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Red Sox Minor Lines: Three different two-homer games

The home run bats were out for the Red Sox prospects.

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Worcester G1 W 7-0

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

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

Marcus Wilson, RF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Tate Matheny, CF: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Jett Bandy, C: 2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI

Austin Brice (SP): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (8 pitches)

Marcus Walden (W): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (41 pitches)

John Schreiber: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (41 pitches)

Kaleb Ort: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (17 pitches)

Worcester G2 L 1-8

Jeter Downs, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 E

Marcus Wilson, DH: 0-3, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K

Michael Gettys, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-3

Connor Seabold (SP; L): 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 5 K (73 pitches)

Brandon Brennan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (9 pitches)

These were two totally different games for Worcester, with a blowout going to each side on each end of the doubleheader. The big focus here was actually in the second game, though, with Seabold looking to prove he can provide big-league depth down the stretch this year if necessary. Things looked very good to that end early on, as he dominated the first few innings. But the righty hit a wall in the fifth, allowing three of his four runs in that inning. Seeing those flashes were good, but he needs to build up his arm strength and make sure he can get deeper into these games effectively, especially if the Red Sox are going to go without adding a starting pitcher before the deadline. Bandy also gets a shoutout here for his two-homer day.

Portland PPD

Greenville W 17-5

Cameron Cannon, SS: 3-6, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI

Tyler Dearden, DH: 3-6, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Joe Davis, 1B: 4-6, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Stephen Scott, PH/RF: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Dominic D’Alessandro, LF: 2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 K

Elih Marrero, C: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 K

Jake MacKenzie, 2B: 2-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 K, 1 CS

Chris Murphy (SP; W): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K (88 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (24 pitches)

Well, this was some day on offense. Greenville’s lineup launched a total of seven homers of the day, with D’Alessandro smashing two of them. A former 22nd round pick, he’s been a little inconsistent in terms of getting on base of lat for Greenville, but the power has never wavered. After this game, his OBP on the month is still down at .293, but he’s got a .302 Isolated Power (SLG - AVG) as well. The Red Sox have a lot of these big corner-type sluggers around this level. We should also mention Murphy, who bounced back from an ugly start his last time out. This one surely wasn’t perfect, but he got his walks under control, issuing just a single free pass after handing out four without making it through three full innings in his last outing.

Salem W 11-4

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-5, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 R, 1 RBI

Nick Decker, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, SS: 3-5, 2 3B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Nicholas Northcut, 1B: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Antoni Flores, 3B: 2-5, 1 CS

Jeremy Wu-Yelland (SP): 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K (67 pitches)

There must have been something in the water down in the south Atlantic region for Red Sox affiliates. Greenville smashed their seven homers, while Salem grabbed three of their own while also throwing in four triples. Rafaela dipped his toes in both pools as he starts to get red hot. We’ve seen his athleticism and versatility all season — he’s played second, third, shortstop, and center field throughout this season — but the bat had been lagging until recently. He was our honorable mention for position player of the week last year, and in July Rafaela now has a .300 ISO. Similarly Northcut has been inconsistent with his batting average, but he’s drawn walks and hit for power. In July he’s done everything with a .301/.388/.603 line.

Nicholas Northcut (2019)
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FCL W 5-3

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler McDonough, 2B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R

Eduardo Lopez, CF: 1-3, 1 RBI

Blaze Jordan, 3B: 2-4, 1 R

Bryan Gonzalez, DH: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Eduardo Vaughan, RF/CF: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

Angel Bastardo (SP): 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Cole Milam (H): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Somebody can correct me if I’m mistaken here, but I believe this game marks our first appearance in a professional game from the 2021 class, with McDonough getting a few swings, including a double. He was the team’s third round pick coming out of North Carolina State. Beyond, Lopez is down after spending some time with Salem. He struggled up there, but I believe this is probably just a rehab appearance rather than a demotion. And it’s nice to see Jordan keep hitting as well, even if it wasn’t for power and just a couple of singles. Solid game all-around.



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