Pawtucket: W 6-1
Rusney Castillo: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K
Blake Swihart: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI
Bryce Brentz: 0-4
Deven Marrero: 0-4, 1 R, 2 K
Henry Owens: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 10 K
Chandler Shepherd: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
This was an encouraging day all around for Pawtucket. Most importantly, Owens looked quite good on the hill with his new-look delivery. The control issues were still there, but he had a no-hitter going for a while and obviously had his strikeout stuff despite the change. On offense, Swihart was able to return after his collision with Sam Travis, who should be back in the lineup on Saturday. Swihart did leave this one early, but it shouldn’t be anything too serious.
Portland L 1-4
Aneury Tavarez: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI
Rafael Devers: 0-4, 2 E
Nick Longhi: 0-4, 1 K
Danny Mars: 3-3, 1 3B, 1 R
Trey Ball: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
In a pro career without very many, Ball had an encouraging night on Friday. The former first round pick was hurt some by his defense, but mostly held his own against a Trenton lineup that contains a couple of top prospects. It’s still way too early to be optimistic about him, but this start is better than the alternative. On offense, this was Devers’ first day without a hit and he also contributed two errors. He’s had better days. Mars was really the only Sea Dog to do anything in this game, and he’s now hitting .474 on the season.
Salem L 1-7
Josh Tobias: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K
Tate Matheny: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
Austin Rei: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Roniel Raudes: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Austin Glorius: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
This was a nice bounce-back outing for Raudes, who struggled mightily in his first start at High-A. As a pitcher who relies more on command and pitchability than pure stuff, it’s always going to be interesting to see how he adjusts to a new level.
The one curiosity is why he only went three innings, since he only had 45 pitches at that point. There’s no word on the interwebs about an injury, though. There was a rain delay, and Raudes did not come back out when play resumed. In the lineup, Austin Rei is continuing his hot start in what is a make-or-break year for the young catcher.
Greenville W 6-0
Santiago Espinal: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 K
Tyler Hill: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB
Bobby Dalbec: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E
Yoan Aybar: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
The top of the Drive’s lineup, Espinal and Hill, didn’t get a whole lotta love heading into the season. Both, however, are having good starts to the year. Espinal was their tenth round draft last year and is hitting .357/.400/.429 to start the year. Hill isn’t hitting quite as well for average but he does have a .322 Isolated Power. This lineup might not just be about Dalbec after all.