Sea Dogs (20-37) vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels (28-30)
DUELING ACES: Portland wraps up its three-game series against the Flying Squirrels tonight…The game features two of the top pitchers in the Eastern League with Richmond’s Eric Surkamp squaring off against Portland’s Alex Wilson…Surkamp leads the league with a 1.92 ERA with Wilson not far behind at 2.62 (7th)…Last time out, Wilson snapped a string of five straight starts allowing three runs or less, without recording a win.
STREAK SNAPPED: The Sea Dogs saw their six-game win streak come to an end with last night’s 9-3 loss…It was their longest winning streak since six straight wins in 2010 (July 17-22)…The run was highlighted by a pitching staff that yielded only eight runs (seven earned) over a span of 58.2 IP (1.07 ERA)…Portland continued one streak by hitting a home run for the seventh consecutive game.
LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: Brock Huntzinger became the third straight Sea Dog starting pitcher to rack up seven strikeouts with his performance last night…Huntzinger established a Double-A high seven punchouts in his last start at New Britain, and repeated that number against Richmond…Huntzinger had not struck out seven in a game since pitching for Low-A Greenville in 2009…Stephen Fife and Chris Balcom-Miller were the other two pitchers to ring up seven.
BREAKING OUT: Chih-Hsien Chiang was honored as the Eastern League’s Player of the Week from May 30th to June 5th…The outfielder closed the week hitting .424 (14-for-33) through eight games with seven extra-base hits, including three home runs, 8 RBI, and 8 runs scored…Over his last ten games, Chiang is 17-for-43 (.395) with five home runs and 11 RBI…The second-year Sea Dog is now among the Eastern League’s top ten in hitting at .312 (8th)…He also leads the EL with a .630 slugging percentage and is tied for third with 27 extra-base hits on the year…Chiang’s home run Tuesday matched the franchise record for most consecutive games with a home run…Josh Reddick had a run of four games from April 10-14, 2009 (Reddick accomplished the feat over five days, but sat out a game in the middle)
JUNE IS FINALLY HERE: Since turning the calendar, Portland is 6-1 in the month of June…After last Tuesday’s losses, the Sea Dogs suffered their worst month in franchise history with their 25th loss…2003: 12-21 in August and 2002: 10-21 in June…Portland finished 6-25 in May.
WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Bowie Baysox (Orioles affiliate) visit Hadlock Field for the first and only time this season, starting a three-game series with Portland…The Sea Dogs will have an off day before heading to Erie (Tigers affiliate) and Akron (Indians affiliate).