A pair of corner infielders and two of the top ranked prospects in the Red Sox farm system, Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec have not been teammates for very long, but they both had a night to remember in Erie, Pennsylvania on Thursday.
Batting third and fourth in the Sea Dogs lineup respectively, Chavis, playing first, got things started in the first by blasting a one out two-run home run, his fourth Eastern League big fly of the season, to put Portland on the board.
On the very next pitch SeaWolves starter Alex Faedo threw, Dalbec, playing third, launched a solo dinger to center field to give the Sea Dogs a 3-0 lead.
Fast forward to the first at bat of the fourth, and Dalbec, behind in the count at 1-2, struck again with his second homer of the night to make it a 4-0 game.
An inning later, Chavis mashed his fifth long ball of the year, another one off of Faedo, to put Portland up by three runs.
Thanks to a five run sixth, the Sea Dogs would go on to take the series finale against the SeaWolves by a tight final score of 10-9 to improve to 47-67 on the season.
Looking at the box score, Chavis and Dalbec went a combined 5/10 with two homers, five runs driven in, and four runs scored.
On the season as a whole, Chavis, 22 and ranked as the top prospect in Boston’s system is slashing .286/.383/.557 with those five homers and 12 RBI in 19 games with the Sea Dogs. He also has served an 80-game suspension this season after testing positive for a banned substance back in April.
Dalbec, 23 and ranked as the number six prospect in the system, according to MLB Pipeline, has played in just six games with Portland since being promoted from High A Salem on August 3rd and already owns two multi-homer games in his short stint with the club.