Pawtucket W 5-4
Mookie Betts: 2-4, BB, K
Travis Shaw: 0-5, 2 K
Garin Cecchini: 1-4
Christian Vazquez: 1-4
Alex Hassan: 1-3, BB, 2 K
Steven Wright: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
Drake Britton: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Mookie Betts' results have felt slightly...underwhelming of late. Perhaps that's just the nature of a strong run which is based more on never going 0-for rather than having one or two huge games, or maybe he's just conditioned us to expect the impossible given his ridiculous results in Portland. Either way, Betts--whose .859 OPS in his first 81 Pawtucket at bats is impressive enough in its own right--is hitting .372/.426/.558 in his last 10 games with six stolen bases in six attempts to boot. Can't complain about that.
Portland W 3-2
Deven Marrero: 1-4, HR
Blake Swihart: 1-4, 2 K, POCS
Sean Coyle: 2-4, HR
Keury De La Cruz: 1-4
Blake Swihart has been the one enjoying the real power explosion in Portland, but like Swihart, Marrero has now matches his career total with four homers in 2014. It's certainly the least impressive part of what might be termed a breakout 2014, but it's a nice addition all the same.
Sean Coyle's power can certainly not be called a surprise, on the other hand. Even in 2013 when he was limited to 240 at bats he managed to go deep 16 times. He's only halfway there with 80 at bats to go in 2014, but given that he's also doing just about everything else right, some reduction in long ball totals is downright welcome.
Salem L 2-5
Justin Haley: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
That's the worst outing Haley has had this whole season in terms of earned runs. He has a tendency to respond to bad games like this with legitimate gems, however, so let's hope the weekend brings good news on that front.
Greenville W 14-6
Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-6, SB
Manuel Margot: 2-5, 2B, K
Welcome to Greenville, home of the "everyone's going to do pretty good and we're going to score 15 runs" game. They're like the Spurs of the South Atlantic League. But with less impressive win-loss numbers.
Lowell L 3-11
Shane Victorino: 0-3
Sam Travis: 2-4, 2B
This is not where you want to see Shane Victorino. Hopefully this isn't a complete reset on his rehab and more just a matter of keeping him close to Boston. There's been talk that he could be back by the upcoming Yankees series.
GCL Red Sox L 3-4
Jordon Austin: 0-3, K
DSL Red Sox W 8-6 (In 11)
Luis Alejandro Basabe: 1-5, BB, K
Rafael Devers: 1-5, BB, K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, K
Luis Alexander has certainly been the more successful Basabe brother so far. .310/.446/.507 to Luis Alejandro's .222/.391/.222. Given that the latter got off to a late start, however, some rapid progress from him over the next couple weeks wouldn't be all that surprising.