After going a collective 1-5 in Saturday’s games, the Boston Red Sox farm system bounced back with a decent day from top to bottom. The PawSox and Salem Red Sox dropped their respective contests, but the Sea Dogs and Drive managed to pull off victories. The wins and losses don’t really matter at the minor league level, but multiple top prospects had fantastic games on Sunday.
Red Sox Farm Report: April 7, 2019
Pawtucket Red Sox vs Syracuse Mets
- Final: 6-5 Loss
- Rusney Castillo: 2-5, double
- Gorkys Hernandez: 1-5, triple
- Josh Smith: 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 K, 4 BB
The Pawtucket Red Sox just missed capturing their elusive second win of the season. The offense came up short in this one, as the team hit just three extra-base hits all game. Rusney Castillo was the star of the show, but nobody particularly stood out.
Josh Smith earned the start and didn’t do that well and the relievers couldn’t hold the lead. Bobby Poyner and Josh Taylor, both of whom could earn time in the majors this year, combined to allow two runs in 3.1 innings of work. Taylor currently has a 2.25 ERA on the season, while Poyner has an ugly 6.75 ERA on the short season.
Portland Sea Dogs vs Reading Fightin Phils
- Final: 6-0 Win
- Bobby Dalbec: 3-4, 1 HR
- Jantzen Witte: 3-4, 1 HR
- Darwinzon Hernandez: 5 IP, 0 ER, 10 K, 4 BB
Darwinzon Hernandez made his AA debut and did better than anyone could realistically expect. The hard-throwing lefty pitched five shutout innings, striking out 10 while walking four. He needs to work on improving his control, but this game was an unquestionable success. Hernandez could be in the majors sooner rather than later if he can continue to perform at this level.
Offensively, Bobby Dalbec had the best game of the young season. Boston’s slugging third base prospect finished the night going three for four while knocking out his first home run of the season. First baseman Jantzen Witte had an identical stat line while catcher Jhon Nunez went two for three with a double. All in all, this way a fantastic day for Boston’s AA affiliate.
Greenville Drive vs West Virginia Power
- Final: 6-5 Win (10 innings)
- Dustin Pedroia: 0-4, 1 BB
- Brandon Howlett: 2-4, 1 2B
- Chris Machamer: 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 K, 2 BB
The Greenville Drive needed 10 innings to get the job done but ultimately prevailed over the West Virginia Power. Dustin Pedroia finished his rehab assignment on a low note, but still managed to draw a walk and score a run. Brandon Howlett, 2018’s breakout star, had a slow start to his 2019 season but bounced back in a big way on Sunday. Hopefully, the former 21st-round pick can keep the momentum going and continue to climb up the prospect rankings.
Chris Machamer performed well in his first start of the season, allowing just one run in five innings. However, the same cannot be said for Oddanier Mosqueda. Mosqueda took over after Machamer, allowing three runs (two earned) in 1.1 innings of work. Fortunately, Logan Browning and Rio Gomez combined to allow just one run over the final 3.2 innings and come through with the win.
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