Salem Red Sox (copy)

WAHOO WINNER: Former University of Virginia ace Daniel Lynch fired six shutout innings, leading the Wilmington Blue Rocks to a 2-0 victory over Salem on Monday in front of an announced crowd of 1,352 at Haley Toyota Field.

NOT DOWN FOR LONG: When the Sox faced Lynch here two weeks ago, they roughed him up for five runs on 10 hits over four innings in a 6-1 victory.

The 6-foot-6 left-hander has been significantly better since.

After limiting Frederick to two hits over seven shutout innings in his last start, Lynch allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out a pair Monday.

A first-round pick in last summer’s draft, Lynch is rated as the No. 4 prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization by MLB.com.

BUILDING A FOUNDATION: Right-hander Dylan Thompson was sharp in his second start as a Boston farmhand, yielding one run on three hits while striking out seven over four innings.

Thompson, signed last week out of the independent leagues, departed with his team down 1-0 and took a hard-luck loss.

TOP HONORS: The Carolina League announced Monday that Salem’s Jarren Duran had been named the circuit’s player of the week.

Duran went 12 for 27 with a homer, five doubles and eight RBIs against Fayetteville and Frederick last week.

WELCOME ABOARD: The Sox added right-hander Andrew Schwaab from Double-A Portland and infielder Nick Lovullo from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday. Righty Joan Martinez hit the seven-day injured list and infielder Jonathan Ortega was demoted to low-A Greenville.

A 26-year-old sidearmer, Schwaab made his Salem debut Monday, striking out four in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

LOOSE ENDS: The biggest Sox threat came in the sixth, when they put runners on second and third with nobody out but could not score. ... Dylan Hardy had half of Salem’s four hits. ... Duran went 1 for 3 and is hitting a league-best .405.

ON DECK: The Sox and Blue Rocks play the second game of their four-game set at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, with Salem RHP Daniel Gonzalez scheduled to face Wilmington RHP Brady Singer.

Aaron McFarling joined The Roanoke Times in 2000 and has been writing sports columns since 2004.

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