Pawtucket L 3-4
Rusney Castillo, RF: 3-5, 1 SB, 1 CS
Aneury Tavarez, CS: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Sam Travis, 1B: 0-4, 2 K
Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B: 0-4, 3 K
Ramon Flores, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 E
Jeremy Barfield, DH: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
Chad De La Guerra, PR: 0-0
Justin Haley: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K (85 pitches)
Roenis Elias: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K (17 pitches)
It’s been a rough start to the year for Pawtucket in general, and specifically for a couple of standouts from spring training. Travis has been a Grapefruit League standout for a few years running now, but he’s failed to carry that success over to the regular season. The hope was that this year would be different, but it hasn’t been the case just yet. Obviously, there’s plenty of time to turn it around. De Jesus was also impressive in a utility role this spring, and while his role in the organization is not as important as Travis’ (particularly if Hanley Ramirez’ wrist is hurt), it’s still a letdown to see him scuffle like this. On the plus side, Flores has quietly had a nice start in his first year in the Red Sox organization and Barfield hit his first dinger of the year.
Salem L 3-6
Chris Madera, CF: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS
Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K
Tyler Hill, DH: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
Jake Thompson: 5 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (75 pitches)
This was not a great day for Thompson who was looking to build off a fine but unspectacular full-season debut last week. He certainly wasn’t helped by his defense in this game — Salem made four errors in the game — but he also wasn’t really missing bats and his control could have been a little better, too. There are going to be ups and downs with him in his first pro season, but this is a big year for him as the team will likely decide quickly whether they like him better in the rotation or bullpen.
Greenville W 14-4
Cole Brannen, CF: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Kervin Suarez, 2B: 2-6, 1 2B, 2 R
C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Everlouis Lozada, 3B: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E
Michael Osinski, DH: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI
Marino Campana, RF: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Denyi Reyes: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (82 pitches)
Lukas Young: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 L (33 pitches)
This was an absolute explosion from the Greenville offense, who scored half of those 14 runs in the first and never let up from there. Pretty much everyone contributed, but Chatham in particular stands out as he doesn’t seem to be suffering from any rust after missing essentially all of 2017. He certainly looks like someone who wants to be one of the first promotions in the Red Sox farm system this year.
Player of the Day: Really, I should just give this to the entire Greenville lineup, but if I have to pick one guy it probably has to go to Lozada. The error wasn’t great and he already has five on the year, but he had the most impressive statline from that incredible team performance. Lozada, for what it’s worth, is 19 years old and put up an .805 OPS between the GCL and New York-Penn League last year.