By Tiffany Williams –
As the Worcester Red Sox get ready to host the Syracuse Mets for game five of this six-game homestand, Brayan Bello will make his fourth start since being called up from the Portland Sea Dogs.
The 23-year-old top prospect is 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his first three Triple-A outings allowing 2 runs in each while going 6-innings twice and has 10 strikeouts in both of those, and 5-innings once with 6 strikeouts in that game.
Up North with Double-A Portland, Bello was 4-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 6 starts including a 7-inning no-hitter in game 2 of a doubleheader on May 5 vs. Reading.
Bello, was among the Eastern League leaders in a host of pitching categories including: 2nd in ERA, tied for 2nd in Wins, 7th in Strikeouts (42), 8th in Innings Pitched (33.2), 1st in Batting Average Against (.138), and 2nd in WHIP (0.83) prior to his promotion to Worcester on May 18.
On Friday night I caught up with Bello in the Clubhouse and when I asked him how important Saturday’s start was for him, he told me it’s a very important outing for him because he wants to make sure he stays consistent with all that he’s put in throughout the last couple of starts.
When I asked Bello about the loss Thursday night and loss again Friday night and how important it was for him to get a win Saturday, he told me “The focus will be to go after a win tomorrow and try to get the team on the winning line and hopefully by doing that we can guarantee a split series and take it from there.”
Friday night I also caught up with Worcester Red Sox Manager Chad Tracy and asked him how important it was to split this series Saturday and he told me, “Obviously we’d like to because then you go into Sunday and you know you got three games to two lead and you got a chance to win the series on Sunday which is something we’ve done the last two series. That being said, if it doesn’t work out that way you come back Sunday to try to fight to split the series. We’ll see how it goes you don’t at this point in the season with the way we’ve been playing which has been much better you don’t want to put too much pressure on. We’re confident in the kid, in Bello and hopefully he can go out there get us off to a good start.”