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Red Sox minor lines: Bad days down below

The Red Sox seem to have stolen their farm system's mojo these past two days.

The Red Sox are 2-0 over the last couple of days, but the minor league teams are headed in the other direction. This, my friends, is not the prettiest edition of Minor Lines you'll see.

Pawtucket W 3-1

Will Middlebrooks: 1-3
Travis Shaw: 0-3, BB, K
Alex Hassan: 1-4, 2B, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-2, 2B, BB
Deven Marrero: 0-4, K

Steven Wright: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

Pawtucket W 11-2

Travis Shaw: 1-6, 2 K
Alex Hassan: 2-3, 2B, BB

Anthony Ranaudo: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Drake Britton: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Pawtucket is seemingly unaffected by the plague, with Ranaudo bouncing back from a five-run outing last week and Alex Hassan staying red hot at the plate. He hit .367/.465/.600 in June. It seems he enjoyed his brief taste of the majors and wants back in.

Portland L 1-6 (In 7)

Blake Swihart: 0-2, 2 K, E
Sean Coyle: 0-3
Michael Almanzar: 2-3, HR, K
Keury De La Cruz: 0-3, 2 K

Portland L 0-1 (In 7)

Sean Coyle: 0-3, 2 K
Michael Almanzar: 1-3, K

Portland L 3-13

Blake Swihart: 2-4, 2B, K
Sean Coyle: 1-4, 2B, K
Michael Almanzar: 0-4, K, E
Keury De La Cruz: 2-4, K

And here we go. The Sea Dogs have been stumbling this past week, and the individual performances have hardly been immune. Sean Coyle's ridiculous run in particular seems to have sputtered out--the infielder is hitting just .194/.243/.419 in July, with that 1-for-4 performance snapping a three-game off base streak, as it were.

Salem L 1-8

Justin Haley: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Salem L 4-5

Pat Light: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Losses in Salem, but at least we get two good pitching performances out of it. Pat Light has now put together three straight outings allowing one run or less, and while he's god a 7:5 K:BB over that period, Light kind of just seems like that kind of pitcher right now. He hasn't allowed more than two walks or struck out more than three batters in his last ten games. Odd for someone with his kind of velocity.

Greenville L 6-13

Cole Sturgeon: 1-5, 2 K
Tzu-Wei Lin: 1-4, BB

Jamie Callahan: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Greenville L 2-8

Cole Sturgeon: 1-4, K
Tzu-Wei Lin: 0-4
Manuel Margot: 0-4

Teddy Stankiewicz: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, E

Stankiewicz is throwing strikes these days, and it's not really doing him any good. Not walking anybody is admirable, but not when it comes with tons of runs. This isn't a Henry Owens situation, either, as Stankiewicz isn't exactly missing bats at the prodigious rate Owens managed in Greenville.

Lowell L 3-5

Danny Mars: 0-5, 3 K
Sam Travis: 1-4
Nick Longhi: 1-4, 2B, K

Karsten Whitson: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Lowell L 0-11

Shane Victorino: 0-2, 2 K
Sam Travis: 0-3
Nick Longhi: 2-4

It's always interesting when a would-have-been top pick gets chosen in the later rounds a few years later. Karsten Whitson's first outing, though, would seem to suggest there was a reason he fell all the way to the Sox in the eleventh round last month.

By the way, at what point does it just make sense to call it a season with Victorino and put him in bubble wrap until Spring? We have to be getting to that point, right?

GCL Red Sox W 7-1

Josh Ockimey: 0-2, 2 BB, K
Victor Acosta: 2-4, 2B
Rafael Devers: 0-3
Michael Chavis: 0-1, 2 BB, K, SB

Rafael Devers can be stopped, it turns out. Go figure.

DSL Red Sox W 1-0

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-4, K