Red Sox minor lines: Discouragingly wild

Whether the result was eight runs in two innings, or one run in seven, the Red Sox' starters were without exception discouragingly wild on Thursday.

Pawtucket W 5-3

Brock Holt: 2-3, 3B
Daniel Nava: 1-3, BB
Ryan Lavarnway: 1-3, BB
Bryce Brentz: 0-4
Garin Cecchini: 0-2, 2 BB, SB
Christian Vazquez: 0-3, BB, K

Rubby De La Rosa: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Rich Hill: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Drake Britton: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The surprising resurgence of Rubby De La Rosa may have ended just as quickly as it began. We're now looking at 14 strikeouts to 12 walks over his last three games. If seven earned runs in 16 innings is not the worst, it's also just not sustainable so long as he's giving up that many free passes. It would be nice to pass this off as just three rough games, but it's hard to give him the benefit of the doubt when those four strong performances were so out of line with what was expected from him to begin with.

Portland W 8-2

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

Henry Owens: 7.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K

The same sort of focus on peripherals would suggest that, while Owens did manage to keep runs off the board and go deep into this game, that his encouraging performance last time was not a sign that his recent control problems are in the past.

This, for the record, is where we would talk about Salem's 18-2 win were it not a result of Salem playing a team full of players two years too old for their league.

Greenville L 2-9

Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-4, 2B, E
Wendell Rijo: 3-4, 2B

Ty Buttrey: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

I don't know if it's appropriate that Ty Buttrey closes out this list, but it feels like it might be. Last year he was quite stingy in terms of allowing runs, but had an entirely mundane 35:21 K:BB ratio in 61 innings of work. Now, those peripherals perhaps were not so bad as to portend the eleven earned runs he has now surrendered in all of three innings of work this year, but it is the sort of red flag that would suggest either the peripherals or the ERA had to change.

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