Sea Dogs and Rock Cats Part 4

The Sea Dogs open up a 4-game series in three days against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Friday night at New Britain Stadium…The two teams will play a doubleheader tonight and make-up last night’s game when Portland returns to New Britain in July.

Roster Move yesterday: Right-hander Chris Balcom-Miller was activated from the disabled list and assigned to High-A Salem…Former Sea Dog Kyle Kaminska announced his retirement.

Coverage begins at 4:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Game 1

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Linares DH, Almanzar 5, Wilkerson 8, Spring 2,  Meneses 4, Haeger RHP

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

No Joke! Tony Thomas was a homer shy of the cycle. Former Sea Dog Ryan Kalish pictured right (photo courtesy of sittingstill photography)

No Joke! Tony Thomas was a homer shy of the cycle on Wednesday night. Former Sea Dog Ryan Kalish pictured right (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor, sittingstill photography)

 

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS AGAIN: Portland has played 10 of 31 games against the New Britain Rock Cats, and open up a 5-game series on Thursday night at New Britain Stadium…The Sea Dogs finished their past homestand at 4-2, and have won eight of 10 series to start the season…New Britain has won four straight and are tied for second place with the Trenton Thunder, three games behind Portland…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his second straight start against New Britain.

 

THAT’S OFFENSE: Tony Thomas went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and finished a homer shy of the cycle, as Portland clobbered the Reading Fightin Phils, 10-4 on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Thomas had a single, double and a triple, before doubling in his final at-bat…Xander Bogaerts knocked in season-high 3 runs, nailing a two-run double, during a five-run fourth…Peter Hissey went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI and Heiker Meneses went 2-for-4 with two runs scored…Lefty Drake Britton worked six innings in relief of Franklin Morales to earn his third win of the season.

 

MORE ON MORALES: Morales worked two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanning three…The lefty became the 30th player to make a Major League rehab assignment with Portland and the 24th as a Red Sox affiliate…Morales was the fourth player this year to rehab with Portland: Craig Breslow, Stephen Drew and John Lackey.

 

GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK: Bogaerts did not play from Saturday through Tuesday, due to tightness in his core…With his triple last night; Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to a season-high, nine straight games…With their two triples in last night’s game, Portland leads the Eastern League with 14 triples

 

NOT BAD FOR ON THE ROAD: Dating back to 2011, the Sea Dogs are 4-0-1 in series at New Britain Stadium…Portland took two of three from the Rock Cats on April 11-14, winning the series opener 9-3…After a rainout on April 12th, the two-teams played back-to-back 10-inning games, with the ‘Cats taking the series finale 6-5.

 

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: The two teams play a twinbill tomorrow afternoon beginning at 4:35, Portland’s first doubleheader of the season…Saturday’s game begins at 6:35 PM and the series finale is Sunday at 1:35 PM…The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday, before a three-game series in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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