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Red Sox Minor Lines: Another homer for Triston Casas

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While Christian Koss and Josh Ockimey each led the way offensively for their clubs.

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Worcester G1 L 3-4

Marcus Wilson, RF: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 2-4

Franchy Cordero, LF: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB

Connor Wong, C: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-3, 1 K

Jonathan Araúz, 2B: 0-3

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-2, 2 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

Kyle Hart (SP; L): 7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 8 K (114 pitches)

Worcester G2 W 3-2

Marcus Wilson, LF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Yairo Muñoz, SS: 2-4, 1 2B

Franchy Cordero, DH: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 K

Jonathan Araúz, 2B: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 R

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-3, 1 RBI

John Schreiber (SP): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (55 pitches)

Marcus Walden: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (38 pitches)

Jose Adames (W): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (16 pitches)

It was the first Duran-less night for Worcester, or at least their first game without him because he was heading to the majors, as he missed some time playing for Team USA. The bad news is, while there are certainly other names to watch in this lineup, none of them are swinging particularly hot bats. Cordero had been, but he’s been cooling off for the last week or so, while Wilson left early in Wednesdays’ game and only walked in this one. In fact, what was most interesting to me in these games was Schreiber going four full innings. It seems like Ort is getting the most attention in the Worcester bullpen these days, but Schreiber has been excelling all year in whatever role they’ve asked of him. Over 32 innings at Worcester this season, he’s pitched to a 2.25 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 12 walks. His numbers in the minors have always been good — his highest ERA in any minor-league season is 2.76 — and while he struggled in his major-league stint in Detroit last summer, right now he’s the non-40-man pitcher on this staff I’d be most willing to try in the majors.

Portland W 5-2

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-3, 1 K

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

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

Hudston Potts, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 0-4, 1 RBI

Grant Williams, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 SB

Enmanuel De Jesus (SP; W): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K (74 pitches)

Joan Martinez (H): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (27 pitches)

Zack Kelly (SV): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (19 pitches)

After going from May 23 to July 13 — about six weeks! — without a homer for Portland, Casas now has two in as many days. (To be fair, there was a two-week stretch with Team USA in that homer-less span.) There was some mostly fair worry around Casas of late, as he had seemingly yet to really excel at Double-A. I would argue a bit with that as he had an OPS of .952 in his first month at the level, but that he was struggling was just a fact. It’s nice to see him get back on track here so he doesn’t have to head to Tokyo for the Olympics with his head down. I also wanted to shout out Hernández, who has somewhat quietly been having a rough year at Double-A but appears to be turning things around now. He’s hitting .400/.419/.733 nine games this month.

Greenville W 6-0

Nick Sogard, SS: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Christian Koss, 2B: 4-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-5, 4 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Wil Dalton, DH: 1 2B, 1 R, 3 K

Elih Marrero, C: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS

Grant Gambrell (SP; W): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K (87 pitches)

Brendan Cellucci: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (23 pitches)

It has been a rough stretch lately for Greenville, so it’s nice to see them get back in the win column with an easy victory Wednesday night. There were two clear standouts here, and we’ll start from Gambrell. Received as a player to be named later in the Andrew Benintendi trade, the righty has shown quite a few flashes since coming to the Red Sox, with this being his best showing of the bunch. That said, he still hasn’t really been able to string two or three of these starts together in a row. I’m sold that the talent is in there somewhere, now it’s just a matter of finding a way for it to come through consistently. At the plate, Koss had a monster day, getting on base five times, as he’s starting to turn things on a bit. In the month of July he’s hitting .423/.500/.730, and after this game his slugging percentage is up over .400 for the first time since May 22.

Salem W 7-4

Nick Yorke, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Gilberto Jimenez, RF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Matthew Lugo, SS: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Joe Davis, 1B: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K

Nick Decker, LF: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K

Stephen Scott, DH: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K

Jorge Rodriguez (SP): 3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (70 pitches)

Devon Roedahl: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (41 pitches)

This was more of a team effort than a game where any one player stood out. The offense managed to plate seven runs on the day despite striking out 11 times and not having a single player grab more than one hit. Meanwhile, on the mound, Rodriguez is the most interesting pitcher who got the ball, but he struggled a bit in this outing. That said, Roedahl does deserve a mention for his season. The righty, who was taken in the 27th round in the 2019 draft, has a 1.71 ERA on the season over 31 ⅔ innings, striking out 31 and walking only five. He put up good peripherals on the complex back in 2019 as well, and at 24 years old he’s probably ready for a promotion up to Greenville.


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