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Saturday's pitching matchups, notes

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

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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.

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