Red Sox minor lines: Mookie Betts' streak ends

On Friday Mookie Betts tied the minor league record for consecutive games reaching base. On Saturday, he went no further.

Pawtucket L 5-6

Brock Holt: 0-4, 2 K
Alex Hassan: 1-2, 2B, 2 BB, POCS
Daniel Nava: 1-4
Ryan Lavarnway: 0-3, BB, K
Dan Butler: 0-4, K

Matt Barnes: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Drake Britton: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Pawtucket W 6-3

Alex Hassan: 0-2, 2 BB
Ryan Roberts: 2-4, K
Ryan Lavarnway: 1-4, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-4
Christian Vazquez: 1-4, 2B

Brandon Workman: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
Alex Wilson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Brandon Workman's home run numbers are really getting out of hand now. Everything else is business as usual for him, but Worman has now crammed eight homers into 38 innings of work. What's more, those homers have come in just three different games. To put that into context, he allowed 12 in each of his last two minor league seasons.

Portland W 2-0

Mookie Betts: 0-3, BB
Deven Marrero: 2-4, 2B, K
Travis Shaw: 1-3, BB, K
Blake Swihart: 0-2, BB, K
Henry Ramos: 0-2, BB, K

Keith Couch: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Portland W 4-3

Mookie Betts: 0-4
Deven Marrero: 2-3, 3B
Travis Shaw: 1-4, HR, K
Blake Swihart: 0-4
Henry Ramos: 1-3, BB

So ends the streak. Amusingly enough, it comes in a game where Mookie still managed to knock in two runs, hitting into situational outs with men on third. He also was on the basepaths himself at one point, just by way of a throwing error rather than a hit.

Officially, the streak will be logged at 66 games, five short of the record of 71. However, it doesn't make much sense to me that a player wouldn't be credited with reaching base in five straight playoff games in the middle of all this--particularly since that's the greater stage and, presumably, the greater challenge. I honestly don't know if MiLB record-holders Youkilis and Millar had any playoff games mixed in that would have extended (or broken) their streaks, but around these parts Mookie has equal claim to that record until proven otherwise.

Salem W 3-0 (In 7)

Corey Littrell: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Salem W 2-0 (In 7)

Justin Haley: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Salem W 4-3

Pat Light: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Oddly, Salem actually manages to provide some of the weekend's best performances. Also odd: both Haley and Littrell were coming off the worst performances of their seasons. Combined, the two accounted for seven earned runs in six innings of work, walking nine and striking out three last time out. These, meanwhile, are easily the best performances they've had all year. It's especially impressive for Haley, who has been pitching as a piggyback starter for weeks now. This is the first time since April 19th he's actually had the opportunity to throw more than four innings, even though he's produced fairly well throughout.

Light's night is perhaps not quite as impressive, but he's newly-promoted, so any reasonable performance is remarkable in its own right.

Greenville L 3-11 (In 7)

Forrestt Allday: 2-4, 2 2B
Wendell Rijo: 1-3, 2B, BB, K

Jamie Callahan: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Greenville W 4-1 (In 7)

Forrestt Allday: 1-3, BB, 2 K, SB
Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-4, K
Manuel Margot: 1-3, SB

Teddy Stankiewicz: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Greenville L 6-14

Forrestt Allday: 0-2
Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-5
Manuel Margot: 1-4, BB

Unfortunately, where Salem's pitching is thriving, Greenville's more interesting names are running into some serious trouble. Callahan's ERA has ballooned up to 6.81 after this start, and he's walking 4.8 batters per nine innings. He's got the built-in excuse of being 19, of course, but right now he's certainly not looking like he's at all close to advancement.

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