Lanigan starts for the ‘Dogs on Tuesday against the ‘Cats
The Sea Dogs (1-6 on the roadtrip) continue their three-game series at New Hampshire on Tuesday night from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. 3B Garin Cecchini will leadoff for the first time in his pro career.
RHP Bobby Lanigan makes his first start of the season for Portland, but the 83rd of his professional career…Lanigan was released earlier this season by the Minnesota Twins.
RHP Marcus Walden is 3-1, 1.69 ERa in 4 starts against Portland this season.
Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.
Portland: Cecchini 5, Hissey 9, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Thomas 7, Gibson 4 Wilkerson 8, Vitek, DH, Meneses 6, Lanigan RHP
New Hampshire: Loewen 8, Cabrera 7, Jimenez 2, Glenn DH, Nolan 6, Burns 5, Jacobo 3, Van Kirk 9, Manzella 4, Walden RHP
Notes for Tuesday
‘DOGS AND ‘CATS BATTLE AGAIN: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play game two of their three-game series on Tuesday night in Manchester, NH…Portland has lost four in a row, while New Hampshire has won six straight…Portland has not scored in 27 innings (2 runs in their last 32 innings), their last run came on July 13th in game one of a doubleheader – two-out RBI single by Christian Vazquez…Despite being tied for 4th place, Portland trails Trenton by two games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division.
THAT WAS QUICK: New Hampshire scored all five runs in the fifth inning off losing pitcher Mike McCarthy (0-3) and shutout the Sea Dogs 5-0 on Monday night…Portland has been shutout in three straight games and managed only four hits…LHP Sean Nolin tossed a career-high eight innings on four hits, two walks and nine strikeouts…McCarthy gave up five runs, five hits over 5 IP…LF Melky Cabrera (MLB Rehab) blasted a two-run homer and finished 2-for-3…Andy Burns delivered a two-run double and Adam Loewen added a run-scoring single…2B Derrik Gibson went 3-for-3 and LF Kolbrin Vitek had a single.
THAT MAKES 18: RHP Kyle Kraus was assigned to Portland today from High-A Salem…RHP Nate Striz was assigned back to Salem…Portland has had 18 roster moves during the roadtrip, including OF Brandon Jacobs traded to the Chicago White Sox for LHP Matt Thornton…Kraus is a combined 4-2, 3.59 ERA (21 ER/52.2 IP) in 22 games/5 starts between Salem and Low-A Greenville.
NOT A STRANGER TO THIS ROLE: RHP Bobby Lanigan makes his first start with Portland (2nd appearance) and his first since September 4, 2011 with the New Britain Rock Cats against the Trenton Thunder…Lanigan has made 82 starts out of his 158 career professional appearances.
WAY TO GO GIBBY: Gibson picked up his fifth 3-hit game on Monday night, and leads the team in average this month at .444 (12-for-27)…He picked up three hits on July 5th vs. New Britain and four nights ago in Portland’s 8-5, 15-inning win at Binghamton.
POWER OUTAGE: INF Travis Shaw hit the team’s last homer on July 5th vs. New Britain at Hadlock Field…Portland has gone 315 at-bats without a long ball…INF Michael Almanzar leads the team with 11 homers.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) conclude their three-game series on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The Sea Dogs are 11-16 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland returns home on Thursday to battle the Reading Fightin Phils.