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Red Sox Minor Lines: Tyreque Reed can’t stop, won’t stop hitting homers

And Chih-Jung Lui makes his debut with the Red Sox.

Worcester G1 W 6-2

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 R,1. RBI, 2 SB

Marcus Wilson, DH: 1-5 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 K

Franchy Cordero, LF: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K

Chris Hermann, C: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Jack López, SS: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

Stephen Gonsalves (SP): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (47 pitches)

Raynel Espinal (W): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 6 K (95 pitches)

Brandon Brennan: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K (26 pitches)

Kaleb Ort: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (8 pitches)

Worcester G2 L 0-1 (F/5)

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-3, 1 K

Christian Arroyo, DH: 0-1, 1 K

Franchy Cordero, LF: 0-1, 1 BB, 1 K

Yairo Muñoz, 1B: 1-2, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS

Marcus Wilson, RF: 0-2, 2 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-2

Jonathan Araúz, 2B: 0-1

John Schreiber (SP): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K (48 pitches)

Matt Hall (L): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (42 pitches)

Austin Brice: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)

It was a wet one in Worcester on Thursday, having picked up a suspended game to start the day before having the second half of the doubleheader cut short due to more weather. The first game being suspended is the explanation for Gonsalves’s short outing in the first game, for what that’s worth. As for performances here, Arroyo made his first rehab appearance, striking out once and also getting hit by a pitch. Beyond that, there’s not too much to report other than Duran still having that speed to go with the power and Hermann continuing to mash as he (maybe; this isn’t 100 percent as far as I know) approaches an opt-out date.

Portland G1 W 4-2

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Triston Casas, 1B: 2-4, 1 SB

Devlin Granberg, RF: 1-3, 2 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 0-3, 3 K, 1 E

Brayan Bello (SP): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K (69 pitches)

Jose Adames: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (6 pitches)

Jake Thompson (W): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K (24 pitches)

Zack Kelly (SV): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (12 pitches)

Portland G2 PPD

This wasn’t exactly a perfect game for Bello, who did give up a couple of doubles among those four hits to lead to the two runs, but all in all this is a performance the Red Sox will take. As we’ve mentioned in this space, a couple of years ago Bello showed some flashes that he had the potential he’s shown this year, but the consistency wasn’t there. That has caused a little apprehension every time he struggles this year, like he did last time out. This will work as a bounce back, particularly with the strikeouts to go with zero walks. On the offense side, Castellanos is starting to heat up a bit with nine hits over his last three games including a pair of homers. Also, Kelly deserves a shoutout in this bullpen with his 0.46 ERA over 19 23 innings with 31 strikeouts.

Greenville W 16-3

Nick Sogard, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Cameron Cannon, SS: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Tyler Dearden, LF: 2-3, 1 2B, 3 BB, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 3-5, 2 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 5 RBI, 1 K

Dominic D’Alessandro, RF: 3-6, 1 R, 2 K

Elih Marrero, DH: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Ricardo Cubillan, 2B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Yusniel Padron-Artilles (SP; W): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K (85 pitches)

Zach Bryant: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (27 pitches)

Brendan Cellucci: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (10 pitches)

This was a total offensive explosion for the Drive, and Reed in particular has been on another planet over his last few games. After starting the season red hot in the power department, he had gone almost the entire month of June without a home run, hitting one on the first of the month but then not another heading into the 27th. He’d hit one there, and he’s hit one every game since including the pair here on Thursday. In all, that gives him five homers in a four-game span, and he probably needs a promotion to Portland, although finding space in that lineup is easier said than done.

Salem L 3-6

Nick Yorke, 2B: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Gilbero Jimenez, CF: 0-4, 1 SB

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

Jaxx Groshans, C: 0-4, 1 K

Nick Northcut, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jeremy Wu-Yelland (SP; L): 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (62 pitches)

Casey Cobb: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (40 pitches)

This was a tough start for Wu-Yelland, who has been mostly very impressive this season but has had some lapses in command. Those lapses have largely led to higher walk totals than you’d like, but here he only issued one free pass (and hit another batter), but also gave up a bunch of hits, including three for extra bases. On offense, it’s nice to see a home run from Lugo, who’s been struggling so mightily this season. Unfortunately, he has also been struggling defensively, with his error on Thursday coming in at number 16 on the season.

FCL L 3-5

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Antoni Flores, 2B: 1-5, 1 K

Nick Decker, LF: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Bryan Gonzalez, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Chih-Jung Liu (SP): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K

The Red Sox first signed Liu out of Taiwan back in the winter before the 2020 season, but due to COVID he had yet to play in the organization. That obviously changed on Thursday, and it was a hell of a debut. He did give up a couple of solo homers, so that will be something to watch for going forward, but overall this was a strong debut. Liu was a two-way player before signing with Boston, though the Red Sox will focus on his talents on the mound. The 22-year-old is a righty with a ceiling as a good starter, but a long way to go in refining the secondaries on a consistent basis. This was certainly a good start, though.


Player of the Day: Tyreque Reed

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