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Red Sox minor lines: Sean Coyle, Henry Owens force the issue

Sean Coyle and Henry Owens are showing the Red Sox just how ready they are for a move to Pawtucket.

Pawtucket L 6-7

Mike Carp: 2-4, HR, K
Will Middlebrooks: 0-4, 3 K
Travis Shaw: 1-3, HR, BB, K
Deven Marrero: 1-3, K
Alex Hassan: 1-3, 2B, BB, K, A

Anthony Ranaudo: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Drake Britton: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Pawtucket L 4-5

Mike Carp: 2-4, 2B, BB, K
Travis Shaw: 1-4, 2B, BB, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-4, K
Deven Marrero: 3-4, 2B
Christian Vazquez: 1-4
Alex Hassan: 1-4, 2B, K

Rubby De La Rosa: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

The last time Anthony Ranaudo had anything close to a bad game before today was June 1st, so you could say he was due. Frankly the 6:1 K:BB is better for his peripherals than the runs are bad for his ERA.

Meanwhile, Deven Marrero's 3-for-4 night leaves him with an OPS of .921 after five games in Pawtucket. That'll come down, obviously, but this is certainly the year where the young shortstop became more than just a good glove.

And if you're wondering about the one inning from Rubby...presumably that's with an eye to having him start Wednesday's game, with the doubleheader having thrown the rotation off.

Portland W 4-0 (In 7)

Blake Swihart: 1-3, K
Sean Coyle: 1-2
Michael Almanzar: 0-2
Keury De La Cruz: 0-3, 2 K

Portland W 4-2 (In 7)

Sean Coyle: 2-2, HR, BB
Michael Almanzar: 1-3

Portland W 6-1

Blake Swihart: 0-4, 3 K
Sean Coyle: 1-3, K
Michael Almanzar: 1-3, BB
Keury De La Cruz: 2-4

Henry Owens: 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Blake Swihart's hot streak has come to an end with a 1-for-11 run in his last three games. Some could argue that Sean Coyle's has too, since his .294/.348/.647 performance thus far in July has to contend with a .348/.450/.652 line in June. He and Henry Owens really need to find their way up to Pawtucket before long, because Portland just isn't proving much of a challenge.

Salem W 3-2

Pat Light: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Salem W 8-2

Corey Litrell: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

After allowing 15 runs in six innings, Pat Light has allowed one earned run over his last 11. Still, it's gonna take a while to undo that damage.

Greenville L 5-6

Forrestt Allday: 1-3, K
Tzu-Wei Lin: 0-4, BB, 2 K
Wendell Rijo: 2-4, 2B, K
Manuel Margot: 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 SB

Teddy Stankiewicz: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Greenville L 5-10

Forrestt Allday: 0-0, BB
Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-5, 2 2B, 3 E
Wendell Rijo: 2-3, 2B, E
Manuel Margot: 0-2, 2 BB

Trey Ball: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

So to recap Trey Ball's game...

First inning: strikes out first two batters, gives up a ringing single, then has a couple ground balls and a couple errors lead to two runs.

Two walks and a two-out double lead to a run before yet another error costs him a fourth and a line drive a fifth.

All told, there's some legitimacy to the damage done, but it's hard to really credit Ball for more than two of them, even if you think he maybe "earned" more than one. It's unfortunate this couldn't be a more "clean" example of Boston's top pick from 2013 putting together a couple of good starts, but you'd have to be trying pretty hard to see it as anything else.

Lowell L 4-9

Danny Mars: 1-3, BB, SB
Sam Travis: 0-4
Nick Longhi: 2-4, K

Lowell L 3-11

Cole Sturgeon: 2-4, 3B, K
Sam Travis: 1-4, K

Danny Mars continues to reach base in roughly half of his plate appearances, and after striking out five times in his second and third games, he's produced just two whiffs in his last five, getting that number very much under control.

GCL Red Sox W 3-0

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

Not a glowing debut for Chavis, but Devers continues to rack up the hits early in his GCL time.

DSL Red Sox W 2-1

Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-4, 2B, 2 K, SB, A