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Thursday's pitching matchups, notes

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

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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.

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