Pawtucket L 1-3
Aneury Tavarez, LF: 0-4, 3 K
Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-4
Adam Lind, DH: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Sam Travis, 1B: 0-4, 1 K
Bobby Poyner: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (11 pitches)
Ty Buttrey: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (11 pitches)
The offense in Pawtucket has gone ice cold of late, with Lind really the only batter doing much of anything lately. Castillo has been fine, I suppose, but it’s still been mostly the empty batting average. Travis, meanwhile, continues to struggle and after this 0-fer his line on the year is down to .215/.275/.320. On a more positive note, Buttrey is looking more and more like he should get a chance in the majors this year.
Portland L 6-11
Jeremy Rivera, SS: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
Danny Mars, RF: 1-5, 1 R
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K
Johnny Bladel, LF: 3-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI
Tate Matheny, CF: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Austin Rei, C: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Nick Lovullo, 2B: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 RBI
Tyler Thornburg: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (27 pitches)
This is, hopefully, the second-to-last test for Thornburg, though it didn’t go exactly according to plan. He did toss the two innings he was supposed to on Wednesday, and the first was good. In the second, however, he allowed a solo homer. It’s not the end of the world, but he’s been shaky enough that it’s hard to be super confident if/when he does come back. He’s schedule for one more rehab appearance before the team will decide the next step.
Salem L 1-4
Santiago Espinal, 2B: 2-5, 1 2B
Brett Netzer, DH: 0-3, 2 BB, 3 K
C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Tyler Hill, RF: 3-4, 1 2B
Tanner Houck: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K (95 pitches)
This is a bit of a mixed bag for Houck, who is having a bit of a mixed bag for a season. On the one hand, seven strikeouts and one walk is great, and he seemingly had a good command of the zone. On the other hand, he allowed five hits which included one single, two doubles, a triple and a home run. That is a ton of hard contact (presumably).
GCL L 3-5
Juan Carlos Abreu, LF: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Elih Marrero, C: 1-5, 2 RBI
Nicholas Northcut, DH: 1-4, 1 K
Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E
Luis Rivero: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Triston Casas remains out of the lineup, and there is really no one excelling right now. Northcut is struggling, but again this is not something to worry about at this level.
DSL 2 L 8-10
Nelfy Abreu, DH: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Angel Maita, RF: 4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Danny Diaz, 3B: 1-5, 2 R, 1 RBI
Kleiber Rodriguez, 1B: 2-5, 1 RBI
Luis Hernandez, SS: 2-5
Ronaldo Pulgar, 2B: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R
Maita isn’t one of the Big Three on this roster, but he’s certainly making a name for himself in his first professional season. The 17-year-old has now played in 19 games and is hitting an impressive .375/.427/.513 to start the year.
Player of the Day: Well, they really don’t deserve to have a player of the day after being swept for the second day in a row, but someone has to win I suppose. I’ll just give it to Angel Maita and move on with my life.