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Red Sox minor lines: Sean Coyle, Blake Swihart head in opposite directions

Blake Swihart is ticking upward again, while Sean Coyle's slump hits new lows.

Pawtucket W 3-1

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

Brandon Workman: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

I can honestly say I did not expect Brandon Workman to be making this start with Pawtucket. The Red Sox really need to find a home for Jake Peavy.

Portland W 10-3

Blake Swihart: 2-5, HR
Sean Coyle: 0-5, 5 K
Michael Almanzar: 1-3, K

Henry Owens: 6.1 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Noe Ramirez: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

While Blake Swihart has been moving forward after a brief dip in performance, Sean Coyle falls all the way to rock bottom, at least as far as a single-game sample can go. One week ago it would be very hard to even imagine he could have five consecutive at bats go without a hit, much less with five straight strikeouts.

Salem L 1-6

Simon Mercedes: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, E

Greenville L 3-6

Cole Sturgeon: 1-4, K
Wendell Rijo: 1-3, BB, K

Trey Ball: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Alright. Alright alright alright. Trey Ball was really bad last time out, but we're now looking at three-of-four starts falling squarely into the "encouraging" category. And it's really when these steps forward manage to survive quite so large a bump in the road that they might be called progress rather than just a hot streak. To make a long story short, I'm no longer dreading the next bad news from Trey Ball so much as looking forward to the next positive sign.

Lowell L 4-5

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

Ty Buttrey: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

GCL Red Sox W 10-1

Rafael Devers: 2-5, 2 K, 2 E
Michael Chavis: 0-4, BB, 2 K
Trenton Kemp: 0-3, BB, K

It's hard to produce 10 runs without also producing some more impressive performances at the plate. But that's what happens when the other team walks everyone and commits a ton of errors, I guess.