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Red Sox minor lines: Blake Swihart catches fire

Blake Swihart started a bit cold at the plate, but he's caught fire this past week.

Pawtucket W 13-3

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 2-3, 2 BB, K
Jemile Weeks: 0-4, 2 BB, K
Bryce Brentz: 1-4, 2B, BB, K, A
Blake Swihart: 4-5, 2 2B, K
Sean Coyle: 2-5, 2 K, E

Eduardo Rodriguez: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Noe Ramirez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Heath Hembree: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Blake Swihart started the season 3-for-17. Since then he's picked up 10 hits in 15 at bats, which is 2008 end-of-season Dustin Pedroia levels of hot. It's actually entirely reminiscent of how 2014 started for him, too, with Swihart still waiting on his first walk. Last year that lead to a slump when the hits stopped coming at such a torrid pace, with the young catcher working his way back to a well-rounded approach and finishing his time in Double-A on a more sustainable sort of tear.

Ryan Hanigan is doing a fine job of holding down the fort, and I'm sure the Red Sox will want to see Swihart cool off and fight his way out of that slump like he did last time. But it might not be all that long before Swihart is behind the plate in Fenway Park.

Portland W 10-1

Carlos Asuaje: 0-4
Keury De La Cruz: 1-2, 2B

Portland would be so much more interesting if those Moncada predictions had held true.

Salem L 1-3

Manuel Margot: 1-4
Sam Travis: 0-4, 2 K
Wendell Rijo: 0-4, K

Teddy Stankiewicz: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Another solid outing from Teddy Stankiewicz to start the season. I spent a good ten minutes trying to think of something more to say here, but failed. That's kind of Stankiewicz in a nutshell. Unremarkable, but he's getting the job done.

Greenville Game 1 L 1-2 (In 7)

Nick Longhi: 2-3
Rafael Devers: 0-3
Michael Chavis: 0-3

Greenville Game 2 W 10-4 (In 7)

Nick Longhi: 2-4, 2B, 3B
Rafael Devers: 2-3, 2B, BB, K
Michael Chavis: 1-3, HR, BB

Nick Longhi was sort of the "also-ran" guy in Greenville coming into the season, but he's been their best player so far this season. He's sitting at.361/.410/.667 through nine games, and has not been held hitless yet.

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