Friday, July 1, 2011

PawSox pitching preview

Home hurler
Felix Doubront seeks his first win in 11 tries this season as he wages his second battle of the year with Rochester this evening at McCoy Stadium. Previously, in his season debut on April 22, Doubront tossed three strikeouts in as many innings and allowed one hit before giving way to Kris Johnson in a 3-1 win at Frontier Field.

In his most recent outing, a 7-5 loss at Indianapolis last Sunday, Doubront logged a season-high six innings of work, but endured his second loss of the year upon allowing six runs on seven hits.

Guest starter
Like Doubront, Red Wings starter Thomas Diamond will vie to improve a personal 0-2 transcript in I.L. action this season. Although, the bulk of his 2011 game log still comes from his stint with the Pacific Coast League’s Iowa Cubs.

Diamond joined Rochester on June 20 after the parent Minnesota Twins obtained his rights, but so far, not unlike his dying days as a Cub, things have been anything but glamorous for the towering righty. His cumulative stats over 16 appearances and seven starts on the year consist of a 1-5 record, 9.06 ERA, and a .307 batting average by opposing hitters.

Diamond’s only win on the year came in the form of a relief appearance for Iowa on May 15. He made it through the sixth and seventh innings despite authorizing three earned runs on four hits as the Cubs went on to topple Reno, 14-11.

PawSox infielder Hector Luna and outfielder Daniel Nava have both belted two hits in each of the first three games in this series. They join leadoff man Che-Hsuan Lin with a team-best three-game hit streak.