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Red Sox Minor Lines: Michael Chavis starts a rehab assignment

And Alex Scherff has a nice day on the mound.

Pawtucket W 4-2

Cole Sturgeon, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K

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

Michael Chavis, 1B: 0-3, 2 K

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

Rusney Castillo, RF: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-4, 1 K, 1 E

Tzu-Wei Lin, 2B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Teddy Stankiewics: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (102 pitches)

Colten Brewer: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (16 pitches)

Hector Velázquez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (12 pitches)

Trevor Kelley: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (20 pitches)

The big story from this one was the return of Michael Chavis, who has made his way back from his shoulder injury and began a rehab assignment on Friday. It will be interesting to see if he is brought back after just a few games or if the team simply waits until September to bring him back up. My guess is the former, but that could also depend on how he looks here. Meanwhile, Pawtucket hit three homers and the Stank Man had another really solid start as he looks for a potential September call-up himself.

Portland L 2-4

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 K

Tommy Joseph, 1B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 K

Joey Curletta, DH: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Matthew Kent: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 11 K (100 pitches)

There’s not a whole lot of excitement with this Sea Dogs team right now. Duran is still a fun player to watch, but beyond that they are lacking much star power. In this loss, at least, Kent brought some electricity. In his quality start he was racking up the strikeouts, almost doubling his previous season-high of six.

Salem SUSP

Greenville W 11-1

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 R

Tyler Esplin, DH: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Kervin Suarez, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Cole Brannen, CF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Alex Scherff: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K (97 pitches)

Greenville’s offense scored eleven runs on Friday, but the pitching may have been the most exciting development here. Granted, we know we can’t take much away from one start, particularly with someone like Scherff. That said, given the relative hype after being drafted and the relative helium he had coming into the year, we’re still waiting for that step forward. He’s been extremely up and down in 2019, and a strong finish to bring some momentum into 2020 would be huge. On offense, Casas got on base three more times and Esplin is having a really strong final month of the year.

Lowell W 7-3

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-5, 1 R

Antoni Flores, SS: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 E

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

Nick Decker, RF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI

Noah Song: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K (48 pitches)

Yasel Santana: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (50 pitches)

Well, it’s happened. It took six starts into his professional career, but in the second inning of that sixth start Song allowed his first run. The righty has been dominant for the Spinners in his short outings this summer, and that this was by far his worst outing speaks volumes about how good he’s really been. As of now all signs still point towards him missing the next couple years for military service and only time will tell how that could change. In the meantime, it’s clear the talent is there for whenever he can make a real run as a pro.

GCL W 1-0 (F/8)

Ceddanne Rafaela, SS: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Roldani Baldwin, C: 1-2

Aaron Perry: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K