Day Baseball…nothing better, ‘Dogs and ‘Cats in Manchester, NH
The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With a win today, Portland will clinch their first series win since taking 3 of 4 from the Fisher Cats on May 20-23…All-Star Anthony Ranaudo, who leads the league with a 2.28 ERA, makes his 15th start of the season
- New Hampshire’s scheduled starter RHP Ryan Tepera was scratched (illness) from today’s start…Lefty Matt Wright takes his place.
- Today is the deadline to send Portland 3B Garin Cecchini to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game…You can vote on twitter #VoteCecchini or Text U2 to 892969.
- Portland is 9-2 in road-series finales..
Coverage begins at 1:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Pre-Game Interview: Sunday Sitdown with Manager Kevin Boles
Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Cecchini DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Ranaudo RHP
New Hampshire Lineup: Loewen 8, Burns 5, Jimenez DH, Glenn 9, Schimpf 7, Nolan 6, Ahrens 3, Murphy 2, Zazueta 4, Wright LHP
Notes for today
WRAPPING THINGS: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is seeking their first series win since taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Hadlock Field on May 20-23…This would be Portland’s first road-series win since April 30-May 2, sweeping a three-game series in Reading…RHP Anthony Ranaudo was perfect in six of seven innings in a win over New Hampshire on May 29th at Hadlock Field.
ALL OUT GREAT EFFORT: Portland trailed 3-0 after one, but scored in four of the final five innings, defeating the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7-5 on Saturday night…The ‘Dogs bullpen worked four hitless innings on two walks and eight strikeouts…LHP Will Latimer (1-4) had a season-high 5 strikeouts over two perfect innings…J.C. Linares had the game-winning RBI, delivering a bloop-double with two outs in the eighth…Tony Thomas knocked in three runs, smacking a two-run homer in the sixth…Heiker Meneses went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and an RBI…Rafael Perez pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the year.
MORE ON THE PITCHING: RHP Matt Barnes allowed nine hits and five runs (four earned) over 5+ innings last night…Barnes left the game after a Brian Van Kirk single in the sixth…RHP Chris Balcom-Miller earned his second hold of the season, stranding two runners in the eighth.
NEW ARM IN THE MIX: RHP Noe Ramirez was assigned to Portland yesterday from High-A Salem and will be making his Double-A debut…Ramirez went 2-1, 2.11 ERA (11 ER/47.0) with one save in 21 games with the Salem Sox and had a strikeout in 19 of 21 appearances…Both wins against Myrtle Beach in back-to-back outings (May 31 & June 3)
HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR: The Sea Dogs will send INF Michael Almanzar, LHP Drake Britton, Ranaudo and C Christian Vazquez to this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th in New Britain, Connecticut…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.
THAT’S NOT ALL: Ranaudo and former Sea Dog Xander Bogaerts were selected to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game on Sunday, July 14th at Citi Field in New York…For the first time in the 15-year history of the game, fans can vote for the final spot for each squad…To vote for Garin Cecchini text U2 at 892969 or #VoteCecchini on Twitter.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs open up a nine-game homestand in eight days on Monday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field, game time is 7:00 PM…The two teams play a doubleheader on Tuesday…The Sea Dogs are 5-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.