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Red Sox Minor Lines: Thad Ward does it again

And two recent second rounders hit their first pro homers

Salem G1 W 9-7

Keith Curcio, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI

Marcus Wilson, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Nick Sciortino, C: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Tanner Nishioka, DH: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Salem G2 W 3-0

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 1-3

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-3

Marcus Wilson, LF: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Keith Curcio, CF: 2-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 CS

Edgar Corcino, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Thad Ward: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (63 pitches)

This was a nice all-around doubleheader for Salem on Monday, but really it was the Thad Ward show. The righty continued an incredible breakout season with another stellar start and showed that the jump he’s made to High-A is not slowing him down even a little bit. With this latest outing, which was quite short if you’re looking for some sort of negative, Ward has a 1.27 ERA in his first four starts with Salem. He’s good, is what I’m trying to say.

Lowell W 5-3

Alex Erro, 2B: 2-5

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 R

Jaxx Groshans, C: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

Joe Davis, 1B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

Nick Decker, RF: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Antoni Flores, SS: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K

Yusniel Padron-Artilles: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (76 pitches)

There’s Decker’s first professional home run as last year’s second round pick had his first big game overall for Lowell. The power was the carrying tool for the outfielder coming out of high school, and it took him 19 games to get the first one under his belt. Something tells me it won’t take 19 games for the second one.

GCL W 13-3

Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B: 2-6, 3 R, 1 K, 2 SB

Austin Rei, C: 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Danny Diaz, DH: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K

Dominic D’Alessandro, 1B: 2-3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Matthew Lugo, SS: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Bramdon Perez, LF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Speaking of first professional home runs for recent second round picks, that’s number one for Matthew Lugo as well. The shortstop prospect is expected to come along slowly, which is reasonable for an 18-year-old, but he is off to a solid start in the GCL. The numbers aren’t eye-popping — .231/.333/.385 — but he’s clearly not overmatched here, either.

DSL 1 L 7-9

Eduardo Lopez, DH: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 SB

Darel Belen, RF: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

DSL 2 W 6-4

Naysbel Marcano, C: 2-5, 3 K, 1 CS

Railin Perez: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K