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September 18, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Wins, offense hard to come by for affiliates on quiet Friday



9/18 Cup of Coffee:
Wins were hard to come by for the affiliates Friday, but a number of strong individual performances overshadowed the wins and losses on this night. Jeter Downs (pictured) offered some late-season inspiration in Worcester, while Nicholas Northcut added a big-three run blast despite his team's losing effort. Yusniel Padron-Ariles was a hard-luck loser in his impressive effort on the mound.

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Worcester was three-hit in a sluggish offensive output on Friday, with the lone bright spot being Jeter Downs. Syracuse let loose a flurry with 13 hits and the seven runs, with much of the damage coming against Worcester starter Kyle Hart. He went five innings, allowing seven hits and two walks versus five strikeouts, giving up three runs. Austin Brice, Stephen Gonsalves, and Brad Peacock all allowed runs in relief. Downs recorded two of the team's three hits, giving his team the only run on a fifth-inning solo home run. Jhonny Pereda managed the team's only other hit in the contest. Worcester's late-season stumble has put them a little further from playoff position, now sitting 5.5 games out of a postseason spot.

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The Sea Dogs jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after the top of the third inning and never looked back for a comfortable win. Four players recorded multiple hits, including Kole Cottam's 3-for-4 effort -- all singles -- led to two runs for Portland. Pedro Castellanos was 2 for 5 with a home run, Devlin Granberg also added two hits including a round-tripper, and Ronaldo Hernandez added two hits of his own. On the mound, Josh Winckowski improved to 8-3 on the year after his impressive six-inning effort with just three hits, one walk, and one earned run to his name. Andrew Politi, Tyler Olson, Denyi Reyes, and Zach Schellenger combined to finish off the win, with only Reyes allowing any more runs. Portland remains 3.5 games out of first place in AA-Northeast after their second consecutive win.

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This low-scoring affair came down to the wire, with a fourth-inning run -- a solo home run off Yusniel Padron-Artiles -- the only scoring in this close-knit affair. Padron-Artilles gave up three hits and one walk, striking out five in the loss. Casey Cobb fared admirably, going four innings and giving up just three hits, walking none and striking out three. Offensively, Greenville picked up just four hits. Nick Yorke had the only extra-base hit with a double.

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A seven-run fifth inning was the difference for Delmarva in a lopsided victory Friday. Jordan DiValerio took the hard-luck loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks in a frustrating effort following four solid innings by Wilkelman Gonzalez. Miguel Suero pitched admirably over 3.1 innings of work, but Cole Milam gave up three runs to end any hope of a massive comeback. Offensively, Tyler Miller led the way with two hits including an 8th-inning home run. Nicholas Northcut added a three-run blast in the fourth inning for Salem. The Red Sox have now lost three straight, putting their playoff chances at risk as the season winds down.

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The only starter without a hit in this one was Marcelo Mayer, but he still managed to walk and steal two bases. Phillip Sikes was once again the star offensively, going 2 for 3 with a home run, double, and a walk. His OPS is up to 1.100 over 73 at-bats. Karson Simas went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs, and Miguel Ugueto went 2 for 3 with a double, walk, and two RBI. There was more than enough support for Juan Daniel Encarnacion, who was dominant on Friday. He struck out eight and allowed just two hits over four innings of one-run ball. The win was credited to Blake Loubier as he allowed one run over two innings. 

FCL Red Sox @ FCL Twins, Suspended (Lightning)
The second game of the doubleheader was suspended in the second inning due to lightning. The Red Sox were trailing 2-0. 

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One of the few bright spots in this one was Francis Hernandez, though he still took the loss. Hernandez allowed just an unearned run in three innings, walking one and striking out four. The only other pitcher to not allow an earned run was Jesus Rosillo. Rosillo has yet to allow an earned run in 22 innings this season. The only notable performance on offense was Luis Ravelo, who went 2 for 5 with a double. 

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Jedixson Paez was bit by the long ball in an otherwise solid start. Paez struck out six without walking a batter over 5 1/3, but he served up two home runs that led to three runs. Royman Blanco recorded the last eight outs and allowed just an unearned run while striking out three. It was the first loss of the season for Paez, who has been great all year. Jhostynxon Garcia's fourth triple was the only extra-base hit on the day, and Johnfrank Salazar went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI. 

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Player of the Day: It hasn't been a season to write home about for Jeter Downs, as his .179 batting average can attest. It wasn't quite the output Sox fans had hoped for following the Mookie Betts trade in which he was a cornerstone. But a late outburst of offense may have fans eager for next season and a fresh start. Downs continued his uptick in production Friday with two of his team's three hits, including his 13th home run of the season. Downs is currently 5th in the SoxProspects rankings.


Photo Credit: Jeter Downs by Kelly O'Connor

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September 17, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Potts leads Portland, Greenville wins in 12


9/17 Cup of Coffee: The Sea Dogs offense came alive with 14 runs, led by a big night from Hudson Potts (pictured). Greenville grabbed a win in 12 innings, thanks to 19 strikeouts from the pitching staff, including a terrific start from Brandon Walter. Both DSL Sox teams also saw a few standout offensive performances. 

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Worcester tied the game with a pair of runs in the ninth, but it wasn't enough. Josh Ockimey had a solid night, going 1 for 3 with a double and a sacrifice fly. Chad De La Guerra also went 1 for 3 with a double and added a walk and a stolen base. Johan Mieses also doubled. Kutter Crawford was solid, going the first 5 1/3 while allowing two runs with seven strikeouts and just one walk. Zack Kelly and Durbin Feltman each gave up a run in three combined frames. 
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September 16, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Barnes rehabs in Portland; Hernandez homers twice


9/16 Cup of Coffee:
Three teams were in action on Wednesday, with the two in playoff contention both handed losses. Portland fell to the brink despite a two-homer effort by Ronaldo Hernandez (pictured). Nick Decker had a big night in Salem's loss, as the Sox got some help in their playoff push. Brian Van Belle and three relievers combined on a three-hit shutout to put Greenville in the win column. Worcester was the other team scheduled to play, but the contest in Syracuse was rained out.

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Worcester Red Sox @ Syracuse Mets (NYM), canceled (rain)
The second game of this week's series in Central New York was called because of downpours off and on throughout the day. The game will not be made up.

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Hartford got off to a 9-0 lead and never looked back in a slugfest that featured 28 hits, 12 for extra bases. Matt Barnes made a rehab start, allowing a pair of unearned runs in the first inning, striking out a pair. Pushed out of his normal starting role, Chris Murphy was not on his game. The left-hander retired just one batter while allowing six runs on five hits, walking one. Ronaldo Hernandez has a big day at the plate, going 2 for 4 with home runs in consecutive innings, giving him 16 round-trippers on the year. Ryan Fitzgerald also went deep for Portland. Triston Casas continued his recent hot streak, going 2 for 4 with a walk. The system's top prospect is 12 for 23 with seven walks in his last seven games. 
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September 15, 2021 at 12:11 PM

Podcast Ep. #226 - Debuts and Playoff Pushes


With the minor league season winding down, there's no less to discuss on the SoxProspects Pod. Ian and Chris got on the horn to discuss the MLB debuts of Kutter Crawford and Connor Seabold, the minor league playoff picture, and the pending announcements of which Sox farmhands will be heading to the Arizona Fall League. They also analyzed the movers and shakers in our most recent rankings update, then closed, as always, with your emails.

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at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Wong hits two home runs; Santos stays hot


9/15 Cup of Coffee:
As the season enters its final week for most of the affiliates, Salem stayed ahead in the playoff chase, while Portland moved to within 2.5 games of the final playoff spot. Connor Wong (pictured), Jeter Downs, and Johan Mieses all hit home runs for Worcester, while Pedro Castellanos provided all of the offense that Portland would need. Greenville came close to being no-hit, and Salem won easily thanks to a home run from Nicholas Northcut

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The WooSox slugged four home runs, including two clutch ones from Connor Wong. Wong hit a game-tying home run in the eighth, and a go-ahead shot in the ninth. In all, he went 3 for 5 and drove in three runs. Jeter Downs added his 12th home run, and Johan Mieses hit his 19th. The home run was the first in 58 at-bats for Downs. Raynel Espinal pitched into the seventh inning, allowing four runs while striking out five over 6 1/3. The win went to Eduard Bazardo, who struck out four and allowed one hit in two innings. Bazardo was activated from the 60-day injured list and assigned to Worcester on Monday. 
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September 14, 2021 at 4:53 PM

Minor Notes: Seabold debuts, Meneses/Winckowski win Sea Dogs awards


 Here are this week's minor league notes: 

  • This week started off with another amazing guest for the SoxProspects.com podcast crew. Red Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Toboni joined to discuss their approach to the draft as well as the last two drafts where he was at the helm of the team's draft operations.
  • The scouting staff was also busy. Earlier this week, they updated Connor Seabold's scouting report in advance of his major league debut on Saturday where he threw three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. Seabold (pictured, right) was acquried this past season from Philadephia along with Nick Pivetta for Brandon Workman, Heath Hembree, and other considerations. The 25-year-old started the season on the Injured List with elbow inflammation before making his season and Red Sox debut in July.
  • Now that the Florida Coast League team is in full swing, the scouting staff also wanted to update readers with some scout chatter on pitchers from the FCL. This edition of chatter included notes on Wilkelman Gonzalez, Luis De La Rosa, Nathanael Cruz, and Juan Daniel Encarnacion.
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at 12:30 PM

Scout Chatter: Wilkelman Gonzalez, Luis De La Rosa, Nathanael Cruz and Juan Daniel Encarnacion


The Red Sox Florida Coast League and Dominican Summer League teams are in full swing and it's time for another Scout Chatter with reports we've received on those affiliates. The data we’ve collected will be up on the News Page for your reading pleasure before we use it to update player page scouting reports, so forgive any inconsistencies until that point. Today, we focus on the pitchers from the Red Sox Florida Coast League team. 

The best pitcher by far for the FCL squad this summer was right-handed pitcher Wilkelman Gonzalez. The 19-year-old Venezuelan, who signed for $250,000 in July 2018, had 46 strikeouts and only 8 walks, and allowed only 29 hits in 35 innings with a 3.60 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. He was promoted to Salem on August 27th and in three starts there has continued to impress with a 0.66 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 13 strikeouts and 5 walks in 13.2 innings. Gonzalez was solid at the Fall Instructional League in 2020, but has really taken a step forward this year, especially with the development of his secondary offerings. Gonzalez has been 93-95 mph with his fastball, while his changeup at 86-88 mph has been his best secondary pitch. He has shown the ability to turn it over, and the pitch now projects as above-average at least, when last fall it was his third pitch. He also has refined his breaking ball, switching from a slow, loopy curveball to a slider in the high-70s with average-to-better potential. The main concerns scouts have with Gonzalez are his size and delivery. He is athletic, but is not an imposing figure on the mound, listed at 6-foot-0, 180 pounds, and he has some effort in his delivery. There is some reliever risk, but regardless, he is a very exciting arm and one whose stock is well up this year. 
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at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mayer drives in a pair, De La Rosa stays hot


9/14 Cup of Coffee:  Despite most affiliate teams having the day off, there were five games today. Such is life during this summer of rain. The FCL Red Sox played two. They got some excellent pitching in the first game from a trio of pitchers, while a certain 2021 top draft pick turned on the offense in game two. The DSL Red Sox Red team also swept a pair thanks to some solid offense, while the Blue team won their only game behind a Jean Carlos Reyes gem, completing the affiliate sweep.

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Its been an excellent run for Luis De La Rosa in the Florida Complex League. The 19-year-old righty started the game and pitched four shutout innings of three-hit ball, striking out six and walking one. The performance lowered his ERA to 3.04 over 26.2 innings. Maceo Campbell picked up the win as he worked a pair of no-hit innings and struck out three, and Nate Tellier closed things out, striking out a pair in his only inning of work, completing the shutout. On the offensive end, Yorberto Mejicano scored two runs, and had three hits as well as an RBI.
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September 13, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Groome takes no-hitter into sixth; Dearden homers again


9/13 Cup of Coffee: Another dominant start from Jay Groome kept Portland's slim playoff chances alive. In Worcester, Matt BarnesMartín Pérez, and Yacksel Ríos all started rehab assignments, and Tyler Dearden continued to extend his home run record for Greenville. The biggest hit of the day came from Christian Koss, who hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth.

A trio of rehabbing major leaguers helped shut down the IronPigs. After Daniel Gossett fired six innings of one-run ball to begin the game, he turned the ball over to three members of the Red Sox bullpen. Matt Barnes struck out a batter in a scoreless inning of work. It was his first appearance since August 29. Next in line was Martín Pérez who also pitched a scoreless inning in his first game since August 28. The save went to Yacksel Ríos, as he struck out two in his first action since August 19. 

It was the bottom of the order that accounted for all of Worcester's runs, as both Jeremy Rivera and Tate Matheny hit home runs. Rivera's was a solo shot, his second of the year, while Matheny's 10th of the year was a two-run blast. Rivera also added a double, while Joey Meneses and Connor Wong both doubled as well. 
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September 12, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Rivera walks off Worcester, Salem scores 11 in the ninth


9/12 Cup of Coffee:
 It was a successful night on the farm, as each affiliate not playing in an intrasquad game recorded a win. The FCL squad and Worcester each split a doubleheader, while Portland, Greenville and Salem each took victory in their games. Salem's was definitely the most impressive, as they put up 11 runs in the ninth inning alone as part of a 17-2 victory. Tyler Miller (pictured) and Matthew Lugo had four hits each for Salem, while Franchy Cordero had a pair of hits in each leg of Worcester's doubleheader. Ryan Zeferjahn also had a strong rehab appearance for the FCL Red Sox, pitching four innings with only an unearned run.

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Worcester drilled three home runs in the opener of the doubleheader, one each from Franchy Cordero, Joey Meneses and Josh Ockimey, whose deep fly was of the two-run variety. Cordero and Meneses each also had a base knock to make it two hits. The starter was Kyle Hart, who struggled in his outing. He allowed six runs on nine hits across four innings. Colten Brewer didn't fare much better, as two runs came across on his two-inning watch. Brandon Brennan pitched the final frame, doing so without permitting a baserunner to reach safely.  

It was Worcester with the close win in Game 2 of the twin bill, as four Red Sox had multiple hits, including Jeremy Rivera, who was 3 for 4 with a home run. Taylor Motter and Franchy Cordero added two hits as well. Worcester went for a bulk approach, as Matt Kent and John Schreiber each pitched three innings. Kent surrendered a pair of runs on two hits and recorded two strikeouts. Schreiber fared better, despite more traffic, as he gave up four runs and a walk but did not allow a run. However, Austin Brice had a tough outing as he allowed two runs across the seventh inning before Rivera walked it off with a single. 

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September 11, 2021 at 1:19 PM

Scouting Report Update: Seabold to make MLB debut


On Saturday, right-hander Connor Seabold will make his major league debut for the Red Sox, just over a year after he came to the organization in a trade from Philadelphia along with Nick Pivetta in exchange for Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree

Seabold was supposed to be part of the organization's dramatically improved high-minors pitching depth at the beginning of the year, but the same injury bug that got Bryan Mata (Tommy John surgery) during spring training and Tanner Houck (flexor muscle) and Thaddeus Ward (Tommy John surgery) bit him as well. After pitching at the Alternate Training Site in April, he began the minor league season on the injured list with right elbow inflammation and did not make his official season debut until a rehab assignment in the Florida Complex League in mid-July. Seabold finally made his first start for Triple-A Worcester on July 23, and in eight starts, he has a 3.67 ERA in 41 2/3 innings, striking out 44 hitters and walking 13.

In preparation to watch Seabold get his first taste of The Show tonight, read up on his freshly updated scouting report below, courtesy of our Director of Scouting, Ian Cundall!
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at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Murphy, Casas shine as Sea Dogs return to field


9/11 Cup of Coffee:
It was nearly a week away for Portland, but the Sea Dogs got an outstanding start by Chris Murphy (pictured) while Triston Casas picked up where he left off. Greenville and the FCL Red Sox both prevailed in slugfests as the team's two most recent first-rounders were key contributors. Salem fell after a good start, and the WooSox managed only a single hit at Polar Park.

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The WooSox lineup managed just one hit off of a trio of IronPig hurlers. Making his Worcester debut, Taylor Motter singled to lead off the second inning. Kutter Crawford went five strong innings, with the only blemish a two-run homer by rehabbing veteran outfielder Matt Joyce in the third inning. Overall, Crawford allowed two runs on two hits, striking out nine and walking three. Durbin Feltman pitched a scoreless inning in the ninth. The 2018 third-round pick has given up just one run in 14 2/3 innings across his last nine outings.
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September 10, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: MacKenzie, Erro lead big offensive nights for Greenville, Salem


9/10 Cup of Coffee: Worcester and Portland ran into problems with the weather, as Worcester was postponed and Portland was canceled. There was a ton of offense in the lower levels of the minors, as Greenville scored nine runs and Salem scored 13, behind great offensive performances from Wil Dalton, Jack MacKenzie, Alex Erro (pictured), and Jonathan Diaz. Cuba Bess also had a huge game for the FCL Sox. 

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Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) @ Worcester Red Sox, PPD (Rain)
This game was called due to rain and will be made up on Saturday as part of a doubleheader. 
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September 9, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Yorke slam powers Drive; Cordero homers twice


9/9 Cup of Coffee:
With only three games on the docket, some of the organization's strongest performers keyed a pair of wins. Nick Yorke continued to be one of minor league baseball's hottest hitters, launching a tie-breaking grand slam in the ninth inning of Greenville's win. For the WooSox, August Pitcher of the Month Raynel Espinal turned in a strong start while Franchy Cordero (pictured) carried the offense. Salem took the day's only loss despite the efforts of Nick Decker.


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Franchy Cordero provided the bulk of the offense as Worcester prevailed despite striking out 15 times. Cordero launched a solo homer in the second inning and followed up with a two-run blast in the sixth. The left fielder added a double as he accounted for three of Worcester's five hits and 10 of the team's 12 total bases. Jack Lopez reached base in each of his three plate appearances as he recorded a single and two walks. Raynel Espinal had a strong start, allowing two unearned runs on three hits in six innings, striking out six, and walking two. Eduard Bazardo got credit for the save, allowing a solo home run in the ninth but preserving the victory.
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September 8, 2021 at 11:38 AM

Podcast Ep. #225: Interview with Paul Toboni, Director of Amateur Scouting


Chris and Ian sat down recently with Paul Toboni, Red Sox Director of Amateur Scouting, to discuss his career, how the Red Sox scout and approach the draft, and of course, the two drafts for which he's had the helm. Lots of great information ahead regarding the scouting of Nick Yorke and Marcelo Mayer, how the Red Sox set a draft board, what exactly "building process" is, and more!
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at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Hernandez starts rehab assignment; Dearden homers twice


9/8 Cup of Coffee: After watching the major league pitching staff struggle again, seeing Darwinzon Hernandez have a successful first rehab appearance with Worcester was a welcome sight. Brandon Howlett and Tyler Dearden (pictured) helped Greenville escape with an extra-innings victory, Tyler McDonough had another tremendous game for Salem, and José De León started a rehab appearance in the FCL. 

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A four-hit night from Chad De La Guerra helped the WooSox inch past the IronPigs. De La Guerra went 4 for 5 with a game-tying home run in the seventh. Worcester took the lead later in the inning when Johan Mieses scored on a wild pitch. Connor Wong, Jeter Downs, and Tate Matheny all had two-hit nights, with Wong notching a double while Downs stole two bases. 
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September 7, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Minor Notes: Yorke rises up the rankings; Casas has a power surge


 
Here are this week's minor league notes: 

  • On the most recent episode of the SoxProspects.com Podcast, Ian recapped his trip to Greenville. He provided updated reports on Nick Yorke, Jay Groome, and other interesting players on the Drive. Shortly after the trip, Yorke was bumped up to third in the rankings, and Groome was promoted to Portland where he dazzled in his debut.
  • Yorke and Worcester starter Raynel Espinal were awarded SoxProspects.com Players of the Month for August. Yorke hit .414/.500/.816 between Salem and Greenville, while Espinal pitched well for Worcester and even got a cup of coffee in the majors. 
  • Ian published a Scout Chatter article covering some interesting outfielders on the FCL roster. Eduardo Vaughan, Freddy Valdez, Miguel Ugueto, Bryan Gonzalez, and Darel Belen all have interesting tools, but also a lot of development ahead of them. Vaughan is the top prospect in this group, currently ranked 38th. 
  • The Red Sox organization had over 50 transactions in the last week, mostly due to COVID-related issues with the major league team. Be sure to check out our Transactions page for the full list of moves. The more significant transactions for the minor league affiliates will be covered below.
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Cup of Coffee: De La Rosa impresses, Diaz homers


9/7 Cup of Coffee:  Another day, another doubleheader. This time, it was the FCL Red Sox playing two, while the Dominican Summer squads had a game apiece. Most of the starting pitchers were effective, but shaky bullpens proved costly. Offenses were inconsistent with the lone home run out of any Red Sox affiliate hitter coming off the bat of Kelvin Diaz in the final inning for the DSL Red Sox Red, although the FCL squad put together five doubles in their first game.

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Luis De La Rosa pitched effectively, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk over five innings. He also struck out two. Jhonny Felix was unable to hold things down in relief, however, surrendering five runs without retiring a single batter. Marcelo Mayer went 1 for 4 and scored a run. Eddinson Paulino provided an RBI double and stole a base out of the leadoff spot, while Tyler Miller doubled and drove in three. Miguel Ugueto, Bryan Gonzalez, and Phillip Sikes all doubled as well in the loss.
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September 6, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Gonzalez stellar in Salem, Portland off until Thursday


9/6 Cup of Coffee: COVID-19 is now affecting both the major league team and minor league affiliates, as Portland announced today that it will not play again until Thursday at the earliest. While Portland itself is not dealing with significant issues, both New Hampshire and Binghamton need to do additional testing. In Worcester, the trio of Kyle Hart, Durbin Feltman, and Kaleb Ort locked down the Red Wings while Joey Meneses (pictured) reached base four times. Salem got another good start from Wilkelman Gonzalez and home runs from Nick Decker and Nicholas Northcut

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Kyle Hart picked up where he left off in August, firing six innings of one-run ball to complete the six-game sweep. Hart's only blemish was a solo home run from Victor Robles. He struck out five and walked two. Durbin Feltman and Kaleb Ort were able to protect the one-run lead, with Feltman going two innings and Ort pitching a scoreless ninth for his 18th save. Feltman has allowed just two runs over his past 17 innings. RBI singles from Josh Ockimey and Joey Meneses accounted for both of Worcester's runs. Meneses went 3 for 3 with a walk and a double, and Ockimey went 2 for 4. Jeter Downs returned from the injured list and went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts. 
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September 5, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas, Groome outstanding as Sox affiliates nearly sweep



9/5 Cup of Coffee:
 In the thick of a playoff race, the Boston Red Sox earned a much-needed victory over the Cleveland Indians. Down on the farm, a near-sweep was completed as winning affiliates allowed only five runs to their opponents. Only the Dominican Summer League threw a wrench into the plans for a perfect day, as DSL Blue and DSL Red were paired up together, leaving the perfect day impossible. Triston Casas continued his torrid streak, while Jay Groome's (pictured) first foray into a new level was met with impressive acumen.


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One of several impressive pitching performances throughout the day, Worcester's pitchers shut down Rochester by allowing just four hits and four walks, striking out eight and earning the victory. Connor Seabold went six innings, walking three but allowing just one hit and striking out four. Colten Brewer added two scoreless innings and Eduard Bazardo finished off the shutout to earn the save. Connor Wong, sent back to Worcester from the big-league club just hours earlier, tallied three hits. Chad De La Guerra added two knocks from the top of the lineup.

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