Red Sox minor lines: Power shows in Portland

Mookie Betts continues to get on base (with some volume), but it's his teammates that produced fireworks in Portland Monday night.

Pawtucket W 6-4

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

Anthony Ranaudo: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
Rich Hill: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Ranaudo falls right back into bad habits after a positive performance on April 29. He has now offered up 20 free passes in 33 innings.

Portland W 8-1

Mookie Betts: 2-3, 2 BB, SB
Deven Marrero: 2-4, HR, BB, K, E
Travis Shaw: 1-3, HR, 2 BB, SB
Blake Swihart: 1-5, 2B, K
Henry Ramos: 0-4, K

Keith Couch: 4 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Deven Marrero is apparently on a bit of a power trip. That's two homers in three games now--as many as he managed in either of his first two seasons with the Red Sox. It's not just those, either, as the shortstop doubled in three straight games from April 29 to May 2. Obviously, power is not a big part of Marrero's game, but every little bit helps.

Travis Shaw also chips in with his own long shot. That's five on the season for Shaw. At 24, he's already kind of behind schedule, but at least this last push is going well. Shaw is hitting .313/.414/.525 to start the season with 16 walks to 11 strikeouts. While that may look downright pedestrian in comparison to what Mookie's doing, it's good for the fifth-best OPS in the Eastern League.

Salem W 2-1

Corey Littlrell: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Greenville W 13-3

Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-6, 2 K
Wendell Rijo: 2-3, 3B, 2 BB

Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

A bit of an odd performance from Stankiewicz, but it seems he was more a victim of bad luck (and/or defense) than bad pitching. Which makes sense given the seven strikeouts. Plenty of fly ball/ground ball singles, and while the difference between a well-hit line drive and a bloop fly ball can get awfully sketchy in the minor leagues, given the rest of his performance it's not hard to imagine the scorer got these ones right.

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