Spring an All-Star, ‘Dogs and Thunder conclude series

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder conclude their three-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has won five straight and holds a three-game lead over the Trenton Thunder for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division.

Matt Spring added to the Eastern League All-Star Team

Starting Lineups 
Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Cecchini 5, Thomas 4, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Wilkerson 8, Vitek 7, Meneses 6, Britton LHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 7, Heathcott 8, Austin DH, Clark 3, Angelini 6, Corona 5, Pirela 4, Grice 9, Arcia 2, Nuding RHP

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Matt Spring is going to his first All-Star Game...Congrats Matt (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor by Sitting Still Photography)

Matt Spring is going to his first All-Star Game…Congrats Matt (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor by Sitting Still Photography)

Notes for today

GIVE THEM A HIGH FIVE: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) conclude their three-game series in two days on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has won five straight, their longest win streak since a season-high, seven-game winning streak from April 27-May 4…The Sea Dogs hold a three-game lead over the Trenton Thunder for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Portland has won back-to-back series for the first time since April 30-May 5 (Reading and New Britain).

TWO FOR ONE: Portland swept a doubleheader from the Thunder on Tuesday night, winning the opener 4-1 and taking the nightcap 7-6 in 8 innings…Travis Shaw ended the twinbill, with a walk-off homer to leadoff the eighth against Fred Lewis…Shaw homered twice and scored three runs…In the opener, Keith Couch (6-2) fired his third career complete-game, allowing five hits, one run and striking out a season-high eight batters…Portland scored all four runs with two outs…Tony Thomas blasted a two-run homer in the first, his 10th of the season.

TURNING A CORNER: Shaw picked up his first Double-A multi-homer game on Tuesday and the second of his career…The Ohio native has hit safely in 14 of  his last 17 games: 21-for-61 (.344), 6 HR, 17 RBI and 4 doubles…Shaw has 4 homers in his last six games and leads the team with 53 walks…Thomas homered in three straight games and has 9 RBI in his last four starts.

THAT MAKES SIX: Portland picked up their sixth walk-off win of the season and improved to 22-20 at Hadlock Field…Shaw’s walk-off homer was the second this season…C Matt Spring hit a walk-off grand slam against Binghamton’s Jeff Walters on May 18th…Portland improved to 4-6 in extra-innings and swept their first doubleheader since July 13, 2012 against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR…SO IS SPRING: Spring was added to the Eastern Division All-Star team earlier today…He’ll join INF Michael Almanzar, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Anthony Ranaudo and C Christian…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.

NICE JOB IN RELIEF: LHP Will Latimer has a win in consecutive outings and has retired 11 straight batters…RHP Noe Ramirez made his Double-A debut last night, allowing one hit, a homer to Tyler Austin…Ramirez worked three innings and fanned two.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) open up a five-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field, leading up to the Eastern League All-Star Game…The Sea Dogs are 8-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

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