

As he watched from the dugout, the perfect game was snapped in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out on a single by Cody Dent, the son of former New York Yankee thorn Bucky.

Regardless, the Spinners were victorious as Callahan fanned nine via strikeout for his third win of the season.

Callahan has struck out 17 batters over his last two starts and is averaging 8.6 strikeouts-per-nine innings to go along with a 1.01 WHIP.

Both pitchers were drafted by Boston in 2012, with Callahan going number 87 overall in the second round and Augliera being selected with the 181st overall pick in the fifth round.

Lowell's Callahan coming of age

Posted by Craig Forde August 5, 2013 09:52 AM

Callahan.jpgJust 19 days shy of his 19th birthday, Lowell’s Jamie Callahan is the youngest pitcher in the New York-Penn League, yet lately he’s been handling himself like a seasoned vet.

The Red Sox 2012 second rounder has stepped into a realm of near flawlessness over his last two starts, proving that age is simply a number.

“When I step out on the field I don’t see anyone’s birth certificate in front of me,” said Callahan. “It’s just another guy stepping up to the plate, another opponent.

“Whether he is 30 or 18, it’s no different. I still got to get him out. [I] take everybody one step at a time, attack them and get outs.”

In back-to-back six inning gems Callahan did not give up a run or walk and yielded just one hit while striking out 17 batters.

The hit came off the bat of Connecticut Tigers third baseman Brett Harrison in a road start on July 26th, a 6-0 win for the Spinners.

In that game Callahan retired the first 15 batters he faced, finishing with a career high eight strikeouts, an effort that earned him the New York-Penn League's Pitcher of the Week nod for the period of July 22-28

“I didn’t even realize it,” said Callahan of the weekly honor. “I didn’t even know they had [a pitcher of the week award]. I assume they did, but it’s not like I was expecting to get it. I just went out there and threw a good game and that was it.”

He could be in line for a second straight nod on Monday.

Callahan followed up that July 26th effort with one even more impressive, throwing a perfect six innings against the Auburn Doubledays at home on July 31st.

That perfect game lasted until the ninth inning when Cody Dent, son of former Yankee Bucky, singled in the ninth with one out.

Callahan faced the minimum 18 batters in his six innings, besting his previous strikeout mark with a nine K effort, balancing his mid-90s fastball with his ever-improving changeup and curve.

“If all three pitches are working, I’m having a good day and I’m having fun on the mound,” said Callahan. “I feel comfortable with any pitch. If it’s on, that’s the pitch I go with.”

With this type of success, it’s easy to see why the 18-year-old from South Carolina is having fun whenever he hits the hill, but he took his knocks earlier in the season.

Following a debut in which he threw five scoreless innings, Callahan gave up 14 runs in his next four outings, including a two inning affair against Tri-City in which he allowed five earned.

That early adversity has given Callahan a chance to reflect and learn from the process and now he is taking advantage of the situation as the final month of the season ticks away the games.

“It’s just battling through the season, I’m just trying to figure that out,” said Callahan. “When I start slumping a little bit, it’s a struggle. [I’m] just trying to keep consistency over the course of the season.”

Overall this year Callahan is 3-1 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 32 strikeouts over 33 2/3 innings in seven starts.

The 6-for-2 righty is now looking to finish strong and carry his momentum into a stretch run that could lead the Spinners to their first postseason appearance since 2009.

“I’m just looking forward to going out and having fun and getting a chance to win,” said Callahan. “We’re doing pretty well in the standings and if I go out there and compete and give us five or six good innings, then we have a shot. It’s all I could ask for.”

It’s all his teammates could ask for as well, and they are certainly getting it as Callahan is proving to be years ahead of what his birth certificate may dictate.

Callahan’s next start will come on Tuesday night in Mahoning Valley.
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Photo credit: Lowell Spinners

Monday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 5, 2013 08:57 AM

Red Sox affiliates

12:00 p.m.
GCL Red Sox – Jake Drehoff (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
at GCL Orioles – Stephen Tarpley (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Allen Webster (5-4, 4.04 ERA)
at Buffalo Bisons – Chien-Ming Wang (2-3, 3.45 ERA)

Wilmington Blue Rocks – John Lamb (4-11, 4.06)
at Salem Red Sox – Mickey Pena (4-6, 4.87 ERA)

Kannapolis Intimidators – Tony Bucciferro (1-3, 3.41 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Jacob Dahlstrand (3-5, 4.87 ERA)

The Cap on Sunday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 4, 2013 11:33 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Triple-A
Pawtucket – 8
Buffalo – 1
WP: Ranaudo (1-0, 0.00
LP: Germano (7-8)
HIGHLIGHTS: Anthony Ranaudo had a highly successful Triple-A debut, going six innings for the win. He allowed just four hits and struck out five, using 86 pitches against the 22 hitters he faced. … Dan Butler led the offense, going 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. He has hit safely in four straight and has six multi-hit games in his last ten played. Butler is batting .447 in that span. … Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and run. He has five doubles in his last seven games and has 22 between Portland and Pawtucket.

Double-A
Portland – 4
Bowie – 6
WP: Wilson (7-1)
LP: Celestino (1-8)
S: Drake (6)
HR: POR-Linares (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Sea Dogs (56-58) took an early, 1-0, lead in the third, but the Baysox put up two each in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to avoid the sweep. … Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. The catcher has seven hits in his last three games. … J.C. Linares connected for a solo shot in the seventh inning, his third of the season. Last year the Cuban had 16 home runs between Portland and Pawtucket.

Low-A
Savannah – 6
Greenville – 8
WP: Olivares (3-4)
LP: Wheeler (1-5)
HR: GRE-Hernandez (1), Perkins (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive smacked a five-spot on the board in the bottom of the eighth to snatch victory form the SandGnats. Back-to-back homers by Jayson Hernandez and Kendrick Perkins highlighted the rally. … Hernandez went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The home run was his first since the 2011 season. …Perkins went 2-for-4, adding a double, three RBIs and two runs. His home run was his first at the Low-A level. … Starter Luis Diaz did not allow an earned run in his four innings. He has not surrendered an earned run in four of his last five starts.

Short Season-A
Batavia – 11
Lowell – 3
WP: Newell (4-2)
LP: Buttrey (3-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Muckdogs avoided being swept out of Lowell, putting up the most runs against the Spinners since they allowed 13 in a loss to Vermont on June 30th. … Seven of the nine Spinners batters had one hit in the game, with Tzu-Wei Lin and Jose Colorado going 0-fer on the night. … Starter Ty Buttrey went five innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs. In five of his eight starts he has allowed one walk or less and has yet to give up a home run.

New England teams

Double-A
Erie – 9
New Britain – 5
WP: Crouse (7-9)
LP: May (6-8)
HR: NB-Parraz (9)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats found themselves down 8-1 after three innings as the SeaWolves cruised, snapping New Britain's six-game win streak. ... Center fielder Jordan Parraz went 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and a run. He has 13 home runs on the season between Gwinnett and New Britain, one shy of his career high for a season. ... Catcher Dan Rohlfing went 3-for-5 and is hitting .313 in August. ... Starter Trevor May lasted only 2 2/3 innings after allowing eight runs, eight hits and five walks.

New Hampshire – 3
Richmond – 8
WP: Vogelsong (2-0)
LP: Hutchison (0-1)
HR: NH-Burns (5); RIC-LaTorre (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: In his second rehab start with the Fisher Cats Drew Hutchison struck out seven over 4 1/3 innings, but was saddled with the loss after allowing an earned run on three hits and a walk. ... First baseman Gabe Jocobo (2-for-2, 2 BBs) was the only New Hampshire batter with a multi-hit game. He is hitting .375 over his last ten games. ...

Short Season-A
Mahoning Valley – 1
Connecticut – 2
WP: Ehlers (2-0)
LP: Kime (0-2)
S: Reininger (6)
HR: MV-Roberts (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Tigers scored two runs in the third inning and it was just enough for them to gain their first win in August after three straight losses. ... Joe Mantiply and Austin Pritcher combined for 6 1/3 innings with six Ks. They allowed just one run on four hits and neither pitcher walked a batter. ... Dominic Ficociello went 2-for-4 with an RBI double. The extra-base hit was his first since July 19th.

Vermont – 1
State College – 3
WP: Polanco (2-2)
LP: Johnson (1-1)
S: Aldrete (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Lake Monsters dropped to 0-4 in August, slipping five games back in the Wild Card standings after sitting just one game out a week ago. ... Starter Bobby Wahl pitched three scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in his last three outings and has allowed just two runs in 12 1/3 innings this season. ... Third baseman Ryon Healy went 3-for-4 and has seven hits over his last four games.

Sunday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 4, 2013 09:00 AM

Red Sox affiliates

4:05 p.m.
Savannah SandGnats – Jake Kuebler (2-6, 2.99 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Luis Diaz (6-4, 2.44 ERA)

5:05 p.m.
Batavia Muckdogs – Ryan Newell (3-2, 1.97 ERA)
at Lowell Spinners – Ty Buttery (3-1, 2.23 ERA)

6:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Anthony Ranaudo (8-4, 2.95 ERA)
at Buffalo Bisons – Justin Germano (7-7, 4.95 ERA

Portland Sea Dogs – Jeremy Kehrt (1-3, 4.29 ERA)
at Bowie Baysox – Tyler Wilson (6-1, 2.53 ERA)

New England teams

1:35 p.m.
Erie SeaWolves – Matt Crouse (6-9, 4.53 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Trevor May (6-7, 4.02 ERA)

2:05 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Drew Hutchison (0-0, 8.10 ERA)
at Richmond Flying Squirrels – Ryan Vogelsong (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

4:05 p.m.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Dace Kime (0-1, 2.31 ERA)
at Connecticut Tigers – Joe Mantiply (0-1, 1.31 ERA)

6:05 p.m.
Vermont Lake Monsters – Bobby Wahl (0-0, 1.93 ERA)
at State College Spikes – Nick Petree (1-1, 0.99 ERA)

Saturday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 3, 2013 10:07 AM

Red Sox affiliates

10:00 a.m.
GCL Red Sox – Trey Ball (0-0, 0.00)
at GCL Twins – N/A

5:05 p.m.
Batavia Muckdogs – Max Garner (0-1, 1.71 ERA)
at Lowell Spinners – Corey Littrell (0-0, 0.87 ERA)

6:05 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (6-6, 4.33 ERA)
at Lynchburg Hillcats – Greg Ross (7-4, 3.50 ERA)

6:35 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Henry Owens (8-5, 2.92 ERA)
at Bowie Baysox – Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 5.88 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Rubby De La Rosa (3-3, 4.23 ERA)
at Buffalo Bisons – Thad Weber (5-4, 2.65 ERA)

Savannah SandGnats – Steven Matz (4-4, 2.33 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Justin Haley (6-8, 3.81 ERA)

New England teams

6:05 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (6-11, 3.59 ERA)
at Richmond Flying Squirrels – N/A

7:05 p.m.
Erie SeaWolves - Warwick Saupold (6-3, 3.00 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – B.J. Hermsen (1-7, 5.06 ERA)

Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Robert Whitenack (2-4, 3.99 ERA)
at Connecticut Tigers – Alex Phillips (2-0, 2.68 ERA)

Vermont Lake Monsters – Lee Sosa (1-2, 3.05 ERA)
at State College Spikes – Willy Paulino (2-1, 3.10 ERA)

Friday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 2, 2013 10:03 AM

Red Sox affiliates

11:00 am.
GAME 1
GCL Twins – N/A
at GCL Red Sox – Willie Ethington (1-3, 2.05 ERA)

GAME 2
GCL Twins – N/A
at GCL Red Sox – German Tavares (3-2, 2.92 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Norfolk Tides – Kevin Gausman (0-2, 7.13 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Clay Mortensen (1-0, 4.86 ERA)

Portland Sea Dogs – Terry Doyle (1-3, 4.50 ERA)
at Bowie Baysox – Devin Jones (3-4, 5.82 ERA)

Salem Red Sox – Kyle Stroup (4-7, 5.06 ERA)
at Lynchburg Hillcats – A.J. Holland (4-7, 4.69)

Savannah SandGnats – Matthew Koch (6-4, 4.76 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Cody Kukuk (4-9, 3.65 ERA)

Batavia Muckdogs – Trevor Williams (0-1, 4.24 ERA)
at Lowell Spinners – Mario Alcantara (2-3, 3.93 ERA)

New England teams

7:05 p.m.
Erie Seawolves – Drew VerHagen (2-3, 2.57 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Kyle Davies (1-0, 5.23 ERA)

New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Kyle Drabek (rehab start)
at Richmond Flying Squirrels – Craig Westcott (4-10, 4.28 ERA)

Mahoniny Valley Scrappers – Caleb Hamrick (1-5, 4.97 ERA)
at Connecticut Tigers – Joe Mantiply (0-1, 1.31 ERA)

Vermont Lake Monsters – Brent Powers (4-1, 2.16 ERA)
at State College Spikes – Arturo Reyes (0-1, 2.19 ERA)

The Cap on Thursday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 1, 2013 11:29 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Triple-A
Norfolk – 6
Pawtucket – 2
WP: Stinson (6-5)
LP: Hernandez (3-9)
HR: NOR-Schoop (6); PAW-Hamilton (10), Butler (11)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox took a 1-0 lead in the fourth but it did not hold up for an inning as the Tides turned the tables with three runs in the top of the fifth, then three more in the ninth. Pawtucket misses another opportunity to pull into a tie for first as Rochester also lost. … Chris Hernandez was tagged for his sixth straight loss after allowing three runs on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. … Xander Bogaerts continues to find ways to get one base, going 1-for-4 with a double. It was his eighth double with Pawtucket and 20th of the season.

Double-A
Portland – 5
Richmond – 6 (10 innings)
WP: McCormick (4-5)
LP: Ramirez (0-1)
HR: POR-Spring (10); RIC-Duvall (12)
HIGHLIGHTS: Down 4-1 late the Sea Dogs slapped four on the board, powered by Matt Spring’s 10th home run of the season, taking a one run lead into the eighth. Richmond would tie things after Javier Herrera reached on catcher's interference to load the bases, then they won it in the 10th when Herrera singled home Ryan Lollis. … Michael Almanzar (1-for-4) drove in three runs to bring his RBI total to 63 on the season, one behind team-leader Tony Thomas. … Keith Couch went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out two and forced 11 ground ball outs.

High-A
Salem – 0
Lynchburg – 5
WP: Hinson (1-2)
LP: Quevedo (4-5)
S: Shreve (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Unable to solve the Hillcats pitching, Salem suffered their fifth shutout loss of the season. The Red Sox had only four hits on the night. … Blake Swihart went 2-for-4 with a double. The catcher has hit safely in six straight, going 10-for-24 in that span. Swihart also picked off two runners at first base. … Shortstop Nick Natoli had two errors in the game and has 16 on the season.

Low-A
Savannah – 4
Greenville – 3
WP: Sewald (2-2)
LP: Martin (0-1)
S: Wheeler (12)
HR: SAV-De La Cruz (3); GRE-Tavarez (6)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive opened up their seven game homestand with their second consecutive loss. The last four Greenville losses have been by one run. … Starter Brian Johnson lasted only three innings in his third start since returning from injury after allowing a season-high five walks. The two earned runs on his watch were the first since he got back to Greenville. … Aneury Tavarez and Keaton Briscoe both went 2-for-4, accounting for four of the seven Drive hits.

Short Season-A
Auburn – 1
Lowell – 7
WP: Gomez (2-1)
LP: Williams (0-6)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Spinners put up seven runs for the second straight night as they sweep their three-game set versus the Doubledays. Lowell outscored Auburn 20-5 in the series and moved into a tie for first place in the NYPL Pinckney Division as Tri-City dropped their seventh straight. … Second rounder Teddy Stankiewicz struck out four in his two innings of work. He allowed an earned run, the first of his career. … Sergio Gomez got in six innings on the piggy back, allowing just one hit and three walks while K’ing four. … Nick Moore led the offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. … Tzu-Wei Lin stole his tenth base in twelve attempts.

Rookie
GCL Red Sox – 1
GCL Orioles – 3
WP: Kellogg (4-1)
LP: Taveras (3-2)
S: Pintar (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: With only three hits on their side of the scoreline, the Red Sox were dead-to-rights, despite the Orioles only plating three runs. … Sean Coyle went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his fourth rehab game in the GCL. He is 1-for-14 with five strikeouts in his rehab. … Red Sox starter Randy Perez struck out five and allowed a run and three hits in five innings. He has had the same line in his past three starts.

DSL Indians – 7
DSL Red Sox – 3
WP: Gomez (3-3)
LP: Ramos (4-3)
S: Algarin (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Indians put up a five-spot in the fifth to hurdle past the Red Sox who still maintain a 1 ½ game lead in the Northwest. … Samir El Halaby threw three scoreless innings in relief, striking out one. He has not allowed an earned run in his last seven appearances, spanning 16 innings. … Javier Guerra went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. He has ten hits in his last five games.

New England teams

Double-A
New Hampshire – 3
Bowie – 4
WP: Wright (9-2)
LP: Tepera (8-8)
S: Zinicola (12)
HR: NH-Burns (4), Murphy (3); BOW-Waring (17)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Baysox used a Niuman Romero RBI double to break a 3-3 stalemate in the seventh inning and the Fisher Cats left two on in the ninth, falling just short of a series win. … Fisher Cats starter Sean Nolin struck out eight in five innings. He has struck out 60 over his last 54 1/3 innings. … Kenny Wilson went 2-for-5 in the leadoff spot for New Hampshire. He is 6-for-14 with a home run, two RBIs, five runs and two stolen bases in the three game since returning from injury.

Akron – 5
New Britain – 9
WP: Baxendale (4-4)
LP: Brach (6-8)
HR: AKR-Aguilar (12); NB-Rodriguez 2 (14), Bigley (1), Ortiz (11)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats powered their way to victory behind a four home run barrage. … Daniel Ortiz went 3-for-4, hitting his 11th home run while driving in three and scoring twice. … Reynaldo Rodriguez struck twice with the long ball, driving in five and scoring twice as well. … Evan Bigley account for the fourth home run, a solo shot. He also scored three runs.

Short Season-A
Batavia – 3
Connecticut – 2
WP: Easley (1-0)
LP: Bailey (1-4)
HR: BAT-Munoz 2 (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Muckdogs pitching staff struck out 14 and walked only one Tigers batter, while Feliz Munoz accounted for all three of their RBIs by way of the long ball. … Connecticut starter Chase Edwards struck out four and allowed just two hits and no earned runs in five innings of work. … Catcher Dustin McAlpine legged out his first career triple in the second inning.

Vermont – 2
Hudson Valley – 3
WP: Echarry (4-2)
LP: Finnegan (2-2)
S: Choate (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: With the game tied at one the Renegades scored twice in the bottom of the eighth and the Lake Monsters were only able to put up one in the ninth, falling a run shy of pushing the game any further. …B.J. Boyd went 0-for-1 with four walks. He has three free passes in his previous nine games. .. Starter Kyle Finnegan worked a career high 7 1/3 innings, picking up the loss after allowing three runs and eight hits. He has picked up a decision in each of his last four starts, striking out four in each.

Thursday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde August 1, 2013 09:44 AM

Red Sox affiliates

12:00 p.m.
GCL Red Sox – Willie Ethington (1-3, 2.05 ERA)
at GCL Orioles – N/A

7:05 p.m.
Norfolk Tides – Josh Stinson (5-5, 4.23 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Chris Hernandez (3-8, 5.69 ERA)

Portland Sea Dogs – Keith Couch (8-3, 3.80 ERA)
at Richmond Flying Squirrels – Chris Gloor (8-5, 3.53 ERA)

Salem Red Sox – Heri Quevedo (4-4, 4.48 ERA)
at Lynchburg HillCats - Ryan Hinson (0-2, 2.25 ERA)

Savannah Sand Gnats – Marcos Camarena (5-1, 1.88 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (1-4, 3.26 ERA)

Auburn DoubleDays – Deion Williams (0-5, 7.86 ERA)
at Lowell Spinners – Teddy Stankiewicz (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

New England teams

11:05 a.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Sean Nolin (7-3, 2.77 ERA)
at Bowie Baysox – Mike Wright (8-2, 3.57 ERA)

12:05 p.m.
Akron Aeros – Brett Brach (6-7, 5.04 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – D.J. Baxendale (3-4, 5.63 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Batavia Muckdogs – Jarlin Garcia (1-1, 4.01 ERA)
at Connecticut Tigers – Chase Edwards (0-0, 4.22 ERA)

Vermont Lake Monsters – Kyle Finnegan (2-1, 1.26 ERA)
at Hudson Valley Renegades – N/A

The Cap on Wednesday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde August 1, 2013 01:51 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Triple-A
Norfolk – 3
Pawtucket – 0
WP: Wada (3-5)
LP: Webster (5-4)
S: Russell
HIGHLIGHTS: Despite holding the Tides to just three hits and a season-high 12 Ks from Allen Webster, the PawSox could not move back into a tie atop the IL North. Pawtucket went loss-win-loss-win-loss to close out a dismal July in which they were 9-19. … Webster pitched six innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run while getting pegged for the loss. He is 0-4 in his last six starts. … Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a double, reaching base safely in all 26 games he played in July. For the month his on-base percentage was .426 after collecting 28 hits and walking 16 times.

Double-A
Portland – 2
Richmond – 3
WP: Quirarte (2-5)
LP: Celestino (1-7)
S: Hall (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: There were only ten hits between the teams but the Flying Squirrels worked more of them for runs, coming back from a one-run deficit late in the game. … Matt Barnes threw 99 pitches in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked three, gave up four hits and an earned run. Barnes forced eight ground out. … Travis Shaw went 1-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. He has 79 hits on the season and 34 have been for extra bases.

Low-A
Greenville – 5
Greensboro – 6
WP: Oliver (3-3)
LP: Dahlstrand (3-5)
S: Logan (11)
HR: GRE-Martinez (7), Tavarez (5); GRB-Rosa (21), Behar (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive gave it all they had in the end, but a four-run rally in the ninth came up one run short and the Grasshoppers avoid the sweep. … Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-4 with a home run, 3 RBIs and a run scored. He had the only multi-hit game for Greenville. … In his first start since July 18th, Jacob Dahlstrand lasted six innings, allowing two runs on two solo homers. He forced six ground outs, seven flyouts and he struck out three.

Short Season-A
Auburn – 0
Lowell – 7
WP: Callahan (3-1)
LP: Orlan (0-2)
HR: LOW-Lin (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Spinners were two outs from their first ever perfect game until a familiar last name once again ruined a good time for a Red Sox org. Auburn’s Cody Dent singled in the ninth to break up Lowell’s spotless bid, but ultimately the Spinners came up the victors. … Starter Jamie Callahan got the ball rolling with six no-hit innings that included nine strikeouts. In his last two starts he has allowed just one hit over 12 innings, has struck out 17 and walked none. … Tzu-Wei Lin smacked his first professional home run in the first inning, a two-run shot that put Lowell up to stay. Lin finished the night 2-for-5.

Rookie
GCL Orioles – 1
GCL Red Sox – 2
WP: Jimenez (2-1)
LP: Lin (0-3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Red Sox scored their two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn win number 20 on the year. Three pitchers combined to allow just four hits and a run on the day. … Leadoff hitter Bryan Hudson walked three times, matching the total amount of free passes he had earned in his prior eight games.

DSL Red Sox – 5
DSL Indians – 4
WP: Martinez (6-1)
LP: Castillo (0-3)
S: Ramirez (9)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Red Sox needed two extra innings to pull things out as Victor Acosta’s RBI single in the 11th turned out to be the game-winner. … Algenis Martinez worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to pick up his sixth win of the season. He gave up three hits and struck out three. … Shortstop Javier Guerra went 4-for-5 with an RBI.

New England teams

Double-A
Akron – 2
New Britain – 5
WP: Dean (6-11)
LP: Packer (10-6)
S: Johnson (3)
HR: NB-Ortiz (10)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats end July on a high note with their third straight win. New Britain scored two in the second and three in the fourth to stake themselves an ample five-run lead early. … Daniel Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a homer, 4 RBIs and a run. He has eight hits over his last five games, but has only scored the one run. … Starter Pat Dean went 7 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits for two runs, striking out two in the process. It was his first win in four starts.

New Hampshire – 6
Bowie – 2
WP: Stroman (6-2)
LP: Pettit (5-5)
HR: NH-Burns (3); BOW-Loman (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: Marcus Stroman dazzled on the mound, striking out 13 batters to book end the month of July with starts in which he K’d a baker’s dozen. For the month the Duke product was 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 40 innings. The win halted a seven game losing streak for the Fisher Cats. … Leadoff hitter Kenny Wilson (2-for-5) and second hitter Andy Burns (3-for-5) combined for five hits, two RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases. … Gabe Jocobo went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. It was his fourth multi-hit game in his last nine played.

Short Season-A
Batavia – 2
Connecticut – 3
WP: LaMarch (1-0)
LP: German (0-2)
S: Reininger (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: For the seventh time this season the Tigers escaped with a one-run victory, closing July with a 15-15 record. … Connecticut got seven of their nine hits from their first four batters as Ben Verlander stood out with a 2-for-4 performance that included a triple and two RBIs. … Austin Pritcher threw four scoreless innings in his first start of the season. He gave up two hits, two walks and struck out two.

Vermont – 5
Hudson Valley – 2
WP: Trivino (2-2)
LP: Sidhu (0-2)
S: Bayless (6)
HIGHLIGHTS: A four-run seventh helped the Lake Monsters to an 18-win July for the third time in team history. All but one batter in the starting lineup picked up a hit as Vermont had 11 on the day. … Starter Lou Trivino won his second straight game, going six innings, allowing five hits and four walks. He struck out four and forced eight ground outs. … Leadoff hitter Boog Powell went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, two RBIs, run and a stolen base. Powell is batting .333 in 38 games with 11 stolen bases and 25 runs.

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