Red Sox minor lines: Garin Cecchini struggles, Blake Swihart swats

It's been a rough week for Pawtucket's third baseman, and a big week for Portland's catcher.

Pawtucket W 3-0

Ryan Roberts: 2-4, SB
Garin Cecchini: 1-4
Stephen Drew: 1-3, 2 K
Travis Shaw: 1-4, 2B, 3 K
Christian Vazquez: 1-4, K
Alex Hassan: 1-3, 2B, 2 K
Dan Butler: 0-2

It's been a little hard to notice since there have been few real disaster games involved, but Garin Cecchini is slumping, and he's slumping pretty hard. He's 9-for-39 in his last 10 games, hitting .231/.250/.231 in that period with one walk, seven strikeouts, and not a single extra-base hit.

Portland L 8-9

Henry Ramos: 0-5, K
Blake Swihart: 3-5, 2B, 2 K
Sean Coyle: 2-4, K

Portland L 2-4 (In 7)

Mookie Betts: 0-3, BB
Deven Marrero: 0-4, 2 K
Henry Ramos: 1-2, K, A
Sean Coyle: 1-3, 2B, K

Blake Swihart has the old batting average up over .300 again after collecting nine hits in his last four games. The power is playing up big time this year, and he's even been a little more well-rounded in May, even if his overall numbers haven't been quite as good as in April. It's hard to call this a "breakout"--partially because he was pretty solid in 2013, and partially because of the negative light said 2013 put his 2014 OBP in--but it's a nice campaign to add to his resume so far.

Salem L 2-5

Simon Mercedes: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Mercedes entered this season as something of a sleeper candidate. For some reason it almost feels like he hasn't lived up to that expectation...but he's actually got pretty strong numbers on the season with 39 strikeouts in 40 innings, a very high ground ball rate, and a 3.76 ERA.

Greenville W 7-5

Forrestt Allday: 2-3, BB, CS
Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-5, 2B, K
Wendell Rijo: 3-5, 2 K
Manuel Margot: 1-4, BB

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