Morning Baseball Part 2…Ranaudo on the hill

Billy Buckner fanned 12 Rock Cats on April 24, 2011 at New Britain Stadium

Billy Buckner fanned 12 Rock Cats on April 24, 2011 at New Britain Stadium

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

Pete Ruiz Video Interview

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

Pre-Game Interview: I go inside the numbers

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Rosario DH, Gibson 4, Ranaudo RHP

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Duran 6, Henson 9, Murphy 3, Rupp 2, Mitchell 8, Valle DH, Welty LF, Abreu 5, Neris RHP

MORNING BASEBALL PART: The Sea Dogs clinched a winning roadtrip with yesterday’s victory, and wrap-up the roadie this morning against Reading at First Energy Stadium…At 15-9, Portland holds the best record in the Eastern League and seeks their fifth straight win (would tie a season-high)…Portland has won all four road series to start the season and looks for their first road-series sweep since taking three straight at New Britain on August 20-22, 2012.

PITCHING WINS, YET AGAIN: Matt Barnes (2-1) fanned a Double-A high 10 batters and Shannon Wilkerson hit the game-winning homer in the seventh, as Portland beat Reading 2-1…Barnes worked six innings on three hits, one run, two walks and punched out 10…Portland took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a run-scoring double by J.C. Linares…Reading tied the game in the fourth on Jim Murphy’s lead-off homer…Chris Martin recorded his second save, working 1.1 innings, and inducing a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

LAST 10+ STRIKEOUT PEFORMANCE BY A PORTLAND PITCHER:

  1. Billy Buckner, 12 (April 24, 2012 at New Britain)
  2. Brock Huntzinger, 11 (August 21, 2011 vs. Binghamton)
  3. Robert Coello, 11 (June 2, 2010 at Trenton)
  4. 4.     Matt Barnes, 10 (May 1, 2013 at Reading)
  5. Felix Doubront, 10 (July 22, 2009 at New Britain)

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 23 games for the season and 24 dating back to 2012…Shaw was hit-by-a-pitch in his first at-bat against Brody Colvin…Trenton’s Kyle Roller currently has the best on-base streak this season at 25 games, which he extended on a hit-by-pitch last night against New Hampshire.

RACKIGN UP THE K’S: RHP Pete Ruiz earned his second hold of the season, working 1.2 scoreless frames on Wednesday morning…Ruiz has fanned 23 batters over 11 IP, but has 15 strikeouts in his last 6.1 IP.

BACK IN THE SWING: INF Kolbrin Vitek went 2-for-4 yesterday, extending his season-high hitting streak to six games: 8-for-23 (.348).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand tomorrow night at Hadlock Field against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…On Monday, the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) return to Maine for a three-game set…The Fightin Phils took two of three at Hadlock in the second series of the season.

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