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Red Sox Minor Lines: Chris Murphy dominates

And Tyler Dearden keeps hitting homers.

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Worcester L 0-6

Connor Wong, C: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Franchy Cordero, LF: 0-3, 1 K

Taylor Motter, 2B: 1-4, 1 K

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

Kutter Crawford (SP; L): 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 9 K (96 pitches)

Geoff Hartlieb: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (22 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (18 pitches)

Worcester has amazingly been one of the hottest teams in affiliated baseball despite the big-league squad continuing to pick players off the roster amid their COVID outbreak. But this was a tough one. Crawford picked up the loss, but it wasn’t a terrible start. It was a bit of a surprise he was out there at all, as it seemed likely he’d be out in Chicago in case of a potential spot start in the absence of Chris Sale on Sunday. That Crawford started for Worcester likely indicates the Red Sox are confident they’ll get Nick Pivetta back. Crawford was able to miss bats here, though, with nine strikeouts in five innings, but he also struggled with his command. In addition to the three walks, he hit a batter and gave up a homer.

Portland W 3-1

Devlin Granberg, LF: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 R

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

Ronaldo Hernández, DH: 0-3, 1 BB

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

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 1-3

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-3, 3 K

Chris Murphy (SP; W): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K (76 pitches)

Victor Santos (H): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (18 pitches)

Joan Martinez (SV): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (9 pitches)

This was the first time Portland has been able to play in about a week, and Casas picked up right where he left off. The offense wasn’t really anything special in this game, but their star first baseman got on base a cool four times. Ho hum. But really, this game was all about Murphy. In one of the best starts for any Red Sox prospect this year, command was no problem at all like it has been for much of his season. That hasn’t really held him back this year, to be fair, but this kind of dominance makes him a name to watch for the back half of 2022. This was particularly encouraging as he had been struggling over his previous couple of starts. Meanwhile, it’s interesting that Santos was pitching out of relief now, as he’s been pitching very well as a starter since coming over from the Phillies midseason.

Greenville W 14-7

Nick Yorke, 2B: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 BB, 1 R

Christian Koss, SS: 3-6, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Tyler Dearden, LF: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Joe Davis, 1B: 2-5, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI

Jaxx Groshans, DH: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Wil Dalton, CF: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Dominic D’Alessandro, RF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Brandon Walter (SP; W): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K (90 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (17 pitches)

Tyler Dearden simply does not have time for your desire to keep the ball in the yard. Having set the Greenville franchise record for homers earlier in the week, he hit number 23 in this game, giving the outfielder five in as many days and an OPS over .900 for the season. Koss also deserves a shoutout for a big day. And while the offense clearly carried the day, Walter’s start should not be overlooked. The lefty has been perhaps the biggest out-of-nowhere story in the system this year, and he is not slowing down with the season coming to a close. Since getting to Greenville in early July, he’s racked up 78 strikeouts over 53 13 innings while issuing only 14 walks.

Salem L 4-11

Angel Maita, LF: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K

Tyler McDonough, CF: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Nick Decker, RF: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 4 K

Tyler Miller, 3B: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Matthew Lugo, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Nicholas Northcut, 1B: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 4 RBI

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 1-4, 1 K

Wyatt Olds (SP): 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K (50 pitches)

There’s really not too much to report from this game, where Salem did pick up a 4-0 lead in the first innning but then gave up 11 unanswered. That’s not what you want. They had a bullpen game for this one, with Olds coming in as a 2021 draftee. The seventh rounder has 16 strikeouts and four walks in eight innings of work with Salem. Offensively, Northcut continues to swing a quietly impressive bat. He’s now got an Isolated Power (SLG - AVG) of .237.

FCL W 16-10

Eddinson Paulino, 3B: 4-6, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 R

Marcelo Mayer, SS: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Bryan Gonzalez, DH: 1-3, 2 BB, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 3 SB

Eduardo Vaughan, RF: 2-2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI

Phillip Sikes, CF: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 5 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB

Jose Garcia, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Juan Daniel Encarnacion (SP): 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K

Jose De León: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Michael Gettys: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K

This was just an onslaught offensively, really from both sides but especially the Red Sox squad. They had 17 hits on the day, nine of which went for extra bases. Mayer had two more hits and a walk, upping his OPS to .824. Meanwhile, Paulino has been one of the two best hitters in this lineup all year, and with three more extra base hits his OPS is up to 1.042. The other best hitter has been Sikes, who was an 18th round pick this year and is pretty clearly too advanced for the comples. He’s now up to a 1.094 OPS in the FCL.

DSL Red L 6-8

Miguel Bleis, CF: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K

Kelvin Diaz, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K

Claudio Richetti, 1B: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E

Cesar Ruiz (SP): 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

DSL Blue W 4-2

Juan Chacon, CF: 1-3, 1 K

Alex Zapete, PH: 1-1, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI

Barbaro Pinero (SP): 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Really not too much to say here. Zapete has had a big season, with his OPS up over .900, and he made the most of his one at bat in this game for what served as a game-winner. Pinero has also had a solid season, and he’s up to 32 strikeouts in 29 innings of work.

Player of the Day: Chris Murphy

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