Salem W 4-3
Brett Netzer: 1-4, 2 K, 1 CS
Bobby Dalbec: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 2 E
Kyri Washington: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Tyler Hill: 1-3, 1 R
Jake Thompson: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Joan Martinez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Salem grabbed this win in dramatic fashion, staging a ninth-inning comeback in which they scored three runs to walk it off. Dalbec’s home run kicked off the inning and salvaged what would have been a brutal night with a couple of strikeouts and a pair of throwing errors. On the mound, Thompson wasn’t utterly dominant but he held his own in his High-A debut. He did give up some hard contact, though, with a solo home run and two doubles accounting for three of those hits. Martinez, meanwhile, looked really good, at least judging by the box score.
Greenville W 4-2
Kervin Suarez: 1-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 4 K
Cole Brannen: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Pedro Castellanos: 1-5, 1 K
Denyi Reyes: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Like Salem, Greenville got their win with a big ninth, though they were on the road so didn’t have the chance for a dramatic walk-off. There weren’t a ton of standouts here, but Brannen had a nice little day as he looks to shine in his full-season debut. The outfielder took some time to get an extra-base hit in his professional debut at the GCL last year, instead relying on singles and walks. So it’s nice to see him contribute a triple in just the second game of the season in 2018. Power won’t be a big part of his game, but he obviously needs some if he’s going to succeed. Also, big game for Reyes, who came in as a piggy-back starter and finished off the final five innings without much of a sweat.
Player of the Day: Well, this is pretty tough but with none of the relatively big names really standing out I’ll give this one to Denyi Reyes for his strong performance in relief on Friday. The big righty has been outstanding at all three short-season levels in years prior to this, for what it’s worth, though he’s not on Sox Prospects top 60 Red Sox prospects list. Still, if he keeps throwing like this he’ll get some recognition.