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Red Sox Minor Lines: Chris Murphy dominates for Portland

And Yairo Muñoz has his hit streak end.

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Worcester G1 L 4-7

Yairo Muñoz, LF/2B: 1-4, 1 K

Johan Mieses, RF: 1-1, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 E

Jeter Downs, 2B/SS: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 K

Delino DeShields, LF: 0-1, 1 BB, 1 K

Josh Ockimey, DH: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Worcester G2 W 2-0

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 0-4, 1 K

Christian Arroyo, DH: 0-2

Connor Wong, C: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Jeter Downs, SS: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Delino DeShields, LF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 SB

Raynel Espinal (SP): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (99 pitches)

Phillips Valdez (W): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (15 pitches)

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

This was not a normal doubleheader, as the first game was actually a completion of a suspended game from earlier in the season. As a result, Espinal technically pitched a combined 10 innings in these two games, though they didn’t come on the same day. But in the game he did pitch on Tuesday, he was electric. The righty hasn’t been consistent enough to be a viable contender for a major-league role at this point, but he’s shown enough flashes that he’s certainly someone to keep in mind potentially down the road, whether it be here or with another organization. On offense, the hit streak came to an end for Muñoz at 35 games. More positively, Downs hit both of his home runs on Tuesday. He is in desperate need for a big end to his season, as he’s been one of the most disappointing prospects in the system so far this year. This was also Arroyo’s first rehab stint, and he did get on base once when he was hit by a pitch.

Portland W 11-0

Pedro Castellanos, RF: 3-3, 1 BB, 3 R

Triston Casas, 1B: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Ronaldo Hernández, DH: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS

Hudson Potts, 3B: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K

Devlin Granberg, CF: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Tyreque Reed, LF: 2-4, 2 R

Chris Murphy (SP; W): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (89 pitches)

This was about as lopsided of a game as it gets for Portland, and it was Murphy who stole the show. The lefty retired the last 20 batters he faced in an absolutely dominant outing as he continues to have no trouble at all adjusting to life at Double-A. He’s now made three starts with Portland, pitching to a 2.12 ERA over 17 innings, striking out 21 and walking five. His big issue this season has been home runs, but this start broke a streak of nine in a row in which he allowed at least one. The control has been a very pleasant surprise over the last couple months, and his stuff has always been tremendous. If he can find a way to keep his home run rate in check, he could be a very interesting guy to watch next season. Offensively, it was a well-rounded showing from the whole lineup, with Castellanos getting on base four times out of the leadoff spot while both Casas and Hernández smacked a pair of doubles.

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Salem W 11-6

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

Gilberto Jimenez, LF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS

Matthew Lugo, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

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

Nick Decker, DH: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K

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

Antoni Flores, 3B: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Angel Maita, RF: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Casey Cobb (SP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (38 pitches)

Devon Roedahl (SV): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (22 pitches)

Salem’s offense was ripping extra base hits all over the field all night on Tuesday, being led by Yorke and Northcut. The former has been red hot for a couple of months now, bouncing back after a tough start to his season. After this big night he’s hitting .312 with an .876 OPS. Northcut, meanwhile, has had some trouble piling up singles this year, but he’s drawing a decent number of walks and hitting for big power. With three doubles on Tuesday he’s up to 25 on the season to go with 11 homers, pushing his OPS up to .804.

FCL L 3-8

Brainer Bonaci, 2B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Marcelo Mayer, SS: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 E

Miguel Ugueto, LF: 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI

Nathan Hickey, DH: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K

Tyler Miller, 3B: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

Eduardo Vaughan, CF: 1-3, 1 K

Freddy Valdez, RF: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Felix Cepeda (SP; L): 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Christopher Troye: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Between scheduled days off and weather issues down south, it seems like the FCL team hasn’t really been able to play at all lately, but they got a chance to on Tuesday and struggled. Most concerning is certainly Mayer making three errors in the field, though it’s worth noting all three were fielding errors as opposed to throwing errors. At least theoretically, it’s more likely at least one of those errors was a result of having the range to get to a ball without completing the play, though it’s hard to say anything too certain about the errors themselves just from the box score. Troye also had a very strong pro debut in this one, striking out two in his inning of work. The righty was the team’s 12 round pick in this year’s draft.



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