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Red Sox Minor Lines: Another big day for Bobby Dalbec

And for the Greenville rotation.

Pawtucket W 8-1

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 2-5, 1 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Tony Renda, 3B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-4, 1 BB

Brandon Phillips, 2B: 1-5, 1 RBI

Sam Travis, 1B: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Aneury Tavarez, DH: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Chandler Shepherd: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (81 pitches)

Bobby Poyner: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (23 pitches)

Robby Scott: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (23 pitches)

Tavarez has had a low-key disappointing year. The expectations weren’t even that high, to be fair, but he was potentially the top line of outfield depth in the organization and he has struggled mightily for most of the year. He is heating up a bit of late, though. He has a five-game hit streak with two homers in that span, and he had a 12-game streak earlier in the month. Granted, most of those games only included one hit, but we’ll take what we can get.

Portland PPD

Salem L 2-4 (F/6)

Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-3

C.J. Chatham, SS: 1-3

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

Jake Thompson: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K (43 pitches)

Well, some good and bad here. The good: Dalbec! The man really wants to be promoted to Double-A, and at this point he should. He had a very strong month of July, and August got off to a hell of a start. The bad: Thompson. Yikes. Not making it out of the first inning and throwing 43 pitches in that effort is....not great.

Greenville G1 L 2-4

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-3, 1 BB

Zach Sterry, DH: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Greenville G2 L 0-1

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-3

Everlouis Lozada, 2B: 2-3, 1 K

Jhonathan Diaz: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K (93 pitches)

Yesterday, my headline on this post was a claim that Greenville’s rotation was underrated. We got another look at why on Wednesday with Diaz getting the start. He was phenomenal in this game and tossed a complete game, and he now has a 3.45 ERA with Greenville with more than a strikeout per inning. He deserves more ink.

Lowell W 8-2

Korby Batesole, SS: 3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 CS

Devlin Granberg: 1B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Trey Ganns, DH: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Xavier LeGrant, 3B: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 K, 2 E

Rio Gomez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (41 pitches)

There were a bunch of promotions throughout the system, but Granberg got left behind. I think that has more to do with Greenville’s roster than Granberg himself — the Drive have a bunch of 1B/DH types already — but he has played well enough for a new level. With this latest big game he’s hitting .304/.382/.428.

GCL W 5-1 (F/6)

Juan Hernandez, LF: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 SB

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 0-3

Jecorrah Arnold, SS: 1-2, 1 BB, 2 R

Chad Hardy, RF: 1-3, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K

Antoni Flores, DH: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Northcut had been extremely hot not too long ago, but he is cooling off a bit of late. I don’t ever really worry about high school prospects in their first professional season, particularly when they’ve already shown flashes as Northcut has. This is a long grind of a season for him, so it wouldn’t be too shocking if he limped to the finish line.

DSL 1 L 1-2

Fabian Andrade, RF: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

Erick Flores, C: 2-4

Ruben Hernandez, LF: 2-4, 1 K

Miguel Suero: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

DSL 2 W 4-1

Nelfy Abreu, CF: 0-3, 1 BB

Angel Maita, RF: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 K

Irvin Villarroel: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Not too much to say about the DSL today besides the fact that, in a rare turn of events, it’s the pitching that stands out.

Player of the Day: Once again, as has been the case many times this year, it’s a Greenville starting pitcher taking this. Hell of a day for Jhonathan Diaz.