Pawtucket W 1-0
Tzu-Wei Lin, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R
Cole Sturgeon, RF: 0-4, 3 K
Aneury Tavarez, LF: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 CS
Sam Travis, 1B: 0-1, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 CS
Ivan De Jesus, 2B: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 K
William Cuevas: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (102 pitches)
Brandon Workman: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (19 pitches)
Incredible job on the mound for the PawSox in this game, with Lin’s two hits being the only hits they got from their lineup. It was all they needed, though, as Cuevas was great in this game as he continues a quietly solid start. Workman has also been looking really good lately after a rough start to his season, and he’s doing so with just about all of his appearances lasting at least two innings. There’s no room for him in the majors right now, but if he keeps pitching like this he’ll get a chance sooner or later.
Portland W 6-2
Jeremy Rivera, SS: 3-3, 2 BB, 4 R, 1 E
Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 1-5, 1 R
Jantzen Witte, LF/1B: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 K
Tate Matheny, CF: 0-0
Josh Tobias, 3B: 3-4, 1 BB, 2 RBI
Kyle Hart: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (100 pitches)
This was an interesting game that was carried by a lot of non-prospects. Well, that could be changing for some of them. Hart was a 19th round pick in 2016, and while the righty has never been a darling on scouting reports he’s done nothing but put up strong numbers. We also see Rivera (who has been hot lately), Witte and Tobias carrying the offense. Whatever works!
Salem W 7-2
Santiago Espinal, 3B: 1-4, 1 RBI
Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-5, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
Roldani Baldwin, C: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI
C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
Bobby Dalbec, DH: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Tyler Hill, RF: 1-4, 2 R
Bryan Mata: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K (93 pitches)
I’ve said many times that I am extremely intrigued by Baldwin as a prospect, and this shows why. The power appears to be very real, even in a pitcher’s environment like Salem. Sunday’s was his fifth homer in just 18 games this year (a 45-homer pace over 162 games) and he has a .257 Isolated Power after posting a mark of .215 last season. If he can stick behind the plate, there’s a good player here. Mata, meanwhile, got good results in this game but he’s not showing the same kind of command and general effectiveness he did last season. Hopefully that comes as the year goes on.
Greenville W 3-0
Ricardo Cubillan, SS: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K
Frankie Rios, LF: 2-5, 2 K
Kervin Suarez, CF: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI
Denyi Reyes: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K (92 pitches)
Just a casual Maddux for Reyes on a Sunday afternoon. The righty has been quietly outstanding for the Drive this season, but this was unsurprisingly the best outing he’s had in 2018. Expect to hear plenty more about the 21-year-old as the season goes on.
Player of the Day: Obviously, it’s Reyes. Nobody is surprised by this, but he clearly deserves this. I referenced that he’s been outstanding this year, and it’s absolutely true. Through ten appearances (seven starts and three relief outings) he has thrown 50 2⁄3 innings with a 2.66 ERA, 57 strikeouts and only six walks. Hard not to be impressed.