Red Sox affiliates
Charlotte Knights – Charles Leesman (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Chris Hernandez (3-2, 3.67 ERA)
NOTE: Chris Hernandez makes his first start of June and ninth of the season following a 3-0 May in which he logged 32 2/3 innings between 3 starts and 4 relief appearances. He did toss 5 scoreless relief innings against the Knights on May 11th, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 5 while earning the win. Charles Leesman, who Baseball America lists as the 11th best prospect in the White Sox system, will make his third start of the season since returning from a knee injury suffered against the PawSox in last season’s Governors’ Cup championship.
Portland Sea Dogs – Drake Britton (3-5, 4.11 ERA)
at Erie SeaWolves – Warwick Saupold (4-1, 2.42 ERA)
NOTE: Although he is 0-3 in his last 4 starts Drake Britton has given up 2 or fewer earned runs in three of those outings. He has not allowed a home run in his last 5 starts and has struck out 25. Erie’s Warwick Saupold hasn’t lost a start since April 12th, his second outing of the season.
Winston-Salem Dash – Myles Jaye (3-0, 4.07 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Henry Owens ( ERA)
NOTE: Henry Owens' last win came against the Dash back on May 11th, 5 starts ago. Since then he has tossed 19 innings, striking out 22 while allowing 20 hits and 12 earned runs. This is Owens’ 11th start of the season. Since a mid-May call up from Kannapolis, Myles Jaye is 3-0 in 4 starts for Winston-Salem, striking out 21 in 24 1/3 innings.
Greenville Drive – Justin Haley (2-6, 4.64 ERA)
at Charleston RiverDogs – Cesar Vargas (2-2, 3.15 ERA)
NOTE: The last two times Justin Haley hit the mound it was in the midst of 5-game and 4-game losing streaks respectively. This time he gets the pleasure of working with a two-game Drive win streak as he looks to extend his own two-game win streak in which he has allowed a combined 2 earned runs while striking out 11 in 11 innings. RiverDogs starter Cesar Vargas has made 2 starts against the Drive having not allowed a run and only 4 hits in 10 innings.
New England teams
New Britain Rock Cats – Pat Dean (3-5, 5.05 ERA)
at Richmond Flying Squirrels – Jack Snodgrass (4-1, 1.97 ERA)
NOTE: Boston College product Pat Dean looks for three straight wins, ringing up an impressive 12 1/3 innings in his last two starts in which he has allowed 1 earned run, 11 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4 batters. Dean is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts versus the Flying Squirrels. Richmond starter Jack Snodgrass is 1-1 against the Rock Cats in two starts, with the win coming back on April 5th when he blanked the Cats over 6 innings.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (4-5, 3.13 ERA)
at Akron Aeros – Matt Packer (2-5, 3.25 ERA)
NOTE: Marcus Walden is 3-1 in his last four starts, with all three wins coming against the Portland Sea Dogs. He is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 5 starts away from Manchester and 4-3 with a 2.83 in night games, so he has those two factors working in his favor as he makes start number 12 tonight. Akron’s Matt Packer has allowed just 3 runs and has struck out 19 in his last 19 innings.
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