Red Sox minor lines: Xander Bogaerts makes his case...again

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Xander Bogaerts is no stranger to big days. The Red Sox are no stranger to bad days from third basemen. I'm just saying.

Pawtucket Game 1 L 0-4

Box Score

Xander Bogaerts: 2-3
Will Middlebrooks: 1-2, BB
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 1-2, BB, CS

Pawtucket Game 2 L 4-5

Box Score

Xander Bogaerts: 3-4, 2B
Will Middlebrooks: 2-3, 2B, BB
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 0-4, 3 K

Clayton Mortensen: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Will Middlebrooks drawing two walks is either a sign of progress or a blip on the radar, but either way an August 8th miracle. Whatever the case, though, it's amusing to see it coming on the day where Xander Bogaerts provides one of his more convincing arguments for promotion.

Portland L 1-4

Box Score

Garin Cecchini: 0-1, 3 BB
Christian Vazquez: 2-3, BB
Travis Shaw: 0-4, K

Garin Cecchini drawing all the walks. Meanwhile, Christian Vazquez is hitting .280 with a .369 OBP. No power to speak of, but hey, it's something to go on for an expected no-bat catcher.

Salem W 13-4

Box Score

Henry Ramos: 0-4, 2 BB, 3 K
Deven Marrero: 2-3, 3 BB, SB
Keury De La Cruz: 1-6, 2B, 2 K
Blake Swihart: 3-6, 2 2B, K
Mookie Betts: 2-4, 2B, BB, 2 SB
Cody Koback: 1-5, 2 K

Deven Marrero seems to have his fair share of big games. The problem is all the many, many zeroes that come in between. Mookie Betts has had kind of the opposite experience in Salem, generally--lots of small games adding up to relatively little--but he can be forgiven much thanks to having been promoted not long ago.

Greenville L 1-5

Box Score

Sean Coyle: 0-5, 2 K
Kendrick Perkins: 2-4

Cody Kukuk: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 2 HR

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