Pawtucket L 4-6
Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
Mike Olt, DH: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Sam Travis, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2K
Marcus Walden: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K (55 pitches)
Robby Scott: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (25 pitches)
Travis could be one of the benefactors of Hanley Ramirez being taken off the roster, as the Red Sox don’t really have a right-handed counterpart to Mitch Moreland right now. If Travis is going to take that kind of role, he’ll have to start hitting a lot better than he has been of late in Triple-A. A home run is certainly a step in the right direction given his lack of power throughout his pro career. If he can get on a hot streak, we’ll start to hear calls for Travis soon.
Portland L 5-12
Jeremy Rivera, SS: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 0-5, 1 R, 1 K
Josh Ockimey, DH: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 K
Tate Matheny, CF: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 K
Mike Shawaryn: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K (90 pitchers)
Jake Cosart: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 K (47 pitches)
The final score is real bad here, but there are a couple of encouraging lines in this game. For one, Ockimey had another big game. It was his fifth straight game with a hit and third straight with multiple hits that included at least one double. He’s now up to a .270/.388/.461 slash line on the year. Shawaryn, meanwhile, had a solid outing. It wasn’t pure domination or anything and he could have missed more bats, but walking only one in five innings and only allowed two runs is a good start overall.
Salem L 3-4
Tyler Hill, RF: 1-4, 1 BB
Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-4, 2 K
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Roldani Baldwin, C: 0-4, 2 K
Darwinzon Hernandez: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K (97 pitchers)
Bobby Dalbec went deep again for his ninth home run in 42 games (a 35-homer pace over 162 games), but he also had a strikeout. Overall, his ability to draw walks and hit for power has masked his strikeout tendencies this year, but we still have to wonder how that will play in the upper levels. On the mound, Hernandez had another somewhat disappointing outing. This one isn’t a complete disaster, but he didn’t miss a ton of bats and allowed four runs.
Greenville L 1-3
Jagger Rusconi, RF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Victor Acosta, CF: 0-4, 1 K
Tanner Nishioka, 2B: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Alex Scherff: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K (88 pitches)
The Drive’s lineup is incredibly boring right now, but they did have an interesting arm in Scherff on the mound for this game. It’s been a rough professional debut for the righty, and this was his first start for 11 days. He has been better over his last three outings, to be fair, as he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his outings and no more than one walk in any of them. There’s still some work to do, of course, but Scherff is moving in the right direction.
Player of the Day: This is an awful crop of lines to choose from. It might be the worst of the year. I think I’m just going to give it to Josh Ockimey and move on with my life.