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Game times and pitching probables for Saturday, April 12th

12 Apr

RED SOX AFFILIATES

1:00 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Matthew Summers (7-7, 3.09 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Mike Augliera (9-6, 4.23 ERA)

1:05 a.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Chris Hernandez (5-9, 4.72 ERA)
at Buffalo Bisons – Liam Hendriks (4-8, 4.67 ERA)

6:05 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Sam Wolff (4-0, 0.60 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Corey Littrell (0-3, 1.74 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Kannapolis Intimidators – Sean Bierman (6-5, 2.55 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Teddy Stankiewicz (0-0, 2.29 ERA)

OTHER NEW ENGLAND BASED TEAMS

1:35 p.m.
Binghamton Mets – Tyler Pill (1-1, 7.58ERA)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Casey Lawrence (4-7, 4.53 ERA)

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(pitchers listed with 2013 minor league stats)

The Cap on Friday, April 11th

12 Apr

RED SOX AFFILIATES

AAA
Pawtucket – 4
Buffalo – 7
WP: Drabek (1-0)
LP: Kehrt (0-1)
HR: PAW – Holt (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Brock Holt (4-for-5, double, home run, RBI, 3 runs, stolen base) led off the game with a home run, but the Bisons scored twice in the bottom of the first and three more times in the second to gain the upper hand. Holt has 13 hits in seven games and is now batting .481…Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .345. He has hit safely in all but one of his eight games played…Brayan Villareal pitched a scoreless eighth inning in relief. He has yet to yield a run in three appearances this season.

AA
New Britain – 2
Portland – 11
WP: Pena (1-0)
LP: Rogers (0-2)
HR: NB – Vargas (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Make it two straight at the friendly confines of Hadlock Field for the Sea Dogs, who put up five runs in the first to grab a hold of this game early. Stefan Welch led the offensive brigade with a 2-for-4, 5 RBI performance. Welch drove in two with a first inning single and three more with a seventh inning double…Mickey Pena went five innings for his first win of the season, and second in a Sea Dogs uniform. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out three…Portland had 14 hits on the night, Deven Marrero went 3-for-5 and four other batters collected two hits. Blake Swihart went 1-for-4 with an RBI…New Britain’s Kennys Vargas, who had two doubles on Thursday night, hit a ninth inning home run off Miguel Celestino.

ADVANCED A
Myrtle Beach – 7
Salem – 5
WP: Stafford (1-0)
LP: Mercedes (1-1)
S: Kela (2)
HR: MB – Gallo (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Salem Sox did have a three run lead early, but the Pelicans took this game over with a five-run seventh and held on despite a late Salem rally. For the Sox, it’s their second straight defeat after a 6-0 start…All seven of Salem’s hits came from the bottom half of their order. Matt Gedman, Ryan Dent and Kevin Heller had two hits apiece. Heller had a double and triple.

A
Kannapolis – 2
Greenville – 13
WP: Light (2-0)
LP: Leyer (0-2)
S: Gunkel (2)
HR: GRE – Margot (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Drive scored in every inning but two and got some solid pitching to earn their third straight win. Starter Pat Light doubled his career win total in his first two starts of the season. We spoke during the offseason and he sounded a lot like Anthony Ranaudo did heading into 2013 in coming back from an injury. So far the results have been strong for Light who struck out five and allowed two runs on five hits. He has not walked a batter in 12 innings…Joe Gunkel worked three perfect innings in relief, striking out seven for his second save of the season…Kevin Mager led the 17-hit offense. The left fielder went 4-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored. Mager raised his average to .417…Center fielder Manuel Margot went 2-for-4, hitting a two-run fifth inning homer, his third of the season…Tzu-Wei Lin (2-for-5) and Carlos Asuaje (2-for-3) each drove in three runs.

OTHER NEW ENGLAND BASED TEAMS

AA
Binghamton – 7
New Hampshire – 0
WP: Lara (2-0)
LP: Copeland (0-2)
HR: BIN – Clark (2), Burgamy 2 (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: Three hits and zero runs is no way to go through life. The Fisher Cats get shuout out for the first time this season in losing their sixth straight game, dropping to 2-6 on the year…Kenny Wilson, Jon Berti and Ryan Schimpf, New Hampshire’s 1-2-3 hitters, each collected a single accounting for all of the Fisher Cats’ offense…Starter Scott Copeland pitched well enough, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks over six innings.

20 Weeks

12 Apr

AuglieraWeek 1Mike Augliera, Portland Sea Dogs

The following was a feature that I was just about to spring on the On Deck blog, but when it was taken down I wasn’t sure if would be worthwhile out here. However, I did have a couple of willing participants, and I ran into one of them on Thursday night up in Portland, so we’re going to roll with it.

20 Weeks (the approximate length of a minor league season) is going to hopefully be a regular feature where we check in with a couple of select players to see how life truly is in the minor leagues. Our first participant is Mike Augliera, a right-handed pitcher from New Jersey who is making his debut in Double-A this season. This idea of the blog is to get a feel for things from the player’s perspective and words, so without further ago, here are some of Augliera’s thoughts on his first couple of weeks in Double-A ball…

On first Double-A start
“It was definitely exciting. Maybe a little too exciting the first couple of innings. I got hit around a little bit, I left some pitches up, and mechanical things that were definitely a cause of being excited. I threw in front of some friends and family from back home (note: Mike started the Sea Dogs fourth game of the season in Reading, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Old Bridge, New Jersey, about two hours away). It was definitely a fun experience and one I’ve been waiting for a long time. I hope this isn’t the last stop of my career.”

On next Double-A start
“I’m always going to be excited, but hopefully I’m going to be able to calm down a little bit more early in the game. I’m looking forward to every start. Today (Thursday) was definitely a cold one. It’s never fun doing anything out in the weather like this. It will be nice pitching a day game (on Saturday), having some sun, hopefully. I’ve done it before being from the Northeast and all.”

Reaching the next level
“I feel professional, I guess. Every level you go up, you learn something new, how to carry yourself. The hitters get better and better, so you learn more about yourself as a pitcher. Hopefully I keep growing as a pitcher, as a person. I’ve only been here for a week or so, but I’ve definitely picked up some things that guys do. I look forward to the rest of the year.”

Augliera was a the Red Sox fifth round draft pick out of Binghamton in 2012. He started his pro career that year in Lowell and pitched all of 2013 in Advanced-A Salem.

In Mike’s first start, last Sunday against the Fightin’ Phils, he allowed four runs, all of which came off a second inning grand slam from Carlos Alonso. In the other five innings he pitched, he allowed just four hits and struck out two.

Augliera pitches on Saturday afternoon for the Sea Dogs as they host the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field, with Mike’s first pitch schedule around 1:00 p.m.

You can follow Mike on Twitter @MikeAugie24

Game times and pitching probables for Friday, April 11th

11 Apr

RED SOX AFFILIATES

6:00 p.m.
New Britain Rock Cats – Taylor Rogers (11-7, 2.88 ERA)
at Portland Sea Dogs – Miguel Pena (7-8, 4.29 ERA)

6:05 a.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox – Jeremy Kehrt (2-5, 4.71 ERA)
at Buffalo Bisons – Kyle Drabek (1-4, 3.14 ERA)

12:35 p.m.
Syracuse Chiefs – Danny Rosenbaum (0-1, 7.20 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Anthony Ranaudo (11-5, 2.96 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Kannapolis Intimidators – Robinson Leyer (2-7, 6.35 ERA)
at Greenville Drive – Pat Light (1-4, 3.74 ERA)

Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Alex Gonzalez (0-4, 3.80 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Justin Haley (7-11, 3.68 ERA)

OTHER NEW ENGLAND BASED TEAMS

6:35 p.m.
Binghamton Mets – Rainy Lara (8-7, 2.85 ERA)
at New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Scott Copelan (9-8, 3.74 ERA)

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(pitchers listed with 2013 minor league stats)

 

Game times and pitching probables for Wednesday, April 9th

9 Apr

RED SOX AFFILIATES

11:05 a.m.
Greenville Drive – Cody Kukuk (4-13, 4.63 ERA)
at Charleston RiverDogs – Rookie Davis (2-4, 1.90 ERA)

12:35 p.m.
Syracuse Chiefs – Danny Rosenbaum (0-1, 7.20 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Anthony Ranaudo (11-5, 2.96 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Portland SeaDogs – Henry Owens (11-6, 2.67 ERA)
at Trenton Thunder – Bryan Mitchell (4-11, 4.71 ERA)

Winston-Salem Dash – Jeffrey Wendelken (2-2, 3.42 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – William Cuevas (8-9, 5.05 ERA)

NEW ENGLAND BASED TEAMS

6:35 p.m.
Harrisburg Seantors – Blake Schwartz (13-4, 2.51 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Pat Dean (9-13, 4.04 ERA)

New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Deck McGuire (9-10, 4.86 ERA)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – Severino Gonzalez (7-5, 2.00 ERA)

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(pitchers listed with 2013 minor league stats)

The Cap on Tuesday, April 8th

8 Apr

RED SOX AFFILIATES

AAA
Syracuse – 1
Pawtucket – 7
WP: Webster (1-1)
LP: Poveda (0-1)
HR: PAW – Lavarnway (1), Henry (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: A three-run first backed by a solid outing from Allen Webster helped the PawSox improve to 4-2. Webster struck out three and allowed three hits and two walks in six scoreless innings of work. He threw 83 pitches and forced 10 ground ball outs for his first win of the year…Ryan Lavarnway broke a season-long 0-for-16 streak with a fifth inning home run, a solo shot…Lavarnway’s dinger came on the heels of Justin Henry’s seventh career long ball, a two-run shot. Henry went 2-for-4 with a double, home run, three RBIs and two runs scored…Christian Vazquez threw out Steven Souza trying to streal second base in the first inning. Vazquez has already thrown out three runners and picked off one at first in just five games played.

AA
Portland – 1
Trenton – 10
WP: Tracy (1-0)
LP: McCarthy (0-1)
HR: TRE – Refsnyder (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Thunder piled on early, scoring seven runs in the first three innings, handing the SeaDogs their third straight loss. Starter Mike McCarthy allowed seven runs on 11 hits in four innings to get nailed with the L…He is human! For the first time this season Mookie Betts did not get a hit! He did walk twice, however…Meanwhile, Blake Swihart hit safely for the fourth time in his four games played in a SeaDogs uni. He went 2-for-4, for his third multi-hit game…Yankees top prospect, catcher Gary Sanchez, went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs to lead the Thunder.

ADVANCED A
Winston-Salem – 11
Salem – 12
WP: Martin (1-0)
LP: Recchia (0-1)
HR: WS – Hawkins (3). SAL – Johnson (1), Tavarez (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: As easy as it seemed the Salem Red Sox 16th straight win would come, it just as quickly almost all slipped away. Up 12-5 after six innings, the Dash stormed back to within a run before Salem closed the door, tying the Carolina League record for consecutive wins by a franchise…Aneury Tavarez led the way on offense, going 3-for-4 with a walk, double, home run, 4 RBIs, 3 runs scored and a stolen base. Prior to Tuesday’s game, Tavarez was 1-for-11….Starter Brian Johnson got a little beat up in his 4 2/3 innings, allowing 8 hits and 5 runs. He did strike out 8 batters, trying a career high set last year while with Greenville.

A
Greenville – 1
Charleston – 10
WP: Smith (1-0)
LP: Alcantara (0-1)
HR: CHA – Ford (1), O’Neill (1), Thomas (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The RiverDogs were not gracious hosts, slamming three home runs and riding a six-run fifth to defeat the Drive. Greenville used 13 positional players but could only muster 3 hits in the game…Reliever Jonathan Aro, the only bright spot on the night for the Drive, worked a perfect eighth inning, striking out two. He has five strikeouts in his two innings of work this season.

NEW ENGLAND BASED TEAMS

AA
Harrisburg – 6
New Britain – 2
WP: Cole (1-0)
LP: Gilmartin (0-1)
S: Grace (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats dropped their third straight and allowed Harrisburg their first tase of victory this season. The Senators scored three times in the first inning to get all the runs they would need. Sean Gilmartin, making his first start of the year, served up 9 hits and a walk which led to 5 runs, 4 of which were earned…Brad Boyer and Mike Kvasnicka went 2-for-4 for New Britain, who had 7 total hits on the night. Boyer stole a base and scored a run as well.

New Hampshire – 5
Trenton – 6
WP: O’Sullivan (1-1)
LP: Gracey (0-1)
HR: NH – Wilson (1). REA – Joseph (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Just like the Rock Cats, the Fisher Cats dropped their third straight following a 2-0 start to the season. New Hampshire saw a two run lead slip away late, and tied things back up in the top of the ninth before the Fightin’ Phils lived up to their name, scoring twice in the ninth…Leadoff man Kenny Wilson hit his first home run of the season, a three-run job in the third inning…Jon Berti stole three bases on the night, giving him a league best four swipes on the season.

Game times and pitching probables for Tuesday, April 8th

8 Apr

RED SOX AFFILIATES

6:15 p.m.
Syracuse Chiefs – Omar Poveda (6-7, 3.62 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Allen Webster (8-4, 3.60 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Portland SeaDogs – Mike McCarthy (6-5, 4.82 ERA)
at Trenton Thunder – Matt Tracy (4-5, 5.51 ERA)

Winston-Salem Dash – Mike Recchia (6-0, 2.68 ERA)
at Salem Red Sox – Brian Johnson (2-6, 2.54 ERA)

Greenville Drive – Mario Alcantara (5-5, 4.17 ERA)
at Charleston RiverDogs – Caleb Smith (1-2, 1.93 ERA)

NEW ENGLAND BASED TEAMS

6:35 p.m.
Harrisburg Seantors – A.J. Cole (10-5, 3.60 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Sean Gilmartin (4-8, 5.06 ERA)

New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Aaron Sanchez (4-5, 3.34 ERA)
at Reading Fightin’ Phils – Jesse Biddle (5-14, 3.64 ERA)

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(pitchers listed with 2013 minor league stats)

The Cap on Monday, April 7th

7 Apr

RED SOX AFFILIATES

AAA
Syracuse – 2
Pawtucket – 3 (10 innings)
WP: Resop (1-0)
LP: Strange (0-1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The only game of the night for any team that matters to this little blog got in an extra inning of play for the masses. The PawSox had a 2-1 lead until the eighth when Brayan Villareal uncorked a wild pitch that scored the tying run with two outs. Pawtucket would get the same treatment in the bottom of the tenth when Syracuse’s Daniel Strange threw two straight wild pitches, one moving Justin Henry up to third and the second scoring him to end the game…Henry went 0-for-3 in the leadoff spot, but walked twice and stole a base in his first game of the season…The PawSox had only four hits in the game and made two errors in the field…Garin Cecchini went 1-for-4 with an RBI and has hit safely in his first five games at Triple-A…Christian Vazquez went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, but made up for it with a big pickoff of Steven Souza at first base as Syracuse threatened in the ninth inning. 

AA
Portland –
Trenton – PPD

A
Greenville –
Charleston – PPD

NEW ENGLAND BASED TEAMS

AA
Harrisburg –
New Britain – PPD

New Hampshire –
Trenton – PPD

Game times and pitching probables for Monday, April 7th

7 Apr

RED SOX AFFILIATES

6:15 p.m.
Syracuse Chiefs – Blake Treinen (6-7, 3.47 ERA)
at Pawtucket Red Sox – Chris Hernandez (5-9, 4.75 ERA)

7:05 p.m.
Portland SeaDogs – Mike McCarthy (6-5, 4.82 ERA)
at Trenton Thunder – Matt Tracy (4-5, 5.51 ERA)

Greenville Drive – Mario Alcantara (5-5, 4.17 ERA)
at Charleston RiverDogs – Caleb Smith (1-2, 1.93 ERA)

NEW ENGLAND BASED TEAMS

6:35 p.m.
Harrisburg Seantors – A.J. Cole (10-5, 3.60 ERA)
at New Britain Rock Cats – Sean Gilmartin (4-8, 5.06 ERA)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats game at Reading, sheduled for 6:35 p.m., has already been postponed due to rain.

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(pitchers listed with 2013 minor league stats)

The Cap on Sunday, April 6th

7 Apr

RED SOX AFFILIATES

AAA
Lehigh Valley – 5
Pawtucket – 4
WP: Pettibone (1-0)
LP: Layne (0-1)
S: Garcia (1)
HR: LV – Rupp (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, but the IronPigs came right back to tie in the third and rode Cameron Rupp’s two-run, sixth inning homer – his third of the season – to the win. The team’s split the opening four-game set…Ryan Lavarnway got his first start at catcher this season. He had a passed ball and went 0-for-3 batting in the third spot in the lineup. Lavarnway is now 0-for-14 to start the season…Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored as a the DH. Three of his five hits this season have been doubles…Garin Cecchini went 1-for-3 and has hit safely in all four games. He drove in a run, scored and drew a walk as well.

AA
Portland – 3
Reading – 4
WP: Garner (1-0)
LP: Augliera (0-1)
S: Giles (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Reading scored four times in the bottom of the second and the Sea Dogs were unable to scrape their way back into this one as the teams split their opening series. In his first Double-A start, Mike Augliera allowed eight hits and those four runs, in picking up the loss…Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero both went 1-for-4 with a single at the top of the order. Marrero picked up an RBI in the third inning.

ADVANCED A
Salem – 3
Myrtle Beach – 0
WP: Mercedes (1-0)
LP: Wolff (0-1)
S: Younginer (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Make it four straight to start the season for Salem, and 15 straight dating back to last season. Starter Corey Littrell struck out eight over 4 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and three walks before leaving a scoreless game…Reliever Simon Mercedes K’d four in 3 1/3 inning, picking up the win, and Madison Younginer worked a scoreless ninth for his third career save…Matt Gedman (1-for-4, double) scored from third on a wild pitch in the fifth inning for the only run that the Salem Sox would need. They would score twice more in the seventh.

A
Greenville – 5
Kannapolis – 8
WP: Chavez (1-0)
LP: Stankiewicz (0-1)
S: Sanchez (2)
HR: GRE – Mager (1), Roberson (1). KAN – Hayes (1), Engel (1), Michaelczewski (1).
HIGHLIGHTS: The balls were flying out of the park in this one as the Intimidators evened up the series behind a 13 hit performance. Greenville also had 13 hits, but could not keep pace with the runs on this night…2013 second-rounder Teddy Stankiewicz suffered through the worst outing of his young career, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. He also served up two home runs, one more than he had in 19 2/3 innings with Lowell last season…Greenville reliever Mike Adams pulled off the rare four strikeout inning in the eighth after allowing his first victim to reach first on a strike-three wild pitch…Tim Roberson (3-for-5, HR, RBI, 2 runs) and Kevin Mager (2-for-4, HR, BB, RBI, run) led the Drive offense from the middle of the lineup.

NEW ENGLAND BASED TEAMS

AA
Richmond – 8
New Britain – 2
WP: Crick (1-0)
LP: Summers (0-1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Richmond put this one away early with runs in the second, third and fourth innings. The Rock Cats dropped two straight after winning their first two of the year against the Flying Squirrels…Catcher Kyle Knudson, the only bright spot on the day for New Britain, went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

New Hampshire – 5
Trenton – 11
WP: De La Cruz (1-0)
LP: Copeland (0-1)
HR: TRE – Sanchez (1), Segedin (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Fisher Cats looked comfortable in the top half of the fourth inning after taking a 3-0 lead on the Thunder. Then the skies shook and Trenton struck for all 11 of their runs in the bottom half of the inning, splitting the four game opening series behind Yankees top prospect Gary Sanchez’s two-out grand slam…The Fisher Cats had only five hits in the game and Ryan Schimpf (1-for-3) collected two RBIs and scored twice.

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