Pawtucket L 6-8
Mike Miller, 3B/SS: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K
Brock Holt, SS: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Sam Travis, LF: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Rusney Castillo, RF: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R,
Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 R
Marco Hernandez, DH: 0-2, 1 K
Bryce Brentz, DH: 2-2, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 5 RBI
Bobby Poyner: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (32 pitches)
This game did not look as close as the final score would indicate for the majority of the night, with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jumping out to a 5-0 lead after five and an 8-1 lead after six. It was Brentz playing the hero to even make it close, and he didn’t even start the game. Brentz came in midway through for Hernadez, though I can’t seem to find a reason why. We’ll keep you posted on that one. Anyway, Brentz got an RBI double in the sixth and a grand slam in the eighth to make it close, though they couldn’t finish the deed in the ninth. It was a somewhat tough day for the rehabbers, combining for a single and a couple walks. Still, they are playing mostly every day, and Holt could be back at some point within the next week or so.
Portland L 2-3
C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-1, 1 SB
Bobby Dalbec, 1B/3B: 0-4
Tate Matheny, CF: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 K, 2 SB
Now a whole hell of a lot going on with this game, which did not feature much offense from either side. All of the offense that did come from the Sea Dogs came from Matheny, who has sort of stalled out in Double-A after showing decent potential as a possible fourth outfielder in the lower minors. This year he is hitting just .215/.241/.269, though he does still show a solid glove at all three outfield spots. By all accounts the makeup is off-the-charts as well, which will help him stick around longer than others with similar talent level. Additionally, there was another potential injury in this game with Chatham getting hit by a pitch in the third, stealing a base but then being replaced defensively in the bottom of the inning. We’ll certainly keep an eye on that situation.
Salem W 7-0
Jarren Duran, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 2-2, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI
Marcus Wilson, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K
Enmanuel De Jesus: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K (94 pitches)
This is more like it from Salem, who was the most exciting team in this farm system for the majority of the early part of the year. On Wednesday, they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after one and never looked back. Duran did Duran things, though with just one hit in three at bats — what a bum — his batting average is down to just an even .400. Castellanos was the standout in the power department for this game, blasting his first homer of the year and getting on base in all four plate appearances. On the mound, De Jesus did walk three guys which isn’t great, but he didn’t give up any runs and allowed just five baserunners all day. That’ll do.
Greenville W 4-3
Cole Brannen, CF: 1-5
Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E
Devlin Granberg, DH: 3-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-4, 2 K
Grant Williams, SS: 3-4, 1 SB, 1 CS
Yorvin Pantoja: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (30 pitches)
This was an exciting one out in Columbia, with Greenville holding a 3-1 lead heading into the seventh before starter Chris Machamer allowed an RBI double and an RBI single to tie the game. Pantoja came on to finish off that inning, and tossed two more scoreless frames on top of it to give the offense a chance to get the lead back. They did just that thanks to a Kole Cottam sacrifice fly, and they were able to go home with the victory. There wasn’t really a true standout here, with Granberg and Williams having a couple of three-hit games and others having key swings throughout the day as well.
Player of the Day: Salem’s win was certainly the most impressive of the day, so it makes sense that the player of the day would come from there. I’m going to give this one to Pedro Castellanos, who got on base four times including his first homer of the year. The first base prospect has always been a bit of a weird one, as by all accounts his batting practices suggest he should hit for major power but it never comes through in games. That this was his first homer of 2019 speaks to that, though to be fair Salem is extremely difficult for anyone to hit for power. Even despite the lack of power, Castellanos is hitting .293 with a .345 OBP, which is solid.