Red Sox affiliates
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Marcus Walden (2-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 23 Ks)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Charlie Haeger (2-0, 3.16 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 19 Ks)
NOTE: The Sea Dogs (24-17) hold on to the slimmest of leads in the E.L. East (just one game ahead of Binghamton) as the surging Fisher Cats (22-22) roll into Hadlock Field for the first time this season. Charlie Haeger makes his second straight start against New Hampshire after allowing 7 walks over 5 innings last Wednesday. In his three starts this season Haeger has given up 16 free passes. The recently dubbed Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, Marcus Walden, gets his second crack at the Portland lineup. Last Tuesday he mowed down the Dogs, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks over 7 2/3 innings. The Fisher Cats, who took two of three from Portland last week, have won three in a row and six of their last seven.
Greenville Drive – Brian Johnson (1-2, 4.13 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 20 Ks)
at Hickory Crawdads – Connor Sadzeck (2-2, 2.70 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 31 Ks)
NOTE: What looked like a decent young staff of arms on paper has turned into an episode of growing pains for the Greenville Drive who own a South Atlantic League worst 5.18 team ERA. Of course the majority of these pitchers are experiencing their first full season of pro ball so some adjustment is expected, but many were hopeful that the results would be a little better than this. Brian Johnson, a first rounder out of Florida last year, is one of these young arms that are just looking to get a foot hold on the season. He had shown some solid results early, allowing just 5 earned runs in his first five starts. However, last time out Johnson ran into some early troubles and got battered for 7 hits and 6 earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings.
Indianapolis Indians – Brooks Brown (2-0, 3.66 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 26 Ks)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Steven Wright (2-0, 2.52 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, 23 Ks)
NOTE: In splitting the first two of four games with Indianapolis, the PawSox (26-18) have ripped off 14 runs against the International League’s best pitching staff. The bats will look to remain hot tonight in backing Steven Wright who is 1-1 in three May starts. In his last two outings, both versus Gwinnett, Wright allowed 13 hits and 6 walks over 9 2/3 innings.
New England teams
Binghamton Mets – Logan Verrett (5-1, 3.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 35 Ks)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Pat Dean (1-4, 5.67 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 24 Ks)
NOTE: Prior to their current seven-game slide the Rock Cats (20-23) were 7-4 in May. A loss tonight will match their longest winless streak from last season. It shouldn’t be too hard for Pat Dean to improve upon his last start. At Bowie, the lefty lasted only 1 1/3 innings after allowing 7 runs, 6 hits and 2 home runs. Dean also allowed two walks, the first free passes he had yielded in over five starts.
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