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Red Sox Minor Lines: Joe Davis continues his torrid run

And Grant Gambrell comes through with his best start since joining the Sox.

Worcester W 4-3

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Christian Arroyo, 2B: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K

Franchy Cordero, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Yairo Muñoz, 1B: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 SB

Marcus Wilson, RF: 0-4, 3 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Kyle Hart (SP; W): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 4 K (106 pitches)

Kevin McCarthy (H): 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K (36 pitches)

Phillips Valdez (H): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (25 pitches)

Kaleb Ort (SV): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (10 pitches)

We haven’t really talked about Muñoz much this year, as the major-league vet looked like he had a shot to make the roster out of camp but hasn’t really done too much since the minor-league season got started. It’s been a tough year so far for the first baseman, but he’s been swinging a little bit of a better bat of late. The Red Sox aren’t exactly hurting for position player depth at the moment, but having another extra option if Muñoz does indeed heat up isn’t a bad thing. It’s also worth noting Muñoz now has four stolen bases over the last two games, which is double his total before these games.

Portland G1 L 0-3 (F/6)

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-3, 1 K

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 0-3, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 0-3

Hudson Potts, 3B: 0-2, 1 K

Rolando Hernández, DH: 1-2, 1 K

Andrew Politi (SP; L): 4.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 6 BB, 3 K (84 pitches)

Portland G2 PPD

This has been a washout of a week for the Sea Dogs out in Manchester, getting only six of the scheduled 14 innings in on Saturday. And the six innings they did get in were not much to write home about. Politi came into this season with a fair amount of a hype, but it. hasbeen a struggle for the righty. This was his 10th start on the year, and the three runs pushed his ERA up to 7.52. The stuff has generally been good, with 46 strikeouts in 40 23 innings, but he’s also up to 25 walks as well. There has always been an argument that he profiled better in the bullpen, and in fact that’s how he started his professional career. At the end of the day he’s only made 15 career starts so it’s probably too early to pull the plug completely, but it’s worth at least starting to think about it.

Greenville L 1-5

Christian Koss, SS: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Cameron Cannon, DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K

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

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-4, 1 K

Grant Gambrell (SP; L): 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K (77 pitches)

Jose Espada: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (7 pitches)

The offense struggled to get going here for Greenville on Saturday, and that masked what was a strong outing from Gambrell. The righty, who came over from the Royals to complete the Andrew Benintendi trade, was making his fourth start since joining this organization. His first three were a bit of a mixed bag, with one good one by results, and another by peripherals. This time he had everything working and seemingly hit his stride. With Josh Winckowski, the Red Sox already got one promising pitching prospect fo Benintendi. If Gambrell keeps this up, they could be looking at two.

Salem W 9-2

Nick Yorke, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 0-5, 1 R, 2 K

Stephen Scott, C: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI

Joe Davis, 1B: 4-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Jaxx Groshans, DH: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K

Alex Erro, 3B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Shane Drohan (SP; W): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K (71 pitches)

Ryan Fernandez (SV): 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K (55 pitches)

It’s starting to look like Davis is not being challenged at this level, because he is on an absolute tear against Low-A pitching right now. WIth this latest big game, getting on base five times on the day, he’s hitting .331/.367/.573. The biggest issue for Davis is the presence of Tyreque Reed in Greenville, who is taking the playing time at first base. We should also mention the strong start from Drohan, making it two in a row for the 2020 draftee. He’d been struggling for the first part of June, allowing three or more runs in three of his four starts, but over his last two he’s allowed just two runs over nine innings with seven strikeouts and four walks. He’s down to a solid 3.76 ERA on the year.

FCL L 3-4

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Antoni Flores, 2B: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Blaze Jordan, 3B: 1-4, 1 K

Bryan Gonzalez, LF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Danny Diaz, 1B: 0-4, 2 K

Eduardo Vaughan, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Freddy Valdez, DH: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Juan Daniel Encarnacian (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Zach Schellenger: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Valdez was the other player to be named later that came over from the Royals to complete the Benintendi trade, making it a big day for that deal. The 19-year-old is still raw, but this was his first extra-base hit with his new organization. On the mound, Schellenger had a good day out of the bullpen. He made one bad appearance with Portland before hitting the injured list, and this was his first rehab appearance. The righty has long had the stuff to be a major-league reliever, but injuries and major lapses in command have held him back. This season may be his last chance in this organization.

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