Sea Dogs look for the series sweep in New Britain

View of the Sea Dogs dugout.

View of the Sea Dogs dugout.

The Sea Dogs and the Rock Cats conclude a three-game series in two days on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…Portland swept a twinbill from the ‘Cats on Friday night. Tomorrow is a league wide off day for Easter Sunday – the ‘Dogs resume the second part of their roadtrip on Monday night in Binghamton.

Pre-Game begins at 6:15 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Mickey Pena

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Wilkerson 8, Shaw 5, Welch 3 Swihart 2, Coyle DH, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Gibson 6, Augliera RHP

New Britain: Ortiz 9, Hanson 4, Rodriguez DH, Vargas 3, Koch 2, Kvasnicka 8, Waring 5, Mejia 6, Thomas 7, Gilmartin LHP

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

LAY OFF DIDN’T MATTER: The Sea Dogs resumed action last night after three straight postponements, and swept the New Britain Rock Cats in a doubleheader, 6-4 and 6-0…Tonight is the series finale, with the entire Eastern League off tomorrow for Easter Sunday…RHP Mike Augliera earned his first Double-A win last Saturday at Hadlock Field, tossing seven strong innings against the ‘Cats…LHP Sean Gilmartin beat Portland last Sunday, yielding two runs (one earned) over 6 IP.

CLEAN SWEEP: 1B Travis Shaw went 4-for-4 with a season-best 4 RBI, leading the Sea Dogs to a 6-4 win in the twinbill opener…Shaw nailed a two-run single in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth…LF Carlos Rivero belted a two-run homer in game one…In the nightcap, LHP Mickey Pena fanned a career-high 11 batters over 4.2 IP and DH Blake Swihart crushed a three-run homer in a 6-0 win…Portland’s staff fanned 16 batters in game two, their most since last April 5th against Trenton when they fanned 17.

3-for-3: RHP Keith Couch has won all three starts this season, working five innings in the opener…Couch gave up season highs in hits (8) and runs (4), but did not issue a walk and fanned five…The Elmont, NY native is 11-1, 2.82 (34 ER/108.1 IP) in his Double-A career as a starter…Pena’s 11 strikeouts were the most since RHP Anthony Ranaudo tied a team record with 13 punch-outs last June 13 vs. Erie.

FLAWLESS RELIEF: RHP Miguel Celestino, RHP Michael Olmsted and RHP Noe Ramirez combined to pitch 4.1 scoreless frames in the doubleheader…Olmsted earned the win in game two, working 1.1 innings on one hit…Ramirez pitched two scoreless in the opener for his first save and Celestino fanned the side in the nightcap to end the game.

VIDEO GAME NUMBERS: 2B Mookie Betts reached base in both games last night and has reached safely in all 12 starts in Double-A…Betts has reached base safely in 42 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 47 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…Swihart has reached base safely in all 10 starts in Double-A.

ENDED BUT A GOOD NIGHT: OF Shannon Wilkerson had his nine-game hitting streak snapped in game one, but walked twice and scored a run…In game two, Wilkerson laced a run-scoring single with one-out in the third inning off losing pitcher LHP Taylor Rogers (0-3)…LF Peter Hissey went 2-for-3 in game two with an RBI double.

Sea Dogs strike in New Britain, sweep Rock Cats 6-4 and 6-0

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Portland Sea Dogs (9-4) improved to 5-1 against the New Britain Cats (4-9), sweeping Friday night’s doubleheader 6-4 and 6-0 at New Britain Stadium. Portland clubbed out 22 hits in the twinbill, receiving a career-high 11 strikeouts by Mickey Pena in the nightcap.

Game 1 Box Score      Game 2 Box Score

GAME ONE RECAP The Portland Sea Dogs didn’t seem fazed by Mother Nature’s doom, which produced three postponements in a row, and downed the New Britain Rock Cats 6-4, in game one of a doubleheader Friday night at New Britain Stadium. The win marked the second in a row for the ‘Dogs and fourth in five games against the ‘Cats.

Portland’s bats came out swinging against New Britain’s D.J. Baxendale and broke through for four runs in the third inning. Shannon Wilkerson walked and Mookie Betts followed with a single to left that kick started the rally. Two batters later, Travis Shaw brought home the pair of speedsters with a single to center, and Portland had the 2-0 lead.

Carlos Rivero was next to step into the batter’s box and faced Baxendale (0-2) for the fourth time on the young season. The leftfielder took a hanging breaking ball over the wall in left for a two-run shot that doubled Portland’s lead to 4-0. Rivero improved to 4-for-5 with four RBI against Baxendale as he collected three hits against him in the April 10th affair.

New Britain didn’t wait long to respond against Keith Couch and plated a run of its own in the bottom half of the frame. With two down, Matt Koch singled and was backed up by a run scoring double by Corey Wimberly, which cut the deficit to 4-1.

Couch (3-0) danced his way out of trouble in the fourth and struck out back-to-back hitters looking, with two on, to end a threat and keep the lead at three. Shaw rewarded his starter with two more insurance runs on a two run homer crushed to center in the top of the fifth that made the lead 6-1.

New Britain continued to climb out of the hole and responded with three more of its own in the bottom of the fifth. Back-to-back hits, a single and double began the inning and with one out it was Mike Kvasnicka that drove home the pair with a double to center. Nate Hanson followed with a bloop single that brought home the third run of the inning and made it 6-4.

Couch gave up his first earned runs of the season, but finished five innings and allowed the four runs on eight hits; he did not walk a batter and struck out five.

Noe Ramirez took over for the starter and closed the game out with two scoreless innings and earned his first save of the season.

Baxendale went the first five for New Britain and gave up the six runs, all earned, on nine hits; he walked one and struck out two. Former big leaguer Matt Guerrier was the first out of the pen and silenced the Sea Dogs over the final two frames.

GAME TWO RECAP

Mickey Pena didn’t earn the win in game two, but the lefty fanned a career-high 11 batters over 4.2 innings, as the Sea Dogs completed the doubleheader sweep with a 6-0 win over the Rock Cats. Portland pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts, the most since they had 17 last April 5th vs. Trenton.

Pena left due to pitch count, yielding only two hits, one walk, and induced 22 swings-and-misses. The Texas native threw 56 of 93 pitches for strikes – in just his sixth Double-A start.

Blake Swihart (2-for-4) put the icing on the cake, cracking his first Double-A homer, a three-run shot off Ryan O’Rourke during a four-run fifth. Stefan Welch knocked losing pitcher Taylor Rogers out of the game, delivering a one-out RBI single. Rogers (0-3) suffered his second loss in a week to Portland, giving up six hits and four runs over 4.1 IP.

Michael Olmsted (1-0) relieved Pena in the fifth inning and earned his first win of the season. Olmsted pitched 1.1 innings, giving one hit and a walk. The Rock Cats had only three hits in the contest.

Miguel Celestino fanned the side in the seventh inning, finishing off the 16-strikeout performance.

Portland jumped on Rogers in the third inning, scoring two runs off the Twins #19 Prospect. Derrik Gibson led off the frame with a single and scored on Peter Hissey’s (2-for-3) double. With one out, Shannon Wilkerson nailed a 1-2 pitch to left-center field for a run-scoring single.

The entire lineup for the Rock Cats fanned at least once, with three players (Aderling Mejia, Reynaldo Rodriguez and Brandon Waring) striking out three times. Portland’s last two doubleheader sweeps on the road are both in New Britain Stadium. The last on July 22, 2013.

The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats get set to wrap up the three-game, two-day series with the finale, Saturday at 6:35 pm from New Britain Stadium. The ‘Dogs will send righty Mike Augliera (1-1, 5.54) to the hill for his third start. The New Britain Rock Cats will send RHP Sean Gilmartin (1-1, 3.27) to the mound. Radio coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network and http://www.seadogs.com. Coverage on MiLB.TV kicks-off at 6:25 PM.

Yes! We have baseball in New Britain

Rock Cats GameDay Program...really cool.

Rock Cats GameDay Program…really cool.

The Sea Dogs and the Rock Cats have been postponed the last three days, and up a three-game series in two days on Friday night at New Britain Stadium. Last night’s series opener was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. RHP Keith Couch and LHP Mickey Pena make the starts for the ‘Dogs. New Britain counters with RHP D.J. Baxendale and LHP Taylor Rogers.  Tomorrow night, the ‘Dogs and ‘Cats play game three of the series – the entire Eastern League is off for Easter Sunday.

Portland’s second leg of the trip opens up on Monday night in Binghamton.  The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats have not played since Monday.

Good luck to the Boston Bruins tonight as they begin their playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings…This team has a lot of hockey fans, nice to see. A few years ago, I felt like one of the only hockey fans on the team.

Really nice chatting with former Sea Dog Tony Thomas before yesterday’s game…Tony is a terrific person and when he signed with the Twins, I was very happy. In my position, I’m a huge Sea Dogs and Red Sox fan, but I’m a fan of players and the guys I meet. I want them all to succeed whether that be in baseball or something else.

 

  • Sporting News reveals the Sea Dogs Twitter account @PortlandSeaDogs has the most followers in Double-A…Full Story
  • RHP Jose Valdez was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier today…Valdez converted both save attempts, and was scoreless in three outings.
  • Boston Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino has been named the 2014 Sports Lawyers Association award of Excellence winner.
  • Former Cats with Sea Dogs ties: Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tony Thomas and Daniel Turpen. Manager Jeff Smith played for Portland in 2003.

Owens and Betts sweep Eastern League Players of the Week

Dunkin’ Dugout Program Returns to Hadlock Field

(AUDIO) My conversation this week with Billy McMillon

Pre-Game begins at 5:15 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Tony Thomas (Former Sea Dog and Current Rock Cat)

Game 1
Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 7, Welch DH Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Ramos 9, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP

New Britain: Wimberly 6, Kvasnicka 8, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 7, Ortiz 9, Waring 5, Boyer 4, Koch 2, Baxendale RHP

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

THIS IS GETTING OLD: The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats have not played since Monday and open up a three-game series in two days on Friday night at New Britain Stadium…Last night’s series opener was postponed due to unplayable conditions…Portland had the final two games of their opening homestand postponed…New Britain did not play the final two games of their opening roadtrip in New Hampshire…Tonight opens up a seven-game trip for the ‘Dogs in seven days.

LAST GAME: The Sea Dogs used a six-run sixth for the second time this season, defeating the B-Mets 9-4 on Monday night…3B Sean Coyle went 3-for-4 with a homer, 3 RBI and three runs scored…1B Stefan Welch delivered a two-run single in the sixth, giving the Sea Dogs the lead for good…LHP Robby Scott pitched 2.1 scoreless on just one hit to earn his first Double-A win…2B Mookie Betts (2-for-5), RF Peter Hissey and C Blake Swihart each had RBI’s for Portland.

GREAT SCOTT: Scott had retired 19 straight batters until Matt Clark’s single in the eighth inning…LHP Henry Owens took a no-decision, yielding two, 2-run homers with two-outs in the third inning…Owens allowed a Double-A high four runs on six hits, three walks and four strikeouts…3B Brian Burgamy and Clark each smacked their fourth homers…RHP Miguel Celestino closed out the win with 1.2 scoreless.

WAY TO GO MATE: Welch has reached base safely in 11 of his last 18 plate appearances and safely in his last nine starts…The Australian native knocked in a team-high 5 runs on Friday night against New Britain.

VIDEO GAME NUMBERS: Betts is leading the Eastern League with a .450 average (18-for-40) and has reached base safely in all 10 starts…Dating back to last season, Betts has reached base safely in 40 straight regular season games, but 45 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…Swihart has reached safely in all eight starts and Shannon Wilkerson is riding a team-high nine-game hitting streak.

HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Yesterday was the fourth postponement for Portland and New Britain…Portland’s rainout on April 8th in Trenton will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader on May 31st…Game one starts at 2:05 and the nightcap begins at 7:05 PM…The ‘Dogs have twinbills with Binghamton on May 19th and 21st.

View of New Britain Stadium from behind the plate.

View of New Britain Stadium from behind the plate.

 

Finally we have baseball…Couch on the hill

The Sea Dogs and the Rock Cats were both postponed the last two games, and open up a three-game series on Thursday night at New Britain Stadium…Portland took three of four from the ‘Cats last week at Hadlock Field and finished their first homestand of the season 4-1. Technically, the one win against Binghamton goes into the books as a series sweep.  Portland and the B-Met will now play six games in four days from May 19-21.

  • Sporting News reveals the Sea Dogs Twitter account @PortlandSeaDogs has the most followers in Double-A…Full Story
  • Travis Shaw was excited to play on his 24th birthday yesterday, but the game was postponed…Shaw has still never played a game on his birthday. Hopefully next year!
  • Boston Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino has been named the 2014 Sports Lawyers Association award of Excellence winner.
  • Former Cats with Sea Dogs ties: Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tony Thomas and Daniel Turpen. Manager Jeff Smith played for Portland in 2003.

Owens and Betts sweep Eastern League Players of the Week

Dunkin’ Dugout Program Returns to Hadlock Field

 

(AUDIO) My conversation this week with Billy McMillon

Pre-Game begins at 6:15 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: 

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 7, Welch DH Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Ramos 9, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP

New Britain: Wimberly 6, Kvasnicka 8, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 7, Ortiz 9, Waring 5, Koch 2, Thomas 4, Baxendale RHP

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

Travis Shaw has never played on his birthday...Today he gets the chance! Happy 24th Travis

Travis Shaw has never played on his birthday…Yesterday was his chance, but mother nature said no.

WE FINALLY HAVE BASEBALL: The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats were postponed the last two games, and open up a three-game series on Thursday night at New Britain Stadium…Portland finished 4-1 on their first homestand of the season and gets credited for a one-game series sweep over the Mets…New Britain dropped four of five on their first roadtrip of the season…The entire Eastern League is off for Easter Sunday – Portland begins a four-game set on Monday night in Binghamton.

ONE DID THE TRICK: The Sea Dogs used a six-run sixth for the second time this season, defeating the B-Mets 9-4 on Monday night…3B Sean Coyle went 3-for-4 with a homer, 3 RBI and three runs scored…1B Stefan Welch delivered a two-run single in the sixth, giving the Sea Dogs the lead for good…LHP Robby Scott pitched 2.1 scoreless on just one hit to earn his first Double-A win…2B Mookie Betts (2-for-5), RF Peter Hissey and C Blake Swihart each had RBI’s for Portland.

GREAT SCOTT: Scott had retired 19 straight batters until Matt Clark’s single in the eighth inning…LHP Henry Owens took a no-decision, yielding two, 2-run homers with two-outs in the third inning…Owens allowed a Double-A high four runs on six hits, three walks and four strikeouts…3B Brian Burgamy and Clark each smacked their fourth homers…RHP Miguel Celestino closed out the win with 1.2 scoreless.

WAY TO GO MATE: Welch has reached base safely in 11 of his last 18 plate appearances and safely in his last nine starts…The Australian native knocked in a team-high 5 runs on Friday night against New Britain.

VIDEO GAME NUMBERS: Betts is leading the Eastern League with a .450 average (18-for-40) and has reached base safely in all 10 starts…Dating back to last season, Betts has reached base safely in 40 straight regular season games, but 45 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…Swihart has reached safely in all eight starts and Shannon Wilkerson is riding a team-high nine-game hitting streak.

Derrik Gibson made a highlight reel catch at SS during the recent homestand.

Derrik Gibson made a highlight reel catch at SS during the recent homestand.

Sea Dogs make up dates…April 15th, we’ll never forget

The Sea Dogs have now been postponed twice this season and have doubleheaders on the following dates: May 21st vs. Binghamton (5:00 PM) and May 31st at Trenton (Day/Night Doubleheader).

April 15th is a day we’ll never forget, and comes with conflicting emotions. The first part of the memory is the amazing breakthrough by Jackie Robinson. The entire Portland roster was scheduled to wear #42 tonight, but mother nature prevented that. I can’t wait to see those uniforms next season.

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Today also marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic event at the Boston Marathon. I can remember being in Binghamton when everything started to happen. I was getting on the bus for the trip to the park, but when I looked at Twitter on my phone, I saw the news. It was paralyzing. Those emotions from 2001 kind of crept back.  Then after everything that happens, all I could think about is the families. But, the City of Boston rallied, and deserve the name Boston Strong. The Red Sox players were amazing in their efforts to fight back.

Portland returns to action on Wednesday night in the final game of the series against Binghamton. With tonight’s rainout, the ‘Dogs will not lose a series for the fourth straight time to start the season.

Owens on the hill against Binghamton

Billy McMillon is in his first year as Portland Manager...He joins the Pre-Game Show tonight at 5:40

Billy McMillon is in his first year as Portland Manager…He joins the Pre-Game Show tonight at 5:40

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Monday night against the Binghamton Mets at Hadlock Field…LHP Henry Owens makes his third start of the season and his first at home this season.

Owens and Betts sweep Eastern League Players of the Week

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Billy McMillon

Binghamton: Johnson 8, Burgamy 5, Plawecki 2, Clark 3, Boyd DH, Lawley 7, Vaughan 9, Reynolds 6, Tovar 4, Peavey RHP

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Rivero 7, Welch 3 Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Ramos 8, Hissey 9, McCarthy RHP

HENRY FACES THE METS: The Sea Dogs took three of four from the New Britain Rock Cats to start the homestand, and open up a three-game set with the Binghamton Mets on Monday night…Tonight marks the first of 21 meetings between the two teams – last year Binghamton took 13 of 20…LHP Henry Owens, the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox system, makes his third start of the season, but his first at Hadlock Field…Owens is 2-0 and has not allowed a run in 12.2 IP on six hits and 18 strikeouts.

THEY GOT WON: New Britain avoided a four-game sweep of the Sea Dogs with a 6-3 win on Sunday afternoon…LHP Sean Gilmartin (1-1) worked six strong innings on four hits, two runs (one earned) and fanned three…SS Derik Gibson led Portland’s offense, going 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored…3B Nate Hanson and RF Daniel Ortiz each went 3-for-5 to lead New Britain’s 12-hit attack…2B Mookie Betts and RF Shannon Wilkerson drove in runs for Portland.

CREDIT THEY DESERVE: Betts and Owens were named the Eastern League’s first player/pitcher of the Week (April 3-13)…RHP Keith Couch, Owens and Binghamton’s RHP Hansel Robles have not allowed an earned run among Eastern League qualifiers…Betts is leading the Eastern League in average (.457), on-base percentage (.512) and tied for total bases with 26…Owens leads the lead in strikeouts and has the lone complete-game shutout in the league this season.

WAY TO GO MATE: Stefan Welch has reached base safely in nine of his last 14 plate appearances and safely in his last eight starts…Welch knocked in a team-high 5 runs on Friday night against New Britain.

STAYING HOT AT THE PLATE: Wilkersonhas a team-high, nine-game hitting streak, after going hitless on Opening Night…Last season, Wilkerson’s longest hitting streak was eight games from May 24-31…LF Carlos Rivero had a multi-hit game in the first 3 games of the homestand, but went 0-for-3 with a walk on Sunday.

Future catchers and present

Future catchers and present

KEPT THEM IN IT: RHP Mike McCarthy (0-2) suffered the loss on Sunday, but gave up just three runs on five hits over five innings pitched…LHP Nate Reed yielded a run for the third straight outing, giving up six hits, three runs, two walks and four strikeouts over 2 IP…RHP Noe Ramirez worked two scoreless frames.

 

High Five with a win today for Portland

Sea Dogs held their Little League Coaches Clinic before today's game

Sea Dogs held their Little League Coaches Clinic before today’s game

The Sea Dogs wrap up their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…With a win today, the ‘Dogs will earn their first 4-game sweep at home since 2010.

Pre-Game begins at 12:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Jeff Dooley (Voice of the Rock Cats)

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Boyer 4, Hanson 5, Vargas 3, Ortiz 9, Thomas 7, Rodriguez DH, Mejia 6, Knudson 2, Gilmartin LHP

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Wilkerson 9, Shaw 3, Rivero 7, Ramos 8, Welch 5, Coyle DH, Spring 2, Gibson 6, McCarthy RHP

WHAT A START: The Sea Dogs have won four straight and seek a four-game sweep of the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland has not swept a four-game series at home since September 3-6, 2010 vs. the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Portland is averaging 9.0 runs-per-game in the series, hitting .355 (38-for-107), including .432 (16-for-37) with runners-in-scoring position…The ‘Dogs have their best 9-game start to the season since they were 6-3 in 2008.

THAT’S RUN SUPPORT: Portland scored six times in the sixth inning, erasing an early 4-1 deficit to beat the Rock Cats 10-4 on Saturday afternoon…DH Stefan Welch reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch…LF Carlos Rivero finished 2-for-5 with 3 RBI…1B Mike Brenly had the game-winning hit, delivering a two-run single in the sixth, as the ‘Dogs sent 11 men to the plate…RHP Mike Augliera (1-1) earned his first Double-A win, working seven innings on eight hits and four runs.

ALL NINE HAD FUN: The entire lineup had at least one hit on Saturday…Mookie Betts, Rivero,Welch and Shannon Wilkerson each had multi-hit games…Betts picked up his first multi-RBI game in Portland and has now reached base safely in 43 straight games, dating back to last August with High-A Salem…He reached in his final 35 games of 2013, including the Carolina League playoffs.

WAY TO GO MATE: Welch has reached base safely in eight of his last 11 plate appearances, and is hitting .409 (9-for-22) with a team-leading 7 RBI, including five in the series opener – a Double-A career high…The Red Sox acquired Welch in a trade from the Pirates last season in exchange for cash considerations.

View of the U.S. Pavilion at Hadlock Field.

View of the U.S. Pavilion at Hadlock Field.

STAYING HOT AT THE PLATE: Wilkersonhas a team-high, eight-game hitting streak, after going hitless on Opening Night…Rivero went 1-for-12 (.083) on the roadtrip, but has three straight multi-hit games, going 7-for-13 (.538) in the series…SS Deven Marrero has hit safely in all seven starts, hitting .355 (11-for-31) with 5 RBI and 5 doubles.

FOUR BY FOUR: Augliera has given up all eight runs during two 4-run innings over his first 2 Double-A starts…The former Sanford Mainer was scoreless in his final 4.2 innings on Saturday, giving up just two hits…Yesterday’s starters combined to throw 127 strikeouts out of 168 pitches (76%).

‘Dogs and ‘Cats part 3

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…RHP Mike Augliera makes the start.

Pre-Game begins at 12:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

New Britain: Boyer 4, Hanson 3, Ortiz 8, Vargas DH, Rodriguez 7, Kvasnicka 9, Waring 5, Koch 2, Mejia 6, Summers RHP

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Welch DH, Rivero 7, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Brenly 3, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RHP

WHAT A NIGHTThe Sea Dogs had their largest home-opening crowd (6,022) since 2003, and took the homestand opener 6-4 from the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…After losing three straight, the ‘Dogs have won their last two games, and resume their four-game set on Friday night…RHP Keith Couch and LHP Henry Owens, the top two in the rotation, are a combined 4-0 without allowing an earned run…2B Mookie Betts has reached base safely in 42 straight games dating back to last August with High-A Salem.

THEY MADE IT INTERESTING: Portland held off a ninth-inning rally by New Britain to take the first of 19 meetings between the two rivals, 6-4 on Thursday night…LF Carlos Rivero finished 3-for-4, with is 2-run single in the fifth inning, proving to be the game-winning hit…Couch worked 5.2 quality innings, yielding one unearned run on five hits, one walk and five strikeouts…RHP Jose Valdez retired Daniel Ortiz, the go-ahead run, to notch his second save of the year…Betts went 2-for-4 with two runs scored…Matt Springand Sean Coyle each had an RBI.

BOTH DON’T COUNT: Couch has worked 5.2 innings in both starts, allowing an unearned run in each game…The right-hander is 13-3, 3.13 ERA (50 ER/141.0 IP) in 31 games/17 starts in his Sea Dogs career (2013-14), but 10-1, 2.61 ERA as a starter…He became the 6th pitcher in franchise history to reach 13 victories.

RALLY OFF THE PEN: New Britain scored three times off RHP Noe Ramirez over 1.2 IP…RHP Michael Olmsted relieved Couch in the sixth inning and pitched 1.2 scoreless without allowing a hit…Rock Cats starter RHP D.J. Baxendale allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings pitched.

STAYING HOT AT THE PLATE: OF Shannon Wilkerson has a team-high six-game hitting streak, going 1-for-4 with a run scored last night…Spring has a run-scoring double in both starts…Coyle has an RBI in consecutive starts, reaching base safely in five of six starts to begin his Double-A career.

MORE ON MICKEY: LHP Mickey Pena is making his fifth career Double-A start and his second this season…Pena took a no-decision on April 5th at Reading, giving up two runs on four hits over 3 IP…His lone win came on August 26, 2013 at New Hampshire, tossing 6.2 IP on eight hits and five runs.

Sea Dogs continue their homestand on Friday

IMG_1323The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland won their home opener on Thursday night, 6-4, in front of the largest opening day crowd (6,022) since 2003.

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Ben Crockett

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Thomas 4, Hanson 5, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 7, Waring DH, Kvansnicka 9, Knudson 2, Mejia 6, Rogers LHP

Portland lineup: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch DH, Hissey 7, Pena LHP

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

WHAT A NIGHT: The Sea Dogs had their largest home-opening crowd (6,022) since 2003, and took the homestand opener 6-4 from the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…After losing three straight, the ‘Dogs have won their last two games, and resume their four-game set on Friday night…RHP Keith Couch and LHP Henry Owens, the top two in the rotation, are a combined 4-0 without allowing an earned run…2B Mookie Betts has reached base safely in 42 straight games dating back to last August with High-A Salem.

THEY MADE IT INTERESTING: Portland held off a ninth-inning rally by New Britain to take the first of 19 meetings between the two rivals, 6-4 on Thursday night…LF Carlos Rivero finished 3-for-4, with is 2-run single in the fifth inning, proving to be the game-winning hit…Couch worked 5.2 quality innings, yielding one unearned run on five hits, one walk and five strikeouts…RHP Jose Valdez retired Daniel Ortiz, the go-ahead run, to notch his second save of the year…Betts went 2-for-4 with two runs scored…Matt Spring and Sean Coyle each had an RBI.

BOTH DON’T COUNT: Couch has worked 5.2 innings in both starts, allowing an unearned run in each game…The right-hander is 13-3, 3.13 ERA (50 ER/141.0 IP) in 31 games/17 starts in his Sea Dogs career (2013-14), but 10-1, 2.61 ERA as a starter…He became the 6th pitcher in franchise history to reach 13 victories.

RALLY OFF THE PEN: New Britain scored three times off RHP Noe Ramirez over 1.2 IP…RHP Michael Olmsted relieved Couch in the sixth inning and pitched 1.2 scoreless without allowing a hit…Rock Cats starter RHP D.J. Baxendale allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings pitched.

STAYING HOT AT THE PLATE: OF Shannon Wilkerson has a team-high six-game hitting streak, going 1-for-4 with a run scored last night…Spring has a run-scoring double in both starts…Coyle has an RBI in consecutive starts, reaching base safely in five of six starts to begin his Double-A career.

MORE ON MICKEY: LHP Mickey Pena is making his fifth career Double-A start and his second this season…Pena took a no-decision on April 5th at Reading, giving up two runs on four hits over 3 IP…His lone win came on August 26, 2013 at New Hampshire, tossing 6.2 IP on eight hits and five runs.

Sea Dogs and Rock Cats on Opening Night at Hadlock Field

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Geoff Iacuessa/Ben Crockett

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Boyer 4, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, D. Ortiz 9, Waring 5, Rodriguez 7, Koch 2, Mejia 6, Baxendale RH

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Wilkerson 8, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Rivero 7, Spring 2, Coyle 5, Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Couch RHP

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

THIS MAKES 21: The Sea Dogs open up their 21st season at Hadlock Field on Thursday night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…Portland is 9-11 All-Time in openers at Hadlock, suffering a 13-5 loss to the Thunder last season…Tonight kicks-off a seven-game homestand – the Binghamton Mets visit Maine on Monday…Both the ‘Dogs and ‘Cats snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday night…Portland took 14 of 23 meetings from New Britain in 2013, but went 6-6 at Hadlock Field.

‘DOGS RETURN THE FAVOR: One night after losing 10-1, the Sea Dogs collected a season-high 14 hits in a 9-2 win over the Thunder…LHP Henry Owens earned his second straight win, tossing 6.2 scoreless on six hits, no walks and nine strikeouts…CF Shannon Wilkerson picked up a season-high 3 hits, knocking in two runs…2B Sean Coyle and 3B Travis Shaw each had 2 RBI…DH Mookie Betts and SS Deven Marrero added two hits and each stole a base…C Gary Sanchez knocked in Trenton’s two runs with a two-out double off reliever Matty Ott.

ON A ROLL: Owens has fanned nine batters in each start this season, hurling 12.2 scoreless frames…The lefty’s no-hitter on Opening Night was the first as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game (six innings) no-hitter in franchise history…Owens is 5-1, 1.26 ERA (6 ER/43.0 IP) in eight Double-A starts (2013-14).

GIVE HIM A HIGH FIVE: Wilkerson has hit safely in five straight games, picking up his first 2 RBI last night…Betts has reached base safely in all six games, making his first start as the DH in the roadtrip finale…RHP Jose Valdez tossed a scoreless inning of relief and did not allow a run in both outings on the trip.

GRABBING AN EXTRA BAG: Portland stole four bases last night after having just one steal in the first 5 games…Trenton is the only team in the Eastern League without a stolen base attempt…The Richmond Flying Squirrels lead the league with nine steals in 10 attempts…New Britain is four of five in stolen base attempts.

NOT MANY: Michael Brenly had a pinch-hit single last night and appeared in left field for the first time in his professional career…Brenly made his debut in the Red Sox system on Tuesday night, going 0-for-4 as the designated hitter…Coyle nailed his first double of the season on Wednesday, making his first start at second base.

 

 

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