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Red Sox Minor Lines: A (not) wild Nathan Eovaldi appeared!

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His control was fine. It’s a Pokemon reference, you see.

Pawtucket L 2-4

Tzu-Wei Lin, DH: 1-4, 1 R, 3 K

Bryce Brentz, LF: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

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

Travis Lakins: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (12 pitches)

Nathan Eovaldi: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (19 pitches)

Tanner Houck: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (24 pitches)

The PawSox lost this game, but the takeaways were mostly positive from the bullpen. That of course starts with Eovaldi, who made his first and likely last rehab assignment on Thursday. He’s unlikely to be activated on Friday since he won’t be pitching back-to-back days right away, but he could very well be ready to go Saturday. He looked good in this outing and reportedly felt good, providing a little optimism he could indeed be the answer this Red Sox bullpen was seeking. Both Houck and Lakins pitched well, too, and could be potential helpers later in the year as well.

Portland W 4-0

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-5, 3 K

C.J. Chatam, SS: 1-5, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, DH: 3-5, 1 K

Joey Curletta, 1B: 0-4

Marcus Wilson, RF: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K

Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Jeremy Rivera, 3B: 2-4, 1 RBI

Denyi Reyes: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (98 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K (33 pitches)

This one was all about the pitching for Portland, who got another strong outing from Reyes. The righty, who was added to the 40-man roster this past winter to avoid being selected in the Rule 5 Draft, got off to a bit of a shaky start in Double-A. He’s come around of late, though, allowing just three runs over his last three outings. He also hasn’t gone fewer than six innings since May 19, a stretch of ten starts.

Salem L 5-7

Garrett Benge, 3B: 1-4

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-4, 2 K, 1 CS, 1 E

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Edgar Corcino, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K

Charlie Madden, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

Zach Schellenger: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (16 pitches)

There’s not really a whole lot to say about this game. Corcino is not really a prospect and has been around the block for years now, but he is scorching hot right now. This latest multi-hit effort brought his season OPS up to .933. Schellenger, meanwhile, has had a dreadful season but was electric in this one.

Greenville W 5-1

Cole Brannen, CF: 1-5

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 3-5, 3 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Devlin Granberg, DH: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Kole Cottam, C: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Grant Williams, SS: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS

Brayan Bello: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K (88 pitches)

Angel Padron: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (40 pitches)

Howlett and Casas were clearly the stories here and the way they’ve turned around their seasons have been incredible. Both of these guys were, of course, taken out of high school last year and have more than shown they can handle full-season ball. Their OPS’s are now .749 and .854, respectively. Bello, meanwhile, is starting to turn things around after a brutal stretch in the middle of this year. Thursday was his third straight outing in which he allowed two or fewer runs, and his second straight of at least six innings.

Lowell G1 W 14-3

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 3-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Cameron Cannon, SS: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 E

Elih Marrero, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 4 RBI

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 0-4

Marino Campana, DH: 2-5, 1 3B, 2 R, 1 K

Nick Decker, RF: 1-2, 2 R, 1 K

Kervin Suarez, 2B: 4-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI

Ryan Zeferjahn: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (32 pitches)

Lowell G2 W 6-4

Jaxx Groshans, C: 1-4, 2 K, 1 CS

Antoni Flores, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 K

Jecorrah Arnold, LF: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

DSL 1 W 8-7 (F/10)

Eduardo Lopez, CF: 0-3, 3 BB, 2 R, 1 SB

Darel Belen, LF: 4-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Albert Feliz, 1B: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 K

Eduardo Vaughan, RF: 2-5, 2 K

DSL 2 W 11-10

Denny Daza, SS: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 E

Bryan Gonzalez, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Frank Astacio, 2B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 2 E