Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats on Wednesday night

TIME TO FOCUS ON THIRD PLACE, FINISHING STRONG:Tonight, the Sea Dogs continue a four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Portland picked up the win in extra innings last night…With the win yesterday, the Dogs remain in fourth place, and have been eliminated from the playoffs due to the Reading Phillies win…Portland is 2.5 out of third behind the New Britain Rock Cats…The Sea Dogs have won or split eight straight series at Hadlock Field, and have won 12 of their last 14…Portland is 30-15 since the All-Star Break.

SIX-RUN 12TH PUTS PORTLAND OVER ‘CATS 9-3: The Portland Sea Dogs broke a 3-3 tie with six runs in the top of the 12th inning and took down the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-3…Allen Webster took the hill in his first outing with a Red Sox club since coming over from the Dodgers in last week’s trade…The righty gave up three runs over the first two frames, but settled down, finished four innings and struck out seven…Mike MacDonald (3-2) stole the show on the mound and tossed seven scoreless innings of relief…Bryce Brentz broke the tie with a two-run single and Travis Shaw broke it open with a three run homer in the 12th inning…Michael Olmsted pitched the bottom half of the inning in scoreless fashion to lock down the win.

NOW THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 35 games, the Portland bullpen has allowed just 34 earned runs over 148.1 innings (2.07 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 287 of their last 358 IP (80%)…Since the break, they have a 2.95 ERA (132 ER/403.2 IP).

LOOKING TO GO EVEN STEVEN:The Sea Dogs are again three games under .500…The Sea Dogs have been under .500 the entire season and were two-under after being swept by the Reading Phillies in an Opening Day doubleheader…Portland has not been .500 since they were 3-3 last April 12th…The ‘Dogs have not been over .500 since last Opening Day, when they defeated the Reading Phillies 4-3 at Hadlock Field…That marked the only time during the season Portland was over .500.

OFFENSIVE OUTPUT IS PRETTY GOOD: Xander Bogaerts is second in the organization with 20 homers…Jeremy Hazelbaker and Shaw are now third with 19… Brentz has 17 homers, which is fifth in the organization, all behind Mauro Gomez’s 25…Gomez was tabbed International League Player of the Year.

Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Smith 5, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Hissey 8, Bermudez 8, Gibson 5, Gentiel 4, RHP Brandon Workman (3-0, 1.50)

New Hampshire: Marisnick 8, Goins 6, Sobolewski 5, Schimpf 7, Glenn DH, Tolisano 4, Van Kirk 9, Jacobo 5, Clemens 2 RHP Yohan Pino (9-7, 3.43)

Game Notes

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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