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Red Sox Minor Lines: Chris Sale’s rehab road continues

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The lefty looked good in Portland on Tuesday.

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Worcester L 5-14

Marcus Wilson, RF: 1-5, 1 K

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 R

Franchy Cordero, LF: 1-5, 1 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 E

Connor Wong, C: 2-3, 2 BB, 1 R

Jonathan Araúz, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Kyle Hart (SP; L): 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (42 pitches)

John Schreiber: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 0 K (65 pitches)

Kaleb Ort: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (18 pitches)

Austin Brice: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (17 pitches)

It was a tough night for Worcester pitching, including Matt Hall, who is not included in this write up but imploded yet again and for some reason is still in this organization. Schreiber, meanwhile, deserves his spot in the organization but this was a rare blow up for him. The righty has mostly been very good, but he watched his ERA jump over a full run with this outing. At the plate, Cordero continues to lose some of the heat he had when he was first called up, hitting just .241/.317/.352 in July.

Portland W 6-3

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 CS

Devlin Granberg, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Hudson Potts, 3B: 0-4, 3 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Chris Sale (SP): 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (49 pitches)

Andrew Politi (W): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K (79 pitches)

Yours truly was in attendance for this game, and obviously the story here is the guy who got the start on the mound. Sale only went 3 23 innings here, so he clearly still needs to be worked up a bit, but in terms of stuff he sure looked ready to me. He was sitting around 96 mph consistently with his fastball, and some of the offspeed pitches he was throwing, with both his slider and his changeup, were making the Harrisburg hitters look foolish. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if he only needs one more rehab outing to get up to that five-inning mark before coming back to the bigs right around the start of August, but that is just speculation on my part. As for the rest, there wasn’t a whole lot that stood out to me beyond Sale. Granberg and Castellanos did put a couple nice swings on some baseballs, and Rosario made a great catch crashing into the wall. He was down for a little bit but was able to stay in the game.

Greenville L 4-7

Christian Koss, SS: 3-5, 1 RBI

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 1-4

Tyler Dearden, LF: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 4 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 E

Joe Davis, 1B: 3-5

Jaxx Groshans, C: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E

Brandon Walter (SP; L): 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K (85 pitches)

Brendan Cellucci: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (11 pitches)

Zach Bryant: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (9 pitches)

Walter takes the loss in this one and he did give up six runs in total on the night, but he was hurt by a pair of errors from his defense. If you look beyond the runs, his eight strikeouts to just one walk over five innings is really encouraging, and shows he had good stuff while staying at least close to the zone. He did give up one homer and a couple of doubles, so there were flaws, but overall I think you can look at the strengths as outweighing the weaknesses in this one for him. At the plate, Davis is up at a new level but just keeps hitting.

Salem W 4-3

Nick Yorke, 2B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 CS

Matthew Lugo, SS: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K

Stephen Scott, 1B: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Nick Decker, RF: 0-4

Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B: 1-4, 1 K

Alan Marrero, C: 2-3, 1 BB, 2 R

Jorge Rodriguez (SP): 4.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K (68 pitches)

Ryan Fernandez (W): 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (36 pitches)

Salem really earned their four runs in this game, winning without putting a single extra-base hit on the board. Instead, the relied on 11 singles plus three walks to just barely eke out the win. Fernandez is the guy I want to focus on here. The 2018 23rd round pick has seen more and more innings as the season has gone on, up to three in each of his relief outings in the month of July. And he’s been great for however long he’s asked to go out all season, pitching to a 0.34 ERA over 26 13 innings with 30 strikeouts and seven walks. There aren’t very high expectations for the righty, but if he keeps pitching like this he could begin to see some starts down the stretch in the second half of this season.

FCL L 13-20 (F/9)

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 3-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Eduardo Vaughan, CF: 2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 K

Blaze Jordan, DH: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K

Darel Belen, 1B: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 R

Bryan Gonzalez, LF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Eddinson Paulino, 3B: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Jonathan Diaz, C: 2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Blake Loubier (SP): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Big complex game energy throughout this box score. The Red Sox squad actually should have had one more time at the plate but the game was called due to rain. Normally not getting that chance in a seven-run game wouldn’t matter much, but in a game like this, who knows? There was offense all over the field in this one, but Vaughan obviously stands out with the two homers. The outfielder got a significant, $550,000 bonus from the Red Sox out of Panama a couple of years ago, and while there is a long way to go in the development he has the tools to turn into an interesting prospect.

DSL Red L 0-1

Enderso Lira, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Luis Ravelo, SS: 1-4, 2 K

Francis Hernandez (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

DSL Blue L 4-5 (F/10)

Juan Chacon, RF: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 R

Josue Castillo, 2B: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Jedixson Paez (SP): 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K

There wasn’t a whole lot of note going on in the DSL on Tuesday, with Chacon standing out as the only guy with a multi-hit effort. As Miguel Bleis continues to not play, Chacon is the best player the Red Sox have in the DSL right now, and he’s showing it with a .903 OPS.


Player of the Day: Eduardo Vaughan

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