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Red Sox Minor Lines: Pawtucket’s lineup goes off

And Cole Brannen is struggling

Pawtucket W 10-9 (F/11)

Rusney Castillo, RF: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

Sam Travis, 1B: 0-5, 2 K

Jeremy Barfield, DH: 0-5, 4 K

Ivan De Jesus, SS: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 K

Mike Ohlman, C: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 PB

Aneury Tavarez, CF: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI 2 K

William Cuevas: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K (90 pitches)

Ty Buttrey: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (32 pitches)

It was an exciting walkoff victory for Pawtucket on Sunday with most of the damage coming from the bottom of the lineup. Ohlman was the big standout here, and if you’ll recall he was acquired right before the season began from the Rangers organization. De Jesus also had a big game, which was nice to see after some struggles to start the year. Cuevas also put forth a nice game and has had a nice start to his year. He’s now the owner of a 3.86 ERA through his first three starts. The wildest part of this game, however, is that Pawtucket turned a triple play! It was your basic 1-6-2-3-1 triple play.

Update: We have video!

Portland L 1-5

Danny Mars, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SB

Josh Tobias, 3B: 2-4, 1 K, 1 E

Josh Ockimey, DH: 0-4, 3 K

Tate Matheny, CF: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

Luke Tendler, LF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB

Yankory Pimentel: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (44 pitches)

Matheny isn’t really a great prospect and he likely has the ceiling of a fourth or fifth outfielder depending on the quality of the roster, but he’s having a nice little start to his year in his first taste of Double-A. The outfielder still isn’t showing off much power and he probably never will, but he is hitting .326 with a .426 OBP to start the year. In a pretty boring Portland lineup, that stands out.

Salem W 6-4 (F/10)

Santiago Espinal, SS: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R

Brett Netzer, DH: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 2 K

Jerry Downs, 1B: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler Hill, RF: 0-4

Jake Thompson: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K (86 pitches)

The Salem rotation was the most exciting aspect of any minor-league roster in the Red Sox organization, but the start for most of the guys in High-A haven’t been great. Of course, that’s not a huge deal as there are some 2017 draftees and pitchers who are still relatively young for the level. That being said, we need to see turnarounds at some point. This wasn’t a dominant outing from Thompson, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. You’d like to swap out a hit or two for some strikeouts, but ultimately three runs over five innings is going to work. On offense, Dalbec showed off both the power and the swing and miss.

Greenville L 1-11

Cole Brannen, CF: 0-4, 1 K

Everlouis Lozada, SS: 0-4, 2 K

Pedro Castellanos, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K

There aren’t a lot of players in Greenville to discuss, so we end up talking about the same guys over and over again. Brannen is one of those guys, and I’ve been preaching patience all year. I’m certainly not beyond that point on April 23, but I am starting to wonder when we do get past that. I don’t think it’s any time super soon, but it still would be nice to see some sort of big week at some point soon. Right now the outfielder is hitting .185/.274/.262 on the year. Also, C.J. Chatham has now missed three games in a row and I can’t seem to find any information saying why.

Player of the Day: There were a lot of good games in the Pawtucket lineup on Sunday and I think you could probably make the argument for three or four guys there. I’m going to give this to Ivan De Jesus over Ohlman and Tavarez. The infielder, who made a nice impression with the big-league club in spring training, was on base four times in this game. Also, he was part of the triple play (as was Ohlman) so that’s pretty neat. De Jesus is still a buried a bit on the infield depth chart, and that will only continue to be the case as players like Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and Marco Hernandez work their way back from injuries. Still, if De Jesus can have a strong season at Triple-A he’ll get a better chance to make a roster next year if he isn’t traded this summer.