Sea Dogs and Fightins conclude series…Watch NESN tonight
Portland concludes their four-game series on Wednesday night against the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium.
Special thanks to NESN for airing my interview with Anthony Ranaudo on their pre-game show.
Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Portland Lineup: Johnson 8, Hissey 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Linares DH, Vazquez 2, Meneses 6, Gibson 4, Couch RHP
Reading Lineup: Duran 6, Utley 4, Franco 5, Murphy 3, Mendonca DH, Henson 7, Collier 8, Valle 2, Hewitt 9, Biddle LHP
LAST TIME IN READING: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) meet for the final time at First Energy Stadium this season…Reading has taken two of three in the series, and have won six of their last seven games…Portland is 0-6-1 in their last seven series…The ‘Dogs last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…RHP Keith Couch makes his third straight start, he’s took RHP Brandon Workman’s spot in the rotation.
LOOKED GOOD EARLY: Portland scored eight times over two innings (2nd and 3rd), but couldn’t hold onto an 8-2 lead, losing on Wednesday night 9-8…Tyson Gillies delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning with one out off Miguel Celestino (1-5)…The Fightin Phils hit four homers, two by Jim Murphy…Tyler Henson hit a two-run homer and Sebastian Valle added a solo-shot…Peter Hissey and Matty Johnson each drove in two runs for Portland…Travis Shaw added his sixth homer of the season and finished 2-for-5…Luis Garcia pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the win for Reading.
DON’T FORGET THE STARTER: RHP Anthony Ranaudo worked six strong innings last night, allowing six hits, four runs (three earned) on two walks and six strikeouts…Ranaudo gave up the two homers to Murphy last night and has given up five homers this season – all to Reading, three by Murphy…The former standout at LSU still leads the Eastern League with a 2.43 ERA…Tomorrow’s starter LHP Drake Britton is 10th in the league in ERA at 3.08.
WAY TO GO TRAVIS: Shaw has hit safely in six straight starts, going 10-for-24 (.421) with 2 homers, 6 RBI and 3 doubles…The Portland first baseman is fifth in the Eastern League in walks with 43.
ONE OF THE RECORD: The Sea Dogs have stolen five bases in consecutive games, one of the team record which has occurred multiple times (last July 22 vs. New Hampshire)…Shannon Wilkerson leads the team with 15 steals.
CHASE IN THE BUILDING: Phillies 2B Chase Utley continues his Major League Rehabilitation stint in tonight’s game…Utley played eight innings last night, hit third and went 0-for-4…He has been on Philadelphia’s disabled list with a strained oblique…In 44 games this year with the Phils, Utley is hitting .272 (43-for-158) with 7 homers and 25 RBI.
WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland’s second part of the trip begins tomorrow night in Trenton (Yankees affiliate), N.J…The ‘Dogs are 1-2 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Monday night, Portland returns home to start a three-game series against the Binghamton Mets.