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Red Sox Minor Lines: Bryan Mata continues to impress

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Bryan Mata cruises, Michael Chavis goes deep

Pawtucket W 7-5 (F/12)

Bryce Brentz: 1-6, 1 R, 1 RBI

Sam Travis: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Deven Marrero: 3-6, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 SB

Roenis Elias: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Austin Maddox: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Chandler Shepherd: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Based on a quick search around the interwebs, it’s not clear why Elias only threw one inning on Wednesday, but I can’t imagine it’s encouraging. There was a chance he could play a role from the left side out of the bullpen in September, so if he’s hurt the Red Sox will lose a potential boost. We’ll keep our eye on the situation. On offense, it was a big day for Sam Travis, who can be expected to bring his right-handed swing back to Boston sooner than later.

Portland L 3-4

Michael Chavis: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI

Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 2 K

Josh Tobias: 0-4, 1 K

Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 9 K

Well, that’s one way to break out of a slump. Chavis had been struggling to close out his season at Double-A, but he came through with a couple of big swings on Wednesday, one of which ending with his 30th home run of the season. Meanwhile, solid outing for Stankiewicz, and I continue to wonder if he remains with the organization for 2018. If he does, it’s entirely possible they’ll try him in short stints out of the bullpen.

Salem L 1-2 (F/10)

Tate Matheny: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Austin Rei: 1-3, 1 K

Greenville W 6-1

Brett Netzer: 0-4, 1 K

Roldani Baldwin: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Bryan Mata: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K

Two outings ago, I speculated that the young Mata was starting to fatigue down the stretch, which would have been understandable for an 18-year-old. That no longer appears to be the case. He had a great outing on Wednesday and you can expect him to fly up the organization rankings heading into next year.

Lowell W 6-5

Michael Osinski: 0-4, 2 K

Garrett Benge: 0-4, 2 K

Yoan Aybar: 2-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Tanner Houck: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

With the minor-league season getting ready to wrap up, this was likely Houck’s final outing of his first professional season. It was far from a consistent start to his career, but as we’ve been saying the results are not what matters right now. We can start worrying about those next year.

GCL Red Sox L 7-8

Tyler Esplin: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 2 K

Pedro Castellanos: 0-5, 1 RBI

Everlouis Lozada: 2-5, 2 R, 1 K

DSL Red Sox G1 W 3-2

Willis Figueroa: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Freiberg Marin: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

DSL Red Sox G2 L 5-7

Willis Figueroa: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Freiberg Marin: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 1 R, 3 RBI