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Red Sox Minor Lines: Another quality start for Tanner Houck

And Bryan Gonzalez is raking in the DSL.

Portland W 6-3

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Jhon Nunez, C: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI

C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-4, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-4, 2 K

Joey Curletta, 1B: 1-4, 1 R

Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 2 SB

Luke Tendler, LF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Jeremy Rivera, DH: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Deiner Lopez, RF: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB

Tanner Houck: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K (97 pitches)

Make it four in a row and five of six for the Sea Dogs, who got an all-around performance from their lineup on Monday. In fact, the only guy who didn’t do anything was Dalbec, their best hitter. Nunez is the guy I want to talk about the most, though, because the catcher has not gotten a lot of credit for putting together a very impressive season. With this latest multi-hit effort, Nunez, 24 years old, is hitting .310/.350/.481 on the year. There’s a chance for him to develop into a legitimate backup catcher, even if it’s not the most likely outcome. On the mound, Houck now has five consecutive quality starts, though with more walks than strikeouts this was certainly his least impressive in that run.

Lowell W 9-2

Elih Marrero, C: 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E

Marino Campana, RF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB

Nicholas Northcut, 3B: 2-5, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K

Gilberto Jimenez, CF: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Ricardo Cubilan, SS: 3-4, 1 3B, 2 R

This Lowell offense is going to be exciting pretty much every night down in the New York-Penn League, as they were able to put up nine runs without Nick Decker and Antoni Flores in the lineup. One of the interesting things about this lineup is that there are so many notable names, you miss out on those kind of intriguing third- and fourth-tier prospects that might otherwise have a bigger spotlight. That includes Marrero, who was an eighth round pick last year, as well as Campana, who has shown legitimate power throughout his professional career.

DSL 1 W 9-0

Brainer Bonaci, SS: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Eduardo Lopez, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Alex Zapete, 3B: 2-3, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 SB

Erick Flores, C: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Beiker Pineda: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

DSL 2 W 11-5

Elio Prado, LF: 3-6, 2 R, 1 K, 1 CS

Bryan Gonzalez, RF: 4-6, 1 3B, 4 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Naysbel Marcano, C: 3-5, 1 2B, 6 RBI

Noelberth Romero, 3B: 1-6, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Axel James, DH: 2-6, 1 R, 1 K

Giancarlos Santana, CF: 3-4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

The offenses continue to roll down in the Dominican, with the DSL 2 lineup in particular standing out here with an absurd 18-hit, nine-walk day. Gonzalez continues to carry the load for that offense. With his latest four-hit day, he is hitting .352/.429/.741 on the year through his first 13 games.

Player of the Day: This one has to got to the aforementioned Bryan Gonzalez, who continues to just dominate DSL competition. It’s always hard to know how much to read into DSL numbers, particularly since the scouting reports from down there are harder to come by for the public than it is for players in the States. That said, Gonzalez got a decent signing bonus last summer at $500,000 and he’s showing he’s capable of making the Red Sox feel good about that bonus.