Pawtucket L 2-3
Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 R
Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-4, 1 K
Adam Lind, 1B: 1-4, 1 RBI
Sam Travis, LF: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 R
Justin Haley: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K (52 pitches)
Robby Scott: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)
Ty Buttrey: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (21 pitches)
Travis has not had a good season, which we’ve mentioned many times in this space. After Friday’s game he is still only hitting .223/.289/.330 in 54 games at Triple-A. He is still one of the few position players on the 40-man roster, though, so he’s only a couple injuries from being in the majors. With that in mind, it’s worth noting that he has played nine of his last 19 games in left field, with just six coming at first base and four at DH. It seems, in an ideal world, they’d like him to be right-handed outfield depth.
Portland W 5-3
Jeremy Rivera, SS: 1-5, 1 K
Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 1-1, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Tony Renda, LF: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Tate Matheny, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 2 SB, 1 CS
Jordan Betts, DH: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K
Trey Ball: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (26 pitches)
This was a solid outing for Ball, who has not exactly taken to his new role in the bullpen this year. That being said, the former number seven overall pick has looked better lately. The lefty has allowed just one run over his last eight innings of work with ten strikeouts and just one walk. I’m not getting excited just yet — his season ERA is still 5.98 — but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Salem W 5-4
Tyler Hill, RF: 0-4, 1 K
Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
C.J. Chatham, DH: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 K
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Jake Thompson: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K (92 pitches)
Jake Cosart: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)
Dalbec is starting to get on another roll at the plate with homers in consecutive games, three in his last four games and four in his last seven. Perhaps even more importantly, he hasn’t struck out in his last two games and has seven strikeouts in his last seven games, which is an improvement for him. If he can average even just a strikeout per game, that power can shine.
Greenville W 7-3
Tanner Nishioka, 3B: 0-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E
Pedro Castellanos, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI
Marino Campana, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Kervin Suarez, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 1 K
Castellanos was one of the quieter breakouts in the organization last season, putting up big numbers in his Stateside debut in the GCL last summer. He played well enough to earn a very late-season promotion to Greenville, and he has stuck there this year. Between injuries and performance, however, it’s been a bit of a disappointing year. The first baseman — and apparently outfielder too? — has an OPS of just .620 in 41 games.
Lowell L 2-3 (F/10)
Jarren Duran, 2B: 0-5, 2 K
Cole Brannen, CF: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K
Michael Chavis, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Kole Cottam, C: 1-4
Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-2, 2 BB
Alexander Montero: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K (74 pitches)
It was a rough day for the Lowell offense with just four hits on the day and Esplin’s triple being the only one to go for extra-bases. My prediction is that Chavis will play out this series in Connecticut over the weekend before heading back to Portland next week. Perhaps that’s wishful thinking. Also, Montero could be worth keeping an eye on with a 1.86 ERA in four starts and 21 strikeouts to four walks in 19 1⁄3 innings. He’s only 20 years old and is in the States for the first time in his career.
GCL L 2-4
Nicholas Northcut, DH: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 K
Northcut is back in the lineup after missing the last couple of games. The bad news is that he may not be getting pitches to hit — or his patience is too good for this low level of pro baseball; tough to tell from here — and the worse news is that he left early. The reasoning for his exit in the seventh inning is unclear.
DSL 1 W 4-1
Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B: 0-4
Carlos Sanchez, 1B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
Fabian Andrade, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R
Erick Flores, C: 3-3, 1 BB, 2 RBI
Kelvin Sanchez: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K
DSL 2 W 9-5
Nelfy Abreu, 2B: 0-5, 2 K
Angel Maita, CF: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Ronaldo Pulgar, 3B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 E
Still no Diaz or Flores in the DSL 2 lineup, but Maita is starting to develop into an interesting piece in the top portion of the lineup. Over for DSL 1, Flores has somewhat quietly had an intriguing year as their catcher.
Player of the Day: This was a good day for the Red Sox farm system but there really weren’t many standout performances. I’m going to give this one to Erick Flores, who got on base in all four plate appearances. The catcher hasn’t hit for much power this year but he has a .391 OBP thanks to an impressive ability to draw walks. At 17 years old, the catcher is making a good first impression in the organization.