Morning Baseball…Barnes gets the start

Matt Barnes makes his 5th start of the season for Portland this morning.

Matt Barnes makes his 5th start of the season for Portland this morning.

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Wednesday morning at First Energy Stadium.

Pete Ruiz Video Interview

Player Moves: RHP Charlie Haeger assigned from Triple-A Pawtucket…RHP Kyle Kaminska assigned to High-A Salem

Coverage begins at 11:15 AM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Steve Degler Part 2 (former voice of the Reading Phillies).

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Vitek 5, Spring 2, Meneses 4, Barnes RHP

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Duran 6, Collier 8, Murphy 3, Henson 7, Rupp 2, Mitchell 9, Welty DH, Abreu 5, Colvin RHP

MORNING BASEBALL: The Sea Dogs are 3-1 on their six-game roadtrip, and continue their three-game series on Wednesday morning at First Energy Stadium…At 14-9, Portland finished the first month of the season with the best record in the Eastern League, and hold a one-game lead over Reading for the top spot in the Eastern Division…The Sea Dogs have won all three road series this season, last year, they didn’t win their third road series until the middle of May.

SEEKING PERFECTION: Brandon Workman (4-0) was perfect for six innings, before allowing a lead-off double in the seventh, but earned the win as Portland beat the Reading Fightin Phils 5-3…Tony Thomas finished 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, and falling a home run shy of the cycle…Michael Almanzar and J.C. Linares each add RBI’s for the Sea Dogs…Brock Huntzinger recorded the final five outs to earn his fifth save in as many chances…Daniel Bard returned to Portland, but allowed two runs in just 2/3 of an inning…Seth Rosin (1-2) tossed seven strong innings (3 R, ER) but took the loss for Reading.

KNUCKLE SHUFFLE: Charlie Haeger takes the spot of RHP Kyle Kaminska…Haeger, who pitched for Portland in 2011, is the fourth knuckleballer in franchise history; joining RHP John Barnes (2007), LHP Joe Rogers (2004) and Charlie Zink (2003-07).

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 22 games for the season and 23 dating back to 2012…Shaw walked in his final at-bat last night against Brandon Erbe…Trenton’s Kyle Roller currently has the best on-base streak this season at 24 games…Heiker Meneses did not reach base last night, snapping his on-base streak of 18 games on the road.

CAME TO AN END: The Sea Dogs lead the league with 12 triples, hitting two in last night’s game…Portland has a triple in seven of their last eight games…Xander Bogaerts and Thomas lead the team with three triples. 

IT HAD BEEN A WHILE: Portland’s series win in Trenton was their first since April 22-25, 2010, when they took three of four…The Sea Dogs are looking to go six games over .500 for the first time since May 18, 2010, when they were 21-15…Portland has won eight of their last 10.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Reading conclude their three-game series tomorrow morning at 11:35 AM…The Sea Dogs return home on Friday, May 3rd, opening up a six-game homestand against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) and the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate).

 

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