(Apologies for the delay on this one. I overslept this morning.)
Pawtucket W 5-4 (F/11)
Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-5, 1 R
Sam Travis, LF: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI
Mike Olt, 1B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K
Dan Butler, C: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB
Chad De La Guerra, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K
Steven Wright: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (61 pitches)
Robby Scott: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (17 pitches)
Kyle Martin: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (31 pitches)
Wright was in Pawtucket on Friday to make his first rehab appearance after starting the year on the disabled list, and things didn’t go super well. He wasn’t great while he was out there and he ended up leaving early with back stiffness. The original plan was for him to get up around 80 pitches. It’s unclear at this point whether he’ll be shut back down or not. Elsewhere, it was a big day for Travis who has gotten off to a hot start this year. It’s also interesting to see him in left field, though obviously we can’t tell from the box score how looked out there. Also nice to see an easy inning for Robby Scott, who should play a role in the majors at some point this year.
Portland W 6-5
Cole Sturgeon, RF: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
Josh Tobias, 3B: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
Esteban Quiroz, 2B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-5, 1 R, 3 K
Tate Matheny, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R
Luke Tendler, LF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K
Mike Shawaryn: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K (83 pitches)
Trey Ball: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K (35 pitches)
Trevor Kelley: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)
It was a wild win for the SeaDogs on Friday as they scored four runs in the final two innings to take the victory. Sturgeon scored the winning run on a wild pitch and continues to have an incredible start to his season. On the pitching side, it was a solid day for Shawaryn though the peripherals weren’t as impressive as they’ve been in the past. I continue to be intrigued by the Trey Ball Bullpen Experiment as well and am excited to see it with my eyeballs, hopefully soon.
Salem W 10-3
Santiago Espinal, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 CS
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K
Jerry Downs, 1B: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Tyler Hill, RF: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Kyri Washington, LF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
Trenton Kemp, CF: 1-3, 1 3B, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
Bryan Mata: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K (85 pitches)
It was a big day for a Salem offense that has shown some flashes this year. It was all put together Friday night as they got contributions up and down the lineup. Washington is the standout for me as he is still an interesting hitter, though there’s swing and miss in his game and he’s been hindered by injuries in recent years. On the mound, Mata had a solid showing and clearly Winston-Salem had some trouble making solid contact, though the control issues certainly aren’t ideal. Still, between the strikeouts and lack of hits we can call this slightly positive.
Greenville L 1-4
Frankie Rios, 2B: 2-4, 2 K, 1 SB
Cole Brannen, CF: 1-4, 1 R
Michael Osinski, 3B: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-4, 1 K
It was another boring day down in Greenville and the offense just hasn’t really taken off of late. C.J. Chatham hasn’t played in a couple days, and I’m not really sure what’s going on there. Castellanos is also struggling right now after getting off to a good start this year. It’s only a five-game stretch, but he has just three singles over this run. The first baseman isn’t a major prospect but he was a sleeper to take a step forward this year. This will be a good test to see how he deals with slumps at the professional level.
Player of the Day: We’ll give a shoutout to Jerry Downs here, who is admittedly a player I had never really heard of until I did this write-up. Still, three hits with two of them going for extra bases is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Downs has actually been in the system since 2015 when he was selected in the 15th round and he had a solid showing with an .812 OPS in Greenville to finish up last season. The scouting reports aren’t great and it’s unlikely he makes it too far in the organization, but he did get this fake award one time.