Sea Dogs back home…Brandon Workman Interview (Audio)
The Sea Dogs open up a 7-game homestand on Friday night against the Binghamton Mets.
Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Pre-Game Interview: Brandon Workman
Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Ceciliani 7, Puello DH, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Forsythe 2, Lucas 5, Harris 8, Tovar 6, Goeddel RHP
Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Almanzar 5, Vitek DH, Wilkerson 8, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, Barnes RHP
BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: The Sea Dogs return home after a 3-4 roadtrip, and open up a 7-game homestand on Friday night against the Binghamton Mets…This marks the third series between the two teams this season – Portland has won both series…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs improved to 6-0 in series finales away from Maine…Right-hander Matt Barnes makes his eighth start of the season and the first of his career against Binghamton…Barnes is 2-0, 1.06 ERA (2 ER/17.0 IP) in three starts this month.
OFFENSIVE SURGE: Portland scored 17 runs in their first 6 games of the trip, but established season-highs in runs and hits, blasting the Fisher Cats 15-4 on Thursday…The Sea Dogs had 18 hits and established team highs in extra-base his (9) and doubles (7)…Travis Shaw went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and 4 RBI…Michael Almanzar had a career-high 5 RBI, finishing 3-for-5, HR…Brandon Workman (5-1) tossed six innings on seven hits, three runs and six strikeouts to earn the win…Derrik Gibson and Tony Thomas had three hits…Miguel Celestino worked the final three innings to earn his first Double-A save.
DYNAMIC DUO: Workman became the sixth 5-game winner in the Eastern League, joining teammate Anthony Ranaudo (5-1)…Ranaudo and Workman are a combined 10-2, 2.63 ERA (25 ER/85.2 IP) in 15 games/14 starts this season…Portland is fifth in the league in team ERA at 3.97, Binghamton is third (3.83).
TOP OF THE BOARD: Almanzar hit his team-leading 6th homer of the season on Thursday night and leads the Sea Dogs in hitting at .304 (2nd overall in the Red Sox system)…Thomas leads the league with 13 doubles and is tied with Reading’s Jim Murphy in extra-base hits (21) and tied with Harrisburg’s Brian Goodwin in triples (5)…Portland leads the Eastern League with 17 triples.
TURNING TWO: Portland turned a season-high four double plays in the series finale on Thursday night…Catcher Christian Vazquez is leading the league in throwing out runners (18-for-37, 49%).
THREE WAS A MAGIC NUMBER: Xander Bogaerts, Shaw and Thomas all scored three runs last night…Almanzar, Gibson and Thomas each had three hits…Hitters 3-5 (Thomas, Shaw and Almanzar) went a combined 10-for-16 (.625), 2 HR, 10 RBI on Thursday.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their 3-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…The series finale is a 1:00 PM start on Sunday…The ‘Dogs will host the Fisher Cats on Monday night, staring a 4-game set…Portland is 1-2 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.