The Boston Red Sox continue to be a massive dumpster fire, but at least you can find relief in the farm system. The Red Sox affiliates went 2-2 on Wednesday, with both wins coming in dramatic fashion. Pawtucket and Portland both erased 7-0 deficits to pull off their victories, and top prospect Michael Chavis continues to have a fantastic season.
Red Sox Farm Report: April 18, 2019
Pawtucket Red Sox vs Buffalo Bisons
- Score: 11-8 Win
- Michael Chavis: 1-3, HR, 2 BB
- Juan Centeno: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
- Chandler Shepherd: 0.2 IP, 7 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 K, 0 BB
Facing off against a stacked Buffalo Bisons squad, the Pawtucket Red Sox managed to pull off a thrilling victory from the jaws of defeat. Michael Chavis was at the forefront of the rally, hitting a two-run homer during the seventh inning. Catcher Juan Centeno had another strong game to bring his season-long OPS up to .915. At this rate, the Red Sox might have to DFA Blake Swihart again to make room for Ceteno.
Chandler Shepherd had a horrible outing, although his ERA was saved by an error on first baseman Josh Ockimey. The bullpen came on to save the day, as five pitchers combined to allow just one run over the next 8.1 frames. Dan Runzler probably had the best game of all the pitchers, tossing 2.1 frames of scoreless baseball while allowing three hits, no walks, and two strikeouts.
Portland Sea Dogs vs Reading Fighting Phils
- Score: 11-7 Win (10 innings)
- C.J. Chatham: 3-6, 2B
- Keith Curcio: 4-5, HR
- Dedgar Jimenez: 1.2 IP, 6 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but a Red Sox affiliate overcame a 7-0 deficit to pull off a thrilling victory. For Portland, the offensive heroes were C.J. Chatham and Keith Curcio. Curcio, playing in just his third game of the season, went crazy to bring his season-long OPS up to 1.300. Chatham continued his quietly dominant season, as the top infield prospect is now hitting .325 with an .878 OPS.
Dedgar Jimenez got rocked, but the Sea Dogs bullpen was there to save the day. Former starter Matt Kent pitched 4.1 innings of one-run relief and Andrew Schwaab (who made an appearance on our podcast) added three scoreless innings of work. Adam Lau finished off the night by pitching the final frame to seal the deal.
Salem Red Sox vs Down East Wood Ducks
- Score: 5-4 Loss (11 innings)
- Ryan Fitzgerald: 2-5, 1 BB, 2 K
- Victor Acosta: 2-5, 1 2B
- Jhonathan Diaz: 4 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 2 BB
Just like the other two games, the Salem Red Sox game went down to the wire. However, unlike those other two outings, Salem couldn’t pull off the victory. Shortstop Ryan Fitzgerald continued his strong start to the season, bringing his season-long OPS up to 1.083.
Jhonathan Diaz rebounded from his rough first start to deliver four innings of two-run baseball. Joan Martinez tossed three innings of scoreless relief, striking out five and walking two. However, Jake Thompson and Hunter Smith combined to allow three runs in 4 innings of relief, although only one run was earned.
Greenville Drive vs Charleston River Dogs
- Score: 7-1 Loss
- Tyler Esplin: 1-4, 1 2B
- Brandon Howlett: 0-3, 1 BB
- Yasel Santana: 4 IP, 6 ER, 4 K, 3 BB
This one was easily the worst game of the bunch. The Greenville offense hit just one extra-base hit, courtesy of right fielder Tyler Esplin. 2018 breakout star Brandon Howlett appears to have regressed, as the former late-round pick is hitting just .156/.229/.219 in nine games. Triston Casas isn’t doing much better, posting a .179/.313/.333 slash line in 12 games.
Yasel Santana’s rough start to the season continues. The starter went just four innings while allowing six runs to bring his season-long ERA up to 10.12. Angel Padron is the silver lining in all this, as the 21-year old allowed one run in two innings while striking out four. This brought his season-long ERA up to 1.74 after 10.1 innings of work.