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Red Sox Minor Lines: Ronaldo Hernández is finishing the season on a hot streak

And Matt Barnes made another rehab appearance.

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Worcester CANC

Portland L 7-14

Pedro Castellanos, RF: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Triston Casas, 1B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E

Ronaldo Hernández, DH: 2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI

Hudson Potts, 3B: 0-4, 2 K

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

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 1-4, 2 E

Tyreque Reed, LF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E

Matt Barnes (SP; L): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (18 pitches)

Chris Murphy: 0.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 0 K (23 pitches)

Zach Schellenger: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (20 pitches)

Frank German: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

The pitching was not great here, starting with what should be Barnes’ final rehab appearance before rejoining the team following a stint on the COVID list. He was seemingly undone by his defense, but he did also allow a single and a double. Murphy also had a tough night, and really just seems like he never had it. It’s been a very good year for the lefty, and while this start was not great I think it’s worth almost just throwing away completely. This was a different kind of outing with him coming in for the second inning, and that sort of thing can throw off a pitcher. More positively, Hernández is staying red hot to end this season. After finishing August with a .948 OPS, he’s hitting .324/.359/.595 in September.

Greenville W 4-0

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K

Nick Sogard, SS: 0-2, 2 BB

Tyler Dearden, LF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 1 3B, 1-4, 2 K, 1 E

Joe Davis, 1B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Stephen Scott, RF: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K

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

Brian Van Belle (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (30 pitches)

Jacob Wallace: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (34 pitches)

This was a great day for the Greenville pitching staff, and I want to focus on Wallace for a minute. He’s someone we’ve written about mostly negatively this year, and for good reason. He came in with high expectations and has pitched to a 6.04 ERA. That said, the talent is still there and we’re starting to see it later in the year. Going back to the start of August, his ERA is sitting at 3.60, and he’s got 28 strikeouts to seven walks over 15 innings of work. It seems similar to what we’ve seen from Durbin Feltman, who struggled with big expectations in 2019 but has re-emerged this year and could be in the majors next year. I’m looking at Wallace as a big breakout candidate in 2022.

Salem L 3-4

Tyler McDonough, CF: 1-3, 2 BB

Tyler Miller, 3B: 1-5, 1 RBI, 3 K

Ceddanne Rafaela, LF: 0-4, 3 K

Matthew Lugo, 2B: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E

Nick Decker, DH: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 SB

Nicholas Northcut, 1B: 1-4, 1 RBI

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Chih-Jung Liu (SP): 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K (79 pitches)

It has mostly been a positive year for Liu, pitching affiliated ball for the first time this season and being held down in the complex until midseason. His final ERA of 4.23 looks mediocre, but it’s not really indicitive of his season. Upon being promoted to Salem, Liu allowed five runs and eight runs in two of his first four starts, and it put his ERA in an ugly position. It never full recovered, but going back to July 30 he has not allowed more than two earned runs in a start. It should of course be noted that he’s not going deep into games either, never going more than five innings in any start, but the results are there. This game did feature some uncharacteristic control issues — his four walks are a season-high — but all in all, as his season is winding down, Liu is a name to be intrigued by for 2022.

Player of the Day: Ronaldo Hernández

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