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Red Sox minor lines: Big days for Joe Kelly, Trey Ball (actually)

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Joe Kelly and Trey Ball are two of the most frustrating names in the organization. But to be frustrating and not just bad, you have to have those bright spots to inspire hope.

Pawtucket L 1-3

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

Joe Kelly: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
Anthony Varvaro: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

These...these are the Joe Kelly starts that breed hope. That make the disappointment of the usual starts that much worse. Oh well, it's not like the Sox have better options for the starts they will inevitably give him in Boston.

Assuming the countermove is Buchholz to the DL. God help us if it's Steven Wright getting sent to Triple-A.

Portland W 2-0

Andrew Benintendi: 0-4, K

Aaron Wilkerson: 7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Ugh clearly they promoted Benintendi too early. Let's send him back down to Salem!

Speaking of promotions, maybe one for Wilkerson? 44 innings with a 1.84 ERA, 51 K:15 BB, and only been better in May. Should they promote him to Pawtucket? Or make absolutely certain he doesn't get anywhere near the land where pitching prospects go to die this year?

Salem W 4-0

Yoan Moncada: 1-3, BB, K, POCS
Rafael Devers: 0-4, 2 K
Nick Longhi: 1-4, K

Trey Ball: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

My God, Trey Ball and Joe Kelly both having great starts on the same day? Is this the sign of the end times?

Yes, it is. Make your peace, be with your loved ones. The end is clearly nigh.

Greenville L 1-3

Josh Ockimey: 0-2, 2 BB, K
Austin Rei: 1-4

Austin Glorius: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Austin Glorius has some pretty big strikeout numbers despite getting knocked around for his fair share of runs. Really, given the baserunners allowed...there's a few too many walks, but by-and-large this feels a bit more like a weak hits and sequencing issue.