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