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Red Sox Minor Lines: Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec each hit two dingers

A power surge for the SeaDogs

Pawtucket W 6-2

Tony Renda, 2B: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 R

Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brandon Phillips, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Sam Travis, LF: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E

Josh Ockimey, DH: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Jantzen Witte, 1B: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Oscar Hernandez, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Mike Shawaryn: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 7 K (91 pitches)

Trevor Kelley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (42 pitches)

Marcus Walden: 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (35 pitches)

Shawaryn is having a bit of an adjustment making his way into Triple-A, though that’s to be expected. I’ve said this before but the jump from Double-A to Triple-A is underrated as players are consistently facing other players with major-league experience for the first time in their careers, and that’s a whole other level of competition. All in all this was still a solid outing, with the walks being the one real negative. He’s had good control all year, though, so one outing with four free passes isn’t too much cause for concern.

Portland W 10-9

Johnny Bladel, RF/LF: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI

Michael Chavis, 1B: 2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 3-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Tate Matheny, CF: 3-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI

Deiner Lopez, 2B: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E

Dedgar Jimenez: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K (99 pitches)

So, Chavis and Dalbec hitting back-to-back is pretty fun, eh? The two sluggers put on a show for the crowd in Erie on Thursday, each hitting a pair of homers. They weren’t going up against a nobody, either, as Erie’s starting pitcher Alex Faedo is a decently touted prospect with plenty of potential. Dalbec’s second homer gave him 30 on the year, and he already has four in six games at Double-A. Seems good!

Salem L 5-6

Jake Romanski, C: 2-5

C.J. Chatham, SS: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R

Jerry Downs, 1B: 3-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Tanner Houck: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K (80 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (12 pitches)

Houck was a little hittable in this game, giving up three doubles and four singles over his five innings of work, but the strikeouts and walks seem to be improving since they abandoned the new approach they were hoping he’d take to in his first full professional season. I still have a feeling he eventually ends up in the bullpen, but I am trying to keep that feeling out of my opinion of him until I actually get a chance to see him with my eyeballs. Next year. Also, hello there Mr. Feltman.

Greenville W 11-1

Jarren Duran, RF: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Tanner Nishioka, 3B: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 2-5, 2 R, 1 K

Zach Sterry, DH: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Jordan Wren, LF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Angel Padron: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (84 pitches)

Zach Schellenger: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (13 pitches)

Sterry isn’t really someone we talk about much here, but he had a big game so let’s give him a little spotlight. He was a senior sign from the 2017 draft class, and while there isn’t a ton of potential here and he had a rough professional debut last season, he’s having a solid year. It’s only 42 games, but after this big game he’s hitting .301/.371/.423. Like I said he’s probably not someone you need to be super familiar with, but he could be an organizational piece for a few years. Schellenger, meanwhile, is someone I’d expect to be a sleeper in 2019 with some (probably outside) potential of helping the major-league bullpen next summer.

Lowell W 5-2 (F/10)

Tyler Dearden, DH: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 4 K

Devlin Granberg, 1B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB

Tyler Esplin, RF: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Xavier LeGrant, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Yorvin Pantoja: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K (82 pitches)

Speaking of senior signs, Granberg was one from this past draft and he’s acclimating well to professional ball. You expect a college senior to be able to perform well in the New York-Penn League, but it’s often easier said than done. Granberg’s doing it though, hitting .315/.411/.456 in his first 41 games as a pro.

GCL W 10-4

Juan Carlos Abreu, LF: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R

Ricardo Cubillan, 2B: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Brandon Howlett, DH: 1-2, 3 BB, 2 R

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Keibert Petit, 1B: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 RBI

Chad Hardy, RF: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Ryan Fernandez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Northcut is far and away the most intriguing player on this GCL roster — not including Antoni Flores, who hasn’t really played since being promoted — but Howlett has been sneaky intriguing as well. He showed off some patience in this one, and the 21st round pick (who was signed for an above-slot bonus as a high school draftee) is up to a .308/.414/.533 slash line. Someone to watch for next year, at least.

DSL 1 L 6-14

Wilker Vargas, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R

Lewis Baez, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Carlos Sanchez, 1B/RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI

Leonel Jimenez, 3B: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI

DSL 2 L 0-3

Nelfy Abreu, CF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Gregori Custodio, 3B; 2-3

Bryan Lucas: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

I’ve got no DSL thoughts today....

Player of the Day: We have co-players of the day today for Bobby Dalbec and Michael Chavis. Dalbec probably had the better day with an extra hit in there, but the combo of these two in the lineup was too electric to split them up. I’m hoping to get a peek at them at some point next week, so it’s probably a good bet that one or both will be held out of the lineup because the SeaDogs hate to put exciting players on the field when I’m in attendance.