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.
David Bromberg heads a decent pitching matchup in paper with a noon start time down in New Britain. Bromberg will be getting his sixth start of the season and is 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 25 Ks over his initial five starts. He will face off against Zack Wheeler who is ranked as the top prospect in the New York Mets farm system by Baseball America. In seven starts this year the 21-year-old has struck out 45 batters over 37 2/3 innings.
The Sea Dogs will be looking to break a current team 0 for 35 streak and will hope to put an end to that in game one of their doubleheaders against the Fisher Cats. Chris Hernandez and Billy Buckner are slated to be the Portland starters in the two seven-inning affairs. Neither pitcher has faced the Fisher Cats who have Deck McGuire and Yohan Pino on the counter-attack. Both New Hampshire starters are also coming into their outings having never faced their opponent this year.
Binghamton Mets (Zack Wheeler 3-2)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (David Bromberg 1-1) @ 12:05 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs (Chris Hernandez 2-3, 2.64) GAME 1
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Deck McGuire 2-5, 6.75) @ 6:05 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs (Billy Buckner 2-3, 3.53) GAME 2
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Yohan Pino 3-1, 3.29) @ 6:05 p.m.
New Hampshire (16-22) – 3
New Britain (23-16) – 1
WP: Deck McGuire (2-5)
LP: David Bromberg (1-1)
S: Clint Everts (1)
HIGHLIGHTS: New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire pitched a strong six innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks. He earned his first win since April 18th … Brad Thompson worked a scoreless inning of relief with 2 strikeouts for the Rock Cats. It was his first appearance of the year after some extended spring training following Tommy John surgery in 2011 … New Britain center fielder Joe Benson finally lashed out a bit at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk. He came into the game having gone 2 for 24 in his previous six games with the Rock Cats … Ryan Goins went 1 for 2 with a double, RBI and walk. He extended his hitting streak to seven games and his .336 batting average is fifth best in the Eastern League … New Hampshire’s John Tolisano went 1 for 5 with an RBI and Brian Van Kirk went 2 for 4. Both players extended their hit streaks to five games.
Pawtucket (27-15) – 0
Durham (16-26) – 5
WP: Jim Paduch (2-1)
LP: Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1)
HR: Durham – Jesus Feliciano (1), Henry Wrigley (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: In his third rehab start with the PawSox, Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed 7 hits (2 home runs) and 4 earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. He threw 95 pitches – the most thus far in five rehab starts overall – and did not allow a walk … Pedro Ciriaco, Jose Iglesias and Scott Podsednik each had a single and Ryan Lavarnway had a double for the only PawSox hits on the night. Iglesias stole his sixth base of the season on seven attempts and Podsednik swiped his first with Pawtucket and seventh of the season … It was only the second time this season that the PawSox have been shutout. The first coming back on April 9th, a 1-0 loss to Lehigh Valley … Kevin Youkilis, who is on a rehab assignments with Pawtucket, had a scheduled off day. He is expected to get some time at third base this weekend.
The Cats finish up their abbreviated three-game series in New Britain with an early riser at 10:35 a.m. For the Fisher Cats, Deck McGuire will be looking to re-establish his game after coming off of the shortest outing of his career. Against the Binghamton Mets last Friday he lasted only 1/3 of an inning before he was pulled from the game after allowing 5 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk. The 6’6” right-hander threw five innings against the Rock Cats back on April 13th, allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits. New Britain will look to David Bromberg in the rubber-match. A 32nd-round pick in 2005, Bromberg gets his fifth start of the year for the Rock Cats. He did face New Hampshire in a relief stint back on April 14th and allowed 5 earned runs and 3 hits in 1/3 of an inning.
Daisuke Matsuzaka gets his third rehab start with the PawSox – fifth overall – which is expected to be his second-to-last before he joins Boston. After allowing no runs over 4 1/3 in his first PawSox start, Dice-K was roughed up in his last outing, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits (2 home runs) in 5 innings of work against Columbus. In that outing he threw 90 pitches, 54 for strike. At this point it’s more about how much he can throw and more importantly how he feels afterwards, so the stats aren’t always the best indicator, but tonight should show us a lot about what Dice has in the tank.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Deck McGuire 1-5, 7.71)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (David Bromberg 1-0, 3.91) @ 10:35 a.m.
Pawtucket Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka 0-0, 4.50)
vs. Durham Bulls (Jim Paduch 1-1, 3.71) @ 7:05 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 (8-21) – 0
New Britain (18-11) – 5
WP: Bromberg (1-0)
LP: Hernandez (1-2)
HIGHLIGHTS: David Bromberg threw five scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 for his first win of the season. After six relief appearances to start the year, Bromberg has made back-to-back starts in which he has thrown 10 innings, allowed no runs, 4 hits, 2 walks and 13 strikeouts … New Britain relievers Caleb Thielbar and Luis Perdomo pitched 2 scoreless innings apiece and combined allowed only 1 hit and no walks. Thielbar has yet to allow a run in 4 1/3 innings since being called up from Ft. Myers and Perdomo hasn’t allowed a run in his last 7 2/3 … New Britain’s Mark Dolenc came on to pinch-hit in the bottom of the 8th and proceeded to ground out to the pitcher to end the inning. In his last 25 at-bats, Dolenc has only 3 hits with no RBIs, runs or extra-base hits … Portland’s Ronald Bermudez was the only player to have a multi-hit game on either side, going 2 for 3 on the day.
New Hampshire (13-15) – 7
Trenton (13-14) – 6 (10 inn.)
WP: Uviedo (2-1)
PL: Hyde (1-1)
HR: New Hampshire – Mike McDade (3), Mark Sobolewski (5)
Trenton – Mahoney (2), Molina (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Deck McGuire allowed 2 runs and 4 hits over 6 innings, but did not factor into the decision … Ronald Uviedo blew his second save in as many tries and third of the season … Ryan Goins went 3 for 6 with an RBI and Mark Sobolewski went 2 for 4 with a grand slam. Both players have five-game hitting streaks … John Tolisano went 2 for 5 with a double and has had five multi-hit games and a .342 batting average in his last ten games … Justin Jackson stole 2 bases, giving him 8 this season on 10 attempts.
Pawtucket (18-12) – 9
Scranton/W-B (14-13) – 3
WP: Duckworth (4-0)
LP: Figueroa (1-1)
HR: Pawtucket – Che-Hsuan Lin (2), Mauro Gomez (10)
HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Brandon Duckworth struck out 7 and scattered 5 hits and a run over 5 1/3 innings for his fourth win of the season and first since April 20th … Mark Melancon pitched another scoreless inning, running his total to 7 2/3 innings since being sent down from Boston … Jose Iglesias went 2 for 4 and is 8 for his last 15 at-bats over his last four games with Pawtucket … Mauro Gomez took advantage of Will Middlebrooks’ promotion to Boston as he passed him for the team-lead in home runs by hitting his tenth of the season. He is second in the International League to Toledo’s Brad Eldred (13).