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Red Sox Minor Lines: Blaze Jordan homers in first game with Salem

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And Shane Drohan has a big bounce-back outing.

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Worcester G1 W 5-3

Yairo Muñoz, 3B: 0-1, 1 R

Christian Arroyo, 2B: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB

Franchy Cordero, LF: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Connor Wong, C: 2-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SB

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

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R

Daniel Gossett (SP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (28 pitches)

Ryan Brasier (W): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (12 pitches)

Stephen Gonsalves (H): 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K (66 pitches)

Kaleb Ort (SV): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (15 pitches)

Worcester G2 L 0-5

Franchy Cordero, LF: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K

Connor Wong, DH: 0-3

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-2

Seth Blair (SP; L): 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K (42 pitches)

Yacksel Ríos: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K (39 pitches)

Austin Brice: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K (36 pitches)

It was a seven inning game, so it wouldn’t count by MLB’s own rules as an official no-hitter, but Worcester did indeed finish game two with zero hits. That’s not what you want. The first game was more positive, including with a couple of rehab appearances. Arroyo didn’t get a hit, but he did get on base and steal a base, which is nice to see with a guy who hit the injured list with a hamstring injury. And Brasier has had a very tough road on rehab in terms of performance, but the righty had a good outing here. Both players should be on the active roster sooner than later. Wong also continues to swing a nice bat. He’s had a tough time getting into a rhythm as he’s been pushed up and down between Triple-A and the majors, and he missed time at the beginning of the year, but he’s settled in lately. He didn’t have a hit in the second game, but his two hits in the first made it three in a row with multiple hits. He’s hitting .381/.409/.571 in Triple-A this month.

Portland PPD

Greenville PPD

Salem W 7-2

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-4, 2 R

Gilberto Jimenez, RF: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI

Ceddanne Rafaela, SS: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Nick Decker, LF: 0-2, 2 K

Blaze Jordan, DH: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler McDonough, CF: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K

Jonathan Diaz, C: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Shane Drohan (SP; W): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (74 pitches)

It’s been a while since he’s actually been able to make his debut at Salem, but Jordan finally entered the lineup and hit a home run in his first game. It wasn’t exactly a moonshot, just barely clearing the fence in left field, but it all counts the same. He’s really been exciting in his first professional season. On the pitching side, Drohan had another strong start, and it came at a nice time. For the most part, the last month or so has been fantastic for the 2020 draftee, but his last outing was one of his worst of the year. Part of the minors is figuring out how to bounce back from those types of days, and he did so here with five shutout innings. On the season he now has a 4.04 ERA.

FCL L 0-5

Brainer Bonaci, 2B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K

Marcelo Mayer, SS: 0-4, 3 K, 1 E

Nathan Hickey, C: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Nikos Kavadas, 1B: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E

Bryan Gonzalez, DH: 1-4, 3 K

Phillip Sikes, CF: 1-2

Gabriel Jackson (SP): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

It was a tough day for the FCL squad, and that included three errors from the defense. One of them came from Mayer, who also had a three-error day earlier this week. I mentioned that day that all three errors were fielding errors, which is harder to judge from the box score. This one was of the throwing variety. It’s not uncommon for young players to have some defensive jitters against more consistent hard contact and with better athletes on the base paths, but it is something that needs to be sorted out.

DSL Red PPD

DSL Blue W 3-2

Juan Chacon, RF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Lyonell James, 3B; 2-4, 1 RBI

Johnfrank Salazar, SS: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jedixson Paez (SP): 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K

James has been the best hitter down at the DSL of late, at least on the Blue squad, getting on base at a high clip. This was his second straight two-hit game, and his OBP in August is now at .395, which is actually 30 points lower than his OBP in July. James received a $440,000 bonus in the 2019 July 2 signing period. Paez, meanwhile, received a bonus of $450,000 in the most recent signing period and has a 2.88 ERA this season with 29 strikeouts in 25 innings of work.


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