Long have pitchers wondered: how do I stop Mookie Betts? Lo, the answer has been found. Simply summon the rains! Rains so torrential that New Britain's ballpark will be soaked through, causing two games to be cancelled due to "wet grounds."
That is how you stop the Mookie.
Pawtucket W 2-1 (In 11)
Brock Holt: 1-6, 3B, K
Alex Hassan: 1-4, BB, 2 K
Ryan Lavarnway: 1-5, K
Bryce Brentz: 1-5, K
Garin Cecchini: 3-5
Christian Vazquez: 2-3, 2B, BB
Rubby De La Rosa: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Alex Wilson: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Dalier Hinojosa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Pawtucket L 0-2 (In 7)
Brock Holt: 1-3, 2B
Alex Hassan: 0-3, K
Ryan Lavarnway: 0-2, BB
Bryce Brentz: 0-2, BB, CS
Garin Cecchini: 0-3
Dan Butler: 0-2, 2 K
Rubby De La Rosa is, through three games, looking a lot like the starting prospect the Red Sox were expecting when they first acquired him in the Punto deal. It's not hard to imagine that he's close to leapfrogging Allen Webster for spot starting duty.
Salem W 10-2
Corey Littrell: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
Austin Maddox: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Littrell's third start lacks the dominant strikeout numbers of his first two outings, and strangely enough it's when he finally gets the ground balls going that he gives up two homers. A strange game, but he escaped with minimal damage, so hopefully not too disruptive.
Greenville W 4-0
Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-2, 3 BB, K
Manuel Margot: 0-2, 2 BB, K
Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Stankiewicz has put that bad first start well behind him with 11 innings of shutout baseball. Meanwhile two of our three Greenville heroes show off their plate discipline. Both could use a reduction in strikeouts, however, given that neither is supposed to be a three true outcomes type of player (though Margot has very much looked like one these first two weeks).