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The Sea Dogs conclude their 7-game roadtrip on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Pre-Game Interview: Tommy Hottovy Part 2
Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Almanzar 5, Linares DH, Wilkerson 8, Spring 2, Gibson 4, Workman RHP
New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nanita DH, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Nolan 6, Loewen 7, Murphy 2, Tolisano 4, Tepera RHP
ALMOST HOME: The Sea Dogs wrap up their 7-game roadtrip on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With last night’s loss, Portland suffered their first road-series loss of the season (4-1-1 in six road series)…Portland has dropped four of six on the trip, and hasn’t lost three in a row since April 7-9…Right-hander Brandon Workman is making his eighth appearance of the season…He suffered his first Double-A loss on August 29, 2012 in Manchester.
COMEBACK FELL SHORT: Portland tied the game at four with three runs in the ninth, but Brad Glenn’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth, gave New Hampshire a 5-4 win on Wednesday night…Peter Hissey gave the ‘Dogs a 1-0 lead with a sac-fly in the second and tied the game with a two-run single in the ninth…Joel Carreno (2-1) blew the save, but earned the win…Will Latimer yielded one hit and two runs over 2.2 IP to take the loss…Latimer escaped a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the seventh, keep in the deficit 4-1…Tony Thomas and Christian Vazquez each had two hits.
DEEP INTO GAMES: In Portland’s final game on Sunday, Logan Darnell pitched eight innings, but suffered the loss…During this roadtrip, four opposing starters have worked at least six innings: Deck McGuire (6.0 IP, last night), Marcus Walden (7.2 IP, Tuesday), Darnell (8.0, Sunday) and Trevor May (7.0 IP, 2-hit shutout in game two of May 10th’s doubleheader)…The Sea Dogs are hitting just .220 (97-for-440) this month.
UNFORTUNATELY IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: Portland’s pitchers walked a franchise-record 14 batters last night…Starter Charlie Haeger walked seven over 5 IP, allowing two runs and two hits…Daniel Bard issued five walks over 1+ innings and Latimer issued two walks…The previous record was 13 on July 2, 2006 versus Trenton…Haeger’s seven walks were most by a starter since Kason Gabbard on August 19, 2009.
TURNING TWO: Portland turned three double plays last night, tying a season-high…The ‘Dogs are tied for third in the Eastern League in fielding percentage at .972…Catcher Christian Vazquez is leading the league in throwing out runners (18-for-37, 49%).
THREE WAS THE FIRST: Hissey’s 3 RBI was a Double-A career high, and the most RBI since he had five in his final game with Salem on 9/5/11.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a 7-game homestand on Friday night against the Binghamton Mets…On Monday night, the ‘Dogs and Fisher Cats kick-off a four-game series, including an 11 AM game on Thursday…Portland is 0-2 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.