Pawtucket L 3-8
Jackie Bradley Jr.: 0-3, BB
Travis Shaw: 0-4, K, E
Garin Cecchini: 1-3, BB
Deven Marrero: 1-4, K
Keith Couch: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Garin Cecchini went missing for better than a week there (and, full disclosure, actually returned Saturday with an unfortunate 0-for-3) . He wasn't exactly off to the hottest of starts, either, making the layoff the last thing he needed to get going. Adding some rust to a cold bat is rarely a positive, particularly this early in the year. Hopefully he can find his rhythm--this performance is at least a decent start.
Portland L 2-8
Carlos Asuaje: 0-4, BB, K
Keury De La Cruz: 1-2, 2B, 2 BB
Justin Haley: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 2 HR
There's not a single member of the Portland rotation with an ERA south of 4.50. At least Keury De La Cruz is back after a week's absence. He's about the only hot bat on this God-forsaken team right now.
Salem Game 1 W 2-1 (In 7)
Manuel Margot: 0-2, BB, SB
Wendell Rijo: 0-3
Kevin McAvoy: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Salem Game 2 W 4-1 (In 7)
Manuel Margot: 3-4, 2B
Sam Travis: 1-3, BB, K
Wendell Rijo: 0-2, BB, K
Since Manuel Margot's strikeoutless streak continues to be one of the most awesome things in the minor league system, let's go a bit further back. Yes, he's gone 15 games and 58 at bats without a K so far this season, but the streak actually started on August 25th, 2014. We can add in six more games with 17 at bats from that point to the end of the 2014 season. That means Margot has now gone 75 at bats in a row (and a handful of additional plate appearances) without a K. It's not quite Mookie Betts' on-base streak from last year, but it's something else.
Though if you're interested in Margot's on-base streak, that's at 13 games. Just 54 to go to beat Betts!
Greenville W 3-2 (In 14)
Nick Longhi: 1-5, BB, K
Michael Chavis: 1-5, BB, 3 K
Ty Buttrey: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Ty Buttrey is under the old "repeating Single-A" eight ball, having pitched just 62 innings last year. But at the very least he's doing a fine job of that so far. 22 innings, six earned runs, 22 strikeouts, three walks. It's been a slow climb for the fourth-round pick from 2012. Would be nice to see him get some traction going.