8/2 Cup of Coffee: It was a crazy night for a handful of the minor league affiliates, with the PawSox and Spinners mounting comebacks en route to one-run victories and Salem riding an offensive barrage to an eight-run blowout. Lowell first baseman Josh Ockimey(pictured) finished a home run short of the cycle, while Pawtucket first baseman Marco Hernandez' three-run home run in the top of the ninth helped his team overcome a three-run deficit entering the inning.
The PawSox scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to overcome a 6-3 Buffalo lead, and then weathered a Bisons rally to secure a wild victory. Home runs from shortstop Deven Marrero and third baseman Marco Hernandez were the catalysts for the ninth-inning explosion, with Hernandez' three-run shot giving the Red Sox an 8-6 lead after left fielder Garin Cecchini's RBI single shortened Buffalo's lead to one run. Marrero finished the night 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Hernandez went 1 for 4 with four RBI. Cecchini went 1 for 4 and chipped in three RBI of his own.
8/1 Cup of Coffee: The affiliates went 5-4 on the evening, as Pawtucket dropped an extra inning affair and Portland was outmatched by the Senators. Salem, Greenville, and Lowell, all found the winner's circle, while the GCL squad split a doubleheader. The DSL Red Sox2 continued their strong season, while their counterparts fell to the Giants. ----- Buffalo Bisons (TOR) 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 1 (13 innings)
In a game where pitching dominated the action, Pawtucket mustered just five hits and was unable to get key hits with runners on base. Jess Todd pitched well in his six innings of work, allowing an unearned run on six hits and a walk, punching out three. Matt Barnes followed Todd, allowing two hits and three walks across three innings of relief. Noe Ramirez picked up his first loss of the year, allowing the game's winning run in the 13th.
7/31 Cup of Coffee: Greenville got a rare treat with a national TV broadcast on CBS Sports Network, showcasing the Drive to the world. Michael Chavis(pictured) took full advantage of that spotlight with a big night. Aneury Tavarez provided dramatics with a walk-off home run, snapping a three-game skid. Jake Cosart hurled his third straight solid start for Lowell.
Pawtucket bats were stymied by Norfolk pitching, settling for a lone extra-base hit, off the bat of Marco Hernandez, in a day game on Thursday. Jonathan Roof drove in the only Red Sox run in the bottom of the ninth. Quintin Berry hit three singles, going 3 for 4. Zeke Spruill battled to a quality start, going six innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three, but also hit a pair of batters.
7/30 Cup of Coffee:Henry Owens (pictured) pitched well again, amidst speculation that he could be up in Boston very soon. Aside from the Lowell Spinners, it was a very light night on the offensive side for the Red Sox farm system. Sam Travis stayed hot by collecting a pair of hits and Kevin Heller hit the only home run for the entire system. Salem endured a difficult day at the ballpark by losing a game that was suspended and losing another one that followed that.
Henry Owens turned in another solid outing after some interesting comments from Red Sox manager John Farrell. Owens, who pitched six innings of one run ball, could be up to Boston in the near future. He allowed just five hits and one run while walking one and striking out three. The loss dropped him to 3-8, but his ERA was also lowered to a crisp 3.16. This was the ninth consecutive start in which Owens has gone at least six innings, and he has just two walks in his last 16 innings pitched. Tim Britton of The Providence Journal notes that Owens showed the ability to bounce back after a walk or a three-ball count, which is something he had not done well in the past. He also induced a lot of weak contact, according to Britton. Dayan Diaz struggled with command, walking three and retiring only one batter. He gave up an earned run and was relieved by Pat Light, who struck out two in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Jonathan Aro also had a scoreless ninth inning.
The Pawtucket offense struggled, managing just five singles and four walks. They went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Quintin Berry, Humberto Quintero, Deven Marrero, and Garin Cechini each went 1 for 3 with a walk. Berry swiped his 30th base of the year, which leads the International League.
7/29 Cup of Coffee: Despite outscoring opponents 34-22, the affiliates went 3-5 on the day, with Portland, Greenville, Lowell, and the GCL Red Sox all losing games by one run. The PawSox coasted to victory thanks to a strong start from Brian Johnson (pictured), while more glowing reports came in on Anderson Espinoza following his start yesterday. Stanley Espinal slugged two home runs and a triple for the DSL Red Sox, and Javier Guerra broke out of a mini-slump. ----- Pawtucket Red Sox 6, Norfolk Tides (BAL) 0
Behind the left arm of Brian Johnson, the PawSox shut out the Tides. Johnson went the first 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six. Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal was at the game, and noted that Johnson was having trouble commanding most of his pitches, but his curveball was on and that is what got him through the game. The start was only Johnson's second in the last three weeks, and his first since making his major league debut on July 21. The recently-optioned Noe Ramirez twirled 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless ninth.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Coming into the 2015 season, Garin Cecchini had a career .298 batting average in the minors, and had played 431 of his 457 games at third base. On July 2, he was batting .188 for the season and had played twice as many games in left field and nearly as many games at first base as he had at third.
However, over his last 17 games, Cecchini has begun to right the ship and show off the hit tool that was supposed to carry him to the big leagues, batting .344/.406/.426 with six walks.
Cecchini has always had an advanced approach since signing with the Red Sox out of high school in 2010. Despite a lack of other standout tools, scouts believed his hit tool and approach were strong enough to make him a potential major league starter on his way up through the system. It is that approach that been a big part of the mid-season turnaround for him.
7/28 Cup of Coffee: It took 15 wild innings and a catcher pitching for Greenville to come away with the organizations only win of the night. Salem was swept in its series, while Portland had its modest winning streak snapped. Both DSL teams fell, and the GCL Sox once again were rained out.
Portland saw its season-high four-game winning streak snapped in the opener of a three game set in Trenton. Starter Danny Rosenbaum, making his way back from Tommy John surgery, gave up two runs despite allowing 10 hits - all singles - in his four innings of work. The 27-year-old walked one and struck out three. It seems like Mike Augliera keeps finding new ways to get saddled as the losing pitcher, and Monday saw one of the more tough-luck decisions one can take. Following the hit parade against Rosenbaum, Augliera managed to hold the Thunder hitless for three innings. However, the one baserunner he allowed was a leadoff walk in the sixth inning. A stolen base and a pair of ground outs scored what proved to be the winning run, dropping Augliera to 2-14 on the season.
SoxProspects.com Staff Writer James Dunne provided a definitive recap of the Red Sox' efforts in the 2015 draft, writing that Boston made the most of its relatively small bonus pool by making a safe pick in first-rounder Andrew Benintendi.
The SoxProspects.com crew also released Episode 81 of the SoxProspects.com Podcast, with Executive Editor Chris Hatfield and Director of Scouting Ian Cundall breaking down their recent trip to Greenville with Managing Editor Matt Huegel. Rounding out the episode was an insightful interview with Drive manager Darren Fenster, who talked about how top players like Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers are progressing in Low A.
7/27 Cup of Coffee: The PawSox' losing streak continues despite a 10-run, 16-hit day. The bats were hot for Portland and Greenville, but Salem was the odd team out, gathering just three hits and seven baserunners on the day. Lowell won a thriller at home, thanks in large part to big days at the plate from Luis Alexander Basabe (pictured)and Austin Rei.
The PawSox' losing streak reached eight games despite the offense's best efforts. Jeff Bianchi went 4 for 6 with two doubles and three RBIs atop the PawSox lineup, and shortstop Marco Hernandez had his first multi-hit day since July 17 with two doubles, a single, a walk and three RBIs. Garin Cecchini went 2 for 5 with a big two-run double, and Travis Shaw added a single, double and walk to the hit parade.
7/26 Cup of Coffee: Last night was an abysmal one offensively for the majority of the minor league affiliates, with all seven teams combining for 10 runs and only Portland and the DSL Red Sox2 pulling out wins. Portland scraped out a one-run victory thanks to solid showings from starter William Cuevas and first baseman Sam Travis(pictured), while the PawSox and Drive extended their respective losing streaks.
Pawtucket extended its losing streak to seven with a shutout road loss to divisional rival Buffalo. The PawSox posted four hits and finished 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. First baseman Allen Craig went 2 for 4, while designated hitter Rusney Castillo and left fielder Garin Cecchini posted a single apiece. Also reaching base was catcher Humberto Quintero who went 1 for 3 and second baseman Jemile Weeks who was 1 for 2.