July 2013

Sea Dogs look to get even on Wednesday

The Sea Dogs and Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants affiliate) play game two of their three-game series on Wednesday night from the Diamond in Richmond, VA.

No one was traded from the Sea Dogs today, which reminds me of 2011 when Manager Kevin Boles went to the mound and removed Catcher Tim Federowicz…after the game, RHP Stephen Fife and OF Chih-Hsien Chiang were also traded.

  • Portland trails Trenton by 1.5 for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division.
  • Richmond trails Erie by 7 games for the wild card spot in the  West
  • Multiple reports out of Boston say LHP Henry Owens has been assigned to Portland…I’m sure we’ll have an official announcement soon.

Richmond Nuggets: Hitting Coach Kenny Joyce is from Portland, Maine…INF Mark Minicozzi is second in the league in hitting at .325, OF Javier Herrera is 6th…Before the move to Richmond, the Giants Double-A home was the Connecticut Defenders.

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Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Gibson 4, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Thomas 7, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Meneses 6, Wilkerson 8, Barnes RHP

Richmond: Lollis 8, Panik 4, Herrera 7, Minicozzi DH, Vilalona 3, Susac 2, Duvall 5, Parker 9, Tomlinson 6, Snodgrass LHP

Notes for Wedensday

BACK AT IT: The Sea Dogs and Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants affiliate) continue their three-game series on Wednesday night from the Diamond in Richmond, Virginia…Portland trails the Trenton Thunder by two games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…With last night’s loss, the ‘Dogs will finish under .500 for the second straight month…RHP Matt Barnes makes his 20th start of the season for Portland, he is 1-3, 1.80 ERA in four starts this month.

PITCHING DROVE THEM NUTS: RHP Ryan Vogelsong (1-0) and RHP Taylor Rogers (save) combined on a 6-hit shutout, as the Flying Squirrels took the opener from Portland 4-0…Vogelsong, who made a MLB rehab start, tossed 5+ innings on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts…Rogers closed out the game with four strong innings on one hit, one walk and three strikeouts…RHP Anthony Ranaudo (8-4) took the loss, giving up all four runs on four hits over 6.2 IP…LF Javier Herrera knocked in two runs without a hit…3B Adam Duvall and 1B Angel Vilalona each hit solo-homers in the fifth.

Eric Niesen is scoreless in four of five outings with Portland...he began the season with the Long Island Ducks.

Eric Niesen is scoreless in four of five outings with Portland…he began the season with the Long Island Ducks.

IT HAD BEEN A WHILE: CF Shannon Wilkerson went 2-for-2 last night, picking up his first multi-hit game since July 3rd vs. New Hampshire…It was Wilkerson’s first multi-hit game on the road since June 22nd at Trenton…Portland’s five of six hits last night were singles – Wilkerson doubled in the eighth inning.

STILL HAVING A GREAT YEAR: Ranaudo suffered his first road loss last night, but still ranks third in the Eastern League with a 2.95 ERA (36 ER/109.2 IP)…Since June 1st, the righty is 2-3, 4.42 ERA (27 ER/55.0 IP) in nine starts…Ranaudo has not earned a win since June 30th at New Hampshire.

NIESEN MAKING THEM MISS: LHP Eric Niesen closed out last night’s game with 1.1 scoreless on one hit, one walk and three strikeouts…Niesen is scoreless in four of five outings since joining the Sea Dogs from the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League…Portland’s bullpen has a 3.77 ERA

THREE QUARTERS TO A GRAND: With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs will have 750 as a Red Sox affiliate…Saturday’s win at the 8th Annual Future’s at Fenway was their third in four games at Fenway Park.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Richmond conclude their three-game series on Thursday night…The Sea Dogs are 2-3 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (8-12 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton, including a doubleheader on August 31st.

Sea Dogs open up a six-game trip in Richmond, VA

The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants affiliate) from the Diamond in Richmond, VA.

Noe Ramirez is scoreless in four straight appearances, he earned his second save on Sunday. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor)

Noe Ramirez is scoreless in four straight appearances, he earned his second save on Sunday. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)

RHP Anthony Ranaudo (8-3, 2.80) makes his 19th start of the season for Portland…Ranaudo is seeking his first win since June 30th…RHP Ryan Vogelsong makes a MLB Rehab Assignment for Richmond.

Richmond Nuggets: Hitting Coach Kenny Joyce is from Portland, Maine…INF Mark Minicozzi is second in the league in hitting at .328, OF Javier Herrera is 6th…Before the move to Richmond, the Giants Double-A home was the Connecticut Defenders.

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Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Meneses 6, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Bermudez 9, Gibson 4, Wilkerson 8, Ranaudo RHP

Richmond: Lollis 8, Panik 4, Herrera 7, Minicozzi DH, Vilalona 3, Susac 2, Duvall 5, Parker 9, Tomlinson 6, Vogelsong RHP

Notes for Tuesday

NOT MANY LEFT: The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants affiliate) on Tuesday night from the Diamond in Richmond, Virginia…Portland has won four straight road games, sweeping the Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium from July 22-24…The ‘Dogs need wins in their final two games this month to finish 15-15 in July…Richmond has dropped 34 of 55 since June 1st…RHP Anthony Ranaudo seeks his first win since June 30th at New Hampshire.

THAT’S A SPLIT: Portland won the final two games against Harrisburg, managing a split of the four-game series after Sunday’s 3-2 win…Catcher Matt Spring hit his fourth game-winning homer of the season, leading off the seventh with a solo-blast over the Maine Monster, and snapping a 2-2 tie…Jeremy Kehrt earned his first win, tossing two innings on two hits and one run…Noe Ramirez worked the final two innings, securing his second straight save…RHP Nathan Karns (7-4) tossed a complete game in the loss, giving up five hits and three runs over eight frames.

MAJOR INFLUENCE: Portland will face Major League Ryan Vogelsong in the series opener…Vogelsong is currently on the Giants 60-day disabled list with a fractured right hand…The righty is 2-4, 7.19 ERA (37 ER/46.1 IP) in nine starts with San Francisco this season.

RHP Ryan Vogelsong makes a MLB Rehab start for Richmond on Tuesday night.

RHP Ryan Vogelsong makes a MLB Rehab start for Richmond on Tuesday night.

NO WIN AT HADLOCK: RHP Terry Doyle took a no-decision in Sunday’s game and remains winless at Hadlock Field…Doyle pitched five innings, giving up eight hits, one run, three walks and four strikeouts…Harrisburg had 17 baserunners on Sunday, but went 3-for-13 with runner-in-scoring position.

MAKE THAT TWO FOR TWO: LHP Matt Maloney earned a win in his Sea Dogs’ debut on July 24th at New Britain and earned the save by working around two singles with two outs in the ninth on Saturday at Fenway Park…The lefty was on Pawtucket’s disabled all season until he was activated by Portland – he appeared in 5 minor league rehab games with Lowell.

THREE QUARTERS TO A GRAND: With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs will have 750 as a Red Sox affiliate…Saturday’s win at the 8th Annual Future’s at Fenway was their third in four games at Fenway Park.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Richmond continue their three-game series on Wednesday night…The Sea Dogs are 2-2 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (8-11 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton, including a doubleheader on August 31st.

8th Annual Futures at Fenway

The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators shift their four-game series to Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon beginning at 12:00 PM for the 8th Annual Futures at Fenway.

RHP Keith Couch (7-3) 3.90 ERA makes his 10th start of the season for Portland…RHP Taylor Hill (2-3, 1.82) gets the call for Harrisburg.

Harrisburg nuggets: They lead the Western Division by three games…Holds the second best record in the Eastern League and leads the league with a 3.41 ERA…Former Sea Dog Jeff Howell is one of their catchers…Hitting Coach Eric Fox is a former Sea Dogs Manager.

I'm like a kid in a candy store

I’m like a kid in a candy store

Pre-Game coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Meneses 6, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Thomas 7, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Bermudez 9, Gibson 4, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP

Harrisburg: Goodwin 8, Head 7, Bloxom 3, Van Ostrand DH, Rivero 5, Martinson 6, Hague 4, Hood 9, Jeroloman 2, Hill RHP

Notes for Saturday

AMERICA’S MOST BELOVED PARK: The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) shift their four-game series to Fenway Park in the 8th Annual Futures at Fenway on Saturday afternoon…Portland has dropped the first 2 games of the series and trails the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by two games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Harrisburg has won four straight, and holds a three-game lead over the Erie SeaWolves for the top spot in the Western Division.

 

FINAL AT-BAT WIN: Harrisburg scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Sea Dogs 7-5 on Friday night…CF Brain Goodwin had the game-winning RBI, launching a leadoff homer against losing pitcher Bobby LaniganJason Martinson (3 RBI) knocked in the final run with a run-scoring fielder’s choice…Destin Hood knocked in two runs with a triple and a double…Derrik Gibson led Portland’s offense, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored…Michael Almanzar, Ronald Bermudez and Garin Cecchini had RBI’s for the ‘Dogs…Starter RHP Mike McCarthy tossed six innings, giving up nine hits and five runs.

FENWAY HISTORY: Portland is making their fourth appearance at Fenway Park, going 2-1 in previous Futures at Fenway games with wins over Harrisburg and Bowie (Orioles affiliate)…Portland beat the Senators 12-11 on August 11, 2007, thanks to Jay Johnson’s, walk-off two-run doubleOn August 9, 2009, Jason Place blasted a two-run homer over the Green Monster, and finished with 3 RBI in Portland’s 3-2 win over Bowie…On August 20, 2011, the Binghamton Mets grabbed a 6-4 win in 11 innings…Milton Mass native Alex Hassan hit a two-run homer to centerfield.

NEARING THE END: The Sea Dogs are 11-15 in July, hitting .233 with a 3.93 ERA…RHP Keith Couch is the lone pitcher with two wins and makes his 10th start of the season this afternoon…Portland has earned four saves from four different pitchers: Lanigan, Eric Niesen, Rafael Perez and Noe Ramirez…Ramirez is scoreless in his last three outings, earning his first Double-A save in the series finale in New Britain.

CONGRATS TO COUCH: Couch is 4-1, 3.24 ERA (18 ER/50.0 IP) in 9 starts since taking the spot of RHP Brandon Workman in the rotation…The righty earned a win in his previous start, working six strong innings on July 22nd in game one of a doubleheader at New Britain…Couch has induced a team-leading 11 double plays.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Harrisburg conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM from Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 0-2 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division…After an off-day on Monday, the ‘Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday in Richmond, Virginia.

 

It was the night before Fenway

The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators continue their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The two teams move the four-game series to Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon beginning at 12:00 PM.

Harrisburg nuggets: They lead the Western Division by three games…Holds the second best record in the Eastern League and leads the league with a 3.41 ERA…Former Sea Dog Jeff Howell is one of their catchers…Hitting Coach Eric Fox is a former Sea Dogs Manager.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Meneses 6, Gibson 4, Cecchini DH, Almanzar 5, Bermudez 9, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Dent 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP

Harrisburg: Head 7, Souza 8, Bloxom 3, Van Ostrand DH, Rivero 5, Martinson 6, Hague 4, Hood 9, Howell 2, Ray LHP

Notes for Friday

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN: The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) continue their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Tomorrow, the series shifts to Fenway Park in the annual Future’s at Fenway…Portland’s six-game winning streak was snapped last night in the series opener…The ‘Dogs have lost seven of their last 10 games at home…RHP Mike McCarthy is coming off his first Double-A win and makes his fifth start of the season in game two of the series.

RUNS AT A PREMIUM: 1B Travis Shaw knocked in Portland’s lone run with a solo-homer in the seventh inning with two outs, as the Harrisburg Senators took the series opener 2-1 on Thursday night…Destin Hood knocked in the game’s first run, driving a run-scoring triple to right field off losing pitcher Matt Barnes (5-7)…Harrisburg took a 2-0 lead on a pick-off attempt, throwing error by catcher Christian Vazquez…RHP A.J. Cole tossed seven strong innings in his Double-A debut to notch the win for the Senators…RHP Tyler Herron earned the save with two scoreless innings, inducing two 6-3 double plays. 

CRACKING THE LEAGUE LEADERS: Barnes fanned eight batters last night and is tied for third  (with New Hampshire’s Deck McGuire) in the league with 106 strikeouts…Tony Thomas is tied for the top spot with New Hampshire’s Brad Glenn for the most extra-base hits at 43…RHP Anthony Ranaudo’s 2.80 ERA is fourth in the E.L.

FENWAY ON SATURDAY: Portland and Harrisburg play game three of their series on Saturday at Fenway Park…The ‘Dogs are 2-1 in previous Futures at Fenway games with wins over Harrisburg and Bowie (Orioles affiliate)…Portland beat the Senators 12-11 on August 11, 2007, thanks to Jay Johnson’s, walk-off two-run doubleOn August 9, 2009, Jason Place blasted a two-run homer over the Green Monster, and finished with 3 RBI in Portland’s 3-2 win over Bowie…On August 20, 2011, the Binghamton Mets grabbed a 6-4 win in 11 innings…Milton Mass native Alex Hassan hit a two-run homer to centerfield.

NEARING THE END: The Sea Dogs are 11-14 in July, hitting .234 with a 3.80 ERA…RHP Keith Couch is the lone pitcher with two wins and will make the start tomorrow afternoon at Fenway Park…Portland has earned four saves from four different pitchers: Bobby Lanigan, Eric Niesen, Rafael Perez and Noe Ramirez…Ramirez is scoreless in his last three outings, earning his first Double-A save in the series finale in New Britain.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Harrisburg move their four-game series to Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon beginning at 12:00 PM…The Sea Dogs are 0-1 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division…After an off-day on Monday, the ‘Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday in Richmond.

Sea Dogs and Senators on Thursday night

The Sea Dogs begin a 22-game stretch against the Western Division on Thursday night, hosting the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate)…Portland has won six straight, and trails New Hampshire by one game for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division.

Portland completed a four-game sweep at New Britain, their first on the road since April 17-20, 2008 at Binghamton.

Harrisburg nuggets: They lead the Western Division by three games…Holds the second best record in the Eastern League and leads the league with a 3.43 ERA…Former Sea Dog Jeff Howell is one of their catchers…Hitting Coach Eric Fox is a former Sea Dogs Manager.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Interview: Bob Kipper Sea Dogs Pitching Coach

Bob Kipper joins the Sea Dogs Pre-Game Show.

Bob Kipper joins the Sea Dogs Pre-Game Show.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Meneses 6, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Thomas 7, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Gibson 4, Wilkerson 8, Barnes RHP

Harrisburg: Goodwin 8, Head 7, Bloxom 3, VanOstrand DH, Rivero 5, Martinson 6, Hague 4, Hood 9, Jeroloman 2, Cole RHP

Notes for Thursday

BACK HOME WITH A PITSTOP: The Sea Dogs begin a 22-game stretch against the Western Division, opening up a four-game series against the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has won six straight and just completed a four-game sweep in New Britain, their first 4-game sweep on the road since April 17-20, 2008 at Binghamton…On Saturday, the ‘Dogs and Senators move the series to Fenway Park with a 12:00 PM first pitch.

GREAT FINISH: Portland scored two runs in the eighth inning to beat the Rock Cats 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon and complete a four-game sweep of New Britain…Heiker Meneses had the game-winning hit with a one-out run-scoring…Michael Almanzar (2 RBI) knocked in the third run with a sacrifice fly…LHP Matt Maloney earned the win in his Sea Dogs debut, working 1.1 scoreless frames…RHP Noe Ramirez earned his first Double-A save, working the final two innings…Almanzar tied the game in the sixth inning on a run-scoring groundout…Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.

STAYING UNDER THREE: RHP Anthony Ranaudo made his 18th start of the season on Wednesday, allowing one run on four hits over 5.2 IP…Ranaudo’s ERA remains under three at 2.80, which ranks fourth in the Eastern League…The righty tied a season-high with four walks and had just one strikeout – just the third time in his career he’s had a start with less than two strikeouts.

FENWAY ON SATURDAY: Portland and Harrisburg play game three of their series on Saturday at Fenway Park…The ‘Dogs are 2-1 in previous Futures at Fenway games with wins over Harrisburg and Bowie (Orioles affiliate)…Portland beat the Senators 12-11 on August 11, 2007, thanks to Jay Johnson’s, walk-off two-run doubleOn August 9, 2009, Jason Place blasted a two-run homer over the Green Monster, and finished with 3 RBI in Portland’s 3-2 win over Bowie…On August 20, 2011, the Binghamton Mets grabbed a 6-4 win in 11 innings…Milton Mass native Alex Hassan hit a two-run homer to centerfield.

NEARING THE END: The Sea Dogs are 11-13 in July, hitting .236 with a 3.95 ERA…Catcher Christian Vazquez is leading the team in hitting at .328 (19-for-58) with a homer and 7 RBI…RHP Keith Couch is the lone pitcher with two wins and will make the start on Saturday at Fenway Park.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Harrisburg continue their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are in a 22-game stretch against the Harrisburg Senators and play just two teams in the series to finish the season – 16 games against New Hampshire and Trenton from August 19-September 2 to end the season.

Sea Dogs look for the sweep in New Britain – Noon start

The Sea Dogs look for a four-game sweep of the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Wednesday afternoon at New Britain Stadium…Portland is looking for their first 4-game sweep on the road since April 17-20, 2008 at Binghamton…RHP Anthony Ranaudo is seeking his first win since June 30th at New Hampshire.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 11:45 AM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Former Major Leaguer Matt Maloney was assigned to Portland.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Meneses 6, Cecchini DH, Almanzar 5, Thomas 7, Bermudez 9, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Dent 4, Wilkerson 8, Ranaudo RHP

New Britain: Santana 6, Bigley 9, Hanson 5, Pinto DH, Oritz 7, Rodriguez 3, Rohlfing 2, Parraz 9, Pettersen 4, Vasquez RHP

Notes for Wednesday

THAT WAS QUICK: The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) wrap-up their four-game series on Wednesday afternoon at New Britain Stadium…Portland has won five straight games and seeking a four-game sweep on the road for the first time since April 17-20, 2008 at Binghamton…Today marks the final meeting between the two teams this season, and the end of a 37-game stretch against the Eastern Division for the ‘Dogs…RHP Anthony Ranaudo seeks his first win since June 30th at New Hampshire.

NICE COMEBACK: Portland trailed 5-0 after two innings, but Terry Doyle (1-3) did not allow a hit in his final five innings of work, as the ‘Dogs beat the ‘Cats 8-7…Doyle worked seven strong innings on five runs, four hits, two walks and fanned 10…The ‘Dogs tied the game in the fourth on a two-run double by Tony Thomas and a three-run shot by Ronald Bermudez…Catcher Christian Vazquez snapped a 5-5 tie in sixth with a lead-off homer off losing pitcher Blake Martin (2-2)…Garin Cecchini knocked in the final run with a single in the ninth…Bobby Lanigan worked the final two innings for his first save with Portland.

NOT EASY TO DO: The five run come-from-behind win tied for the largest comeback by Portland this season…On April 23rd, the ‘Dogs erased a 5-0 deficit after two innings to beat the Sea Dogs 9-8 at Hadlock Field…With a win today, Portland earns their 1,400th in team history.

MAGIC MIKE: INF Michael Almanzar picked up his team-leading 29th multi-hit game on Tuesday night…Almanzar is hitting .448 (13-for-29) with a homer, 6 RBI and a double over his last eight games.

TAKE THAT OLD MATES: Lanigan earned his first save of the season, working two innings against his former team on Tuesday night…The righty gave up two runs on three hits, including a lead-off homer to Miguel Sano in the eighth…Lanigan induced Sano to hit into a force out with two on to end the game.

WELCOME BACK: OF Ronald Bermudez re-joined Portland on Monday from Triple-A Pawtucket and is 4-for-8 with a homer and 4 RBI in two games…Earlier today, OF Peter Hissey was placed on the disabled list…OF J.C. Linares begins his second stint with Portland, he was hitting .200 (9-for-45) in Pawtucket.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series on Thursday night against the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) at Hadlock Field…On Saturday, the two teams meet at Fenway Park…The ‘Dogs are 16-20 during a 37-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Tomorrow starts a 22-game stretch against the West.

4-game winning streak for the ‘Dogs…take on the ‘Cats

The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) continue their four-game series on Tuesday night at New Britain Stadium…Portland has won four straight, including a doubleheader sweep last night.

RHP Terry Doyle looks to snap a three-game losing in tonight’s game…Former Major Leaguer RHP Kyle Davies makes the start for the Rock Cats.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Right-hander Terry Doyle tries to turn his back on a three-game losing streak tonight.

Right-hander Terry Doyle tries to turn his back on a three-game losing streak tonight.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Cecchini DH, Almanzar 3, Thomas 7, Bermudez 8, Vazquez 2, Dent 5, Gibson 4, Meneses 6, Doyle RHP

New Britain: Santana 6, Hanson 4, Sano 5, Pinto DH, Oritz 7, Rohlfing 2, Rodriguez 3, Parraz 9, Morales 8, Davies RHP

Notes for Tuesday

NICE TURNAROUND: The Sea Dogs have won four straight, and continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats on Tuesday night at New Britain Stadium…Portland now occupies fourth place, two games ahead of the ‘Cats and only three games behind second place New Hampshire…Last night was Portland’s second doubleheader sweep this month…RHP Terry Doyle looks to snap a three-game losing streak in three starts since joining Portland…Former Major Leaguer Kyle Davies gets the start for New Britain.

CLEAN SWEEP: Portland swept last night’s doubleheader, taking the opener 5-4 and the nightcap 8-3 in 9-innings…Tony Thomas blasted a three-run homer and made a great diving catch to save a run in the fourth…Keith Couch worked six innings to earn his seventh win of the season…In game two, Matt Spring hit two go-ahead homers, including the game-winner in the ninth…Jeremy Kehrt made the start in game two and worked five hitless innings until New Britain scored three times in the sixth inning on homers by Angel Morales and Miguel Sano.

MAKING A DENT THIS MONTH: INF/OF Ryan Dent hit his third homer of the season in game two last night, going back-to-back with Spring…Dent has all three homers this month and has hit safely in three of his last four starts…Last night was the second time Portland has gone back-to-back this season (Derrik Gibson and Shannon Wilkerson on April 7th vs. Trenton).

HIS TURN: Couch improve to 4-1, 3.24 ERA (18 ER/50.0 IP) in 9 starts since taking the spot of RHP Brandon Workman in the rotation…The right-hander is the probable starter for Future’s at Fenway this Saturday against Harrisburg.

HOW ABOUT THAT ‘PEN: Portland’s bullpen worked four scoreless innings last night…LHP Rafael Perez worked a scoreless inning in game one for his third save in as many opportunities…RHP Pete Ruiz returned from the disabled list and pitched two perfect innings in game two to earn his second win of the season.

WELCOME BACK: OF Ronald Bermudez re-joined Portland yesterday from Triple-A Pawtucket and went 3-for-5 in game two…Bermudez made a great diving catch in the fifth inning to keep Kehrt’s no-hitter in tact.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) meet in the season series finale tomorrow afternoon at 12:05 PM…The ‘Dogs are 15-20 during a 37-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland returns home on Thursday night to host the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate).

GAME STORY: Sea Dogs 5 Rock Cats 4 (Game 1)

(New Britain, CT) – Tony Thomas cracked a three-run homer and made a great diving catch, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-4 win over the Rock Cats in the twinbill opener. Portland snapped a six-game losing streak on the road and earned their 11th win against New Britain.

Tony Thomas (pictured left) had the last laugh in game one of Portland's 5-4 win in the opener of a twinbill on Monday night.

Tony Thomas (pictured left) had the last laugh in game one of Portland’s 5-4 win in the opener of a twinbill on Monday night.

Trailing 2-0 in the third, Garin Cecchini (2-for-4, RBI) got Portland on the board with a run-scoring single.  After a walk to Michael Almanzar, Thomas blasted an 0-2 pitch from B.J. Hermsen (1-7) over the left-center field wall, his 11th of the season, giving Portland a 4-2 lead.  Thomas’ diving catch ended the fourth inning on a deep drive to LF by Danny Santana with a  runner at second base.  The Florida native leaped in the air, made a one-handed catch, and landed on the warning track.

Keith Couch (7-3) worked six strong innings on eight hits and four runs to earn the win for the ‘Dogs. Couch allowed two homers for the first time this season.  Jordan Parraz blasted a two-run homer in the second, giving New Britain a 2-0 lead.  Daniel Ortiz hit a one-out blast in the sixth for the final run of the game.

Hermsen took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits over 3.2 IP.  Matt Hauser allowed Portland’s fifth run on Almanzar’s wall-ball single in the fifth.

Rafael Perez closed out the win with his third save of the season.  Twins Top Prospect Miguel Sano drew a two-out walk, but Josmil Pinto flied out to end the game.

Double-dip on Monday in New Britain

The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in three days on Monday night against the New Britain Rock Cats from New Britain Stadium. Portland and New Britain are tied for 4th place in the Eastern Division, just 3.5 games behind New Hampshire for the second playoff spot.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 4:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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Starting Lineups Game 1
Portland: Hissey 9, Cecchini DH, Almanzar 5, Thomas 7, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Dent 4, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 6, Couch RHP

New Britain: Santana 6, Rosario 4, Hanson DH, Pinto 2, Sano 5, Bigley 9, Oritz 7, Rodriguez 3, Parraz 8, Hermsen RHP

Tony Thomas (pictured left) bats cleanup tonight for Portland...Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez (pictured right) is the lineup for the 'Cats.

Tony Thomas (pictured left) bats cleanup tonight for Portland…Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez (pictured right) is the lineup for the ‘Cats.

Notes for Monday

AWAY FOR A BIT: The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats open up a four-game series in three days with a doubleheader on Monday night at New Britain Stadium…Portland has won two straight and is tied for 4th place in the Eastern Division with the ‘Cats…The Sea Dogs are 1-2-2 in doubleheaders and have one more left on the schedule – August 31st vs. Trenton at Hadlock Field.

GOOD FIGHT, ‘DOGS WIN: RHP Mike McCarthy (1-3) earned his first Double-A win and LF Ryan Dent hit a key three-run homer, leading the Sea Dogs to a 7-5 win over the Reading Fightin Phils on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland trailed 3-1 before Dent’s three-run homer over the Maine Monster in the fourth…The ‘Dogs scored five of seven runs with two outs, receiving back-to-back RBI singles from Garin Cecchini and Michael Almanzar in the fifth…McCarthy allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings pitched…Bobby Lanigan retired all four batters to earn a hold and Eric Niesen pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his first save with Portland.

TURNING THIS AROUND, BIG TIME: Almanzar was 4-for-40 from July 4-15, but has a multi-hit game in four of his last five starts, going 9-for-18 (.500), HR, 4 RBI and a double…Yesterday, Almanzar blasted his 12th homer of the season, but his first since June 5th at Erie…The home run was also his first at Hadlock Field since June 1st against the Altoona Curve.

HOW IRONIC: RHP Keith Couch replaced RHP Brandon Workman (pitching tonight for Boston) in the rotation and has gone 3-1, 2.86 ERA (14 ER/44.0 IP) in 8 starts…Couch suffered that loss in his previous outing against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on July 17th…RHP Jeremy Kehrt makes the start in game two of the doubleheader, and will have all four of his starts this year in game two of doubleheaders.

BERMUDEZ TRIANGLE: OF Ronald Bermudez was assigned back to Portland today from Triple-A Pawtucket, beginning his third stint with the ‘Dogs…Bermudez hit .265 (31-for-117) in 34 games with the PawSox.

INK IN THE ‘PEN: RHP Miguel Celestino worked a perfect eighth in Friday’s game, recording a strikeout…Celestino is scoreless in four of his last six outings.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) play game three of their four-game series on Tuesday night…The ‘Dogs are 13-20 during a 37-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland returns home on Thursday night to host the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate).

Sunday Fun Day at Hadlock Field

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland snapped an 8-game losing streak on Saturday night.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Interview: Kevin Boles Manager

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Miguel Celestino worked a scoreless inning last night and his scoreless in 4 of his last six appearances. (Photo courtesy of Sitting Still Photography)

Miguel Celestino worked a scoreless inning last night and his scoreless in 4 of his last six appearances. (Photo courtesy of Sitting Still Photography)

Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Gibson 4, Cecchini 5, Almanzar 3, Thomas DH, Dent 7, Spring 2, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 6, McCarthy RHP

Reading: Mitchell 9, Collier 8, Franco 5, Murphy 3, Dugan 9, Cartwright 4, Dalles 2, Hewitt 7, Duran 6, Hollands LHP

Notes for Sunday

BON VOYAGE: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils wrap up their season series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland snapped an 8-game losing streak (longest since 2006) with last night’s win and clinched the season series over the Fightin Phils…RHP Mike McCarthy (0-3, 5.68) makes his first career appearance against Reading and his fourth start of the season (ninth appearance)…Today’s game will be televised on NESN with Lewiston, Maine native Tom Caron and former Red Sox pitcher Ken Ryan.

BARNES LED THE WAY: RHP Matt Barnes (5-6) fired a season-high seven scoreless innings on 10 strikeouts (tied Double-A high), leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-1 win over the Reading Fightin Phils on Saturday night…Barnes gave up three hits, three walks and did not allow a runner past third base…Portland beat lefty Austin Wright (3-5), scoring three runs off the lefty in 6.1 IP…Derrik Gibson broke the scoreless game in the sixth with a solo-homer over the Maine Monster…Christian Vazquez knocked in a run with a single later in the frame…Ryan Dent and Heiker Meneses had run-scoring hits in the seventh.

ENDING SOME STREAKS: Opposing starters were 8-0 in 10 starts before yesterday’s game…Portland scored the first run for the first time since taking a 4-0 lead on July 4th against New Britain…Barnes’ win was the first for a starter since LHP Drake Britton on July 3rd and the righty’s first win at Hadlock Field since May 6th against Reading.

BOTH THIS YEAR: Gibson has both of his Double-A homers this season…Last night’s home run came in Gibson’s 559th at-bat with Portland…The Delaware native’s first big fly came on April 7th against Trenton (off lefty Francisco Rondon)…Gibson is leading the team in hitting this month at .368 (14-for-38) with a homer and 4 RBI.

GIVE HIM A HIGH FIVE: OF Peter Hissey went 2-for-4 last night and extended his hitting streak to five games: 7-for-20 (.350)…Hissey has reached base safely in 46 of 58 games played…He was on the disabled list from April 25-May 5 and May 21-June 6.

INK IN THE ‘PEN: RHP Miguel Celestino worked a perfect eighth in last night’s game, recording a strikeout…Celestino is scoreless in four of his last six outings, and has recorded a strikeout in 27 of 28 appearances in Portland…The righty earned his 10th scoreless outing of the season.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) open up a four-game series in three days on Monday night at New Britain Stadium with a twinbill…The Sea Dogs are 12-20 during a 37-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland returns home on Thursday night to host the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate).

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