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Red Sox Minor Lines: Three more affiliates end their seasons

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And Nick Sogard ends 2021 with two homers.

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Worcester L 4-9

Jarren Duran, DH: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Jonathan Araúz, 3B: 1-3, 1 R

Christian Arroyo, 2B: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K

Franchy Cordero, RF: 1-2, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Joey Meneses, LF: 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K

Jeter Downs, SS: 1-4, 1 K

Daniel Gossett (SP; L): 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 4 K (89 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (7 pitches)

Geoff Hartlieb: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (20 pitches)

Eduard Bazardo: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K (28 pitches)

Zack Kelly: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (17 pitches)

Just a tough day all around for Worcester, who again didn’t get a ton from the two rehabbing players in Arroyo and Duran, with the rest of the offense failing to pick up the slack. It was a nice day for Cordero, but, well, we know by now not to read too much into these performances until we see it in the majors. Feltman, meanwhile, had another good outing and is putting himself more clearly on the 2022 map.

Portland L 2-5

Pedro Castellanos, CF: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 E

Devlin Granberg, DH: 1-4

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 1 RBI

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 0-1

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

Victor Santos (SP; L): 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (41 pitches)

Portland was one of three affiliates to close out their season on Sunday, and they couldn’t get a win to send 2021 off. Santos had a weirdly short outing, though teams are certainly looking at innings totals this late in the year. Coming over in the middle of the year, Santos was extremely impressive with Portland this summer. At the plate, Castellanos finished off a hot streak at the end of the year also getting a surprising appearance in center field. He’s a fun, relatively low-ceiling sleeper for next season in the upper minors.

Greenville W 4-1

Nick Yorke, 2B: 1-4

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K

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

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

Nick Sogard, 3B: 2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Jose Espada (SP): 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (44 pitches)

Greenville was able to end their season on a high note, and it was clearly Sogard leading the way. We probably didn’t talk about him as much as he merited this year, coming over from the Rays in the same deal that brought Ronaldo Hernández. He wasn’t healthy all year and did have a short but tough stint up in Portland, but in 62 games at High-A he hit .279/.349/.500. The ceiling isn’t huge here, but he’s the kind of player who can surprise people by how far he makes it. Espada also deserves a shoutout here. He’s really a reliever, but over 43 23 innings with Greenville this year he pitched to a 3.09 ERA with 53 strikeouts and 16 walks. He was a minor-league Rule 5 pick from before the 2020 season.

Salem L 7-9

Ceddanne Rafaela, LF/3B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler McDonough, CF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 E

Nick Decker, RF: 0-3, 1 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler Miller, DH: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 L

Matthew Lugo, 2B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Nicholas Northcut, 1B: 3-5, 1 R

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 0-5

Antoni Flores, 3B: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 2 E

Bradley Blalock (SP): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K (67 pitches)

This was the big game of the day down on the farm, with Salem being able to make it into the postseason with a win or a loss from Down East. They got neither. Salem had a 6-1 lead after five, but the sixth saw them give up six unearned runs, and then they gave up two more in the ninth in a tie game to end it. We saw some guys in McDonough and Lugo who heated up late get on a couple times each, and Blalock had a nice start, but it was just barely not enough.

Player of the Day: Nick Sogard

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