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Red Sox minor lines: Josh Ockimey needs a new challenge

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The South Atlantic League is just too easy for Josh Ockimey right now.

Pawtucket L 0-6

Deven Marrero: 0-4, 2 K
Marco Hernandez: 0-4, K
Sam Travis: 1-4, K
Blake Swihart: 1-3
Rusney Castillo: 1-3, K, A

Brian Johnson: 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Roman Mendez: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Another middling outing from Brian Johnson gives you a pretty good idea of why Sean O'Sullivan is starting tonight in Boston rather than him. The Red Sox entered this season with tons of starting pitching depth, but most of them have barely managed to get out of the gates at Pawtucket.

Still, I guess that's a decent trade to make for what Steven Wright has done in Boston. If the Red Sox were only going to have 1-of-4 going early, at least he hit like Steven Wright hit.

Portland L 1-2

Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

This is a good bounce-back start for Teddy Stankiewicz, but it's actually arguably his second worst outing of the season, which goes to show just how out-of-line his eight-run disaster was.

Greenville L 4-6

Josh Ockimey: 2-2, 2B, 3 BB
Kyri Washington: 1-5, K, A
Austin Rei: 1-3

Marc Brakeman: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

So...everyone wants Moncada and Benintendi to get the bump up to Double-A. But I think it's time Ockimey starts getting the same push for a promotion to Salem. He's got his OPS up to 1.025, and if he draws another walk before he records another strikeout, those figures will draw even on the season. He's the kind of guy whose big hurdle will be surviving the addition of strong secondary pitches, though, so even when he does get the bump, it might not be until Double-A that things get really interesting.