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Red Sox Minor Lines: Two homers for Nick Decker

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And Cameron Cannon makes his Lowell debut.

Pawtucket W 2-1

Tzu-Wei Lin, RF: 1-4

Chris Owings, SS: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 SB

Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-4, 1 R

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 CS

Kyle Hart: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K (102 pitches)

Tanner Houck: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K (24 pitches)

Bobby Poyner: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (12 pitches)

This game was, of course, all about the pitching. Pawtucket’s offense didn’t do a whole lot, with Ockimey leading the way and the team getting their two runs by the fourth. The pitching was great, though. It started with Hart, who did work around quite a few baserunners to get through six scoreless. The lefty hasn’t been perfect in Triple-A, but he’s mostly picking up where he left off in Portland. Houck was the real story here, though. Monday was the righty’s Triple-A debut and his third appearance out of the bullpen. He’s yet to toss a clean inning in his new role, but he’s at least gotten through scoreless in his last two.

Portland L 0-2

Jarren Duran, CF: 0-4, 1 K, 1 SB

C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-4, 2 K

Bobby Dalbec, DH: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Joey Curletta, 1B: 2-4, 2 K

Marcus Wilson, LF: 0-3, 2 K

Daniel McGrath: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (83 pitches)

Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (30 pitches)

It was just a brutal day for the Sea Dogs offense, who managed just three singles and two walks in the entire game to help waste a phenomenal start from McGrath. Then, Feltman came in and immediately broke the scoreless tie with another rough outing. The righty appeared to have been turning it around in late May and June, but he’s now allowed multiple runs in three of his last five outings and his ERA is up to 5.29 on the year. At this point, you can’t count on him to help until 2020.

Salem W 12-7

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 K, 1 E

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 2-5, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Garrett Benge, 3B: 2-3, 1 2B, 3 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Edgar Corcino, RF: 4-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBI

Enmanuel De Jesus: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K (90 pitches)

How’s that for an offensive explosion? Salem is the least talented lineup in the system right now, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from Monday’s game. Benge and Corcino were of course the big standouts. I probably don’t give the former enough credit in this space, as he is an on-base machine. You’d like to see more power — he has just one homer this year and a .095 ISO — but he’s an on-base machine with a .381 OBP. That comes after putting up a .450 OBP in 2018. Corcino, meanwhile, is a minor-league journeyman who may have just had the best game of his professional career.

Greenville W 7-2

Cole Brannen, CF: 2-5, 2 R, 2 K, 1 SB

Brandon Howlett, 3B: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 R

Devlin Granberg, 1B: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 5 RBI, 2 K

Tyler Esplin, RF: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Everlouis Lozada, 2B: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 E

Grant Williams, SS: 2-3, 2 R, 1 K

Chase Shugart: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K (97 pitches)

That is an impressive win for Greenville without their best player, as Triston Casas got the day off. Shugart looked great on the mound again, and with his latest strong showing he is down to a 1.73 ERA on the season. Missing time with a suspension early in the year certainly hurt his development, but he should see at least a token start or two at the end of the year in Salem. Offensively, Granberg continues what has been another quietly strong season at the plate while Grant Williams has three straight multi-hit games and four in his last six games. He’s trying not to be overshadowed by the Celtics’ new Grant Williams.

Lowell L 3-4

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 0-4, 1 K

Jaxx Groshans, C: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 R

Stephen Scott, DH: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Cameron Cannon, SS: 0-4, 1 E

Nick Decker, RF: 2-3, 2 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Aldo Ramirez: 5 IP 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (71 pitches)

That’s a rough night for the Spinners, who got a great start from Ramirez and two dingers from Decker, but couldn’t get the support they needed. Both of Decker’s homers were solo shots, showing a bit of bad luck with sequencing. Still, it’s nice to see his power playing in games. Also, Cannon was up for his debut at the level. He had a tough one as he’s scuffling to start his pro career.

GCL W 10-3

Ceddanne Rafaela, SS: 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E

Danny Diaz, 3B: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E

Matthew Lugo, DH: 3-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 1 RBI

Bramdon Perez, LF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Andre Colon, 2B: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

Oscar Rangel, C: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K

Brock Bell: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Aaron Perry: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K

That’s quite the offensive explosion for the GCL squad, who also got the major-league debut from Bell on the mound. The righty is a fairly exciting prospect from this summer’s draft, though understandably they are taking it slow in his first pro season. On the other side, Lugo isn’t getting a ton of chances with the glove at shortstop but at the plate he is performing after a slow start.

DSL 1 W 6-2

Albert Feliz, 1B: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Eduardo Lopez, CF: 1-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Eduardo Vaughan, RF: 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Gabriel Jackson: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

DSL 2 G1 L 3-7

Bryan Gonzalez, DH: 1-4, 2 K

Naysbel Marcano, C: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

DSL 2 G2 L 6-8

Bryan Gonzalez, RF: 1-2, 1 R

Naysbel Marcano, DH: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

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