Pawtucket L 1-9
Marco Hernandez: 0-3, BB, 2 K
Christian Vazquez: 0-1, 3 BB
Sam Travis: 1-4, E
Deven Marrero: 0-4, K
Roenis Elias: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Pat Light: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, E
Two players with a real chance to put pressure on their major league counterparts, but only one of them taking advantage. Christian Vazquez can just do no wrong right now in Pawtucket. Well, that's not completely true--he had a passed ball, which is ironically the part of Blake Swihart's game that actually has him on the
hot warm seat right now. But nobody doubts Vazquez' glove, assuming they actually know who he is.
Roenis Elias...less so. As Clay Buchholz imploded above, Elias imploded below, only a couple innings earlier. He has some defensive excuses too, but like Buchholz, he walked guys, and gave up plenty of hits that were not the result of his fielders whiffing on easy outs. I'd say Buchholz could breathe a little easier, but there's two other guys in Pawtucket pushing at him, to say nothing of Eduardo Rodriguez' return down the line.
Portland W 6-3 (In 10)
Aaron Wilkerson: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
It's only a matter of time before we have a Portland game that's just not worth mentioning, but for now, another nice start from Aaron Wilkerson staves that day off.
Salem L 4-6
Yoan Moncada: 2-5, 2 K, 2 SB, CS
Mauricio Dubon: 2-5
Andrew Benintendi: 2-5, 2B, SB
Nick Longhi: 1-5, 2B, 2 K
Rafael Devers: 1-4, 2B, BB
The Salem Red Sox have a lot in common with their major league counterparts. They've got an explosive lineup which will often provide some nice individual performances even on its bad days. And they're sitting at a mediocre 3-3 despite that. We'll hope the latter corrects itself for both teams, but at the end of the day, so long as Moncada, Benintendi, and Devers keep mashing, where they sit in the standings doesn't really matter much.
Greenville L 0-2
Michael Chavis: 1-4
Josh Ockimey: 1-3, BB, K
Austin Rei: 0-3, BB, K
Kyri Washington: 0-4, 2 K
On the other hand, this is a thoroughly blah day for the Greenville Drive. Oh well. No strikeouts for Michael Chavis is at least something. He's at 4 in some 25 plate appearances so far, which is a perfectly reasonable pace that I'll be watching nervously right until he's maintained it for the entire season.