Portland G1 W 4-2
Marcus Wilson, CF: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 R
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: 0-2
C.J. Chatham, SS: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K
Bobb Dalbec, 1B/3B: 1-3, 2 RBI
Jhon Nunez, C: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E
Dedgar Jimenez: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (95 pitches)
Zach Schellenger: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (17 pitches)
Portland G2 L 5-6
Marcus Wilson, CF: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 R
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K (31 pitches)
It was an exciting day of baseball in Portland on Sunday. The Sea Dogs took the first game with a four-run sixth inning to take the lead. Schellenger came on for the save as he continues to recover a bit from a rough start. Pedroia also played in this game, and while he didn’t do much him appearing in games on back-to-back days is a step in the right direction. Game Two wasn’t quite as nice, as the Sea Dogs were up 3-2 heading into the sixth when Feltman came in. The 2018 draftee had his second straight blow-up start as he struggled to find the zone and when he did he allowed a home run here, too. The righty now has an ERA of 11.00 on the year with nine walks in nine innings. I still think that stuff is major-league ready, but clearly right now he would not be able to survive at the highest level.
Salem L 2-8
Marco Hernandez, SS: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K
Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-5, 1 K
Ryan Fitzgerald, 2B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Victor Acosta, LF: 2-3, 1 E
Daniel Gonzalez: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (94 pitches)
Salem is in a bit of a funk right now, with the pitching not really holding up. The starter wasn’t the issue here, as Gonzalez was solid, though eight hits in six innings isn’t great. Once he left, however, the wheels fell off. Salem’s bullpen came in and allowed a six-run rally in the seventh, allowing Myrtle Beach’s lead to jump from one to seven. Offensively, Hernandez continues to swing the bat well, with hits in five of his last six games and at least one double among all of them, and multiple hits in three of his last four. Hernandez is coming back from a major shoulder injury, which the team certainly won’t nor should they take lightly. That said, I’m curious how long he will be in Salem before getting up to Portland. As we’re seeing right now, with Tzu-Wei Lin injured they are one Xander Bogaerts injury away from shortstop being a major issue on the major-league roster.
Greenville L 3-4
Cole Brannen, CF: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K
Devlin Granberg, 1B: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 K
Triston Casas, DH: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R
Greenville had a lead for much of this game with Granberg getting a big hit again, this time driving in two with a triple in the first inning. That lead held until the sixth, when Charleston jumped ahead and never looked back. The pitching wasn’t great, though there weren’t any “real” prospects on the mound, either. It’s worth noting that Casas continues to swing the bat well after a brutal start. Last year’s first round pick has an extra-base hit in four of the last five games. It’s also worth noting that Brandon Howlett, who left Saturday’s game early after being hit by a pitch, did not play in this one. I still haven’t heard anything concrete about an injury, though.
Player of the Day: Yeesh. I really have to pick someone here, huh? I’m going to go with Dedgar Jimenez, who wasn’t really dominant for Portland on Sunday but he did look very solid. Jimenez is a sort of interesting name who broke out back in 2017 with a big year that was split between Salem in Portland. Unfortunately, the big
righty lefty (he’s listed at 285 pounds) saw his lack of strikeout stuff hold him back in a full season at Double-A a year ago. He’s a smart pitcher, but the stuff probably isn’t there for much of a major-league future. Still, given his pitchability he’s always good for a handful of starts like this against minor-league competition.