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Red Sox Minor Lines: Yairo Muñoz ties a franchise records

He grabbed hits in both ends of the doubleheader.

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Worcester G1 L 8-10

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 3-4, 1 R, 1 SB

Delino DeShields, CF: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 SB

Johan Mieses, RF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Jhonny Pereda, C: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Kyle Hart (SP): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (43 pitches)

Ryan Brasier: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 1 K (18 pitches)

Kaleb Ort (L; BS): 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 2 K (30 pitches)

Worcester G2 L 4-5

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 SB

Delino DeShields, CF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, 2B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Josh Schreiber (SP; L): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K (56 pitches)

Stephen Gonsalves: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K (49 pitches)

Austin Brice: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (22 pitches)

As always, we start the Worcester write-up with an update on Muñoz, who did indeed get a hit in each of the two games of the doubleheader, extending that hit streak to 34 games. That not only extends his Pawtucket/Worcester franchise record, but also ties the record for the Red Sox organization, held by Dom DiMaggio. He’ll try to break that record on Saturday. It was also a pretty nice day for recent signing DeShields, who got on base five times between the two games and has a .906 OPS with Worcester. More negatively, it was a terrible rehab outing for Brasier, though four of the five hits he allowed were singles (the other was a double) so it’s hard to say how much of the outing was just bad luck. He could be a big wildcard for the Red Sox down the stretch, though, so they could use him getting on track.

Portland W 4-1

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 0-4

Pedro Castellanos, RF: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E

Devlin Granberg, LF: 0-4, 1 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K

Roldani Baldwin, C: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 SB

Victor Santos (SP; W): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (71 pitches)

It was all about the pitching in this game, with Santos continuing to look like a fantastic pick-up by the Red Sox as the player to be named later in the C.J. Chatham deal. There weren’t a whole lot of strikeouts in this game, but the results were on point, as they have been really since he joined the Red Sox. This was the 21-year-old’s fourth appearance with the Red Sox, and he has a 3.00 ERA over 21 innings, striking out 19 and walking only two. The stuff isn’t huge, which limits the ceiling some, but he’s doing well, and at an encouraging age for his level. At the plate, there wasn’t a ton going on, though we did see a home run from Baldwin, who just recently rejoined the organization after playing for the Dominican Republic in the Olympics.

Greenville W 9-8

Nick Sogard, SS: 2-6, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 3 K, 1 SB

Stephen Scott, RF: 2-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 SB

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Joe Davis, 1B: 0-5, 1 RBI

Jaxx Groshans, DH: 0-5, 2 K

Jake MacKenzie, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Yusniel Padron-Artiles (SP): 4.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 0 BB, 4 K (94 pitches)

Jose Espada (W): 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (58 pitches)

Zach Nail (SV): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (14 pitches)

It was all about the bats for Greenville, who hasn’t been playing as well as they’d have liked this week but pulled out a win on Friday thanks to a two-run ninth that won the game. Scott stayed hot, getting on base four times and bumping his High-A OPS up to 1.386. Sogard hit a grand slam, and Howlett went deep as well. For much of the season, the third baseman was quietly one of the better power hitters in the system, but he’s hit a cold streak recently. In August, even including this game, he’s hitting just .190/.292/.262. Howlett is a guy who will swing and miss some, so these kinds of hot and cold streaks are likely going to be part of his seasons throughout his career.

Salem PPD

FCL L 4-6

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 0-4, 2 K

Nathan Hickey, DH: 0-3, 1 K

Miguel Ugueto, RF: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 R

Niko Kavadas, 1B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Bryan Gonzalez, LF: 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Phillip Sikes, CF: 1-4, 1 2B

Henry Nunez (SP; L): 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K

Eduard Bazardo (SP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Reidis Sena: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

The big story from this one is Bazardo making his way back on the rehab path. He’ll likely need quite a few appearances down in the minors before the team considers bringing him back up to help the big-league squad, but between him and Brasier it is at least nice knowing there is some help on the way. Meanwhile, at the plate, Ugueto is on a nice run right now. He was our player of the day for the whole farm yesterday, and made it two straight three-hit games with this one. On the season he’s hitting .377/.424/.557.

DSL Red G1 W 2-1

Miguel Bleis, CF: 2-2, 1 2B

Allan Castro, DH: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Enderso Lora, C: 1-3, 1 K, 1 CS

Luis Ravelo, SS: 2-3, 1 3B

Francis Hernandez (SP): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K

DSL Red G2 W 5-2

Miguel Rojas, C: 1-1, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Simon Pacheco (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K

DSL Blue G1 L 2-3

Juan Chacon, DH: 0-3, 1 K

Jhostynxon Garcia, CF: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R

Ronny Ramirez, LF: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

Barbaro Pinero (SP; L): 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K

DSL Blue G2 L 1-3

Juan Chacon, CF: 1-3, 2 K, 2 SB

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

There were four games down in the DSL for Red Sox affiliates on Friday, but surprisingly in a league that often features run totals bordering on comical, all four were low-scoring affairs. Bleis is the top Red Sox player down in the Dominican right now, and he is having a big season to back that up. With this multi-hit game, the outfielder is hitting .391/.462/.652. It’s been a few years since one of their top international signings has really hit — they’ve had some smaller bonus players break out, though — but Bleis appears to be breaking that trend. On the mound, both Hernandez and Paez stood out. The former now has a 1.48 ERA with just under a strikeout per inning, while the latter is at a 3.00 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 21 innings. Both got six-figure bonuses, with Paez’s coming in just under a half million.

Player of the Day: Brandon Howlett

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