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Red Sox Minor Lines: Trey Ball has his best start

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Don’t get too excited, though

Pawtucket L 0-5

Rusney Castillo: 0-3, 1 HBP, 1 K

Jhonny Peralta (DH): 0-4, 1 K

Pablo Sandoval (3B): 0-4, 1 K

Bryce Brentz: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Steve Selsky: 0-4, 1 K

Aneury Tavarez: 0-4, 1 K

Kyle Kendrick: 5 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K

Kyle Martin: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Ty Buttrey: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

I’m fascinated by what the Red Sox are going to do when Sandoval’s rehab time is up on July 16. He has been far from impressive in Pawtucket while Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin have been shockingly exciting in his stead. I’m not sure how confident you can be in that duo keeping this up, but I’m also not sure how you can be confident in Sandoval ever being any better. It also doesn’t help that Peralta has a .616 OPS since joining the organization. Things are not great for the veterans in Pawtucket.

Portland G1 W 7-1

Brock Holt: 1-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Rafael Devers: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Michael Chavis: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Trey Ball: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Portland G2 W 9-6

Danny Mars: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI

Rafael Devers (DH): 0-2, 1 BB, 1 R

Michael Chavis (3B): 1-4, 1 E

Josh Tobias: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Devers and Chavis each had one good game and one bad game in this doubleheader. Holt was solid in the only game he played while Mars was strong in his. That’s all well and good, but will you look at that line from Ball. Look at it! This was easily his best start of the year and he’s been on a solid little run lately. Over his last four starts he’s tossed 23 innings and has allowed six runs and has 19 strikeouts. There’s still not much reason for hope with Ball, but it’s at least mildly encouraging. Maybe.

Salem L 4-5

Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 K

Austin Rei: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 K

Tate Matheny: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 R

Roniel Raudes: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Austin Glorius: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

It’s hard to judge Raudes’ outing from the outside, especially when you see three unearned runs on the board for the starter. Obviously, the defense played a big role in this game, but the error that led to the unearned runs were from Raudes himself. Either way, the strikeout and walk numbers here are solid, and that’s good enough for me.

Greenville L 2-5

Lorenzo Cedrola: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Tyler Hill: 0-2, 1 HBP

Roldani Baldwin: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E

Lowell W 11-4

Joseph Monge: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 K

Brett Netzer: 2-3, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Raiwinson Lameda: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Yoan Aybar: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Netzer was an under-the-radar, underslot third-round pick this summer, but he’s been solid in his first few games with Lowell. He now has a .462 OBP, albeit in only three games. Meanwhile, Aybar has been much better in Lowell than he was to start the year in Greenville, particularly in the power department. In just 13 games he has three doubles, three triples and a home run.

GCL Red Sox W 10-5

Kevin Suarez: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

Cole Brannen: 0-2, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 R

Bobby Dalbec: 2-4, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Pedro Castellanos: 4-5, 1 R, 4 RBI

Andre Colon: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI

Taylor Ahearn: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

DSL Red Sox G1 W 3-2 (F/11)

Rafael Gomez: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

DSL Red Sox G2 L 3-4

Willis Figueroa: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 R

Rafael Gomez: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Game one of this was suspended from last month, which is why you see Gomez listed in both contests. He now has 26 strikeouts to just five walks in 23 innings this season.