Sunday Night Baseball in Binghamton

Knucklerballer Charlie Haeger is coming off a team-high 127 pitches in his last start (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Knucklerballer Charlie Haeger is coming off a team-high 127 pitches in his last start (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Portland and Binghamton continue their four-game series on Sunday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland is 6-6 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire.

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

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

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra DH, Vaughn 7, Ceciliani 8, Carillo 2, Lucas 3, Tovar 6, Montero RHP

Pre-Game Interview: Kevin Boles

Jason Varitek Interview

Preview of Today’s Notes

FUN SERIES: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their four-game series on Sunday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland won the series opener on Friday night 10-9, a nine-inning game that lasted 3 hours and 57 minutes…Last night, Portland fell to 3-2 in extra-innings, and holds a two-game lead for the top spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his fifth start of the season for the Sea Dogs, he threw a team-high 127 pitches/66 strikes in his previous start.

STRANGE ENDING: 1B Travis Shaw committed a throwing error on a grounder hit by Allan Dykstra, allowing Danny Muno to score the winning run, as Binghamton topped the Sea Dogs 3-2 in 10-innings…Jeff Walters (1-2) earned his first Double-A win, working two scoreless frames on one walk and three strikeouts…Will Latimer (0-4) took the loss, yielding an unearned run over 1/3 innings and two walks…Portland took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on three consecutive singles by Matty Johnson, Shannon Wilkerson and Xander BogaertsJosh Rodriguez tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth.

PRACTICALLY PERFECT: Binghamton starter Logan Verrett was perfect in six of seven innings last night, yielding three hits, two runs (one earned), no walks and fanning nine…B-Mets’ pitchers recorded 1-2-3 innings in eight of 10 frames…Lefty Drake Britton hurled five scoreless innings on two hits, four walks and four strikeouts…Lefty Rafael Perez made his debut in the Red Sox system, working a perfect sixth.

HITTING THE CHARTS: Nick Natoli’s 5-hit game in the series opener was the 13th in franchise history, the last by Bryce Brentz on May 31, 2012 at Harrisburg…Natoli went 0-for-4 last night, making the start at second base (he played third in the opener)…RF Matty Johnson has hit safely in three of four starts since joining Portland from High-A Salem.

ALMANZAR IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: On Friday, Michael Almanzar became the 7th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer (a grand slam), the 3rd as a Sox affiliate…INF Heiker Meneses hit an inside-the-park homer on April 16th, ironically in Binghamton…Current Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on 6/24/04 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) & Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs. Norwich).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their four-game series tomorrow afternoon at NYSEG Stadium, game time is 1:35…Portland has won six of 11 from the B-Mets this season…The ‘Dogs are 6-6 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

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