Pawtucket L 5-7 (F/13)
Aneury Tavarez: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K
Rusney Castillo: 3-7, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB
Brock Holt: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Pablo Sandoval: 0-3
Sam Travis: 1-5, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
David Price: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Chandler Shepherd: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Kyle Martin: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Despite the loss, it was an exciting day for the PawSox with three rehabbing major leaguers on the field for the good guys. Price was definitely the most anticipated one among that group, and he underwhelmed. He said all the right things after the game and felt good after the performance, but it wasn’t what the Red Sox were hoping for as they had hoped to get their lefty back for his next start. For what it’s worth, he was pulled after two innings because they were both long and high-effort, not because of any sort of setback. Still, one would have to imagine there’s at least one more rehab start coming for Price.
Portland L 0-6
Danny Mars: 1-4, 2 K
Rafael Devers: 0-4, 1 K
Nick Longhi: 1-4, 1 K
Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-4
Trey Ball: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 7 K
Another ugly line for Ball, who is looking more and more like it’s time to see what he can do out of the bullpen. It’s admirable that they are trying to squeeze any sort of value out of the former top-ten pick — particularly when he’s not really blocking anyone else — but at a certain point you have to be willing to try something new. To be fair to Ball in this one, four of the runs came on a grand slam from Gleybar Torres, who is arguably the top prospect in baseball. So, silver lining I suppose. In brighter news, Lin is back from the disabled list.
Salem W 7-6 (F/10)
Tate Matheny: 2-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E
Michael Chavis: 1-4, 1 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Austin Rei: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
This Salem lineup isn’t loaded with top-end talent, but they are all starting to hit mildly well at the same time and it is resulting in a very exciting affiliate to keep an eye on. As has been the case for most of the year, the group is led by former first round pick Chavis, who continues to come into his own this year. This game included his first triple of the season. His defense is a question, and this is his first year at High-A, so there’s no real rush to get him promoted. With that being said, he’s on track to earn at least a taste of Double-A this season.
Greenville L 5-6
Tyler Hill: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K
C.J. Chatham: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 CS
Roldani Baldwin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-4
There was another return from the disabled list for a Red Sox minor-league infielder, this time coming in the form of Chatham. Last year’s second round pick had yet to play in a game this season due to a hamstring injury before returning for Friday’s game. The shortstop is looking for a bounce-back year after struggling in Lowell to start his professional career.