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Red Sox Minor Lines: Jaxx Groshans swings a big bat for Greenville

While Shane Drohan continued a nice run on the mound in Salem.

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Worcester W 8-1

Yairo Muñoz, 3B/RF: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Jeremy Rivera, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Jeter Downs, 2B: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 E

John Schreiber (SP): 3.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (67 pitches)

Marcus Walden (W): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (26 pitches)

Brandon Brennan: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (25 pitches)

Jose Adames: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (28 pitches)

Seth Blair: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (16 pitches)

This was a strong all-around game for Worcester, with the pitching in particular coming through with a sum-of-the-parts type effort for only one run on the day. Schreiber has been serving as a nominal starter of late, with four of his last eight appearances coming as starts. He is, however, a pure reliever, but that he is showing he can go two or three innings — he went four full in one of his outings — should help his case for a major-league role some day. At this point, it’s unlikely he’ll get the call to Boston, but he does have some major-league experience and with a strong close to the season he can try to make a case for himself to compete for a big-league role next spring, whether it’s for the Red Sox or someone else. At the plate, Ockimey hit his 12th homer of the season, and he’s been swinging a better bat in general for the last six weeks or so.

Portland L 6-7

Wil Dalton, CF: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Pedro Castellanos, LF: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 SB

Devlin Granberg, RF: 1-4, 1 K

Tyreque Reed, 1B: 0-4, 3 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K

Ronaldo Hernández, DH: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Tanner Nishioka, 2B: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Nick Sogard, SS: 3-4, 1 R

Enmanuel De Jesus (SP): 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (83 pitches)

Zach Schellenger: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K (15 pitches)

Joan Martinez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (14 pitches)

The offense was fine for Portland on Monday, scoring six runs including two homers as well as a two-double game from Dalton. This was his fourth game at Double-A, which in turn is the third level at which he’s played this year having started his 2021 campaign in Salem. The numbers haven’t been great, though he was swinging a good bat at the end of his run in Greenville, and hopefully this day can spark a run at Double-A. Hernández, meanwhile, had been struggling all year but hit .324/.378/.588 in July and is carrying that success over to the start of August as well. On the mound, Schellenger couldn’t even record an out as he continues to struggle out of the Sea Dogs bullpen.

Greenville L 7-12

Cameron Cannon, SS: 1-4, 1 BB

Tyler Dearden, LF: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

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

Jaxx Groshans, C: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Grant Gambrell (SP; L): 3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (78 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (32 pitches)

We’ll start with the negative here, which is both pitchers listed here. These were not the only two Greenville pitchers to struggle in this game, but they’re the notable names who did. Gambrell, who came over as a player to be named later in the Andrew Benintendi trade, and he’s now up to a 7.16 ERA in eight starts since joining the Red Sox organization. There have been some flashes, but he’s now in a rough stretch in which he’s allowed more runs than he’s thrown innings in three of his last four starts. Wallace, meanwhile, came into this season as arguably the best pure relief prospect in the organization, and came over from the Rockies, but he’s just never found his footing this year. He’s now up to a 7.96 ERA, just generally giving up far too much hard contact. More positively, Groshans had a big game, which is nice to see as he’s had some issues since getting to Greenville from Salem just a couple weeks ago.

Jaxx Groshans
Kelly O’Connor

Salem W 6-2

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 0-3, 1 K

Antoni Flores, 3B: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB

Matthew Lugo, SS: 1-5, 2 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, 2B: 0-4

Nicholas Northcut, 1B: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Darel Belen, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Jhonathan Diaz, DH: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Shane Drohan (SP; W): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K (65 pitches)

Devon Roedahl (H): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (17 pitches)

There was a lot of good in this game for Salem, including a home run from Flores. This was a big one in the context of the game, providing three insurance runs to expand what was a one-run lead. It was also big in the context of Flores, who was once among the most exciting young prospects in the system before coming in a bit out of shape in 2019 and really disappointing in Lowell. Still only 20 years old, this year is his chance to rebuild some of that value. Overall it really hasn’t been that great of a year, albeit in a small sample as he spent most of the first half in extended spring training, but he’s only got a .632 OPS so far. But it’s nice to see the power on display, and hopefully can be a confidence boost. And then over on the mound, Drohan is starting to get on a very nice little run, having allowed just two runs over 14 innings in his last two starts, striking out 14 while walking just three. He’d been a little uneven prior to this run, but the talent as always apparent. Drohan didn’t start concentrating just on baseball until relatively recently, so some adjustment time was always going to be necessary.

Player of the Day: Jaxx Groshans

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