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Red Sox Minor Lines: Marco Hernandez begins his rehab

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It was a tough day for the system, but there were a few pieces of good news.

Pawtucket G1 L 2-5

Gorkys Hernández, CF: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K

Rusney Castillo, RF: 0-2, 1 BB

Sam Travis, 1B: 1-3, 2 RBI

Josh Ockimey, DH: 2-3, 1 K

Bryce Brentz, LF: 1-3

Pawtucket G2 L 2-3

Gorkys Hernández, CF: 2-3, 1 K

Rusney Castillo, DH: 0-2, 1 R

Sam Travis, LF: 0-3, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-3, 3 K

This was a rough day for the PawSox, who did just lost two of their best players in Tzu-Wei Lin and Michael Chavis after both were promoted to the big leagues. The bullpen did get a rest here, with Josh Smith and Ryan Weber both pitching six full innings for complete games, although both did pick up losses in the process. There really wasn’t much to speak of on either side of the ball in terms of strong performances, though, with the lineup not mustering even one extra-base hit in either game.

Portland PPD

Salem G1 L 4-6

Marco Hernandez, 2B: 1-4, 1 E

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI

Salem G2 W 11-1

Jarren Duran, CF: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 0-5, 2 K

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-4, 1 R

Dylan Hardy, RF: 2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBI, 1 K

Daniel Gonzalez: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (75 pitches)

The first game was a tough one for Salem, who jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two-and-a-half innings before Frederick broke out for a big four-run third and never looked back. The big story in this game was Marco Hernandez making his first rehab appearance, a big deal for a guy coming back from a pair of shoulder injuries. There’s no knowing how he’ll look after so much time out with such a big injury, but if he can be even close to what he was before that’s a huge boost for the Red Sox. In the second game, the Salem offense just totally exploded with Duran and Hardy leading the way. After this game in which he was a homer away from the cycle, Duran is now hitting .386 with a .935 OPS on the year.

Greenville L 4-5

Cole Brannen, CF: 0-4, 3 K

Kole Cottam, C: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 0-4

Devlin Granberg, DH: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

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

Alex Scherff: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K (88 pitches)

Yoan Aybar: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)

Greenville should have won this game, as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one and held a 4-1 lead heading into the sixth. The bullpen and defense let them down, though, and thanks to a big three-run eighth from Rome the Braves affiliate won the game late. There was some good news, with Scherff doing a good job of limiting damaging contact even if he wasn’t getting the best strikeout and walk numbers. Additionally, it was a big day for Cottam, the team’s fourth round pick last year. The catcher had a rough start to the year, but he has multiple hits in each of the last two games. He’s a name to watch who isn’t generally mentioned among the top prospects in the system.

Player of the Day: This has to go to Dylan Hardy, who had been down in extended prior to Saturday’s action. A 13th round pick last summer, the outfielder got off to a brutal start to his career in Lowell last year and he’s looking to turn things around this year. Knocking two homers in his second game of the season is one way to do just that.