Pawtucket L 0-3
Tzu-Wei Lin, CF: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K
Brandon Phillips, 2B: 1-3, 1 CS
Sam Travis, 1B: 0-3
Josh Ockimey, DH: 0-3, 3 K
Marcus Walden: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (27 pitches)
Bobby Poyner: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (20 pitches)
Ockimey immediately made an impression upon being promoted to Triple-A, but he’s quickly slowed down since then. Obviously, this 0-3 with 3 Ks is about as low as it’s going to get, but he only has two hits (both singles) in his last seven games and has at least one strikeout in all but one of those games. The first baseman’s season as a whole has been good enough that he certainly won’t see his stock fall this winter, but he has a history of slowing down in the second half, so this is something to keep in mind moving forward.
Portland W 3-0
Michael Chavis, 1B: 1-4, 1 R
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI
Matthew Kent: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K (96 pitches)
Dalbec had been having a bit of a slow stretch, at least relatively speaking, over the last few days. So, seeing him have this kind of game is nice, not that there’s much he can do that will make us look at his season all that differently. This is a breakout season, plain and simple. On the pitching side, Kent carried a no-hitter into the sixth and continues to have a quietly solid year, though the scouting reports don’t suggest a major-league future at this point.
Salem L 0-6
Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 K
C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-4
Kutter Crawford: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 8 K (94 pitches)
Durbin Feltman: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (16 pitches)
Crawford hasn’t been quite as dominant in High-A as he was with Greenville, though in a way it’s been even more encouraging. While he hasn’t been dominating, he’s been solid enough that one has to believe he can hold his own as he moves up the ladder. Plus, he’s still missing bats, and that’s huge. Feltman, meanwhile, did give up a couple of hits but they were both singles. Saturday also marked the first time the righty was asked to record more than three outs, and all things considered it went very well.
Greenville W 7-1
Jarren Duran, RF: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI
Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Tanner Nishioka, 3B: 3-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E
Charlie Madden, C: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K
Frankie Rios, 2B: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 1 R
Alex Scherff: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K (37 pitches)
Zach Schellenger: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (12 pitches)
As much as I’d like to talk about Duran and Schellenger here — seriously, this Greenville roster is rad — Scherff’s start was the most encouraging part of this game. The righty made it back to Greenville for the first time since June, and he looked as good as he has all year. Granted, they didn’t give him a long leash and he is probably not going to be fully let loose before the season ends in a few weeks, but the strikeouts and walks here are a great sign. He’ll be an under-the-radar potential riser in 2019.
Lowell W 9-2
Grant Williams, 2B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
Korby Batesole, SS: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Tyler Dearden, RF: 1-5, 4 K
Devllin Granberg, 1B: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K
Alberto Schmidt, C: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
It’s getting real old talking about Granberg every day (no disrespect to Granberg, because he deserves the ink), but he’s the best player on this roster. He’s too good for this level.
GCL G1 W 4-2
Juan Carlos Abreu, LF: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 SB
Elih Marrero, C: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Brandon Howlett, 3B: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Nicholas Northcut, DH: 1-3, 1 RBI
GCL G2 W 4-3
Juan Carlos Abreu, LF: 2-3, 1 R
Esteban Quiroz, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R
Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 0-3, 3 K
The normal suspects are also hitting down on the complex. Abreu has been super underrated all year as their leadoff hitter, though as we’ve mentioned many times by now he is in his third go around the league. That’s not a small thing. Howlett is in his first go around and may be challenging Northcut in terms of interest on this roster, as the latter has been struggling of late.
DSL 1 G1 L 2-3
Fabian Andrade, LF/CF: 2-3, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E
Denny Daza, SS: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 E
DSL 1 G2 SUSP
DSL 2 G1 L 1-2
Nelfy Abreu, CF: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K
Yulis Hernandez, 2B: 2-3
DSL 2 G2 L 1-2 (F/5)
Nelfy Abreu, CF/2B: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 CS
There was a lot of baseball played down in the DSL on Saturday and there’s not much to say. It did stand out that Daza’s error was his 24th of the year. That’s....a lot.
Player of the Day: I could be talked into a lot of different options here, but I’m going with Frankie Rios. The Greenville infielder got on base four times on Saturday, and that’s a pretty big deal. A 17th round pick last year, the 23-year-old hasn’t shown much to suggest he’s much more than an organizational piece, but it goes to show how even non-prospects are amazing at baseball and they can run into games like this from time to time.