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Red Sox Minor Lines: Rusney Castillo is finally hitting

Rusney Castillo is on fire in Triple-A.

Pawtucket W 6-2

Rusney Castillo: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Sam Travis: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB

Bryce Brentz: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 K

Deven Marrero: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jalen Beeks: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K

I haven’t talked much about Castillo in this space, mostly because I’ve never thought there was much of a chance he’ll get back to the majors. At least, not with the Red Sox. I still believe that, but his performance warrants mention. The most impressive part of Castillo’s strong season at Triple-A is that he is no longer hitting the ball on the ground so often. That’s always been his biggest issue and a huge reason he hasn’t been able to show off any power. It still remains to be seen whether or not that can, or will even get the chance, to carry over to the majors, but it’s interesting to see him doing it at this level for now.

Portland L 1-7

Tzu-Wei Lin: 0-4

Josh Tobias: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Rafael Devers: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Nick Longhi: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Trey Ball: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 4 K

Luis Ysla: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Arguably the two most disappointing players on Portland’s pitching staff in Portland took the mound on Thursday for the SeaDogs, and both....were disappointing. The SeaDogs could use another starter in their rotation from somewhere to give Ball a chance in the bullpen. This starting thing clearly isn’t working out. Ysla, meanwhile, has to be a candidate to be taken off the 40-man roster when they need a spot again. Fortunately, Devers is here to make sure things don’t are all bad.

Salem L 0-8

Michael Chavis: 0-4, 1 K

Josh Ockimey: 1-3, 1 K

Roniel Raudes: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Austin Glorius: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Raudes’ second start back from the disabled list doesn’t go quite as well as the first one, as his command just wasn’t here in this one. At least, it doesn’t appear that it was based upon his box score. It’s important to keep remembering that Raudes is only 19 years old, because otherwise this would be a hugely disappointing season. As it stands, it’s still disappointing but there’s still plenty of hope.

Greenville L 2-7

Lorenzo Cedrola: 0-5

Tyler Hill: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Roldani Baldwin: 3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Huge game for Baldwin, who has sort of flown under the radar as a solid prospect this season. His plate discipline leaves a little to be desired, but he’s shown off huge power this year to the tune of a .262 power. That’s really impressive for anyone, but especially so for a catcher.

DSL Red Sox 0-0 (Suspended)

Alejandro Rodriguez: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K