Pawtucket L 2-3
Rusney Castillo: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
Brock Holt: 2-2
Steve Selsky: 0-4, 1 K
Sam Travis: 0-4
Jantzen Witte: 0-3
Bryce Brentz: 0-2, 1 BB
Blaine Boyer: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Jamie Callahan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
This spring, I was surprised when no other team was willing to take a chance on Brentz after he was designated for assignment. I knew the Red Sox had no choice but to expose him to waivers, but I figured someone would take a chance on his power from the right side. No one did, and that’s looking increasingly smart. He’s had a rough year, and this latest game brings his OPS down to .522. Also, solid Triple-A debut for Jamie Callahan.
Portland L 4-12
Danny Mars: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R
Josh Tobias: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 PO
Rafael Devers: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 PO
Nick Longhi: 0-2, 1 K
Trey Ball: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Luis Ysla: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Overall, it was a rough night for the Seadogs, but Tobias’ performance stands out in a good way. He’s up to ten games at Double-A and is hitting .357/.378/.429 while playing second base every day. The return for Clay Buchholz is still succeeding in a small sample, but it’s hard not to be encouraged. Also, another strong day for Devers. Ho hum.
Greenville L 1-3
Tyler Hill: 0-4, 1 K, 1 SB
Yoan Aybar: 0-4, 3 K
Mike Shawaryn: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
When the ball was put into play against Shawaryn on Friday night, things didn’t go especially well. However, his control of the strike zone was fantastic, and that’s mostly what you’re looking for from a Single-A pitcher. This is particularly true when you aren’t sure how the defense was in each particular game. The former University of Maryland ace now had 53 strikeouts in 35 innings. Meanwhile, Bobby Dalbec hasn’t played in a couple days. I can’t find a reason right now, but I’ll keep an eye out.