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Red Sox Minor Lines: Jay Groome keeps rolling

And Brayan Bello looks good, but exits early for non-injury reasons.

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Worcester L 2-5

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-5, 1 K

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS

Franchy Cordero, 1B: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Marcus Wilson, RF: 0-1, 1 K

Jack López, 2B: 0-1, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 E

Raynel Espinal (SP; L): 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (77 pitches)

John Schreiber: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (21 pitches)

Jose Adames: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (16 pitches)

Austin Brice: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (21 pitches)

The big story for this game was Cordero, despite him not really doing a whole lot at the plate. But in the first, he made his first start at first base, which is a pretty quick progression. It hasn’t been much more than a week since we first saw Cordero getting time working out at first, so the fact that he’s already getting game action shows A, they think he can do it, and B, they are looking for help at the position quickly. I should also mention that Wilson did only get the one at bat in the game, but it was because of an ejection, not an injury.

Portland W 6-2

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 K, 1 SB

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 1 R

Joey Meneses, DH: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Devlin Granberg, RF: 2-4, 1 2B

Travis Nishioka, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K

Brayan Bello (SP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (35 pitches)

Denyi Reyes (W): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (24 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (22 pitches)

Let’s get the obvious thing out of the way here: You can exhale regarding Bello. Yes, he only tossed two innings and 35 pitches, but it wasn’t an injury. It appears this was just a planned short outing to allow him to fly into Denver and be ready to throw an inning at the Futures Game on Sunday. So, as far as I can tell anyway, there is no injury here, and by all accounts he looked good before leaving. Offensively, Castellanos is on one right now. He had a little bit of a lull in the middle of the June and missed some time in there, but of late he’s been racking up hits. Going back to June 25, he’s sitting with a .486 average with a couple doubles and a couple homers in that span as well. He was a sleeper coming into the year, and while he still doesn’t appear to be a star-level hitter or anything, he’s looking more and more like someone who will get a chance in the bigs.

Greenville L 1-9

Christian Koss, SS: 2-4

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 2-4

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 1-3, 1 BB

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

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Jaxx Groshans, DH: 0-4, 4 K

Jay Groome (SP; L): 5.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K (83 pitches)

It’s a good thing we really don’t care about pitching wins anymore, because Groome is still looking for his first on the year. What we do care about are results and stuff, and we are finally seeing that out of the former first round pick. The southpaw has been looking so much better of late, and now has racked up at least seven strikeouts in six of his last seven outings. Overall in that span, he has 53 strikeouts over 36 13 innings with only 14 walks. The ERA for that stretch is more good than great at 3.96, but otherwise it really looks like we’re seeing some strides from Groome, and it seems like it’s flying under the radar due to his season-long ERA still clocking in over 5.00. On offense, Groshans made his first appearance in High-A and, uh, it’ll get better.

Salem L 1-7

Nick Yorke, DH: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS

Gilberto Jimenez, RF: 0-2, 1 HBP

Matthew Lugo, SS: 0-4, 1 K, 2 E

Joe Davis, 1B: 1-4, 1 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 1-4, 1 K

Ryan Zeferjahn (SP; L): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (74 pitches)

There’s really not a whole lot to say about this game, so I’ll keep it quick. Zeferjahn was undone by his defense, but ultimately it’s been a rough season for him all year and I’m really ready to see him in the bullpen. They won’t make that switch this quickly, and they probably shouldn't, but I’m ready whenever they are. And Lugo’s errors have been out of control. These two make 19 on the season. I was high on the shortstop coming into the year, but between all these errors and his .568 OPS, I’m changing my mind quickly.

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