Red Sox minor lines: Matt Barnes, the third B

Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. have left him behind, but Matt Barnes is working hard to catch up.

Pawtucket L 2-3 (In 7)

Brock Holt: 1-3, K, SB
Ryan Roberts: 1-3, 2B, K
Daniel Nava: 1-3, K
Ryan Lavarnway: 1-3, 2B
Bryce Brentz: 0-3, K
Garin Cecchini: 0-2, BB, K, SB
Alex Hassan: 1-2
Dan Butler: 0-2

Matt Barnes: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Matt Barnes' first start in Pawtucket was...fine. But this second start is legitimately good. The Red Sox don't exactly need more upper-level starting pitching ready to help out in the majors, but if Barnes keeps plugging away like this they'll hardly object.

Portland L 2-3

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

Mookie Betts does not get caught stealing! He simply steals too well, sliding past the bag because he wanted to show he could've stolen a base 95 feet away.

No, seriously, that's how he got out.

Salem W 6-4

Pat Light: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Justin Haley: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

It's really hard to get a read on Pat Light. The only time he's been decent was back in Lowell and pre-promotion in Greenville this year, but at the same time he's thrown all of 90 innings in Boston's system. It's tempting to just write him off, but he probably deserves more of an opportunity than he's had so far.

Greenville L 2-7

Tzu-Wei Lin: 0-4, K
Wendell Rijo: 0-4, K
Manuel Margot: 1-4

Teddy Stankiewicz: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Greenville W 6-3

Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-5, 2B
Manuel Margot: 1-3, 2B, BB, K

Lin is the first member of the trio to really see his numbers fall off a cliff. He's now hitting just .232/.330/.305. Margot's OPS remains up over .800, while Rijo is still the stud of the bunch at .313/.446/.478. He's been in a bit of a power drought this past week, but it hasn't hurt him all that much.

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