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Red Sox Minor Lines: Bryce Brentz homers twice in Pawtucket win

And Jarren Duran continues to struggle

Pawtucket W 10-8

Gorkys Hernández, DH: 0-4, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E

Chad De La Guerra, 3B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 K

Bryce Brentz, LF: 2-4, 2 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Rusney Castillo, CF: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

Jantzen Witte 1B: 2-5, 1 R

Josh Tobias, 2B: 4-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 CS

Josh Taylor: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (27 pitches)

Jenrry Meja: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (22 pitches)

Trevor Kelley: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (10 pitches)

It was not exactly a banner day for the Pawtucket pitching staff, who allowed eight runs in the first five innings, though half of them were unearned. The bullpen did very well over the last four innings, though, with only one hit being allowed. Offensively, Brentz carried the low with a pair of home runs. It’s been a somewhat rough year for the long-time Red Sox organization member, but while he’s struggling to hit for average he’s still getting on base and hitting for decent power. His chances at a long-term MLB role are likely over, but he’s a solid bat to have as emergency depth for as long as he’s willing to fill that role.

Portland L 2-5

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-4

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K

Joey Curletta, 1B: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Yeesh. What is there even to say about this one. he offense managed just three hits and three walks on the day, and while they did pick up a 2-0 lead at one point they simply didn’t do enough to win. With this latest 0-fer, Duran is now hitting .171/.310/.286 in his first nine games at Double-A.

Salem W 8-4

Jagger Rusconi, 2B: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2K

Victor Acosta, LF: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-5

Keith Curcio, CF: 3-4, 1 R, 1 SB

Eduardo Bazardo: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (52 pitches)

This was a sort of strange game for Salem and their offense, as they smacked 12 hits and drew five walks, but only two of those 12 hits went for extra bases and they were both doubles by the same guy. They managed to sequence everything well enough to put eight runs on the board, though. On the pitching side, Bazardo was impressive yet again. He’s been exclusively a multi-inning reliever this year, but he has a 1.76 ERA over 41 innings with 53 strikeouts and nine walks. Also worth nothing: Marcus Wilson started this game in center field but left after just a half-inning in the field. He made the putout on the final out of the first inning so presumably he got hurt there, but I haven’t seen details on exactly what happened to the outfielder that came to the organization in the Blake Swihart deal.

Greenville L 0-10

Cole Brannen, CF: 0-4, 1 K, 1 E

Tyler Esplin, RF: 0-2

Tyler Dearden, LF: 0-2, 2 K

Devlin Granberg, DH: 1-4

Triston Casas, 1B 0-2, 1 BB

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-3, 1 E

Yikes. I’ve got nothing much to say here. Greenville was very nearly no-hit in this one as Granberg’s infield single in the seventh was the lone hit for the Drive in this game.

DSL 1 W 5-3

Brainer Bonaci, DH: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB

Nelfy Abreu, CF: 2-4, 2 R, 2 K, 2 SB

Yorberto Mejicano, C: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K

Eddinson Paulino, SS: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Jesus Rosillo: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K

DSL 2 W 6-5

Bryan Gonzalez, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Naysbel Marcano, DH: 3-5, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K

The DSL continues to produce at a high level, particularly at the plate. On the 1 squad, Bonaci is leading the way with a .405/.479/.548 line. It’s Gonzalez on the 2 squad making the most waves, though. The outfielder is hitting .341/.423/.773 with five homers in just 11 games.