Pawtucket W 6-5 (F/10)
Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Aneury Tavarez, DH: 0-4, 1 K
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: 1-3, 1 R
Rusney Castillo, RF: 2-4, 1 R
Sam Travis, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Cole Sturgeon, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Jalen Beeks: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K (101 pitches)
Robby Scott: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (13 pitches)
Tyler Thornburg: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K (19 pitches)
Williams Jerez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (16 pitches)
There was a lot of note going on in this game. We start with Pedroia, of course, because the veteran got his rehab underway on Tuesday. He only had one single in three at bats, but if you ask him he thought he did better than that line would indicate. When asked about his performance he responded, simply, “three barrels.” Less impressive in a rehab outing was Thornburg, who had taken the last few days off to throw in front of the major-league coaching staff. After his strong start in rehab it’s been a tough go of late. There’s also another strong start from Beeks, whose ERA actually went up 20 points because of this outing, and who has 59 strikeouts and 10 walks in 37 innings of work. Then, there’s also the fact that Sturgeon was just called up from Portland after straight-up dominating Double-A for the start of this season, and to make room the team sent Jeremy Barfield down. He wanted to be released, the team said no, so we’ll see what happens from there. Finally, Lin went deep, which is neat. Busy day, eh?
Portland L 7-10
Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-5, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Tony Renda, LF: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-5, 4 K
Tate Matheny, CF: 1-2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI
Mike Shawaryn: 5 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 7 K (88 pitches)
Trey Ball: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K (34 pitches)
It’s been an up-and-down season for Shawaryn, the best pitching prospect on this roster. For the most part his strikeout stuff has stood out among any other part of his game, but every once in awhile you get a reminder that his command could use some refinement. The last time he had a start like this, he followed it up with one of his best outings of the year, so we’ll see how he comes back this time around. Ball, meanwhile, has just been a disaster of late and any mild excitement from the beginning of the year is gone. He’s allowed runs in six straight outings. On offense, four strikeouts from Ockimey isn’t great, but it’ll happen.
Greenville W 13-12
Lorenzo Cedrola, RF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Cole Brannen, CF: 1-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Zach Sterry, 1B: 4-6, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
Everlouis Lozada, 3B: 2-5, 2 R, 2 K
Kervin Suarez: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI
Charlie Madden, C: 5-5, 2 2B, 4 R, 4 RBI
Alex Scherff: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K (80 pitches)
What a wild game. Despite all the offense, we’ll start with the pitching, because Scherff is still an important arm in this organization. The righty wasn’t dominant by any means in this game, but given the final score his line was better than I was expecting when I opened up this box score. Scherff has been solid of late, but we’re still waiting for an eye-opening start, or at least one with more than four strikeouts. Offensively, this was a total group effort, but it’s a little upsetting that Cedrola and/or Brannen weren’t bigger parts of this.
Player of the Day: Pretty easy choice today, and among all of the legitimate prospects who played on Monday the nod has to go to Charlie Madden. Not to pat my own back (but to totally pat my own back), he was my sleeper catching prospect behind the plate, so I am totally validated just for this one game. Go me! Madden was a 24th round pick last year who has been hurt for most of the year, but he has a 1.261 OPS in his six games, so that’s something!