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Red Sox minor lines: The approach of Christian Vazquez

The Pawtucket Red Sox are no-hit, and Salem's combination of Cecchini and Coyle join in the oh-for with an improbably unproductive day in Salem.


Pawtucket L 1-2

Box Score

Ryan Lavarnway: 0-2, 2 BB
Bryce Brentz: 0-2
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 0-2, 2 BB, K, CS

We start off the day in an ominous fashion: with a no-hitter. And not the good kind. It took the Durham Bulls four pitchers to get the job done, but at the end of the day, they had walked eight, struck out five, and allowed zero hits. It's not the most impressive way to get this sort of thing done, but hey, whatever works.

Portland L 5-6

Box Score

Travis Shaw: 1-4, 3 K
Michael Almanzar: 1-4, K
Kolbrin Vitek: 0-3, BB, K
Christian Vazquez: 1-3, BB, K, SB

Brandon Workman: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Christian Vazquez is hitting .258/.397/.403. It's a solid performance, but probably not the primary reason why some Sox fans are starting to hope the catcher from Double-A should be putting on a Red Sox uniform sometime soon. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's frustrating performances are getting less tolerable by the day, and Vazquez is the guy who showed off his cannon in spring training. Are the Red Sox going to pull the trigger? Probably not. But the pressure is on.

Salem W 7-3

Box Score

Sean Coyle: 0-5, 2 K
Garin Cecchini: 0-5
Keury De La Cruz: 1-5, 2B, K
Brandon Jacobs: 2-4, 2B
Blake Swihart: 2-4, 2B, 3B
Henry Ramos: 2-4, 3B

Noe Ramirez: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

And here's the improbable: an 0-for-10 from two of the hottest hitters in the minor leagues. Is the universe coming to an end? And if so, has Blake Swihart's bizarre ability to hit triples been a sign all along? He's up to five now, with an OPS of .771 that seems to just keep on rising. He's on the verge of the breakout that we've been waiting for since he entered the system.

Greenville L 3-6

Box Score

Cody Koback: 1-5
Jose Vinicio: 1-4, 2 K

Frank Montas: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 K, 1 HR

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