Sea Dogs (14-25) vs. Binghamton Mets (19-19) on Fireworks Friday

Fireworks Friday!

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game homestand against the Binghamton Mets on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped six of eight to the Mets this season…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will have their first 3-game winning streak of the season at home…RHP Billy Buckner (1-3, 4.10) makes his eighth start of the season for Portland and his third against the B-Mets…RHP Gonzalez Germen makes his third start of the year for Binghamton.

Lineups for Friday

Binghamton: Den Dekker 8, Rodriguez 6, Havens 4, Marte 5, Lagares DH, Reyes 9, Ozga 3, Gronauer 2, Zapata 7, Mejia RHP

Portland:  Hazelbaker 7, Vitek 5, Linares DH, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Spring 2, Bermudez 8, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Buckner RHP

Game Notes

Bryce Brentz Interview

Matt Barnes leads all Red Sox Minor League pitchers in ERA (0.60) and strikeouts (67)

  • On the Rise…Matt Barnes continues to dominate in his first professional season…The righty hurled six scoreless innings for Salem on Thursday night, and leads all Red Sox minor league pitchers with a 0.60 ERA and 67 strikeouts.
  • On the decline…Daisuke Matsuzaka was roughed up on Thursday night in Durham, yielding 5 runs (4 earned) over 6.2 IP for Pawtucket.
  • Did you know? Hideki Matsui signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and is currently playing in Triple-A Durham…His official statistics show that his first ever minor league game was 2007 with the Tampa Yankees, but that is wrong…Matsui suited up for the 2006 Trenton Thunder in the first round of the playoffs and played his first ever minor league game against Portland.

Hideki Matsui played his first ever minor league in 2006, but there is no record of it.

  • Kevin Youkilis talking to PawSox radio broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith before Thursday’s game in Durham…Youk has a great relationship with former Sea Dogs’ Manager Arnie Beyeler

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website or

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: & and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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