Red Sox minor lines: Trickle-down mediocrity

On a day where the big-league club was entirely without merit, the minor leaguers weren't playing their best baseball either.

For those looking to flee from the reality that is Red Sox baseball right now, let's turn to the minors...

Pawtucket L 1-8

Alex Hassan: 0-4, 3 K
Ryan Roberts: 1-4, K, E
Will Middlebrooks: 0-4
Ryan Lavarnway: 0-4, 2 K
Bryce Brentz: 2-4, 2 K, E
Chris Vazquez: 0-4
Dan Butler: 0-2, 2 BB, K

Anthony Ranaudo: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Dalier Hinojosa: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Alex Wilson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Oh, nevermind, these guys suck too. Alright, that's not fair, it's a one-off game in a system where every team has a winning record and every team but Salem is pretty damn interesting in terms of talent. Still, it's particularly troubling to see Anthony Ranaudo follow up on what looked like a good turnaround start with a performance like this. Very...very Doubront of him.


Portland L 4-5 (In 10)

Mookie Betts: 1-4, 2B, E
Deven Marrero: 2-5, SB
Travis Shaw: 1-5
Blake Swihart: 0-5, K
Henry Ramos: 1-4

Keith Couch: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Man, even Mookie was having a rough go of it last night. Comparatively speaking, of course. For any other player a 1-for-4 night with a double is fine, if not spectacular. For Mookie it's like the world coming to a sudden and fiery end.


Salem W 8-5

Pat Light: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Justin Haley: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Welcome to High-A, Pat Light. Better luck in your second outing.


Greenville W 9-4

Manuel Margot: 0-4, 2 K
Wendell Rijo: 1-2, 2 BB

Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Tough luck for Stankiewicz to suffer three runs while allowing just four baserunnrers. His strikeout rates have been a little low, though, even for a guy who isn't necessarily expected to rack up the whiffs left-and-right.

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