Pawtucket Red Sox Preview For Brian Johnson Start Tonight
The Pawtucket Red Sox (57-59) and the Columbus Clippers (61-56) play each other tonight in the first game of a four game series at McCoy Stadium. The scheduled first pitch is at 7:05pm and you will be able to watch the game on NESN.
Tzu-Wei Lin will be leading off for the Paw Sox tonight playing 3rd base. Heiker Meneses is back in the lineup batting 7th while playing shortstop, after having yesterday off. During Tuesdays 9-2 win against the Charlotte Knights, Meneses was hit by a pitch on the hand. He was able to shake it off as the game went on, but he was given yesterday off.
Analyzing Tonight’s Pitching Match up
Brian Johnson is back on the mound tonight for the Paw Sox. In his last time out August 5th, he went 5 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and 1 home run on 60 pitches (39 strikes). Johnson earned the no decision as the Paw Sox went on to lose 3-1 at Scranton. That was Johnson’s first start after being activated off the 7-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.
Adam Plutko pitched poorly his last time out on August 5th, a 7-4 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens for the Clippers. In that game, he came in relief for Travis Banwart. The final line for Plutko was 4 innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 2 home runs on 95 pitches (58 strikes).
3B Yandy Diaz
CF Tyler Naquin
SS Eric Stamets
1B Nelli Rodriguez
RF Jordan Smith
SP Adam Plutko