Pawtucket L 3-6
Rusney Castillo: 1-2
Ryan Court: 2-2, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI
Steve Selsky: 0-4, 1 K
Bryce Brentz: 1-3, 1 E
Blake Swihart: 1-4, 1 2B
Brandon Workman: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Ty Buttrey: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
Chandler Shepherd: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Wednesday was a really rough day for Buttrey, who followed the major-league team’s lead by blowing the late lead for the PawSox. The righty is struggling a bit in adjusting to life in Triple-A, but with just five appearances under his belt it’s reasonable to expect quick improvement. Meanwhile, you’ll notice Castillo only got two at bats in this game. This is because he was lifted in the third inning with a groin injury. At this point, it’s unclear how serious the injury is. Finally, shoutout to Court for a strong day at the plate. I still don’t think there’s a major-league future here, but he’s doing his best to make a case for it.
Portland W 4-2
Danny Mars: 1-5, 2 K
Tzu-Wei Lin: 5-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 1 SB
Nick Longhi: 0-2
Rafael Devers: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI
Trey Ball: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K
What a game from Lin, who continues his surprising breakout season by being a home run short of the cycle. The infielder is now up to .299/.379/.461 on the season and is making people reconsider what he can be down the road. Also, Longhi left the game early with an injury. Devers, who was supposed to have a day off, entered the game in his place. At this point it’s not clear what the injury is for Longhi. Finally, this was actually a pretty good game from Ball. I still have little-to-no hope about his future as a starter, but this has probably been his best season and I still believe it’s worth a shot to try him out in the bullpen.
Lowell L 4-5
Tanner Nishioka: 0-4, 1 RBI, 3 K
Yoan Aybar: 1-5, 3 K
Ryan Oduber: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Nishioka made his professional debut on Wednesday, and it was...not great. Aybar, meanwhile, is looking to make quick work of the New York-Penn League, as he started the year in Greenville and would certainly like to make his way back there. Oduber is a name you may remember from this spring as he was a member of Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.