Red Sox affiliates
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.
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.
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
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.
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