Pawtucket W 1-0
Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-4, K
Travis Shaw: 0-2, BB
Allen Craig: 1-2, BB
Bryce Brentz: 1-3, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-3, K
Deven Marrero: 1-3
Brian Johnson: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Heath Hembree: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Alas, it's not a perfect game thanks to an eighth inning single off Miguel Celestino, but Brian Johnson was as perfect as could be, and what's more, did it on 75 pitches, so his night didn't end for a lack of efficiency. At the start of the month, Johnson was looking shaky, but in his last five outings he's allowed seven runs on 24 hits and three walks in 32 innings of work, striking out 30. Eduardo Rodriguez is stealing the spotlight in the majors, but the Sox' well of minor league pitching talent has certainly not run dry.
Portland W 12-10
Pat Light: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
This feels like a game a slumping Carlos Asuaje could have used a few at bats in...A shame.
Salem L 4-5
Sam Travis: 3-5, 2B, K
Wendell Rijo: 0-5, 3 K
Trey Ball: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Travis seems to have finally broken free of a slump that saw his average drop 40 points and his OPS 85 in the span of two weeks. He's 6-for-14 with a couple of extra base hits in his last three games.
Greenville L 3-10
Rafael Devers: 2-4, K
Nick Longhi: 0-4, 2 K
Yoan Moncada: 0-4, K
Javier Guerra: 0-4, K
Williams Jerez: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Alright, 30 at bats in it's safe to say Yoan Moncada hasn't quite come out the gates the way we'd hoped. He's sitting at a .603 OPS so far, and has struck out 10 times. It might just be that he's dealing with the problem of coming into effectively mid-season competition fresh from XST, but at the very least Boston's decision to start him all the way down in Greenville is looking wiser by the day.