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Red Sox Minor Lines: PawSox split double-header with extra-inning slam

It wasn’t a super exciting day in the minors.

Pawtucket G1 L 0-3

Rusney Castilllo, CF: 1-3, 1 2B

Sam Travis, 1B: 0-3, 1 K

Ivan De Jesus, 2B: 0-3, 1 K

Aneury Tavarez, RF: 0-2, 2 K

Chandler Shepherd: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K (81 pitches)

Robby Scott: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (16 pitches)

Pawtucket G2 W 6-4 (F/8)

Rusney Castillo, DH: 1-4, 2 R, 2 K 1 SB

Sam Travis, 1B: 1-3, 1 R, 2 K

Mike Olt, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 5 RBI, 1 K

Jeremy Barfield, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Aneury Tavarez, CF: 0-4, 1 K

Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Brandon Workman: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K (44 pitches)

Bobby Poyner: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (18 pitches)

The PawSox had a double-header on Monday, and it was a tale of two games. In the first one, the offense was completely shut down. They managed just one hit in that game, and it was a Castillo double in their first at bat of the night. From there, they didn’t have a hit. They had much more success in the second game, with most of it coming late as they got a grand slam from Olt in the first extra inning. On the pitching side, Shepherd had a solid start in the first game that was wasted, but Workman had another rough one in the second game. It seemed as if he had turned it around, though to be fair he did have five strikeouts and no walks instead being hurt by some hard contact and poor sequencing. Poyner also made his first appearance since being officially optioned, and it could have gone better as the southpaw allowed a home run.

Portland L 3-4 (F/11)

Cole Sturgeon, CF: 2-5, 1 K

Danny Mars, LF: 0-5, 1 K

Esteban Quiroz, 2B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-5, 1 K

Tate Matheny, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS

Josh Tobias, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 SB

Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS

Trevor Kelley: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The Sea Dogs had a couple of clutch, late runs in the ninth and tenth innings to tie and lead the game, respectively, but the Yard Goats didn’t let up. Not a ton stands out here, but Sturgeon had yet another multi-hit game as he continues his huge start at Double-A. This isn’t necessarily notable and, if we’re being honest it should be happening. He’s 26 years old, he got some major-league spring training experience this past March and this is the fourth consecutive season in which he’s spent at least some time at Double-A. He’s supposed to do well, but a lot of players get in this position and don’t make good on it. Sturgeon is hitting .367/.443/.583 through his first 15 games, and given his age and experience he’s likely just waiting for a spot in Pawtucket to open up before he gets a promotion.

Greenville PPD

Player of the Day: There’s not a whole hell of a lot to choose from here, so we’re going to give this to Mike Olt. He was the biggest contributor to the system’s only win today with his clutch extra-inning grand slam. The former top prospect has quietly gotten off to a nice little start in Pawtucket, hitting .224/.361/.490 to start the year. It’s hard to believe he’s already 29 years old — it doesn’t seem that he’s that far removed from being a top prospect in the Rangers system — and it’s unlikely he gets another real shot to make a major-league impact. If he keeps hitting for this kind of power, though, some team will take a shot.