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Red Sox Minor Lines: Brian Johnson gets back on the mound

While Marco Hernandez and Daniel Gonzalez have big days.

Pawtucket W 11-8

Mike Miller, 3B/SS: 2-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brock Holt, SS: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Dustin Pedroia, 2B: 1-5

Sam Travis, LF: 0-4, 2 BB, 1 R, 4 K

Rusney Castillo, RF: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Marco Hernandez, DH: 4-5, 1 HR, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Gorkys Hernández, CF: 1-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Juan Centeno, C: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI

Mike Shawaryn: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 7 BB, 4 K (88 pitches)

Josh Taylor: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K (35 pitches)

Jenrry Mejia: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (20 pitches)

Holy offensive explosion, Pawtucket! This was a huge day up and down the lineup for the PawSox, with Sam Travis being the only starter without a hit. The big names here were, of course, the rehabbers in Holt and Pedroia. The latter had a single while the former had a big RBI double to start off what turned into a six-run first. It was Marco Hernandez who really stood out in this game as he continues to stand out since coming back from two shoulder surgeries. It’s been really impressive to see. On the other side of the coin, the pitching was really rough with Shawaryn struggling in particular with his control. This was the first time all year the righty has allowed more than three earned runs, though he does now have 13 walks over his last two starts and 8 23 innings.

Portland W 9-8

C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 E

Josh Tobias, 1B: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Cody Asche, RF: 2-3, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Tate Matheny, CF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brian Johnson: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (54 pitches)

Darwinzon Hernandez: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 8 K (98 pitches)

This was a thrilling victory for the Sea Dogs, who were losing for much of this game. They headed into the ninth with a two-run deficit, but Tobias, Asche and Nunez all had big RBI hits to give Portland the lead and eventually the victory. The pitching wasn’t much to write home about, with Johnson being hurt by his defense in his second rehab outing. He said after the game he’ll probably need two more rehab outings before potentially getting back to the majors. Meanwhile, Hernandez came out after that and showed off both his incredible strikeout stuff and rough command. Offensively, it was a big day for, well, everyone. Dalbec in particular stands out with his home run, as does former Phillies prospect Asche, who reached base four times.

Salem L 1-2 (F/10)

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS/2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Garrett Benge, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Marcus Wilson, RF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Daniel Gonzalez: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K (90 pitches)

This was a tough one for Salem, who tied it up at one on a big RBI single from Castellanos. It was their first and only run of the game, but it was given right back to Wilmington in the tenth for what would eventually be the winning run. There wasn’t much going on offensively for Salem, but they did get a huge start from Daniel Gonzalez. Somewhat quietly, Gonzalez has had a strong year with a 3.02 ERA over his nine starts and 53 23 innings, though his 35 strikeouts and 13 walks aren’t as impressive. Still, he has allowed two or fewer runs in six of his last seven starts.

Greenville L 2-5

Cole Brannen, CF: 0-3, 1 BB

Tyler Esplin, RF: 0-3, 1 BB

Jordan Wren, DH: 2-3

Triston Casas, 3B: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

Yusniel Padron-Artilles: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K (75 pitches)

It was a similar game for Greenville as the one in Salem, with the offense not doing much and wasting what was a really impressive start. Padron-Artilles was making his first start of the year after being selected in the 22nd round in last year’s draft, and he looked impressive. The righty did have a rough relief appearances five days ago, too. He’s now pitched 31 innings between Greenville this year and the GCL last year and he has 29 strikeouts and three walks. He may be a guy to keep an eye on, though it’s obviously still very early in his career. On offense, Wren has three straight games with multiple hits.

Player of the Day: There are two really good options for this one, but I have to go to the pitching. Marco Hernandez had a huge game, but I can’t resist eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts and no walks, all while staying under 100 pitches. That’s what Daniel Gonzalez did. He’s 23 and this is his third year in High-A, so he’s not the most exciting prospect, but he’s good for one or two of these types of outings every year.