WooSox notebook: Jose Adames, on an 11-game scoreless streak, shines in his first Triple-A matches
WORCESTER – One of the latest WooSox additions that has flown under the radar is reliever Jose Adames, who pitched a scoreless heat of relief for Worcester on Friday night. Adames was promoted from Double-A Portland on July 6 and made his Triple-A debut the next day, pitching a scoreless inning at Lehigh Valley.
Before signing with the Red Sox in January 2021, Adames had not passed High-A. But the Red Sox threw him in Portland and he proved capable of handling the jump, posting a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits, including just one from a hit. circuit.
A positive sign for Adames in Portland was his ability to keep his walks under control and start missing a few bats. He’s averaged 3.7 goals over nine Double-A innings, slightly below his career average of 4.3 BB / 9. He’s also averaging over 12 1/2 strikeouts per nine innings, a notable increase from his career average (7.6 K / 9) and previous seasons.
The 28-year-old is in the middle of a dominant streak. The last race he allowed was in Portland over a month ago, on June 11, and he’s made 11 scoreless appearances on both levels since then. With the WooSox, Adames allowed just five base runners (two hits, two walks and one batter) and struck out four strikes in four innings of work.
Yairo Munoz on an 11-game hitting streak
With Jarren Duran in the majors and Jack Lopez and Johan Mieses away from the team at the Olympics, the other members of the WooSox roster must take over. Yairo Munoz is stepping up, moving through both pitches in the batting order on Friday night and dropping 3v5 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
During that streak, Munoz hit .459 (17-for-37) with two doubles, a homerun, four runs batted in, three walks and only three strikeouts.
As the season progresses, Munoz warms up. After hitting 0.234 in 77 at-batting appearances in May, he improved to 0.264 of 91 at-batting appearances in June, and reached 0.439 in 41 at-batting appearances this month.
Munoz’s versatility will be a boon to the WooSox in the interim, as he has made starts this season at first base, third base and shortstop.
WooSox Scholars Inaugural Class Honored After Friday Game
Between WooSox’s 7-2 loss to Scranton / Wilkes-Barre and Friday night’s post-game fireworks display, four local eighth graders were honored as the inaugural class of WooSox fellows.
Helene Sanchez Navidad from Claremont Academy, Dalton Le from Sullivan Middle School, and Kasie Vuong and Jakayla Edmonds Weekes, both from Burncoat Middle School, were celebrated with a post-match ceremony to recognize them as WooSox Scholars Class of 2021, presented by the WooSox Foundation.
The four college students will each receive a $ 10,000 scholarship to the University of the WooSox Foundation.
Every eighth grader at Worcester Public Schools wrote essays over the winter and educators read the 1,736 essays before narrowing the field to 70 semi-finalists and then 21 finalists. These 21 finalists were interviewed by a panel of local leaders and the four were chosen as the inaugural class of the WooSox Scholars.
The eighth grade students were joined by Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda, School Committee members John Monfredo, Laura Clancey and Dianna Biancheria, Director of Burncoat MS, Mary Scully, and Director of Claremont Academy , Angela Plant.
Each fellow received a personalized WooSox jersey and was escorted to the field by a WooSox player.