‘Dogs and ‘Cats…Melky Cabrera to rehab
The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Monday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Blue Jays’ OF Melky Cabrera (2005 alumn of Trenton) makes a MLB Rehab Assignment…In Reading, PA, INF Alex Rodriguez will play for Trenton.
INF Garin Cecchini on the Future’s Game “Was an amazing experience…they treated us so nice.”
Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.
Portland: Hissey 8, Vazquez 2, Cecchini 5, Thomas DH, Almanzar 3, Vitek 7, Gibson, 4, Dent 9, Meneses 6, McCarthy RHP
New Hampshire: Loewen 8, Cabrera 7, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Jacobo 3, Nolan 6, Schimpf 4, Burns 5, Talley DH, Nolin LHP
Notes for today
MOVING ON: The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Monday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester, NH…Prior to game one of a five-game series on Thursday night in Binghamton, the ‘Dogs dropped a suspended game from June 25th 6-5…The B-Mets won 4 of 5 in the regularly scheduled series at NYSEG Stadium…Portland has not scored in 19 innings, their last run on July 13th in game on of a doubleheader – two-out RBI single by Christian Vazquez.
RUNS EARLY SOLVED THE PUZZLE: Binghamton scored four runs in the first 4 innings, and defeated the Sea Dogs 4-0 on Sunday afternoon…RHP Erik Goeddel (8-3) notched his 8th win of the season, working six innings on four hits, three walks and three strikeouts…DH Josh Rodriguez went 4-for-4 and a run scored…Xorge Carillo and Travis Taijeron added RBI’s…RHP Matt Barnes took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, three walks and fanned five…Peter Hissey had two of Portland’s seven hits and Vazquez drew a season-high three walks.
IT’S BEEN THAT LONG? Portland is tied for 4th place in the Eastern Division, their lowest in the standings since they were in sixth place on April 19th…The ‘Dogs have not been two games under .500 since they were 2-4…New Hampshire has won five straight, and trails the Trenton Thunder by a ½ game for the second playoff spot in the east – Portland is just one game back.
STARTING TO CATCH ON: Vazquez is hitting .360 (18-for-50) with 7 RBI and 2 doubles over his last 13 games and hitting .333 this month…INF Heiker Meneses is the active leader in average at .274, but is hitting .380 (19-for-50) with a homer and 6 RBI over his last 15 games.
NUMBER ONE OUT OF THE WAY: RHP Nate Striz made his Double-A debut on Sunday afternoon, allowing two runs on three hits over 3 IP…The righty did retire the final seven batters faced and fanned three…RHP Miguel Celestino worked two scoreless frames and fanned three.
POWER OUTAGE: INF Travis Shaw hit the team’s last homer on July 5th vs. New Britain at Hadlock Field…Portland has gone 286 at-bats without a long ball.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their three-game series on Tuesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The Sea Dogs are 11-15 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland returns home on Thursday to battle the Reading Fightin Phils.