Farm Report: Chavis hits another home run

by: WEEI on Fri, 06/09/2017 - 9:28am

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (28-27): W, 11-1 vs. Buffalo

— On a night where Danny Amendola threw out the first pitch, the PawSox bats stole the show, exploding for 11 runs on 13 hits. Four players had multi-hit games, including first baseman Allen Craig’s three-hit night and Rusney Castillo’s two hits and two RBI.

— 31-year-old Shawn Haviland had the best start of his professional career, tossing a four-hit shutout and striking out seven. The Harvard grad, whose ERA is now 3.22, tossed the first shutout of his career and first by a PawSox pitcher since Steven Wright in July 2013.

— Blake Swihart went 2-for-3, scored three runs and reached base four times. This was the former first-round draft pick’s first multi-hit game since April 28.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (25-30): W, 14-8 vs. Akron

— Portland’s offense also exploded on Thursday night, highlighted by a nine-run eighth inning. Leadoff man Tzu-Wei Lin, who reached base five times, and second baseman Deiner Lopez each hit three-run home runs in that pivotal inning, which gave the Sea Dogs the lead for good.

— Sox top prospect Rafael Devers, whose 36 RBI and 10 home runs lead the team, went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and RBI.

— After allowing nine runs in his previous start, Kevin McAvoy pitched better on Thursday, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on five hits.

— First baseman Nick Longhi had two hits, two RBI and two doubles on the night. The 21-year-old’s 10 doubles are tied for second-best on the team.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (37-23): W, 3-1 at Winston-Salem

— Much as has been the case all season long, strong pitching and the bat of Michael Chavis led the way. Daniel Gonzalez, making his fourth start in Salem this year, threw six shutout innings, only allowed two hits and lowered his ERA to 2.25.

— 22-year-olds Gerson Bautista and Adam Lau closed out the game with three innings of one-run ball and seven combined strikeouts. Lau’s save was his third of the 2017 season.

— Chavis, who is tied for the league lead in RBI with teammate Josh Ockimey, hit his 15th homer in the sixth inning. The 2014 Red Sox first-round pick is also tops in the Carolina league in home runs and average (.342).

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (36-23): W, 5-3 at Hickory

— No. 3 hitter Ryan Scott, whose 35 RBI leads the team, led the way on Thursday, going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

— Catcher Roldani Baldwin reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a walk.

— Lefty Jhonathan Diaz won his second game of the season, throwing five innings of three-run baseball and striking out eight. Pat Goetze and Hildemaro Requena locked the game down in relief with four shutout innings.