Pawtucket L 0-1
Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 0-4, 1 K
Tony Renda, LF: 0-4, 1 K
Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Sam Travis, DH: 0-4, 2 K
Mike Miller, 2B: 2-3, 1 SB
Justin Haley: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K (98 pitches)
Mike Shawaryn: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (54 pitches)
Well, this was an interesting pairing of pitchers down in Pawtucket on Sunday. Haley getting the start isn’t that surprising. He’s a starter! He did really well, too, so that’s nice to see from a likely September call-up who could get a late-September start if the Red Sox have everything sown up by that point. Shawaryn coming out of the bullpen is a different story. When it first happened, people (myself included) immediately started to wonder if this meant they were preparing him for a September call-up. However, word quickly came down that they were just piggy-backing these two pitchers so they could both get work in on their scheduled days. Still, Shawaryn came in with runners on base — he stranded the bases loaded — and there are plenty who think he ends up as a reliever eventually. The Red Sox don’t seem ready to make that move, but it could come at some point next year.
Portland L 2-8
Michael Chavis, 1B: 1-4, 1 R, 3 K
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E
Not the best of days for Portland’s slugging duo. It happens.
Salem W 5-4
Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E
Victor Acosta, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Nick Lovullo, SS: 2-3, 1 RBI
Austin Glorius: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (26 pitches)
I think at this point it’s probably time to stop wondering if Glorius can be a legitimate major-league reliever, but I can’t quite bring myself to give up. At 25 years old his performance in High-A doesn’t really tell us much at this point, particularly since he’s repeating the level. Still, the undrafted player’s story is too good to totally give up at this point.
Greenville L 0-4
Jarren Duran, RF: 0-4
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-4, 1 K
Eduard Bazardo: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K (58 pitches)
Bazardo doesn’t really get the mild hype received by the other intriguing pitchers that have come through Greenville this year — Kutter Crawford, Denyi Reyes and Jhonathan Diaz, mostly — but he’s certainly a name to remember for next season. Now, he is not the traditional international signee in that he was signed as a 20-year-old, and it took until his third professional season to get out of the DSL. Since then, though, he’s been rolling and this year in 12 starts between Lowell and Greenville the righty has a 2.33 ERA with 71 strikeouts and only eight walks in 65 2⁄3 innings.
Lowell W 2-1
Lane Milligan, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Devlin Granberg, 1B: 0-4, 1 K
Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 CS
Lowell’s big days are generally brought on by good offense, but this was good pitching. There weren’t really any standout performances on the mound, but rather a good group effort. The best player of the day was Esplin, which is nice to see because he was arguably the most exciting player to follow at the start of the Spinners season but the outfielder has struggled for most of the year.
Player of the Day: I spent most of the Pawtucket section talking about Shawaryn, but Justin Haley actually got the start and he was the best player in the system on Sunday. I don’t think Haley is much more than a back-end starter on a bad team, but every once in awhile he puts forth an outing like this and I start to wonder if I’m underselling him.