Friday, July 15, 2011

PawSox pitching preview

Home hurler
Veteran Kevin Millwood will try to keep intact his unbeaten Pawtucket transcript (4-0) as he makes his ninth start as a member of the Red Sox organization Friday night.

Millwood chalked up his first PawSox win on June 6 at the expense of this evening’s adversary from Durham. He only allowed one run on five hits while striking out four in a span of 6.2 innings as Pawtucket paced itself to an 11-3 victory at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The win gave the Sox three wins out of four tries over its wraparound weekend stay in Durham. One more win will automatically render Pawtucket the victor in its 2011 season series with the Bulls.

Guest starter
A winner in each of his last two starts, Durham lefty Alexander Torres previously received a no-decision in the Bulls’ 5-4 home victory over the PawSox June 5. He lasted 4.2 innings that day, authorizing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while doling out a season-high six walks.

On the year, the 6-6 Torres leads all Durham hurlers with a 3.30 ERA and ranks third in the International League with a collection of 98 strikeouts. Only Tom Milone of the Syracuse Chiefs (107) and the PawSox own Kyle Weiland (99, though still on recall to Boston) have more Ks to their credit.

In their previous encounter, Hector Luna was the only Pawtucket batter to tack multiple hits on Torres’ tab, depositing a double en route to scoring the team’s third run in the third inning and later depositing a single in the fifth.