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Red Sox Minor Lines: Oh, look, another strong outing from Durbin Feltman

And some solid starts from Mike Shawaryn and Darwinzon Hernandez.

Pawtucket L 0-8

Rusney Castillo, CF: 0-2, 2 BB

Sam Travis, 1B: 1-4, 1 K

Mike Miller, SS: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 K

Dan Butler, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K

William Cuevas: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (94 pitches)

Robby Scott: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (21 pitches)

We talked a bit yesterday about the infield depth and the lack of options. Mike Miller was mentioned among that group, and not flatteringly. I still don’t believe anyone would be excited for him to come up in some emergency scenario, and he does still have a .655 OPS in Pawtucket. That said, he does have a nine-game hit streak with multiple hits in five of his last seven. His batting average has climbed 44 points since July 7 and his OPS has climbed 73 points in that time. It’s something! Also, a rare bad start for Cuevas at Triple-A. This is the first time he’s allowed more than three earned runs since June 16.

Portland L 1-4

Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 2-4, 1 K

Michael Chavis, 3B: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E

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

Austin Rei, C: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 3B

Mike Shawaryn: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (104 pitches)

Shawaryn picked up the a loss in this game, but he really didn’t deserve it. This wasn’t as dominant as we’ve seen the righty in 2018, and nine hits certainly isn’t a sign of great command on the day, but he also only walked one batter and still made it through six innings. The lack of strikeouts this year has been a little weird compared to the rest of his career, but clearly whatever he’s changed is working. Also, nice to see Ockimey go deep again as he’s been in a bit of a slump.

Salem W 5-2

Tyler Hill, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS

C.J. Chatham, DH: 0-4, 1 K

Roldani Baldwin, C: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 PB

Jerry Downs, 1B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Nick Lovullo, SS: 2-4

Chris Madera, CF: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI

Darwinzon Hernandez: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K (97 pitches)

Most of the hype in the Salem rotation right now is around Tanner Houck, and that’s obviously well deserved. Hernandez is still showing big flashes of a potential high upside arm. There’s still a good chance he ends up in the bullpen as there are real command issues here, but he has walked two or fewer batters in three of his last four outings while striking out at least a batter per inning in each of his last nine starts. As I said, the issues exist, but there are still reasons to be excited.

Greenville W 3-2

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-3, 1 BB

Tanner Nishioka, 3B: 3-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Zach Sterry, 1B: 3-4, 1 R

Samuel Miranda, C: 2-4, 2 RBI

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (13 pitches)

I have but one thing to say: Get Feltman up to Portland. And me living in Portland is only part of the reason I’m saying that.

Lowell L 1-7

Trey Ganns, 1B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 PO

Kole Cottam, C: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB

The Red Sox don’t really have any minor-league catching depth at the upper levels, but there are a few interesting guys farther down. Cottam might be the most exciting of them. The 2018 fourth round pick has certainly had some trouble getting on base, but he is showing off some legit power in his first professional season. The offensive bar at this position is as low as one could possibly be, so with Cottam even showing a flash he becomes a player to watch.

Player of the Day: There aren’t a lot of exciting options here, as a bunch of guys had solid days but no one was really dominant. I’m going to give this one to Darwinzon Hernandez though, mostly for the strikeouts. He’s obviously someone we’ve been watching since his breakout last year, and I’m very excited for whenever he gets promoted to Portland, whether it be at the end of this season or to start 2019.