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Red Sox minor lines: Greenville strikes out, Margot stays hot

The farm system followed established trends this weekend, with Manuel Margot hitting, and the Greenville Drive striking out.

Pawtucket W 5-4

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 0-4, BB
Allen Craig: 0-2, 3 BB, K
Garin Cecchini: 1-3, 2 BB, K
Deven Marrero: 1-3, K

Henry Owens: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Matt Barnes: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Pawtucket L 5-6

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 2-4, BB, CS
Allen Craig: 0-3, BB, K
Garin Cecchini: 0-3, BB, K
Deven Marrero: 0-4, 4 K, E
Sean Coyle: 0-3, BB

Noe Ramirez: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Pat Light: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Henry Owens' outing doesn't look good peripherally speaking. More walks than strikeouts isn't what you want, obviously, and his strikeout numbers on the season as a whole aren't near where they've been in years past. But frankly it's more important that he didn't walk that many guys. We know Owens has strikeout stuff. We just haven't seen him control the strike zone this year, making this game something of an acceptable tradeoff, if still not ideal.

Portland L 2-3

Carlos Asuaje: 2-3, BB, CS

Portland L 7-8

Carlos Asuaje: 1-3, 3 BB, K

Asuaje's OBP reached its lowest point at .344 less than a week ago. Now it's already back up at .365. Extra-base hits have been few and far between, particularly since he slumped, but he's certainly got at least one big skill going for him.

Salem W 7-2 (In 7)

Manuel Margot: 2-4, HR, SB
Sam Travis: 2-3, 3B, BB

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

Salem L 5-6

Wendell Rijo: 0-4, K

Kevin McAvoy: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
Williams Jerez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Manuel Margot continues to push his June numbers up towards his strong April performance. Hopefully at the end of the season we can talk about basically cutting out his hilariously bad May as an injury-based anomaly. His season numbers might always be tinged by 37 at bats with a .310 OPS, but it's clear that Margot is much closer to the .324/.377/.515 player he was in April, or at least the .316/.342/.474 player he's been in June than the mess he was in that one month.

Greenville W 3-0

Rafael Devers: 1-5, 2B, 2 K
Nick Longhi: 0-4 ,BB, 3 K
Yoan Moncada: 0-4, K
Javier Guerra: 1-3, K
Michael Chavis: 0-2, 2 BB, K

Greenville L 3-9

Rafael Devers: 1-4, 2 K
Nick Longhi: 0-4
Javier Guerra: 2-4, HR, 2 K
Michael Chavis: 0-3, 2 K

Greenville continues to struggle with the strikeouts. As a team, they're second only to Charleston with 574 strikeouts on the year, with plenty of that load being carried by prospects of import rather than organizational filler. They're young, granted, but it's a very real problem.

Lowell W 7-1

Chad De La Guerra: 0-5, 2 K
Tucker Tubbs: 1-2
Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 2 K
Mitchell Gunsolus: 1-3, BB
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-4, K, A

Lowell W 5-0

Tucker Tubbs: 1-3, BB, K
Victor Acosta: 1-4, E
Luis Alexander Basabe: 3-4, 2B, K, 2 SB

Jake Cosart: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

With it being too early for trends to really emerge yet, it's worth offering a blanket caution against reading too much into Lowell performances, particularly for players who are getting their first taste of professional baseball. Even forgetting how drastic the jump in competition is for some of them, the simple change in schedules, workloads, and environment is enough to cause some serious growing pains.