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Friday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde  June 7, 2013 12:55 PM

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Red Sox affiliates
6:05 p.m.
GAME 1
Salem Red Sox – Kyle Stroup (3-3, 3.88 ERA)
at Lynchburg Hillcats – Greg Ross (2-2, 4.36 ERA)
NOTE: Kyle Stroup should be riding high after his last outing when he allowed just three hits and a walk over seven innings against Myrtle Beach. He has been solid in four of his last five starts and is 2-1 in that span. Stroup did have one of his better outings of the season against Lynchburg back on April 18th, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings. In his six starts since arriving in Lynchburg, Greg Ross is allowing an average of 5 hits and over 2.5 walks per outing.

GAME 2
Salem Red Sox – Kyle Kraus (0-0, 2.25 ERA)
at Lynchburg Hillcats – N/A
NOTE: For the second time since being called up from Greenville, Kyle Kraus will get the nod in game two of a double header. He did an admirable job last time out, logging 4 innings while allowing just 1 run, 4 hits and a walk. This will equal the total number of starts from a season ago for Kraus, who worked in 13 games for the Drive out of the bullpen before being called up to Salem. The Hillcats had not named a game two starter by the time this was posted.

7:05 p.m.
Charlotte Knights – Jason Berken (4-5, 3.49 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Rubby De La Rosa (0-1, 3.51 ERA)
NOTE: Will tonight be the night that Rubby De La Rosa works at least five innings and grabs a victory? Gary DiSarcina seems to want to reward the righty prospect, but not at the cost of stunting De La Rosa's development. He had a gem of a four inning outing against the Knights on May 11th, striking out seven and allowing only a hit and two walks. Knights starter Jason Berken has earned a decision in 9 of his 11 starts, including a loss against Pawtucket on May 11th after allowing four runs and six hits in six innings.

Portland Sea Dogs – Charlie Haeger (2-2, 3.79 ERA)
at Erie SeaWolves – Brett Brach (2-2, 4.67 ERA)
NOTE: Yesterday’s rainout means that Charlie Haeger is still on the docket to start for Portland. He has plunked 5 batters this season in only 35 2/3 innings with the Sea Dogs, tied for third most in the Eastern League. Akron’s Brett Brach went 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in starts during a brief callup to Triple-A Columbus, but upon his return he has allowed 8 runs and 14 hits in 12 1/3 innings over 3 outings.

Hickory Crawdads – N/A
at Greenville Drive – Frank Montas (1-5, 5.23 ERA)
NOTE: Prior to the start of the regularly schedule game tonight, these two teams will complete their suspended game from May 22nd. In that ballgame the score is tied, 3-3, with the Drive batting in the top of the third inning and the bases loaded with two outs. Following that, Frank Montas takes the hill for his 11th start of the year, looking for his first win since April 29th. He does have two prior starts against the Crawdads having gone 10 2/3 innings, allowing 3 earned runs and 7 hits while striking out 15 batters.

New England teams
7:05 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Tom Stuifbergen (2-3, 3.65 ERA)
at Bowie Baysox – Mike Wright (3-0, 3.30 ERA)
NOTE: Tom Stuifbergen will make his Double-A debut for the Rock Cats after starting the season in Fort Myers for the third straight season. In 11 appearances he went 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 28 Ks over 56 2/3 innings. Stuifbergen, a member of Team Netherlands in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, has had some solid command, allowing only two walks on the season. Mike Wright makes his third start against the Rock Cats, having gone 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 Ks in 11 innings.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Ryan Tepera (5-4, 4.50 ERA)
at Erie Seawolves – Matt Crouse (4-4, 4.38 ERA)
NOTE: Ryan Tepera comes into start number 12 with the Eastern League lead in hit batters, nine. He has allowed just 50 hits in 54 innings, but has coupled that with 25 walks. Since going 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA in his first five starts of the season, Tepera is 2-3 with a 5.53 ERA in his last six. Matt Crouse has split time between the pen and starting in his third professional season. He is 2-4 with a 5.03 ERA in eight starts for the SeaWolves this season.

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