Red Sox minor lines: Salem searching for bats

Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE

Sean Coyle is off to a hot start, but the Salem Red Sox are in need of more than just one bat.

Pawtucket W 6-2

Box Score

Jeremy Hazelbaker: 2-4, BB, 2 K, CS
Ryan Lavarnway: 1-4, BB, K
Bryce Brentz: 1-5, 2B, 3 K
Juan Carlos Linares: 0-3, BB, 2 K

Jeremy Hazelbaker just keeps on hitting. And if Bryce Brentz and Ryan Lavarnway didn't have extraordinary nights, each is off to a decent start to the year. For Lavarnway that could go a long way towards producing some self-confidence after his awful Boston run in 2012.

Portland L 7-9

Box Score

Xander Bogaerts: 2-5, 3 K
Stephen Drew: 0-4, BB, 2 K
Kolbrin Vitek: 0-3, BB, 2 K

Daniel Bard: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Daniel Bard's clean inning is nice, but he's been so up-and-down of late that consistency is what we have to be looking for, much like the Sox are.

Meanwhile, Xander Bogaerts has a multi-hit game, but that's also his second hat trick of the year.

Salem L 1-3 (In 10)

Box Score

Sean Coyle: 2-5, 2 K
Deven Marrero: 1-4, 2B, K
Keury De La Cruz: 1-4
Brandon Jacobs: 0-3, 2 K
Garin Cecchini: 2-4, 2 K, SB
David Renfroe: 0-2, BB, K
Henry Ramos: 0-4, K
Blake Swihart: 0-4, K

Offense has been awfully hard to come by in Salem aside from Sean Coyle and, to some extent, Deven Marrero. The bottom half of the lineup, including Renfroe, Ramos, and Swihart, are all riding an 0-for on the season.

Greenville L 0-5

Box Score

Jose Vinicio: 0-4, K
Cody Koback: 0-4, 2 K
Kendrick Perkins: 0-3, K

Brian Johnson: 4 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

A solid-if-unspectacular night from Brian Johnson in his first starting-length appearance. Fitting, really.

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