Portland L 10-13
Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-3, 1 RBI
C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 K
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Denyi Reyes: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (82 pitches)
Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (25 pitches)
This was almost a second consecutive amazing comeback for the Sea Dogs, who found themselves down 10-0 by the time the dust had settled in the first four and a half innings. Things looked lost, but after an eight-run seventh the resilient Sea Dogs were only down by one run. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold strong like they did the night before, and that included Feltman having a bit of a rough night. The bigger story in the loss, though, was Reyes having another tough one. As we know, there was some success as to how his command/control profile would play in the upper minors, and the last two outings aren’t particularly encouraging, as he’s allowed 14 runs (12 earned) over 7 1⁄3 innings over his last two starts with seven strikeouts and eight walks. Not ideal!
Greenville W 2-0
Cole Brannen, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Tyler Esplin, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Kole Cottam, C: 2-4, 1 K
Triston Casas, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Brayan Bello: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (62 pitches)
Yorvin Pantoja: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (26 pitches)
Rio Gomez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (25 pitches)
This one was all about the pitching for the Drive, who are now one win away from getting back to .500. They did get a couple of runs in a big sixth inning thanks to a clutch hit from 2018 draft pick Grant Williams, but it was the arms that carried the day here. Bello in particular was great, but any time as a staff you can allow just five baserunners with none coming via the walk while also striking out 12? You’ll take it.
Player of the Day: It has to be Brayan Bello, who dominated the first five innings in Greenville. Obviously you’d like to see more innings, but with it being early in the year in the 19-year-old’s first full season, it makes sense to take things slower. The righty, who spent almost all of last year in the Dominican Summer League, has been eye-opening in 2019. Over his first three starts with Greenville he’s allowed just two runs in 14 innings (1.29 ERA) with nine strikeouts and four walks. There’s likely some regression coming given the peripherals, but he’s also only going to get more comfortable as he acclimates not only with the level but in a new country.