Akron in town…Ranaudo joins three others
Portland opens up a three-game series with the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs dropped two of three to the Aeros last week at Canal Park.
Coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Hissey 9, Almanzar DH, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Dent 5, Vazquez 2, Meneses 6, Gibson 4, Couch RHP
Akron Lineup: Ramirez 4, Rodriguez 6, Hunter DH, Aguilar 3, Moncrief 8, Urshela 5, Latimore 9, Lowery 2, Toole 7, Brach RHP
Preview of Today’s Notes
FINISHING THE WESTERN SWING: The Sea Dogs and Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) open up a three-game weekend series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland and Erie closed out the season series last night, with the two teams splitting six games…RHP Keith Couch makes his second straight start – both against the Akron Aeros…RHP Brett Brach beat Portland on June 7th at Canal Park, working five innings on two runs and six hits…Couch beat Akron on June 9th in his first Double-A start.
13 IS LUCKY: Anthony Ranaudo (7-1) tied a franchise record with 13 strikeouts, as Portland shutout the Erie SeaWolves 2-0…Ranaudo tossed a career-high 7.2 innings on two singles, two walks and also a career-high in K’s…Michael Almanzar knocked in both runs with a double in the first and a sac-fly in the eighth…Brock Huntzinger worked 1.1 IP on two hits and one strikeout to notch his 13th save of the season…Ramon Garcia took the loss for Erie, giving up two runs over 7.1 IP on nine strikeouts…Shannon Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
13 STRIKEOUT HISTORY: Ranaudo became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to strikeout 13 batters, and the third at Hadlock Field…The former standout at LSU became the third 7-game winner in the Eastern League, joining Binghamton’s Rafael Montero and Logan Verrett.
- Ranaudo, June 13, 2013 vs. Erie
- Jon Lester, July 11, 2005 at New Hampshire
- A.J. Burnett, April 20, 1999 vs. Binghamton
- Tony Saunders, July 29, 1996 vs. Norwich
WAY TO CLOSE THINGS OUT: Huntzinger earned his team-leading 13th save last night, which is tied for the second (Daryl Maday of Richmond has 13) in the Eastern League behind Binghamton’s Jeff Walters (16 saves)…The Indiana native is scoreless in 16 of 18 outings since April 21st 0.75 ERA (2 ER/24.0 IP)
NOW YOUR TRIPLE CROWN LEADER: Almanzar is now the active leader at .285 (67-for-235) and leads the Sea Dogs in homers (11) and RBI (45)…Xander Bogaerts is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut tonight for the Pawtucket Red Sox…Bogaerts is 10th in the Eastern League with a .311 average.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 5-7 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division, which ends this Sunday…On Tuesday night, the ‘Dogs being a seven-game, six-day roadtrip in Reading, PA.