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Thursday's pitching matchups, notes

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

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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.

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