Pawtucket Red Sox (34-32)
Henry Owens tossed the first seven frames, allowing two runs on three hits, four walks, and a hit by pitch while whiffing five. Kyle Martin yielded the winning run with the Matt Hague moonshot, also giving up a double and striking out one in the eighth.
Rusney Castillo contributed two singles and a hit by pitch in four appearances, he was picked off of first base once. Sam Travis singled twice in four at-bats. Mike Miller, Deven Marrero, and Blake Swihart each bopped a hit in three trips; Swihart swatting his third bomb of the year. Ryan Court and Steve Selsky each singled once in four attempts; Selsky was picked off. Jantzen Witte was unable to reach base in three tries. Brian Bogusevic suffered four futile forays.
Rusney Castillo had a carbon copy of game one, with two singles and a hit by pitch in four forays; he also swiped two bases. Sam Travis, Jantzen Witte, and Ryan Court each contributed a single in three official at-bats; Court adding a walk and a stolen base. Dan Butler received two base on balls in three appearances. Deven Marrero walked once in his three trips. Matt Dominguez, Allen Craig, and Steve Selsky each suffered through a trio of frustrating forays.
Portland Sea Dogs (29-35)
Travis Lakins tossed 85 pitches over 4 ⅔ frames, granting an unearned run on a hit, a hit by pitch, and four walks while whiffing a quartet. Bobby Poyner gave up a Yu-Cheng Chang cuadrangular and a single in 3 ⅓ innings, allowing a run while striking out four. Luis Ysla walked a batter and gave up a Francisco Mejia pinch-hit RBI double while getting two outs in the ninth, striking out one and surrendering the winning run.
Danny Mars and Nick Longhi laced a trio of hits in four at-bats; Longhi lifting a longball, Mars was caught stealing. Mike Olt doubled once in four trips. Henry Urrutia walked once in four appearances. Tzu-Wei Lin dropped a sacrifice bunt amid three hitless attempts. Jordan Procyshen, Cole Sturgeon, and Josh Tobias were unable to reach in three tries. Rafael Devers suffered four futile forays.
Salem Red Sox (40-29)
Dedgar Jimenez yielded three runs on four hits, a walk, and a hit by pitch in his six innings, whiffing a sextet but earning his second loss of the season.
Jeremy Rivera roped two singles in three at-bats. Austin Rei ripped a double in three trips. Chad De La Guerra golfed a single in three tries. Jose Sermo earned a walk and had two hitless attempts. Bryan Hudson was unable to reach in his two appearances. Tate Matheny, Michael Chavis, Josh Ockimey, and Mike Meyers suffered through a trio of frustrating forays.
Matt Kent surrendered five runs on nine hits in four innings and two batters, striking out three. Gerson Bautista gave up three hits and whiffed one in his two innings on the bump.
Tate Matheny managed a double and a walk in three appearances. Jose Sermo singled as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, replacing Jordan Betts who had a pair of hitless at-bats. Chad De La Guerra walked and dropped a sacrifice bunt in three trips. Josh Ockimey obtained a free pass and had two hitless trips. Bryan Hudson went hitless in two tries. Jeremy Rivera, Jhon Nunez, Mike Meyers, and Michael Chavis each had three futile forays.
The loss allowed the Lynchburg HillCats to end the first-half with the same record as Salem. Lynchburg wins the first-half title and the playoff berth, however, as they defeated Salem seven times in their thirteen first-half games.
Greenville Drive (41-28)
Jhonathan Diaz pitched four scoreless frames, giving up four hits, two hit by pitches, and a walk while whiffing a quartet. Hunter Smith surrendered two runs – one earned – on three hits and a walk in two innings. Matthew Gorst granted a run on two hits – including a Brett Cumberland bomb which tied the game at three in the eighth – in two relief frames. Stephen Nogosek earned his 13th save with a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and striking out one.
Nick Lovullo lifted two hits – including a ninth-inning double – and a sacrifice fly while drawing a walk in his four appearances, ending his perfect day by scoring the winning run in the ninth. Ryan Scott and Lorenzo Cedrola each contributed a single and a walk in four trips; Scott stealing a bag. Mitch Gunsolus’s sole swat was a game-winning double in the ninth after three hitless at-bats. Chris Madera managed a single in five forays. Tucker Tubbs was thumped by a pitch and drew a walk in four attempts. Santiago Espinal was granted a free pass and dropped a sacrifice bunt in his four excursions. Isaias Lucena dropped a sacrifice bunt in his two attempts before being replaced by Roldani Baldwin who was hitless in his two trips. Tyler Hill was unable to reach in his four forays.
The Drive win coupled with a Columbia Fireflies loss allowed Greenville to snatch the South Atlantic League South first-half title by ½ game.