Welcome to Arm & Hammer Park…Game 1 Lineups & Notes

The brand new video board in right-field in Trenton, N.J.

The brand new video board in right-field in Trenton, N.J.

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game roadtrip on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park (formally knowns as Waterfront Park)

Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Mike Ashmore from Thunder Thoughts – follow him on Twitter at mashmore98

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Meneses 4, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Gibson 6, Dent 7, Barnes RHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 9, Pirela 4, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Roller 3, Heathcott 8, Segedin 5, Medchill DH, Castillo 6, Turley LHP

HIT THE ROAD JACK: After a 5-2 homestand, the Sea Dogs open up a seven-game homestand on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J…Portland finished 7-6 at Hadlock Field in April, their best opening-month home record since winning 7 of 12 in April of 2011…Trenton took two of three from the Sea Dogs in the opening series of the season, including a 13-5 win on Opening Day – Portland committed a season-high five errors.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH: The Binghamton Mets led 8-0 after two innings and held on to beat the Sea Dogs, 8-6 in the series finale on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Michael Almanzar and Xander Bogaerts aided the comeback for Portland, driving in two runs apiece…Bogaerts tripled for the third straight game…Kyle Kaminska (0-3) suffered the loss, allowing 10 hits and eight runs (seven earned) over 4.2 innings pitched…Darrell Ceciliani (double) and Allan Dykstra (home run) each had 3 RBI…Portland’s bullpen duo of Miguel Celestino and Pete Ruiz closed out the game with 4.1 hitless frames.

MAYBE THE NAME CHANGE WILL HELP: Arm & Hammer Park, formally known as Waterfront Park in Trenton, has not been kind to Portland…The ‘Dogs have dropped 16 of their last 21 games against the Thunder in New Jersey…Portland won the season series in 2010, taking four of seven.

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 18 games, by going 1-for-4 with a walk (Eastern League leader with 19) on Wednesday…Shaw’s on-base streak is currently the longest in the league…Altoona’s Andrew Lambo had a 20-game on-base streak from April 4-24.

RAINING 3’S: The Sea Dogs are second in the Eastern League with eight triples, but have seven in the last four games…Bogaerts and Heiker Meneses each had two in a game during the past homestand. 

HE’S A RELIEVER? Ruiz is second on the staff with 21 strikeouts, tying a season-high with 5 on Wednesday night against Binghamton…The right-hander has 17 strikeouts in his last 6.2 IP…Brandon Workman is tops of the staff with 28 K’s…Portland is second in the league in strikeouts with 178 (Harrisburg leads with 184)

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton (Yankees affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night at 7:05 PM…The series concludes on Sunday at 1:05 PM…On Monday night, the ‘Dogs open up a four-game series in Reading, PA against the Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate).

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