Pawtucket W 8-6
Tony Renda, LF/RF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K
Brandon Phillips, 2B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E
Sam Travis, 1B/LF: 2-4, 1 E
Mike Olt, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E
Dan Butler, C: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI
Chandler Shepherd: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (82 pitches)
Ty Buttrey: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)
Robby Scott: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (37 pitches)
It was a rough day for Shepherd, though it’s very clear that he was not helped out much by his defense. Still, with the Red Sox suffering injury after injury in the major-league rotation and rolling through relievers, they could use everyone in Pawtucket firing on all cylinders. This was Shepherd’s first outing in 13 days, and there was some clear rust. That said, he’s actually been somewhere between bad and just okay in each of his last four starts, and he could really use a big outing in his next start.
Portland L 2-16
Jantzen Witte, 3B: 2-4
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Tate Matheny, CF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
Luke Tendler, DH: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS
Trey Ball: 1.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 0 K (52 pitches)
Travis Lakins: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (11 pitches)
The last time I talked about Ball in this space I had mentioned that, while I wasn’t exactly more confident in the lefty, he had been looking better of late. Well, so much for that. This was a disaster of an outing after Portland got a disaster of a start from Kyle Hart. On a more positive note, Lakins had another scoreless day and recorded more than three outs for just the second time since converting to the bullpen.
Salem L 2-5
Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-4, 1 K
C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R
Roldani Baldwin, DH: 1-3, 1 BB
Jake Thompson: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (87 pitches)
I still think Thompson is going to end up in the bullpen sooner rather than later, but he’s been solid enough since the start of July, though it’s come without strikeout stuff. The numbers aren’t at all dominant, but he’s avoided blow-ups and that’s an improvement over his first half. At the plate, Dalbec had to settle for a double rather than a homer.
Greenville L 5-7
Tanner Nishioka, 3B: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
Kutter Crawford: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K (89 pitches)
Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (21 pitches)
In his seventh appearance as a professional and his third with Greenville, Feltman had his first rough day. It was just the first time he allowed multiple baserunners, and just the second he allowed any baserunners at all. This was bound to happen eventually, and the real test will be how he recovers from this. On the other side of things, Crawford had another solid outing. He allowed a few too many baserunners to really call this dominant, but eight strikeouts to just two walks in five innings is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Lowell W 4-3
Jarren Duran, 2B: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Cole Brannen, CF: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Devlin Granberg, 1B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Tyler Esplin, LF: 0-4, 4 K
The Spinners were able to win this game showing off their patience more than anything. The team only had six hits on the day, and none of them went for extra bases. They did, however, draw seven walks with Brannen drawing two of them. Patience has been his calling card since being drafted, and while he’s been disappointing overall he does get on base. Even better, he often wreaks havoc with his legs once he gets there.
GCL L 1-7
Lane Milligan, LF: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 K
Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 0-4, 1 K
Brandon Howlett, DH: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
Rayniel Adames: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Austin Glorius: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 0 K
It was a second straight rough outing for Glorius as he continues his rehab and tries to make his way up the upper levels. The 25-year-old has shown flashes in his professional career, but he’s struggled in two of his three outings at the GCL since returning from injury. Rust is to be expected, but if he fails to get back on track this year it’s fair to wonder if he’ll be back with the organization in 2019.
DSL 1 L 1-2 (F/8)
Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 CS/PO
Brandon Rincones, 2B: 1-2, 1 BB
Denny Daza, SS: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 E
Miguel Suero: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
DSL 2 W 3-1 (F/6)
Nelfy Abreu, CF: 2-3, 1 BB
Luis Hernandez, 3B: 0-0, 3 BB
Brayan Bello: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
There was some good pitching in the Dominican on Monday, and Bello in particular looked good. He’s had a strong year overall, and now has a 1.73 ERA over eight starts with 36 strikeouts and eight walks over 36 1⁄3 innings. It’s worth mentioning that he’s a little older than most first-year players in the DSL at 19 years old, and should get a late-season look in the GCL.
Player of the Day: There really weren’t many standout performances for Red Sox prospects today, so I’m going to give this one to Bello for what was technically a complete game given the rain-shortened contest. He’s been the best pitching on the hitting-dominant DSL rosters, and this comes after signing for just $28,000. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs as he moves up the ladder.