|Saturday’s Red Sox-Indians matchups: Franklin Morales vs. Zach McAllister||08.11.12 at 12:10 pm ET|
Red Sox left-hander Franklin Morales will take the mound against the Indians when the two teams face off Saturday night at Progressive Field.
The Red Sox won Morales’ last start against the Twins, when he tossed six innings of one-run baseball in the 6-4 victory.
Morales (3-2, 3.14), who has switched between the bullpen and starting rotation, will be making his seventh start of the year. The lefty will be seeking his first win on the road since defeating the Rays on July 13. Morales is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA when pitching away from Fenway this season.
Morales last threw against the Indians in May, logging back-to-back relief appearances. In total he pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and zero runs. The 26-year-old has faced nine current Indians batters but has not faced anyone more than seven times.
Starting for the Indians will be Zach McAllister, who is coming off one of his worst starts this season. He allowed nine runs, two earned, and lasted 1 2/3 innings when he pitched against the Twins in his last start.
McAllister (4-4, 3.60) last won a game on July 16, when he allowed one run through six innings in a 3-2 victory over the Rays. He recorded his last home victory on July 3, when he tossed six innings and allowed three earned runs.
The 24-year-old, who is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA at home, last threw against the Red Sox on May 12. He tossed seven innings of four-run baseball en-route to the 4-1 Indians loss. The righty has faced six Red Sox batters but has not thrown against any player more than four times.
Red Sox vs. McAllister (RHP)
Dustin Pedroia (4 plate appearances): .500/.500/.750, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Mike Aviles (3): .500/.333/.500, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Adrian Gonzalez (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Will Middlebrooks (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Cody Ross (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 2 strikeouts
Indians vs. Morales (LHP)
Casey Kotchman (7 plate appearances): .333 BA/.429 OBP/.833 SLG, 1 home run, 3 RBIs
Michael Brantley (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout
Ezequiel Careera (2): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Jack Hannahan (2): .500/.500/.500
Jason Kipnis (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Asdrubal Cabrera (1): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Shin-Soo Choo (1): .000/.000/.000
Shelley Duncan (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 2 RBIs
Carlos Santana (1): 1.000/1.000/4.000, 1 HR, 2 RBIs
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