Pawtucket W 5-2
Rusney Castillo, RF: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Gorkys Hernández, CF: 0-5, 3 K, 1 E
Michael Chavis, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB
Sam Travis, LF: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Bryce Brentz, DH: 0-4, 3 K
Tony Renda, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K
Juan Centeno, C: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E
Mike MIller, SS: 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 E
Travis Lakins: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K (26 pitches)
Jenrry Mejia: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (19 pitches)
This was a big comeback win in the fog for the PawSox, who were down 2-1 heading into the seventh inning before scoring two runs there and two more in the eighth. Ockimey’s home run, his first of the season, came in the eighth to open up the three-run lead. It was a big day for Pawtucket’s bullpen, who combined for five scoreless innings in which they allowed just four baserunners with five strikeouts. Lakins and Mejia were particularly strong with two innings apiece. Both, of course, could be factors on the major-league roster at some point in 2019 and both are recovering from rough outings their last time out.
Salem L 2-5
Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-4, 1 R, 1 CS
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-4, 2 K, 1 CS
There’s, uh, not a ton going on for this Salem roster, particularly on days where Jarren Duran gets the day off. They did open up a 1-0 lead in the first inning and pushed the lead to two in the fourth, but the Lynchburg offense started to get going in the bottom half of that inning and never looked back. Castellanos was the top prospect in Salem’s lineup for the day, and he’s gotten off to a rough start with just one hit (a double) in his first four games and 15 at bats of the year.
Player of the Day: With only two games on the slate, we aren’t exactly overflowing with options for Player of the Day. That said, I’m going to go with Ockimey. There were some solid days in Pawtucket with guys who got on base more than the first baseman, but he had the big home run to give Pawtucket some much-needed insurance. Ockimey is something of a forgotten man in the Red Sox system after not being protected in the Rule 5 Draft and then not being selected by any team. The first baseman has real short-comings, but he will draw a ton of walks and if things are going well he’ll hit for big power against right-handed pitching. It’s not the most valuable skillset, but there is a place for it on some major-league roster somewhere if it pans out.