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Red Sox Minor Lines: The one with two seven-run comebacks

We see some resilience from the minor-league system today.

Pawtucket W 11-8

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Rusney Castillo, RF: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R

Michael Chavis, 3B: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Sam Travis, DH: 1-5, 2 RBI, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 E

Bryce Brentz, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Gorkys Hernández, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Juan Centeno, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Chandler Shepherd: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (38 pitches)

Bobby Poyner: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K (43 pitches)

Josh Taylor: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (17 pitches)

This was an absolutely wild one in Pawtucket, with the PawSox trailing 7-0 after the top of the first inning. They battled all the way back, though, with a comeback that culminated in a five-run eighth. Shepherd obviously had a rough game, though he should have gotten out of it when Ockimey made an error that would have been the final out of the inning before any runs had scored. Things snowballed badly from there. The offense picked him up, though, including Chavis hitting a 434-hit home run. It’s nice to see some resilience from somewhere in the organization.

Portland W 11-7 (F/10)

Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

C.J. Chatham, SS: 3-6, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R

Luke Tendler, DH: 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Keith Curcio, LF: 4-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

The PawSox weren’t the only team on the farm to come back from a 7-0 deficit on Wednesday. The Sea Dogs were trailing 7-0 heading into the sixth when they turned on the jets. They had a five-run sixth that was highlighted by the two-run shot from Curcio, and they eventually forced extras. In the tenth, Portland exploded for four runs to put the game away. Curcio was the standout here, but in terms of prospects it was Chatham. The shortstop is off to a scorching start this season, now hitting .325/.378/.500 with seven doubles through ten games.

Salem L 4-5 (F/11)

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 CS

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-5, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 2-6, 1 RBI, 1 K

Victor Acosta, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R

Joan Martinez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (41 pitches)

Jake Thompson: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (32 pitches)

This was a third wild game for Red Sox affiliates, though they couldn’t come out on top in this game. Salem and Down East (Rangers affiliate) were tied at two for most of this game until the Wood Ducks scored in the top of the ninth. It seemed over, but Salem rallied in the bottom half to force extras. The same story would play out in the tenth as well before Down East scored in the eleventh and Salem failed to match. Fitzgerald continues to stand out in this Salem lineup, as the undrafted free agent signed out of Indy Ball now boasts a .413 batting average and a 1.083 OPS.

Greenville L 1-7

Cole Brannen, CF: 0-4, 1 K

Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB

Yoan Aybar: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K (27 pitches)

It’s been a rough start for the 2018 draft class. Both Casas and Howlett had plenty of excitement around them heading into the 2019 season, with the former being the first round pick from last summer’s draft and the latter breaking out in a huge way in the GCL immediately after being drafted. They both had 0-fer’s tonight, and now both are hitting under the Mendoza line. Obviously, it’s too early to worry about high school draftees in their first full professional season, though.

Player of the Day: I like to think I know a thing or two about the Red Sox farm system, and at the very least I do this exercise enough that I know pretty much everyone in the system. Today, however, was the first time I’d ever heard the name Keith Curcio. The outfielder certainly had the best game in the system today, though, with four hits and a home run. He was a sixth round pick by the Braves back in 2014, and in 2018 he found himself out of affiliated ball altogether. After a solid year in Indy Ball, Curcio was picked up by the Red Sox and this was his third game of the year. There’s a decent chance this is the last time we talk about the 26-year-old, but once is pretty good given his background.