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Red Sox Minor Lines: Brayan Bello just keeps dominating

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And Worcester almost gets no-hit.

Worcester L 0-6

Jonathan Araúz, 2B: 0-4, 2 K

Michael Chavis, 1B: 1-4, 1 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-4, 1 K

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 0-4, 1 K

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

Kyle Hart (SP; L): 3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K (80 pitches)

Brandon Workman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (13 pitches)

Brandon Brennan: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (26 pitches)

John Schreiber: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (23 pitches)

This was almost a very eventful night, as Worcester entered the ninth inning without a single hit in their lineup. Chavis was able to break up the potential no-hitter with a one-out single in the final inning, but it was still a brutal game for the Red Sox lineup. The one positive you can take away from this one would be Workman’s performance in the bullpen, as he seems to be moving his way up the depth chart rather quickly.

Portland W 5-1 (F/5)

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 1-3, 1 RBI

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R

John Mieses, RF: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 0-3

Roldani Baldwin, DH: 2-2, 1 R

Travis Nishioka, 2B: 2-2, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Kutter Crawford (SP; W): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K (62 pitches)

There was rain throughout the Northeast on Wednesday, as we saw in Boston last night and also in Portland. It cut the game to only five innings, but that was enough time to continue what has been an impressive season for Crawford. The righty is coming off Tommy John surgery, but he’s looking strong this year despite a 4.11 ERA that looks pedestrian. That is the result of one tough night, but his other three starts have been great, including this one. He was one of the biggest breakouts of the season back in 2018, and he’s showing now that while it’s been a few years, he’s still a guy to keep an eye on. Mieses also had a big game, which is seemingly a daily occurrence for Portland these days.

Greenville W 9-3

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 2-6, 2 R, 1 K, 1 E

Christian Koss, SS: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 R

Tyler Esplin, CF: 1-4, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-4, 1 BB, 3 K

Devlin Granberg, DH: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brayan Bello (SP; W): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K (60 pitches)

It’s time we really start paying attention to Bello. He was one of the more popular sleepers in the system coming into the season, and he’s making good on those predictions now. With this latest strong outing in the books, Bello is down to a 2.11 ERA on the season to go with 30 strikeouts and only four walks over 21 13 innings. As we’ve discussed, the righty has had this kind of success before in 2019, pitching to a 1.80 ERA that year in his first four starts. The difference now is his strikeout rate is way up — he struck out 10 in each of his previous two outings before this one — and his control is better. We still have to see him carry this success throughout a long season, but this is the kind of start many of us were dreaming on before the season.

Salem L 5-6

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-5, 2 RBI, 3 K

Matthew Lugo, SS: 0-4, 1 E

Nick Northcut, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Shane Drohan (SP): 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (69 pitches)

This was a strange game where Salem was held without a hit for the first half of the night, and only had four hits in the game. They actually managed to score more runs than they had hits, in part thanks to four errors from Myrtle Beach. Still, they lost, and Matthew Lugo had another tough day at the plate. The shortstop has been having a rough go of things this year, hitting just .227/.235/.333 on the season. Lugo was the team’s second selection in 2019 and provides the potential for a good all-around shortstop, but he’s had a tough year on both sides of the ball. Not only has the bat not gotten going, but his error today was also his sixth of the season already.

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