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Red Sox Minor Lines: Two more homers for Jarren Duran

And a 20-run effort from Salem.

Worcester L 7-9

Jarren Duran, CF: 2-4, 2 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Marcus Wilson, RF: 1-5, 3 K, 1 SB

Franchy Cordero, DH: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Yairo Muñoz, 1B: 0-4, 1 R, 1 E

Jeter Downs, SS: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Johan Mieses, LF: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 R,1 RBI, 1 K

Tanner Houck (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K (67 pitches)

Marcus Walden (L): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (33 pitches)

Phillips Valdez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (13 pitches)

This was an eventful day for Worcester, even with the loss attached to it. I think we have to start with Duran, who is just clearly not being challenged at Triple-A. I understand the defensive concern, and am even sympathetic to the idea that there is not enough playing time for the outfielder in the majors (though I think that can be worked around fairly easily), but in terms of being challenged, it’s not happening at the plate in Worcester. It just isn’t. Meanwhile, Houck was back for his third start since hitting the injured list early in the season, and he hit a wall in the fourth. The righty was perfect through three before getting hit all around in the fourth, and that inning included two hit batters not included in that line as well. It looks like he probably needs another start to get his ducks in a row before getting back to the bigs.

And we should also mention Downs had to leave the game after what was described as a strange collision at the plate, and that Franchy Cordero was taking grounders at first before the game. More on that last part later today.

Portland L 9-10 (F/10)

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 2-5, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 4-5, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Triston Casas, 2-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 1-5, 1 RBI

Devlin Granberg, RF: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K

Josh Winckowski (SP): 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K (92 pitches)

Joan Martinez (H): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (19 pitches)

Durbin Feltman (BS): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (33 pitches)

Don’t look now, but Potts is starting to find his power stroke a little bit. The former Padres prospect who came over along with Rosario in the Mitch Moreland trade last summer missed the chunk of the season with a hamstring injury, and for his first couple weeks back there wasn’t too much going on. But now he’s got a homer in each of his last two games and hits in seven of his last eight. There is still more we want to see from him, but the power is going to be what takes him to the next level, not really the contact.

Greenville L 5-14

Chrisitan Koss, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 1-4, 1 RBI

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

Brian Van Belle (SP; L): 4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (83 pitches)

Brendan Nail: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (27 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K (31 pitches)

This was a tough day all around for this Greenville team, with Koss standing out as a lone bright spot. It’s been a tough go for most of this season for the infielder after coming over from the Rockies organization, but there have been a few games here and there where he shows this kind of potential. It’s really about becoming more consistent. It’s also nice to see Reed go deep as he’s starting to turn things around after a little slump in the middle of June. Over on the mound, it continues to be a brutal year for Wallace. Every time it seems like he’s putting it together, he falls right back down, and he’s up to an 8.27 ERA on the season after this latest outing.

Salem W 20-3

Gilberto Jimenez, RF: 1-1, 1 R

Matthew Lugo, SS: 1-6, 1 2B, 2 R

Stephen Scott, C: 3-4, 2 BB, 5 R, 1 RBI

Joe Davis, 1B: 3-6, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2 K

Nick Northcut, DH: 1-2, 1 HR, 3 BB, 3 R, 3 RBI

Eduardo Lopez, CF: 3-5, 1 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI

Dean Miller, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 E

Jorge Rodriguez (W): 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K (50 pitches)

Devon Roedahl: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (28 pitches)

We’ll start with the bad news in this blowout win, which is that Jimenez had to leave the game with some sort of injury after scoring a run in the first inning. It’s not really clear what was wrong, but it’s certainly something we’ll monitor. As for the play on the field, well, it’s hard to pick one player to highlight from all of this, with so many big performances. In the lineup, it was nice to see Lopez have his first really strong game stateside. On the mound, Roedahl is looking like a name to remember. He’s now got a 1.38 ERA on the season with 24 strikeouts and only four walks over 26 innings of work.


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