Red Sox affiliates
Charlotte Knights – Andre Rienzo (4-3, 6.71 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Steven Wright (2-2, 4.64 ERA)
NOTE: Knuckle-baller Steven Wright takes to the bump for his tenth start of the season, looking for his first win since May 9th. He has allowed 29 walks this year, sixth most in the International League, and has given up 6 home runs in his last 5 starts after not allowing 1 in his first 4 starts. Andre Rienzo, one the Chicago White Sox top pitching talents, has not allowed a home run in his last four starts and has a 1.95 ground-out/fly-out ratio this season.
Portland Sea Dogs – Anthony Ranaudo (6-1, 1.48 ERA)
at Erie SeaWolves - Ramon Garcia (1-5, 6.45 ERA)
NOTE: If there was such a thing in Minor League Baseball, Anthony Ranaudo would certainly be a candidate for ‘must see TV’ whenever he starts. He was spectacular in his last outing, tossing 7 innings of 1-hit ball versus New Hampshire while striking out 8 batters. Ranaudo has allowed just 3 runs over his last four starts and hasn’t given up a home run in that span. Ramon Garcia was recently sent down to Erie from Triple-A Toledo following three straight starts of allowing 5 or more earned runs.
Winston-Salem Dash – Bryan Blough (2-4, 5.43 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Mike Augliera (4-2, 3.70 ERA)
NOTE: After a 4-0 start to his season Mike Augliera is 0-2 over his last three starts, which may have a little something to do with the long ball. In his first 7 starts he did not allow one ball to leave the park, but has given up 4 home runs in his last 3 outings. Augliera is most successful when he is keeping the ball down in the zone and forcing ground ball outs...like most pitchers I suppose. Winston-Salem’s Bryan Blough has given up 19 hits and 11 walks over his last three starts, all no decisions.
Greenville Drive – Justin Haley (2-6, 4.64 ERA)
at Charleston RiverDogs – Luis Niebla (2-1, 6.62 ERA)
NOTE: Now let’s see how Justin Haley reacts in the face of no major pressure at all! Having won his last two starts to halt some long Drive losing streaks, Haley gets the ball tonight with Greenville having won their last game. In 8 1/3 innings pitched against Charleston this season Haley has allowed 2 earned runs on 9 hits and 4 walks while striking out 14 batters. Luis Niebla makes his third start of the season having allowed 3 or more runs in each of his 4 appearances this season (two in relief).
New England teams
New Britain Rock Cats – D.J. Baxendale (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
at Richmond Flying Squirrels – Craig Westcott (3-5, 3.88 ERA)
NOTE: In his second Double-A start D.J. Baxendale will have the honors of trying to make up for his first as he faces Richmond once again. His first time out, last Wednesday, Baxendale allowed 7 earned runs and 9 hits over 4 2/3 innings. It was his first loss of the season after going 7-0 with High Class-A Fort Myers. Richmond starter Craig Westcott is 1-1 against the Rock Cats in three starts, having picked up his win in that game last Wednesday.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Stroman (1-1, 8.10 ERA)
at Akron Aeros – Will Roberts (4-2, 4.08 ERA)
NOTE: After getting smacked around in his last start at Portland, the ever-positive Marcus Stroman took to Twitter to exult in the tutelage provided to him after the game from non-other than Pedro Martinez. If the Sox pitchers that Martinez has worked with this season are any indication (see De La Rosa, Rubby) than Stroman is in for a quick turnaround following his 1 inning performance last Wednesday. Akron’s Will Roberts has collected wins in his last three appearances.
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