Saturday night’s pitching match-up in New Hampshire is being built more like a boxing match than a baseball game. Well, that’s what happens when two top prospects are going head-to-head. 20-year-old Casey Kelly will make his 7th start of the season, and his first against New Hampshire. Portland has lost four consecutive starts made by Kelly. Kyle Drabek is 4-3 for New Hampshire, but beat Portland twice last year as a member of the Reading Phillies. Drabek was acquired by Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade. I don’t blame the Phillies one bit for trading prospects away to get Halladay – he is the best pitcher in the game.
TOUGH LOSS: RHP Kyle
Weiland hurled five scoreless frames for the Sea Dogs, but New Hampshire
scored three runs off losing pitcher RHP Eammon
Portice, and beat the ‘Dogs 4-3 on Friday night…LF Chih-Hsien Chiang provided a 2-out ninth inning homer, cutting the
deficit to one, but RHP Danny Farquhar retired
DH Juan Apodaca to end the game, and
notch his 10th save of the season…RF Adam Calderone went 3-for-3, 2 RBI and reached base four times…C Luis Exposito gave Portland a 1-0 lead with
an RBI double in the sixth.
STILL NOT RUNS: Weiland
extended his team-high scoreless streak to 13 innings with last night’s
performance…The righty had retired 21 straight batters until Calderone’s
infield-single in the first inning…Portice allowed three runs on three hits
over two innings, and has yielded a run in eight of nine appearances.
NOT MANY MISTAKES: Portland had played error-free in five consecutive
games until a ninth inning throwing mistake by RHP Jason Rice…The opponents have not made an error in five of the last
WE’VE SEEN HIM BEFORE: RHP Kyle
Drabek won both of his starts against Portland last year as a member of the
Reading Phillies…The righty worked seven innings in each win, defeating the Sea
Dogs on July 27, 2009 in Reading, allowing two runs (Ryan Kalish, 2-run homer) on seven hits…On August 20, 2009, Drabek
scattered three hits at Hadlock Field, and fanned four…New Hampshire’s
starters have worked seven innings in both games of the series, allowing a
combined 10 hits and three earned runs.
NOT BAD FOR 20: 20-year old RHP Casey
Kelly is the number one pitching prospect in the Red Sox System, and will
make his seventh start of the season in tonight’s game…Kelly has worked five
innings in back-to-back starts, but Portland has lost four consecutive starts
made by the righty.
FIRING BLANKS: RHP Bryce Cox worked
a scoreless ninth on Wednesday, and has not allowed a run in six consecutive
outings…Cox has allowed four runs this season, but two of those came in his
first outing at Reading on April 9th…The Sea Dogs are 10 of 14 in
save opportunities this season, but won two of the four games in which they had
a blown save.