Sea Dogs (24-43) vs. Trenton Thunder (40-30)
Food for thought…Last night on the broadcast, Ben and I were talking about Adrian Gonzalez and his amazing start. Did you know he’s had a hit in 78% of his games this season? Pretty amazing. Really nice having Ryan Khoury back. Hopefully we’ll have Khoury’s Khourner back on the air. Jason Place is now a Trenton Thunder, and started in right field last night.
Alan Horne is making a rehab start for Trenton tonight. Alex Wilson is seeking his sixth win of the season for Portland…Below are some notes for today’s game.
GOING FOR THREE: Portland looks for a third straight win tonight in the second of a three-game series against the Trenton Thunder…The Sea Dogs have had a three-game win streak or longer just twice this season…A victory would also give Portland just its second home series win of the year, and the first since the Sea Dogs took three of four from Binghamton April 25-28.
THUNDER-STRUCK: Portland’s offense blasted Trenton starter Dellin Betances and the rest of the Thunder staff for 13 runs on 14 hits in last night’s 13-5 win…Reynaldo Rodriguez led the way offensively, going 3-for-5 with a three-run home run, part of a 5 RBI night for the former Yankee prospect…Eight of the nine Sea Dogs starters recorded at least a hit, seven of nine scored a run, and five players enjoyed a multi-hit performance.
EARLY SHOWER: Betances lasted just two and one-third innings last night, allowing the first seven Sea Dogs runs, six of them being earned…It was the shortest start of the year for the New York native and the only time in 12 starts where he’s given up more than three earned runs…Betances entered last night’s game as the league leader with a 1.76 ERA and left with a 2.61 ERA, now 5th in the Eastern League.
HOMER, TROT, REPEAT: Rodriguez and Oscar Tejeda added the exclamation point to last night’s win with a set of back-to-back home runs off Thunder reliever Fernando Hernandez…Rodriguez smacked a three-run shot, his second blast with the Sea Dogs…Tejeda followed with a solo bomb, just his second of the season and first since April 26th…It was the first time two Portland players have gone back-to-back since Ryan Lavarnway and Luis Exposito turned the trick last August against Binghamton.
WELCOME BACK KHOURY: Ryan Khoury made his return to the Sea Dogs last night after having his contract with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League purchased by the Red Sox…The Utah native got the start at shortstop in his return and went 0-for-5 at the plate with a walk, his 132nd base on balls in franchise history…Khoury is four walks shy of tying Jeff Corsaletti for the all-time lead…Last night was also his 264th game played with Portland, tied for 8th in franchise history with Chris Sheff.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Thunder wrap up their series tomorrow night with a 6:00 PM start, the last time the Red Sox and Yankees affiliates will clash this season…Then, Portland will have a quick three-game set in New Hampshire against the Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) before returning home for eight games in seven days against New Britain (Twins affiliate) and New Hampshire.