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Saturday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde  April 27, 2013 02:44 PM

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Red Sox affiliates
6:05 p.m.
Columbus Clippers – Joe Martinez (0-2, 3.43 ERA, 9 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Allen Webster (0-0, 0.90 ERA, 12 Ks)

Lynchburg Hillcats – Navery Moore (1-2, 7.27 ERA, 8 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Michael McCarthy (0-0, 3.77 ERA, 12 Ks)

7:05 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Anthony Ranaudo (2-0, 1.15 ERA, 17 Ks)
at Trenton Thunder – Zach Nuding (0-2, 1.83 ERA, 18 Ks)

Delmarva Shorebirds – Brady Waner (2-1, 5.29 ERA, 10 Ks)
at Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (0-1, 2.70 ERA, 3 Ks)

NOTES: The PawSox (13-9) welcome Allen Webster back to the hill following his big league debut this past Sunday. There seem to be a million story lines when the Columbus Clippers pull up to McCoy Stadium for four games. The good is that Jackie Bradley Jr. will make his Pawtucket debut. The bad is Joel Hanrahan who is on a rehab stint and was tagged up for a two-out double and two-run homer in his first appearance last night. The ugly is the arrival of Alfredo Aceves (not scheduled to pitch in this series) who probably won’t hit the clubhouse in the best of moods. And the cherry on top of it all is the return of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will start for Columbus on Sunday…Michael McCarthy gets his second start for Salem (10-10) who had a three game win streak snapped on Friday night. Third baseman Garin Cecchini, who was the only Salem Sox player with a multi-hit game last night, has collected 2 hits in each of his last four games and has hit safely in five straight…The Sea Dogs (11-9) look to Anthony Ranaudo to continue his hot start. The 6’7” righty is churning out the production that many expected from him when he was a first-round pick in 2010. He has won back-to-back starts and is averaging only 76 pitches over his first three…In his last outing Brian Johnson had some control issues, yielding 5 walks in just 2 2/3 innings. You can chalk it up to a bit of rust after being shut down for two weeks, so expect a better performance now as he continues to gain a rhythm. Greenville (8-14) probably needs to worry more about their bats as the Drive come into the day with a team average of .215, worst in the Eastern League. Four of their everyday players – Mookie Betts (.167), Jose Vinicio (.197), Boss Moanaroa (.200) and Aneury Tavarez (.205) – are in the bottom 20 in the league in batting average.

New England teams
6:05 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Deck McGuire (1-2, 5.73 ERA, 17 Ks)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – David Buchanan (1-3, 5.56 ERA, 11 Ks)

6:35 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels – Craig Westcott (1-1, 3.63 ERA, 13 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – B.J. Hermsen (0-1, 9.64 ERA, 3 Ks)

NOTES: Prior to the start of the season Deck McGuire was adamant that he become a more consistent pitcher. It looked as if he may be following through on that when he put together back-to-back quality starts. Then he quickly dropped back to square one following a drubbing at the hands of Binghamton who tuned him up for 8 runs on 6 hits and 6 walks. He has one start against Reading this season, his first of the year, when he picked up a loss but struck out a season high 7 batters. The Fisher Cats (10-12) moved to .500 on the road (4-4) with Friday night’s win over the Fightin’ Phils…The Rock Cats (11-10) throw B.J. Hermsen for the second time this season. Outfield Jonathan Goncalvez, who started the season with High-A Ft. Myers where he collected 6 extra-base hits in 11 games, has already picked up 4 extra-base hits since joining the New Britain on April 18th, including 2 home runs.

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