Red Sox minor lines: It's all about the pitching

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The Red Sox' pitching prospects went on a rampage, the hitters did not follow suit.

8/16

Pawtucket W 7-6

Box Score

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-4, 2 K
Xander Bogaerts: 0-3, BB, 2 K, E
David Ross: 0-4, K
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 0-3, BB

Allen Webster: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

The trend for the (two) day(s) begins: big pitching, kind of shoddy hitting, particular from the most important prospects. Worth noting for Allen Webster: Five walks in 21 innings of work. Having 29 strikeouts in that span doesn't hurt, but given what was wrong with Webster when he came up, the lack of walks is the more encouraging part.

Portland W 4-1

Box Score

Deven Marrero: 1-4, 3 K
Garin Cecchini: 1-3, BB, CS
Michael Almanzar: 2-4, 2B, K
Christian Vazquez: 2-3, 2B, BB
Traivs Shaw: 1-4, 2B, K

Henry Owens: 5 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K

Henry Owens is insane. He has those same 29 strikeouts as Webster in just fifteen frames. One more walk, too, but come on, this is unreal what he's doing in his introduction to Double-A. It's like they've never seen something like him before.

Salem W 2-1

Box Score

Sean Coyle: 0-3, 2 BB
Henry Ramos: 2-4, CS
Keury De La Cruz: 0-5, 2 K
Blake Swihart: 1-4, BB, K
Mookie Betts: 1-3, BB, K, E
Cody Koback: 0-3, BB, K

The pitching-no-hitting thing can't really hold up consistently at a level with relatively little in the way of pitching. They miss you, Owens!

Greenville W 2-1

Box Score

Kendrick Perkins: 0-4, 3 K
Jose Vinicio: 0-3

And then there's levels with nothing at all...

Lowell W 7-6 (In 10)

Box Score

Forrestt Allday: 0-3, 3 BB, 2 A
Manuel Margot: 2-5, BB, K, POCS
Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-4, K, E

Ty Buttrey: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Mike Adams: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

And back to it. Ty Buttrey's ERA falls to 2.53 as he continues to woo the Twins for whatever future trade they will acquire the no-true-outcome starter in.

GCL Red Sox L 3-7

Box Score

Jordon Austin: 2-5, 2 2B, 3 K, SB
Jon Denney: 0-1, 3 BB, K, SB

Keith Law had a really weird quote the other day about Jon Denney falling because he seemed to have had the life go out of him. Perhaps scouts were just misconstruing a determination to walk more? 18 times in under 100 PA.


8/17

Pawtucket L 2-7

Box Score

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-5, K, POCS
Xander Bogaerts: 0-4, 2 K, E
David Ross: 0-4, K
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 1-4, A

David Ross is still oh' fer in Pawtucket, but if he's still able to catch, the Red Sox will be happy to have him up.

Portland L 0-8

Box Score

Deven Marrero: 0-4, K
Garin Cecchini: 3-4, E
Michael Almanzar: 0-4, 2 K
Christian Vazquez: 0-4
Travis Shaw: 0-3, 2 K

Matt Barnes: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

The one game which seems to break the trend. Cecchini goes 3-for-4, Matt Barnes backslides after a decent run.

Lowell W 5-3

Box Score

Forrestt Allday: 1-3, 2B, BB
Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-5, 2 K

Jamie Callahan: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Jamie Callahan really seems to be one of those guys who lives and dies with his peripherals. In other words, he makes sense.

GCL Red Sox L 1-8

Box Score

Jordon Austin: 0-3, 3 K, A
Bryce Brentz: 0-1
Jon Denney: 0-1, K

Pat Light: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Bryce Brentz was removed from the game after shooting himself in the foot.

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