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Wednesday's pitching matchups, notes

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

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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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