Pawucket L 1-7
Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E
Aneury Tavarez, RF: 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Rusney Castillo, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Sam Travis, 1B: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K
Chandler Shepherd: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K (78 pitches)
Brandon Workman: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (40 pitches)
Williams Jerez: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K (27 pitches)
This was not a good game for the PawSox, but the weather did finally let up and allow Pedroia to get into the game. He didn’t have a huge performance, but it seems like he’s close to a return. Alex Cora indicated that he needs to play on back-to-back days before they’ll talk about a return, however, and then said that it was up to Pedroia as to whether he wanted to play in tomorrow’s 11:00 AM game. I have a feeling he’ll be out there and back on the roster on Friday.
Portland L 2-5
Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R
Chad De La Guerra, SS: 1-5, 2 K
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Tate Matheny, CF: 0-4, 3 K
Austin Rei, C: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
It’s been kind of a weird season for Rivera, at least from my perspective as someone who mostly just sees the box scores every day. It feels like I’ve seen him put together good games more often than not, but he’s got a .582 OPS with a .217 AVG which is...not good. Bad memory on my part, I guess. Still, Rivera does have a good glove so if he can ever find a little consistency at the plate there’s a possible bench role in his future.
Salem L 5-16
Tyler Hill, RF: 0-5, 1 K
Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-5, 1 K
C.J. Chatham, DH: 2-4, 1 R
Roldani Baldwin, C: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 PB
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K
Jerry Downs, 1B: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Emmanuel De Jesus: 4.1 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 6 K (88 pitches)
So, uh, yikes. De Jesus has had some strong outings this season, but this was a total dud. That happens. I’d rather focus on Baldwin, who is someone that had me very intrigued coming into the year. I still haven’t gotten a ton of clarity on his defense, but offensively the power seems very legitimate for any position, never mind a catcher. He currently boasts a .263 Isolated Power in a pitcher-friendly park after posting a .215 mark in his full-season debut last year. There are some flaws in his game and he’s not a huge on-base presence, but he’s far and away the closest thing this team has to a catching prospect.
Greenville W 4-3
Frankie Rios, DH: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K
Marino Campana, RF: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Kervin Suarez, 2B: 2-4, 1 K
Kutter Crawford: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K (83 pitches)
It’s Kutter Crawford’s world, you guys. The Crawford obsession started as a bit of a joke — haha his name is Kutter and he’s doing pretty well in a small sample! — but I am sincerely and legitimately all the way in now. Join me in the Kutter Klub.
Player of the Day: It’s Crawford. Obviously. Kutter now has a 1.70 ERA through 47 2⁄3 innings and nine starts with 61 strikeouts and just 13 walks. Get him up to Salem!