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Red Sox minor lines: Marco Hernandez could be needed in Boston

Josh Rutledge has been doing some surprisingly good work for the Red Sox off the bench. But Marco Hernandez might prove the better fit.


Pawtucket L 4-7

Deven Marrero: 1-5, K
Marco Hernandez: 1-4, K
Blake Swihart: 1-3, BB
Rusney Castillo: 0-4, K
Sean Coyle: 0-3, BB, 2 K

Keith Couch: 7 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Portland Game 1 L 0-6 (In 7)

Wendell Rijo: 1-3, 2B

Williams Jerez: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Portland Game 2 L 1-2 (In 7)

Wendell Rijo: 0-3

Salem L 6-9

Yoan Moncada: 2-5, 2 K
Mauricio Dubon: 1-5, K
Andrew Benintendi: 2-5, 2B, SB
Nick Longhi: 3-4, 2B, BB, CS
Rafael Devers: 0-4, 2 K

Greenville L 3-7

Michael Chavis: 1-2, 2B
Josh Ockimey: 1-3, BB
Kyri Washington: 1-3, 2B, BB
Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-3, 2B, BB, K

Anderson Espinoza: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K


Pawtucket L 3-5

Deven Marrero: 1-5
Marco Hernandez: 3-4, 2B, SB
Blake Swihart: 0-3, BB, K
Sam Travis: 0-4, K
Rusney Castillo: 1-4

It's been slow going for most of Pawtucket. Marco Hernandez is about the only guy who's really doing well, which isn't the worst thing since the Red Sox could use him as a utility glove off the bench with a lefty bat. He's not the guy you want to be relying on for the big hit, but when it comes to those situations where you really need someone to put the ball in play and see if it falls right/can produce a productive out, he's better than some of the righty - righty matchups the Red Sox might see late in games.

Not that he can get the call just yet, having been sent down too recently as one of the many players sacrificed to bullpen needs in the wake of the Joe Kelly start.

Portland L 0-2

Justin Haley: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
Luis Ysla: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Given all the shuffling with Pawtucket's arms, particularly in the bullpen, one wonders if Portland's relievers won't be making their way up there before long. Jerez is even on the 40-man roster already, though his peripherals leave something to be desired this early in the season.

Justin Haley's, on the other hand, do not. Which is pretty much a first for him. A rare case of the rest coming up to meet the results as compared to the other way around? Too early to say, but a good start.

Salem W 3-2

Yoan Moncada: 1-4, 2 K
Andrew Benintendi: 1-4
Nick Longhi: 1-3, BB

Travis Lakins: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

With a 2.33 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 19 innings to start the season, Travis Lakins is adding himself to the list of prospects to watch in Salem. It is not a short list. Oh God won't someone please go to Portland. They have nothing, and they might even be losing that!

Greenville W 5-1

Josh Ockimey: 2-5, 3B, K
Kyri Washington: 0-5, 2 K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-5, 4 K
Austin Rei: 0-2, BB

Jake Cosart: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

What an odd pair of games for Greenville. On Saturday, they look completely unlike themselves. No bombs, only the one strikkeout. On Sunday, three guys go down seven times by way of the K, with Basabe producing more than half. Frankly, that undoes a whole lot of the positives for him thus far this season. That's kind of how it works when you put up a performance quite that awful in April.