Red Sox minor lines: Breaking trends, for better or worse

Rolling Red Sox prospects hit speed bumps, struggling prospects finally found relief. It was a strange day in the minor leagues.

Pawtucket L 2-3

Ryan Roberts: 1-4, 2B, E
Alex Hassan: 0-4, K
Daniel Nava: 1-3, BB
Ryan Lavarnway: 1-4, HR, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-4, K
Dan Butler: 0-3, 2 K

Rubby De La Rosa: 5 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Rich Hill: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Four games on, four games off, one game on now for Rubby De La Rosa. Given how quickly his good start went wrong, however, and given how loud some of the contact off him was in this game, it's going to take quite a bit more for Doubront to re-establish himself after his slump than it did at the beginning of the year.

Portland W 2-1

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

Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

The streak is dead! Long live the streak!

Salem L 1-3

Simon Mercedes: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

Before today, Simon Mercedes had been pulling a bit of a 2012 Henry Owens: not many baserunners, plenty of strikeouts, and no homer problems to explain his low left-on-base issues. In other words, he's been struggling to produce results in a fashion that suggests he won't struggle to do so in the future.

This, however, is just a really bad game. Which any baseball player is certainly permitted. The pre-season dark horse just can't let it become a habit.

Greenville L 1-3

Forrestt Allday: 0-4, K
Tzu-Wei Lin: 0-4, 2 K
Manuel Margot: 0-3

Ty Buttrey: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

A tremendously ugly day for Greenville (aside from Carlos Asuaje, who really needs to be bumped up). Sadly, though, this actually represents a bump up for Buttrey in just about every category. He's been walking a batter an inning, so zero in three is certainly a plus, while a run an inning is actually better than what he can claim in his first three games.

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