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Red Sox Minor Lines: Aaron Perry makes his debut

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Two years after being drafted

Pawtucket L 3-6

Tzu-Wei Lin, 2B: 1-3, 1 K

Chad De La Guerra, 3B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Bryce Brentz, LF: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Rusney Castillo, DH: 0-4, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB

Chris Owings, SS: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Tyler Thornburg: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (16 pitches)

Pawtucket’s pitching was doing well for most of this game before Syracuse turned it on in the seventh to score four runs and break what was a 2-2 tie at the time. The good news from that side was that Thornburg actually tossed a scoreless inning, breaking a streak of five straight rehab appearances in which he allowed a run. He did allow a double and a single, though, so he wasn’t perfect. Offensively, Pawtucket will be missing Sam Travis and Óscar Hernández for a few games as they will be in London with the big-league squad.

Portland G1 L 1-7

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-3, 2 K

C.J. Chatham, SS: 1-3, 1 E

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-3, 3 K

Joey Curletta, 1B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Tanner Houck: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (97 pitches)

Portland G2 W 3-2

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-3, 1 K

C.J. Chatham, SS: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-2, 1 BB

Joey Curletta, DH: 0-3, 2 K

Luke Tendler, RF: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 R

Deiner Lopez, LF: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Daniel McGrath: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K (75 pitches)

Eduard Bazardo: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K (45 pitches)

Portland was able to split this doubleheader, but it was seemingly more bad news than good news. Among the positives, however, was Chatham. The shortstop prospect took three months to launch his first homer of the season, but he only needed a couple of days to hit his second. Curletta also was able to go deep. On the other end, Duran went hitless across both games as his average is down to .192 in Portland. On the mound, Houck had major command issues with four walks plus three hit batsmen. This outing broke a streak of five straight quality starts for the former first round pick.

Salem W 4-2

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 0-2, 2 K

Marcus Wilson, PH/CF: 0-2, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jhonathan Diaz: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K (103 pitches)

Hunter Smith: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (35 pitches)

Salem had five hits, all of which were singles, plus two walks while striking out a whopping 13 times. And they still won. I don’t really have much else to say about this game. It was weird.

Greenville L 0-8

Cole Brannen, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Devlin Granberg, DH: 0-2, 1 BB

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-3

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-3, 1 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 0-3, 1 K

Chris Machamer: 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K (95 pitches)

Logan Browning: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (11 pitches)

This was an ugly game for Greenville, who managed just two singles on the day. They also didn’t get very good pitching with Machamer struggling in his outing, particularly as the day went on. The one positive in this one was Browning, who continues to dominate out of the bullpen. The righty now has a 1.94 ERA with 54 strikeouts and just seven walks over 41 23 innings.

Lowell G1 W 2-1 (F/8)

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Nick Decker, RF: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Jonathan Diaz, C: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R

Antoni Flores, SS: 0-3

Bryan Lucas: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K (72 pitches)

Lowell G2 W 7-0

Kervin Suarez, 2B: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E

Jaxx Groshans, C: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Xavier LeGrant, 1B: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K

Brendan Nail: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (28 pitches)

It was a very nice doubleheader for the Spinners. Lowell’s roster is known much more for their hitting than their pitching, but it was the latter that stood out on Wednesday. In the first game, Lucas struggled a bit with his control but the strikeout stuff appears to be legit. The righty struck out 28 batters in 17 23 innings in the DSL last year. In the second game, three pitchers combined to allow just one hit over the seven innings with no walks.

GCL W 1-0

Danny Diaz, 3B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 R

Trey Ball, DH: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Aaron Perry: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Richardson Jimenez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Yoelvis Guedez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Diaz is off to a hot start in the GCL, which isn’t terribly surprising. As we’ve mentioned before, if the Red Sox weren’t so crowded at his position the July 2 signing of two summers ago would likely be in Lowell right now. He’s only in the GCL to make sure he gets the playing time he needs. He’s up to a 1.144 OPS to start the season. On the mound, we got 2017 draftee Aaron Perry’s first start of his career. The former high school selection was seen as a high upside pick but he’s battled injuries in his first two years as a pro. It’s nice to see him back on the mound. One more note: They have started to show pitch counts for the lower levels, but I don’t trust them. The box score says both Jimenez and Guedez threw all strikes and says the same for the final two pitchers on the other side. I can’t imagine that’s true.

DSL 1 W 6-4

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Darel Belen, RF: 2-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Eduardo Lopez, CF: 0-2 , 2 BB, 1 R

Albert Feliz, 1B: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

DSL 2 W 16-1

Angeudis Santos, SS: 2-4, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Naysbel Marcano, DH: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Axel James, LF: 3-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 E

Giancarlos Santana, CF: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jose Navas, C: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

There were two stars in the DSL on Wednesday. In the second game, Marcano led his team to a blowout victory with a pair of walks and a pair of extra-base hits, including a homer. In the first, it was Feliz with three extra-base hits. Both players are having strong years with OPS’s just below .900.