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Red Sox Minor Lines: Bryan Mata shines in postseason play

The Drive lost, but Mata pitched very well

Greenville L 1-2

Brett Netzer: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 E

Roldani Baldwin: 1-4

Bobby Dalbec: 0-4, 3 K, 1 E

Pedro Castellanos: 2-4

Bryan Mata: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K

The Drive dropped Game Two of this series, meaning they will be playing a decisive Game Three over the weekend. Despite the loss, Mata’s performance was highly encouraging. There were a few more baserunners than we’d like to see, but that can be chalked up to luck and fatigue. The seven strikeouts in 4 13 innings is what really stands out for an 18-year-old in his first full season pitching in a high-pressure environment. Mata is going to be fun to follow in 2018.