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Thursday's pitching matchups, notes

Posted by Craig Forde  June 6, 2013 03:30 PM

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Red Sox affiliates
7:05 p.m.
Charlotte Knights – Simon Castro (1-6, 5.14 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Allen Webster (5-0, 2.57 ERA)
NOTE: Allen Webster looks to make is six straight wins after not earning a decision over his first three starts for Pawtucket. In his recent stretch of victories he has allowed 7 earned runs over 28 innings, striking out 31 and giving up only 14 hits. Simon Castro makes his second start against the PawSox after catching a loss on May 10th when he allowed 3 runs and 4 hits over 8 innings, striking out 8 in the process.

Portland Sea Dogs – Charlie Haeger (2-2, 3.79 ERA)
at Erie SeaWolves – Matt Crouse (4-4, 4.38 ERA)
NOTE: Charlie Haeger did a solid job of forcing ground ball outs in his last start, getting 8 of his 19 outs by way of the grounder, to go along with 5 strike outs. He did still struggle with his command a bit in that game, walking 4 and hitting a batter. He has plunked 5 batters, tied for third most in the Eastern League. A 24th round selection of the Tigers in 2011, Matt Crouse has split time between the pen and starting rotation in his third professional season. He is 2-4 with a 5.03 ERA in eight starts for the SeaWolves this season.

Winston-Salem Dash – Chris Bassitt (5-2, 3.47 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – William Cuevas (1-6, 7.51 ERA)
NOTE: It has not been a good stretch for William Cuevas who will make his tenth start of the season tonight. Over his last 6 outings he is 0-5 with an 8.06 ERA. The bright spot on his recent resume is that he has not allowed a home run over his last four starts. Dash starter Chris Bassitt, a White Sox 16th rounder in 2011, is 2-0 against Salem this season, allowing only 2 earned runs and striking out 14 batters in 13 innings of work versus the Sox.

Greenville Drive – Frank Montas (1-5, 5.23 ERA)
at Charleston RiverDogs – Rafael De Paula (6-2, 2.48 ERA)
NOTE: Prior to this game the teams will complete last night’s suspended action, picking up in the top of the third inning with two outs and a Drive runner on first. So long as the rains stay away, Frank Montas will get his 11th start of the season shortly thereafter. He has face the RiverDogs in two of his last three outings, going 0-1 after allowing a combined 5 earned runs and 8 hits over 9 innings. Between those starts Montas fanned 8 in a no decision against Hickory. Charleston starter Rafael De Paula has seen the Drive twice this season, including a winning effort back on May 16th when he struck out 11 batters. De Paula’s 83 strikeouts this season are a South Atlantic League best, 11 more than the next pitcher on the list.

New England teams
6:35 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Trevor May (4-2, 4.17 ERA)
at Richmond Flying Squirrels – Carlos Teller (1-0, 2.45 ERA)
NOTE: Trevor May makes start number 12 tonight, his seventh on the road where he is 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA . His only start of the season versus Richmond came in game two of the season when he picked up a loss despite allowing just 1 earned run over 5 innings. At this point last year May was 5-3 with a 4.94 ERA with the Reading Phillies. Carlos Teller makes his fifth start for Richmond having given up just 12 hits in 18 1/3 innings. However he has allowed 17 walks in that span, including 11 in his last two starts.

7:05 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Deck McGuire (3-5, 5.40 ERA)
at Akron Aeros – Toru Murata (2-3, 4.02 ERA)
NOTE: Deck McGuire’s May started out well enough, 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA, but it finished in a heap of a mess, going 1-2 with a 7.41 ERA. The Blue Jays organization must be growing tired of waiting for him to come around, as this is a player that they would have most likely called on by now, based on some of their recent call-ups. McGuire has the ability, but needs to turn a corner and dominate and will need to do this for much of June. McGuire’s counterpart tonight, Toru Murata, was once a first round pick of the Yomiuri Giants in the Japanese Draft. This will be Murata’s eighth start for Akron and fourth since being sent back down from Columbus.

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