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Red Sox Minor Lines: A big day at the plate for Portland

And strong pitching for Greenville

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Worcester W 7-6

Delino DeShields, CF: 2-3, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Jack López, SS: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI

Franchy Cordero, RF: 0-5, 1 R, 3 K

Joey Meneses, LF: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jeter Downs, 2B: 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Chris Hermann, C: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Connor Seabold (SP): 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K (92 pitches)

Stephen Gonsalves: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (47 pitches)

Zack Kelly (W; BS): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K (16 pitches)

Brandon Brennan (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)

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

This was not a great day for the pitchers on either side, with control issues coming into play all night. Seabold and Gonsalves hit two batters each. I’m not sure if that is what brought up the tensions, but prior to the bottom of the ninth DeShields was ejected as were Buffalo’s manager and catcher, with their hitting coach, who was acting manager at that point, getting ejected a couple of outs into the inning. As for the actual play on the field, the rough command from Seabold is a bit discouraging after how well he pitched in his last outing. It’s hard to see him coming up without injuries in September, but he could have put some real pressure on the team if he continued to deal consistently to close out the season.

Portland W 11-3

Jeisson Rosario, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Devlin Granberg, CF: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Ronaldo Hernández, DH: 3-6, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

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

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Roldani Baldwin, C: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 4-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 CS

Tyreque Reed, LF: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Josh Winckowski (SP; W): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K (94 pitches)

Rio Gomez (H): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (36 pitches)

Joan Martinez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (8 pitches)

This was a strong all around game for the Sea Dogs, particularly at the plate. Winckowski wasn’t perfect on the mound, and there was some contact early in the game, but he settled in as the night went on. I was here for part of this game (I had to leave about midway through) and the secondaries in particular impressed me with the righty. Offensively, everything was being hit hard all night long, as Portland’s bats were able to take advantage of mistakes. It was nice to see the power from Casas as well, who has been getting on base all month but not really doing much in the way of power.

Greenville W 3-0

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Christian Koss, SS: 1-4, 1 R

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-4, 1 RBI

Joe Davis, 1B: 1-2, 1 BB

Stephen Scott, DH: 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 K

Dylan Spacke (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (53 pitches)

Casey Cobb (W): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (45 pitches)

Zach Bryant (SV): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (27 pitches)

This game was all about the pitching, with all three arms from Greenville coming through with strong showings. Cobb came away with the W, and it’s been a strong season for the 2020 undrafted free agent. He’s spent most of his season in Salem, with this being just his second outing with Greenville, but he’s been effective wherever he’s been. Overall the righty has pitched to a 1.93 ERA over 60 23 innings, striking out 65 and walking 14. At 25 years old he’s still a bit old for this level, but the performance in the lower levels has been good enough to warrant some attention when he does continue moving up the ladder.

Salem L 3-7

Tyler McDonough, 2B: 1-5, 3 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, CF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Nathan Hickey, C: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Nick Decker, LF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 K

Blaze Jordan, DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Matthew Lugo, SS: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Antoni Flores, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K

Chih-Jung Liu (SP): 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K (74 pitches)

Logan Webb: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (34 pitches)

This was a bit of a strange start for Liu, who did only give up the two runs but wasn’t very efficient and did give up a lot of hits. That said, four of the six hits were singles, so it’s hard to say how much of it was bad luck and how much was allowing too much contact. I’d assume the latter, but either way it was far from a perfect outing. That said, he did continue to pile up the strikeouts. Inconsistency is not to be unexpected in a pitcher’s first professional season, but the flashes have been intriguing enough here that he is on my watchlist for potential breakouts in 2022. Meanwhile, Rafaela has been heating up of late, and he’s got three doubles and two homers in his last four games.

FCL SUSP

DSL Red L 3-6

Ahbram Liendo, 2B: 2-4

Miguel Bleis, CF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Enderso Lira, C: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 E

Luis Ravelo, SS: 0-2, 1 RBI

Jose Ramirez (SP): 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

DSL Blue W 6-3

Juan Chacon, CF: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB

Alex Zapete, 1B: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R

Alexis Hernandez, DH: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Yordanny Monegro (SP): 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

This was another inter-organizational matchup at the DSL level, with Blue once again coming out on top. They are now 5-2 against their Red counterparts this season, having won the last four matchups. It was Zapete and Chacon leading the way in this one, with the former having the best season in this lineup — his OPS is now up to .906 — while Chacon is the most highly-regarded prospect. The most highly-regarded prospect for either team, however, is Bleis, who did have a nice game in the loss and is starting to heat up over the last week or so.


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