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Friday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 31, 2013 02:57 PM

Red Sox affiliates
6:00 p.m.
Altoona Curve – David Bromberg (2-4, 3.77 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Charlie Haeger (1-2, 3.99 ERA)
NOTE: It’s been a mixed bag from Charlie Haeger since he arrived in Portland at the beginning of the month. In his first three starts he allowed 6 earned runs and 8 hits over 15 2/3 innings, then followed with 7 earned and 16 hits over 13 2/3 in his next two starts. He has allowed 4 home runs in his last three starts. Altoona starter David Bromberg has allowed 2 earned runs in his last three starts.

7:05 p.m.
Syracuse Chiefs – Yunesky Maya (1-4, 5.07 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Chris Hernandez (3-2, 3.58 ERA)
NOTE: Be it starting or relieving, Chris Hernandez is turning into a valuable asset for Gary DiSarcina and the PawSox. With only one small hiccup in the month Hernandez has turned in a 3-0 mark with 2.70 ERA in six May appearances. On the season he has a 3.94 ERA as a reliever and 3.41 as a starter. After spending time with the Washington Nationals, Yunesky Maya returns to make his first start for Syracuse since April 16th.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Nick Martinez (4-2, 2.61 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Henry Owens (3-2, 3.80 ERA)
NOTE: It hasn’t been the best of months of Henry Owens, but he will get one last chance to put his mark on it. He is 1-1 with a 6.16 ERA in four May starts having served up 5 home runs after only allowing only 1 in five starts in April. Owens has made two starts against Myrtle Beach, both no decisions, and the most recent, back on May 11, was his shortest of the year at 3 1/3 innings. The Pelicans have Nick Martinez on the hill, the 11th best pitching prospect in the Texas Rangers org according to Baseball America. Martinez did pick up a ‘W’ versus the Sox back on May 13th, allowing 3 runs over 6 innings.

Asheville Tourists – N/A
at Greenville Drive – Austin Maddox (0-4, 8.66 ERA)
NOTE: After a brief stint on the disabled list, Austin Maddox returns to the rotation still in search of his first pro win. He has not recorded a decision in his last three outings, including a 5 2/3 inning effort versus the Tourists on May 14th. In that game Maddox allowed a season high 6 runs off of 7 hits and a walk.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
Bowie Baysox – Mike Wright (6-0, 3.61 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Trevor May (4-2, 3.88 ERA)
NOTE: Trevor May makes start number 11 on the season on the heels of two straight victories. The big righty has had a solid namesake month, going 3-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 24 Ks over 28 innings. His only loss of May came against the Baysox when he let up 5 runs and 9 hits in just 4 innings of work. Mike Wright, the No. 8 prospect in Baltimore’s system per Baseball America, gets the nod for the Baysox tonight. He blanked the Rock Cats over 6 innings back on May 16th, allowing just 2 hits while striking out 8.

7:05 p.m.
Binghamton Mets – Logan Verrett (6-1, 3.07 ERA)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats - Deck McGuire (2-5, 5.17 ERA)
NOTE: Looking to get to .500 before May peels off the calendar, the Fisher Cats send Deck McGuire to the hill for his 11th start of the season. Both McGuire’s ERA (5.17) and WHIP (1.56) are third highest in the Eastern League and his 25 walks rank as fifth most. He is 1-1 versus Binghamton this season in two starts. Logan Verrett, a 'Top 15' Mets pitching prospect, will make his third start of the seasons versus New Hampshire. He is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA versus the Fisher Cats.

The Cap on Thursday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 31, 2013 09:06 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Pawtucket – 2
Indianapolis – 3
WP: Hughes (1-0)
LP: Wilson (1-1)
HR: IND-Carroll (9)
HIGHLIGHTS: In his first action since returning from Boston reliever Alex Wilson allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the tenth when he uncorked a wild pitch with the bases loaded, allowing Alex Presley to come home. It was the first time Wilson pitched for Pawtucket since April 8th. While with Boston he made 16 appearances, going 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA. … Catcher Dan Butler went 3-for-4 and Ronald Bermudez went 2-for-4 to pace a PawSox offense that had 10 hits on the day. … Starter Steven Wright went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs, 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. He served up a 6th inning home run to Brett Carroll, the 6th long ball allowed by Wright in his last 5 starts.

New Hampshire - 7
Portland – 2
WP: Walden (4-5)
LP: Britton (3-5)
HIGHLIGHTS: A five-run second inning was all Marcus Walden needed to help guide the Fisher Cats (27-28) to the win. Walden allowed a run, a walk and 4 hits over 6 innings, striking out 6 in the process. … Portland starter Drake Britton struck out 7 in 5 innings and allowed just 1 earned run. There were four unearned runs on Britton’s watch, thanks to a throwing error by Xander Bogaerts to start the second inning. It was Bogaerts 9th error this season. … New Hampshire first baseman Kevin Ahrens went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and a run. … Fisher Cats outfielder Kevin Pillar extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 1-for-3 night. He also stole his team-high 14th base.

Salem – 3
Potomac - 7
WP: Grace (3-0)
LP: Augliera (4-2)
HR: SAL-Blair (2); POT-Leonida (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: For the second straight start Mike Augliera was tagged with a loss despite a solid all-around effort. He allowed 4 runs and 6 hits over 6 innings and for the third straight game served up a home run after not allowing any in his first 7 starts. … Garin Cecchini and Keury De La Cruz both went 2-for-4 for Salem, accounting for four of the team’s seven hits in the game. … Shortstop Deven Marrero botched a throw to first on a ground ball from Adrian Sanchez. It is Marrero’s first error of the season in 146 chances and did not lead to a run.

Asheville – 9
Greenville – 8
WP: Mejias (1-3)
LP: Ortega (0-2)
S: Gonzalez (2)
HR: ASH-Murphy (10); GRE-Briscoe (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: After plating 7 runs over the first four innings the Drive (15-38) must sit and wonder what they need to do to actually win a game, after they squandered their early lead for another disappointing loss. The teams combined for 25 hits and 4 errors on the day. … For the third straight game Mookie Betts collected one hit, a double. He also walked once and scored twice. … Catcher Tim Roberson went 3-for-4 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run to lead the Drive on offense. … Keaton Briscoe took a 1-1 offering from Matthew Carasiti over the wall in right for his first home run as a pro. … Starter Brian Johnson gave up 3 earned runs and 7 hits before departing after 4 innings. He struck out 5 batters and threw 81 pitches, 50 for strikes.

New England teams

Richmond - 1
New Britain – 2
WP: Dean (3-5)
LP: Snodgrass (4-1)
S: Achter (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Pat Dean put forth his best effort of the season and got just enough run support to put the Rock Cats in the win column. The former Naugatuck (Conn.) High School standout allowed just 1 run and 5 hits in 7 innings and did not allow a walk while striking out three. … Daniel Ortiz went 2-for-3 and drove in both New Britain runs with singles in the second and fourth innings.

Thursday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 30, 2013 01:19 AM

Red Sox affiliates
6:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Deck McGuire (2-5, 5.17 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Drake Britton (3-4, 4.33 ERA)
NOTE: Where the first two games of the series had solid pitching matchups, this one has the added intrigue of two pitchers who have yet to live up the hype laid upon them. Deck McGuire, the 11th overall pick in 2010, continues to struggle with his consistency, hitting road blocks every time it seems he has turned a corner. Case-in-point are his two starts versus Portland this season, one in which he struck out 8 and allowed just 1 run over 6 innings, followed up in his very next start by a 9 hit, 4 run loss to the same Sea Dogs. Drake Britton seems to follow a similar pattern. In his last start he allowed just 2 hits over 5 innings against Binghamton, the same team he let drop a 5-spot on him after collecting 7 hits in the start prior. So which Jekyll and Hyde pitchers show up tonight is the big question.

7:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Steven Wright (2-2, 4.86 ERA)
at Indianapolis Indians – Kris Johnson (5-3, 3.78 ERA)
NOTE: The PawSox can do no worse than .500 on their 8-game road trip, but Steven Wright will look to secure a winning mark between Louisville and Indianapolis before returning home. Wright did face Indy last Monday, picking up a loss after giving up 6 earned runs and 7 hits, two of which were home runs. He has given up 5 home runs and 17 runs in his last four starts.

Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (4-1, 3.44 ERA)
at Potomac Nationals – Blake Schwartz (4-1, 1.00 ERA)
NOTE: With team highs in wins (4) and innings pitched (52 1/3), Mike Augliera enters his tenth start as a true bright spot on the Salem pitching staff. He did pick up his first loss in his most recent outing, but lasted 7 innings for the second time this year. After not allowing a home run in his first seven starts, Augliera has served up three long balls over his last two games.

Asheville Tourists – Matt Carasiti (1-1, 6.91 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (1-4, 3.77 ERA)
NOTE: Brian Johnson enters the night with a personal three-game losing streak, in spite of not allowing a run and giving up only 2 hits in his last outing versus Charleston. He has struck out 14 in his last 10 innings of work and has gone 5 innings in four of his last five starts. Johnson did suffer his worst loss of the season against the Tourists back on May 15th, allowing 6 earned runs on 7 hits and 2 walks.

New England teams
10:35 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels – Jack Snodgrass (4-0, 1.89 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Pat Dean (2-5, 5.58 ERA)
NOTE: After an 0-3 start to his season Pat Dean is 2-2 over his last four outings, including a win last time out against New Hampshire when he allowed just 6 hits and no earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. This will be Dean’s third start against Richmond. In his prior two outings versus the Flying Squirrels he went 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA.

Portland pitchers on historic pace

Posted by Craig Forde May 30, 2013 12:26 AM

Thumbnail image for SeaDogslogo.gifFollowing another command performance by Anthony Ranaudo on Wednesday night (7 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 8 Ks), I reached for the Sea Dogs Media Guide and flipped to the team records to see where both Ranaudo and this pitching staff rank in the annals of hurlers at Hadlock.

Not surprisingly, Ranaudo and crew seem to have a special thing going in Portland this season, putting themselves on pace to get close to the breaking point of some long standing records in team history.

The core of the starting rotation – Ranaudo (58 Ks), Matt Barnes (54), Brandon Workman (69) and Drake Britton (49) – have all struck out over 45 batters and relievers Pete Ruiz (39) and Keith Couch (36) have each eclipsed 35 Ks thus far.

As a whole the staff has 456 strikeouts on the season in 51 games, giving them an average of 8.9 Ks per game.

Averaged out over a 140 game season the Sea Dogs staff is on pace for 1,246 strikeouts which would shatter the team record of 1,141, set in 2001.

Then an affiliate of the Florida Marlins, that 2001 staff featured a 21-year-old Josh Beckett who went 8-1 with 1.82 ERA and 102 Ks in 13 starts.

Those Beckett numbers seem to mirror Ranaudo’s efforts this season, but the 6’7” Ranaudo.jpgrighty could eclipse current Red Sox ace Jon Lester’s single-season ERA record (for pitchers with a minimum of 114 innings) of 2.61 set back in 2005.

Ranaudo is currently 6-1 with a 1.48 ERA and although he hasn’t given many reasons to think otherwise, an ERA that low will be a very hard mark to maintain. Regardless, he has some wiggle room to stay in pursuit of Lester’s 8-year-old record.

The staff currently boasts a 3.98 ERA overall, which is a far cry from the 3.24 low-water mark set by the 2001 staff, but it is something that could be attainable should the staff continue to improve.

Another mark that could be broached is the single-season strikeout record, set back in 1996 by Brent Billingsley who K'd 183 batters. Lester’s 163 in ’05 are as close as any other pitcher has come.

Workman.jpgEnter Brandon Workman who currently has 69 strikeouts in 10 games (one appearance was in relief, piggy-backing a rehab starter).

If Workman is afforded the 25 starts that he made last year, averaging his current 6.9 Ks/game pace, he will have 172 on the season, showing the true scope of how tough Billingsley’s mark may be to reach.

On the wins front, both Ranaudo with 6 and Workman with 5, could be capable of approaching the 13 wins of Michael Tejera (1999) and Tony Saunders (1996) if they run off a decent string of consecutive victories. Workman had 10 wins last year, but given the current-day restrictions on young pitchers, especially valuable ones, they could be held back from win situations at times.

All of this is, of course, easier said than done, but also keep in mind that Matt Barnes has yet to be Matt Barnes and Drake Britton is showing that he is capable as being just as good as the rest when he is on.

The bullpen remaining reliable will go a long way in helping achieve the team marks, but the individual marks will be in the hands, and arms, of those in pursuit.

Yes, we are only two months into the season and obviously anything can happen from now until the end of the year.

Ranaudo knows all-too-well that injuries are a major part of the game and of course there are call-ups, but with a Pawtucket clubhouse already full of pitching talent, most, if not all of Portland’s staff could stay in-tact for much of the way this season.

Lastly, maintaining mentally for a full season may be just as tall a task as staying healthy, so it will be interesting to see how many of these young arms fare as the dog days wear on.

There is however little doubt that the 20th Portland Sea Dogs pitching staff will go down as one of the all-time greats in franchise history should they just continue to do what they do best.

Listen to what the best Red Sox pitcher of the last two decades had to say about the Portland staff…

Craig Forde can be reached by email at cforde@globe.com and follow on Twitter @OnDeckBDC.

The Cap on Wednesday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 29, 2013 10:00 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Pawtucket – 8
Indianapolis – 2
WP: Godfrey (4-3)
LP: Cumpton (4-3)
HR: PAW-Brentz (10)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox (32-21) have taken two out of three from Indy with the final game of the series set for tomorrow night. Pawtucket has split their last four four-game sets, but will look to win their first since sweeping the Gwinnett Braves May 6-9. … Bryce Brentz went 2-for-4 with a home run, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. He has hit safely in 8 straight games. … Outfielder Mitch Maier saw his first action in over a month after being shelved with a wrist injury. He went 1-for-3 in his return with a walk, run and stolen base. …Reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings striking out three. On the season he has issued only 2 earned runs over 31 1/3 innings for a 0.57 ERA that is best of any Sox farmhand with more than 1 inning pitched. … Jonathan Diaz went 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs and a run. … Brock Holt (2-for-4, 2 runs) has hit safely in all seven games of the road trip. He has a .478 batting average during his current streak.

New Hampshire - 1
Portland – 9
WP: Ranaudo (6-1)
LP: Stroman (1-1)
HR: POR-Bogaerts 2 (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: With four runs in each of the first two innings the Sea Dogs (29-22) set themselves up early for a successful evening thanks to the 1-2 punch of power and pitching. … The power was provided by top prospect Xander Bogaerts who launched a two-run homer in the first, then followed it up in the second inning with a three-run blast. He also doubled, walked, scored three times and drove in five. … The pitching came from Anthony Ranaudo who was flat-out brilliant in using just 78 pitches to get through 7 scoreless innings. He struck out 8 and allowed just 1 hit, a second inning single to Ryan Schimpf. … J.C. Linares (3-for-5) chipped in on the offensive side with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs fpr the Dogs.

Salem – 8
Potomac - 9
WP: Holt (2-0)
LP: Scott (1-3)
S: Self (4)
HR: SAL-Renfroe (2); POT-Ramsey (4), Oduber (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Up 7-0 after 4 ½ innings the Sox (21-28) seemed to be in full control of this ballgame. That is until the Nationals decided to strike right back with 6 runs in the bottom of the fifth and 3 more in the sixth to snatch victory from Salem. … Brandon Jacobs (3-for-5, RBI, 2 runs) collected his 14th double of the season. Despite batting only .210 on the year, 19 of his 35 hits have been for extra bases. … Blake Swihart (3-for-5, double, 2 RBI, run) had his second straight three-hit game. … Salem’s number 2 through 6 hitters went a combined 12-for-23.

Savannah – 1
Greenville – 5
WP: Haley (2-6)
LP: Gsellman (2-2)
S: Wendelken (3)
HR: GRE-Chester (9)
HIGHLIGHTS: For only the fifth time in May the Greenville Drive (15-37) ended the day with a victory. The win halted a four-game losing streak, their fourth slide this month of four or more games. … For the second time in as many starts Justin Haley helped the Drive put a stop to an extended losing streak. After an 0-6 run over his first 7 starts, Haley has churned out back-to-back wins, allowing 2 earned runs and striking out 11 over 11 innings. … David Chester (2-for-4, double, HR, 2 RBIs, run) launched his ninth home run of the season, tying him for second most in the Red Sox system and he brought his RBI total to 40, an organizational best. … Jeffrey Wendleken worked 3 innings for his third save of the season. In his last two games he has worked 7 innings in earning 2 saves.

New England teams

Richmond - 10
New Britain – 5
WP: Westcott (3-5)
LP: Baxendale (0-1)
HR: RIC- Duvall (4), Herrera (6)
HIGHLIGHTS: The teams combined for 28 hits in this one, but the Flying Squirrels used a 5-run fifth to put themselves over on the Rock Cats (24-29) who have now lost three straight. … Fresh off the plane from Fort Myers with a 7-0 record and 1.10 ERA, D.J. Baxendale made his Double-A debut for New Britain, getting tagged with his first loss of the year after allowing 7 earned runs and 9 hits in 4 2/3 innings. … Danny Santana, Chris Petit, Jordan Parraz and Reynaldo Rodriguez had two hits apiece for the Rock Cats. …Seven of the nine batters for Richmond had multi-hit games.

Wednesday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 29, 2013 11:32 AM

Red Sox affiliates
1:35 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Graham Godfrey (3-3, 3.86 ERA)
at Indianapolis Indians – Brandon Cumpton (4-2, 2.91 ERA)
NOTE: Graham Godfrey is slated to make only his fourth start of the season and second in May. The right-hander has primarily been working out of the bullpen of late, including two appearances against the Indians in their recent trip to McCoy Stadium. In those games Godfrey allowed 4 earned runs and 6 hits - 2 home runs - in 2 2/3 innings. Indians starter Brandon Crumpton, ranked as the 25th best prospect in Pittsburgh’s system by Baseball America, is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in May.

6:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Stroman (1-0, 2.00 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Anthony Ranaudo (5-1, 1.70 ERA)
NOTE: We have another top-notch pitching matchup on tap in Portland as a couple of former first-rounders grapple in this one. Marcus Stroman (2012 – 22nd overall selection) has been solid since returning from a 50-game drug suspension. In two starts, both versus New Britain, he has allowed just 2 earned runs and struck out 11 over 9 innings. Anthony Ranaudo (2010 – 39th overall) will look to close his May like he did his April, healthy and in full command of his arsenal. He has failed to get out of the fifth inning in his last two starts, both versus Binghamton, but has only allowed 3 earned runs and struck out 9. Ranaudo has yet to face the Fisher Cats this season.

7:05 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Michael McCarthy (3-2, 4.04)
at Potomac Nationals – Taylor Hill (4-2, 3.33)
NOTE: With a little momentum at his back Michael McCarthy looks to string together another solid start. In his last two outings he allowed just 8 hits and 2 earned runs over 5 innings, earning a win to combat a no decision. McCarthy faced Potomac in a relief appearance back on April 16th, yielding a run in 3 innings. Nationals starter Taylor Hill is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts against Salem this year.

Savannah Sand Gnats –Robert Gsellman (2-1, 2.12 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Justin Haley (1-6, 5.15 ERA)
NOTE: Fresh off his first win of the season Justin Haley will look to once again halt a Greenville losing streak. In 5 innings against the South Atlantic League’s top team, the Charleston RiverDogs, Haley allowed 5 hits and 1 run while striking out a season high 8 batters. It was only the second time in 8 starts that he lasted 5 innings.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels – Craig Westcott (2-5, 3.80 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – B.J. Hermsen (1-5, 4.81 ERA)
NOTE: B.J. Hermsen will toe the rubber for his 8th start of the year and 6th in May. He is 1-4 in his last five starts, having allowed 12 earned runs, 31 hits and 11 walks in 24 1/3 innings. He does have one start against the Flying Squirrels this season back on April 27th when he allowed just 1 run over 4 2/3 innings.

The Cap on Tuesday; scores and highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 29, 2013 10:19 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Pawtucket – 2
Indianapolis – 7
WP: Reid (5-1)
LP: Doyle (3-5)
S: Cordier (1)
HR: IND-Larish (1), Goedert 2 (7), Sanchez (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: Indy put up a four-spot in the second inning and they sailed smoothly the rest of the way behind four home runs. Two of those long balls came off the bat of Jared Goedert who has hit four versus Pawtucket (31-21) this season. … Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-4 with a double, his third two-bagger in as many games. Bradley was recalled by Boston after the game. … Reliever Chris Martin pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs and 3 hits. The runs were the first he has surrendered all season, after a scoreless innings streak of 29 2/3 innings between Portland and Pawtucket. Martin’s combined ERA on the season is 0.60.

New Hampshire - 6
Portland – 3 (11 inn.)
WP: Boone (1-0)
LP: Couch (3-2)
S: Carrenoa (7)
HR: NH-Pillar (5), Loewen (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: Adam Loewen led off the top of the 11th inning with a solo home run to help propel the Fisher Cats (26-27) to an extra-innings victory at Hadlock Field, their first win in Portland this season. The Sea Dogs (28-22) have dropped four straight. … Portland starter Matt Barnes lasted 6 innings in a no decision. He allowed 3 earned runs and 4 hits, striking out 4. Barnes has gone exactly 6 innings in four of his last six starts. … Xander Bogaerts and Shannon Wilkerson both went 2-for-5 for the Sea Dogs. … New Hampshire outfield Kevin Pillar (3-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 runs) was a double away from the cycle. Pillar has collected 9 hits in the last four games and his .330 batting average is fifth best in the Eastern League.

Salem – 5
Potomac - 4
WP: Price (2-0)
LP: Selik (0-1)
HR: SAL-Ramos (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Salem Sox (21-27) scored twice with two outs in the ninth to pull out the win, snapping a three-game slide. The win also halted a personal four-game losing streak against the Nationals. … Catcher Blake Swihart went 3-for-4 with a double, run and stolen base (4). He is batting .290 in May after a .254 April. Swihart has yet to hit a home run after launching 7 in his first full pro season last year. … Starter Kyle Stroup followed his worst outing of the season with one of his best. The righty went a season-high 7 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on a walk and 6 hits, but did not factor into the decision.

Savannah – 8
Greenville – 3
WP: Hilario (3-2)
LP: Dahlstrand (0-1)
HR: SAV-Pina (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: Despite jumping out to an early 2-run lead, the Drive (14-37) served up 15 hits in losing their 22nd game of May. … Mookie Betts, who got an off day on Monday after snapping his 19-game hit streak Sunday, was back in the lineup, going 1-for-5 with his tenth double of the season. Betts has a .360 batting average in May. … Starter Jacob Dahlstrand, in his first action with Greenville this season, allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks over 4 innings. He struck out 3 and was called for a balk in the 4th inning.

New England teams

Richmond - 2
New Britain – 1
WP: Gloor (4-1)
LP: Darnell (4-4)
S: Maday (10)
HR: RIC-Minicozzi (5); NB-Parraz (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Flying Squirrels two-run first held up in a pitcher’s duel that took just 2 hours and 18 minutes to complete. The Rock Cats (24-28) are 4-6 in their last ten games. … New Britain starter Logan Darnell allowed 2 runs and 7 hits in 6 innings. Despite allowing just 6 runs over 29 innings in his last four games, he is 1-3. Darnell is second in the league in innings (68), third in ERA (2.51) and tied for eighth in strikeouts (54). … Jordan Parraz, Curt Smith and Reynaldo Rodriguez were the only New Britain batters with a hit in the game, collecting one each.

Tuesday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 28, 2013 04:30 PM

Red Sox affiliates
6:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats –Sean Nolin (2-0, 1.17 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Matt Barnes (3-1, 4.50 ERA)
NOTE: On paper it’s a solid pitching matchup at Hadlock Field tonight as the Fisher Cats make their second trip to Portland. Sean Nolin returns to the New Hampshire rotation following his Major League debut last Friday. Against the Baltimore Orioles he allowed 7 hits and 6 runs in an inning and a third. This will be Nolin’s third straight road start for the Fisher Cats. Last Wednesday Matt Barnes went 5 innings in a no decision versus New Hampshire. He allowed 7 hits but only walked one and had 2 runs charged against him. Barnes will look to close a solid May in which he is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 28 innings.

7:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Terry Doyle (3-4, 4.63 ERA)
at Indianapolis Indians – Andy Oliver (3-2, 2.87 ERA)
NOTE: Terry Doyle will look to rebound from his worst start of the season last Thursday when he let up 8 earned runs off of 11 hits and 2 walks versus the Louisville Bats. In a relief appearances prior to that Doyle tossed 3 scoreless innings against the Indians, striking out 3 in 3 innings. Indy starter Andy Oliver, a Pirates top ten pitching prospect, got hooked with a loss in Pawtucket last Tuesday, walking 4 and yielding 4 hits in 5 innings.

Salem Red Sox – Kyle Stroup (2-3, 4.86 ERA)
at Potomac Nationals - A.J. Cole (1-2, 4.98 ERA)
NOTE: Last Thursday Kyle Stroup got lit up for 11 hits and 6 earned runs against the Winston-Salem Dash, tying his shortest outing of the season with 3 2/3 innings of work. In his two starts prior to that he had allowed 13 hits and 3 earned runs in 13 innings. He did not face Potomac when the two teams met earlier in the season.

Savannah Sand Gnats –Steven Matz (2-2, 2.86 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Jacob Dahlstrand (N/A)
NOTE: Jacob Dahlstrand makes his Greenville debut tonight, five days after doing the same with Salem. In his season debut (with Salem) the 6’5” righty threw 3 2/3 innings in relief, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs while striking out 4. Dahlstrand went 4-4, with a 4.42 ERA in 12 appearances with the Lowell Spinners last season.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels - Chris Gloor (3-1, 4.89 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Logan Darnell (4-3, 2.47 ERA)
NOTE: In his tenth start of the season Logan Darnell put his best foot forward, striking out 9 in 8 scoreless innings against the Binghamton Mets. In his last three starts he has thrown 23 innings, allowing only 4 runs and striking out 20. He has two starts against the Flying Squirrels this year and is 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA.

Saturday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 25, 2013 01:09 PM

Red Sox affiliates
6:00 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (4-0, 3.38 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 29 Ks)
at Frederick Keys – Zach Davies (3-2, 4.26 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 33 Ks)
NOTE: This is Mike Augliera’s second start against Frederick. Last Sunday he allowed a season high 10 hits against the Keys, but did not factor into the decision. His 4-0 record is tied with Allen Webster for best undefeated mark in the Sox farm system.

6:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Steven Wright (2-2, 4.26 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 28 Ks)
at Lousiville Bats – Greg Reynolds (4-0, 2.88 ERA, 0.35 WHIP, 26 Ks)
NOTE: After a stellar April (1-0, 1.93 ERA) earned him a call up to Boston, Steven Wright has not been the same since his return after his one rain-soaked big league appearance. In four May starts he is 1-2 with a 6.11 ERA and 1.87 WHIP. After allowing no home runs in his first four starts, Wright has given up four in his last three.

Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (1-3, 4.34 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 28 Ks)
at Charleston RiverDogs – Cesar Vargas (1-2, 3.79 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 29 Ks)
NOTE: Although he has lost two straight, Brian Johnson has looked solid in three of his last four starts as his reps increase. He had a season high 8 strikeouts in his last start versus Hickory and excluding a lost to Asheville in which he allowed 6 earned runs, he has yielded only 4 additional runs in his last four games. This will be Johnson’s third straight start on the road where he is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA.

7:05 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Drake Britton (3-4, 4.79 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 44 Ks)
at Binghamton Mets – Logan Verrett (6-1, 3.28 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 45 Ks)
NOTE: Half of Drake Britton’s losses this season have come at the hands of the BMets. In two starts versus Binghamton, Britton has allowed 8 earned runs, 13 hits and 3 walks over 11 2/3 innings. He did strike out a season-high 7 versus the BMets back on April 16th, but has not K’d more than 5 in his last four starts.

New England teams

5:05 p.m.
New Britain – 2
New Hampshire – 3 (Bottom 4th)
NOTE: This is the completion of Friday night’s suspended game and will play out nine innings as intended.

7:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Pat Dean (1-5, 6.25 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 25 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (3-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 25 Ks)
NOTE: This will be the fourth start against the Fisher Cats for Boston College product Pat Dean, and third at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Dean is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA and no walks in those three starts, but in his last two outings he has been tagged for 13 runs and 14 hits in 6 1/3 innings. New Hampshire’s Marcus Walden has had two of his more forgettable starts this season versus the Rock Cats. He is 0-2 in those games having allowed 8 earned runs and 19 hits in 9 2/3 innings. Walden has won his last two starts and is 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA in May.

The Cap on Friday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 25, 2013 11:04 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Pawtucket – 4
Louisville – 3
WP: Webster (4-0)
LP: Galarraga (2-3)
S: Carter (7)
HR: LOU-Phipps (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: Despite a ninth inning rally by Louisville, the PawSox (28-20) were able to hold on in a tension filled game that saw both benches empty on a couple of occasions after Bats starter Armando Galarraga took exception with Brock Holt. … Allen Webster had his start bumped up a day after scheduled starter Alfredo Aceves was called up to Boston. He struck out 4 and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in 5 2/3 innings before being ejected after plunking Mike Hessman with a pitch in the sixth inning (video below). … Reliever Chris Martin threw another 2 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out 4 batters. Since being called up from Portland he has thrown 7 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for Pawtucket, running his season total to 28 1/3 scoreless innings with 34 strikeouts. … Jackie Bradley Jr. (RBI, run), Bryce Brentz and Brandon Snyder (2 RBI, SB) all went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Portland – 10
Binghamton - 9
WP: Couch (3-1)
LP: Walters (0-2)
S: Huntzinger (11)
HR: POR-Almanzar (9); BIN-Forsythe (3), Puello (7)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Sea Dogs (28-18) staked themselves an early 5-0 lead before the BMets piled on the pressure with 9 runs over the final five innings. Portland scored another 5 runs down the stretch to provide that very much needed insurance and place 3 games between themselves and Binghamton in the standings. … Third baseman Nick Natoli was summoned from Salem earlier in the day and after traveling to Binghamton he produced a career high five hits, going 5-for-5 with a double, 2 RBI, 2 runs and a stolen base. Check out the story of Natoli’s day here. … For his second straight start Anthony Ranaudo was unable to make it out of the fifth inning against Binghamton. He needed 96 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings, but allowed only a run on 4 hits and 2 walks. … Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and a run.

Salem – 3
Frederick - 2
WP: McCarthy (3-2)
LP: Petersime (1-5)
S: SAL-Ogando (2)
HR: FRE-Pena (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: A three-run third helped the Salem Sox (20-24) eke out a win and halt their three-game losing streak. … From the top of the order Sean Coyle went 3-for-5 with a double and a run. He is batting .435 over his last six games. … Reliever Nefi Ogando threw two scoreless innings for his second save of the year. His first save came in his last outing, also against Frederick, when he struck out three in a scoreless inning last Saturday.

Greenville – 12
Charleston – 2
WP: Haley (1-6)
LP: Camarena (0-3)
S: Wendelken (2)
HR: GRE-Betts (8), Chester (8); CHA-Bichette (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: With only their fourth win in the month of May the Drive (14-33) managed to, for the second consecutive Friday, halt a five-game win streak against Charleston. The win was Greenville’s first on the road since April 12th. … Of course we start with Mookie Betts who did push his hit streak to 18 games. He went 2-for-4 with a home run, double, walk, RBI and two runs scored. … First baseman David Chester (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, run) connected on his first home run since May 11th. … Starter Justin Haley struck out 8 and allowed just 1 run in 5 innings to earn his first win of the year.

New England teams

New Britain – 2
New Hampshire - 3
HIGHLIGHTS: The game was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain. It will be completed on Saturday as part of a suspended-game doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m.

Friday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 24, 2013 11:46 AM

Red Sox affiliates
6:35 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Alfredo Aceves (2-1, 2.13 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 21 Ks)
at Lousiville Bats – Armando Galarraga (2-2, 2.37 ERA, 0.35 WHIP, 26 Ks)
NOTE: The PawSox (27-20) will have a much shorter commute to Louisville Slugger Field tonight and they will hopefully have their game fully unpacked when they arrive. Alfredro Aceves makes his fourth start since being assigned to Pawtucket from Boston. He has logged 23 innings thus far, going at least 5 frames in each of his outings.

7:00 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (4-0, 3.38 ERA,
at Frederick Keys – Zach Petersime (1-4, 8.24 ERA
NOTE: The Salem Red Sox were swept in three games on their last trip to Frederick in the season opening series. They were able to take 2 of 3 from the Keys last week, but have lost three in a row coming into today. Mike Augliera makes his ninth start of the year and second versus the Keys. Last Sunday he allowed a season high 10 hits against Frederick, but did not factor into the decision. His 4-0 record is best of all pitchers in the Sox farm system.

7:05 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Anthony Ranaudo (5-1, 1.67 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 46 Ks)
at Binghamton Mets – Cory Mizzoni (2-1, 2.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 18 Ks)
NOTE: The Sea Dogs will look to increase their lead over the BMets in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. Currently Portland holds a two game lead over Binghamton and has won 5 of their 9 matchups this season. Anthony Ranaudo is 1-0 in two starts versus the Mets this year. He faced Binghamton his last time out and only lasted 4 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

Greenville Drive – Austin Maddox (0-4, 8.66 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, 31 Ks)
at Charleston RiverDogs –Dan Camarena (0-2, 7.75 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 26 Ks)
NOTE: The Drive are now just two losses from their first 20 loss month in seven years. Greenville, losers of five in a row, broke their last five-game slide against the RiverDogs one week ago today and are 3-5 versus Charleston on the season. Austin Maddox is slated to make his seventh start of the year. He has allowed 11 earned runs over 10 innings in his last two starts and his 8.66 ERA is highest in the organization for anyone who has thrown more than 4 innings. He has also given up an org high 8 home runs.

New England teams
7:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – B.J. Hermsen (1-4, 4.70 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 16 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Stroman (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 6 Ks)
NOTE: This is already the fifth series of the season between the Cats. New Britain leads the season series, 7-5. This will be B.J. Hermsen’s third start against New Hampshire. In both prior starts he went 5 innings, allowed 4 runs, 8 hits and 2 walks, picking up a win and a loss. Marcus Stroman was stellar in his return from a 50-game suspension for violating drug policies. Dating back to last season he is 4-0 in Double-A with 29 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.

The Cap on Thursday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 24, 2013 10:02 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Pawtucket – 0
Louisville – 10
WP: CIngrani (2-0)
LP: Doyle (3-4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox (27-20) eight-game road trip did not start off on the right foot after flight cancellations and diversions made the team late for the opener in their series at Louisville. When the start time was pushed up by over and hour the Pawtucket showed the wear of a long day of travel while the Bats put up 8 runs in the first four innings. … Jackie Bradley Jr. (2-for-5, 2 strikeouts) was the only PawSox batter with a multi-hit game and Justin Henry (1-for-3, double, walk) collected the only extra-base hit. … Starter Terry Doyle gave up season highs in runs (8) and hits (11) and did not register a strikeout for the first time in his ten appearances this season. … Bats starter Tony Cingrani (Reds No. 3 prospect per Baseball America) threw 5 scoreless innings running his season total to 19 1/3 frames without allowing a run.

New Hampshire – 4
Portland – 8
WP: Morales (1-0)
LP: Wright (1-1)
S: Huntzinger (10)
HIGHLIGHTS: After dropping the series opener the Sea Dogs peeled off three straight wins to take the four-game set. Portland (27-18) upped their lead in the E.L. Eastern Division to 2 games over Buffalo while the Fisher Cats (23-25) inch back towards the cellar, 5 ½ games behind in fourth place. … Second baseman Derrik Gibson led the offense with a 3-for-4 effort, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and a run. He had been hitless in his prior four starts. … Outfielder Matty Johnson, who was called up from Salem earlier in the week, went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and has hit safely in all three games since joining the Sea Dogs. … Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-5 with an RBI and is batting .211 in his last 14 games. … Brock Huntzinger picked up his 10th save, most in the Red Sox organization.

Winston-Salem – 7
Salem – 4
WP: Beck (3-6)
LP: Stroup (2-3)
HR: WS-Haddow (3); SAL-Coyle (10)
HIGHLIGHTS: Scheduled for a doubleheader the Salem Sox (19-24) and the Dash managed to at least get one game in before the rains wiped out game two. A four-run first put Winston-Salem in the driver’s seat in the seven-inning affair. … Every batter in the Salem lineup has exactly one hit except for catcher Blake Swihart who went 0-for-4. Swihart had a modest five-game hitting streak coming into the game and is batting .275 in May after a .254 April. … Garin Cecchini went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks. On the season he has earned 25 free passes and only struck out 21 times. He also stole a base, his 12th of the season and first since May 11th. … Starter Kyle Stroup allowed a season high 6 earned runs and 11 hits, taking his first loss of May.

Greenville – 7
Charleston – 12
WP: Niebla (2-0)
LP: Kukuk (2-6)
HR: CHA-De Leon (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: Another team doomed from the get-go, the Drive (13-33) were hit up for 6 first-inning runs by the RiverDogs who scored in 6 of 8 innings. Greenville is now in a five-game slide, their third losing streak of 5 or more games this month. … Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to a league best 17 games with a 3-for-5 effort. He also scored two runs, to run his season total to 31, seventh most in the South Atlantic League. Betts is batting .384 in May after a .157 April. … For the second straight start Cody Kukuk lasted only 2/3 of an inning. He threw 41 pitches, walked 3, allowed a hit and 2 earned runs as the RiverDogs batted around in the first. …

New England teams

Binghamton - 0
New Britain – 1
WP: Darnell (4-3)
LP: Cohoon (3-2)
S: Tonkin (6)
HR: NB-Ortiz (6)
HIGHLIGHTS: An pre-noon affair turned into a heck of a pitcher’s duel in front of a capacity crowd of 6,201 at New Britain Stadium. … Rock Cats starter Logan Darnell threw 8 scoreless innings, allowing 6 hits and a walk while striking out a season-high 9 batters. It’s the second time in three starts that he has gone 8 innings and his 62 frames this season are second most in the Eastern League. Darnell has logged 23 innings in his last three starts and has allowed 4 earned runs, 19 hits and 2 walks. … Daniel Ortiz (1-for-3) provided the game’s only run when he took a 2-2 Mark Cohoon offering to right for a solo home run. … Cohoon pitched a complete game, allowing 6 hits and a walk while striking out 7.

Thursday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 23, 2013 09:31 AM

Red Sox affiliates
11:00 a.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Sean Nolin (3-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 25 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Franklin Morales (rehab start)
NOTE: A win today will give the Sea Dogs their first series win since they took 2 of 3 from Reading, May 6-8. The Fisher Cats have managed to split 3 of the 5 four-game series that they have been involved in this season. Franklin Morales will be making his fifth rehab start and will benefit from having big league catcher David Ross in tow as he also makes what is expected to be his only rehab appearance before rejoining Boston. New Hampshire’s Sean Nolin looks to keep things rolling in his fourth start of the season. In picking up two straight wins he did not allow a run in his last two starts, going 12 innings, striking out 13 while allowing 8 hits and 4 walks.

5:05 p.m.
GAME 1
Winston-Salem Dash – Christopher Beck (2-6, 2.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Kyle Stroup (2-2, 3.78 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 26 Ks)

GAME 2
Winston-Salem Dash – N/A
at Salem Red Sox – Mike McCarthy (2-2, 4.34 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 33 Ks)
NOTE: The Salem Red Sox will play their second double header of the season, having dropped two versus Carolina exactly two weeks ago. Henry Owens, who was schedule to pitch in last night’s game, will make way for Kyle Stroup in the first game, while Mike McCarthy gets the ball in game two for Salem. Both pitchers are coming off starts versus the Frederick Keys in which they each allowed just one earned run.

6:35 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Alfredo Aceves (2-1, 2.13 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 21 Ks)
at Lousiville Bats – Tony Cingrani (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.35 WHIP, 26 Ks)
NOTE: The PawSox hit the road for an eight game trip, starting with a four game set in Louisville tonight. Alfedro Aceves makes his fourth start since being assigned to Pawtucket from Boston. He has logged 23 innings thus far, going at least 5 frames in each of his outings. Tony Cingrani, who made his first six big league starts earlier this season, is considered to be the Cincinnati Reds top pitching prospect. In his three starts for the Bats he has allowed just 3 hits and 2 walks.

7:05 p.m.
Greenville Drive – Cody Kukuk (2-5, 5.10 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 25 Ks)
at Charleston RiverDogs – Jose Campos (1-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 26 Ks)
NOTE: With nine games to play in May the Drive are just three losses from a 20 loss month. Here’s to hoping for additional rainouts! Cody Kukuk suffered his worst outing as a pro against Charleston last Saturday. He couldn’t get out of the first inning after allowing 5 walks and 4 earned runs. On the flip side, the lefty is doing a great job at inducing ground ball outs and has allowed only one home run all season.

New England teams
10:35 a.m.
Binghamton Mets – Mark Cahoon (3-1, 3.96 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 27 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Logan Darnell (3-3, 2.83 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 40 Ks)
NOTE: Rise and shine, its getaway day as the Rock Cats look to salvage a split in this four game series. Logan Darnell, who will be making his tenth start of the season, comes into the game with 54 innings of work under his belt, fourth most in the E.L. In his last two starts he has allowed 4 earned runs in 15 innings, struck out 11, walked only 1, but picked up losses in both outings.

The Cap on Wednesday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 23, 2013 08:24 AM

Red Sox affiliates

New Hampshire – 4
Portland – 5
WP: Ruiz (1-1)
LP: Antolin (0-1)
HR: POR-Vazquez (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Fisher Cats tied the game at three in the top of the seventh, but Portland (26-18) pulled this one out in the bottom of the tenth when Christian Vazquez tripled and Heiker Meneses drove him home two batters later. Vazquez (4-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs, stolen base) was a single away from the cycle after clubbing two doubles, the triple and a home run. … Sea Dogs starter Matt Barnes did not factor into the decision for his third straight time out. He allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs in 5 innings, striking out 5 in the process. … Portland was 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts. …Former Sea Dogs and current Fisher Cat reliever Tommy Hottovy threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings. … New Hampshire slugged 6 doubles in the game with Kevin Nolan and Sean Ochinko each collecting 2.

Greenville – 3
Hickory – 3
HIGHLIGHTS: Game suspended with the bases loaded and two outs in the top half of the third inning. The game will be completed when Hickory travels to Greenville in July.

Winston-Salem – POSTPONED
Salem -
HIGHLIGHTS: Game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

New England teams

Binghamton - 8
New Britain – 3
WP: Goeddel (4-2)
LP: Meyer (2-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: A four-run fourth by the BMets doomed the Rock Cats (21-25) in this one. … Starter Alex Meyer needed 106 pitches to get through 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 7 and allowed 3 earned runs in picking up the loss. He also allowed 3 walks which is the fourth time in his last five games that he has allowed 3 or more free passes. …Daniel Ortiz (3-for-4, run) hit two more doubles, bringing his season total to an Eastern League best 16. The outfielder is batting .351 over his last ten games.

Wednesday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 22, 2013 01:03 PM

Red Sox affiliates
6:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Ryan Tepera (4-3, 3.76 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 39 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Matt Barnes (3-1, 4.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 45 Ks)
NOTE: The forecast calls for low-50s and rain around game time in Portland tonight. If they are able to get this one in, Matt Barnes will make his ninth start of the season. He has pumped out 28 Ks over his last 22 innings and is one of four Portland pitchers with at least 40 strikeouts on the season, his 45 ranking 5th in the Red Sox organization. Ryan Tepera has dropped two straight starts including a loss against the Sea Dogs last Thursday where he allowed season highs in hits (8) and earned runs (6). In that game Tepera also gave up his first home run since April 8th, a span of 6 starts.

Greenville Drive – Pat Light (1-3, 8.28 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 24 Ks)
at Hickory Crawdads – Tyler Smith (4-1, 3.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 31 Ks)
NOTE: It’s just another May losing streak for the Drive who currently find themselves caught up in a 4-game slide. Pat Light’s last two starts were a bit of a horror show for the 6’5” righty from Monmouth. Over 7 1/3 innings he allowed 13 earned runs, 16 hits (3 home runs) and most alarmingly, 7 walks. Last season with Lowell, Light pitched a total of 30 1/3 innings and allowed only 8 earned runs and 5 walks.

7:05 p.m.
Winston-Salem Dash – Christopher Beck (2-6, 2.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Henry Owens (3-1, 3.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 49 Ks)
NOTE: Salem has dropped two straight, giving up 17 runs and 30 hits in the process. So its Henry Owens to the rescue tonight as the big lefty looks to notch his first win since May 4th. Owens, who has made four straight starts on the road, allowed just one earned run and forced 11 ground ball outs to go with 4 strikeouts against Carolina last Thursday. His 49 strikeouts this season are currently third most in the Carolina League.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
Binghamton Mets – Erik Goeddel (3-2, 5.31 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 42 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Alex Meyer (2-2, 3.95 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 40 Ks)
NOTE: Now that the eight game skid is over, it’s time for the Rock Cats (21-24) to try and climb back towards .500 and get back into the hunt. Having the ability to throw Trevor May and Alex Meyer - two of the Twins top three pitching prospects - on back-to-back days must make manager Jeff Smith’s job a little less stressful. After May helped stopped the losing streak yesterday, it’s now Meyer’s turn to start a win streak. The 6’9” righty from Kentucky makes his ninth start of the year and fifth against a team other than the Portland Sea Dogs. The month of May has not been as kind as April was for Meyer, having not picked up a decision in three starts while posting a 5.40 ERA. Meyer has struck out 17 over 15 innings this month and his 51 Ks are tied for fourth most in the E.L.

Milford's Colabello gets call to big leagues

Posted by Craig Forde May 22, 2013 11:24 AM

The Minnesota Twins announced on Wednesday that they have called up Milford nativeThumbnail image for Collabello.jpg and former Assumption College star Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester.

He is slated to make his big league debut in right field (a position he has played at only 4 times since leaving college ) and bat sixth in the Twins lineup this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves.

The 29-year-old Colabello played in the Independent Can-Am League with the Worcester Tornadoes and Nashua Pride for seven seasons before signing with Minnesota as a free agent on February 2, 2012.

In his first season of affiliated baseball with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, Colabello hit .284 with 19 home runs and 98 RBI. He also led the Eastern League in doubles with 37, earning him post-season All-Star honors.

He was invited to big league camp in the offseason and played for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic before starting the 2013 season with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

In his short time with Rochester Colabello continued to rake, batting .358 (third best in the International League) with 12 home runs (most in I.L.), 39 RBIs (2nd), 17 doubles (2nd) and league-bests in slugging percentage (.659) and OPS (1.076).

He was twice named the International League’s Player of the Week for his offensive performance.

The Cap on Tuesday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 21, 2013 02:46 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Indianapolis - 8
Pawtucket - 9
WP: Beato (3-1)
LP: Oliver (3-2)
S: Carter (6)
HR: IND-Sands (3), Sanchez (4), Goedert (5); PAW-Brentz (8)
HIGHLIGHTS: Wednesday's matinee at McCoy was a wild one that featured a little bit of everything, from lead changes to home runs to big errors to ejections. The PawSox (27-19) managed 9 runs on just 6 hits thanks to some timely errors on the Indians part, allowing them to scrape out a split in this four-game series...Bryce Brentz (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) took his 8th home run of the season, a solo shot, to the bleachers in right-center field. Brentz has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games, 6 of which have been multi-hit efforts...In the seventh inning pitcher Pedro Beato, manager Gary DiSarcina and first baseman Brandon Snyder were all ejected from the game (see video below). Beato was ejected for deliberately throwing at Josh Harrison, despite umpire Will Little not issuing any prior warnings or Beato connecting with the offering. DiSarcina and Snyder were tossed in the aftermath after vocally challenging Little's call...It was an interesting day for Indianapolis catcher Tony Sanchez who went 2-for-2 with a home run, 2 RBIs and two runs. He also threw two pickoff attempts into the outfield, and had a throw go awry when trying to field a slow roller. To add injury to insult the former Boston College product was plunked on the left wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Anthony Carter in the ninth inning... The PawSox will enjoy an off day on Wednesday before heading out to Louisville.

New Hampshire - 3
Portland - 5
WP: Couch (2-1)
LP: McGuire (2-4)
S: Huntzinger (9)
HR: POR-Almanzar (8)
HIGHLIGHTS: Down 3-2, the Sea Dogs (25-18) mounted a seventh inning comeback with Matt Spring providing the key hit, a bases clearing double that put Portland ahead...Keith Couch struck out 4 in his 3 scoreless innings of relief, notching his first win since April 22nd...Portland starter Brandon Workman went 5 innings, striking out 6 and allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. He has gone 5 or more innings in all nine appearances this season...Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire lasted 6 innings, but got hooked for the loss after departing with runners on 1st and 2nd and no outs in the seventh...Michael Almanzar's first inning home run was his eighth of the season and third in his last six games.

Winston-Salem - 11
Salem - 1
WP: Bassitt (5-1)
LP: Cuevas (1-5)
HR: WS-Farrell (7)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Salem Red Sox (19-23) bats were stymied, mustering only 3 hits on the night. Catcher Carson Blair accounted for two of those hits and has hit safely in five straight, collecting 8 hits and 7 RBIs in that span...Starter William Cuevas allowed 6 earned runs over 3 innings and reliever Heri Quevedo served up 4 runs in 5 innings. Both pitchers hit two batters apiece...Jeremy Farrell, son of Boston manager John Farrell, went 4-for-4 with a home run, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored to lead the Winston-Salem 14-hit barrage.

Greenville - 2
Hickory - 7
WP: Stafford (1-4)
LP: Taveras (0-2)
HR: HIC-Rua 2 (13)
HIGHLIGHTS: Once again the Drive had a lead only to watch it slip away late thanks to two Ryan Rua blasts, including one in the eighth that put the game out of reach. Rua leads the South Atlantic League with 13 dingers, 7 of which have come in his last ten games. It is the Drive's fourth straight loss and 17th in May...Seven Greenville players did pick up hits on the night, but Cody Koback was the only one with an extra-base hit, a double in the sixth inning...Mookie Betts singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 16 games...Starter Frank Montas allowed just 1 run in 5 innings and did not factor into the decision for his third straight start. He struck out 8 batters and now has 49 Ks in 39 innings this season.

New England teams

Binghamton - 3
New Britain - 9
WP: May (3-2)
LP: deGrom (1-5)
HR: BIN-Puello (6); NB-Romero (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: New Britain (21-24) finally put an end to their longest losing streak in nearly two full years...After going down 2-0 in the first inning, Deibinson Romero pulled the Rock Cats even in the third with a two-out, two-run homer, his third in as many games. Romero (1-for-3, 2 RBIs, 3 runs) has hit safely in 8 straight games. Daniel Ortiz's team-leading 14th double drove in Romero and New Britain tacked on insurance runs in the 5th and 6th innings...Starter Trevor May went 5 innings for the win, but did allow a season-high 5 walks. He served up 8 hits and 2 earned runs, striking 6 in process.

Video highlights from today's games:
DiSarcina and company ejected

Brentz connects on HR #8

Futures at Fenway announced

Posted by Craig Forde May 21, 2013 02:20 PM

Futures_at_Fenway_2013_7khdao17_c0ao1f3h.jpgOn Monday the Boston Red Sox announced details for the eighth annual Futures at Fenway event, featuring future stars of the franchise at the friendly confines of Fenway Park on Saturday, July 27th at 12:00 p.m.

For the first time since it's inception the day will feature only one game, this time between the Harrisburg Senators and Boston's Double-A affiliate the Portland Sea Dogs.

This event offers a unique experience for fans and players alike.

The Red Sox farmhands get the opportunity to play at the most historic park in the game in advance of their arrival in the big leagues while spectators get to see the team's future players on their home turf at a low cost.

The Portland roster currently features top prospects Xander Bogaerts, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Christian Vasquez.

There will be numerous additional activities throughout the day, including a family festival/wellness expo in the Big Concourse as well as a post-game autograph session with the players and concert featuring Kidz Bop Kidz.

Also, Fenway Park will open its gates to dogs, giving fans the chance to bring their canine best buds out for a great day of baseball in designated sections.

Game time is set for noon with the gates of Fenway opening up to fans at 11 a.m.

Tickets range from $5-$30 and will go on sale Wednesday, May 22nd at noon.

Chris Martin, from warehouse to clubhouse

Posted by Craig Forde May 21, 2013 01:41 PM

Thumbnail image for CMartinPawSox.jpgLook at the stat sheet and it’s easy to be impressed by the numbers that Pawtucket Red Sox relief pitcher Chris Martin is putting up.

Even more impressive is how he got here in the first place.

A bit of bad luck, intersected by a touch of cookie-cutter Hollywood baseball magic gives us the story of a 6’7”, 26-year-old right handed flame thrower who is one step away from the big leagues.

Drafted by the Detroit Tigers out of Arlington (Tx.) High School in 2004, Martin chose not sign and instead attended McLennan Community College in Waco.

He was again drafted in 2005, this time by the Colorado Rockies, but did not sign and returned to McLennan for his sophomore season.

Then a torn labrum in his right shoulder led to surgery and his dreams of playing professional baseball seemed to be stomped out.

Martin traded in his spikes for a pallet jack and some back support, working in warehouses for the next three years.

“I was doing the dirty work,” said Martin of his odd jobs. “I’d work early at Lowes then go to UPS the same day, and then I got a job at the appliance warehouse.”

This line of work unknowingly led to an unorthodox workout routine as he remained away from the game.

“Dollying refrigerators around, putting washers and dryers up, stocking,” said Martin listing off some of his warehouse duties. “I was thinking about playing, but wasn’t thinking about being in shape. I feel like it actually helped get me a little bit stronger.”

Far from sun drenched baseball fields, growing tired of shifting around heavy appliances and packages, Martin decided to take up a friend’s offer to try out for a local independent team.

He was shocked to find he was not alone when he arrived at the field for what turned out to be an open audition.

“I thought it was just for me,” said Martin of the tryout. “I get there and there are like 80 other guys [trying out] and I was like ‘Oh God’.”

He made the most of it, immediately catching the attention of all who were watching, and signed a contract with the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the American Association playing for former big leaguer Pete Incaviglia.

“[Incaviglia] told me to get a uniform and I pitched that night after the tryouts,” said Martin.

Martin played half of the 2010 season in Grand Prairie posting a 4-0 record with a 1.96 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings and Incaviglia worked his rolodex to spread the word of the special player he had.

He got an offer to tryout for the Red Sox, paid his own way to Fort Myers and though nervous, did enough to earn a contract with Boston.

Two weeks prior to his 25th birthday he made his pro debut with Low-A Greenville.

By the end of the 2011 season Martin had rocketed up three levels to Double-A Portland where he would spend all of the 2012 season before continuing to do work in the Arizona Fall League (10 2/3 IP, 0.84 WHIP, 12 Ks).

At the start of 2013 Martin once again found himself in Portland and was spectacular from the get-go, allowing 9 hits over 21 scoreless innings, striking out 27 in the process.

Those numbers helped him earn a call up to Triple-A Pawtucket on May 13th and he has continued to do the same since his arrival, pleasing manager Gary DiSarcina.

“[Martin has an] explosive fastball down in the zone, good deception and is really tall,” said DiSarcina who has already used Martin on three occasions. “When he lets go of the ball it looks like he is right on top of the hitters.

“He deserved the promotion…he definitely has the stuff.”

Martin’s ability to wrangle a fastball that sits at 94-95 miles – and can top out at 97 – has helped him gain the confidence needed to succeed thus far in his pro career, allowing him to just simply attack with his best stuff once he gets out there.

“I definitely have a lot of confidence in myself right now to go out there and pound the strike zone,” said Martin of his approach on the mound. “I try to get guys off balance and use the fastball to get [batters] out.”

Of course a fastball with that kind of velocity, coming off the fingertips of a 6-foot, 7-inch man standing on a raised hill does not give hitters much time to react and in his 26 innings this season, only 11 have players have been able to reach base by way of the hit.

In 15 appearances between Portland and Pawtucket, Martin has struck out 30 batters, walked only 8 and has a WHIP of 0.73 to go with his non-existent ERA.

“It’s definitely a shock [to be in Triple-A],” said Martin in reflection of where he was just three short years ago. “I don’t even know mentally how I went through it. I just kind of zoned out and tried to do my best and work my way up.”

In less than two weeks he will turn 27, an unlikely age for someone who is in just their third year of playing professional baseball at the affiliated level, but given his path to this point, it is unlikely that he will return to warehouse work anytime soon.

Craig Forde can reached by email at cforde@globe.com and you can follow him on Twitter @OnDeckBDC.

Tuesday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 21, 2013 01:02 AM

Red Sox affiliates
12:05 p.m.
Indianapolis Indians – Andy Oliver (3-1, 2.61 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 54 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Rubby De La Rosa (0-1, 3.65 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 29 Ks)
NOTE: Pawtucket will be seeking a split in their four game series with the Indians. Rubby De La Rosa continues to impress in him limited action having not allowed an earned run in his last 18 1/3 innings. He has thrown 4 innings in each of his last three starts, allowing only five hits and striking out 16.

6:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Deck McGuire (2-3, 4.60 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 39 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Brandon Workman (5-1, 3.66 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 54 Ks)
NOTE: There will be nearly 13-feet of pitcher on display to start this game as 6’4” Brandon Workman faces off against 6’6” Deck McGuire. Workman picked up a win against the Fisher Cats last Thursday after allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk in 6 innings. He struck out six in that outing and his 54 Ks on the season are tied for second most in the Eastern League. McGuire has had a nice May, going 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts. The 2010 first-rounder struck out eight Sea Dogs in a no decision last Wednesday.

Greenville Drive – Frank Montas (1-2, 5.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 41 Ks)
at Hickory Crawdads – Andrew Faulkner (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 4 Ks)
NOTE: The Drive have not won a road game since they swept a doubleheader in Lexington on April 12th. Greenville is 0-11 away from Fluor Field in May. Frank Montas makes his ninth start of the season. The 20-year-old righty has a team high 41 strikeouts and has allowed only 9 walks, lowest of any Drive starting pitcher. Montas has allowed a home run in each of his last three starts.

7:05 p.m.
Winston-Salem Dash – Chris Bassitt (4-1, 3.25 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 42 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – William Cuevas (1-4, 6.60 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 19 Ks)
NOTE: After enjoying their first off day in two weeks the Salem Red Sox return to action having won four of their last six games. William Cuevas makes his first start at home in May, having gone 0-2 in his last three starts on the road. One of those starts was his shortest of the season, a 3 inning loss to Winston-Salem where he allowed 6 earned runs on 8 hits, two home runs.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
Binghamton Mets – Jacob deGrom (1-4, 4.86 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 25 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Trevor May (2-2, 3.95 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 40 Ks)
NOTE: Mired in their longest losing streak since May/June of 2010 (8 games), the Rock Cats (20-24) are desperate for a win. Trevor May was the second to last New Britain pitcher to record a ‘W’ and he will get the start tonight for the Cats. May allowed 9 hits and 5 runs against Bowie in his last outing. He has been inconsistent this season, mixing three 4-inning performances with a three 7-inning gems.

The Cap on Monday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 20, 2013 10:25 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Indianapolis – 8
Pawtucket – 4
WP: Brown (3-0)
LP: Wright (2-2)
HR: IND-Sands (2), Goedert (4); PAW-Bradley Jr. (1), Iglesias (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: A five-run first by the Indians was too much for the PawSox (26-19) to overcome. After hitting 3 long balls to impress the brass in spring training, Jackie Bradley Jr. (2-for-4, HR, double, 2 RBIs, run) finally connected on his first of the regular season. Jose Iglesias (1-for-4) hit a solo home run in the ninth, his fourth of the season and first since April 29th. Reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith struck out 4 in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. On the season Rowland-Smith has allowed just 2 earned runs over 27 innings.

New Hampshire – 7
Portland – 3
WP: Walden (3-4)
LP: Haeger (1-1)
S: Carreno (5)
HR: NH-Schimpf 2 (11); POR-Thomas (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Sea Dogs (24-18) have lost five of their last seven, but still remain on top of the Eastern Division in the E.L. The Fisher Cats (23-22) fourth straight win makes them the hottest team in the league and puts them just 2 ½ games back of Portland with three games to play in this series. New Hampshire shortstop Ryan Schimpf (2-for-4, 5 RBIs, 2 runs) hit his league leadings 10th and 11th home runs. Of Schimpf’s 32 hits this season, 20 have been for extra-bases. Portland first baseman Travis Shaw went 0-for-1 with 3 walks, one more than the number of free passes he had drawn in his prior ten games.

Greenville – 2
Hickory – 5
WP: Sadzeck (3-2)
LP: Johnson (1-3)
S: Claudio (7)
HR: HIC-Akins (4), Rua (11)
HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight’s loss pushes the Drive to 3-16 in May and with 11 games remaining in the month they’ll be hard pressed to avoid something they haven’t done since August of 2006, lose 20 games in a month. Starter Brian Johnson struck out a career high 8 batters over 5 innings, but was tagged with the loss after allowing 3 runs in the second inning. He retired the side in order in three of his five innings, and struck out the side in the fifth. A fifth inning single extended the hitting streak of Mookie Betts (1-for-4, run) to 15 games. Aneury Tavarez and Drew Turocy both went 3-for-4.

New England teams

Binghamton - 6
New Britain – 3
WP: Verrett (6-1)
LP: Dean (1-5)
S: Walters (12)
HR: BIN-Dykstra (3); NB-Romero (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: That’s eight straight losses for the Rock Cats (20-24) who drop to 9-12 at home. In his first May start at New Britain Stadium Pat Dean lasted 5 innings, but allowed 8 hits and 6 runs and was tagged with his fifth loss. Reliever Michael Tonkin struck out 3 in a scoreless inning of work. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 11 appearances, striking out 13 over 11 innings. Designated hitter Deibinson Romero (3-for-4, double, RBI, run) hit his second home run in as many games.

Milford's Colabello I.L. Player of the Week again

Posted by Craig Forde May 20, 2013 04:14 PM

Collabello.jpgFor the second time this season former Milford High School and Assumption College standout Chris Colabello was named the Player of the Week in the International League.

Currently in the midst of an 11 game hitting streak the first baseman hit safely in all seven games during the period (May 13-19).

He smacked 15 hits, seven of them for extra-bases, including 3 home runs and also drove in 10 runs and scored six times.

Two of those long balls came off of Jake Odorizzi who MLB.com ranked as the second best pitching prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays system.

Colabello leads the Rochester Red Wings in all major offensive categories (for qualifying players) and is tied for first in the league in home runs (11), third in RBIs (34), third in average (.361), second in slugging (.657) and fifth in on-base percentage (.417).

After seven seasons playing Independent Baseball, Colabello had a breakthrough season with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats last season and played for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic this year.

Fisher Cats' Walden named Pitcher of the Week

Posted by Craig Forde May 20, 2013 03:41 PM

Walden.jpgNew Hampshire’s Marcus Walden has been named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 13 to 19.

He becomes the first Fisher Cats player to win Eastern League weekly honors since Brad Glenn was named player of the week in the first week of July last year.

Walden had only one start during the period, but made it count as he dominated the Portland Sea Dogs over 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

Walden held the Sea Dogs without a hit for 5 2/3 innings and allowed only 2 singles and 2 walks and struck out 6 in picking his second win of the season. He threw 86 pitches, 59 for strikes and forced 13 ground ball outs.

After allowing 26 hits and 8 earned runs in his first three starts, Walden has settled into the season and in his five starts since he has a 1.97 ERA and has allowed 31 hits in 32 innings.

On the year he is 2-4 with a 2.97 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 8 starts.

Walden, a 6-foot right hander, was a ninth round selection by the Blue Jays in 2007 out of Fresno City College. Last year he posted a 14-4 record with a 2.97 ERA between Low-A Lansing and High-A Dunedin.

This is Walden’s first Double-A season.

Monday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 20, 2013 03:23 PM

Red Sox affiliates
6:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (2-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Charlie Haeger (2-0, 3.16 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 19 Ks)
NOTE: The Sea Dogs (24-17) hold on to the slimmest of leads in the E.L. East (just one game ahead of Binghamton) as the surging Fisher Cats (22-22) roll into Hadlock Field for the first time this season. Charlie Haeger makes his second straight start against New Hampshire after allowing 7 walks over 5 innings last Wednesday. In his three starts this season Haeger has given up 16 free passes. The recently dubbed Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, Marcus Walden, gets his second crack at the Portland lineup. Last Tuesday he mowed down the Dogs, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks over 7 2/3 innings. The Fisher Cats, who took two of three from Portland last week, have won three in a row and six of their last seven.

Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (1-2, 4.13 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 20 Ks)
at Hickory Crawdads – Connor Sadzeck (2-2, 2.70 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 31 Ks)
NOTE: What looked like a decent young staff of arms on paper has turned into an episode of growing pains for the Greenville Drive who own a South Atlantic League worst 5.18 team ERA. Of course the majority of these pitchers are experiencing their first full season of pro ball so some adjustment is expected, but many were hopeful that the results would be a little better than this. Brian Johnson, a first rounder out of Florida last year, is one of these young arms that are just looking to get a foot hold on the season. He had shown some solid results early, allowing just 5 earned runs in his first five starts. However, last time out Johnson ran into some early troubles and got battered for 7 hits and 6 earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings.

7:05 p.m.
Indianapolis Indians – Brooks Brown (2-0, 3.66 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 26 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Steven Wright (2-0, 2.52 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, 23 Ks)
NOTE: In splitting the first two of four games with Indianapolis, the PawSox (26-18) have ripped off 14 runs against the International League’s best pitching staff. The bats will look to remain hot tonight in backing Steven Wright who is 1-1 in three May starts. In his last two outings, both versus Gwinnett, Wright allowed 13 hits and 6 walks over 9 2/3 innings.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
Binghamton Mets – Logan Verrett (5-1, 3.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 35 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Pat Dean (1-4, 5.67 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 24 Ks)
NOTE: Prior to their current seven-game slide the Rock Cats (20-23) were 7-4 in May. A loss tonight will match their longest winless streak from last season. It shouldn’t be too hard for Pat Dean to improve upon his last start. At Bowie, the lefty lasted only 1 1/3 innings after allowing 7 runs, 6 hits and 2 home runs. Dean also allowed two walks, the first free passes he had yielded in over five starts.

The Cap on Sunday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 19, 2013 11:01 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Indianapolis – 3
Pawtucket – 11
WP: Webster (3-0)
LP: Cole (3-2)
HR: IND-Presley (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox (26-18) got to Pirates top prospect Gerrit Cole (5 2/3 IP, 8 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K) and kept rolling for 11 runs, the most that Indianapolis (31-14) has allowed all season. Jose Iglesias (0-for-3), shifted down to the seventh spot in the order, was the only Pawtucket batter without a hit on the day but he still managed an RBI on a 6th inning sac-fly. Starter Allen Webster allowed only 1 run and 1 hit in collecting his third win, but struggled with his command, walking a season high 5 batters. Leadoff man Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-3 with an RBI and 3 runs, giving him a five game hitting streak that stretches back to before his disabled list stint.

Binghamton – 8
Portland – 5
WP: Mazzoni (2-1)
LP: Britton (3-4)
S: Leathersich (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Down by 3 runs early, Portland (24-17) wrestled the lead from the BMets in the fifth inning but allowed 3 in the sixth and were never able to mount another comeback. Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5 with a double (his third in four games), 2 RBIs and a run. In an inning of relief Pete Ruiz struck out two batters and has now whiffed 32 over 16 2/3 innings for a 17.3 strikeout rate (Ks per nine innings).

Frederick – 6
Salem – 4
WP: Prado (2-3)
LP: Striz (0-4)
HR: FRE-Bumbry (5)
HIGHLIGHTS: Salem pitchers were pummeled for 16 hits on the day. Starter Mike Augliera allowed a season high 10 hits in his 5 innings of work, but left with the game tied at 3. Sean Coyle went 1-for-4 with a run and stole his eleventh base of the season on his eleventh attempt.

Charleston – 9
Greenville – 7
WP: Wetherell (1-0)
LP: Olivares (0-1)
HR: CHA-Bird (4), Calderon (5), Custodio 2 (3) GRE-Johns (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive (13-30) let another close one slip away, squandering a late 7-4 lead by allowing 2 runs in both the eighth and ninth innings. Four of Greenville’s last five losses have been by one or two runs. Mookie Betts (2-for-4, double, walk, run) pushed his hitting streak to 14 games. Brian Johns hit his second home run in as many games and drove in three.

New England teams

New Hampshire – 5
New Britain – 0
WP: Stroman (1-0)
LP: Hermsen (1-4)
S: Carreno (4)
HR: NH-Nanita (4), Glenn (3), Nolan (4); NB-Romero (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Fisher Cats (22-22) reach the .500 mark for the first time in a month thanks to their three game sweep in New Britain (20-23). The Rock Cats, losers of seven straight, continue to slide towards the bottom of the standings. In his first appearance since serving a 50-game suspension for violating MLBs drug policy, Marcus Stroman (ranked 5th in Blue Jays system by MLB.com) looked to be in top game condition, striking out 6 and allowing only 4 hits and a walk in 5 scoreless innings of work. Joel Carreno, who prior to this season was strictly a starter on the minor league level, picked up his 4th save.

Sunday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 19, 2013 11:21 AM

Red Sox affiliates
1:00 p.m.
Binghamton Mets – Cory Mazzoni (1-1, 1.98 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 14 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Drake Britton (3-3, 4.35 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 40 Ks)
NOTE: The Sea Dogs (24-16) can put another game between themselves and the BMets (23-19) before New Hampshire rolls into Hadlock Field for four games starting on Monday. Today’s starter Drake Britton has struck out 5 in each of his last three starts and had a season-high 7 Ks versus Binghamton in a losing cause back on April 16th. On average, Britton is allowing a little over 7.5 hits and walks per game in his eight outings this season.

1:05 p.m.
Indianapolis Indians – Gerrit Cole (3-1, 2.55 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 36 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Allen Webster (2-0, 2.52)
NOTE: This is hands down the pitching matchup of the day, as two of the Top 100 prospects in the game square off at McCoy Stadium. MLB.com had Gerrit Cole, the 2011 #1 overall pick, as the 8th best prospect in the game heading into this season. He has thrown 6+ innings in each of his last four starts. Allen Webster, more moderately ranked at just #66 overall, will be looking to string together his third straight win. In his two May starts he is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 14 Ks.

4:05 p.m.
Frederick Keys – Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.35 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 38 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (4-0, 3.12 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 27 Ks)
NOTE: With four of their last five games going the way of the win column, Salem (19-21) looks to sweep Frederick out of town today. ‘Old reliable’ Mike Augliera hits the hill for start number 8 on the year. He had his best start of the season last Tuesday at Carolina, picking up the win after allowing just 3 hits on the day in 6 innings. In three May starts Augliera has allowed just 3 earned runs.

Charleston RiverDogs – Dan Camarena (0-2, 6.75 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at Greenville Drive – Austin Maddox (0-4, 8.51 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 28 Ks)
NOTE: There is still hope that the Drive (13-29) can pull off a .500 record in May, but they will need to win 12 of their last 13 games of the month. Austin Maddox will be looking for a positive start in what has been a rough season for the youngster from the University of Florida. In 5 starts he has allowed 19 earned runs and 31 hits in 19 innings.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (2-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – B.J. Hermsen (1-3, 4.21 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 15 Ks)
NOTE: The Fisher Cats (21-22), winners of five of their last six games, will look to even-up their record at .500, a place they haven’t seen since April 19th. On the flip side the Rock Cats (20-22), who were at one point recently just a game back of first place, will look to snap a season-long six game losing streak. The Fisher Cats have Marcus Walden making his ninth start of the year, fresh off of his best outing of the season. On Tuesday, in 7 2/3 innings, he allowed just 2 hits and 2 walks and struck out 6 in a win over Portland. Rock Cats starter B.J. Hermsen wasn’t as lucky last Tuesday, getting tagged with a loss against Bowie although he did not allow any earned runs in 6 innings.

The Cap on Saturday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 18, 2013 10:47 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Indianapolis – 6
Pawtucket – 3
WP: Johnson (4-3)
LP: Morales (0-1)
S: Reid (1)
HR: IND-Sands (1), Harrison (1), Carroll (8)
HIGHLIGHTS: PawSox (25-18) bats were held to just 5 hits by an Indians pitching staff that ranks first in the I.L. in wins (31), saves (19), ERA (2.80) and WHIP (1.15). Andrew Bailey threw an inning in relief in what is expected to be his only rehab appearance before joining the Red Sox on Monday. He served up a home run and struck out two. Franklin Morales allowed 2 home runs in his rehab start which lasted 4 innings. Jeremy Hazelbaker stole his team-leading eleventh base of the season which are sixth most in the league.

Binghamton – 7
Portland – 10
WP: Huntzinger (3-0)
LP: Walters (0-1)
HR: POR-Spring 2 (5), Thomas (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Sea Dogs (24-16) ensured that they would escape the weekend still atop the standings in the E.L. East, putting 2 games between themselves and the BMets with this win. For only the second time in his eight starts Anthony Ranaudo (4IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 5 Ks) allowed more than 1 earned run and it is the first time all year that he did not throw at least 5 innings. Catcher Matt Spring (2-for-5) hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a grand slam in the ninth. Spring has hit all 5 of his home runs this season in the month of May. Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and it now 4-for-4 on steal attempts this year.

Frederick – 2
Salem – 3
WP: Price (1-0)
LP: Walters (0-1)
S: Ogando (1)
HR: SAL-Ramos (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Three Salem hurlers pitched-in on a 6-hit, 12 strikeout performance with Matt Price picking up his first win at the High-A level. In his 6 innings pitched over his last three relief outings Price has not allowed a run and has yielded only 3 hits while striking out eight. Deven Marrero (2 doubles) and Garin Cecchini both went 2-for-4 at the plate with Marrero’s eighth inning RBI double scoring the eventual game winning run.

Charleston – 10
Greenville – 8
WP: Kukuk (2-5)
LP: Niebla (1-0)
HR: GRE-Johns (1), Betts (7)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive rallied in the ninth, but came up short despite a 13-hit effort by the offense. Greenville starter Cody Kukuk lasted only 2/3 of an inning, his shortest outing of the season, after allowing 4 earned runs off of 5 walks and a hit. Infielder Kevin Mager was pressed into action on the mound and fared well, allowing only a walk and a hit in an inning of work. Mookie Betts (2-for-4) RBI, 2 runs) pushed his hitting streak to 13 games and connected on his 7th home run of the season and fourth in his last 8 games. Betts is hitting .373 in May and has raised his average 99 points from .157 at the end of April to .256 after tonight’s game.

New England teams

New Hampshire – 5
New Britain – 0
WP: Nolin (2-0)
LP: Darnell (3-3)
HR: NH-Tolisano (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Fisher Cats (21-22) move within a game of .500 for the first time since April 20th. The Rock Cats (20-22) suffered their sixth straight defeat, a season high. Sean Nolin threw 6 scoreless innings for his second win in his third appearance of the season. Tommy Hottovy struck out three in the ninth to shut the door on New Britain. Kevin Pillar (2-for-5, RBI, run) has his third straight multi-hit game and is 6-for-10 in the first two games of this series. John Tolisano (1-for-4, 3 RBI) hit his second home run in four games.

Saturday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 18, 2013 10:54 AM

Red Sox affiliates
1:00 p.m.
Binghamton Mets – Mark Cohoon (3-1, 3.15 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 22 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Anthony Ranaudo (5-1, 1.38 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 41 Ks)
NOTE: After last night’s loss the Sea Dogs now hold a slim, one-game lead over the BMets atop the Eastern Division of the E.L. Anthony Ranaudo has gone at least 5 innings in each of his 7 starts this season and has held his opponents scoreless on three of those occasions. He enters the game first in the league in WHIP and second in ERA.

6:05 p.m.
Indianapolis Indians – Daniel Rodriguez (2-3, 6.82 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 36 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Franklin Morales (rehab start)
NOTE: The PawSox welcome Indianapolis to McCoy Stadium for a four game series. Franklin Morales makes his second rehab start with the PawSox. On Monday he allowed 1 run on 2 hits and struck out 4 in 3 innings against Charlotte. Terry Doyle (3-3, 3.63 ERA) will piggyback Morales, looking for better results than on Monday when he allowed 5 runs and 5 hits in an inning of work.

Frederick Keys – Zach Davies (3-2, 4.43 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 26 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Michael McCarthy (2-2, 4.73 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 29 Ks)
NOTE: The Salem Sox, winners of 3 of their last 4, can inch over the .500 mark at LewisGale Field where they are 8-8 on the year. Michael McCarthy picked up the loss in his start on Monday, allowing 5 earned runs and 9 hits in 4 innings. He has allowed only 1 walk in his last 13 innings of work.

7:05 p.m.
Charleston RiverDogs – Jose Campos (1-1, 3.97 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 24 Ks)
at Greenville Drive – Cody Kukuk (2-4, 3.99 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 25 Ks)
NOTE: Last night’s win, only their third of May, helped the Drive halt a five-game losing streak. Cody Kukuk has picked up losses in his last two starts, despite not allowing an earned run over 4 innings last time out versus Asheville. He has allowed 9 walks in those two losses but only 6 hits and on the year he has allowed just 17 hits in 29 1/3 innings.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Sean Nolin (1-0, 1.93 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 11 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Logan Darnell (3-2, 3.06 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 34 Ks)
NOTE: On Friday night the Fisher Cats tasted victory for only the third time in ten meetings with New Britain this season. Scheduled to be the opening day starter, Sean Nolin was forced to stay behind in Dunedin for extended spring training following a leg injury. He has been worth the wait, allowing 2 runs and striking out 11 over 9 1/3 innings in his first two starts for the Fisher Cats this season. Rock Cats starter Logan Darnell’s 47 innings of work are fifth most in the league. He tossed a season-high 8 innings in a loss against Portland last Sunday.

The Cap on Friday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 18, 2013 01:32 AM

Red Sox affiliates
Gwinnett – 4
Pawtucket – 5
WP: Carter (1-0)
LP: Obispo (0-2)
HR: PAW-Brentz (7)
HIGHLIGHTS: Bryce Brentz smacked a one-out, three-run, walk-off homer for the PawSox, who earned a split of their four game series with Gwinnett. It was the seventh home run of the season for Brentz who went 2-for-5 with a double, 3 RBIs and 2 runs. Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-3 with a triple, walk and a run in his return from the disabled list.

Binghamton – 6
Portland – 3
WP: Church (2-3)
LP: Couch (1-1)
S: Walters (11)
HR: POR-Almanzar (7)
HIGHLIGHTS: The BMets put up a three-spot in the top of the ninth thanks to a couple of throwing errors by Sea Dogs first baseman Michael Almanzar. Starter Matt Barnes struck out 7 over 6 innings, but left with the game tied 3-3. Right fielder Peter Hissey went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot with a run scored and his ninth stolen base of the season. He has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 games. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts also made two errors in the game and was hitless in 4 at-bats.

Frederick - 2
Salem – 10
WP: Stroup (2-2)
LP: Petersime (1-4)
HR: SAL-Blair (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Salem Six (18-21) pounded out a season-high 15 hits in their route of the Keys. Sean Coyle (3-for-5, double, run), Garin Cecchini (3-for-4, double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) and Carson Blair (2-for-3, home run, 3 RBIs, 3 runs) led the offensive barrage. Starter Kyle Stroup allowed just one earned run over 5 1/3 innings to notch his first win since April 18th.

Charleston – 6
Greenville – 7
WP: Kraus (2-0)
LP: Smith (2-2)
HR: CHA-Bird (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: A Brian Johns two-out single in the bottom of the 11th plated Dreily Guerrero for a Greenville (13-28) walk-off win. The Drive smacked a season-high 17 hits, led by Drew Turocy’s 4-for-5, 2 RBI night. Mookie Betts (3-for-5, double, walk), one of three Drive batters with 3 hits, extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Reliever Kyle Kraus threw 3 scoreless innings for his first win of the season.

New England teams
New Hampshire - 4
New Britain – 3
WP: Crawford (2-1)
LP: Tonkin (1-2)
S: Carreno (3)
HR: NH-Nolan (3), Loewen (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Fisher Cats benefited from a two-out error by Danny Santana, scoring Kevin Pillar (20-22) for the go-ahead run in the ninth inning. Despite putting two runners on in the bottom half of the ninth, the Rock Cats (20-21) could not plate a run. Pillar went 4-for-5 with a double, run and stolen base. He has six multi-hit games in his last ten played and his .339 batting average is third best in the E.L. New Britain catcher Josmil Pinto went 3-for-5 with an RBI and run, raising his average to .335, fifth best in the league.

Hanrahan trade paying off...for Pirates

Posted by Craig Forde May 17, 2013 03:16 PM

Right as the Christmas hangover was kicking in for many, Boston and Pittsburgh announced a trade that seemed to sure up the Sox bullpen when they received Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan.

In full the trade was Hanrahan and minor league infielder Brock Holt, for back-end reliever Mark Melancon, shortstop Ivan De Jesus Jr., outfielder Jerry Sands and minor league pitcher Stolmy Pimentel.

In the wake of Hanrahan’s season-ending Tommy John surgery, let us take a look at how this trade truly breaks down (no pun intended) for both teams up to this point in the season.

Hanrahan.jpgOf course Hanrahan’s 2013 can now be deemed a complete bust. He never seemed comfortable coming out of the gate in the ninth inning, routinely allowing base runners even in the four games in which he would earn a save.

His ERA was 9.82, he allowed 10 hits (4 home runs), 6 walks and opponents were hitting .333 against him.

April set-backs and a hamstring issue forced Hanrahan to the disabled list, he rehabbed for two games with Pawtucket (allowing 2 runs, 2 hits and a walk in 2 innings) and in his third appearance after returning to Boston he tore the flexor tendon muscle in his pitching arm…season over.

So with Hanrahan down and out, the Red Sox focus on this trade turns to Brock Holt, a 2009 ninth round pick of the Pirates who has graduated through four levels in the minors in as many seasons, garnering all-star honors at three of those stops.

Last year with Altoona, Holt’s .322 batting average was best in the Eastern League, he was bumped to Triple-A Indianapolis where he hit .432 in 24 games, earning him a late-season call to the big leagues and he continued to hit, collecting 19 hits in 24 games with Pittsburgh.

Holt - a career .317 hitter in the minors - was assigned to Pawtucket, but hasn’t even approached the production that made him a favorable addition to the trade.

Through 31 games he has just 20 hits and is batting .190, eighth worst in the International League for players who average 2.7 plate appearances per game.

So far, not so good for the Red Sox.

As it stands Hanrahan is only signed for this season and is Holt can't regain his stroke, he may be a complete wash as well.

On the flip side, the Pirates are getting results on their end, starting with Mark Melancon who has been near flawless at times serving as the setup man for Jason Melancon.jpgGrilli on a team with the exact same record as the Red Sox, 24-17.

Brought in as a closer option for Boston last season, Melancon failed miserably and was relegated to Pawtucket in April, unable to get back to the big club until June.

He managed to get stronger upon his return to a lesser role and by September was one of the more reliable arms in the Red Sox bullpen, posting a 0.90 ERA in the final month of the season.

That momentum has carried over in his move to the Pirates and in 21 games he has allowed just 1 earned run while striking out 22.

He has a 0.43 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, opponents are hitting just .182 against him and his 14 holds are most in the majors.

Melancon alone (and the money saved on Hanrahan) makes this trade a win for the Pirates, who hope to get some additional production from the other pieces that they obtained.

Ivan De Jesus Jr. was not long for the Red Sox after coming over in the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers last season.

He played 7 games with Pawtucket (batting .385) and got into 8 games with Boston late in the season, but couldn’t muster a hit in 8 at-bats.

Now with Triple-A Indianapolis this season De Jesus has regained the bat that makes him an ideal Quadruple-A guy, hitting .326, second best on the Indians.

De Jesus also has a .929 fielding percentage, splitting time between second, third and shortstop, while also DH’ing twice.

Much like Holt, Jerry Sands has not enjoyed the change of scenery as he has been unable to find that rarified air that he had in Albuquerque (some 5,300 feet above sea level) where he launched 55 home runs over two seasons.

So far, in 38 games with Indianapolis he has yet to send an offering over the fences and is batting .154, second worst in the I.L.

Now Holt, De Jesus and Sands are pretty much organizational depth guys at best, so not much should have been expected of them on a big league level to begin with it.

Stolmy.jpgBut Stolmy Pimentel, who teeters on the brink of prospectdom (was ranked 16th best prospect in Red Sox system by Baseball America prior to 2012 season), came storming out of the gates in April, giving Pittsburgh the notion that they have a steal in the 6’ 3” Dominican righty.

In the season’s first month, the 23-year-old allowed just one run for the Double-A Altoona Curve, posting a league best 0.30 ERA while holding opponents to a .179 batting average.

He has since come crashing back to earth in May, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in three starts, but he seems to have turned a major corner just two years after going 0-9 in 15 starts with Portland.

As it stands now the Pirates have become the big winners in this trade and if Pimentel can turn into a viable option for the Pirates than it will be looked back on with much more contempt from Red Sox nation in the future.

Maybe more concerning for the Red Sox is that they must continue to search for a reliable replacement for Jonathan Papelbon.

Friday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 17, 2013 02:31 PM

Red Sox affiliates
6:00 p.m.
Binghamton Mets – Erik Goeddel (3-2, 5.45 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 36 Ks)
At Portland Sea Dogs – Matt Barnes (3-1, 4.65 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 38 Ks)
NOTE: This will be the third time these two teams have gotten together this season. Portland (23-15) has a 4-2 lead in the season series and maintains a two game lead over the second place BMets (22-18) in the E.L. Eastern Division. Matt Barnes has been solid over his last three starts, going 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA and 21 strikeouts while holding his opponents to a .177 batting average.

7:05 p.m.
Gwinnett Braves – Daniel Rodriguez (2-3, 6.82 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 36 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Alfredo Aceves (2-1, 3.50 WHIP, 1.39 WHIP, 17 Ks)
NOTE: After winning 10 straight games against Gwinnett (going back to the 2012 season), the PawSox will now look to escape with a series split after dropping two in a row to the Braves. Currently Pawtucket (24-17) is one game back of Buffalo in the I.L. North. Alfredo Aceves gets his fourth start but is coming off of a loss where he allowed 5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. He did pick up a win against Gwinnett back on May 7th, scattering 9 hits over 7 innings.

Frederick Keys – Zach Petersime (1-3, 7.06 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, 13 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Kyle Stroup (1-2, 4.18 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 24 Ks)
NOTE: This will be the first time that Salem (17-21) has seen Frederick since they were swept in three games by the Keys to open the season. Kyle Stroup had his best outing of the season in that series, dealing 5 scoreless innings in a no-decision. Over his last three starts Stroup has allowed 23 hits in 13 2/3 innings.

Charleston RiverDogs – Evan Rytckyj (4-2, 5.22 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 24 Ks)
at Greenville Drive – Pat Light (1-3, 7.71 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, 22 Ks)
NOTE: It doesn’t help that the Drive (12-28), who could desperately use a few wins, are facing off against the hottest team in the South Atlantic League for three more games. Pat Light will look to stop the bleeding for both the team and himself, having picked up losses in his last three starts, including his worst as a pro his last time out. On Sunday he allowed 8 earned runs and 9 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Tyson Brummett (0-3, 6.11 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 24 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Alex Meyer (2-1, 3.58 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 47 Ks)
NOTE: A current four-game losing streak puts the Rock Cats (20-20) back at .500 and four games behind Portland in the E.L. Eastern Division. The Fisher Cats (19-22) are a game and a half behind New Britain. Alex Meyer picked up a win in his lone start against New Hampshire back on April 25th, allowing only a run over 6 innings while striking out 7. He has allowed 11 earned runs over his last three starts. Tyson Brummett, still in search of his first win of the season, will make his seventh start for the Fisher Cats. In three May appearances batters are hitting .350 against Brummett.

The Cap on Thursday; scores, highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 17, 2013 12:02 AM

Red Sox affiliates

Gwinnett – 6
Pawtucket – 4
WP: Poveda (3-2)
LP: De La Rosa (0-1)
S: Rasmus (7)
HR: GWI-Cunningham (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox (24-17) made a valiant effort at a comeback with 3 runs in the ninht, but fell short and split their four-game series with Gwinnett. Rubby De La Rosa got hooked with the loss despite only allowing one run which was unearned. In four innings he struck out 3 and allowed just 1 hit, but also walked 4 batters. Jose Iglesias went 1-for-4 with an RBI after an off day. The shortstop stole his fifth base of the season, but was also caught stealing for the third time this year.

Portland – 15
New Hampshire – 4
WP: Workman (5-1)
LP: Tepera (4-3)
S: Celestino (1)
HR: POR-Shaw (3), Almanzar (6); NH-Pillar (4), Schimpf (9)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Sea Dogs (23-15) used a season-high 15 runs to take one win away from their trip to neighboring New Hampshire. Travis Shaw went 4-for-5 with 2 doubles, a 3-run homer in the third inning and 4 RBIs. Michael Almanzar went 3-for-5 with 5 RBIs, connecting on his first home run since April 28th. Brandon Workman allowed 3 runs and struck out 6 in 6 innings for the win. Kevin Pillar (3-for-5, RBI, 2 R) took Workman’s second pitch of the game over the right field wall.

Salem – 4
Carolina – 5
WP: Tejada (1-2)
LP: Ott (2-4)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Mudcats rallied for 3 in the bottom of the ninth to sink Salem (17-21). Sean Coyle broke out of a 0-for-26 slump with a 2-for-4 night, scoring 3 runs and stealing 3 bases. Keury De La Cruz and Brandon Jacobs also had 2-for-4 nights at the plate. De La Cruz has hit safely in five straight games and Jacobs has done so in seven straight. In 5 innings of work Henry Owens allowed 1 earned run, 8 hits, no walks and struck out four.

Charleston – 6
Greenville – 3
WP: De Paula (4-2)
LP: Taveras (0-1)
S: Smith (2)
HR: CHA-Bichette (3), Bird (2); GRE-Tavarez (2), Betts (6)
HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight’s loss is the fifth straight for Greenville (12-28), their 13th loss in May, two shy of their April loss total with 15 to play in the month. Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a solo home run in the eighth inning, his sixth of the year. Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs on a fourth inning home run. Drive batters struck out 14 times, Charleston starter Rafael De Paula dealt out 11 of them in 6 innings.

New England teams

New Britain – 1
Bowie – 9
WP: Wright (5-0)
LP: May (2-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats were swept down in Bowie, getting outscored 28-6 in the three game series. They have now lost a season high four straight games. Right fielder Danny Ortiz (1-for-4) threw out two on the base paths and drove in the only run for New Britain. Starter Trevor May lasted only 4 innings, allowing 9 hits and 5 earned runs.

Thursday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 16, 2013 11:23 AM

Red Sox affiliates
7:05 p.m.
Gwinnett Braves – Omar Poveda (2-2, 2.56 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 25 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Rubby De La Rosa (0-0, 4.35 WHIP, 1.21 WHIP, 26 Ks)
NOTE: The PawSox ten game win streak over the Gwinnett Braves (dating back to last season) was snapped on Wednesday night. Prior to last night’s game Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina said of tonight’s starter Rubby De La Rosa, “He’s progressed really nice. He’s kind of growing in front of our eyes…he’s been one of the bright points so far, watching him develop.” De La Rosa is still limited in his action, throwing around 65 pitches or 4 innings per outing. In his last four outings he has logged 14 scoreless innings, allowing only 8 hits and 4 walks while striking out 19 batters.

Portland Sea Dogs – Brandon Workman (4-1, 3.54 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 48 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Ryan Tepera (4-2, 2.65 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 27 Ks)
NOTE: Sea Dogs (22-15) pitchers allowed more walks on Wednesday (14) than tonight’s starter Brandon Workman has allowed (10) in 40 2/3 innings this season. Workman is 3-1 in road games with a 2.88 ERA, holding opponents to a .198 batting average. The Fisher Cats (19-21) three-game win streak ties their longest of the season. New Hampshire starts Ryan Tepera has allowed an equal number of hits and walks in each of his last four starts. Tepera’s 1.10 WHIP is tied for fifth best in the Eastern League, Workman’s 0.96 is tied for second best.

Charleston RiverDogs - Robert Whitenack (N/A)
at Greenville Drive – Frank Montas (1-4, 5.90 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 38 Ks)
NOTE: Swept out of Ashville, the Drive return home to Fluor Field to host Charleston for four games. They opened the season with a four-game series split against the RiverDogs. Tonight’s starter, Frank Montas, has struck out 20 batters over his last 13 innings and has walked only 1 batter in his last five outings.

7:15 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Henry Owens (3-1, 3.57 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 45 Ks)
at Carolina Mudcats – (0-3, 5.91 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 27 Ks)
NOTE: Henry Owens returns to the hill for the Salem Sox (17-20) looking to shake off his shortest outing of the season last Saturday. He did manage to strike out 5, despite only going 3 1/3 innings, and his 45 Ks on the year are second most of any Red Sox farm hand.

New England teams
7:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Trevor May (2-1, 3.20 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 37 Ks)
at Bowie Baysox – Mike Wright (4-0, 4.33 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 30 Ks)
NOTE: The Rock Cats come into the night having lost three in a row. It’s the fourth time this season they have dropped three straight. In back-to-back starts versus Portland, Trevor May allowed only 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks in 14 innings of work. He also struck out 13, including a season-high 10 last Friday.

The Cap on Wednesday; scores and highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 15, 2013 10:54 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Gwinnett – 6
Pawtucket – 4
WP: Loe (2-0)
LP: Godfrey (2-3)
S: Rasmus (6)
HR: GWI-Mejia (11); PAW-Diaz (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: A four-run first for the PawSox looked like it was the start of something good at McCoy Stadium, until the Braves chipped away with 2 runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. In the first inning Jonathan Diaz launched a solo shot over everything in left field. Bryce Brentz went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He has 2 hits in each of his last four games, and five of his last six. Chris Martin threw 2 scoreless innings in relief and has not allowed a run in 23 innings this season (3 innings since being called up to Pawtucket this week).

Portland – 4
New Hampshire – 5
WP: Carreno (2-1)
LP: Latimer (0-3)
HR: NH-Tolisano (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: It was an odd one in Manchester where Sea Dogs pitching allowed 14 walks on the night but only 4 hits. Down 4-1 in the ninth, Portland scored three to pull even but New Hampshire won it on a Brad Glenn sac fly in the bottom half of the inning. Fisher Cats third baseman Ryan Schimpf went did not register an at-bat on the night, but earned five free passes. Portland starter Charlie Haeger allowed 7 walks in his five innings and was followed by Daniel Bard who gave up 5 walks and 2 earned runs in just one inning of work.

Salem – 5
Carolina – 4
WP: Quevedo (1-2)
LP: Lee (0-4)
HIGHLIGHTS: Each team collected 8 hits but Salem got five of them in the seventh to plate 4 runs and take a lead that they would hold on to. Matt Gedman (1-for-4) plated two of those runs on a double and has now hit safely in all four games since arriving in Salem. Second baseman Sean Coyle went 0-for-3 and is now hitless in his last seven games.

Greenville – 1
Ashville – 8
WP: Oakes (4-3)
LP: Johnson (1-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Tourists used a 7-run fourth inning to sink the Drive (12-27) who are now 2-12 in May. Greenville has lost four straight. Starter Brian Johnson got lit up for 7 runs, 6 earned, on 7 hits and 2 walks. Anuery Tavarez, Jordan Weems and Jose Vinicio all went 2-for-4 on the day, accounting for 6 of the 8 Greenville hits. The Drive return to Fluor Field tomorrow to start a four game series with the Charleston RiverDogs.

New England teams

New Britain – 3
Bowie – 10
WP: Gamboa (1-3)
LP: Dean (1-4)
HR: BOW-Joseph (6), Waring (2), Wheeler (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Rock Cats starter Pat Dean (Boston College) took it on the chin in this one, allowing 7 earned runs in his shorting outing of the season, 1 1/3 innings. Daniel Ortiz had New Britain’s only extra-base hit, his eleventh double of the season, tied for second most in the Eastern League.

Wednesday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 15, 2013 12:13 AM

Red Sox affiliates
11:00 a.m.
Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (1-1, 2.18 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 17 Ks)
at Ashville Tourists – Ben Hughes (3-3, 6.95 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 19 Ks)
NOTE: Of the Drive’s 11 loses in May, four have been by one run, including the last two. Brian Johnson has gone 5 innings in each of his last two starts and is coming off of his first win as a pro last Friday versus Augusta.

6:35 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Charlie Haeger (2-0, 3.50 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 15 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Deck McGuire (2-3, 5.11 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 31 Ks)
NOTE: Despite Tuesday’s 3-0 loss the Sea Dogs (22-14) remain 2 ½ game up in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. Charlie Haeger makes his third start for Portland, both prior starts having come against New Britain. Haeger has allowed only 6 hits in 10 2/3 innings, but has walked nine. The Fisher Cats (18-21) will look to pull to .500 at home (10-11) with a victory tonight. The inconsistencies of Deck McGuire continue, but he is coming off of his second win of the season. Unfortunately he is 0-2 with an ERA of 11.00 in two starts at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium this season.

7:05 p.m.
Gwinnett Braves – Tim Corcoran (1-3, 3.48 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 25 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Steven Wright (2-1, 2.57 WHIP, 1.67 WHIP, 20 Ks)
NOTE: The PawSox (24-15) moved into a tie atop the I.L. North with their 5-3 win on Tuesday. Steven Wright picked up a win in his start at Gwinnett last Thursday, but allowed a season high 6 hits and 3 earned runs.

7:15 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Williams Cuevas (1-4, 6.66 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 19 Ks)
at Carolina Mudcats – Jacob Lee (0-3, 5.91 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 27 Ks)
NOTE: Prior to their six-game losing streak the Salem Sox (16-20) has their heads just about the .500 mark. They’ll look to start treading towards the surface by adding to the momentum of Tuesday’s win with William Cuevas getting his seventh start of the year. The 6-foot righty from Venezuela has been tagged with a loss in his last three starts, allowing 10 earned runs in 13 innings.

New England teams
7:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Pat Dean (1-3, 4.23 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 22 Ks)
at Bowie Baysox – Eddie Gamboa (0-3, 4.14 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 32 Ks)
NOTE: With Tuesday’s 8-2 loss the Rock Cats (20-18) squandered a chance to pull within 2 games of Portland. Former Boston College lefty Pat Dean is making his eighth start having picked up his first victory in his last start against New Hampshire a week ago. Dean has not allowed a walk in 5 straight starts, a span of 30 2/3 innings.

The Cap on Tuesday; scores and highlights

Posted by Craig Forde May 14, 2013 10:49 PM

Red Sox affiliates

Gwinnett – 3
Pawtucket – 5
WP: Webster (2-0)
LP: Gilmartin (2-2)
S: Carter (5)
HR GWI-Boggs (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox continued their winning ways against Gwinnett, taking their fifth straight against the Braves behind some solid pitching that allowed only 6 hits on the night. Starter Allen Webster walked 4 in his 5 innings, but allowed only 1 run (a Brandon Boggs solo homer) and struck out five. Justin Henry went 3-for-4 from the top of the order, scoring twice and swiping his sixth base of the season, and Bryce Brentz went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs to lead the PawSox offense.

Portland – 0
New Hampshire – 3
WP: Walden (2-4)
LP: Britton (3-3)
S: Stilson (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Marcus Walden put together his best outing of the season for the Fisher Cats (18-21), holding the Sea Dogs to just two hits. He forced 13 ground ball outs and struck out 6 over 7 2/3 innings of work. Portland shortstop Xander Bogaerts did not reach base for the first time in 22 games. New Hampshire outfielder Kevin Pillar snapped an 0-for-15 streak, going 3-for-4 on the night with a RBI and a run, raising his batting average to .325. Brad Glenn (2-for-4) and Nashua native Kevin Nolan (2-for-3) also had multi-hit games for the Fisher Cats. The Sea Dogs move to 22-14 on the season.

Salem – 2
Carolina – 1
WP: Augliera (4-0)
LP: Anderson (4-2)
S: Striz (2)
HR: SAL-Gedman (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Mike Augliera put together a solid outing, allowing only 3 hits in 6 scoreless innings, striking out 4 and allowing no free passes. The win snapped Salem’s six-game losing streak. In his third game since arriving from extended spring training Matt Gedman hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot in the 8th that turned out to be the difference in the game. Gedman has hit safely in all three games with Salem. Shortstop Deven Marrero went 0-for-4, striking out three times. Catcher Blake Swihart (2-for-3, RBI) stole his third base of the season.

Greenville – 8
Ashville – 9
WP: Fernandez (1-1)
LP: Haley (0-6)
HR: GRE-Roberson (1); ASH-Jones (6), Sosa (7)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive (12-26) suffered a heartbreaker in this one, giving up 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth after they had taken a lead of their own with 2 in the top half of the inning. Tim Roberson’s two-run for Greenville broke a 6-6 tie, but Justin Haley loaded the bases with one out and a two-error play on a Tom Murphy fly ball to center field plated all three runs. Roberson went 3-for-5 with his first home run of the season and 5 RBIs. Catcher Jayson Hernandez also went 3-for-5, raising his average to .352. Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

New England teams

New Britain – 2
Bowie – 8
WP: Jones (1-2)
LP: Hermsen (1-3)
S: Gurka (3)
HR: BOW-Waring (1), Urrutia (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats (20-18) bats were cold in Bowie, managing only 4 hits while striking out 10 times. New Britain also staked the Baysox four runs on two errors, but despite the Rock Cats getting within one, Bowie pulled away with 4 runs off of Bobby Lanigan in the eighth inning. Second baseman Jason Christian (1-for-4, run) picked up his second triple in four games, but led the strikeout parade with 3 on the night.

Tuesday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 14, 2013 12:57 PM

Red Sox affiliates
6:35 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Drake Britton (3-2, 4.46 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 35 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (1-4, 3.55 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 17 Ks)
NOTE: The Sea Dogs (22-13) remain in first place in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League as they pull into Manchester for the first time this season. Sox top prospect Xander Bogaerts has reached base in 22 straight games and 26 of 28 games on the year. Starter Drake Britton has pitched 6 innings in each of his last three starts, compiling a 2-0 record with 17 strikeouts. The Fisher Cats (17-21) enter the series with 29 home runs, second most in the E.L., as 5’9” third baseman Ryan Schimpf leads the power surge with a league high 8 round trippers. New Hampshire’s starter Marcus Walden has yielded 55 hits on the season, third most in the league.

7:05 p.m.
Gwinnett Braves – Sean Gilmartin (2-1, 2.70 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 20 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Allen Webster (1-0, 2.70 WHIP, 0.90 WHIP, 26 Ks)
NOTE: The PawSox (23-15) return home after a successful 5-2 road trip that leaves them 1 game back of Buffalo in the International League North. Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker hit 5 home runs in April, but has not gone yard since April 25th. Allen Webster returns to the hill for Pawtucket following a brutal outing in his return trip to the big club where he allowed 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings versus the Twins. In his last start for the PawSox on May 3rd – which followed his big league debut – Webster dominated the Durham Bulls for 6 innings, allowing only a run on 2 hits while striking out nine.

Greenville Drive – Justin Haley (0-5, 6.66 ERA, 1.87 WHIP, 27 Ks)
at Ashville Tourists – T.J. Oakes (3-3, 6.47 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 20 Ks)
NOTE: The Drive (12-25) could only muster 2 hits last night, which was not enough to back their pitchers who allowed just 5 hits and 1 run. Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to nine games with a third inning single in last night’s 1-0 loss. Tonight’s starter Justin Haley has gone 5 or more innings only once in his 7 starts this season. Over his last three starts he has allowed 14 earned runs, 14 hits and 9 walks in 10 1/3 innings.

7:15 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (3-0, 3.67 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at Carolina Mudcats – Cody Anderson (4-1, 2.93 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 28 Ks)
NOTE: The road-weary Salem Red Sox (15-20) continue on their tour of the Carolina League as they play their tenth road game of the month having lost six in a row. Mike Augliera remains a model of consistency, logging at least 5 innings in each of his starts, allowing only 7 earned runs in his last 23 1/3. Reliever Chris Balcom-Miller pitched 2 scoreless innings in last night’s 8-3 loss to Myrtle Beach, his second appearance since returning from a back injury that had him start the season in extended spring training.

New England teams
7:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – B.J. Hermsen (1-2, 5.49 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, 11 Ks)
at Bowie Baysox – Devin Jones (1-2, 5.23 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 19 Ks)
NOTE: The Rock Cats (20-17) hit the road for just these three games in Bowie, the first meeting of these teams in 2013. Starter B.J. Hermsen picked up his first win of the season in his last outing, despite allowing 8 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings. Catcher Josmil Pinto is batting .348 in May with 3 home runs, 11 RBIs and 9 runs scored.

Monday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 13, 2013 11:36 AM

Red Sox affiliates
7:05 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Mike McCarthy (2-1, 3.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 27 Ks)
at Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Nick Martinez (3-2, 2.41 ERA, 29 Ks)
NOTE: Salem (15-19) will be looking to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Pelicans, winners of six in a row. Shortstop Deven Marrero was back in the lineup for the first time since April 22nd after a DL stint for a hamstring injury. The 2012 first-rounder went 1-for-4 in his return. Second baseman Sean Coyle has gone hitless in his last 5 games and his average has dropped from .317 to .242 since the start of May.

Greenville Drive – Cody Kukuk (2-3, 4.62 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 22 Ks)
at Ashville Tourists – Eddie Butler (3-1, 1.76 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 38 Ks)
NOTE: The Drive (12-24) had their modest two-game win streak snapped on Sunday. Pat Light had his toughest outing as a pro, allowing 8 runs on 9 hits in just 3 1/3 innings. After their brief four game home stand (which they split with Augusta) Greenville hits the road for a quick three games at Ashville. It will be the first time these two teams have met this season. Mookie Betts brings an 8-game hitting streak into the game.

7:15 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Terry Doyle (3-2, 2.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 33 Ks)
at Charlotte Knights – Zach Stewart (1-4, 4.22 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 30 Ks)
NOTE: Charlotte ended the PawSox (23-14) season-high 6-game win streak with a 6-4 win on Sunday. Jose Iglesias was without a hit for the third straight game and is 0 for his last 12 at-bats. Pawtucket is 8-2 in May as they wrap up their four-game series in Charlotte before returning home. Knights starter Zach Stewart was 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 11 starts with the PawSox a season ago after coming over from the Chicago White Sox in the Kevin Youkilis trade.

Trio of Sox Minor Leaguers nab weekly honors

Posted by Craig Forde May 13, 2013 11:01 AM

Three Red Sox farm hands earned their respective league’s player of the week honors for the period of May 6th through May 12th thanks to their work at the plate.

Garin Cecchini took the Carolina League’s nod for the second time in three weeks. CecchiniSalem.jpg

The Salem Red Sox third baseman strung together 7 hits on the week including 3 doubles and 2 home runs to go along with 6 RBIs, 7 runs and a stolen base.

Cecchini walked 3 times, struck out only twice and after catching a fast ball on the helmet Saturday he proceeded to go 2-for-3 with a double and solo home run on Sunday.

For the season Cecchini leads the C.L. in batting (.376), on-base percentage (.471) and slugging (.675) and is tied for the league lead in doubles (12).

Hamilton.jpgIn the International League, Pawtucket’s Mark Hamilton hammered his way to the team’s first weekly honor of the season.

The first baseman launched 4 of his 6 home runs during the period, including a 2-homer game versus Charlotte on Saturday.

Hamilton hit safely in all seven games during the week, posting a .400 batting average with 10 RBIs and 7 runs. His 27 RBIs on the season ranks him third in the I.L.

Coming into the week Greenville’s Mookie Betts was batting .150 on the season and inMookie.jpg just seven games raised his average 79 points to .229, earning him the South Atlantic League’s player of the week.

Betts has hit safely in 8 straight games and during the period he had 12 hits, drove in 5, scored 7 runs, stole 2 bases and had a 4-for-5 night against Augusta on Wednesday.

Most notably the second baseman jacked 3 homers, giving him 5 on the year, after not hitting one in 71 games with Lowell a year ago.

Mother's Day pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 12, 2013 09:27 AM

Red Sox affiliates
1:35 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Anthony Ranaudo (4-1, 1.64 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 36 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Logan Darnell (3-1, 3.00 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 29 Ks)
NOTE: The Rock Cats (20-16) had only six hits on Saturday, but used a 3-run eighth inning to complete a comeback victory, 5-4, over the Sea Dogs (21-13). Curt Smith’s two-run homer off of Miguel Celestino was the difference in this one. In 2/3 of an inning in relief Daniel Bard allowed 4 walks and a run in the sixth inning. A win by New Britain will pull them within one game of Portland atop the Eastern Division of the Eastern League.

2:15 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Alfredo Aceves (2-0, 1.38 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 12 Ks)
at Charlotte Knights - John Danks (rehab start)
NOTE: PawSox (23-13) pitching held the Knights to just 2 hits in a 4-0 win on Saturday. Rubby De La Rosa (4 innings) and Chris Hernandez (5 innings) combined for 12 strikeouts on the day. Alfredo Aceves makes his third start for Pawtucket while John Danks is making his second rehab start with Charlotte. The PawSox have a season-high six game win streak intact coming into the day.

3:05 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Kyle Stroup (1-2, 4.30 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 20 Ks)
at Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Alec Asher (2-2, 2.94 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 31 Ks)
NOTE: Henry Owens struggled through his shortest outing of the season (3 1/3 innings) in yesterday’s 9-8 loss to Myrtle Beach. The Salem Sox (15-18) have lost four in a row for the second time in less than two weeks. In the sixth inning third baseman Garin Cecchini, the Carolina’s League’s leading hitter, was struck in the helmet with a fastball and was removed from the game. He was able to get up and walk off on his own.

4:05 p.m.
Augusta GreenJackets – Jose Reyes (1-3, 7.56 ERA,
at Greenville Drive – Pat Light (1-2, 5.09 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 19 Ks)
NOTE: The GreenJackets seem to be just what the Drive (12-23) ordered as they have put together back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-April. In Saturday’s 6-5 win David Chester connected for a home run for the third straight game.

New England teams
1:05 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Sean Nolin (0-0, 5.40 ERA, 2.10 WHIP, 3 Ks)
at Trenton Thunder – Jose Ramirez (0-0, 0.69 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 17 Ks)
NOTE: The top five hitters in the New Hampshire lineup went 0-for-17 as the Fisher Cats (16-21) dropped a 6-2 decision on Saturday. The team’s scheduled starter, Chad Jenkins, was recalled by Toronto prior to the game. Nashua, New Hampshire native Kevin Nolan connected on his second home run of the season in the losing effort. Sean Nolin makes his second start of the season since returning from a groin injury. He has not lost a game since 2011 (Nolin was 10-0 in 2012).

Saturday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 11, 2013 12:59 AM

Red Sox affiliates
6:35 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Matt Barnes (3-1, 5.19 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 31 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Alex Meyer (2-1, 3.31 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 40 Ks)
NOTE: The Sea Dogs (21-12) and Rock Cats (19-16) split their Friday doubleheader, with New Britain pitcher Trevor May standing out in game two, tossing a complete game (7 innings), 2-hit shutout, with 10 strikeouts. Portland took game one, 6-4, with reliever Chris Martin running his season long scoreless streak to 21 innings. Saturday's matchup features the top pitching prospects for the Red Sox and the Twins. Meyer is 1-0 in three starts against the Sea Dogs this season, allowing 10 runs over 15 2/3 innings. Barnes has two starts against New Britain this season, winning one of them while getting hit up for 5 runs in a 2 1/3 inning no decision in the other.

7:05 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Henry Owens (3-1, 2.25 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 40 Ks)
at Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Jerad Eickhoff (2-2, 3.90 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 22 Ks)
NOTE: Friday's 5-1 loss gives Salem (15-17) a 7-8 record at LewisGale Field this season. Henry Owens enters the game with a Carolina League best 0.88 WHIP to go with 40 strikeouts, tied for fourth most. Owens has won his last three starts.

Augusta GreenJackets – Joe Biagini (1-0, 5.57 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 21 Ks)
at Greenville Drive – Frank Montas (1-4, 6.23 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 32 Ks)
NOTE: The Drive (11-23) picked up their first win of May on Friday as 2012 first-rounder Brian Johnson picked up his first win of the season. David Chester hit a home run for the second straight game and Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to six games.

7:15 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Rubby De La Rosa (0-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 19 Ks)
at Charlotte Knights – Jason Berken (2-2, 3.19 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 30 Ks)
NOTE: A 3-1 victory in Charlotte on Friday gave the PawSox (22-13) a five-game win streak, tying a season high. Rubby De La Rosa will hit the mound with a 10-inning scoreless streak (stretched over three starts) in hand. He has struck out 12 batters in that span.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Chad Jenkins (0-0, 3.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 1 K)
at Trenton Thunder – Matt Tracy (3-2, 8.31 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 23 Ks)
NOTE: The Fisher Cats (16-20) comeback efforts came up short in a 3-2 loss at Trenton. New Hampshire made it interesting, scoring two, two-out runs in the bottom of the ninth before leaving the bases loaded to end it. Chad Jenkins, the Blue Jays 2009 first-round pick, makes his second start of the season. He went 5 innings against New Britain on Monday, allowing 2 runs, 3 hits and a walk in a no decision.

Friday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 10, 2013 12:03 PM

Red Sox affiliates
4:30 p.m.
GAME 1
Portland Sea Dogs – Charlie Haeger (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 14 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Trevor May (1-1, 3.90 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 27 Ks)

GAME 2
Portland Sea Dogs – Brandon Workman (4-0, 2.80 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 42 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Cole DeVries (rehab start)
NOTE: Friday’s doubleheader is actually a makeup of a rainout from April 12th and not last night’s washout which will be made up later in the season. The Sea Dogs (20-11) took two of three games on their last trip to New Britain back in early April. On the year Portland is 7-3 against the Rock Cats (18-15). Brandon Workman’s 42 strikeouts are fifth best in the Eastern League, but all those ahead of him have made one more start. His 0.82 WHIP is tied with teammate Anthony Ranaudo as the low mark in the league.

7:05 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – William Cuevas (1-3, 7.84 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 16 Ks)
at Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Victor Payano (2-2, 5.34 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 37 Ks)
NOTE: The Salem Sox (15-16) dipped under .500 after getting swept by Carolina in Thursday’s doubleheader. They make their first trip of the season to Myrtle Beach for a four game set. The Sox took two of three at home versus the Pelicans back in April. Second baseman Sean Coyle is in the midst of a 1-for-19 slump since slugging two home runs on May 4th. His batting average has dropped 51 points - from .324 to .273 - since last Saturday.

Augusta GreenJackets – Kendry Flores (2-1, 1.23 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 22 Ks)
at Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (0-1, 2.30 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 14 Ks)
NOTE: The Drive (10-23) chalked up loss number 8 of May last night with a 6-3 loss at Fluor Field. First baseman David Chester launched his team leading 5th home run.. Tonight’s starter Brian Johnson is coming off of a season high 6-strikeout performance last Friday versus Rome where he allowed only 2 hits and a walk over 5 innings.

7:15 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Graham Godfrey (1-2, 4.50 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 19 Ks)
at Charlotte Knights – Roman Colon (0-1, 4.32 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 5 Ks)
NOTE: The PawSox (21-13) roll into Charlotte for four games with the momentum of a four game sweep in Gwinnett. In Thursday’s 14-9 slugfest Ryan Lavarnway went 2-for-5, giving him 5 multi-hit games and 10 RBI over his last ten games. Six other PawSox had a multi-hit game yesterday, including Jose Iglesias who went 2-for-6 with 2 runs scored.

New England teams
7:05 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Ryan Tepera (4-1, 2.78 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 22 Ks)
at Trenton Thunder –Mikey O’Brien (1-2, 4.39 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 34 Ks)
NOTE: The Fisher Cats (16-19) evened the season series (4-4) with the Thunder last night behind an 8-3 victory. Outfielder Kevin Pillar went 3-for-5, raising his batting average to .340, third best in the E.L. It was his third straight multi-hit game, and fourth in his last six games.

Thursday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 9, 2013 03:33 AM

Red Sox affiliates
10:35 a.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Steven Wright (1-1, 1.69 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 14 Ks)
at Gwinnett Braves – Roman Colon (0-1, 4.32 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 5 Ks)
NOTE: The PawSox (20-13) will be looking for their fourth straight win. They beat the Braves, 4-1, on Wednesday and Jose Iglesias went 1 for 5 in his first action since Saturday.

5:30 p.m.
GAME 1
Carolina Mudcats – Cody Anderson (3-1, 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (3-0, 4.12 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 18 Ks)

GAME 2
Carolina Mudcats – Jacob Lee (0-2, 5.13 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 25 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – William Cuevas (1-3, 7.84 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 16 Ks)
NOTE: Wednesday’s rainout was the third of the season for Salem (15-14). A sweep of the doubleheader will make it five wins in a row for the Sox. Third baseman Garin Cecchini’s .379 batting average is best in the Carolina League.

6:35 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Charlie Haeger (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 14 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Trevor May (1-1, 3.90 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 27 Ks)
NOTE: The Sea Dogs (20-11) took two of three games on their last trip to New Britain back in early April. On the year Portland is 7-3 against the Rock Cats (18-15).

7:00 p.m.
Augusta GreenJackets – Chris Stratton (2-2, 2.83 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 36 Ks)
at Greenville Drive – Justin Haley (0-4, 6.14 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 24 Ks)
NOTE: The month of May has been unkind to the Drive (10-22) who are 0-7 since the calendar turned. The pitching staff boasts the highest ERA (4.89) in the South Atlantic League and the second lowest team batting average (.224).

New England team
7:05 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Deck McGuire (1-3, 5.34 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 29 Ks)
at Trenton Thunder –Zach Nuding (1-3, 2.27 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 27 Ks)
NOTE: The Fisher Cats (15-19) are in the midst of a three game losing streak. It is the fourth time this season they have had such a run of loses. The team’s 25 home runs are one behind Altoona in the Eastern League.

Iglesias deals with struggles, attitude

Posted by Craig Forde May 8, 2013 12:03 PM

The 2013 season couldn’t have started any better for Jose Iglesias, but now the sure-JoseIggy.jpghanded shortstop prospect is mired in a sea of doubt, leading to a benching that has left many to speculate the issues behind it all.

The Red Sox top defensive prospect found himself with the big club to start the season, taking over for the position that many expected him to inherit by this point for 6 games before being optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Stephen Drew.

In his time with Boston he hit .450 with 2 doubles and 3 runs scored, making many believe that the guy who had a .262 average in his three minor league seasons might actually turn into a decent hitter.

But alas Drew came off of the disabled list and Iglesias found himself back in Pawtucket for the third straight season.

The hot bat did not make the trip and Iglesias has a .232 average since joining the PawSox, despite a career high three home runs.

On Tuesday night the shortstop found himself out of the lineup for the third straight night.

It seemingly starts on Saturday (and most likely a little before that), when in the fourth inning versus Durham, Iglesias grounded a one-strike pitch to the first baseman and failed to run down the line on what was a sure out.

He was replaced by Jonathan Diaz at shortstop when the team took to the field in the top of the fifth and he hasn’t played since.

Manager Gary DiSarcina called it a “manager’s decision” and echoed that statement to Pawtucket Times writer Brendan McGair on Sunday when Iglesias’ name was not in the starting lineup.

In the presence of the “big brotherly” David Ortiz, who rehabbed with Pawtucket for 6 games, Iglesias seemed a bit more upbeat and emotionally invested, tagging alongside the slugger in the clubhouse and on the bench.

All reports since Ortiz rejoined the big club point to a much more discontented Iglesias, including Sean McAdam’s which quotes Boston manager John Farrell as saying that the shortstop is, “dealing with some things."

Iglesias is healthy and capable of playing, but has shown at times that he would rather be elsewhere...that elsewhere being Boston of course.

Ultimately, it seems clear that Iglesias is having a tough time with his struggles at the plate on the Triple-A level, and after hitting well in the majors (albeit over a very small time frame) it all starts tying together in his mind, possibly leading to an issue in his attitude where he feels that he should have never been back to this point.

However, he is back to this point because the Red Sox went out and got Drew in the offseason to play shortstop because they were unsure of Iglesias' readiness to be an everyday big-leaguer.

With attitude issues the club may have more to be unsure about, but are hoping that maybe some off days will quell this situation all-together.

Craig Forde can be reached by email at cforde@globe.com and follow him on Twitter @OnDeckBDC.

Wednesday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde May 8, 2013 09:35 AM

Red Sox affiliates
10:30 a.m.
GAME 1
Greenville Drive – Cody Kukuk (2-2, 3.63 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 19 Ks)
at West Virginia Power – Joely Rodriguez (1-2, 4.06 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 26 Ks)

GAME 2
Greenville Drive – Jason Garcia (2-2, 3.63 ERA, WHIP, 19 Ks)
at West Virginia Power – Orlando Castro (3-2, 1.36 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 29 Ks)

11:00 a.m.
Carolina Mudcats – Cody Anderson (3-1, 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (3-0, 4.12 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 18 Ks)

6:00 p.m.
Reading Fightin’ Phils – David Buchanan (1-3, 5.09 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 17 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Franklin Morales (rehab start)

6:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Terry Doyle (2-2, 3.03 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 28 Ks)
at Gwinnett Braves – Sean Gilmartin (2-1, 2.70 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 20 Ks)

New England team
5:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Pat Dean (0-3, 4.22 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 17 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (1-3, 2.97 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 15 Ks)

Tuesday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde May 7, 2013 01:23 PM

Red Sox affiliates
5:05 p.m.
GAME 1
Greenville Drive – Pat Light (1-1, 4.91 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at West Virginia Power – Tyler Glasnow (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 16 Ks)

GAME 2
Greenville Drive – Cody Kukuk (2-2, 3.63 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 19 Ks)
at West Virginia Power – Joely Rodriguez (1-2, 4.06 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 26 Ks)

6:00 p.m.
Reading Fightin’ Phils – Hector Neris (2-1, 3.91 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Anthony Ranaudo (4-0, 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 30 Ks)

6:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 6 Ks)
at Gwinnett Braves – Daniel Rodriguez (1-2, 7.48 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 27 Ks)

7:05 p.m.
Carolina Mudcats – Joseph Colon (0-1, 3.68 ERA, 1.022 WHIP, 16 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Kyle Kaminska (0-3, 7.56 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 15 Ks)

New England team
5:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – B.J. Hermsen (0-2, 4.91 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, 9 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Sean Nolin (NR)

Monday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde May 6, 2013 01:28 PM

Red Sox affiliates
6:00 p.m.
Reading Fightin’ Phils – Greg Smith (NR)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Matt Barnes (2-1, 6.75 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 27 Ks)

6:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Rubby De La Rosa (0-0, 7.11 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 13 Ks)
at Gwinnett Braves – Omar Poveda (2-1, 1.93 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 24 Ks)

7:05 p.m.
Greenville Drive – Pat Light (1-1, 4.91 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at West Virginia Power – Tyler Glasnow (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 16 Ks)

New England team
6:35 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Logan Darnell (3-1, 2.16 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 27 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Chad Jenkins (NR)

Sunday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde May 5, 2013 11:19 AM

Red Sox affiliates
1:00 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Alex Meyer (2-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 34 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Brandon Workman (4-0, 2.73 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 34 Ks)

1:05 p.m.
Durham Bulls – Jake Odorizzi (2-0, 3.33 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 36 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Steven Wright (1-0, 1.93 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 13 Ks)

2:00 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Mike McCarthy (1-1, 3.74 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 21 Ks)
at Winston-Salem Dash – Terance Marin (2-1, 6.57 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 19 Ks)

5:05 p.m.
Greenville Drive – Frank Montas (1-3, 6.00 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 13 Ks)
at West Virginia Power – John Kuchno (0-1, 5.14 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 15 Ks)

New England team
1:35 p.m.
Reading Fightin’ Phils – Seth Rosin (1-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 20 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Ryan Tepera (3-1, 3.42 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 18 Ks)

Saturday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde May 4, 2013 12:03 PM

Red Sox affiliates
1:00 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Trevor May (1-1, 4.62 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 24 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Charlie Haeger (1-0, 2.70 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 6 Ks)

1:05 p.m.
Durham Bulls – J.D. Martin (2-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 21 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Terry Doyle (2-1, 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 17 Ks)

7:00 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Henry Owens (2-1, 2.80 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 30 Ks)
at Winston-Salem Dash – Christopher Beck (2-3, 1.45 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 19 Ks)

New England team
5:05 p.m.
Reading Fightin’ Phils – Jesse Biddle (2-1, 1.74 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 40 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2-3, 2.80 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 30 Ks)

Friday's pitching matchups

Posted by Craig Forde May 3, 2013 01:57 PM

Red Sox affiliates
6:00 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Pat Dean (0-3, 4.56 ERA, 11 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Drake Britton (2-2, 4.44 ERA, 25 Ks)

6:05 p.m.
Durham Bulls – Alex Colome (1-3, 2.28, 27 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Allen Webster (0-0, 3.21 ERA, 17 Ks)

7:00 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Michael McCarthy (1-1, 3.74 ERA, 21 Ks)
at Winston-Salem Dash - Chris Bassitt (3-0, 2.10 ERA, 28 Ks)

Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (0-1, 3.38 ERA, 8 Ks)
at Rome Braves – Mauricio Cabrera (1-2, 2.70 ERA, 13 Ks)

New England team
6:35 p.m.
Reading Fightin’ Phils – David Buchanan (1-3, 4.91 ERA, 14 Ks)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Tyson Brummett (0-2. 5.00 ERA, 16 Ks)

Wednesday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde May 1, 2013 10:11 AM

Red Sox affiliates
11:35 a.m.
Portland Sea Dogs – Charlie Haeger (1-0, 2.70 ERA, 6 Ks)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – Brody Colvin (1-0, 3.97 ERA, 4 Ks)

6:35 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (3-0, 4.24 ERA, 14 Ks)
at Wilmington Blue Rocks – Kyle Smith (0-1, 2.33 ERA, 29 Ks)

7:00 p.m.
Greenville Drive – Cody Kukuk (1-3, 6.00 ERA, 27 Ks)
at Rome Braves – Patrick Scoggin (3-2, 4.98 ERA, 17 Ks)

NOTES: After two starts with Pawtucket, knuckleballer Charlie Haeger returns to the Sea Dogs (14-9) where he last pitched in 2011 before missing the entire 2012 season with an elbow injury. In his prior stint with Portland, Haeger went 4-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 50 innings. He has pitched parts of five seasons in the majors throughout his 11 year career, compiling a 2-7 record with a 6.40 ERA...Mike Augliera will look for this third straight win tonight in Wilmington. The Salem Sox (12-11) starter has allowed 2 earned runs in each of his last two outings, including a 7 inning start last Thursday against the Blue Rocks where he had a season high 6 strikeouts. With three hits last night third baseman Garin Cecchini extended his hitting streak to seven games, including six straight multi-hit games. Cecchini is batting .519 during the streak. Teammate Sean Coyle had his seven game hit streak snapped last night...Cody Kukuk makes his fifth start of the season for Greenville (10-15) tonight and his fourth on the road. The lefty is 1-2 with a 5.11 ERA away from Fluor Field, striking out 4 batters in each of his three road starts. Kukuk has allowed only 9 hits over 17 1/3 innings, but his 11 free passes pushes his WHIP to 1.15, a reasonable number that can easily be wittled down with more work.

New England team
6:35 p.m.
Harrisburg Senators – Brian Broderick (1-1, 5.40 ERA, 20 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Logan Darnell (2-1, 2.73 ERA, 21 Ks)

7:05 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (1-3, 3.29 ERA, 12 Ks)
at Trenton Thunder – Jose Ramirez (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 Ks)

NOTES: Rock Cats (13-12) starter Logan Darnell enters the day with the 11th best ERA in the Eastern League, looking to secure a successful homestand with a win. On the flip side, he also brings with him the 12th highest WHIP (1.52) in the league, so he will need to limit the hits, of which he has yielded 15 over his last two starts. Darnell threw 5 innings of 1-run ball against Harrisburg back on April 9th, but did not factor in the decision and did not strike out a batter...Marcus Walden will look to build off the success of his first win in his last start against Reading on Friday. In his last two starts the right-hander from Fresno has allowed only 2 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings. However, he has allowed 7 or more hits in each of his five starts and the 42 hits he has given up are most in the E.L. The good side on those numbers is that none of those 42 hits have left the yard and he has only walked 6 batters. Fisher Cats (11-15) first baseman Clint Robinson (.318 batting average) has a five game hit streak brewing.

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