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April 24, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mieses belts two homers, Mayer hits first long ball


4/24 Cup of Coffee: Marcelo Mayer headlined the day, as the fourth overall pick hit his first home run of the 2022 season. Johan Mieses (pictured) stole the show in Worcester's big offensive showing, blasting two home runs. David Hamilton and Alex Binelas each had three hits and a home run. Thomas Pannone and Brayan Bello turned in good outings on the bump. 

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Worcester scored in every inning except three, led by Johan Mieses. The DH went 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs and three runs scored. His second came off old friend Stephen Nogosek. Mieses now has four long balls to go along with a 1.528 OPS. Triston Casas reached four times with three singles and a walk, while Franchy Cordero went 2 for 4 with a double, a walk, and three knocked in. Yolmer Sanchez added two hits and two RBI and Ryan Fitzgerald and Jarren Duran both doubled. 

Thomas Pannone was fantastic, going the first six innings while allowing just two runs with seven strikeouts and one walk. Derek Holland, Durbin Feltman, and Kaleb Ort each threw a scoreless frame, with Feltman and Ort each striking out a pair. 

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David Hamilton continued his great season from the leadoff spot, going 3 for 5 with his third home run of the season. His OPS is up to .985. Pedro Castellanos had a huge two-run double in the first inning as part of a three-RBI night. Brayan Bello turned in yet another nice outing, tossing 5 1/3 innings while allowing two runs with six strikeouts and two free passes. Joan Martinez was phenomenal out of the bullpen for two innings, as he did not surrender a walk, run, or hit with four strikeouts. Andrew Politi notched a four-out save, including two strikeouts and no walks or hits allowed. 

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Alex Binelas was the star of this one for the Drive offense, going 3 for 4 with his fifth home run, a double, a walk, two runs, and two RBI. Every single Greenville hitter reached at least once. Tyler Esplin tripled, walked, and scored, while Nick Decker doubled, walked, and scored. Ceddanne Rafaela singled and stole his fifth bag. 

Yusniel Padron-Artiles started and struggled, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in four innings. Ryan Zeferjahn allowed one run in three innings, while Ryan Fernandez tossed a pair of shutout innings with two strikeouts and no walks. 

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Salem got off to a rough start with Gabriel Jackson allowing seven runs in the first inning and a third. Alexander Montero and Joey Stock each punched out three hitters in their relief appearances but gave up another three runs combined. Jacob Webb did not give up a run in two frames with a pair of strikeouts. Marcelo Mayer went 2 for 6, belting his first home run of the season. Niko Kavadas had another big night at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a home run and two walks. His OPS has risen to 1.053. Yorberto Mejicano added a single and a double. 

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Player of the Day: After dominating Portland in 2021, Johan Mieses was called up to Worcester, where he struggled a little bit. Those struggles have been non-existent so far in 2022, as the 26-year old is hitting .400/.478/.1.050 in his first five games of the year. He has four home runs, a double, and eight RBI on the young campaign.

Photo Credit: Johan Mieses by Kelly O'Connor