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September 25, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mata strikes out 10, Grullon hits walk-off homer


9/25 Cup of Coffee: It's just Worcester from here on out, and the WooSox won a thriller last night in extra innings. Bryan Mata (pictured) pitched very well, while Johan Mieses and Deivy Grullon each had clutch knocks in extra frames. 


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Worcester Red Sox 7, Syracuse Mets (NYM) 5 (11 innings)
Deivy Grullon played the hero, belting a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th. The catcher also roped a two-run double in the fourth inning, giving him four RBI. He also scored twice. Johan Mieses had a nice night as well, going 2 for 4 with a walk. He had a clutch RBI single to tie the game in the 10th inning. Jarren Duran and Pedro Castellanos each went 2 for 5 with a double. Castellanos drove in a run and scored, while Duran swiped his 18th bag. 


Bryan Mata started and allowed three runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings, but he missed a ton of bats as well. The right-hander struck out 10, which is a new career high for him. He also went over 100 strikeouts for the season between four different teams, as he has 105 now in 83 innings. Durbin Feltman, Brett Kennedy, and Chase Shugart each tossed a scoreless frame, while Andrew Politi allowed one unearned run with two strikeouts across two innings. 
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Player of the Day: Deivy Grullon has played just 19 games this year, but he has made the most of them. He has 13 hits, eight of which have gone for extra bases. He has a very solid .814 OPS in 2022 for Worcester. Nicknamed "The Octopus," Grullon was originally signed by the Phillies in 2013 and the Red Sox picked him up off waivers from Philadelphia in 2020. 

Photo Credit: Bryan Mata by Kelly O'Connor