Pawtucket L 1-4
Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-4
Ivan De Jesus, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB
Aneury Tavarez, RF: 1-4
Marcus Walden: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (43 pitches)
Robby Scott: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (12 pitches)
Steven Wright: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (88 pitches)
Steven Wright is getting closer to the day he returns from his suspension, which is May 14. That’s only about a week away, so he gets one start in the minors to get himself ready for that day. He made an appearance in Pawtucket on Tuesday, and interestingly it was a piggy-back outing in which he came in for the third and finished off the game. He allowed a lot of hits and didn’t really get strikeouts, but keeping runs off the board is exciting. We’re still waiting for more details about David Price’s injury, so Wright’s return to the roster could be coming at just the right now. No pun intended, I swear.
Portland W 5-3
Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Cole Sturgeon, RF: 1-5, 1 K
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-5, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 E
Tate Matheny, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K
Luke Tendler, DH: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Danny Mars, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
Travis Lakins: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (45 pitches)
Teddy Stankiewicz: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (82 pitches)
Lakins still seems to be building up arm strength after starting the year on the disabled list as all three of his starts have lasted only three innings and he’s had roughly the same pitch count in his last two outings. It’s probably a good idea to take it easy with him, as he has some of the best stuff in the entire system but health has always been a problem. Still, he showed how electric he can be in this outing with three shutout innings and five strikeouts, and it’s worth noting that it came against a vaunted New Hampshire lineup that features Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, two of the ten best prospects in the game. Along those same lines, Teddy STANK had himself a nice little day as a piggy-back starter as well.
Salem L 2-10
Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Roldani Baldwin, C: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-4, 1 K
C.J. Chatham, DH: 0-3
Tyler Hill, RF: 1-3, 1 R, 2 SB
Roniel Raudes: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K (91 pitches)
Well look who made the jump up to Salem after all. Chatham made his first appearance at High-A on Tuesday despite not really playing the field much this year and being on a bit of a cold streak after a hot start in Greenville. Still, as we’ve mentioned many times, this is a 23 year old who is in a make-or-break year, so they’ll need to push him if they want to get him back on a more apt timeline for his age. He is still playing DH, though, so clearly something still isn’t right. Either that or they are trying to get him to focus on the bat, already having confidence in his glove. It wasn’t a great debut, but he’ll probably have a little more time to figure out this level than he did in Greenville.
Player of the Day: It was a pretty rough day for the system overall with nobody really standing out. I think this one has to go to Travis Lakins despite only throwing three innings. He was definitely the most electric player on the day, and he’s going to be one of the most interesting arms to watch in the system for as long as he’s in it. We’ll see how long they keep the righty’s pitch count down and if he can potentially pitch his way to a second-half promotion to Pawtucket.