Pawtucket L 5-6 (5/20)
Rusney Castillo: 0-3
Henry Owens: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
Roman Mendez: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Pawtucket W 7-4 (5/21)
Sam Travis: 2-5, 2B, K, E
Deven Marrero: 1-3, K
Pat Light: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Pawtucket L 1-2 (5/22)
Rusney Castillo: 0-1, K
Sam Travis: 1-4, 2B, K
Deven Marrero: 1-4, K
Noe Ramirez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Sam Travis and Henry Owens both continue apace, which is good news for the former, and bad for the latter, who just won't stop walking people! But both would probably consider themselves better off than Rusney Castillo, who was passed over for the left field opening, and may just be getting phased out entirely right now, having come in to pinch hit for a single AB one day after sitting out.
Portland L 0-8 (5/20)
Andrew Benintendi: 0-4
Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
This...this might be a legitimate slump from Andrew Benintendi. Not that he got much of a chance to hit out of it this weekend, courtesy an excessive amount of rain.
And oh, but the walks are infectious. Stop it, Red Sox, please.
Salem W 6-4 (5/20)
Yoan Moncada: 1-5, 2B, 2 K
Mauricio Dubon: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB, K, 2 SB
Rafael Devers: 0-4, K
Salem L 0-6 (5/21)
Yoan Moncada: 1-3, 3B, K, 2 SB
Mauricio Dubon: 0-4, K, E
Rafael Devers: 0-3
Salem W 4-2 (5/22)
Mauricio Dubon: 0-2, K
Nick Longhi: 1-4, 3 K
Rafael Devers: 0-3, BB, K, SB
Trey Ball: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
It's actually been quite rare to see Mauricio Dubon fail to record a walk or a hit in a game this season. Which makes him doing so three times in the last five games a bit concerning.
Trey Ball continues to keep runs off the board, but man, the peripherals really just aren't pretty. Does this qualify as hope for the first-round pick, or are we at the point where it's just a shame he's not getting switched back to a position player because of what might be an illusory "strong" start?
Greenville Game 1 L 2-4 (In 7) (5/21)
Joseph Monge: 0-4, K
Josh Ockimey: 1-3
Austin Rei: 1-3, HR
Marc Brakeman: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Jake Cosart: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Greenville Game 2 W 7-0 (In 7) (5/21)
Joseph Monge: 1-4, K
Josh Ockimey: 1-3, BB
Austin Glorius: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Greenville W 8-3 (5/22)
Joseph Monge: 3-4, 2B, BB, K
Josh Ockimey: 0-2, 3 BB
Austin Rei: 3-4, 2B
Josh Ockimey can't get many pitches to hit anymore. Was kind of hoping the Benintendi move would open some floodgates, but that does not seem to have happened.
That homer is exactly what Austin Rei needs more of this season. It's that ability to actually do damage on strikes that could make his ability to lay off bad pitches a real weapon even when he reaches the higher levels. Without it, he's just an easy out. With it, even a little bit of it, he can put on battles and win them.