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Britton rewarded with Pitcher of the Week honor for gem

Posted by Craig Forde  June 10, 2013 03:44 PM

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Britton.jpgPortland Sea Dogs pitcher Drake Britton was named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 3-9.

During the week Britton had only one start, but it was the best of his young career as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning versus the Erie SeaWolves.

A leadoff double broke up the no-no, but would stand as the only knock that Erie could muster against Britton over eight innings. The only other blemish on Britton’s bright day was a second inning walk.

Britton faced 26 batters and used up just 88 pitches, striking out a season-high eight batters.

After the outing Britton said to MiLB.com, "All four of my pitches were working. I was throwing them all for strikes and staying in the zone the whole time. Their hitters were a little more aggressive and I pitched to contact and got a lot of ground balls and got them early. That allowed me to go into the seventh and eighth innings."

On the season Britton is 4-5 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and .287 opponent’s batting average.

His 64 strikeouts are tied with teammate Matt Barnes for third most of any Red Sox minor leaguer.

He becomes the second Portland pitcher to win weekly honors this season, following Chris Martin who has since been promoted to Pawtucket.

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