Pro-tip to myself: if you have to miss a day, maybe don't choose the one that comes before three teams play double-headers?
Alright, let's...let's get through this then.
Pawtucket L 5-7 (In 10)
Deven Marrero: 2-5, 2 K
Marco Hernandez: 2-5, 2 K
Blake Swihart: 0-4, BB, K
Sam Travis: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB
Runsy Castillo: 0-5, K
Joe Kelly: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Roenis Elias: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 4 K
Pat Light: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
Pawtucket Game 1 W 8-0 (In 7)
Deven Marrero: 3-4, 2B
Marco Hernandez: 2-4, 2B, HR
Sam Travis: 2-3
Blake Swihart: 0-2, K
Anthony Varvaro: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Pawtucket Game 2 L 2-3 (In 7)
Sam Travis: 0-3, BB
Rusney Castillo: 2-3, 2B, K
Blake Swihart: 0-1
Noe Ramirez: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Does anyone else hear the Jaws theme when they see Joe Kelly is back on the mound? Granted, he was a lot better than just about anyone else who pitched since apparently spending more than a week or two in Pawtucket makes you lose all semblance of control, but still, I don't want back on that ride.
At least Sam Travis seems to finally be getting hot again. He was striking out quite a bit in the first month of the season, but he's only got two in 25 at bats since we turned the page on April. That's compared to six walks, which is one more than he had in his first 83 at bats. Much, much better, even if he hasn't been crushing the ball.
Portland Game 1 L 1-2 (In 7)
Wendell Rijo: 0-3
Williams Jerez: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER
Portland Game 2 L 4-5 (In 8)
Wendell Rijo: 1-3, 2B, BB, SB
Luis Ysla: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Give Portland one thousand games if you want. It won't make 'em interesting.
Salem W 9-0
Yoan Moncada: 1-4, HR, BB, K
Mauricio Dubon: 2-4, 2B, BB, SB
Nick Longhi: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB, K
Rafael Devers: 1-3, 2 BB, SB
Trey Ball: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Salem Game 1 L 2-4 (In 7)
Yoan Moncada: 0-4, 2 K
Mauricio Dubon: 1-2, BB, SB
Andrew Benintendi: 0-3
Nick Longhi: 0-3, K
Rafael Devers: 2-3, 2B, K
Salem Game 2 W 8-4
Yoan Moncada: 1-3, HR, BB
Mauricio Dubon: 1-4
Andrew Benintendi: 2-4, 2B
Nick Longhi: 0-4, 2 K
Rafael Devers: 1-3, K
Travis Lakins: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Trey Ball's second start of the year...actually goes quite well. I wouldn't even call myself cautiously optimistic at this point, but at least it's better than the usual.
Meanwhile, Yoan Moncada is finally adding power to his game in 2016. Can you imagine being one of the high-A pitchers tasked to face this lineup? Your best news is that the guy who was on a record-setting hit streak is no longer on said hit streak, though he did jump right back on the bandwagon with a 2-for-4 performance in game two. Their "other guys" include a shortstop with an OBP over .400 and a consensus top-50 prospect who's basically just getting BABIPed to death. In the immortal words of David Tennant: "I'm sorry...I'm so sorry."
Greenville W 4-3
Josh Ockimey: 1-3, 2B, BB, K
Kyri Washington: 1-4, SB
Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-4, 3B, 2 K
Roniel Raudes: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Austin Glorius: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Josh Ockimey hasn't been hitting quite so much in May, and he's seen a bit of a spike in his strikeouts over the past couple of weeks. He's also got a six-game walk streak going, however. The two things that will always excuse strikeouts are homers and walks, particularly in combination. It suggests selectiveness more than an inability to make contact.
As for Roniel Raudes, it's good to see him make it back into the fifth inning. The walks go away, the strikeouts jump up, and he has a strong outing. There's two clear flavors of Raudes outing thus far this year, and I like this type more.