It may have been bright and sunny in Fenway yesterday, but the same could not be said down south. Both Salem and Greenville were out-of-action due to inclement weather, cutting Boston's minor league slate to just two games.
Pawtucket L 5-6
Ryan Lavarnway: 0-2, 2 BB
Bryce Brentz: 2-4, HR
Jose Iglesias: 0-4
Brock Holt: 0-4, K
Craig Breslow: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Joel Hanrahan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Bryce Brentz had been on a bit of a strikeout tear to start the year, but that number has slowed down considerably over the past week, with the outfielder punching out just twice. That's good news since, given all the injuries in the minor league system right now, Brentz might be the first choice to make the jump to the majors if Shane Victorino's back isn't feeling better today.
Even more likely to join the big league team soon is Joel Hanrahan. It's been a quick, unimpressive rehab stint in Pawtucket, but hopefully he was just finding his feet again, and will be able to corral his stuff better when he hits the major leagues again.
Portland W 9-5
Xander Bogaerts: 1-5
Travis Shaw: 2-5, 2 K
Michael Almanzar: 2-3, HR, 2 BB, SB
Christian Vazquez: 2-4, BB, 2 SB
Drake Britton: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Michael Almanzar breaks out of a (very) short slump with a good day at the plate. That's his fifth homer on the year, and if he were to keep up this pace for as many at bats as he had in 2012, he'd end with 25--more than double his career best.