Pawtucket L 4-8 (F/12)
Rusney Castillo: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Brock Holt: 0-3, 1 E
Steve Selsky: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Sam Travis: 2-5, 1 R
Jantzen Witte: 0-5, 1 RBI, 3 K
Brian Johnson: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K
Kyle Martin: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Chandler Shepherd: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 0 K
Brandon Workman: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Holt got the start at third base in what was supposed to be one of his final rehab games, if not his last one. He was scheduled to go nine innings, but was pulled after just five because he started to feel his vertigo/concussion symptoms once again. It’s unclear what comes next for the super utility man, but you have to feel for him. These types of injuries are scary, and it goes without saying that he needs to take care of this before he gets back to playing baseball. Hopefully, Deven Marrero is ready to keep things going.
Salem L 5-9
Tate Matheny: 0-2, 3 BB, 3 R, 2 K
Michael Chavis: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 2 E
Josh Ockimey: 1-5, 2 K
Kyri Washington: 0-5, 2 K
Austin Rei: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K
Gerson Bautista: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K
It’s starting to look more and more like Chavis isn’t just on a hot streak, but has rather made some kind of adjustment for him to be able to put up this kind of production. He’s hitting the cover off the ball and is up to a 1.073 OPS on the season. It may seem like a promotion to Portland is in the cards — and it certainly wouldn’t be ridiculous — this game also served as a reminder that there are things to work on. Specifically, Chavis needs to get much better defensively if he wants to maximize his potential.
Greenville W 9-6
Jagger Rusconi: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
Tyler Hill: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K
Yoan Aybar: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB
It’s been a weird year for Hill, who is coming off an absolutely dominant season with the Spinners in 2016. In his first full season, he’s been....strange. He hasn’t been able to convert balls in play into hits, but he’s hit for a fair amount of power, has drawn a decent number of walks and has been fairly successful on the base paths. He’s not the monster last year’s stat line would suggest, but he’s also not the bum some scouts suggest he is, either.