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Wednesday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde  May 29, 2013 11:32 AM

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Red Sox affiliates
1:35 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Graham Godfrey (3-3, 3.86 ERA)
at Indianapolis Indians – Brandon Cumpton (4-2, 2.91 ERA)
NOTE: Graham Godfrey is slated to make only his fourth start of the season and second in May. The right-hander has primarily been working out of the bullpen of late, including two appearances against the Indians in their recent trip to McCoy Stadium. In those games Godfrey allowed 4 earned runs and 6 hits - 2 home runs - in 2 2/3 innings. Indians starter Brandon Crumpton, ranked as the 25th best prospect in Pittsburgh’s system by Baseball America, is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in May.

6:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Stroman (1-0, 2.00 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Anthony Ranaudo (5-1, 1.70 ERA)
NOTE: We have another top-notch pitching matchup on tap in Portland as a couple of former first-rounders grapple in this one. Marcus Stroman (2012 – 22nd overall selection) has been solid since returning from a 50-game drug suspension. In two starts, both versus New Britain, he has allowed just 2 earned runs and struck out 11 over 9 innings. Anthony Ranaudo (2010 – 39th overall) will look to close his May like he did his April, healthy and in full command of his arsenal. He has failed to get out of the fifth inning in his last two starts, both versus Binghamton, but has only allowed 3 earned runs and struck out 9. Ranaudo has yet to face the Fisher Cats this season.

7:05 p.m.
Salem Red Sox – Michael McCarthy (3-2, 4.04)
at Potomac Nationals – Taylor Hill (4-2, 3.33)
NOTE: With a little momentum at his back Michael McCarthy looks to string together another solid start. In his last two outings he allowed just 8 hits and 2 earned runs over 5 innings, earning a win to combat a no decision. McCarthy faced Potomac in a relief appearance back on April 16th, yielding a run in 3 innings. Nationals starter Taylor Hill is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts against Salem this year.

Savannah Sand Gnats –Robert Gsellman (2-1, 2.12 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Justin Haley (1-6, 5.15 ERA)
NOTE: Fresh off his first win of the season Justin Haley will look to once again halt a Greenville losing streak. In 5 innings against the South Atlantic League’s top team, the Charleston RiverDogs, Haley allowed 5 hits and 1 run while striking out a season high 8 batters. It was only the second time in 8 starts that he lasted 5 innings.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels – Craig Westcott (2-5, 3.80 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – B.J. Hermsen (1-5, 4.81 ERA)
NOTE: B.J. Hermsen will toe the rubber for his 8th start of the year and 6th in May. He is 1-4 in his last five starts, having allowed 12 earned runs, 31 hits and 11 walks in 24 1/3 innings. He does have one start against the Flying Squirrels this season back on April 27th when he allowed just 1 run over 4 2/3 innings.

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