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Red Sox Minor Lines: Salem’s season comes to an end

And Lowell’s championship series does not start well.

Salem L 3-6

Ryan Fitzgerald, 2B: 0-5, 2 K

Keith Curcio, CF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K

Kole Cottam, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-3, 2 BB

Alex Scherff: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (35 pitches)

And with that, Salem’s season comes to a very disappointing close. The organization’s High-A club took the first two games of this best-of-five series, and were in a position to cruise into the championship. Instead, they dropped their next three games and the series, watching their season come to an end. Salem’s bats just couldn’t get going in this decisive Game Five, as they fell behind 3-0 in the fourth and that was pretty much that. They did pull to within one in the eighth, but immediately allowed two more as the final nail in the coffin. We’ll obviously have a lot of minor-league review stuff over the next few weeks and months, but this officially ends the first full season for top prospect Triston Casas.

Lowell L 1-2

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 0-3, 1 BB

Stephen Scott, LF: 0-3, 1 BB

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 0-4, 1 K

Nick Decker, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Antoni Flores, SS: 0-2, 1 BB

Brock Bell: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (24 pitches)

Jorge Rodriguez: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (74 pitches)

As Salem’s season comes to a close, Lowell is the last Red Sox minor-league squad standing, and they are now one game away from their own season ending. They are in the best-of-three championship against the Brooklyn Cyclones, and it was a pitcher’s duel on Sunday. Neither team had a run heading into the eighth, with both Bell and Rodriguez pitching phenomenally for Lowell but getting zero support. Then, Brooklyn put two on the board in the eighth and that was that. Lowell gave themselves a chance with two baserunners in the ninth, but only one came home and they now need to win the next two to take home a championship.