Sea Dog and Rock Cats from Hadlock Field

Millar_Bobblehead_480_tgdzgxeh_a9mykhufThe Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand on Friday  night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at Hadlock Field.

Coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Portland Manager Kevin Boles

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Petterson 4, Ortiz 7, Pinto 2, Rodriguez 3, Sobolewski 5, Santana 6, Smith DH, Goncalves 9, Meyer RHP

Portland Lineup: Bermudez 8, Meneses 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vitek DH, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, Workman RHP

CAN THEY MAKE IT THREE? The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland has won a season-high, seven straight games, their longest streak since an eight-game winning streak on April 13-20, 2008Portland has the best record in the league and has won 12 of their last 15 games…Right-hander Brandon Workman makes his sixth appearance of the season and his fifth start of the year.

WALK THIS WAY PART 2: 3B Kolbrin Vitek drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, giving the Sea Dogs a 2-1 walk-off win on Saturday afternoon…Portland drew four consecutive walks in the ninth off losing pitcher Walter Ibarra (1-2) and Jose Gonzalez…Right-hander Brock Huntzinger (2-0) worked a perfect ninth to earn his second win of the season…Vitek drove in both runs, tying the game in the seventh with a fielder’s choice…Tony Thomas went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger worked five innings, allowing three runs and fanning eight.

GOING A WAYS BACK: The Sea Dogs are nine games over .500 for the first time since they were 74-65 on August 31, 2008…Portland was last 10 games over .500 on August 30, 2008, when they were 74-64…The Sea Dogs are 50-27 since last All-Star Break.

WAY TO GO WILL: Lefty Will Latimer worked three scoreless innings on Saturday, allowing three hits, one walk and two strikeouts…Latimer has not allowed an earned run in his last four outings: 9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 SO.

IT CAME TO AN END: 1B Travis Shaw did not reach base on Friday night, snapping his in-season on-base streak at 24 games and 25 dating back to 2012…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).

UNCONVENTIONAL, BUT IT WORKS: Portland has consecutive walk-off wins in the series and three this season…There first walk-off win was on April 23rd vs. Binghamton (9-8, 10-innings on a wild pitch), Friday night (5-4 on an error by CF Antoan Richardson) and yesterday on a bases-loaded walk…Portland improved their one-run record to 7-2 and are 4-3 in games decided in the last at-bat. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…Portland begins a five-game series in four days on Thursday night against the Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium…Friday’s game is a doubleheader.

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