The actual Boston Red Sox laid an egg against the hapless Baltimore Orioles, but the farm system had a great day. After struggling in the past few games, the minor league affiliates went 3-1 in Saturday’s action. A top prospect broke out of a slump while two unheralded pitchers continue to rack up strikeouts.
Pawtucket Red Sox vs Syracuse Mets
- Final: 7-2 win
- Chavis: 3-4, double, HR
- Castillo: 2-4, HR
- Josh-A. Smith: 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 K, 0 BB
Everything went right for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday. Top prospect Michael Chavis broke out of his mini-slump in a big way, coming a triple away from the cycle while driving in a run and scoring twice. It’s interesting to note that Chavis earned the start at third after playing second for the past few games. Rusney Castillo continued to earn his paycheck by going 2-4 with a fifth-inning three-run homer. Left fielder Cole Sturgeon also had a good game, going 2-4 with a double.
The star of the day was starting pitcher Josh A. Smith. Smith took the hill and pitched an absolute gem, allowing just one run through six innings while striking out 10 without allowing a walk. Reliever Jenrry Mejia closed out the game with a scoreless ninth, lowering his season-long ERA to just 1.42.
Portland Sea Dogs at Trenton Thunder
- Final: 1-0 Loss
- Brett-Netzer: 1-2, double
- Bobby-Dalbec: 0-2, BB
- Kyle-Hart: 6 IP, 1 R, 9 K, 1 BB
The Portland Sea Dogs actually played a baseball game for the first time in years, but their sluggish offense didn’t get the message. Second baseman Brett Netzer hit the only extra-base hit as the team combined to reach base just six times.
Kyle Hart got the loss, but he was easily the best player on the field. The lefty threw six innings of one-run ball while striking out nine and only issuing one walk. Hart hasn’t been a strikeout pitcher throughout his career, yet he’s struck out 20 batters in just two starts. Hart’s development in one of the biggest situations to monitor moving forward.
Salem Red Sox vs Frederick Keys
- Final: 8-7 Win
- Garrett-Benge: 2-3, double, BB
- Charlie-Madden: 1-2, double
- Hunter-Smith: 1 IP, 3 ER
The Salem Red Sox offense came through in a big way on Saturday. Just about everyone had a great day, as six different players recorded extra-base hits. Third baseman Garrett Benge was the star of the game, hitting a double and a single while drawing a walk.
Hunter Smith just didn’t have it on Saturday. Smith earned the start but only went one inning while allowing three runs and five hits. Eduard Bazardo took over for Smith, tossing four innings without allowing an earned run. He struck out three while lowering his season-long ERA to just 0.96.
Greenville Drive vs Rome Braves
- Final: 6-5 Win
- Triston Casas: 1-4, double
- Kirby Batesole: 2-4, double
- Chris Machamer: 4 IP, 3 ER, 3 K, 0 BB
2018 first-round pick Triston Casas continues to get more and more acclimated with professional pitching. The top prospect doubled in yesterday’s action and continues to show pop after coming out of the gate slow. Second baseman Korby Batesole and designed hitter Juan Carlos Abreau also doubled during Saturday’s action.
The pitching had a rough day, as Chris Machamer allowed three runs and seven hits in just four innings of work. On the bright side, he didn’t allow a walk and struck out three batters. Oddanier Mosqueda took over from there, pitching three innings of scoreless ball while striking out four without issuing a walk.