Western Trip starts in Erie, PA
Portland opens up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night in Erie, PA against the SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate)…The ‘Dogs and ‘Wolves are meeting for the first time this season.
Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Linares 9, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Vitek DH, Meneses 4, Ranaudo RHP
Erie Lineup: Suarez 6, Perez 4, Fields 8, Collins 7, McCann 2, Gaynor 5, Robbins 3, Castillo 9, Johnson DH, Garcia RHP
Preview of today’s notes
OUT WEST: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) in Erie, PA…Portland dropped four of six on their recent homestand but are tied with the Trenton Thunder for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Erie returns home after dropping all six games on their recent trip, scoring only 12 runs…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo makes his 11th start of the season for the Sea Dogs, and can become the first 7-game winner in the league.
DECIDED EARLY: The Altoona Curve scored seven runs in the second inning and cruised by the Sea Dogs 13-6 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Alex Dickerson drove in a career-high seven runs, blasting two homers…Jarek Cunningham homered twice and finished 4-for-5 with 3 RBI…Andrew Lambo hit his league-leading 13th homer to start the Curve’s offense…Matt Barnes took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits over 1.2 IP…Matt Spring finished 3-for-4 with his sixth homer of the season…Casey Sadler (6-3) worked 5.2 innings on seven hits and four runs to earn the win.
SPRING MUST BE HIS SEASON: Spring hit .354 (17-for-48) with 5 homers and 18 RBI in May, and picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the season on Sunday…The Portland backstop has a multi-RBI game in eight of nine contests that he has an RBI.
X MARKS THE SPOT: Xander Bogaerts collected his 15th multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 on Sunday with a run scored…Bogaerts has a 7-game hitting streak: 12-for-23 (.522), 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 doubles…He’s hit safely in 12 of his last 15 games: 21-for-57 (.368), 3 HR, 14 RBI…His .302 average (58-for-192) is now tops on the team.
SIMPLY DOMINANT: Ranaudo worked a career-high 7 innings in his previous start on May 29th vs. New Hampshire, earning his sixth win of the season…The righty was perfect in six of seven innings, allowing just a leadoff single to Ryan Schimpf in the second inning…Ranaudo is leading the Eastern League in ERA, WHIP, Batting Average against, Fewest Baserunners Per 9 IP and tied for the league lead in wins.
HADN’T HAPPENED IN A WHILE: The seven runs allowed in the second inning on Sunday was the most since New Hampshire scored seven in the first July 20, 2012…Five homers by the Curve were the most by an opponent since August 9, 2008 at Connecticut.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Erie SeaWolves conclude their two game series on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park beginning at 7:05 PM…On Friday night, the ‘Dogs begin a three-game series in Akron, Ohio against the Aeros…Portland is 1-2 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.