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Red Sox Minor Lines: Darwinzon Hernandez cruises in Greenville

A hell of a start for Hernandez and another dinger for Brentz.

Pawtucket W 8-1

Tzu-Wei Lin: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Rusney Castillo: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Sam Travis: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Bryce Brentz: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Steve Selsky: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Deven Marrero: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Roenis Elias: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Kyle Martin: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Austin Maddox: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

There were a bunch of strong offensive performances in this game, particularly from Lin and Marrero, both of whom had been struggling a bit with the bat since returning to Pawtucket (or, in Lin’s place, playing there for the first time). As for the power bats, Brentz and Castillo both went deep again, because of course they did. Elias, meanwhile, had his best outing of the season as he tries to show he’s still capable of a major-league role ahead of the 2018 season.

Portland L 2-4 (F/5)

Michael Chavis: 0-2, 1 K

Josh Ockimey: 0-2, 2 K

Josh Tobias: 2-2, 1 CS

Trey Ball: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K

Tobias was the only good player in this game, though it was barely even a full game. If the rain had started just one inning earlier, this one wouldn’t have counted. Really, we didn’t learn much of anything on Friday about the Seadogs.

Salem L 2-4

Tate Matheny: 1-4, 1 K

Austin Rei: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E

Mike Shawaryn: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K

Well, that is not a great line from Shawaryn. The righty has had a mostly impressive year this season between Greenville and Salem, but there are still some inconsistencies that lead to outings like this. He tossed 56 pitches in these 2 23 innings, so it’s a little curious why he was lifted. I’d assume it was just because of ineffectiveness, but I can’t seem to find any explanation of the interwebs. At the very least, I am guessing it’s not an injury since I think that would’ve been mentioned somewhere on Twitter.

Greenville G1 W 1-0 (F/8)

Tyler Hill: 2-4

Brett Netzer: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K

Roldani Baldwin: 1-1, 1 RBI

Darwinzon Hernandez: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K

Have a day, Darwinzon. The 20-year-old lefty has been impressive all year long, but Friday was arguably his best performance of the year. He’s had other big games, but this was the deepest he’s ever gone and the second consecutive outing in which he was allowed to go over 90 pitches. He’s had some issues with control this year (though not really on Friday) but he’s now up to 93 strikeouts in 83 innings of work. He may get a start or two in Salem before the year is over.

Greenville G2 PPD

Lowell W 4-3

Michael Osinski: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 SB

Yoan Aybar: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Zach Sterry: 0-2, 2 BB

GCL Red Sox L 3-4

Kevin Suarez: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 3 K

Blake Swihart (1B): 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K

Pedro Castellanos: 2-5, 1 2B

Swihart’s defensive position on any given day has gotten most of the headlines during the rehab on the complex, but his performance at the plate could start to get some soon as well. They won’t be flattering, either, as he’s now hitting .107/.265/.143 in eight games. There’s certainly some rust he’s working out, but at some point it’d be nice to see a big day at the plate.

DSL Red Sox W 4-3 (F/11)

Keibert Petit: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K