Morales on the hill for Portland as the homestand concludes
The Sea Dogs conclude their six-game homestand on Wednesday night, taking on the Reading Fightin Phils in the rubber game of a three-game series…Portland is 3-2 on the homestand, and will have LHP Franklin Morales on the hill for a Major League Rehab start.
Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier DH, Henson 7, Murphy 3, Mitchell 8, Valle 2, Abreu 5, Duran 6, Hewitt 9, Buchanan RHP
Portland Lineup: Hissey 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Vitek 5, Vazquez 2, Meneses 4, Morales LHP
HE MAKES NUMBER FOUR: Left-hander Franklin Morales will make a Major League Rehab Assignment for the Sea Dogs in the homestand finale on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Morales is currently on Boston’s 15-day DL due to lower back strain, and his making his second rehab start, but his first since April 17th with Greenville (3 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 SO)…Lefty Drake Britton is scheduled to follow Morales, and will make his 4th career relief out, all following rehab starts (2 with Rich Hill, MLB, 1 with Matt Goodson – AA rehab)
BATS SHUTDOWN: Reading right-hander Hector Neris (3-1) fired six innings on four hits and one run, leading the Fightin Phils to a 5-1 win over the Sea Dogs on Tuesday night…Portland’s lone run came on a two-out, solo-homer by Travis Shaw in the fourth inning…Anthony Ranaudo (4-1) took his first loss of the year, allowing five hits, four runs (three earned) over 6 IP…Ranaudo surrendered two homers for the first time this season, yielding solo-shots to Derrick Mitchell and Jim Murphy…CF Shannon Wilkerson picked up two of Portland’s seven hits.
MORE ON MORALES: The former Colorado Rockies reliever, was traded to Boston on May 19, 2011 for a player to be named later or cash considerations…Morales was 3-4, 3.77 ERA (32 ER/76.1 IP) in 37 games/9 starts.
MLB REHAB UPDATE: Morales is the 30th to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 24thas a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, John Lackey, Morales & Stephen Drew (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).
MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).
FIRING UP ZEROES: Chris Martin’s scoreless streak was extended to 19.2 innings with two scoreless frames on Sunday afternoon…Martin’s scoreless streak is the longest since Jeremy Kehrt worked 17 scoreless frames from June 1-17, 2010.
WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland begins a five-game series in four days tomorrow night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium…Friday’s game is a doubleheader, beginning at 4:35 PM…The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday, before a three-game series in Manchester, New Hampshire.