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Red Sox Farm Report: Thad Ward’s streak of starts without an earned run snapped

Nick Friar
June 12, 2019 - 8:33 am

Red Sox pitching prospect Thad Ward saw his run of consecutive starts in which he threw at least five innings and didn't surrender an earned run come to an end in Class A Greenville’s 5-4 loss to the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox) on Tuesday.

Ward only lasted four innings after throwing 86 pitches. He gave up two runs (both earned) on five hits and four walks. Tuesday was the first time Ward had walked more than two hitters in a start since May 3.

Even after the subpar outing, Ward’s ERA rests at 1.99, while his WHIP is now 1.05 and opponents are hitting .194 against him. Ward also has 87 strikeouts and 25 walks in 72 1/3 innings.


Pop in Portland

For the second time in three games, Bobby Dalbec homered for Double-A Portland. With the home run, Dalbec also extended his hitting streak to six games. During the stretch, he’s 6-for-21 (.285) with two home runs and three RBI.

Jarren Duran also had himself and extra-base hit in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to the Altoona Curve (Pirates). He led the game off with a triple. Duran has now hit safely in back-to-back games after going without a knock for three in a row. His time with the Sea Dogs has certainly been more of a challenge at the plate (.179 average/.645 OPS), though that’s to be expected — and why Duran needed to be promoted out of Class A Advanced Salem.