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Red Sox Minor Lines: Triston Casas has himself a day

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And Franchy Cordero stays red-hot.

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Worcester W 4-2

Franchy Cordero, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Tate Matheny, CF: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Raynel Espinal (SP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (49 pitches)

Austin Brice: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (39 pitches)

Brandon Brennan (W): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (25 pitches)

Michael Feliz (H): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (15 pitches)

Kaleb Ort (SV): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K (28 pitches)

Don’t look now, but Cordero is on another heater. The outfielder has been seeing the ball extremely well of late, with his second big game in as many days. In his first three games this month he has gone 9-16 with three doubles and a homer while walking twice and striking out twice. He also had a multi-hit game at the end of August to make this really just an absurdly hot week. It’s hard to have faith in this carrying over at the major-league level right now, but given the depletion happening on Boston’s roster at the moment they may need him, faith or not. Meanwhile, there were too many pitchers in this bullpen game to mention them individually, but it was an impressive collective performance to be sure.

Portland G1 W 8-3

Devlin Granberg, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R

Triston Casas, 1B: 3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI

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

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

Jeisson Rosario, CF: 0-3, 1 K

Tyreque Reed, LF: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 R

Josh Winckowski (SP; W): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 6 K (102 pitches)

Portland G2 W 9-2

Cameron Cannon, 2B: 0-5, 2 R

Devlin Granberg, RF/LF: 3-3, 1 BB, 4 R, 1 RBI

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

Ronaldo Hernández, C: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

Hudson Potts, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS/CF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Jeisson Rosario, CF/RF: 1-2, 2 BB

Victor Santos (SP; W): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K (84 pitches)

Joan Martinez: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (5 pitches)

Zach Schellenger: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (11 pitches)

It was just a couple of days ago we talked about Casas in this space, saying that his season has been mostly encouraging due to the plate discipline he’s shown, but also noting the power hasn’t been there as consistently as you may think. Well, uh, then this day happened. With three homers between the two days, he’s up in double digits for the season — remember, he spent significant chunks of time away from the team for Team USA — and his slash line is at .279/.380/.455. It was also a terrific day for Hernández, who in the last month has lifted his OPS from .745 to 828.

Greenville L 1-6

Nick Yorke, 2B: 2-4, 1 K

Christian Koss, SS: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler Dearden, DH: 0-4

Stephen Scott, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Jaxx Groshans, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K

Dylan Spacke (SP; L): 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K (55 pitches)

Casey Cobb: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (44 pitches)

Groshans was one of many breakout hitters in the first half of the season, but for a bit after his promotion to High-A Greenville, things hit a wall. His OPS over his first month at the level was just .601, and he struggled to get a lot going consistently in early August. But the catcher has been hitting for power, with an Isolated Power (SLG - AVG) of .298 in August, and now he just had two extra-base hits in this game. Catching development is a different beast than most any other position, so his future as a big leaguer is still totally up in the air. But it’s nice to see him make the necessary adjustment to start hitting at this level.

Salem W 10-5

Ceddanne Rafaela, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Tyler McDonough, 2B/CF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

Niko Kavadas, 1B: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Nick Decker, DH: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Matthew Lugo, SS: 2-5, 1 3B, 2 R, 1 K

Alex Erro, C: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

Chih-Jung Liu (SP): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K (85 pitches)

Devon Arredondo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Liu has been a bit of a rollercoaster this year, but at least in the strikeout and walk department he’s been on a nice run. Over his last five starts now, he has 32 strikeouts to seven walks over 23 13 innings of work. There are still some issues to hammer out to be sure, but the stuff is there. At the plate, Rafaela has been sneaky hot for a while, and though the ceiling isn’t huge his athleticism and ability to play all over the diamond makes him the kind of prospect that is easily overlooked.

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DSL Red W 8-3

Luis Ravelo, SS: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Miguel Bleis, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 K, 1 SB

Allan Castro, RF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Enderso Lira, C: 0-2, 3 BB

Yevganni Reinita, 2B: 2-2, 2 BB, 2 R

Jose Ramirez (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Cesar Soto (W): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

DSL Blue W 5-4

Juan Chacon, CF: 2-4

Johnfrank Salazar, SS: 2-4, 1 SB, 1 E

Armando Sierra, DH: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI

Rivaldo Rivera, C: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Diego Rodriguez, 2B: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Yordanny Monegro (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K

It was a nice day down in the DSL, with a handful of impressive performances. At the plate, Castro had another big day for the Red squad. This is his first pro season after getting a six-figure signing bonus, and he’s had a nice run with a .904 OPS. Sierra led the way at the plate for Blue, and he’d been scuffling a bit over the last three weeks or so before this game. Hopefully this can allow him to finish out the season strong. Both starters also had very nice games for these two squads.


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