Pawtucket W 7-1
Aneury Tavarez: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI
Rusney Castillo: 1-5, 2 R, 1 K
Bryce Brentz: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB 2 R, 3 RBI
Rafael Devers: 0-4, 1 BB
Kyle Martin: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Chandler Shepherd: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Tavarez has been on fire of late, which is nice to see as he has been struggling since getting hurt in late-May and returning about a month later. In fact, he had been struggling some since his promotion to Triple-A at the start of May. He now has five consecutive two-hit games and has raised his average from .169 to .241. Meanwhile, another home run for Bryce Brentz. Ho hum. And a rough second day for Devers. Something tells me he’ll be fine.
Portland L 3-10
Danny Mars: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
Michael Chavis: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Josh Tobias: 0-4
Henry Owens: 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 BB, 2 K
Trevor Kelley: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Chavis has been struggling a little bit of late in Portland. He hasn’t been bad, for what it’s worth, but he’s slowed down considerably since his run of success in Salem. Even in a slump, though, he has that big time power that has made him so exciting this year. On the other end of the spectrum, another classic Owens start. It’s understandable that he’s trying a new delivery and the results will take some time. Still, it’s not like this is a new issue. It’s just getting frustrating is all.
Salem W 5-4 (F/12)
Tate Matheny: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Josh Ockimey: 3-6, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Mike Shawaryn: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K
Stephen Nogosek: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Shawaryn, I think, is my favorite prospect in this system that I haven’t had a chance to see yet. Scouting the stat line is never a good idea, but whatever. I love his strikeout totals. After this game, he is up to 46 strikeouts in 39 innings with Salem and 124 strikeouts in 93 innings on the year. There are certainly flaws in his game, but he’s exciting enough that I’m starting to get scared he’ll be dealt before he gets promoted to Double-A. Meanwhile, a big game for Ockimey is nice to see as we look for him to stay hot over the course of a full season, and Nogosek continues to look like a fast riser.
Greenville L 1-3
Lorenzo Cedrola: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 CS
Tyler Hill: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Bobby Dalbec: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Roldani Baldwin: 0-1
Jason Groome: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K
Nice to see a solid performance from Groome in this one after struggling in his last start. It’s not great to see all those hits, but it’s hard to know how much of that is because of solid contact and how much is because of A-ball defense. There are still some inconsistencies in Groome’s game, but that’s to be expect from someone of his age who has missed so much time. There’s way more to be excited about than to be wary of at this point.
Lowell L 5-6 (F/10)
Yoan Aybar: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K
Brett Netzer: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juan Barriento: 4-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI