Pawtucket L 2-3
Deven Marrero: 2-4, E
Marco Hernandez: 0-3, BB, K, CS
Blake Swihart: 2-4, K, E
Sam Travis: 0-4, 2 K, E
Rusney Castillo: 1-4, K
Brian Johnson: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Anthony Varvaro: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Noe Ramirez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
A very messy end to this one, as you might be able to tell from all those errors. Also a slightly messy beginning, with Johnson now up to 11 walks in 20 innings. Concerning! Not terrifying, this early in his return to action, but concerning.
Portland L 3-14
Wendell Rijo: 0-4, BB, 2 K
Aaron Wilkerson: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Luis Ysla: 1.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Two straight unfortunate starts for Aaron Wilkerson. Man, Portland is just poison. Can we have less Portland? Should we maybe keep Moncada and Benintendi away from Portland for now?
Salem W 4-3
Yoan Moncada: 2-3, 2 SB, E
Mauricio Dubon: 1-3, BB, K
Andrew Benintendi: 3-4, 2B, BB, SB
Nick Longhi: 1-4, BB, K
Rafael Devers: 0-4, 2 K
Well, good luck with that I suppose. While Devers' slump doesn't seem to have been busted by his big game the other day, Benintendi and Moncada just can't be stopped. If you're looking for a promotion date...well, it could be any day now given that technically this team is under new management these days, but given that the franchise isn't all that different beneath Dave Dombrowski, you might be in for another month's wait. Consider that Mookie Betts had to wait until June 1st to hit Pawtucket in 2014 despite his OBP never once dropping below .440. Though...Moncada's is actually a good bit higher than that.
Greenville L 1-5
Josh Ockimey: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K, SB
Kyri Washington: 0-4, 2 K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-4, K
Marc Brakeman: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Jake Cosart: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
The guys in the Drive lineup swing back-and-forth a lot between strong starts and pretty dreadful ones. More so than most baseball players, that is. But one month into the season, Josh Ockimey is looking like the real breakout among them. He was a reasonably high draft pick (5th round), was valued pretty highly by the Red Sox ($450,000 signing bonus, well above the slot value), and actually managed to put up a decent season when all was said and done last year. Now he's still walking about as often as striking out, and is making good on the big raw power that he showed the Red Sox before they picked him.