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Red Sox Minor Lines: Portland with some extended time off

And a few solid performances on the farm.

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Worcester W 2-1

Connor Wong, DH: 1-5, 1 R, 3 K

Joey Meneses, RF: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 BB

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-4, 1 RBI

Jeter Downs, SS: 0-4, 4 K

Kyle Hart (SP; W): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K (88 pitches)

Durbin Feltman (H): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (32 pitches)

Kaleb Ort (SV): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (9 pitches)

You would be forgiven if you were expecting some losses from Worcester right now considering seemingly half of their normal roster is up in Boston right now due to the big-league squad’s COVID issues. But they are winning games, and this time around it was the pitching. Hart, who has been up in the majors and struggled mightily in his brief taste of the bigs in 2020, hadn’t really impressed for most of this season in the minors. But he’s hitting a stride now. Since the start of August, he’s pitched to a 2.13 ERA over 25 13 innings. Meanwhile, both Feltman and Ort have been good pretty much all year, and really the team should be considering calling upon one or both of them in the majors right now.

Portland G1 CANC

Portland G2 CANC

Due to COVID issues with their opponents, Portland is off until Thursday.

Greenville L 1-8

Nick Yorke, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB

Christian Koss, SS: 0-4, 1 K

Stephen Scott, C: 1-4, 1 2B

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

Tyler Dearden, LF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Joe Davis, 1B: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K

Jaxx Groshans, DH: 1-3

Yusniel Padron-Artiles (SP; L): 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 8 K (81 pitches)

This was a tough one for the Greenville offense, who did pick up three extra-base hits but only added one single to that in the one-run day. It was nice to see a homer from Dearden, though, who needs just one more to reach the 20-mark for the season. On the mound, Padron-Artiles certainly didn’t have a good start, allowing six runs. That said, the eight strikeouts to two walks is nice, and he’s been rolling in terms of strikeouts and walks over hte last few weeks. Covering his last three starts, he’s got 30 strikeouts and six walks over 21 23 innings.

Salem W 6-5 (F/10)

Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E

Tyler McDonough, CF: 1-5, 2 K

Gilberto Jimenez, RF: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI

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

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

Nicholas Northcut, 1B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Brainer Bonaci, 2B: 1-4, 1 K

Wilkelman Gonzalez (SP): 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (73 pitches)

Jacob Webb: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (16 pitches)

It seems like we haven’t really talked too much about Decker this season, which is unfair because it has been a strong year for the former second round pick. He was always going to be a bit more raw than others in his class as he comes from New Jersey, a cold-weather part of the country where amateurs just aren’t able to play as much. But Decker has hit his stride this year, and this was homer number eight in 62 games. That’s roughly a 20-homer pace over a full season. On the year he’s hitting .274/.384/.457, and he could be a strong breakout candidate next season as he gets out of Salem, which can be a difficult place to hit home runs. On the mound, Gonzalez continues to be one of the most intriguing young arms in the system, and he’s allowed just one earned run in his two starts with Salem so far.

Player of the Day: Joey Meneses

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