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Red Sox Minor Lines: Worcester gets their first win ever

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And Portland rides two homers to a victory.

Worcester W 4-2

Jarren Duran, CF: 3-4

Jonathan Araúz, SS: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Connor Wong, C: 1-4, 1 K

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E

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

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

Chad De La Guerra, DH: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 RBI

Stephen Gonsalves (SP; W): 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 6 BB, 9 K (100 pitches)

Marcus Walden (H): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (31 pitches)

Kevin McCarthy (H): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)

And there it is: The first win in the history of the Worcester Red Sox franchise. The win was an all-around effort, though it’s the lineup I want to focus on in this case. We talked yesterday about how it had been a rough start for both Duran and Downs, so it’s certainly nice to see both come through with multi-hit efforts in the win. We should also mention Wilson here, who has gotten off to a nice start in Triple-A, even despite projections having him starting the season at Double-A. Through four games he’s hitting .357/.438/.714 with at least one hit in each game. He’s going to need to keep this up for some sustained period of time even despite being on the 40-man already, but if he does that would be a big boost for the Red Sox given their relative lack of “true” outfield depth in the high minors.

Portland W 9-4

Jeisson Rosario, RF: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Jack López, SS: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 4 RBI

Johan Mieses, LF: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Thad Ward (SP): 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K (75 pitches)

Zack Kelly (W): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K (63 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K (38 pitches)

This was not a great season debut for Ward, who is going to be one of the most interesting players to follow in this system after his 2019 breakout. There were a lot of baserunners against him on Friday night in Portland, though. The good news is the rest of the team picked him up, led by a trio of minor-league free agents including López, who joined the organization this past winter. (Mieses did so prior to last season.) López had a grand slam in this one and boasts a 1.409 OPS while Mieses hit a homer for a second straight game. And on the pitching side, Kelly — another minor-league signing prior to the season — was dominant with eight strikeouts in three innings.

Greenville L 0-8

Cameron Cannon, DH: 0-4, 1 K

Christian Koss, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-4, 1 K

Kole Cottam, C: 2-3, 1 K

Chris Murphy (SP; L): 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K (45 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (19 pitches)

It has been a rough start to the season for Greenville, whose offense is looking pretty rough, particularly in this game. Their lack of production here on Friday led to a loss for Murphy, who really wasn’t that bad. Control was a bit of an issue with three walks in only four innings of work, but control is always going to be the thing to watch for him. He’s going to walk guys, it’s just a matter of keeping it in check enough to let the strikeouts shine through. Although you’d like to see deeper outings from him going forward, this was a fine start to his 2021 even if he took the loss.

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