Homestand finale against Altoona
Portland concludes their six-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against the Altoona Curve.
Coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Pre-Game Guest: Kevin Boles
Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Linares 9, Shaw 5, Spring 3, Vazquez 2, Meneses 4, Barnes RHP
Altoona Lineup: Rojas Jr. 8, Dickerson 9, Cutler 2, Lambo DH, Cunningham 4, Santos 5, Howard 3, Vasquez 7, Ngoepe 6, Sadler RHP
Preview of today’s notes
IT ENDS TODAY: Portland has dropped three of five on their current homestand, which wraps up this afternoon against the Altoona Curve at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs won the opener from the Curve on Friday night 7-3…Right-hander Matt Barnes (3-1, 4.50) makes his 11th start of the season and the 36th of his professional career…Barnes has a no-decision in four consecutive starts…Altoona starter Casey Sadler has worked at least six innings in six straight starts.
NOT MANY: The Altoona Curve took game two of the series from the Sea Dogs 2-1 on Saturday night; in a game that featured three solo-homers…Mel Rojas Jr. snapped the tie, blasting a leadoff homer in the ninth inning off losing pitcher Miguel Celestino (1-2)…Portland tied the game in the seventh when Michael Almanzar started the frame with a home run over the Maine Monster…Charlie Cutler led of the visitor’s seventh with a homer off Brandon Workman…Ethan Hollingsworth (2-3) worked four innings on three hits and one run to earn the win…Nate Baker pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
EIGHT WASN’T ENOUGH: Workman pitched a career-high eight innings on Saturday, scattering five hits, one run, two walks and five strikeouts…Portland’s starters are 2-1, 1.95 ERA (7 ER/32.1 IP) on the homestand…The outing was the longest by a Portland pitcher since Charlie Haeger worked eight innings on August 30, 2011 at Harrisburg…Last five Portland pitchers to go at least 8 IP.
- Workman 8.0 IP (June 1 vs. Altoona)
- Haeger 8.0 IP (August 30, 2011 at Harrisburg)
- Adam Mills 8.0 IP (August 6, 2009 vs. Altoona)
- Clay Buchholz 8.0 IP (August 30, 2008 vs. New Hampshire)
- Charlie Zink 9.0 IP (June 19, 2007 at Connecticut)…Zink has the franchise’s last 9-inning complete game.
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).
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs are off on Monday and open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate)…On Friday night, the ‘Dogs begin a three-game series in Akron, Ohio against the Aeros…Portland is 1-1 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.