The pitching matchup for game four includes two good youngsters, Jonathan Pettibone for Lakewood and Drake Britton, who takes the mound for Greenville…Pettibone threw seven shutout in game three of the division series while Britton is 2-0 in the playoffs and threw five shutout to win game one of this series.
RHP Jonathan Pettibone
8-6, 3.49, 131.1 IP, 114 H, 41 BB, 84 K
*9/10 vs HIC (W): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
9/3 vs KAN (W): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K
8/27 at HIC (W): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 5 K
8/21 at HAG (W): 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Acquired: Supplemental 3rd round pick, 2008 Yorba Linda, California
Pettibone, who turned 20 on July 19th, makes his second playoff start…He threw seven shutout innings in game three of the Division Series against Hickory…He has won four starts in a row and five of his last six…Over his last 15 starts of the regular season, since allowing six runs in 1/3 of an inning on June 6th, Pettibone is 6-4, 2.38, the third best ERA in the league over that time period…He has not allowed more than three earned runs in a start since June 6th and has only allowed three earned runs once in that period (7/18 at Kannapolis)…After his June 6th start, his ERA sat at 5.98…He is 5-1, 2.06 over his last eight starts…Two starts vs Greenville (5/14: 5 IP, 4 ER, 8/5: 6 IP, 2 ER)…Drafted between Vance Worley (now in big leagues) and Trevor May (current teammate) in 2008…Committed to USC before signing.
Greenville: LHP Drake Britton
R: 7-7, 3.30, 114.2 IP, 91 H, 19 BB, 120 K
*9/13 vs LAK (W): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K
*9/8 vs SAV (W): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K
9/2 at CHA (W): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K
8/27 vs ASH (L): 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R/2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Acquired: 23rd round pick, 2007 Waco, Texas
Britton, 21, makes his 3rd playoff start after winning game one of the Championship Series…He also won game two if the Division Series against Savannah…Has a 2.72 ERA since July 1st (3.70 before)…Made two starts before going on DL in April and came back on May 24th…Did not get to five innings until July 25th and has not exceeded five innings this year…Signed in August of 2007 for $700,000 after committing to Texas A&M…Had TJ surgery in the fall of 2008.
Here are the Saturday game notes.