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Red Sox Minor Lines: Portland’s new bash brothers

And Blake Swihart rehabs in Lowell

Pawtucket W 9-5

Tzu-Wei Lin, CF: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 CS

Tony Renda, 2B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 E

Brandon Phillips, DH: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

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

Jantzen Witte, 3B: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E

Mike Miller, SS: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI

Kyle Wren, LF: 2-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K

Justin Haley: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (94 pitches)

At what point do we start talking about taking Sam Travis off the 40-man roster? I don’t think it’s a consideration during the season — but I also haven’t yet looked at the September options who would need to be added to the roster, so maybe it is — but in the offseason at least it has to be considered. He just hasn’t been able to put it together, and this year has been even worse. The first baseman came into the year looking for more power and changed his swing to help with those results, but it hasn’t worked. He’s now 81 games into the season and is hitting .252/.310/.354.

Portland W 6-2

Jeremy Rivera, SS: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K

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

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

I’m all the way in on this Chavis and Dalbec duo, though we’re probably only going to be able to enjoy it for the rest of the year. Chavis, who is on fire right now, is almost certainly going to start next year in Pawtucket, but I can’t see the same for Dalbec. Maybe if he continues to do this against Double-A pitching they’ll be aggressive with the slugger, but my guess is they want to see if the league will adjust to swing and see if he can counter-adjust against advanced competition. Either way, this duo is starting to get some hype, and it’s entirely deserved.

Salem L 0-9 (F/7)

Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-3

Josh Tobias, 3B: 2-3, 1 2B

Jake Thompson: 2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K (50 pitches)

Daniel Gonzalez: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K (60 pitches)

It was another rough outing for Thompson, whose ERA is now up to 4.95 on the year. Remember, Salem is known for being a pretty great park for pitchers, making that mark even worse. Thompson was never seen as any kind of major prospect anyway, but there was some intriguing stuff out of the draft. At this point, I’d be more surprised if he wasn’t in the bullpen next season, because things just haven’t gone according to plan for the righty as a starter.

Greenville W 5-2

Jarren Duran, RF: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K

Marin Campana, LF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Tanner Nishioka, 3B: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Everlouis Lozada, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Samuel Miranda, C: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Jhonathan Diaz: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K (92 pitches)

Zach Schellenger: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (14 pitches)

Greenville is becoming my pet team, because there are a lot of lower-level guys I am becoming weirdly enamored with. Obviously, Duran is one, though he’s slowed up a bit over the last week or so. Diaz is another pitcher who has been underrated all year, and while he didn’t have the typical strikeout stuff on Sunday he still limited damage very well and brought his Low-A ERA down to 3.60. Finally, Schellenger continues to look strong in the comeback from his injury and I still believe he’s going to have a ton of helium in 2019.

Lowell G1 L 3-1 (F/8)

Korby Batesole, SS: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 CS

Blake Swihart, C: 0-3, 1 K

Devlin Granberg, RF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB

Tyler Esplin, LF: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Jonathan Ortega, 3B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 SB, 1 E

Lowell G2 PPD

Swihart was in Lowell for his first rehab appearance on Sunday, and it should be his last. The performance certainly wasn’t what you want, but he got a little game action and should hopefully be ready to be activated ahead of the series in Philadelphia.

Player of the Day: Bobby Dalbec is a whole lot of fun, you guys.