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Red Sox Minor Lines: Triston Casas hits his first homer

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Three more cancellations as the farm struggles to simply play their games.

Pawtucket PPD

Portland G1 PPD

Portland G2 PPD

Salem L 3-10

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-4, 1 R, 3 K, 1 SB

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 R

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

After Salem’s lineup exploded in a blowout victory on Tuesday, Wednesday brought a rougher road for the team as a whole. Their pitching staff was particularly bad, with their first two arms (Jhonathan Diaz and Devon Fisher) combining to allow nine runs over the first five innings. Salem actually did have a 1-0 lead after the top of the third, but it wouldn’t last long. Fitzgerald continues to stand out in this lineup, though Duran is currently matching him with a .458 batting average while Castellanos is struggling to get going.

Greenville L 8-9

Cole Brannen, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB

Kervin Suarez, 2B: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Tyler Esplin, RF: 2-5, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R

Jordan Wren, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R

Logan Browning: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (40 pitches)

The game itself didn’t go according to plan for the Drive, whose pitching allowed at least one run in each of the first five innings. They did keep pace on offense for the most part and had the game tied at eight heading into the top of the eighth, but Augusta knocked in the go-ahead run there and wouldn’t look back. On a more positive note, Casas knocked his first homer of his professional career. It’s been a bit of a slog for the 2018 first round pick thus far, but it’s obviously still very early. Also, quick shoutout to Browning. Last year’s 24th round pick quietly had a nice 2018 with 40 strikeouts to just seven walks in 32 13 innings in his professional debut last year and a strong start to 2019.

Player of the Day: Not a ton of options here with a two-game slate that both ended in losses, but Kervin Suarez did have himself a day, getting on base three times an finishing just a homer away from the cycle. Suarez signed as an international free agent at the end of the 2015-2016 signing period for $100,000 and is repeating Low-A this year. He has some strides to make offensively if he wants to have a real chance at a major-league career, but he has the athleticism to give him the other tools if his bat can indeed improve. Very early in 2018, he’s hitting .333/.391/.571.