Sea Dogs at Reading for a twinbill
Portland plays their seventh doubleheader of the season on Tuesday night in Reading…The ‘Dogs are 1-3-2 in twinbills this season.
New Guy: For the second straight day, the Red Sox have signed a player from the Independent Leagues…Catcher Jeff Howell is here from the Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association). He played a bit last year in New Britian…Howell is wearing #29.
Matt Rusch starts tomorrow for Portland. He was signed from the Can-Am League on Tuesday
LET’S PLAY TWO: The Sea Dogs and Phillies play a doubleheader tonight at First Energy Stadium…Portland has a 1-3 record in doubleheaders away from Hadlock Field…The only two twinbill splits have come in the ‘Dogs home doubleheaders this year…Portland is 37-34 since June 1st, the R-Phils have dropped 8 of 13 this month after going 17-12 in July.
GOING DEEP IN BASEBALLTOWN: The Phillies took the first game of the series last night 7-4 thanks to home runs from Brett Clevlen, Carlos Rivero and Tuffy Gosewisch…Clevlen and Rivero each had a solo shot, but it was Gosewisch’s three-run bomb in the sixth inning that knocked Sea Dogs starter Brock Huntzinger out of the game…Ryan Khoury also had a two-run homer as part of a late comeback bid by Portland.
THE BAKER AND THE BUTLER: Jeremy Hazelbaker and Dan Butler joined Khoury as Sea Dogs with a multi-hit effort last night…Butler drove in Hazelbaker on a double in the fifth inning for Portland’s first run of the game…That was the catcher’s first RBI in Double-A…Hazelbaker twice led-off an inning with a single and scored runs both times.
MAKE SURE YOU’RE COMFORTABLE: Last night’s contest turned out to be another three-hour affair for the Sea Dogs…Each of Portland’s last three games has been over the three-hour mark…The ‘Dogs have not played a nine-inning game in under 2:30 since a 2-1 loss at New Hampshire on July 22nd.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE: Prior to last night’s game Portland and Reading had not played since the two teams split an abbreviated two-game series at Hadlock Field on May 17-18…The Sea Dogs have an 11-game losing streak at First Energy Stadium with their last win coming in the 2010 season opener…Two teams have split six games at Hadlock Field this season.
ANOTHER MILESTONE: Khoury passed Iggy Suarez for the most games played in franchise history (305) after his start at shortstop last night…Khoury is currently playing for Portland for the fourth consecutive season…He is already the franchise leader in runs scored (172), walks (158) and plate appearances (1,262)…With two more at-bats Khoury (1,073) will pass Fletcher Bates (1,074) for the most in team history…His double last night gave him 69 for his career, three behind Chih-Hsien Chiang.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Phillies conclude their four-game series tomorrow night…The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets will play at Fenway Park in three days as part of a six-game homestand against the Mets and the first meeting with the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate).