Pawtucket W 4-2
Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 1-5, 1 R
Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-5, 1 RBI
Brandon Phillips, 3B: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Michael Chavis, 1B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Sam Travis, LF: 0-4, 1 RBI
Josh Ockimey, DH: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Kyle Wren, RF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
William Cuevas: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 K (103 pitches)
Travis Lakins: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (33 pitches)
We are now just a few days away from the day rosters expand, and we’ll have more in the next day or two about who will get that call, but both pitchers in this game are expected to be on this list. This may have been Cuevas’ final Pawtucket start of the year, and he made it a doozy. Lakins, meanwhile, may not be called up immediately, but that’s just because Pawtucket’s season goes until the fourth and they still need some players before their season ends. Still, they made good impressions as their call comes closer.
Portland W 12-6
Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 E
Esteban Quiroz, 2B 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Christian Vazquez, C: 1-2, 1 R, 3 RBI
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Jantzen Witte, 1B: 4-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 K
Chris Madera, RF: 2-5, 1 3B, 2 R
Danny Mars, LF: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Eduardo Rodriguez: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (76 pitches)
It was a day of rehab assignments in Portland, with Rodriguez and Vazquez both working their way back from their respective injuries. Rodriguez made his second appearance, though his efficiency wasn’t exactly what the Red Sox were hoping for and he tossed an inning less than he was supposed to. Still, the results were fine and I’d assume this will be his final rehab assignment. This was Vazquez’ first appearance and he had a nice day. He’ll head to Pawtucket from here to catch Steven Wright.
Salem W 6-5 (F/10)
Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-5, 1 2B
C.J. Chatham, SS: 4-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 SB
Jake Romanski, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
As the minor-league season ends, Chatham is finishing things off on a high note in what has mostly been an encouraging year. Staying on the field, as we’ve mentioned with him many times, was the biggest win, but hitting isn’t bad either. With this latest big game he’s hitting .320/.354/.398 on the year. You’d like more power, but he plays a good shortstop so it’s not quite imperative and he also plays in a tough park in which to hit.
Greenville W 6-2
Jarren Duran, RF: 3-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI
Garrett Benge, 3B: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R
Pedro Castellanos, LF: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K
Zach Sterry, 1B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K
Charlie Madden, C: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Enmanuel De Jesus: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K (92 pitches)
Zach Schellenger: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (9 pitches)
Everything looked good for Greenville in this game, and that team as a whole has been much better in the second half. Duran had another big game and finally got his first A-Ball triple. De Jesus had a strong showing on the mound, and Schellenger continues to intrigue me as a potential fast riser in 2019.
Lowell L 1-6
Grant Williams, 2B: 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E
Cole Brannen, CF: 0-4, 2 K
Devlin Granberg, RF: 0-4, 1 K
Xavier LeGrant, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Lowell ruined the perfect day on the farm, and Brannen continued to struggle. The center fielder has had just a dreadful first full professional season as a pro, and he’s not getting any momentum to end the year. Next season is going to be a big one in his age-20 season, and while it’s way too early to totally write him off it’s hard to be confident. He’s hitting .185/.271/.220 between Lowell and Greenville this year.
Player of the Day: Eduardo Rodriguez and Christian Vazquez were the story in Portland, but Jantzen Witte was the man. The corner infielder has somewhat quietly been a solid organizational piece for a couple of years now, and while there’s almost certainly not a major-league future for the 28-year-old he shows some flashes of power and plays a role in the middle of high-minors lineups.