Sea Dogs and Rock Cats, the homestand begins

Anthony Ranaudo has won a team-high, four straight starts...His ERA sits at 1.00

Anthony Ranaudo has won a team-high, four straight starts…His ERA sits at 1.00

The Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand on Friday  night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at Hadlock Field.

Player Moves: OF Ronald Bermudez received from Triple-A Pawtucket…INF Ryan Dent promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Derrik Gibson Part 1

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Santana 6, Sobolewski 5, Pinto 2, Ortiz 7, Rohlfing 3, Smith DH, Beresford 4, Goncalves 9, Dean LHP

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Spring DH, Gibson 4, Britton LHP

THEY MEET AGAIN: The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field after a 5-1 roadtrip, battling the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) in game one of a three-game series on Friday night…This marks the third series between the two teams this year, and the second in Maine…With yesterday’s win, Portland completed their first ever series sweep in Reading, PAPortland has the best record in the Eastern League and has won 15 of their last 20 games…Opening Day starter Drake Britton makes his sixth start of the season for the ‘Dogs.

THEY HELD ON: Portland scored the first 7 runs of the contest and held on to beat the Reading Fightin Phils, 7-4 on Thursday morning at First Energy Stadium…Anthony Ranaudo (4-0) won his fourth straight start, yielding one run (homer by Tyler Henson) on four hits and four strikeouts…Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5, clubbing his first homer of the season in the first…Christian Vazquez hit his second blast of the season, a lead-off shot in the fifth…Brock Huntzinger record the final two outs to earn his sixth save of the season…Hector Neris (2-1) took the loss for Reading. 

LAST 10+ STRIKEOUT PEFORMANCE BY A PORTLAND PITCHER: Ranaudo has won a team-high four straight starts, and allowed his first homer of the season on Thursday…The former standout at LSU has 1.00 ERA (3 ER/27.0 IP) and has not allowed more than a run in a start this season.

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 24 games for the season and 25 dating back to 2012…Shaw reached base twice yesterday with two walks, improving his Eastern League lead to 25…The Portland first baseman is tied for 9th in team history for the longest on-base streak (Nate Rolison reached in 25 straight games from April 22-May 24, 1998).

HEATING UP: Bogaerts hit his sixth Double-A homer on Thursday and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games: 22-for-53 (.415), HR, 7 RBI, 3 triples and 4 doubles…Bogaerts has reached base in 20 of 22 starts this season.

LETS MAKE IT EIGHT: The Sea Dogs are seven games over .500 for the first time since they were 19-12 on May  12, 2010…Portland has not been eight games over .500 since finishing the 2008 regular season at 74-66.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…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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