Pawtucket L 4-5
Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 0-5
Rafael Devers, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K
Christian Vazquez, C: 1-4, 1 BB
Rusney Castillo, CF: 0-5, 1 K
Tony Renda, 3B: 1-2, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Sam Travis, LF: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-4, 1 K, 2 E
Justin Haley: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (92 pitches)
Bobby Poyner: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K (32 pitches)
Travis Lakins: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (19 pitches)
The rehabs for Devers and Vazquez aren’t going particularly well, though it’s not always wise to use rehab performances as indicators of how a player will perform back in the majors. That being said, Eduardo Núñez is playing well at third base and Blake Swihart just keeps chugging along, so it’s safe to think about the possibility of both of these players to have a reduced role upon their return, at least relative to their role before their respective injuries. As for the pitching, it was a rough one for Poyner who has been struggling a bit of late, but Lakins continues to look like he can be a real difference-maker in September, and perhaps beyond.
Portland L 2-4
Esteban Quiroz, 2B: 0-4, 2 K
Bobby Dalbec, 1B: 1-3, 1 R, 2 K
Luke Tendler, RF: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 CS
Chris Madera, CF: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K
Kyle Hart: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K (106 pitches)
There are only a few more days for Dalbec to turn things around before the regular season is over, but even if he doesn’t you won’t hear too many complaints. The third baseman set the Eastern League ablaze when he was first promoted, and he’ll have 2019 to prove he can do it again. There are still issues with swing and miss, but he’ll be back. As for Hart, this was his final start of 2018 and he quietly had a strong year from the left side and could potentially be part of Pawtucket’s rotation next season.
Salem L 0-13
Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-4, 2 K
C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-3, 1 BB
Greenville L 1-5
Jarren Duran, RF: 1-4, 1 RBI
Charlie Madden, C: 1-1, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R
Eduard Bazardo: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 7 K (88 pitches)
Zach Schellenger: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (30 pitches)
Bazardo didn’t get the results he wanted in this game, and when he was hit he was hit hard. The righty allowed seven hits on the day and four of them were for extra bases. Still, he showed he can miss bats and command the strike zone, and overall it was an impressive year. Keep him in mind for next year. Schellenger, meanwhile, faltered for the first time this year. It happens.
Lowell L 2-3
Cole Brannen, CF: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
Brandon Howlett, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K
Devlin Granberg, 1B/RF: 0-4, 2 K
Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-2
Northcut continues to be the most intriguing 2018 draftee who is actually playing, at least among position players. One could certainly argue Durbin Feltman over him and I wouldn’t argue to hard in the other direction. He has scuffled a bit to end the year, but he’s shown the talent is there. I’m excited for next year already.
Player of the Day: There really isn’t one, but I’ll give this to Sam Travis. It’s been a tough year for the right-handed bat, but he’ll be in the majors by this time next week doing....something.