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May 13, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Casas homers twice; Winckowski continues to impress

5/13 Cup of Coffee:
With Worcester, Salem, and Greenville combining to score five runs, all the excitement was in Hartford where the Sea Dogs scored 14 times led by two home runs from Triston Casas (pictured, right). It was the best game of Casas's career, and three other Sea Dogs hitters went deep as well. In Worcester, Danny Santana made his first appearance after starting his rehab stint in Greenville.


The Mets scored a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth to take the second game of the series. Daniel Gossett had a nice bounceback start after a rough first outing, striking out eight and allowing two runs over five innings. Making his first appearance of the year, Colten Brewer took the loss after allowing one run on just one hit in the eighth. It was a bit of a tough-luck loss given that the lone hit he allowed was a double that went off of Jarren Duran's glove in center field. 

Boston fans hoping for reinforcements in the outfield saw strong games at the plate from both Duran and Danny Santana, who was making his first start for the WooSox. Duran went 1 for 4 with a double and a walk, while Santana went 2 for 5 with an RBI. The other multi-hit game came from Michael Gettys who went 2 for 4 with a double. Jeter Downs's slow start continued as he went 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout, dropping his OPS to .512. 


The Sea Dogs launched five home runs and had 17 hits in a rout of the Yard Goats. Triston Casas had struggled to find his footing in his first six games in Double-A, but he supplied a week's worth of offense in this game alone. He went 4 for 6 with two home runs and a double while driving in six runs. His second home run was a couple feet away from leaving the ballpark entirely. Joining him with homers were Roldani Baldwin, Johan Mieses, and Joey Meneses. Mieses took back the home run lead in the Double-A Northeast with his fifth of the season. 

Josh Winckowski did not need all the run support as he twirled six innings of one-run ball, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out four. The lone run scored on a solo home run. Joan Martinez added a scoreless inning and struck out two.


The Greenville offense continued to struggle, as they have now scored two runs or fewer in five of the eight games this season. Two of the four hits came from Brandon Howlett who went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. On the mound, Brian Van Belle has posted good strikeout numbers this year, notching five in 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday to give him 11 in 8 1/3 innings on the year. He allowed two runs on seven hits and ended with a no-decision. Yusniel Padron-Artiles was the losing pitcher despite a solid outing. He allowed one run on three hits over four innings, striking out three without walking a batter.


The Hillcats improved to 8-0 on the season with an easy victory over Salem. It was the second straight poor start for Ryan Zeferjahn as he allowed seven runs on six hits over three innings. He has now allowed 10 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings on the season. The Salem bullpen was able to have more success, led by Jordan DiValerio who tossed three shutout innings with three strikeouts. He has still yet to allow a run in 7 2/3 innings this year. Jacinto Arredondo added a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. 

Despite only scoring one run there were a couple decent performances from the Salem lineup. Nick Decker went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Matthew Lugo went 2 for 4 to notch his first multi-hit game of the season. 


Player of the Day: A day after Jarren Duran went yard twice, Triston Casas had a two-homer game of his own. It was the first multi-homer game of Casas's career and he also added a single and a double for good measure. After a slow start, Tuesday's offensive explosion raised his line to .286/.355/.536. The 21-year-old is three years younger than the average player in the league, and his performance in Hartford shows why he is considered one of the best pure hitters in the minor leagues. 

Photo Credit: Triston Casas by Kelly O'Connor

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