Pawtucket G1 L 5-10
Mike Miller, SS: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
Eduardo Núñez, DH: 0-4
Rusney Castillo, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Sam Travis, 1B: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 E
Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 2-4, 1 R
Bryce Brentz, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Gorkys Hernández, CF: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K
Josh Tobias, 3B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chandler Shepherd: 3 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (70 pitches)
Travis Lakins: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K (33 pitches)
Pawtucket G2 PPD
This was not a great day for Pawtucket, who only played half of the baseball they were scheduled to play in Buffalo and that half was rough. The offense did keep pace with the Bisons over the first three innings, as they were down just 5-4 at the end of three. Then, Shepherd came out for the start of the fourth and totally imploded. It was a brutal day on the mound for the righty, who now has an ERA of 8.53 on the year. Offensively, we saw Eduardo Núñez start his rehab in about the least exciting way possible. They did get three home runs, which is nice, but the pitching put a damper on that performance.
Portland W 7-6
Marcus Wilson, CF: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
C.J. Chatham, SS: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 PO
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-5, 1 R
Luke Tendler, DH: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K
Darwinzon Hernandez: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 1 K (35 pitches)
Zach Schellenger: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (20 pitches)
Well then, talk about a rollercoaster of emotions for Portland. The Sea Dogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Netzer, who had hit for a totally empty batting average for most of the year, drove one completely out of the park over everything. Then, Hernandez came in and struggled mightily. One of the best prospects in the system, the lefty showed that he’s still a work in progress here. He walked three of the first four batters he faced with a double and a home run mixed in before even recording his second out. Hernandez will recover from this, but this is a brutal return to reality. Fortunately, the bullpen held firm after that and the lineup was able to rally. That latter part included a home run for Wilson, his first since joining the organization after coming over in the Blake Swihart trade.
Salem L 3-5
Jarren Duran, CF: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 K
Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-5, 1 R, 1 E
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 E
Ryan Fitzgerad, 2B: 0-4, 1 K
Garrett Benge, 3B: 2-4, 1 K
Bryan Mata: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (77 pitches)
This was a tough game for Salem, who saw a six-game win streak snapped. Their defense let them down a bit with neither of Mata’s runs against him being earned, though for what it’s worth the second run was because of a throwing error made by the pitcher himself. Still, even with the loss there was plenty of good here. The strikeouts weren’t really there for Mata, but he’s now down to a 1.40 ERA through five starts this year. On offense, Jarren Duran puts up three-hit games in his sleep — this was his fifth of the year and he’s now hitting .404 — and Pedro Castellanos continues to smack doubles around the field. You’d like a better result here, but it wasn’t a total dud of a game.
Player of the Day: Salem had the best individual performances of the day, but I’m going to give this one to Bryan Mata. The young righty, who started the year as the youngest player in the Carolina League despite repeating the level, is thriving in High-A to start this season. As mentioned above his ERA is well below 2.00, but most encouraging is that his control is back after a lapse in 2018. Through five starts and 25 2⁄3 innings he’s walked only seven on the year, or just under 2.5 per nine innings. Mata was one of the biggest bounce-back candidates in the entire system, and the first month is going as well as anyone could have expected.