Boston Red Sox top prospect Michael Chavis is making a name for himself in spring training. The third baseman hit his second three-run homer in as many games as
Michael Chavis Home Run Highlights Boston Red Sox Spring Training Victory
Chavis had the biggest hit of the night, but he wasn’t the only slugger bringing power on Sunday. Jackie Bradley Jr. made some magic of his own in the bottom of the first with a towering home run in his first spring training at-bat. Bradley has worked on his swing all off-season with the same man who taught J.D. Martinez how to hit. It’s obviously too early to get too excited, but this was an encouraging development for the streaky hitter.
It wasn’t just the big-name players making big plays, as Tate Matheny launched a two-run shot of his own. Matheny, a fourth-round pick in the 2015 Draft, isn’t on anyone’s prospect rankings and spent the 2018 season with AA Portland. The righty only hit two homers in all of 2018.
The bats were alive all day, as nine different players got hits. In addition to the three aforementioned homers, Eduardo Nunez and Chad De La Guerra hit doubles while Bobby Dalbec and Sam Travis drove in one batter apiece with singles.
The offense was great all day, but the pitching was more hit-and-miss. Ryan Weber got the start, allowing two runs in one inning. Dedgar Jimenez took over after that, but the Portland veteran allowed two more runs in just an inning of work. The arms calmed down after that, as five different pitchers combined to allow just one run over the next six innings. Kutter Crawford came in to close out the game. The Single-A product loaded the bases but ultimately closed out the game without allowing a run.