Pawtucket W 9-4
Deven Marrero: 0-3, 2 BB, K
Rusney Castillo: 2-5
Blake Swihart: 1-5
Sam Travis: 4-5, 2B
Sean Coyle: 1-2, HR, 2 BB
Roman Mendez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Pat Light: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Sam Travis is heating up! After starting the season with a line of .231/.286/.385 and 12 strikeouts in 39 at bats, Travis has avoided striking out in the last three games, and has now picked up eight hits during that time. That leaves him hitting .327/.368/.462 which, hey, welcome back Sam! Maybe he'll be the answer to replacing David Ortiz next season, if not as a 1-for-1 (because, honestly, who can?) than at least by slotting in at first and moving Hanley to DH for most games.
Portland W 4-2
Wendell Rijo: 2-4, K
Kevin McAvoy: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Salem W 6-5 (In 12)
Yoan Moncada: 1-3, 3 BB, K, SB, CS
Mauricio Dubon: 3-7
Andrew Benintendi: 2-5, 3B, K, POCS
Nick Longhi: 2-6
Rafael Devers: 0-5, BB, K, SB
Travis Lakins: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
Yankory Pimentel: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Yoan Moncada is walking in nearly a quarter of his plate appearances, and Andrew Benintendi continues to have most of the league beat when it comes to triples (Diamondbacks, sadly, have pulled ahead with seven). Which is to say: what does Rafael Devers have to do to catch a damn break? On a day where everything's falling, he comes away 0-for-5 -- 0-for-4 on balls in play. Guy needs to sacrifice some livestock or something.
Greenville W 16-4
Michael Chavis: 2-4, HR, 2 BB, K
Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 2 BB, 2 K, E
Luis Alexander Basabe: 4-6, HR, K, 2 SB
Austin Rei: 2-5, 3B, HR, K
Kyri Washington: 1-6, HR, 3 K
Alright, I'm all-in on the Michael Chavis hype train. OPS up over 1.000, three homers in 12 games, strikeout numbers staying reasonable, and he's finally got a few walks to his name. Add in Basabe putting it all together, and Greenville is actually doing a pretty good job of keeping up with Salem.
Oh, Espinoza doesn't hurt, I guess.