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Red Sox Minor Lines: Yusniel Padron-Artilles makes two starts (sort of)

And Ronaldo Hernández continued a strong month of August.

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Worcester W 9-7

Jeremy Rivera, SS: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Franchy Cordero, CF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB

Grant Williams, 2B: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS

Kyle Hart (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K (99 pitches)

Brandon Brennan: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K (23 pitches)

Michael Feliz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (11 pitches)

Austin Brice: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (16 pitches)

Kaleb Ort: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (13 pitches)

Worcester was all over the bases in this game, picking up 10 hits (eight of which were singles) and eight walks to put those nine runs on the board. Offensively, Rivera was a surprise leader, as he is typically more known for his defense and is an organizational player. It was nice to see a big game from Cordero, too, who could be needed if this COVID issue in the bigs continues to linger. On the pitching side, Worcester actually has a decent number of interesting relievers, which makes it all the more puzzling why guys like Raynel Espinal and Stephen Gonsalves are getting the call.

Portland G1 L 3-6

Devlin Granberg, LF: 1-4, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 1-3, 1 RBI

Ronaldo Hernández, DH: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, CF: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Frank German (SP): 3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K (66 pitches)

Portland G2 L 5-6

Jeisson Rosario, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 K

Danny Santana, CF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

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

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

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

Devlin Granberg, LF: 0-3

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 1-3, 1 RBI

Tyreque Reed, DH: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Chris Murphy (SP; L): 5 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 K (81 pitches)

Zach Schellenger: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (14 pitches)

Tough day for the Sea Dogs, whose first game here was actually a resumption of a suspended game back in July. In the second game, the pitching was an issue with Murphy really struggling with his command. We’ve seen the lefty struggle with the long ball this year, but he didn’t give up any here. Instead, he had trouble throwing strikes and issued five walks. Coming into the season, control was actually the main concern for Murphy, but he’s largely avoided that trouble this year. Bad starts happen, but if this becomes a trend to close out the season that would be troubling heading into the winter. More positively, Hernández had a big day and finished up his August strong. In the month he hit .316/.353/.595.

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Greenville G1 L 1-5

Christian Koss, SS: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-3, 1 K

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

Jaxx Groshans, C: 2-3, 1 K

Yusniel Padron-Artilles (SP; L): 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K (52 pitches)

Ryan Fernandez: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (37 pitches)

Greenville G2 L 2-3

Nick Yorke, 2B: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS

Christian Koss, SS: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Joe Davis, 1B: 2-3

Yusniel Padron-Artilles (SP; L): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K (95 pitches)

Some good baseball weirdness here, as technically speaking Padron-Artilles started two games in one day. That didn’t actually happen as the first game was the resumption of a suspended game, but on the box scores he did. And the one he actually started on Tuesday, the second one, was actually quite strong. He got the loss, but that was hardly his fault. Over his last two outings he’s now allowed three runs over 11 23 innings, striking out 15 and walking three.

Salem PPD

FCL G1 W 6-3

Marcelo Mayer, SS: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E

Bryan Gonzalez, LF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB

Cuba Bess, 1B: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

Ricardo Cubillan, 3B: 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

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

Ryan Zeferjahn (SP): 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Michael Gettys (W): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

FCL G2 W 14-2

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB

Tyler Miller, 3B: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Miguel Ugueto, RF: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Darel Belen, 1B: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 K

Yorberto Mejicano, DH: 4-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI

Phillip Sikes, CF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Henry Nunez (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Ho hum, another three times on base for Mayer, who is up to a .410 OBP in his first taste of pro ball. But in that first game, it was really the pitching that was interesting. Zeferjahn got the start as he is trying to work his way back from injury. The former third rounder had spent the first half of the year in Salem, pitching to an ugly 6.91 ERA, but hadn’t pitched since July 7. And then there’s Gettys, a veteran outfielder who is apparently converting to the mound. We hadn’t really heard anything about that this year, but this was his first appearance on the mound and it seemingly went pretty well. He always had a big arm in the outfield, so this will be an interesting project to monitor the rest of the way. Bonaci and Miller also deserve shoutouts for their performances in the second game’s blowout, as does Nunez.

DSL Red L 3-7

Luis Ravelo, SS: 1-2, 1 BB, 2 RBI

Miguel Bleis, CF: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Enderso Lira, C: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 E

Francis Hernandez (SP; L): 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

DSL Blue W 11-5

Juan Chacon, CF: 0-3, 1 R, 1 SB

Jhostynxon Garcia, DH: 2-3, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 SB

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

Ronny Ramirez, LF: 1-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Jean Carlos Reyes (SP; W): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K

This was a nice day for the Blue squad, and not so much for the Red team, especially the offense. But for the blue squad, there were a couple of big days led by Garcia. He’s been up and down this year after getting a $350,000 bonus back in 2019, but sitting with an .870 OPS right now. Power isn’t a huge part of his game, but there are raw tools for him to be a good on-base guy. Still in the DSL, he’s obviously a ways away from being anything of note in the major-league context, but he’s a deep, deep sleeper to remember.


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