Pawtucket W 5-3
Jeremy Barfield: 4-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Bryce Brentz: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R
Hector Velazquez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Ben Taylor: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
It seems as if the Red Sox would like to use Velazquez in the majors sooner rather than later. At least, that’s the only reason I can think that they’d only have him throw one inning. The important thing is that he’s healthy. Meanwhile, I haven’t mentioned Barfield all year but the outfielder killed it in Portland this year. He’s not coming up to the Red Sox in September, but he’s been around for a while and is just coming back this year. He made a hell of an impression, and while the majors are still a longshot I could see someone giving him an outside shot in spring training next year.
Portland W 5-4 (F/10)
Danny Mars: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 K, 1 SB
Michael Chavis: 0-5, 1 RBI, 3 K
Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI
Josh Tobias: 0-3
Henry Owens: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Jake Cosart: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Well, Owens’ last start certainly could have gone worse. On the negative side, the four walks is still not great, though it’s actually a step forward from many of his outings this year. On the more positive side, the four runs were not his fault. I was not at this game, but following along on the ol’ Twitter machine made it fairly clear that Portland’s defense did him no favors even beyond the one error they made. Owens will try to carry some of this “momentum” into the Arizona Fall League.
Salem W 5-1
Tate Matheny: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Austin Rei: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Daniel Gonzalez: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
I only mentioned Gonzalez in this space a few times this year as he shuffled back-and-forth between Salem and Greenville and the rotation and the bullpen. Wherever he found himself, though, he pitched well. This was a phenomenal way to end the year, and I’d expect him to at least be in Portland next year, and probably in the rotation.
Greenville L 1-10
Brett Netzer: 0-4, 2 K
Roldani Baldwin: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 E
Bobby Dalbec: 0-4, 2 K
Greenville’s lineup has been fairly exciting for most of the year, with these three plus Tyler Hill and Lorenzo Cedrola being up in some combination all year. They are sort of limping towards the finish line, but this will be a fun group to follow as they all (presumably) rise up to High-A in 2018.
Lowell L 0-1 (F/5)
Yoan Aybar: 0-2, 1 K
Zach Sterry: 0-2
GCL Red Sox G1 PPD
GCL Red Sox G2 PPD
Well, Saturday was supposed to be the end of the GCL season, and then it rained all day so they couldn’t play their finale. We’ll have recaps on each minor-league season later in the year.