Pawtucket Red Sox (7-8)
Kyle Kendrick had one poor inning, allowing three runs and back-to-back two-out bombs by Johan Camargo and Mel Rojas Jr. in the third, in an otherwise fine seven-inning start. Kendrick gave up six hits and two walks, whiffing four. Kyle Martin pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, striking out a pair.
Rusney Castillo struck for a trio of singles and a stolen base in his five trips to the plate. Ryan Court also reached three times – with a single, walk, and his first homer of the season – and also had a stolen base in four plate appearances. Allen Craig and Jantzen Witte each drew a walk and smacked a single in four forays. Junior Lake struck out three times, but kept his hit streak (six games) alive with a fourth-inning single. Deven Marrero, Matt Dominguez, and Sam Travis each failed in four forays; Marrero has had just one hit in his last 23 at-bats. Blake Swihart had five frustrating at-bats; striking out twice.
Portland Sea Dogs (7-4)
Thunder follows Portland home, but the rain postpones the third consecutive Sea Dogs game. They will attempt to play a doubleheader today at Hadlock.
Salem Red Sox (11-5)
Dedgar Jimenez surrendered a pair of runs on three hits – including a Ryan Mountcastle moonshot – a hit by pitch, and two walks over his five inning start; whiffing a sextet. Adam Lau pitched the final two innings, allowing a run on a pair of hits – including Mountcastle’s second bomb – while striking out a pair.
Josh Ockimey crushed three hits in four at-bats, with his first and fifth inning hits going out of the park. Michael Chavis managed a single, a double, and was plunked by a ball in four plate appearances. Austin Rei also had a single and a double in four forays. Josh Tobias and Chad De La Guerra each totalled a hit and a walk in four excursions, De La Guerra driving his first ball of the year over the wall. Tate Matheny doubled and walked in five trips. Bryan Hudson had a single in four at-bats. Jordan Betts went 0-for-3 after replacing Jose Sermo, who grounded out to end the top of the first and never made it to his defensive position for the bottom of the frame. Mike Meyers was unable to put the ball in play, drawing a walk and whiffing thrice.
Travis Lakins threw 85 pitches in his five innings of work, allowing five runs on seven hits – including a Yermin Mercedes tater – and three walks; whiffing a quartet and uncorking a pair of pitches to the backstop. Gerson Bautista followed with two interesting innings, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch; striking out two.
Deiner Lopez laced a pair of singles and stole his seventh base of the season in his three at-bats. Jordan Betts singled and doubled in his four forays, also swiping a bag. Tate Matheny picked up a single and two free passes in four appearances. Michael Chavis and Chris Madera each had a hit and were hit by a pitch in their four excursions plateward; Chavis knocking a first-inning pitch out of the park for his fifth homer of the week. Bryan Hudson procured a single and a base-on-balls in his four trips. Josh Tobias thumped a double in four at-bats. Jhon Nunez and Josh Ockimey each whiffed twice in four hitless appearances.
Greenville Drive (9-7)
Shaun Anderson continues to impress, tossing six scoreless innings on two hits, two walks, and a hit batsman; striking out four. Dakota Smith, however, gave away the lead in his one inning of work; giving up four runs on four hits and a walk; striking out one. Hildemaro Requena pitched three scoreless frames, granting three hits and a walk; whiffing a pair. Jordan Weems threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, two walks, and striking out one. Two innings of shutout ball were then provided by Matthew Gorst, who struck out three while giving up one hit. Starting designated hitter Tucker Tubbs contributed with three scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out four. First baseman Mitch Gunsolus and Tubbs switched positions in the 18th, with Mitch taking the loss, coughing up three runs in his inning of work. He was knocked around for four hits, including a two-run triple, on only nine pitches.
Fourth-round pick Bobby Dalbec smacked three hits in seven plate appearances, with a double and a walk. Santiago Espinal and Tucker Tubbs each went 2-for-7, Espinal adding a sacrifice bunt, Tubbs striking out four times and stealing a base. Lorenzo Cedrola hit two singles in seven go-arounds. Tyler Hill whacked two singles in eight forays. Gunsolus walked twice while going 0-for-5, including a double play. Ryan Scott and Carlos Tovar each scratched out a hit in seven at-bats. Isaias Lucena earned co-LVP honors, grounding into two double plays in his 0-for-7 effort.
After scoring four runs on eight hits and a walk against Rome starter Ryan Lawlor, the Drive offense got stuck in neutral by the Braves five relievers. In the final 13 innings, Greenville garnered only five singles and two walks.