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Red Sox Minor Lines: A bounce-back day for Darwinzon Hernandez

And some rough days in the upper minors.

Pawtucket L 0-3

Tzu-Wei Lin, CF: 0-3, 1 K

Aneury Tavarez, DH: 0-4, 2 K

Ivan De Jesus, 2B: 3-4, 1 2B

Ramon Flores, LD: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K

Cole Sturgeon, RF: 0-3

Marcus Walden: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (62 pitches)

Williams Jerez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (40 pitches)

It was a rough day for the PawSox lineup on Sunday, though there were some interesting notes here. For one thing, Lin got some action in center field. The utility man has shown that he can make a major-league impact, but the more versatility he can add the better. Hopefully they get him more time in the outfield moving forward. De Jesus, meanwhile, has been disappointing all year after a big spring training, but he’s starting to turn things around and had the only good game in this lineup. Jerez is something of a forgotten man among the relief depth, but he’s had a solid 2018 and could get a shot in the majors at some point this year.

Portland L 3-12

Danny Mars, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Chad De La Guerra, 3B: 1-4, 2 K, 1 E

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 K

Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Dedgar Jimenez: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (88 pitches)

Jake Cosart: 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K (51 pitches)

Trey Ball: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)

Yikes. Cosart is where we’ll start, because this is where the game really got away from Portland. I’ve said many times that the righty has the talent to be a legitimate major-league reliever, but the command just isn’t there. He only walked one batter this time around, but he was apparently very hittable with one home run and two doubles allowed in just two innings. At this point, I’m not super confident in a turnaround, though crazier things have happened.

Salem G1 W 7-3

Santiago Espinal, SS: 0-4, 1 K

Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E

C.J. Chatham, DH: 2-3, 1 R

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-3, 3 K

Jordan Prochyshen, C: 3-3, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Tyler Hill, RF: 2-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Darwinzon Hernandez: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (77 pitches)

Salem G2 W 7-3

Santiago Espinal, SS: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI

Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI

C.J. Chatham, DH: 2-3, 1 R

Bobby Dalbec: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 BB, 3 RBI, 1 K

Roldani Baldwin, C: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler Hill, RF: 0-3, 1 SB, 1 E

Daniel Gonzalez: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K (79 pitches)

It was a good day for Salem, who missed a whole lot of baseball this week. That rest seems to have done them some good, particularly for Hernandez. It’s been a disappointing year for the lefty that many viewed as a breakout candidate heading into the year, but he had a strong outing on Sunday. Procyshen also made his second rehab appearance after missing almost this entire season to this point, and he was great as the catcher in the first game. It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes him to get back up to Portland. We also got to see both sides of Dalbec between these two games.

Greenville SUSP

Player of the Day: This was kind of a tough pick, but I’m going to give the nod to Brett Netzer. We haven’t talked a ton about the 2017 third round pick, but he’s had a solid year down at High-A. He’s never going to wow anyone with his power and that certainly limits his ceiling, but he plays a solid second base, hits for average and draws some walks. If the power ever does take even a little step forward, he’s someone we could end up talking about a lot more than we do now.