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Red Sox Minor Lines: Darwinzon Hernandez shines

It was a big start for the lefty

Pawtucket L 1-2

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Rusney Castillo, CF: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K

Adam Lind, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Sam Travis, LF: 1-4

Aneury Tavarez, RF: 3-4, 1 CS

Chandler Shepherd: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K (93 pitches)

Bobby Poyner: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (26 pitches)

This was a frustrating night for the PawSox as the offense was able to get plenty of baserunners — largely due to six walks in the game — but they left eleven of them on base. To be fair, their opponents also stranded eleven runners, making Shepherd’s final line look better than it probably should have.

Portland L 1-2

Danny Mars, RF: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 R

Chad De La Guerra, SS: 2-4, 1 RBI

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Tate Matheny, CF: 0-4, 1 K

It was a different kind of frustration for the SeaDogs on Tuesday as they were simply shut down by good pitching. That good pitching belonged to Justin Dunn, a former BC star, and he allowed just two hits with one being for extra bases.

Salem W 4-0

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

Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-4, 1 R, 2 K

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

C.J. Chatham, DH: 3-4, 1 RBI

Trenton Kemp, CF: 2-4, 1 K

Darwinzon Hernandez: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K (95 pitches)

Jake Cosart: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (26 pitches)

Well then. There’s the version of Hernandez we had been hoping to see a lot more often this year. The lefty had his strikeout stuff with him on Tuesday night, but he’s had that before this year. He also brought his command with him to the mound, which has been a rarer occurrence this year. This was easily his best start of the season, and hopefully he can build off this one. On offense, it was a nice day for Dalbec but he’s back to striking out, making it harder to be excited about the slugger.

Greenville W 5-3

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K

Marino Campana, DH: 1-4, 1 K

Garrett Benge, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Isaias Lucena, C: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R

Jhonathan Diaz: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K (96 pitches)

Benge, playing in just his second game with Greenville, went deep as the 13th round pick from the 2017 draft continues a solid year spent mostly in Lowell. Meanwhile, on the mound, Diaz has been impressive all year and hasn’t gotten the buzz he deserves.

Lowell L 3-4

Jarren Duran, 2B: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 E

Cole Brannen, CF: 0-4

Michael Chavis, DH: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Kole Cottam, C: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E

Tyler Dearden, RF: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Devlin Granberg, LF: 2-4, 1 RBI

Chavis was back on the field for the Spinners on Tuesday as he continues to get back into the swing of things following his 80-game suspension. It’s not clear how much longer he’ll play in Lowell before getting back Portland, but he looked like he still knows how to hit in this one. Also, Duran and me being in on him. You know the deal.

GCL W 10-5

Juan Hernandez, LF/CF: 3-4, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 SB

Jecorrah Arnold, 2B: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Jonathan DIaz, C: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Northcut, as we’ve discussed, is the most interesting player in the GCL right now with both of the Red Sox’ first two round picks on the shelf with injuries. He had a slow start to his career, but Northcut is starting to get into a rhythm now.

DSL 1 W 4-3

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI

Brandon Rincones, 2B: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B: 2-5 1 RBI, 1 K

DSL 2 W 16-2

Nelfy Abreu, 2B: 2-6, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 2 E

Kleiber Rodriguez, 1B: 5-6, 1 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Oscar Rangel, DH: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 R, 7 RBI

Carlos Martinez, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K

Luis Hernandez, SS: 4-5, 1 2B, 2 R

Brayan Bello: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K

A huge day at the plate for the DSL 2 squad, and all without Danny Diaz to boot. That could be a concern, though, as the top DSL prospect left Monday’s game early and didn’t play Tuesday. We don’t know what’s going on, but it’s something to monitor. On the mound, Bello now has a 1.78 ERA with 28 strikeouts and seven walks in 25 13 innings on the year.

Player of the Day: There were a few options here, with Rodriguez and Bello having big day in the DSL. I’m giving this to Darwinzon Hernandez though with the circumstances coming into play. He was a popular pick — and my pick — for a breakout prospect this year. That hasn’t happened, but there is still time. This could be the start.