New Britain (29-21) – 3
Portland (20-30) – 0
WP: Blake Martin (2-2, 2.50)
LP: Chris Hernandez (2-4, 3.21)
S: Caleb Thielbar (2)
HR: New Britain – Chris Colabello (8)
HIGHLIGHTS: David Bromberg was scheduled to start for New Britain, but was called up to Triple-A Rochester prior to the game, giving Brett Jacobson the spot start, his first of the season. Jacobson threw four scoreless innings and allowed only two hits and a walk … Rock Cats first baseman Chris Colabello hit a two-run homer. In his last ten games he has five hits, three of which are long balls … New Britain’s Aaron Hicks went 2 for 4 with an RBI, run and walk … Sea Dogs shortstop Derrik Gibson went 1 for 3 with a walk. In the four game series he went 7 for 13 with an RBI and a run … Portland’s Brock Huntzinger pitched three perfect innings with two strikeouts, his best relief appearance of the year.
New Hampshire (20-29) – 2
Binghamton (24-25) – 6
WP: Collin McHugh (5-3, 2.17)
LP: Deck McGuire (2-6, 6.80)
HIGHLIGHTS: Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire retired the first 15 batters he faced. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs on only 2 hits and a walk … New Hampshire DH Kevin Howard went 2 for 3, his fourth 2-hit game in his last six played … Third baseman Mark Sobolewski went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
Norfolk (21-29) – 6
Pawtucket (32-20) – 4
W: Zach Clark (1-0, 3.00)
LP: Doug Mathis (3-3, 4.86)
S: Jon Link (2)
HR: Norfolk – Jai Miller (5), Blake Davis (1), Jamie Hoffmann (3)
Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (6), Nate Spears (4)
HIGHLIGHTS: For the second time in his last three starts Doug Mathis allowed 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings. He came into the game having allowed three home runs over his first nine starts, before allowing three on Monday … Jose Iglesias sat out for the third straight game with an undisclosed injury. He is reported to be out for Tuesday’s game as well …The rehabbing Darnell McDonald went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts … Right fielder Alex Hassan went 2 for 4 for his second straight 2-hit effort … Nate Spears’ third inning, 2-run homer, was the third round-tripper in his last twelve at-bats.
The Sea Dogs will be looking to sweep the Rock Cats right out of first place in the final game of their four-game set at Hadlock Field. The Rock Cats haven’t even been swept in a three-game series this season and four straight loses would be a season high. David Bromberg will be tasked with shutting down the Portland lineup. In 8 innings of work against the Sea Dogs this season, he is 1-0 and has allowed 1 run, 7 hits, 3 walks and has struck out 7. Chris Hernandez will get his fourth start against New Britain this season, having gone 5+ innings in the prior three. He is 1-1 and has allowed only 3 earned runs against the Rock Cats to go along with 12 strikeouts.
The Fisher Cats will look to take three of four in Binghamton before they head back home for a quick three game set against New Britain. Deck McGuire has had both his best and worst starts of the season against this BMets team. Back on April 18th he dazzled with 6 2/3 innings of 1-hit ball. But on May 11th he got run from the game after allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in only 1/3 of an inning. McGuire has struggled to put together back-to-back quality starts, but he has shown some flashes of late, so look for him to be in decent form today.
The PawSox bumped their lead in the I.L. North up to 3 ½ games after taking 3 of 4 from Toledo over the weekend. Now they will look to do the same with Norfolk who they split a four-game set with last week down in Virginia. Doug Mathis was brilliant when he faced the Tides exactly one week ago, allowing only 1 hit over 7 innings of work. Mathis has not lost a game since May 1st and has allowed only 4 earned runs in his last 23 1/3 innings.
New Britain Rock Cats (David Bromberg 1-1, 3.53)
vs. Portland Sea Dogs (Chris Hernandez 2-3, 3.06) 1:00 p.m.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Deck McGuire 2-5, 6.80)
vs. Binghamton Mets (Collin McHugh 4-3, 2.15)
Norfolk Tides (Zack Clark NR)
vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 3-2, 4.23) @ 4:05 p.m.
Pawtucket (29-18) – 5
Norfolk (19-26) – 3
WP: Junichi Tazawa (1-1)
LP: Pat Neshek (2-1)
S: Mark Melancon (6)
HR: Pawtucket – Alex Hassan (3)
Norwich – Tyler Kelly (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: Junichi Tazawa notched his first win of the season after tossing two-scoreless innings in relief … Mark Melancon pitched a perfect eighth for his sixth save, then the rains stepped in and cut the game short by an inning … Jose Iglesias went 0 for 3 but managed to drive in two runs; one on a sac fly in the third and another on a fielder’s choice in the seventh … Mauro Gomez went 1 for 3 to extend his hit streak to five games … The win gave the PawSox a split of their eight game road trip. They return to McCoy Stadium on Thursday to open up a four game series against the Toledo Mud Hens.
Binghamton (21-12) – 0
New Britain (27-17) – 3
WP: Logan Darnell (5-2)
LP: McHugh (4-3)
S: Bobby Lanigan (3)
HR: New Britain – Evan Bigley (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Logan Darnell had his longest outing of the season, tossing 7 scoreless innings, allowing 7 hits and striking out 4. His fifth win pulls him into a tie for second most in the Eastern League … Chris Herrmann went 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and his 14th double of the season … James Beresford went 2 for 4 for the second straight night and extended his hitting streak to five games … Estarlin de los Santos went 2 for 4 and has hit safely in six straight, half of which have been multi-hit games … Matt Rizzotti was 0 for 4 and is 0 for 11 with 4 strikeouts over his last three games.
Portland (15-28) –
New Hampshire (17-25) – PPD
HIGHLIGHTS: The postponement forces a doubleheader to be played on Wednesday night with game one beginning
Binghamton (21-21) – 7
New Britain (26-17) – 10
WP: Steve Hirschfeld (3-4)
LP: Mark Cohoon (2-5)
HR: Binghamton – Raul Reyes (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Steve Hirschfeld went 5 innings and allowed 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk. It was his first win since April 13th. Hirschfeld has gone 5 or more innings in each of his nine starts this season … Chris Herrmann went 4 for 5 with a double and 3 runs scored. His 13 doubles are tied for second most in the Eastern League … Aaron Hicks went 1 for 4 and stole a base for the third straight game … Chris Colabello, Evan Bigley and James Beresford had 2 RBIs apiece.
Pawtucket (28-18) - 4
Norfolk (19-25) – 0
WP: Doug Mathis (3-2)
LP: Chris Tillman (3-6)
HIGHLIGHTS: PawSox starter Doug Mathis had his strongest outing of the season, throwing 7 innings of 1-hit ball while striking out 3 … Kevin Youkilis went 1 for 2 with an RBI double and 2 walks. He had one hit in each of his four rehab starts with Pawtucket … Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI-single in the fourth inning … Mauro Gomez was 2 for 4 with a run as the DH in his first game back with Pawtucket after a stint with Boston. It extended a hit streak to four games going back to May 11th … Reliever Will Inman struck out 2 in a scoreless eighth inning. He hasn’t been scored upon in his last five appearances and he has allowed only 4 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6.
In New Britain, Steve Hirschfeld welcomes the BMets to town for a four-game set. It will be Hirschfeld’s ninth start of the year as he looks to get back on the winning track after picking up an “L” in four of his last five outings. He faced the BMets back on May 9th and was solid in a no decision effort where he tossed 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a walk, with 6 strikeouts.
The Sea Dogs will make the short trek to Manchester to face off against the Fisher Cats for four games. Red Sox top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo gets his second start of the season. Against Reading last Tuesday the 6’7” righty lasted 4 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 walks and 4 hits, two of which were home runs. Brett Cecil will counter for New Hampshire coming off his strongest outing of the year. In the first game of a double header against New Britain last Wednesday he threw 5 scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits and a walk.
Pawtucket will look to halt a four-game slide with Doug Mathis on the hill in Norfolk. Mathis is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four road starts this season. Kevin Youkilis is slated to play third base in what will be his last rehab game before he rejoins the Red Sox, leaving PawSox fans wondering if the great Will Middlebrooks will be making a return trip back to Pawtucket so that he can play every day.
Binghamton Mets (Mark Cahoon 2-4, 3.21)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (Steve Hirschfeld 2-4, 3.28) @ 6:35 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs (Anthony Ranaudo 0-0, 9.00)
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Brett Cecil 1-2, 5.06) @ 7:05 p.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 2-2, 5.02)
vs. Norfolk Tides (Chris Tillman 3-5, 4.79) @ 7:15 p.m.
The PawSox welcome in the two-time defending Triple-A champion Columbus Clippers for a four-game set. Doug Mathis will look to keep the momentum rolling for the PawSox who have won six of their last seven games. Mathis notched his first win of the season in his last outing when he allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Rock Cats will face off against Phillies top prospect Trevor May as they look to pull back within a half a game of the RPhils. May – who has struck out 7 batters in each of his last four games – is second in the Eastern League with 5 wins and carries with that a 40-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio. David Bromberg gets his fourth start for New Britain, a slot that he has excelled in so far. As a reliever he had a 20.25 ERA in 5 appearances, but in 3 starts he has allowed only 1 earned run and has struck out 14 batters in thirteen innings.
Deck McGuire will look to gain some consistency in his seventh start of the season. He has allowed 12 earned runs and 21 hits over his last three starts. McGuire’s only win came at home where he has posted a 2.95 ERA over three starts and has yet to allow a home run. Maybe home is where the arm is for Deck.
Portland and Trenton are set up for a decent pitchers duel tonight. Sea Dogs’ starter Chris Hernandez sports a 1.99 ERA, fifth best in the Eastern League. Thunder starter Graham Stoneburner has allowed only 2 runs and 2 walks in three starts.
Columbus Clippers (Chris Seddon 3-1, 4.18)
vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 1-2, 6.15) @ 6:05 p.m.
Reading Phillies (Trevor May 5-1, 3.09)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (David Bromberg 1-0, 5.29)
Binghamton Mets (Gonzalez Germen 0-1, 7.50)
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Deck McGuire 1-4, 6.40) @ 6:35 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs (Chris Hernandez 1-2, 1.99)
vs. Trenton Thunder (Graham Stoneburner 0-0, 1.80) @ 7:05 p.m.
Portland (9-21) – 3
New Britain (18-12) – 1
WP: Billy Buckner (1-2)
LP: B.J. Hermsen (0-1)
S: Charle Rosario (1)
HR: Portland – Reynaldo Rodriguez (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: Portland starter Billy Buckner went 6 innings, allowing 1 run and 5 hits to earn his first win with the Sea Dogs … Juan Carlos Linares was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI. He has hits in 20 of 25 games this season … New Britain center fielder Aaron Hicks went 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 stolen bases. He now has 7 stolen bases on the season, tied for the team lead with Pedro Florimon who stole his seventh in the game … The Sea Dogs have won two of the three series they’ve played versus New Britain this year, capturing five of their nine total wins against the Rock Cats.
New Hampshire (13-16) – 3
Trenton (14-14) – 4 (11 inn.)
WP: Michael Dubee (2-0)
LP: Matt Daly (0-3)
HR: New Hampshire – Mark Sobolewski (6)
Trenton – Kevin Mahoney (3)
HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Yohan Pino pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk … Reliever Danny Farquhar served up a solo home run to Kevin Mahoney in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game and sending it to extras. It was Farquhar’s first blown save of the season and the third by the Fisher Cats in the last four games … Mike McDade went 1 for 4 and now has an eight game hitting streak … Ryan Goins reached base in all six of his at-bats, going 3 for 3 with 3 walks. It was his third straight three-hit game and he has now hit safely in six straight … Mark Sobolewski went 2 for 5 with a home run, RBI, run and a walk. It was the second straight game that he connected on a round-tripper and sixth straight game with at least one hit.
Pawtucket (19-12) – 7
Scranton/W-B (14-14) – 5
WP: Doug Mathis (1-2)
LP: Andy Pettitte (0-1)
S: Garrett Mock (4)
HR: Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Doug Mathis went five innings for his first win of the season … Scranton starter Andy Pettitte’s presence set a regular season record with 13,584 in attendance, and that’s without the hometown team even being involved. Pettitte got roughed up in 5 innings of work and you can read Thomas Saucke’s first-hand account of the his efforts in the post below this one … Reliever Junichi Tazawa allowed 2 runs in two innings of work. It was the first two runs he has allowed for the PawSox this season … Pedro Ciriaco went 3 for 4 with a double, RBI and 2 runs. It is the fourth multi-hit game during his current six game hit streak … Lars Anderson picked up his first three-hit game of the season, driving in two runs and notching two doubles for the second straight game … Jose Iglesias went 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. It was his fifth straight two-hit game and he has raised his batting average to .253 after ending April at .200.