Red Sox minor lines: The apocalypse, Mookie Betts style

Mookie Betts has failed to reach base again. Surely these are the end times.

Pawtucket L 0-3

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

Anthony Ranaudo: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
Rich Hill: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Alex Wilson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Daniel Nava has finally cut way down on his strikeouts. Meanwhile, Grady Sizemore's claim to fame is a .333 OBP in May...part of a .656 OPS in the month. Is it time to put the Sizemore experiment to rest and try to get the Nava/Gomes platoon going again in earnest?

Portland W 2-1

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

Brian Johnson: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Mookie Betts has failed to reach base in three out of five games. How's your canned goods stock? (Don't bother answering, because it's not good enough.)

The real stories here, however, are Blake Swihart and Brian Johnson. First off, I must admit to having completely missed Blake Swihart drawing a walk in three straight games earlier this week, adding a fourth in a fifth game. That was enough to triple up his total on the year--a fine sign that the old patient hitter is in there ready to emerge now that the hits have stopped flowing at quite such a ridiculous pace. But it's easy to forgive him a lack of walks in a game where he hit his fourth homer of the year, doubling up on his 2013 total.

Then there's Johnson. In case you'd forgotten, his last outing was a complete anomaly, with five walks coming out of a pitcher who doesn't walk that many that often. He has wasted no time putting that behind him, and seems to be having no problem with Double-A post-promotion. For a guy who started the year well back of where you'd expect a player of his age to be, Johnson might finish the year ahead of the game.

Greenville W 11-1

Forrestt Allday: 0-3, 2 BB
Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-5, 2B, BB, K
Wendell Rijo: 0-3, K

Tzu-Wei Lin has three extra-base hits in his last two games. It's not enough to make his season numbers look any better, but it's what he needs to do if he's going to make his plate approach play up.

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