Pawtucket W 4-0
Brandon Phillips, DH: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R
Adam Lind, 1B: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
William Cuevas: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (95 pitches)
Williams Jerez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (28 pitches)
Phillips made his way up to Pawtucket on Saturday as he tries to get back to the majors. Given the latest news on Dustin Pedroia, there is a real chance that Phillips could prove useful to the Red Sox this summer. He certainly needs some time to shake the rust off after not playing for most of the year, but he has the skills to be part of the second base rotation. Also, shoutout to Cuevas and Jerez for a couple of big days on the mound.
Portland W 6-5
Danny Mars, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K
Michael Chavis, DH: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-2, 3 BB, 1 R
Jordan Betts, 3B: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Tate Matheny, CF: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K
Austin Rei, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R
Travis Lakins: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (8 pitches)
No one is really sticking in that last spot of the Red Sox bullpen, though to be fair that is largely because the big-league team has been in seemingly constant need of a fresh arm of late. Lakins should be part of that mix at some point this year, and at the very least he’ll be looking at a promotion to Pawtucket in short order. The righty now has allowed just one earned run over 15 relief appearances and has largely looked outstanding in the role.
Salem L 1-16
Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB
C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-3, 1 BB
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Roldani Baldwin, DH: 1-4, 1 K
Trenton Kemp, RF: 0-4, 1 K
It was a tough day for the Salem pitching staff, and Kemp’s home run streak ended. The good news is that Dalbec went deep, though he also struck out a couple of times. The promotion talk for the third baseman has quieted down a bit, but I still believe he should see Portland before the end of the summer.
Greenville W 3-0
Tanner Nishioka, DH: 1-4
Garrett Benge, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R
Pedro Castellanos, LF: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Jhonathan Diaz: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (80 pitches)
Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (16 pitches)
It seems that Greenville is not much of a challenge for Feltman, either. I’ve said before and will say again that I don’t believe it’s actually realistic for him to make an impact this year, but I’m becoming more of a believer with each one of these statlines. Eventually, he’s going to get hit around a little bit at some level and the wind will come out of the sails a bit, but until then I’m slowly buying into the hype. At the very least, I’m believing that Feltman can compete for a 2019 bullpen spot from the get-go.
Lowell W 8-4
Jarren Duran, 2B: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Cole Brannen, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 SB
Trey Ganns, DH: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K
Tyler Dearden, RF: 2-3, 3 R
Xavier LeGrant, 3B: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Dearden has somewhat quietly and somewhat surprisingly had a big year for Lowell. He’s striking out a bunch — 27 times in 20 games — but he’s still hitting .319/.400/.435 to start his season. The 2017 29th round pick is better than the draft slot would indicate as an above-slot signing, but this is still surprisingly intriguing.
GCL W 1-0
Jecorrah Arnold, SS: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Nicholas Northcut, DH: 1-4, 3 K
Nothing too special happening down at the GCL today, with a solid all-around performance and a big group effort from five pitchers.
Player of the Day: I’m going to give this one to William Cuevas, who has been bouncing a back and forth between the majors and Triple-A of late but is clearly not letting it affect him. With the Red Sox suffering some injuries in the rotation he could find himself getting a spot start at some point soon.