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Red Sox Minor Lines: Darwinzon Hernandez heads to Portland

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And Brandon Phillips looks ready for Boston.

Pawtucket W 7-2

Tzu-Wei Lin, CF: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Tony Renda, LF: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 R

Brandon Phillips, 3B: 4-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Sam Travis, DH: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 K

Ivan De Jesus, 2B: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-5, 2 K, 1 E

William Cuevas: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (96 pitches)

Bobby Poyner: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (6 pitches)

Hell of a game for Brandon Phillips, who has come into his own a bit after shaking off the rust to start this season. This was the second time this month he had a four-hit game and the fourth time he had at least three hits, and it was also the second straight game in which he went yard. I’d be surprised if he’s not called up in September — it would be weird to me that he didn’t opt out if he isn’t called up — and it was interesting to see him at third base for this game. Obviously, on the major-league roster that’s where more of the playing time would be available.

Portland G1 L 2-4

Michael Chavis, 3B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, DH: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Portland G2 L 4-6

Chris Maders, CF: 2-4

Michael Chavis, DH: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-4, 1 RBI, 3 K

Deiner Lopez, 2B: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

Darwinzon Hernandez: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (24 pitches)

Well, this is interesting. Hernandez was called up to Double-A on Thursday, which is not really something many saw coming. Granted, it was assumed he’d be in Portland for 2019, so the team apparently wanted to get the lefty a head start there. The results weren’t great, but Ian Cundall of Sox Prospects was there and said he seemed amped up but calmed down later. As for his role, I’m not sure if they are planning to let him start for Portland at all or if he’ll finish the year as a reliever, but I hope this isn’t a long-term switch.

Salem G1 L 3-5

Brett Netzer, 2b: 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

C.J. Chatham, SS: 1-4

Josh Tobias, 3B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jake Thompson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (14 pitches)

Salem G2 W 2-1

C.J. Chatham, SS: 3-3, 1 CS

Josh Tobias, 3B: 1-3, 1 R

Nick Sciortino, C: 2-2, 1 BB

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (11 pitches)

Hernandez is up to Double-A. Dalbec is been there for a little while now. Get Feltman up to Portland, dammit. At this point I really can’t see Feltman in the majors this year like many would like to see, but he’s too good for High-A right now.

Lowell L 4-10

Grant Williams, 2B: 4-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI

Cole Brannen, CF: 0-3, 1 K

Devlin Granberg, LF: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Alberto Schmidt, C: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K

Korby Batesole, SS: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K

Brannen is back in the lineup, and things look the same as they have all year. Last year’s second round pick has been massively disappointing this year. In hindsight they probably pushed him a little too far starting him in Greenville, but he hasn’t hit in Lowell after the demotion either. He’s played in a total of 56 games between the two levels this year and he’s hitting .193/.283/.231. That’s....not great.

GCL PPD

DSL 1 W 5-4

Jimenez, CF: 4-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 PO

Lewis Baez, RF: 2-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Erick Flores, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R

DSL 2 G1 L 1-2

Nelfy Abreu, CF: 1-4

Kleiber Rodriguez, 1B: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Gabriel Perez, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 CS

Bryan Lucas: 4 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

DSL 2 G2 PPD

Today is one of those days where I have nothing on the DSL...

Player of the Day: Brandon Phillips gets the win today. Like I said above, I think at this point I’m assuming he’ll be in the majors later this year. Granted, I think it will be a symbolic move more than anything, but he’s probably a better option than Tony Renda and September is when you keep all the depth you can.