Happy Mother’s Day from New Britain Stadium

MLB will use pink bats for Mother's Day.

MLB will use pink bats for Mother’s Day.

The Sea Dogs conclude their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium…Portland has dropped two road games for the first time this season

Roster Move: Catcher Alberto Rosario promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Coverage begins at 1:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview:- Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Almanzar 5, Vitek DH, Spring 2, Gibson 4, Ranaudo RHP

New Britain Lineup: Santana 6, Petterson 4, Sobolewski 5, Pinto 2, Ortiz 9, Rodriguez 3, Rohlfing 7, Smith DH, Goncalves 8, Darnell LHP

Earlier today at Hadlock Field, the annual Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5 K Race…Results

LOOKING FOR THE SPLIT: Portland has lost two straight road games for the first time this season, and concludes their four-game series with the Rock Cat in New Britain on Sunday afternoon…With a win today, the Sea Dogs will go 4-0-1 in their first 5 road series of the season…Portland has won 8 of 13 from the Rock Cats, with seven of the games decided by one run (Portland 4-3)…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo makes his seventh start of the season and his second against New Britain.

ANOTHER CLOSE ONE: The Rock Cats scored three times in the eighth inning off losing pitcher Miguel Celestino (1-1) and beat Portland, 5-4 on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…Curt Smith gave New Britain their only lead of the night, cracking a two-run homer with two outs…Bruce Pugh worked a scoreless eighth to earn his first win of the season…Aaron Thompson worked around a lead-off single in the ninth to earn his third save of the year…Portland had a 4-1 lead after three innings, receiving a two-run single from Christian Vazquez in the third.

NICE OUTING CLOSE TO HOME: Connecticut native Matt Barnes took a no-decision in last night’s game…Barnes worked five innings, allowing three hits, one run, three walks and seven strikeouts…The lone blemish came in the second inning on a lead-off homer by DH Josmil Pinto…Last 3 outings for Barnes: 2-0, 1.06 ERA (2 ER/17.0 IP), 11 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB and 21 strikeouts.

HEATING UP: Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with two walks in a run scored on Saturday night…Bogaerts has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games: 27-for-71 (.380), 2 HR, 11 RBI, 4 3B, 4 2B… and has reached base in 25 of 27 games on the season…OF Shannon Wilkerson has reached base safely in five consecutive at bats in the series (3 walks and a single)…Michael Almanzar has a 5-game hitting streak: 6-for-16 (.375).

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…The rainout in the series opener will be made up when Portland returns to New Britain Stadium on July 22-24…The ‘Dogs have three doubleheaders on the schedule.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday and open up a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night, beginning at 6:35 PM from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland’s next homestand begins on May 17th against the Binghamton Mets.

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