Thursday marked the first day of minor-league action in the Red Sox farm system, and while the upper levels get washed out the lower levels got to play.
Salem L 6-7
Tate Matheny: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Josh Tobias: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K
Michael Chavis: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E
Josh Ockimey: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E
Kyri Washington: 0-4
Travis Lakins: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
Lakins had some breakout potential last season, and the Red Sox were aggressive with the 2015 draftee by placing him in Salem to begin 2016. Between injury and inconsistency, the year did not go well. Instead of continuing to push the young righty, they’re letting him repeat High-A and the first start went incredibly well. If he can keep this up, he’ll be in Portland by midyear. Oh, and nice to see Josh Ockimey get off to a good start yet again.
Greenville W 3-2
Tyler Hill: 0-4, 2 K
Bobby Dalbec: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Roldani Baldwin: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 K
Yoan Aybar: 0-2
Lorenzo Cedrola: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 R
Shaun Anderson: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K
Stephen Nogosek: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
It was a walkoff win for the Drive in their first game, with Baldwin’s dinger coming in the bottom of the ninth to give his team the victory. Besides that homer, there wasn’t too much of note on offense. Dalbec did double in his first plate appearance of the year, which was nice. Shaun Anderson’s stuff was clearly working, but the command wasn’t there. He only had two walks, but he also added four wild pitches on top of that. That’s...not gonna work. Additionally, he allowed two doubles in the first inning that resulted in the only run he’d allow. Hopefully that’s just the result of Opening Day jitters, because the potential is definitely there for Anderson.