Red Sox minor lines: Xander Bogaerts and the rest

Chung Sung-Jun

Xander Bogaerts broke out of his slump while the rest of the system went through a rough day.

Pawtucket L 6-8

Box Score

Brock Holt: 1-5, K, E
Jose Iglesias: 1-5, 2 K
David Ortiz: 0-4, K
Juan Carlos Linares: 0-1
Ryan Lavarnway: 1-3, BB
Bryce Brentz: 2-5, K
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 1-3, 2 K, SB

Chris Hernandez: 5 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, PO

Just when you thought it was safe to have a shortstop again, Jose Iglesias has been his old self at Triple-A, He hit a homer in his first game back, but has a sub-.600 OPS on the whole. Of course, that's a pretty small sample size, so maybe we should be more encouraged with the homer and the three walks.

Then there's Chris Hernandez. He's got a 3.95 ERA, but this game is a pretty good example of how that number isn't exactly in line with how he's actually pitching. He's not exactly moving himself up the depth chart towards being a sixth, seventh, or even eighth starter.

Portland L 3-7

Box Score

Xander Bogaerts: 3-4
Travis Shaw: 1-3, BB, K
Christian Vazquez: 1-3, BB, K, E

Drake Britton: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Xander Bogaerts finally has some hits! Not to spoil the rest of the games, but that's basically it for the Sox today in terms of real positives. But, oh, what a positive! Sure, they're just singles, but the system's top prospect really needed a boost after a terrible start to the season. Best of all is the complete lack of strikeouts. Hopefully the beginning of a new page for Xander?

Salem L 2-3 (In 12)

Box Score

Deven Marrero: 0-3, 2 BB, SB
Garin Cecchini: 0-4, BB, K, CS
Keury De La Cruz: 2-5, 2 K, CS
Henry Ramos: 0-5, 3 K
Blake Swihart: 1-5, 3B, K, E

Miguel Pena: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Deven Marrero has now walked seven times to just six strikeouts on the season. Throw in plenty of doubles and he's off to a nice start this season. Garin Cecchini may be starting to slow down--he's just 2-for-his-last-12--but then again he was on a seven-game hitting streak leading into today, so it's hard to say.

Greenville L 3-8

Box Score

Jose Vinicio: 1-3, K, SB
Cody Koback: 0-4, K

Austin Maddox: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Yunior Ortega: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Madison Younginer: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

A fair few line drives for Maddox, but in general he kept the ball on the ground and did enough in terms of strikeouts and walks that he probably shouldn't have allowed quite so many runs.

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