Pawtucket L 2-5
Marco Hernandez, SS: 0-4
Brock Holt, 2B: 1-3, 1 K
Dustin Pedroia, DH: 0-4, 1 K
Sam Travis, LF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Rusney Castillo, RF: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Bobby Poyner 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (19 pitches)
Jenrry Mejia: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (20 pitches)
Pawtucket fell down in this game by a 4-0 score after just an inning and a half on Saturday, and that was enough to pretty much seal the game. It was much like the big-league squad’s game in that way. There were also some familiar faces at the top of their lineup, with Holt and Pedroia continuing their rehab. Hernandez also made his first appearance at Triple-A after being promoted from Salem earlier in the day. There wasn’t a whole lot of production from that group, though. The one productive hitter was Ockimey, who has been on first of late. The first base prospect has six homers over the last eight days and has watched his OPS climb from .827 to .991 in that time.
Portland L 1-4
C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-4, 1 K
Josh Tobias, 2B: 2-3, 1 CS
Bobby Dalbec, 1B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Brett Netzer, DH: 0-4, 2 K
Luke Tendler, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Kyle Hart: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K (100 pitches)
This was a rough one for the Sea Dogs offense, who managed just two extra-base hits all game and plated just one run. Despite that, they were ahead for a few innings of this game before some hits caught up with Hart. Even with the three runs, the Sea Dogs lefty continues to have a good year in Portland and is getting deep into games with consistency. He’s old for the level and doesn’t have stuff that typically translates to the majors, but I’m still interested to see how he’s adjust to a promotion to Pawtucket.
Salem L 1-4
Jarren Duran, CF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 0-4
Jagger Rusconi, RF: 2-3, 1 SB
Kutter Crawford: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (74 pitches)
Eduard Bazardo: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (56 pitches)
Joan Martinez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (23 pitches)
For as great as this season has been for Duran — and he now has a .408 batting average with a 1.020 OPS — the home runs are still rare. In fact, this was just his second of the year. The reason is a combination between a lack of raw power on his part and a huge ballpark in Salem. Still, it’s always exciting when Duran does, well, anything. Meanwhile, Crawford wasn’t great in this game but the lack of innings was not exactly by design as he was forced to sit for a long rain delay and wasn’t brought back. It did give Bazardo a chance to shine, and he continues to make a case for a regular rotation spot in Salem.
Greenville L 1-4
Cole Brannen, CF: 1-4, 2 K
Brandon Howlett, 3B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Putting a cherry on top for what was a brutal day on the farm was this no-show from the Greenville offense. The four minor-league rosters combined for five runs on Saturday which, you know, is not great. At least here we saw a home run from Howlett, who is looking better after a brutal start to the year but still hasn’t had his true breakout stretch in 2019.
Player of the Day: This was, frankly, a terrible day for the farm system but Eduard Bazardo did stand out. As I said above, he is making his case for a normal rotation spot as the 23-year-old is dominating in a piggy-back, long relief type role. Over 29 2⁄3 innings that have spanned ten appearances the righty has a 0.90 ERA with 36 strikeouts and just five walks. He’s a bit of a late bloomer who’s always been on the older side in for the leagues in which he’s pitched, but Bazardo has never done anything but succeed since his first professional season in 2015.