Red Sox minor lines: Shane Victorino rehabs, Mookie does his thing

Shane Victorino's rehab is underway, but it's Mookie Betts who stole the show once more Saturday afternoon.

Pawtucket Game 1 W 1-0

Shane Victorino: 0-3
Dan Butler: 0-4, 3 K
Ryan Lavarnway: 1-3, BB
Bryce Brentz: 1-4, 2B
Garin Cecchini: 0-3, 2 K
Christian Vazquez: 2-4, 2B

Anthony Ranaudo: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Drake Britton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K


Pawtucket Game 2 L 2-3 (In 7)

Alex Hassan: 1-3, HR, BB, K
Dan Butler: 0-3, BB
Ryan Lavarnway: 0-3
Bryce Brentz: 1-3
Garin Cecchini: 1-2, BB

Alex Wilson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

The most important stat from Pawtucket is an implicit one: zero instances of Shane Victorino crumbling into a million pieces. If the Red Sox can get him back while they've got a little momentum going in the standings, it could be just the thing to kickstart a thus-far disappointing campaign.

Looking beyond the rehab start, though, the obvious winner here is Anthony Ranudo. Having allowed 14 runs (10 earned) in his first 14.2 innings of work, Ranaudo very much needed an easy game like this one. Hopefully it's something he can build off of.


Portland W 6-1

Mookie Betts: 4-5, HR, K
Travis Shaw: 1-5, SB, E
Blake Swihart: 2-4, 2 K
Sean Coyle: 0-3, K
Henry Ramos: 1-4, 2B, K

Oh. Well then. If you were worried a 2-for-8 performance in the doubleheader was a sign Mookie was slowing down (yes, we're at the point where 2-for-8 with one strikeout is that much of an outlier), consider your concerns unnecessary. The OBP is down below .500 now, and may well not get back above it. But if you're worried about that you should probably seek professional help.


Salem W 2-0

Justin Haley: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Madison Younginer: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Salem pitchers did things! There was a point to this game! Huzzah!

In all seriousness, though, Haley is one of those guys who just seems to consistently perform in the minor leagues without much attention being paid to him. Can never have too many of those in the system. It wasn't too long ago that Brandon Workman was in a similar boat.

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