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Red Sox Farm Report: Darwinzon Hernandez’s replacement did well in Portland on Tuesday

Nick Friar
April 24, 2019 - 8:16 am

Darwinzon Hernandez was originally scheduled to make his third start of the season with Double-A Portland on Tuesday. Instead, he made his Major League debut for the Red Sox. Hernandez had four strikeouts, one walk and gave up four hits in his 4 1/3 innings of work.

But the Sea Dogs still needed someone to start on the mound against the Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies). Portland turned to left-hander Matt Kent, who entered Tuesday with a 0.87 ERA and eight strikeouts over 10 1/3 innings of relief.

Kent, who started in 23 of his 27 appearances with Portland in 2018, held up his end, even though he was saddled with the loss in the 2-1 finish. The lefty went six innings and gave up one earned run (and one unearned), scattering six hits and a walk.

Durbin Feltman would enter in relief for the ninth and work a clean frame.

C.J. Chatham continues to tear the cover off the ball, boosting his average to .377 with his 3-for-4 night.


Rusney Castillo goes off against IronPigs

Rusney Castillo hit his first home run since April 13 for Triple-A Pawtucket in the 9-4 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) on Tuesday. The PawSox highly paid outfielder knocked in all four of the team’s runs in his 2-for-4 performance, homering in the fifth inning, his first since April 13. Castillo now has three homers on the year with a .275 average and an .835 OPS.


Diaz shoves for Salem

Jhonathan Diaz made his fourth start of 2019 for Class A Advanced Salem on Tuesday against the Potomac Nationals. Not only did it turn into his longest appearance (six innings), but it was also Diaz’s first scoreless outing, bumping his ERA down from 7.71 to 4.70 in the 2-0 win. He also struck out six while surrendering only three hits and three walks.

After seeing his 12-game hitting streak snap on Saturday, Salem shortstop Ryan Fitzgerald got back on track with a single, a stolen base and a run scored against Potomac.