Pawtucket W 5-4 (In 13)
Jackie Bradley Jr.: 3-7, 2B
Rusney Castillo: 0-3
Travis Shaw: 1-4, 3B, 2 BB
Bryce Brentz: 2-6
Garin Cecchini: 1-6, K
Blake Swihart: 1-6, K, CS, E
Deven Marrero: 2-5, 2 2B, BB, K, SB
Henry Owens: 6.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Heath Hembree: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
A bit of a wild start for Owens, but he's not hurt for it. If there's one area where it would be nice to see Owens improve before he makes the jump, it is in the control department. He's had bursts of high-walk games throughout past seasons too, often clumping them together before locking back in. Not fatal if left unfixed, but obviously better if they find some way to diagnose that and deal with it.
Portland Game 1 W 4-2 (In 7)
Carlos Asuaje: 0-1, BB, SB
Henry Ramos: 0-3
Keury De La Cruz: 1-3, HR, K
Portland Game 2 L 0-9 (In 7)
Carlos Asuaje: 0-1, 2 BB
Henry Ramos: 0-3, K
Justin Haley: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Portland is the obvious problem child in the Red Sox system, at least to start the year. There was hope for a bit that Yoan Moncada would help with that, but the Sox are playing it slow with their newest purchase, so Salem will likely provide help before Moncada gets the chance.
Salem L 1-3
Manuel Margot: 1-4, 2B
Sam Travis: 0-4, 2 K
Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
With Trey Ball struggling and relatively little to show for the middle/late rounds (Carlos Asuaje and Nick Longhi are the highlights to this point), unheralded second-round pick Teddy Stankiewicz is one of the few hopes left in what's turned out to be a pretty unfortunate 2013 draft. He probably deserved more attention after a strong 2014 season, and if he doesn't have stardom in his future, it's not hard to imagine him following in Brian Johnson's footsteps as the sure-handed but unexciting pitching prospect of the future.
Greenville W 6-4
Nick Longhi: 1-4, 2B, K
Rafael Devers: 0-4, 3 K
Koji Uehara: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Not an ideal return to action for Koji Uehara, whose real mistake came on a double allowed to Hunter Cole, the other two hits coming on the ground, one not even escaping the infield. With Edward Mujica not having inspired confidence in making the Red Sox play 10 extra innings on Friday night, the Sox will be hoping Koji gets right in a hurry.