Pawtucket L 5-6
Rusney Castillo, RF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K
Gorkys Hernández, CF: 1-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K
Michael Chavis, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI
Sam Travis, DH: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K
Mike Miller, SS: 2-4, 1 E
Sandy León, C: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Bobby Poyner: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (34 pitches)
Josh Taylor: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K (37 pitches)
The PawSox lost a tough game that saw them down 5-0 at one point only for them to come back in tie it in the seventh before losing it in the eighth. The big news here, though, was Michael Chavis playing second base. I’ve made my thoughts on this matter pretty clear that I don’t think he’s a viable option there on a regular basis unless you are going to shift to an extreme degree, but the Red Sox clearly disagree. Of course, we can’t tell from the box score how he actually played there, though he had a bit of a rough day at the plate. On the mound, the two lefty relievers each got into a bit of trouble but the overall lines look fine.
Portland W 6-0
C.J. Chatham, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Jantzen Witte, 1B: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Jhon Nunez, C: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 BB
Luke Tendler, LF: 2-3, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS
Darwinzon Hernandez: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 K (74 pitches)
Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (8 pitches)
Well hello there Darwinzon Hernandez. The southpaw, and for some the top prospect in the Red Sox farm system, made his 2019 debut on Sunday and he sure as hell made it count. We did see some of the control issues with the four walks in five innings, and all four walks came on four consecutive pitches. However, the stuff was bananas to strike out two batters per inning. Feltman also came in later for this game and was dominant in a quick outing. Perhaps a preview of a near-future late-game situation in the big leagues? Oh, and Dalbec went deep. He’s good at hitting that ball a long way.
Salem L 1-2
Jarren Duran, CF: 1-4
Jake Thompson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (21 pitches)
Not a whole lot to talk about here. Thompson is going to be a guy to watch this year, though. There’s no reason to be overly excited now, but the 2017 draftee has the kind of arsenal that has a chance to play up in his first full season in relief.
Greenville W 6-5 (F/10)
Kervin Suarez, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Triston Casas, 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
Brandon Howlett, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 E
Juan Carlos Abreu, LF: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
The Drive got a win on a walkoff on Sunday, with Casas coming through with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth to give his team the victory. Pedroia is still the big presence in this lineup, though this could be his last appearance. The second baseman played his nine scheduled innings and the Red Sox will decide on Monday whether or not to activate him for Tuesday’s home opener. Elsewhere, Howlett had his first nice game of the year and Casas reached base twice as well as contributing the game winning sac fly.
Player of the Day: No surprises here. Darwinzon Hernandez is the easy pick here with his five shutout innings and ten strikeouts. We all assume he will be in the major-league bullpen at some point this year, and Alex Cora hinted at that being likely in spring training. Still, he’s in the rotation for now and there’s still an outside chance he’s going to be able to stick there. He showed the control issues in this game and that’s what is likely to hold him back, but if he can take a step forward he goes fro ma really interesting and fun prospect to a stud.