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Red Sox minor lines: Escobar's disaster, Johnson's domination

The upper-level teams saw two very different starting pitching performances Saturday.

Pawtucket L 2-15

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-5, K, A
Alex Hassan: 1-4
Travis Shaw: 1-4, K, E
Garin Cecchini: 1-3, 2B, BB
Deven Marrero: 0-4, 2 K, E
Blake Swihart: 2-3, BB

Edwin Escobar: 2.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Talk about Jekyll and Hyde from Edwin Escobar. After three excellent performances with Pawtucket, his last start had some warning signs, and then, well, kaboom. At least Brandon Workman will have some company for his misery when he gets back down.

Portland W 7-1

Sean Coyle: 1-5, HR, K
Keury De La Cruz: 1-3, HR, 2 BB, K
Michael Almanzar: 3-5

Brian Johnson: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

And on the complete other end of the spectrum: Brian Johnson. He hadn't pitched in over a week, but there was clearly no rust for the lefty. His last five starts have seen Johnson go 35.1 innings, walking 10, striking out 36, and allowing three earned runs on nine hits. 35 innings, three earned runs, nine hits. Unreal.

Greenville W 7-3

Cole Sturgeon: 1-3, BB
Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-4, E
Wendell Rijo: 1-4, 3B

Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

GCL Red Sox L 2-5 (In 7)

Rafael Devers: 0-3, BB, K
Michael Chavis: 0-3, K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-3
Josh Ockimey: 1-3

Michael Kopech: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

GCL Red Sox L 0-3 (In 7)

Rafael Devers: 2-3, 2B
Michael Chavis: 0-3, K, E
Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-3
Trenton Kemp: 0-3, K

Thank God for that 2-for-3 second game from Devers. Without it, he would have actually ended a day below .300 in batting average.