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Red Sox minor lines: Elias, Benintendi slip back

Good runs from Roenis Elias and Andrew Benintendi came to an end on a rough Memorial Day.

Pawtucket L 5-6

Rusney Castillo: 0-4, BB, K
Deven Marrero: 1-4, 2 K

Roenis Elias: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Roman Mendez: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

With Travis down, Pawtucket is basically the land of relievers and broken dreams. Roenis Elias had been on a roll these last couple games, but with this outing, the pressure is right back off Joe Kelly.

Portland W 8-6

Andrew Benintendi: 0-5, K

Justin Haley: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Well, this Benintendi hit streak died young. Odd that it did so immediately after getting some real meat to it on back-to-back extra-hit games, with one of Sunday's being a triple.

Justin Haley might not be long for Portland at this rate. His 2.49 ERA might be slightly deceptive for how few homers he's allowed for all his fly balls, but there's no question he's in a much better place than his last run through Portland.

Salem L 3-5 (In 10)

Yoan Moncada: 0-4, BB, 2 K
Joseph Monge: 2-5, K
Rafael Devers: 1-4, K

Yoan Moncada's batting average finally dips down below .300. Surprisingly enough, even with his recent slide, Moncada's May OPS is still better than what he put up in April (though due entirely to a big slugging bump). I get the feeling the Red Sox are just waiting for him to hit his way out of this before moving him to Portland, but thus far...he hasn't.

Greenville W 1-0

Josh Ockimey: 2-4, HR, K
Austin Rei: 1-4, K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-2, 2 K

Anderson Espinoza: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Well, ups and downs to that Espinoza start, certainly. Weirdly, while Espinoza has had these big walk games, his overall rates are, if slightly high, not exactly egregious (3.4/9). And it's kinda hard to incentivize him against it when pitching outside the zone is proving such a recipe for success in every other department.