May 2013

Sea Dogs and Rock Cats Part 4

The Sea Dogs open up a 4-game series in three days against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Friday night at New Britain Stadium…The two teams will play a doubleheader tonight and make-up last night’s game when Portland returns to New Britain in July.

Roster Move yesterday: Right-hander Chris Balcom-Miller was activated from the disabled list and assigned to High-A Salem…Former Sea Dog Kyle Kaminska announced his retirement.

Coverage begins at 4:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Game 1

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Linares DH, Almanzar 5, Wilkerson 8, Spring 2,  Meneses 4, Haeger RHP

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Petterson 4, Sobolewski 5, Pinto 2, Ortiz 7, Rodriguez 3, Santana 6, Smith DH, Goncalves 9, DeVries RHP

No Joke! Tony Thomas was a homer shy of the cycle. Former Sea Dog Ryan Kalish pictured right (photo courtesy of sittingstill photography)

No Joke! Tony Thomas was a homer shy of the cycle on Wednesday night. Former Sea Dog Ryan Kalish pictured right (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor, sittingstill photography)

 

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS AGAIN: Portland has played 10 of 31 games against the New Britain Rock Cats, and open up a 5-game series on Thursday night at New Britain Stadium…The Sea Dogs finished their past homestand at 4-2, and have won eight of 10 series to start the season…New Britain has won four straight and are tied for second place with the Trenton Thunder, three games behind Portland…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his second straight start against New Britain.

 

THAT’S OFFENSE: Tony Thomas went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and finished a homer shy of the cycle, as Portland clobbered the Reading Fightin Phils, 10-4 on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Thomas had a single, double and a triple, before doubling in his final at-bat…Xander Bogaerts knocked in season-high 3 runs, nailing a two-run double, during a five-run fourth…Peter Hissey went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI and Heiker Meneses went 2-for-4 with two runs scored…Lefty Drake Britton worked six innings in relief of Franklin Morales to earn his third win of the season.

 

MORE ON MORALES: Morales worked two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanning three…The lefty became the 30th player to make a Major League rehab assignment with Portland and the 24th as a Red Sox affiliate…Morales was the fourth player this year to rehab with Portland: Craig Breslow, Stephen Drew and John Lackey.

 

GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK: Bogaerts did not play from Saturday through Tuesday, due to tightness in his core…With his triple last night; Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to a season-high, nine straight games…With their two triples in last night’s game, Portland leads the Eastern League with 14 triples

 

NOT BAD FOR ON THE ROAD: Dating back to 2011, the Sea Dogs are 4-0-1 in series at New Britain Stadium…Portland took two of three from the Rock Cats on April 11-14, winning the series opener 9-3…After a rainout on April 12th, the two-teams played back-to-back 10-inning games, with the ‘Cats taking the series finale 6-5.

 

FIRING UP ZEROES: Chris Martin’s scoreless streak was extended to 19.2 innings with two scoreless frames on Sunday afternoon…Martin’s scoreless streak is the longest since Jeremy Kehrt worked 17 scoreless frames from June 1-17, 2010.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The two teams play a twinbill tomorrow afternoon beginning at 4:35, Portland’s first doubleheader of the season…Saturday’s game begins at 6:35 PM and the series finale is Sunday at 1:35 PM…The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday, before a three-game series in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Sea Dogs and Rock Cats resume series on Friday

Thursday night’s game between the Portland Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium has been postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.

The two teams will now play a four-game series in three days, starting with a doubleheader (from a previous rainout) on Friday night at 4:35 PM.

Right-hander Charlie Haeger will face Cole DeVries, who makes a MLB Rehab Assignment for New Britain.  In game two, Brandon Workman makes the start instead of Keith Couch.  Trevor May gets the starting assignment for the ‘Cats.

Radio coverage begins at 4:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network and via the Tune-In Radio app for smartphones and tablets. Tickets are available for any remaining games at Hadlock Field by calling 207-879-9500 or at seadogs.com

Morales on the hill for Portland as the homestand concludes

Franklin Morales becomes the 30th Major Leaguer to rehab with Portland - the 24th as a Red Sox affiliate.

Franklin Morales becomes the 30th Major Leaguer to rehab with Portland – the 24th as a Red Sox affiliate.

The Sea Dogs conclude their six-game homestand on Wednesday night, taking on the Reading Fightin Phils  in the rubber game of a three-game series…Portland is 3-2 on the homestand, and will have LHP Franklin Morales on the hill for a Major League Rehab start.

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

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier DH, Henson 7, Murphy 3, Mitchell 8, Valle 2, Abreu 5, Duran 6, Hewitt 9, Buchanan RHP

Portland Lineup: Hissey 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Vitek 5, Vazquez 2, Meneses 4, Morales LHP

The Sea Dogs kicked off the Strikeout Cancer in Kids Program earlier today...This is the 19th year of the program.

The Sea Dogs kicked off the Strikeout Cancer in Kids Program earlier today…This is the 19th year of the program.

 

HE MAKES NUMBER FOUR: Left-hander Franklin Morales will make a Major League Rehab Assignment for the Sea Dogs in the homestand finale on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Morales is currently on Boston’s 15-day DL due to lower back strain, and his making his second rehab start, but his first since April 17th with Greenville (3 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 SO)…Lefty Drake Britton is scheduled to follow Morales, and will make his 4th  career relief out, all following rehab starts (2 with Rich Hill, MLB, 1 with Matt Goodson – AA rehab)

BATS SHUTDOWN: Reading right-hander Hector Neris (3-1) fired six innings on four hits and one run, leading the Fightin Phils to a 5-1 win over the Sea Dogs on Tuesday night…Portland’s lone run came on a two-out, solo-homer by Travis Shaw in the fourth inning…Anthony Ranaudo (4-1) took his first loss of the year, allowing five hits, four runs (three earned) over 6 IP…Ranaudo surrendered two homers for the first time this season, yielding solo-shots to Derrick Mitchell and Jim Murphy…CF Shannon Wilkerson picked up two of Portland’s seven hits.

MORE ON MORALES: The former Colorado Rockies reliever, was traded to Boston on May 19, 2011 for a player to be named later or cash considerations…Morales was 3-4, 3.77 ERA (32 ER/76.1 IP) in 37 games/9 starts.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Morales is the 30th to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 24thas a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, John Lackey, Morales & Stephen Drew (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

FIRING UP ZEROES: Chris Martin’s scoreless streak was extended to 19.2 innings with two scoreless frames on Sunday afternoon…Martin’s scoreless streak is the longest since Jeremy Kehrt worked 17 scoreless frames from June 1-17, 2010.

New England Patriot Rob Ninkovich will be signing autographs tonight at Hadlock Field.

New England Patriot Rob Ninkovich will be signing autographs tonight at Hadlock Field.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland begins a five-game series in four days tomorrow night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium…Friday’s game is a doubleheader, beginning at 4:35 PM…The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday, before a three-game series in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Ranaudo on the hill for Portland

Former Sea Dog Allen Webster was called up earlier today.

Former Sea Dog Allen Webster was called up earlier today.

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field

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

Pre-Game Interview: 1B Travis Shaw

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier 7, Henson 5, Murphy 3, Mitchell 3, Rupp 2, Mitchell 9, Valle DH, Duran 6, Gillies 8, Neris RHP

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Linares 7, Shaw 5, Vitek DH, Spring 3, Meneses 4, Gibson 6, Rosario 2, Ranaudo RHP

CLOSE AGAIN: The Sea Dogs have played four 1-run games on the homestand, going 3-1, and continue their three-game set with the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has won eight of their last nine, and holds the best overall record in the Eastern League…Reading has dropped seven straight and eight of their last nine – they beat New Hampshire on April 28th, 2-1 in 12-innings…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo (4-0, 1.00) makes his third start of the season against Reading (1-0, 1.74 ERA vs. Fightins). 

HELD OFF THE RALLY: Brock Huntzinger nailed down his seventh save of the season, retiring the final batter of the game with two on, as the Sea Dogs beat Reading 4-3 on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Matt Barnes (3-1) earned his second straight win over the Phils, hurling six scoreless frames on five hits, a walk and four strikeouts…Portland took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Tony Thomas’ solo-homer to left…Peter Hissey extended the advantage to 3-0 with a two-run single in the seventh…Reading scored three times off Keith Couch, but two runs were unearned…Reading had 12 hits and stranded 12 runners on base. 

AMONG THE LEADERS: Thomas knocked in his team-leading 20th season in last night’s game…The former Cub farmhand (traded to Boston by Chicago for former Sea Dog Robert Coello), ranks second in the league with 16 extra-base hits…Thomas’ 10 doubles are tied for third in the E.L. with Richmond’s Mark Minicozzi and Trenton’s Rob Segedin.

YOU CAN FACE THE SAME TEAM TWICE: With last night’s win, Barnes beat the Reading Fightin Phils in consecutive starts…The righty’s combined stats the past two starts vs. Reading: 2-0, 0.75 ERA (ER/12.0 IP), 8 H, 3 BB, 14 SO…Barnes and Brandon Workman lead the team with three quality starts.

FIRING UP ZEROES: Chris Martin’s scoreless streak was extended to 19.2 innings with two scoreless frames on Sunday…Martin’s scoreless streak is the longest since Jeremy Kehrt worked 17 scoreless frames from June 1-17, 2010…LHP Kris Johnson holds the team record for the longest scoreless streak at 24.0 IP (June 15-July 1, 2008)

MOVING UP: Portland’s 3.95 ERA ranks fourth in the Eastern League behind Richmond, Erie and Altoona…Their 280 strikeouts is the most in the league and their 98 walks are the their fewest in the E.L.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) conclude their three-game series tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…Portland begins a five-game series in four days on Thursday night against the Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium…Friday’s game is a doubleheader, beginning at 4:35 PM.

Sea Dogs and Fightin Phils from Hadlock Field

Travis Shaw joined before tonight's game.

Travis Shaw joined before tonight’s game.

The Sea Dogs open up a 3-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Monday night at Hadlock Field

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

Pre-Game Interview: 1B Travis Shaw

Reading Lineup: Cartwright DH, Collier 9, Henson 5, Murphy 3, Mitchell 7, Hanzawa 4, Valle 2, Duran 6, Gillies 8, Smith LHP

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Meneses 6, Shaw 3, Linares DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Hissey 9, Gibson 4, Barnes RHP

HOMESTAND CONTINUES: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) open up a three-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland had their season-high, seven-game winning streak snapped on Sunday afternoon…The Sea Dogs have taken four of six from Reading this season, including a three-game sweep at First Energy Stadium on April 30-May 2 – their first sweep in franchise history in Reading, PA…Right-hander Matt Barnes will make his third start of the season against Reading.

THEY WERE FOUR OUTS AWAY: CF Antoan Richardson nailed a game-winning, two-run double in the eighth, lifting the Rock Cats past the Sea Dogs, 6-5 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…LHP Blake Martin worked two scoreless frames, earning his second win of the season…RHP Pete Ruiz (0-1) took the loss, yielding two runs on two hits over 1.1 IP…Chris Martin allowed the hit to Richardson, but the runs were charged to Ruiz…Portland erased a 3-0 deficit, scoring five times in the fifth inning off RHP Alex MeyerJ.C. Linares and Tony Thomas had back-to-back run-scoring hits.

FIRST TIME: Portland lost for the first time in a game started by Brandon Workman…The Texas native pitched 5.2 innings, allowing six hits, four runs (two earned), two walks and fanned eight…Workman surrendered a solo-homer to former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez in the sixth.

BACK-TO-BACK: Barnes makes his second straight start against Reading…On May 1st, the right-hander worked six innings, allowing just one run (homer by Jim Murphy) and struck out 10 (season-high)…The Top Prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America, made his Double-A debut against Reading at Hadlock Field, allowing two runs on two hits over an inning pitched.

FIRING UP ZEROES: Martin’s scoreless streak was extended to 19.2 innings, the longest scoreless streak since Jeremy Kehrt worked 17 scoreless frames from June 1-17, 2010…LHP Kris Johnson holds the team record for the longest scoreless streak at 24.0 IP (June 15-July 1, 2008)

NO SECOND FIDDLE: INF Derrik Gibson has made four consecutive starts at second base…Gibson has hit safely in four of his last five starts.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) continue their three-game series tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…Portland begins a five-game series in four days on Thursday night against the Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium…Friday’s game is a doubleheader, beginning at 4:35 PM.

 

Sea Dog and Rock Cats from Hadlock Field

Millar_Bobblehead_480_tgdzgxeh_a9mykhufThe Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand on Friday  night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at Hadlock Field.

Coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Portland Manager Kevin Boles

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Petterson 4, Ortiz 7, Pinto 2, Rodriguez 3, Sobolewski 5, Santana 6, Smith DH, Goncalves 9, Meyer RHP

Portland Lineup: Bermudez 8, Meneses 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vitek DH, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, Workman RHP

CAN THEY MAKE IT THREE? The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland has won a season-high, seven straight games, their longest streak since an eight-game winning streak on April 13-20, 2008Portland has the best record in the league and has won 12 of their last 15 games…Right-hander Brandon Workman makes his sixth appearance of the season and his fifth start of the year.

WALK THIS WAY PART 2: 3B Kolbrin Vitek drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, giving the Sea Dogs a 2-1 walk-off win on Saturday afternoon…Portland drew four consecutive walks in the ninth off losing pitcher Walter Ibarra (1-2) and Jose Gonzalez…Right-hander Brock Huntzinger (2-0) worked a perfect ninth to earn his second win of the season…Vitek drove in both runs, tying the game in the seventh with a fielder’s choice…Tony Thomas went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger worked five innings, allowing three runs and fanning eight.

GOING A WAYS BACK: The Sea Dogs are nine games over .500 for the first time since they were 74-65 on August 31, 2008…Portland was last 10 games over .500 on August 30, 2008, when they were 74-64…The Sea Dogs are 50-27 since last All-Star Break.

WAY TO GO WILL: Lefty Will Latimer worked three scoreless innings on Saturday, allowing three hits, one walk and two strikeouts…Latimer has not allowed an earned run in his last four outings: 9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 SO.

IT CAME TO AN END: 1B Travis Shaw did not reach base on Friday night, snapping his in-season on-base streak at 24 games and 25 dating back to 2012…The Portland first baseman is tied for 9th in team history for the longest on-base streak (Nate Rolison reached in 25 straight games from April 22-May 24, 1998).

UNCONVENTIONAL, BUT IT WORKS: Portland has consecutive walk-off wins in the series and three this season…There first walk-off win was on April 23rd vs. Binghamton (9-8, 10-innings on a wild pitch), Friday night (5-4 on an error by CF Antoan Richardson) and yesterday on a bases-loaded walk…Portland improved their one-run record to 7-2 and are 4-3 in games decided in the last at-bat. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…Portland begins a five-game series in four days on Thursday night against the Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium…Friday’s game is a doubleheader.

Sea Dogs walk-off winners 2-1…Have won seven straight

Vitek walks with the bases loaded to win.

(Portland, Maine) – For the second straight game at Hadlock Field, the Portland Sea Dogs (18-9) walked-off winners over the New Britain Rock Cats (14-15). On Saturday afternoon, Kolbrin Vitek drew a bases-loaded walk to score J.C. Linares, and give Portland a 2-1 win.

The ‘Dogs have won seven straight, their longest win streak since April 13-20, 2008, when they won eight in a row.

The Sea Dogs celebrate a walk-off win for a second straight way.

The Sea Dogs celebrate a walk-off win for a second straight way.

The Sea Dogs drew four walks in the ninth inning, three off losing pitcher Edgar Ibarra (1-2). Ibarra intentionally walked Tony Thomas and Michael Almanzar, before Jose Gonzalez walked the game-winner.

Brock Huntzinger tossed a perfect ninth to earn his second win of the season. Ibarra yielded four walks and two wild pitches over 1+ inning pitched.

Vitek tied the game in the seventh off starter Trevor May (7 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 3 SO). Thomas doubled to centerfield and took third base on a groundout by Almanzar. With the infield drawn in, Vitek grounded to second base, but the throw home was late.

Portland’s Will Latimer worked three scoreless innings in relief of Charlie Haeger. With the ‘Dogs trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Latimer induced a line-drive double play to end the frame. Haeger, who made his first start of the year for Portland, fanned eight on just one hit over five innings pitched. The knuckleballer allowed an unearned run, walked four and hit a batter.

New Britain took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Haeger. Antoan Richardson led off the game with a single, stole second base and eventually scored on a passed ball.

Portland had three hits on the afternoon. Thomas went 2-for-3 and Derrik Gibson added a single.

Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: Will Latimer (3 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 SO)

The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field, game time is 1:00 PM from Hadlock Field. Portland Right-hander Brandon Workman (4-0, 2.73) takes on Righty Alex Meyer (2-1, 2.57). Radio coverage begins at 12:40 AM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network and via the Tune-In Radio app for smartphones and tablets.

Sunday is Kids Run the Bases and Most Improved Student. Tickets are available by calling 207-879-9500 or at seadogs.com.

Sea Dogs and Rock Cats, the homestand begins

Anthony Ranaudo has won a team-high, four straight starts...His ERA sits at 1.00

Anthony Ranaudo has won a team-high, four straight starts…His ERA sits at 1.00

The Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand on Friday  night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at Hadlock Field.

Player Moves: OF Ronald Bermudez received from Triple-A Pawtucket…INF Ryan Dent promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

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

Pre-Game Interview: Derrik Gibson Part 1

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Santana 6, Sobolewski 5, Pinto 2, Ortiz 7, Rohlfing 3, Smith DH, Beresford 4, Goncalves 9, Dean LHP

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Spring DH, Gibson 4, Britton LHP

THEY MEET AGAIN: The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field after a 5-1 roadtrip, battling the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) in game one of a three-game series on Friday night…This marks the third series between the two teams this year, and the second in Maine…With yesterday’s win, Portland completed their first ever series sweep in Reading, PAPortland has the best record in the Eastern League and has won 15 of their last 20 games…Opening Day starter Drake Britton makes his sixth start of the season for the ‘Dogs.

THEY HELD ON: Portland scored the first 7 runs of the contest and held on to beat the Reading Fightin Phils, 7-4 on Thursday morning at First Energy Stadium…Anthony Ranaudo (4-0) won his fourth straight start, yielding one run (homer by Tyler Henson) on four hits and four strikeouts…Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5, clubbing his first homer of the season in the first…Christian Vazquez hit his second blast of the season, a lead-off shot in the fifth…Brock Huntzinger record the final two outs to earn his sixth save of the season…Hector Neris (2-1) took the loss for Reading. 

LAST 10+ STRIKEOUT PEFORMANCE BY A PORTLAND PITCHER: Ranaudo has won a team-high four straight starts, and allowed his first homer of the season on Thursday…The former standout at LSU has 1.00 ERA (3 ER/27.0 IP) and has not allowed more than a run in a start this season.

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 24 games for the season and 25 dating back to 2012…Shaw reached base twice yesterday with two walks, improving his Eastern League lead to 25…The Portland first baseman is tied for 9th in team history for the longest on-base streak (Nate Rolison reached in 25 straight games from April 22-May 24, 1998).

HEATING UP: Bogaerts hit his sixth Double-A homer on Thursday and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games: 22-for-53 (.415), HR, 7 RBI, 3 triples and 4 doubles…Bogaerts has reached base in 20 of 22 starts this season.

LETS MAKE IT EIGHT: The Sea Dogs are seven games over .500 for the first time since they were 19-12 on May  12, 2010…Portland has not been eight games over .500 since finishing the 2008 regular season at 74-66.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…On Monday, the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) return to Maine for a three-game set…The Fightin Phils took two of three at Hadlock in the second series of the season.

Morning Baseball Part 2…Ranaudo on the hill

Billy Buckner fanned 12 Rock Cats on April 24, 2011 at New Britain Stadium

Billy Buckner fanned 12 Rock Cats on April 24, 2011 at New Britain Stadium

The Sea Dogs conclude their three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Thursday morning at First Energy Stadium.

Pete Ruiz Video Interview

Coverage begins at 11:15 AM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: I go inside the numbers

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Rosario DH, Gibson 4, Ranaudo RHP

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Duran 6, Henson 9, Murphy 3, Rupp 2, Mitchell 8, Valle DH, Welty LF, Abreu 5, Neris RHP

MORNING BASEBALL PART: The Sea Dogs clinched a winning roadtrip with yesterday’s victory, and wrap-up the roadie this morning against Reading at First Energy Stadium…At 15-9, Portland holds the best record in the Eastern League and seeks their fifth straight win (would tie a season-high)…Portland has won all four road series to start the season and looks for their first road-series sweep since taking three straight at New Britain on August 20-22, 2012.

PITCHING WINS, YET AGAIN: Matt Barnes (2-1) fanned a Double-A high 10 batters and Shannon Wilkerson hit the game-winning homer in the seventh, as Portland beat Reading 2-1…Barnes worked six innings on three hits, one run, two walks and punched out 10…Portland took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a run-scoring double by J.C. Linares…Reading tied the game in the fourth on Jim Murphy’s lead-off homer…Chris Martin recorded his second save, working 1.1 innings, and inducing a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

LAST 10+ STRIKEOUT PEFORMANCE BY A PORTLAND PITCHER:

  1. Billy Buckner, 12 (April 24, 2012 at New Britain)
  2. Brock Huntzinger, 11 (August 21, 2011 vs. Binghamton)
  3. Robert Coello, 11 (June 2, 2010 at Trenton)
  4. 4.     Matt Barnes, 10 (May 1, 2013 at Reading)
  5. Felix Doubront, 10 (July 22, 2009 at New Britain)

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 23 games for the season and 24 dating back to 2012…Shaw was hit-by-a-pitch in his first at-bat against Brody Colvin…Trenton’s Kyle Roller currently has the best on-base streak this season at 25 games, which he extended on a hit-by-pitch last night against New Hampshire.

RACKIGN UP THE K’S: RHP Pete Ruiz earned his second hold of the season, working 1.2 scoreless frames on Wednesday morning…Ruiz has fanned 23 batters over 11 IP, but has 15 strikeouts in his last 6.1 IP.

BACK IN THE SWING: INF Kolbrin Vitek went 2-for-4 yesterday, extending his season-high hitting streak to six games: 8-for-23 (.348).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand tomorrow night at Hadlock Field against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…On Monday, the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) return to Maine for a three-game set…The Fightin Phils took two of three at Hadlock in the second series of the season.

Morning Baseball…Barnes gets the start

Matt Barnes makes his 5th start of the season for Portland this morning.

Matt Barnes makes his 5th start of the season for Portland this morning.

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Wednesday morning at First Energy Stadium.

Pete Ruiz Video Interview

Player Moves: RHP Charlie Haeger assigned from Triple-A Pawtucket…RHP Kyle Kaminska assigned to High-A Salem

Coverage begins at 11:15 AM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Steve Degler Part 2 (former voice of the Reading Phillies).

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

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Duran 6, Collier 8, Murphy 3, Henson 7, Rupp 2, Mitchell 9, Welty DH, Abreu 5, Colvin RHP

MORNING BASEBALL: The Sea Dogs are 3-1 on their six-game roadtrip, and continue their three-game series on Wednesday morning at First Energy Stadium…At 14-9, Portland finished the first month of the season with the best record in the Eastern League, and hold a one-game lead over Reading for the top spot in the Eastern Division…The Sea Dogs have won all three road series this season, last year, they didn’t win their third road series until the middle of May.

SEEKING PERFECTION: Brandon Workman (4-0) was perfect for six innings, before allowing a lead-off double in the seventh, but earned the win as Portland beat the Reading Fightin Phils 5-3…Tony Thomas finished 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, and falling a home run shy of the cycle…Michael Almanzar and J.C. Linares each add RBI’s for the Sea Dogs…Brock Huntzinger recorded the final five outs to earn his fifth save in as many chances…Daniel Bard returned to Portland, but allowed two runs in just 2/3 of an inning…Seth Rosin (1-2) tossed seven strong innings (3 R, ER) but took the loss for Reading.

KNUCKLE SHUFFLE: Charlie Haeger takes the spot of RHP Kyle Kaminska…Haeger, who pitched for Portland in 2011, is the fourth knuckleballer in franchise history; joining RHP John Barnes (2007), LHP Joe Rogers (2004) and Charlie Zink (2003-07).

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 22 games for the season and 23 dating back to 2012…Shaw walked in his final at-bat last night against Brandon Erbe…Trenton’s Kyle Roller currently has the best on-base streak this season at 24 games…Heiker Meneses did not reach base last night, snapping his on-base streak of 18 games on the road.

CAME TO AN END: The Sea Dogs lead the league with 12 triples, hitting two in last night’s game…Portland has a triple in seven of their last eight games…Xander Bogaerts and Thomas lead the team with three triples. 

IT HAD BEEN A WHILE: Portland’s series win in Trenton was their first since April 22-25, 2010, when they took three of four…The Sea Dogs are looking to go six games over .500 for the first time since May 18, 2010, when they were 21-15…Portland has won eight of their last 10.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Reading conclude their three-game series tomorrow morning at 11:35 AM…The Sea Dogs return home on Friday, May 3rd, opening up a six-game homestand against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) and the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate).

 

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