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Red Sox Minor Lines: A rare good pitching day in the low minors

A good day overall, reallg

Pawtucket L 1-3

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 1-4, 2 K

Cole Sturgeon, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Rusney Castillo, CF: 0-4, 2 K

Mike Ohlman, DH: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Sam Travis, LF: 1-1

William Cuevas: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (93 pitches)

Ty Buttrey: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (16 pitches)

The big news here is Travis being pulled after just one at bat. This was not injury-related, however, but rather because he’s getting the call to the majors. We’ll see him in Houston on Saturday. On the mound, Cuevas continues to be quietly and surprisingly good this season.

Portland L 4-5 (F/11)

Jeremy Rivera, SS: 1-5, 1 K

Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 2-3, 1 HR, 3 BB, 2 R 1 RBI, 1 E

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tate Matheny, CF: 2-5, 1 K, 1 CS

Trey Ball: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (37 pitches)

Trevor Kelley: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

It was a big day at the plate for a lot of guys in Portland, most notably De La Guerra and Ockimey. The former is trying to get back to Pawtucket after the demotion to Portland has worked to kickstart his season. The latter is looking to prove he’s a better prospect than Travis.

Salem W 4-2

Santiago Espinal, DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Brett Netzer, 2B: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Roldani Baldwin, C: 0-4, 1 K

C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-4, 1 RBI

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Tyler Hill, RF: 0-3

Jake Thompson: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K (78 pitches)

This is the kind of start the Red Sox are looking for from Thompson, who has been inconsistent at best in his first full season. He had everything working in this one and the command was most impressive. His season will be salvaged with a few more games like this.

Greenville W 7-4

Lorenzo Cedrola, CF: 1-4, 2 R, 2 K

Frankie Rios, SS: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI

Michael Osinski, 1B: 2-4, 2 RBI

Alex Scherff: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (65 pitches)

Like Thompson in Salem, this was a huge start for Scherff in Greenville. The efficiency and command in particular is a nice change of pace, and hopefully a sign that he’s getting ready to settle in for a strong finish to his season.

Player of the Day: There’s a lot of good games to choose from but none really jump out. I’ll give this one to Chad De La Guerra.