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Red Sox Minor Lines: The James brothers thrive

But on different teams!

DSL Red W 14-4

Luis Ravelo, SS: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K

Allan Castro, RF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Axel James, DH: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 K

Helison Mota, 3B: 0-0, 4 BB, 2 R

Karim Ayubi, LF/RF: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Frank Astacio, 1B: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI

Luis Talavera (SP): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K

DSL Blue L 3-4

Lyonell James, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI

Alex Zapete, 1B: 2-4, 1 K

Jean Carlos Reyes (SP): 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K

It was two very different games for the two DSL squads, with one blowout win and one close loss, but one commonality was solid days from the James brothers. Which leads me to a thought that I’ve had all season but hasn’t come up: It’s strange that the brothers aren’t on the same team, right? I’m sure they have their reasons. But anyway, Axel had the real big day, hitting his third homer of the year. His season-long numbers don’t look great — he’s sitting with a .719 OPS — but he’s looked better this month, hitting .281/.467/.625 in September. This is his second go around in the DSL. It was also a nice day for Astacio, who is also in his second go around in the DSL and has an .841 OPS on the year. Moving to the pitching side, Talavera looked good in his first start of his season. Over 28 13 innings this year, he’s pitched to a 1.91 ERA with 23 strikeouts and eight walks.

Player of the Day: Axel James

Player of the Day Chart