Pawtucket L 7-14
Brock Holt (LF): 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R
Aneury Tavarez: 0-1
Jhonny Peralta (DH): 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Pablo Sandoval (3B): 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
Bryce Brentz: 4-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI
Blake Swihart: 1-4, 1 K
Ty Buttrey: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Chandler Shepherd: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Ben Taylor: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Brentz is absolutely on fire, and it’s getting kind of ridiculous. He’s coming off a month of June in which he posted a 1.161 OPS and and is now 5-8 with a double and a triple to start the month of July. Triple-A pitchers should stop pitching to him if they know what’s good for them. On the other end of the spectrum, Buttrey has really struggled since being promoted to Pawtucket and is up to a 10.66 ERA in Triple-A. Finally, Sunday was Holt’s first game back in the field, which is a nice step for him.
Portland L 2-5
Danny Mars: 1-5, 2 K
Rafael Devers (3B): 1-3, 1 HBP, 1 E
Trey Ball: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K
Luis Ysla: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
It was a fairly uneventful day in Portland, particularly with Michael Chavis getting the day off. Mars and Devers didn’t have great days, but neither were completely terrible. Ball was also not great, but at this point it’s hard to expect anything more than this kind of performance. Ysla was solid, and he’s continuing his consistently inconsistent season.
Salem L 0-2
Tate Matheny: 0-4
Austin Rei: 0-4, 1 K
Josh Ockimey: 0-3
Roniel Raudes: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 2 K
Yikes at this day for Salem’s offense. Less yikes at this day for Raudes, who only gave up two runs and went deeper into the game than he’s gotten all year. He still walked more batters than he struck out, and there is work to be done, but in what has been a relatively disappointing year for the young righty this is a good step.
Greenville L 4-8
Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Tyler Hill: 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB
Bryan Mata: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Speaking of young pitchers, Mata is arguably the most exciting non-Groome pitching prospect in the system right now. After flashing great talent in his first few starts at Greenville, he finally had a dud in his sixth start at the level. This kind of performance was bound to happen for the 18-year-old, and as long as he doesn’t make a habit out of these kind of days this will just be a blip on the radar.
Lowell L 4-8
Yoan Aybar: 1-5, 1 RBI
Garrett Benge: 3-5, 2 R
Raiwinson Lameda: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Charlie Madden: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K
Madden was the team’s 24th round pick, but he might be an interesting name to watch this year as the catcher has been quite good in his first couple of games as a pro.