Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats on Tuesday

Portland and New Hampshire continue their four-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs fell to the ‘Cats last night 7-3.

Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nolan 6, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Loewen 7, Van Kirk DH, Ochinko 2, Zazueta 4, McGuire RHP

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Vitek DH, Meneses 4, Johnson 9, Workman RHP

Preview of today’s Game Notes

Matty Johnson joins the Sea Dogs today from High-A Salem. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Matty Johnson joins the Sea Dogs today from High-A Salem. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

WE SEE THESE GUYS A LOT: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play game two of their four-gameseries on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has lost seven of their last 10, and do not hold first place by themselves since they were a ½ game out on April 26th…New Hampshire has won seven of their last eight, and 12 of 19 this month…Right-hander Brandon Workman makes his ninth appearance of the season for the Sea Dogs and his second straight against New Hampshire.

‘CATS HAD THE POWER PLAY WORKING: 3B Ryan Schimpf hit two homers and drove in five runs, leading the Fisher Cats to a 7-3 win over the Sea Dogs on Monday night…Schimpf gave the visitors a 2-0 lead in the first, blasting a two-run homer off losing pitcher Charlie Haeger (1-1)…In the ninth, Schimpf hit a booming, three-run shot into the U.S. Cellular Pavilion off Miguel CelestinoTony Thomas went 2-for-5 with his five homer and his league-leading, sixth triple of the season…Marcus Walden (3-4) worked six innings on eight hits, three runs (two earned) and two strikeouts to earn the win.

TOP OF THE LEADER BOARD: Portland leads the league with 21 triples six more than Reading…In addition to leading the league in triples, Thomas is tops in the E.L. in doubles (14) and extra-base hits (25)…Travis Shaw walked three times last night and now leads the league with 31.

ICE THAT ARM: Haeger worked 6.2 innings on Monday night, yielding seven hits, four runs, four walks and four strikeouts…The knuckleballer threw 127 pitches/66 strikes, and held New Hampshire 2-for-10 with runners-in-scoring position…Last night was the most pitches thrown by Haeger since July 23, 2009, when threw 130 pitches (87 strikes) with the Albuquerque Isotopes…In that game, Haeger threw a nine-inning complete game, allowing six hits, one run and fanning 12.

MULTIPLICITY: Heiker Meneses, Thomas, Kolbrin Vitek and Shannon Wilkerson each two hits in the series opener.

PRESSED INTO ACTION: Derrik Gibson made his first professional appearance in right field last night, taking over for Peter Hissey in the sixth inning…Gibson made his first pro outing in the outfield (left field) on April 27th at Trenton.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play game three of their four-game series tomorrow night at 6:00 PM…The two teams conclude the series with an 11:00 AM start on Thursday…Portland is 2-5 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

 

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