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Wednesday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde  May 22, 2013 01:03 PM

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Red Sox affiliates
6:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Ryan Tepera (4-3, 3.76 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 39 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Matt Barnes (3-1, 4.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 45 Ks)
NOTE: The forecast calls for low-50s and rain around game time in Portland tonight. If they are able to get this one in, Matt Barnes will make his ninth start of the season. He has pumped out 28 Ks over his last 22 innings and is one of four Portland pitchers with at least 40 strikeouts on the season, his 45 ranking 5th in the Red Sox organization. Ryan Tepera has dropped two straight starts including a loss against the Sea Dogs last Thursday where he allowed season highs in hits (8) and earned runs (6). In that game Tepera also gave up his first home run since April 8th, a span of 6 starts.

Greenville Drive – Pat Light (1-3, 8.28 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 24 Ks)
at Hickory Crawdads – Tyler Smith (4-1, 3.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 31 Ks)
NOTE: It’s just another May losing streak for the Drive who currently find themselves caught up in a 4-game slide. Pat Light’s last two starts were a bit of a horror show for the 6’5” righty from Monmouth. Over 7 1/3 innings he allowed 13 earned runs, 16 hits (3 home runs) and most alarmingly, 7 walks. Last season with Lowell, Light pitched a total of 30 1/3 innings and allowed only 8 earned runs and 5 walks.

7:05 p.m.
Winston-Salem Dash – Christopher Beck (2-6, 2.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at Salem Red Sox – Henry Owens (3-1, 3.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 49 Ks)
NOTE: Salem has dropped two straight, giving up 17 runs and 30 hits in the process. So its Henry Owens to the rescue tonight as the big lefty looks to notch his first win since May 4th. Owens, who has made four straight starts on the road, allowed just one earned run and forced 11 ground ball outs to go with 4 strikeouts against Carolina last Thursday. His 49 strikeouts this season are currently third most in the Carolina League.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
Binghamton Mets – Erik Goeddel (3-2, 5.31 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 42 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Alex Meyer (2-2, 3.95 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 40 Ks)
NOTE: Now that the eight game skid is over, it’s time for the Rock Cats (21-24) to try and climb back towards .500 and get back into the hunt. Having the ability to throw Trevor May and Alex Meyer - two of the Twins top three pitching prospects - on back-to-back days must make manager Jeff Smith’s job a little less stressful. After May helped stopped the losing streak yesterday, it’s now Meyer’s turn to start a win streak. The 6’9” righty from Kentucky makes his ninth start of the year and fifth against a team other than the Portland Sea Dogs. The month of May has not been as kind as April was for Meyer, having not picked up a decision in three starts while posting a 5.40 ERA. Meyer has struck out 17 over 15 innings this month and his 51 Ks are tied for fourth most in the E.L.

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