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Red Sox Minor Lines: A four-hit day for Franchy Cordero

And Kutter Crawford returned for Portland.

Worcester L 6-10

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-5, 1 R, 2 K

Marcus Wilson, LF: 0-5, 3 K

Franchy Cordero, DH: 4-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 0-5, 1 K, 1 E

Jeter Downs, SS: 1-4, 1 R

Jack López, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 SB, 1 E

Michael Gettys, RF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

John Schreiber (SP): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (48 pitches)

Kevin McCarthy: 3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (50 pitches)

Brandon Brennan (L; BS): 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 K (30 pitches)

Caleb Simpson: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (13 pitches)

Cordero had been coming back down to Earth a little bit over the last couple of weeks, going seven straight games without recording more than one hit in any contest, which qualifies as a slump given how well he’s been playing since the demotion. Well, now he is back on the hot streak, with two straight games of at least two hits including this monster effort he put up here. That Cordero wasn’t called up when Christian Arroyo hit the injured list was a little surprising despite them playing different positions, but it does seem like Cordero has earned a trip back up to the majors, at least just on merits. He’s now hitting .381/.469/.691 in Worcester. It goes without saying that those numbers certainly do not necessarily translate to the majors, but it’s also worth noting the sample is now larger than the one he had in the bigs before being sent down.

Portland L 0-3

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-4, 1 K

Tate Matheny, RF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB

Triston Casas, 1B: 0-4, 3 K

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 1-2

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 0-3

Kutter Crawford (SP; L): 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K (52 pitches)

Denyi Reyes: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (41 pitches)

Seth Blair: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (13 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (22 pitches)

This was not a great day for Portland as a whole, but it was nice to see that Crawford is back out on the mound. The righty has shown some positive steps this season after returning from Tommy John surgery, but then spent some time on the COVID-related injured list, with this being his first appearance since June 1. It was a bit of a mixed back for the righty, as has been the case all year, with a strong control of the zone but also a few too many hittable pitches, including two homers. The peripherals on his season overall look great, with 30 strikeouts to just four walks over 24 innings, but he’s pitched to a 4.13 ERA. Of course, without actually getting eyes on these starts it’s hard to say how much he’s getting hurt by bad luck and how much he’s just leaving too many pitches over the plate.

Greenville L 4-9

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

Tyler Dearden, DH: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Wil Dalton, CF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Nick Sogard, 3B: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jay Groome (SP; L): 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 8 K (80 pitches)

This continues to be an interesting season for Groome, with another start featuring mediocre results but good peripherals. First and foremost, this season has been a success so far for Groome in the sense that he is getting out and throwing every five days. It’s a good first step. And of late, he’s been missing a ton of bats, with 35 strikeouts over 25 innings in the month of June. Despite the stuff, however, he’s been just okay with the results, putting up a 4.32 ERA this month. In this particular start, the long ball got to him with three of those five hits leaving the yard. The first half of this season has been all about baby steps for the southpaw, and he’s still heading in the right direction.

Salem W 5-0

Nick Yorke, DH: 1-4, 2 R

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 1-4, 3 K

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

Stephen Scott, 1B: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Eduardo Lopez, RF: 0-4, 1 K

Jeremy Wu-Yelland (SP): 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K (66 pitches)

Casey Cobb (W): 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (49 pitches)

This was a strong overall effort from the pitching staff for Salem to get this win, with four pitchers combining for the shutout. Wu-Yelland, who has been having a fantastic season to start his professional career, didn’t get very deep into this game despite the solid results. To be fair, that’s been the case for him all year as the Red Sox are clearly being cautious with their less experienced arms, but this was short even for him. And it was the control that was the major culprit. One start with a couple extra walks is not the end of the world, but this was a concern for him coming out of the draft so it’s worth monitoring. All in all, though, he continues to pitch well with a 3.26 ERA on the season. Cobb has also had a nice year, pitching to a 1.04 ERA on the year after this strong outing.

Player of the Day: Franchy Cordero

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