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Red Sox Minor Lines: Franchy Cordero hits two homers for Worcester

And Devlin Granberg leads a big night for Greenville.

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Worcester W 12-1

Michael Chavis, 1B: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Marcus Wilson, RF: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Franchy Cordero, LF: 3-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI

Yairo Muñoz, SS: 1-5

Connor Wong, C: 0-4, 3 K

Jonathan Araúz, 2B: 1-5, 2 K

Johan Mieses, DH: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Michael Gettys, CF: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 SB

Jack López, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI

Daniel Gossett (SP; W): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 9 K (102 pitches)

Austin Brice: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (16 pitches)

Caleb Simpson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (14 pitches)

This was a total offensive explosion in Worcester on Friday, with homers flying every which way out of the ballpark. For Mieses, it didn’t take long for him to acclimate himself to the new level, as he picked up right where he left off in Double-A in his first game after being promoted to Worcester. But the real story of the day was Cordero, who hit a pair of homers (including one way out here) as he continues to be red hot after getting to Triple-A. Since the demotion, Cordero is hitting .379/.419/.897 to go with four homers in just seven games. I’m not really sure how much I read into this, to be honest, but the only thing you can do after being demoted is perform at a lower level. Cordero is certainly hitting that mark.

Portland L 1-8

Jeisson Rosario, RF: 1-3

Pedro Castellanos, LF/RF: 1-4, 1 K

Joey Meneses, 1B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 0-3, 1 K

Josh Winckowski (SP; L): 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 2 K (79 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (13 pitches)

Not really a whole lot going on for Portland in this one, as they lost handily on Saturday. Of note was Winckowski’s performance, which came on the day we learned of the other three prospects coming over in the Andrew Benintendi trade. Winckowski has largely been very good in his first season with the Red Sox, and his start before this one was downright dominant. He just didn’t have the stuff this time around, and not missing bats can lead to a lot of hits, which can lead to a handful of runs. All in all it wasn’t a terrible start, and it was his second in a row without a walk, but his stuff has been hit-or-miss all year, and on this night he seemingly just couldn’t miss bats.

Greenville W 10-3

Cameron Cannon, SS: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K

Christian Koss, 2B: 1-5, 2 R, 2 K

Tyler Esplin, CF: 3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 CS

Devlin Granberg, LF: 4-4, 3 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Brian Van Belle (SP; W): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K (64 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (17 pitches)

Have yourself a day Devlin Granberg. A former senior sign and sixth round pick, Granberg has never really been a top prospect in the true sense of the word since joining the Red Sox organization in the 2018 draft, but he’s done little but hit wherever he’s been. It should be noted he’s typically been a bit older than most prospects in his league — he’ll be 25 for most of this season — and he doesn’t bring much value defensively. But the man can hit, and he’ll run into one of these games every once in awhile. After this four-hit affair he’s hitting .313/.413/.656 on the season over 18 games at High-A.

Salem W 2-0

Gilberto Jimenez, LF: 0-4, 2 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 SB

Jaxx Groshans, C: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Nick Yorke, 2B: 3-4

Jecorrah Arnold, RF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Ryan Zeferjahn (SP; W): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (65 pitches)

Brandon Walter (S): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (28 pitches)

It’s been a bit of a tough year for Zeferjahn in his first full season throwing in affiliated ball. Most see the big righty as a reliever down the road, but the Red Sox are giving him and his stuff a chance to play in the rotation. The results have mostly not been good this season, and he entered this start with a 7.16 ERA. Although he control has been good for most of the year, the stuff just hasn’t been playing up in this role as he had just 12 strikeouts in 16 13 innings. This five strikeouts in five innings performance ups that rate a bit, and the lack of walks was a first for him this year. Zeferjahn needed a start like this to get things on track, and he’ll hope it’s the start of some momentum rather than a blip on the radar.

Player of the Day: Devlin Granberg

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