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Red Sox Minor Lines: Gilberto Jimenez pushes his hit streak to 11 games

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And both lower level squads explode offensively.

Worcester W 4-1

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB

Jeter Downs, 2B: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Yairo Muñoz, SS: 0-1, 1 HBP, 1 CS

Jonathan Araúz, SS: 0-2

Marcus Wilson, LF: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 K

Michael Gettys, DH: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Kyle Hart (SP; W): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K (95 pitches)

Brandon Workman (H): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (20 pitches)

Kaleb Ort (S): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (20 pitches)

It’s been a hell of a run for Hart over his last couple of outings. His last time out prior to this start he didn’t allow a hit through six innings of work before being taken out. This time, he did allow a few hits, but overall the performance was still stellar. If you combine the two outings he’s allowed just one run over his last 13 innings on three hits and seven walks with 12 strikeouts. The control is a bit of an issue, but given the injuries down the depth chart on the pitching side of things the Red Sox need a couple of arms to step up. Hart will still need to prove himself in the majors before I really buy in again, but if he keeps pitching like this in Triple-A he’ll get that chance. We should also mention Muñoz exited the game after being hit by a pitch. The extent of the injury is not yet known.

Portland L 2-12

Grant Williams, 2B: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 E

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Ronadlo Hernández, C: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Kutter Crawford (SP; L): 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K (56 pitches)

Crawford was one of the team’s big breakouts back in 2018, but he got hurt as he was trying to follow that up in 2019, which put him off the map a bit. He started to get back on the radar early this season with a couple of really strong outings to start his season, but he laid an egg here. The righty actually retired the first six batters he faced, but then lost the zone a bit in the third while giving up three singles before leaving with the bases loaded. That Adam Lau, the next pitcher, immediately gave up a grand slam didn’t help Crawford’s case, but he hit a wall in this one and will look to recover his next time out. We should also shout out Castellanos, who hit his second homer of the year as he continues to try and show his raw power can indeed show up in games.

Greenville W 15-6

Cameron Cannon, SS: 2-6, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI

Christian Koss, 2B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler Esplin, CF: 1-3, 3 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 3-5, 1 BB, 5 RBI, 1 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI

Nick Sogard, 3B: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Michael Osinski, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 2 K

Brayan Bello (SP; W): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 K (89 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (12 pitches)

This game was all about the offense for Greenville, but you know I can’t not talk about Bello after another strong night from him on the mound. The young righty is showing off his stuff this year, particularly in these last two outings. Overall he has allowed just four runs over 16 13 innings of work this season, and over the last two starts he has allowed three runs over 10 23 innings with a whopping 20 strikeouts compared to just three walks. It’s been a string of dominance. No other way to put it. Now, before we get too excited we’ve seen Bello get hot before only to go through a terrible stretch that drags down all of his numbers. That said, the talent is very much there and hopefully with age will come more consistency. So far that’s holding true. We should also shout out Cannon, who is now on a six-game hit streak with five of those including multiple hits.

Salem W 14-1

Gilberto Jimenez, RF: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Matthew Lugo, SS: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Nick Decker, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jaxx Groshans, C: 2-5, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Nick Northcut, 3B: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Shane Drohan (SP): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K (52 pitches)

Casey Cobb (W): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (42 pitches)

We haven’t really talked about him a ton this year, which is strange since he’s the top prospect on this roster and he’s having a good season, but Jimenez had another big day at the top of this Salem lineup. The young outfielder has been on fire at the plate this year, with this three-hit game bumping his average up to .390 to go with a .921 OPS. He’s had just one game all season without a hit, and this latest effort bumps his current hit streak up to 11 games. On top of that, five of his last six games have including multiple hits. The power hasn’t been there in a big way yet this season, but with his speed and defense, this kind of offense will do just fine as well. Drohan also deserves a shoutout as he continues to shine early in his career, albeit in shorter outings.


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