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.

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