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Red Sox Minor Lines: Tyreque Reed walks it off for Portland

While Josh Winckowski had a big start for the Sea Dogs.

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Worcester G1 L 7-10

Yairo Muñoz, CF: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Jonathan Araúz, 3B: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-4, 2 K

Michael Gettys, DH: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB

Tate Matheny, RF: 1-2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Jeremy Rivera, LF: 3-3, 1 BB

Raynel Espinal (SP; L): 2.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 2 K (63 pitches)

Brandon Brennan: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (40 pitches)

Kaleb Ort: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (22 pitches)

Worcester G2 L 4-6

Yairo Muñoz, 3-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Jonathan Araúz, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E

John Schreiber (SP; L): 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 4 K (61 pitches)

This was a tough couple of games for Worcester, with the second being a resumption of a suspended game back in early July. There were a couple positives at the plate in that first one, with Rivera getting on base four times, Matheny continuing a strangely strong run at the plate this year, and Muñoz swinging a hot bat. After a terrible start to his season, he’s got his batting average up over .300 and he’s approaching an .800 OPS. But more negatively, Espinal had a terrible night, and Downs is still getting nothing going at the plate. After these two hitless games, his OPS is down to .595 on the season. He also committed his ninth error of the season as well. The Red Sox don’t need him to dominate this level all year, but they could really use some signs of life over the final six or seen weeks of the season.

Portland W 6-4

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K

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

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 0-3, 2 K

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Tanner Nishioka, 2B: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E

Josh Winckowski (SP): 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (83 pitches)

Joan Martinez (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (10 pitches)

Zack Kelly (BS; W): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K (28 pitches)

For a second straight night, Portland walked one off for a win. This time around it was on a long ball, too, with Reed smashing his two-run shot in the ninth to break a 4-4 tie and send Portland fans home happy. But really, the story here was with the pitching. Ideally, we’d like to see Winckowski missing more bats, but on a night in which he didn’t allow an earned run over seven innings of work, complaining about a lack of strikeouts feels like picking nits. The righty now has a 3.63 ERA on the season, striking out 57 in 69 13 innings. I’m still not sure I see as high of a ceiling as some others might here, but Winckowski does look like he knows how to pitch and has a chance to at least stick as a back-end, good-not-great kind of arm if things continue to develop well. Later in the game, Kelly unfortunately blew it in a very rare bad outing for him. This is nothing to worry about unless it turns into a trend, but on its own it’s just what we said: One bad outing.

Greenville L 0-6

Christian Koss, SS: 0-4

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 2-4

Tyler Dearden, LF: 0-4, 2 K

Joe Davis, 1B: 1-4

Jaxx Groshans, DH: 1-3, 1 K

Yusniel Padron-Artiles (SP; L): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K (83 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 0 K (31 pitches)

Brendan Cellucci: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K (20 pitches)

Offensively, there was nothing going on for the Drive in this one, with Dearden one of a handful of hitless players in the lineup. The outfielder has, by and large, had a good season, but he does find himself in a mini-slump at the moment. We’re only talking about this week, really, but over five games he has gone hitless in four of them. Hopefully he can close things out strong and get on another hot streak next week. More positively, Padro-Artiles hasn’t really done much this year, putting up mostly pedestrian lines in a swingman role, but this was his best outing of the year. He’s shown off good stuff before, most notably striking out 12 in a row for Lowell in a playoff game, but the jump to full-season ball has been tough. Hopefully he can find his footing and close out the season strong, potentially setting himself up to be a sleeper in 2022.

Salem L 6-18

Nick Yorke, DH: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, SS: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Alex Erro, 3B: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Nicholas Northcut, 1B: 1-5, 1 R

Antoni Flores, 2B: 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 K

Chih-Jung Liu (SP; L): 0.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 0 K (27 pitches)

This is a start that Liu would like to forget, and unfortunately is the type of outing that will stick with a pitcher’s overall line for the season for a long time. Really, the righty has been a bit all over the place since making his pro debut this month, showing off big-time stuff at times but also being very hittable at other times. Given that he just started pitching professionally this month, we can excuse the inconsistency. And this kind of outing is one that I’d just toss aside for any pitcher.

FCL W 7-4

Brainer Bonaci, 2B: 0-5, 1 K

Eduardo Vaughan, CF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI

Blaze Jordan, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Freddy Valdez, RF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Eddinson Paulino, 3B: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K, 1 E

Juan Daniel Encarnacion (SP; W): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Don’t look now, but Encarnacion is the hottest pitcher in the Red Sox system. This was his fourth start of the year, and after allowing just a run in his first start he has not given one up since. Overall, the 20-year-old righty has tossed 18 innings this season, pitching to an 0.50 ERA with 19 strikeouts and only two walks. Making his debut in the DSL in 2019, he had a solid season that year, but it didn’t look like he was going to be able to do this as a follow-up. It will be interesting to see if he gets his chance at Salem at some point soon, because with another start or two like this there will be little point to keeping him on the complex.

DSL Red W 2-0

Enderso Lira, C: 1-3

Luis Ravelo, SS: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Jose Ramirez: 4 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

DSL Blue L 2-0

Alex Zapete, 1B: 1-3, 1 K

Yizreel Burnet (SP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

We got our second matchup of the season between the two DSL squads on Saturday, with the Red squad getting its revenge after dropping the first game. This time around, there was little in the way of offense on either side, but the pitching stole the show. Ramirez has struggled this season with command, and did allow six baserunners in four innings here, but he also has not allowed a run this season over nine innings, allowing six hits and walking nine while also striking out nine. Meanwhile, Burnet’s now had two strong starts in a row. After walking five and not striking out any over two innings in his first start, he’s gone six scoreless innings with two hits and no walks while striking out eight.

Player of the Day: Josh Winckowski

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