Ranaudo on the hill for Portland
The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field
Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Pre-Game Interview: 1B Travis Shaw
Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier 7, Henson 5, Murphy 3, Mitchell 3, Rupp 2, Mitchell 9, Valle DH, Duran 6, Gillies 8, Neris RHP
Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Linares 7, Shaw 5, Vitek DH, Spring 3, Meneses 4, Gibson 6, Rosario 2, Ranaudo RHP
CLOSE AGAIN: The Sea Dogs have played four 1-run games on the homestand, going 3-1, and continue their three-game set with the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has won eight of their last nine, and holds the best overall record in the Eastern League…Reading has dropped seven straight and eight of their last nine – they beat New Hampshire on April 28th, 2-1 in 12-innings…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo (4-0, 1.00) makes his third start of the season against Reading (1-0, 1.74 ERA vs. Fightins).
HELD OFF THE RALLY: Brock Huntzinger nailed down his seventh save of the season, retiring the final batter of the game with two on, as the Sea Dogs beat Reading 4-3 on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Matt Barnes (3-1) earned his second straight win over the Phils, hurling six scoreless frames on five hits, a walk and four strikeouts…Portland took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Tony Thomas’ solo-homer to left…Peter Hissey extended the advantage to 3-0 with a two-run single in the seventh…Reading scored three times off Keith Couch, but two runs were unearned…Reading had 12 hits and stranded 12 runners on base.
AMONG THE LEADERS: Thomas knocked in his team-leading 20th season in last night’s game…The former Cub farmhand (traded to Boston by Chicago for former Sea Dog Robert Coello), ranks second in the league with 16 extra-base hits…Thomas’ 10 doubles are tied for third in the E.L. with Richmond’s Mark Minicozzi and Trenton’s Rob Segedin.
YOU CAN FACE THE SAME TEAM TWICE: With last night’s win, Barnes beat the Reading Fightin Phils in consecutive starts…The righty’s combined stats the past two starts vs. Reading: 2-0, 0.75 ERA (ER/12.0 IP), 8 H, 3 BB, 14 SO…Barnes and Brandon Workman lead the team with three quality starts.
FIRING UP ZEROES: Chris Martin’s scoreless streak was extended to 19.2 innings with two scoreless frames on Sunday…Martin’s scoreless streak is the longest since Jeremy Kehrt worked 17 scoreless frames from June 1-17, 2010…LHP Kris Johnson holds the team record for the longest scoreless streak at 24.0 IP (June 15-July 1, 2008)
MOVING UP: Portland’s 3.95 ERA ranks fourth in the Eastern League behind Richmond, Erie and Altoona…Their 280 strikeouts is the most in the league and their 98 walks are the their fewest in the E.L.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) conclude their three-game series tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…Portland begins a five-game series in four days on Thursday night against the Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium…Friday’s game is a doubleheader, beginning at 4:35 PM.