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Red Sox Minor Lines: Strong seasons continue for Thad Ward and Bryan Mata

Mostly it was a bad day, though.

Pawtucket W 5-4

Chris Owings, SS: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI 2 K

Rusney Castillo, RF: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Tzu-Wei Lin, LF: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Bryce Brentz, DH: 0-4, 3 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-4

Josh Smith: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K (96 pitches)

Ryan Brasier: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (16 pitches)

Hector Velázquez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (38 pitches)

Travis Lakins: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (7 pitches)

This was a good close win for the PawSox, who continues to get big production out of nowhere from Owings in the middle of their lineup. He is now up to seven homers in 29 games, which is a 36-homer pace over 150 games. Remember, Triple-A is now using the major-league ball. On the pitching side, Brasier gave up a solo homer while Velázquez and Lakins did the job out of the bullpen.

Portland L 2-3

Jarren Duran, CF: 4-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS

C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, DH: 2-4, 1 K

Joey Curletta, 1B: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 K

Marcus Wilson, RF: 2-4

Bryan Mata: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (97 pitches)

Portland couldn’t come away with the win on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean there were no positives. Mata is always going to be the story when he gets the start these days, and he was solid in this game. It wasn’t a dominant start for the righty, to be fair, with his lowest strikeout total since June 22. Still, the results were there and he’s now made it through six innings in three of his five Double-A starts. Elsewhere, Duran is starting to heat up in the Sea Dogs lineup. This makes four straight games with multiple hits for the speedy outfielder.

Salem L 6-8

Garrett Benge, 3B: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

Keith Curcio, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

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

Nick Sciortino, C: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R

Thad Ward: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K (85 pitches)

When you see a team give up eight runs in a loss, it’s rare that the starting pitcher would be the focus in a positive light. That was the case here, though, as the bullpen allowed almost all of the damage for Salem in this game. Ward had a similar start to Mata in what has been a similarly eye-opening season. The righty did not dominate and in fact had the same strikeout-to-walk ratio, albeit in one fewer inning. Still, even without overpowering strikeout numbers this is clearly the kind of result he was looking for. Amazingly, Ward has now gone 12 straight starts in which he’s allowed two or fewer runs, and he’s allowed one or fewer earned runs in ten of those starts. Decent season.

Greenville G1 L 0-4

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 0-3, 1 K

Devlin Granberg, DH: 1-3

Greenville G2 L 0-2

Devlin Granberg, DH: 0-2, 1 BB

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-3, 1 K

Yikes. If anyone has seen Greenville’s offense please contact the proper authorities. Their loved ones are concerned.

Lowell L 1-4

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-3, 1 BB

Cameron Cannon, SS: 0-3, 1 K

Stephen Scott, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Ryan Zeferjahn: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K (41 pitches)

It’s hard to know how to judge pitching performances from recently drafted players. Or, I guess it’s not that hard. You probably shouldn’t judge too much. These pitchers have a bigger adjustment period than position players, as we can easily see by how teams approach their playing time. That said, this was a rough one for Zeferjahn. It doesn’t really move the needle in terms of our view of him moving forward, but it is not great to see.

GCL G1 PPD

GCL G2 PPD

DSL 1 W 2-0

Eduardo Lopez, DH: 0-4, 2 K, 1 CS

Albert Feliz, LF: 2-4, 2 K

Erick Flores, C: 2-4, 2 R

Nelfy Abreu, CF: 2-2, 1 BB

Angel Bastardo: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Adrian Hernandez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

DSL 2 W 7-5

Frank Astacio, 3B: 3-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 2 E

Jose Navas, C: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Giancarlos Santana, CF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB