Sea Dogs continue their homestand

Portland and New Hampshire continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs took game two last night 5-3.

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, Tolisano 4, Tepera RHP

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

Pre-Game Interview: Matt Spring

Preview of today’s Game Notes

CHANCE TO WIN THE HOMESTAND: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play game three of their four-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland snapped a two-game losing streak with last night’s victory, and can win the homestand with victories in the final two games of the series…Portland is back in first place by themselves, holding a one-game lead over the Binghamton Mets…Matt Barnes, the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America, makes his ninth start of the season for the Sea Dogs. 

SPRING TO THE RESCUE AGAIN: C Matt Spring clocked a three-run double with two outs in the seventh, leading the Sea Dogs past the Fisher Cats, 5-3 on Tuesday night…Spring is responsible for both wins this homestand, blasting a walk-off grand slam on Saturday against Binghamton…Keith Couch (2-1) hurled three hitless innings with a walk and four strikeouts to earn the win…Brock Huntzinger pitched the ninth to earn his ninth save of the season…Deck McGuire suffered the loss for New Hampshire, giving up four runs on nine hits over 6+ innings. 

VERY CONSISTENT: Infielder Michael Almanzar is leading the Sea Dogs in the three main offensive categories: average (.290), homers (8) and RBI (30)…Almanzar gave Portland a 2-0 lead with a first-inning homer last night…The Portland infielder has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games: 15-for-53 (.283), 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3 2B and has reached base safely in 35 of 40 games this season.

Matt Spring is on fire as of late (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor by Sitting Still Photography)

Matt Spring is on fire as of late (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor by Sitting Still Photography)

SOMEBODY SAVE ME: Huntzinger made it 9-for-10 in save chances with last night’s save, and has not allowed a run in 9 of 10 outings since April 21st (ER/13.0 IP)…The right-hander has two wins and five saves in his last seven appearances…Couch had his first scoreless outing of the month, earning his first win since April 22nd.

THAT’S A SEASON HIGH: Heiker Meneses went 1-for-4 last night with a single in the seventh…Meneses has a season-high, six-game hitting streak: 8-for-22 (.364) and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 starts: 13-for-40 (.325), 3 RBI, 3B, 2 2B.

MONSTER MAY (MORE ON SPRING): Spring is hitting .364 (12-for-33) with all five homers and 12 RBI this month…The former Tampa Bay farmhand is hitting .226 (72-for-318), 16 homers and 52 RBI in 92 career games with Portland.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) conclude their four-game series tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM – marking the first ever morning game at Hadlock Field…Portland is 3-5 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

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