Pawtucket L 4-9
Gorkys Hernández, CF: 0-5, 2 K
Rusney Castillo, RF: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-2, 2 BB
Bryce Brentz, DH: 0-4, 3 K
Sam Travis, LF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Chandler Shepherd: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K (97 pitches)
This game was closer than the final score may indicate, with the PawSox jumping out to a 1-0 lead before falling behind 5-1. They did close the gap to 5-4 in the fifth, but eventually a three-run eighth put the game away for Lehigh Valley. The pitching was not great for Pawtucket, with Shepherd missing plenty of bats but still getting killed by a couple of home runs. The one positive here was Castillo, who is having another fine season down at Triple-A. The outfielder is now hitting .275/.345/.490 on the year.
Portland L 1-2
Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-5, 1 K
C.J. Chatham, SS: 3-4, 1 SB
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-2, 2 BB
Aneury Tavárez, DH: 2-4, 1 RBI
Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)
Portland did get seven hits and drew one walk on the day, which would generally lead to more than just a single run. However, none of these hits went for more than a single and the Sea Dogs were 1-6 with runners in scoring position. Taking after the parent club! On the plus side, Chatham continues what has been a great season for him at Double-A and Feltman bounced back nicely from a rough outings his last time out.
Salem W 2-0
Jarren Duran, CF: 0-4, 2 K
Marco Hernandez, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-4, 1 K
Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 SB
Jhonathan Diaz: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K (83 pitches)
Joan Martinez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (29 pitches)
This game was all pitching for the High-A club, and as a group Salem’s pitchers struck out 11 batters while walking only four. More importantly is that they only allowed the three hits given up by Diaz. The starts obviously had a big game, allowing a runner per inning and striking out a batter per inning. The 22-year-old is having a bit of an uneven season down in Salem, but this was by far his best start so far. The offense, meanwhile, struggled to get much going and did just enough to pull out the victory.
Player of the Day: Castillo, I think, had a good case to be made that he should be the guy here, but Jhonathan Diaz gets the edge for having thrown in a win. Diaz isn’t really a major prospect, but he’s coming off a solid year in 2018 when he pitched to a perfectly even 3.00 ERA in Greenville over 26 starts. Of course, he was repeating the level so perhaps that’s not the best test. So far in 2019, he has a 4.70 ERA while averaging under four innings per start — 15 1⁄3 total — in Salem with 19 strikeouts and nine walks.