Pawtucket W 3-1
Rusney Castillo: 0-4
Pablo Sandoval: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 E
Steve Selsky: 0-4, 4 K
Blake Swihart: 1-4, 1 2B
Brandon Workman: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Monday was a mixed bag for Sandoval, who may be rushed back from his rehab assignment given the Dustin Pedroia injury. Even if you don’t have much confidence in his bat, one would have to imagine it will be better than what Marrero has provided. It’s the defense that’s the issue right now, and his error here won’t alleviate those concerns. Meanwhile, good to see an extra base hit from Swihart and disappointing to see such a rough day for Selsky after hitting two homers on Sunday.
Portland W 8-7 (F/10)
Danny Mars: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Josh Tobias: 0-4, 1 BB
Rafael Devers: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
Nick Longhi: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
Travis Lakins: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Lakins continues his adjustment to Double-A with a strange start. On the one hand, he had six strikeouts in five innings while allowing just one hit, indicating his stuff was probably solid. The walks stand out as an issue, however. This was easily the best of his three Double-A starts and it was the first time he has been able to miss bats on a consistent basis at the level. There’s still more work to do, though. Nice day for Mars, too, who continues to show potential for a bench career in the majors.
Salem W 4-3
Tate Matheny: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Michael Chavis: 1-3, 1 R
Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 3 K
Trenton Kemp: 0-4, 4 K
Austin Rei: 0-3, 1 BB
It was a mixed bag at the plate for Boston’s High-A affiliate. Ockimey showed his big power with the home run but also had his long swing on display with his three strikeouts. Kemp’s four strikeouts are certainly a setback, but one bad game isn’t enough to get discouraged after his hot start to the season. The same can be said for Matheny. Rei, though, still isn’t making good on any potential he had behind the plate.
Greenville G1 L 2-3 (F/11)
Lorenzo Cedrola: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Tyler Hill: 1-4, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 PO, 1 E
Roldani Baldwin: 0-4, 1 K
Stephen Nogosek: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Don’t look now, but Cedrola is now up to a .284/.325/.405 down in Low-A and has been particularly impressive this month. In particular he’s really taken to the leadoff spot and is also proving to be a threat on the bases. There’s still work to do and he’s still raw, but at 19 years old he’s starting to become one of the most intriguing prospects in the lower levels. Nogosek, meanwhile, got hit around in a longer outing, but it’s not too concerning since his ultimate role will almost certainly be as a one-inning arm.