Sea Dogs and Curve continue their series

Portland opens up a three-game series against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field.

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

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

Pre-Game Guest: Charlie Haeger

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

Altoona Lineup: Rojas Jr. 8, Dickerson 9, Cutler DH, Lambo 7, Cunningham 4, Ngoepe 6, Maggi 5, Brown 3, Paulino 2, McDonald RHP

Preview of today’s notes

NOW THE WEST: The Sea Dogs began their 15-game stretch against the Western Division with a win on Friday night…Portland and Altoona continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs need to win the final two games to clinch a winning homestand…Portland finished May 16-14, and reached 30 wins, 22 days quicker than they did in 2012…RHP Brandon Workman tossed six scoreless frames on two hits in his Double-A debut against Altoona on August 14, 2012.

MADE THEM COUNT: Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger tossed 6.1 innings on two hits, two runs, four walks and five strikeouts, as the Sea Dogs beat the Curve 7-3…Portland had six run-scoring hits (seven overall), receiving homers by Xander Bogaerts (2-run), J.C. Linares and Shannon WilkersonMichael Almanzar and Tony Thomas had run-scoring doubles in the fourth and Heiker Meneses pitched in with a run-scoring triple in the sixth…Haeger snapped a two-game losing streak and earned his second quality start of the season…Brock Huntzinger closed out the win with a scoreless ninth.

Charlie Haeger earned his second win of the season on Friday night. (photo courtesy of Sitting Still Photography and Kelly O'Connor)

Charlie Haeger earned his second win of the season on Friday night. (photo courtesy of Sitting Still Photography and Kelly O’Connor)

WRAPPING UP THE MONTH: Portland went 16-14 in May, their best record in May since going 16-13 in 2008…Portland fanned 262 times in May, the most for any month in franchise history…38 stolen bases established a team record for May…13 triples tied a May record…On the pitching end, 128 walks and 34 wild pitches are new monthly records…251 strikeouts is a new May record…Haeger tied a franchise record for most wild pitches in a month (8) and tied a May record for hits batsmen (5).

GREAT FOR A WEEK: Shannon Wilkerson extended his season-high hitting streak to eight straight, by blasting a solo-homer in the fifth inning…During the streak, Wilkerson is 11-for-31 (.355)…Bogaerts has hit safely in 10 of 12 games: 17-for-51 (.333), 3 HR, 14 RBI, 2 2B and tied career-highs with 2 HR & 5 RBI on May 29th vs. New Hampshire…Bogaerts has three homers this homestand.

MAJOR HELP FOR THE VISITORS: Altoona’s starter James McDonald is making a Major League Rehab Assignment on Saturday night…McDonald is making his second rehab start for the Curve, he lasted only 2/3 of an inning on May 27th vs. Richmond, giving up three runs on two hits and four walks…McDonald is currently on Pittsburgh’s disabled list due to shoulder issues.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM…The Sea Dogs are off on Monday and open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate)…Portland is 1-0 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.

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