July 2013

Saturday night in the park…’Dogs and Fightins

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils continue their four-game series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…RHP Matt Barnes makes his 18th start of the season for Portland.

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

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Peter Hissey blasted his third homer last night.

Peter Hissey blasted his third homer last night.

Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Hissey 9, Cecchini DH, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 4, Barnes RHP

Reading: Cartwright DH, Collier 8, Franco 5, Murphy 3, Dugan 9, Valle 2, Hewitt 7, Hanzawa 6, Duran 4, Wright LHP

Notes for Saturday

LET’S TRY IT AGAIN: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils play game three of their series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has lost eight straight, their longest losing streak since dropping 10 in a row on July 29-August 8, 2006…The two teams are meeting for the final time this season, the ‘Dogs can win the season series with a victory tonight…RHP Matt Barnes (4-6, 5.22 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season against Reading.

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: Reading scored two runs in the seventh inning, snapping a 2-2 tie, and beat the Sea Dogs 4-3 on Friday night…CF Zach Collier had the game-winning hit, launching a solo-homer off losing pitcher Anthony Ranaudo (8-3)…RF Kelly Dugan added a run-scoring single…Portland scored their runs on solo homers by Peter Hissey and Travis ShawTony Thomas provided a run-scoring groundout in the fourth…RHP David Buchanan (6-9) worked six strong innings on seven hits and two runs, earning the win for Reading…RHP Kyle Simon pitched the ninth for his seventh save of the season.

SOLID STARTS: Opposing starters are 8-0, 1.45 ERA (10 ER/62.0 IP) during the last 10 games with six quality starts…Portland’s lone win in their last 11 games was July 12th’s 8-5, 15-inning win at Binghamton…INF Ryan Dent was the winning pitcher, becoming the second position player in franchise history to earn a win…Portland has not scored first, since a 4-run first on July 4th vs. New Britain.

MORE ON ANTHONY: Ranaudo worked 6.1 IP last night, allowing nine hits, four runs, three walks and four strikeouts…The right-hander gave up his seventh homer of the season last night, but six have been to Reading.

NOE IN THE ZONE: RHP Zoe Ramirez tossed 2.2 scoreless innings last night, allowing one hit and fanning four…Ramirez hasn’t allowed a run in back-to-back outings, and has at least two strikeouts in all five outings in Double-A.

HOMER NOTES: Portland suffered their first loss when hitting two homers in a game this season (9-1)…Hissey blasted his fourth career Double-A homer, and has both of his RBI’s in the last 16 games on homers…Shaw’s last four RBI’s are on home runs…Portland had no homered twice in a game since July 2nd in game two of a twinbill (both homers by Shaw).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) meet for the final time this season tomorrow afternoon…The Sea Dogs are 11-20 during a 37-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland hits the road on Monday night, beginning a four-game series in three days against the Rock Cats.

Ranaudo back on the hill tonight

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils continue their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…SS Stephen Drew continues his 2-game MLB Rehab Assignment with the Sea Dogs, his second of the season.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Drew 6, Vazquez 2, Hissey 9, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Gibson 4, Wilkerson 8, Ranaudo RHP

Reading: Mitchell DH, Collier 8, Franco 5, Murphy 3, Dugan 9, Cartwright 4, Hewitt 7, Valle 2, Hanzawa 6, Buchanan RHP

Notes for Friday

NO HOME COOKING: The Sea Dogs continue their four-game set with Reading on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has lost seven straight, their longest losing streak since dropping seven straight from August 18-24, 2011…RHP Anthony Ranaudo makes his first start since July 5th vs. New Britain at Hadlock Field…Ranaudo was the starting pitcher in the Eastern League All-Star game and worked .2 IP in the Future’s Game on July 14th at Citi Field…SS Stephen Drew continues his MLB Rehab tonight.

LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT: Portland trailed 6-2, scored three times in the eighth, but Reading added a run in the ninth and took the opener 7-5…1B Michael Almanzar went 2-for-3, knocking in two runs in the eighth inning with a single…DH Stephen Drew added a run-scoring double…Reading C Sebastian Valle went 2-for-5 with 2 homers and 5 RBI to leading the Fightins offense…LHP Jesse Biddle (4-9) tossed seven strong innings on three hits, two runs (one earned), two walks and seven strikeouts, earning his first win against Portland…RHP Terry Doyle (0-3) tossed six innings on three runs, taking the loss.

SOLID STARTS: Opposing starters are 7-0, 1.29 ERA (8 ER/56.0 IP) during the last nine games with five quality starts…Portland’s lone win in their last 10 games was Friday’s 8-5, 15-inning win at Binghamton…INF Ryan Dent was the winning pitcher, becoming the second position player in franchise history to earn a win…Portland has not scored first, since a four-run first on July 4th vs. New Britain.

Anthony Ranaudo is back on the hill tonight for Portland.

Anthony Ranaudo is back on the hill tonight for Portland.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Portland has had 31 players (five this season) make a Major League rehab assignment with and the 25as a Red Sox affiliate…Drew begins his second stint with Portland this season…MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, Drew, John Lackey, Franklin Morales & David Ross (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) continue their four-game series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 11-19 during a 37-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland hits the road on Monday night, beginning a four-game series in three days against the Rock Cats.

Drew batting cleanup for Portland on Thursday night

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils open up a four-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…SS Stephen Drew begins a 2-game MLB Rehab Assignment with the Sea Dogs, his second of the season.

Congrats to the Salem Red Sox on their combined no-hitter last…Click here for the final call

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Interview with Ryan Dent, as he talks about his win on the mound July 12th at Binghamton.

SS Stephen Drew chatting with Portland Manager Kevin Boles before tonight's game.

SS Stephen Drew chatting with Portland Manager Kevin Boles before tonight’s game.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Cecchini 5, Drew DH, Almanzar 3, Thomas 4, Vitek 7, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 4, Doyle RHP

Reading: Mitchell 7, Collier 8, Franco 5, Murphy 3, Dugan 9, Cartwright 4, Henson DH, Valle 2, Duran 6, Biddle LHP

The bat is catching on for Derrik Gibson, he leads the team in average this month at .433 (photo courtesy of Sitting Still photography)

Notes for Thursday

GLAD TO BE HOME: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils on Thursday night at Hadlock…Portland has lost six straight, their longest losing streak since last July 1-5…Portland has scored just 3 runs in their last 50 innings and snapped a 33-inning scoreless drought on Tuesday nightThe ‘Dogs went 1-7 on the road portion of their trip, but went 1-8 overall, losing a suspended game from Hadlock Field on June 25th, before the roadtrip opener on July 11th at NYSEG Stadium.

‘CATS COMPLETE SWEEP: Portland was shutout twice during a three-game sweep of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…On Wednesday night, Ryan Tepera (8-6) tossed eight scoreless frames on five hits, no walks and seven strikeouts, as New Hampshire won 4-0…Michael Almanzar and Peter Hissey each had two hits for Portland…The ‘Cats scored three times off losing pitcher Keith Couch (6-3) in the fourth inning…Kevin Ahrens, A.J. Jimenez, Ryan Schimpf and Brian Van Kirk had RBI’s for New Hampshire…Tepera retired 24 of 28 batters faced. 

CRAZY EIGHTS: LHP Sean Nolin, RHP Marcus Walden and Tepera all worked eight innings in the previous series…Opposing starters went 6-0, 1.29 ERA (7 ER/49.0 IP) during the roadtrip with four quality starts…Portland’s lone win on the trip was last Friday’s 8-5, 15-inning win at Binghamton…INF Ryan Dent was the winning pitcher, becoming the second position player in franchise history to earn a win.

Jessica Moran of CSNNE visiting Hadlock Field.

Jessica Moran of CSNNE visiting Hadlock Field.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Portland has had 31 players (five this season) make a Major League rehab assignment with and the 25as a Red Sox affiliate…INF Stephen Drew begins his second stint with Portland this season…MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, Drew, John Lackey, Franklin Morales & David Ross (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) continue their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 11-18 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland hits the road on Monday night, beginning a four-game series in three days against the Rock Cats.

Looked like a sci-fi movie earlier today at Hadlock Field.

Looked like a sci-fi movie earlier today at Hadlock Field.

Drew tomorrow…Roadtrip finale on Wednesday night

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.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Shannon Wilkerson with one of the best catches I’ve ever seen…We’ve got it on video

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Cecchini DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Wilkerson 8, Dent 4, Couch RHP

New Hampshire: Loewen 8, Cabrera 7, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Nolan 6, Burns 5, Schimpf 4, Van Kirk DH, Ahrens 3, Tepera RHP

The bat is catching on for Derrik Gibson, he leads the team in average this month at . (photo courtesy of Sitting Still photography)

The bat is catching on for Derrik Gibson, he leads the team in average this month at .433 (photo courtesy of Sitting Still photography)

Notes for Wednesday

ALMOST HOME: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series on Wednesday night in Manchester, NH…Portland has lost five straight, their longest losing streak since last July 1-5…Portland has scored just 3 runs in their last 41 innings) and snapped a 33-inning scoreless drought on Tuesday nightNew Hampshire has won a season-high seven straight games, and has their best record since they were 6-4…Portland has not been four games under .500 all year.

ONCE AGAIN, A FIVE-RUN FRAME: For the second straight night, the Fisher Cats used a five-run inning to beat Portland…On Tuesday night, their five-run second off losing pitcher Bobby Lanigan (0-1) gave them a 5-1 win…RHP Marcus Walden (6-9) beat Portland for the fourth time this season, hurling eight strong innings on five hits, one run, two walks and six strikeouts…Portland scored their lone run in the sixth inning on a two-out homer by Garin Cecchini, his second of the season in his first time leading off as a professional…Adam Loewen highlighted New Hampshire’s 5-run second with a two-run homer.

FILLING IN NICELY: RHP Kyle Kraus was assigned to Portland yesterday from High-A Salem and worked four scoreless on one hit in his Double-A debut…Kraus retired Melky Cabrera twice, who he faced to start his Portland debut…The right-hander was the 51st player used by the Sea Dogs this season…Lanigan made his first start since September 4, 2011, giving up five runs on six hits over 4 IP.

POSSIBLE RETURN TO HADLOCK: According to Red Sox Manager John Farrell, SS Stephen Drew is scheduled to start a MLB Rehab Assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs tomorrow night…Drew could play Thursday and Friday night at SS and DH…On Opening Day, Drew was Portland’s Opening Day SS, the first Major League Rehab Assignment on Opening Day in franchise history.

Stephen Drew will play for the Sea Dogs tomorrow night. (Photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Stephen Drew will play for the Sea Dogs tomorrow night. (Photo by Kelly O’Connor)

WAY TO GO GIBBY: Derrik Gibson went 1-for-3 last night, and leads the team in average this month at .433 (13-for-30)…Gibson is 4-for-6 in the series, going 3-for-3 on Monday night.

POWER OUTAGE: Portland had gone 333 at-bats in between homers until Cecchini’s solo-shot in the sixth off Walden.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 11-17 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland hits the road on Monday night, beginning a four-game series in three days against the Rock Cats.

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.

Former Rock Cats reliever Bobby Lanigan makes the start tonight for Portland.

Former Rock Cats reliever Bobby Lanigan makes the start tonight for Portland.

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.

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Starting Lineups
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 VazquezDespite 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.

‘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.”

RHP Anthony Ranaudo tweet..Awesome day today. Didn’t go the way I planned on the bump but #USA got a W. met some great people and was a great experience. #FuturesGame

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Brandon Workman worked six hitless innings yesterday for Boston. (photo by DMV sports)

Brandon Workman worked six hitless innings yesterday for Boston. (photo by DMV sports)

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Starting Lineups
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.

Sea Dogs and B-Mets on Sunday…Workman for the Sox

The Sea Dogs and B-Mets wrap-up their season series on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium…Portland has dropped 3 of 4 in this series, and lost June 25th’s suspended game on Thursday before game one of this series…RHP Matt Barnes gets the start for Portland.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 12:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Interview: Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Shaw DH, Almanzar 5, Spring 3, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 6, Gibson, 6, Heller 7, Barnes RHP

Binghamton: Muno 4, Rodriguez DH, Puello 9, Hughes 3, Taijeron 7, Lucas 5, Tovar 6, Carillo 2, Harris 8, Goeddel RHP

Brandon Workman makes his first Major League start...Sox and A's at 4:05 PM. (photo by DMV sports)

Brandon Workman makes his first Major League start…Sox and A’s at 4:05 PM. (photo by DMV sports)

Notes for today

THE LAST TIME: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets have played 43 innings in three days, and conclude their five-game series on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium…The two teams will actually play six games over the four days, but game one on Thursday night was the completion of June 25th’s suspended game at Hadlock Field…Today marks the final meeting between the two teams in the regular season…Portland is now 8-11-1 against the Binghamton Mets in All-Time season series.

TWO FOR THE METS: Binghamton swept a twinbill from the Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday night, 5-2 and 6-0…The B-Mets scored five runs in the first inning off losing pitcher Terry Doyle (0-2) and never looked back…Christian Vazquez went 2-for-3 with an RBI…In game two, Binghamton scored three runs in the first and fourth innings off Jeremy Kehrt (0-3)…Wilfredo Tovar had the game-winning hit in the opener with a three-run double…In the nightcap Darrell Ceciliani and Travis Taijeron each drove in two runs…Darin Gorski and Jenrry Mejia earned the wins for the Mets.

MORE NEW GUYS IN THE MIX: Yesterday, OF Kevin Heller and C Leonel Escobar made their Double-A debuts…Heller started in right field in game one, going 0-for-3…Escobar caught game two and went 0-for-1 with a walk…Former B-Met LHP Eric Niesen made his Sea Dogs debut, working a scoreless inning in game two…If RHP Nate Striz pitches today, he’ll be the 50th player used by Kevin Boles this season.

STARTING TO CATCH ON: Vazquez is hitting .367 (18-for-49) with 7 RBI and 2 doubles over his last 12 games and hitting .344 this month…INF Heiker Meneses is the active leader in average at .274, but is hitting .391 (18-for-46) with a homer and 6 RBI over his last 14 games.

TWO LEFT ON THE SCHEDULE: Portland fell to 1-2-2 in doubleheaders and two to play, July 22nd at New Britain and August 31st vs. Trenton…’Dogs are 10-2 in road-series finales

NICE HONOR: 3B Garin Cecchini is on Portland’s active roster, but did not play last night due to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game taking place today at Citi Field in New York…RHP Anthony Ranaudo (on the temporary inactive list) is expected to pitch in the game…INF Xander Bogaerts is hitting third for the World team.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Monday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The Sea Dogs are 11-14 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland returns home on Thursday to battle the Reading Fightin Phils.

More moves for Portland…DH on Saturday in Binghamton, NY

The Sea Dogs continue their five-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Saturday night with a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium…Portland won last night’s contest 8-5 in 15-innings, tied for the third longest game in franchise history based on innings…The 5 hour 2 minute game was the second longest in team history.

INF Ryan Dent became the second position player in franchise history to earn a win…OF Jay Johnson earned a win on April 16, 2008 against the Connecticut Defenders

INF Ryan Dent became the second position player in franchise history to earn a win.

INF Ryan Dent became the second position player in franchise history to earn a win.

Roster Moves Today

INF Ryan Dent assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket…OF Brandon Jacobs traded by Boston to Chicago White Sox for LHP Matt Thornton…RHP Matty Ott assigned to High-A Salem…RHP Anthony Ranaudo placed on the temporary inactive list…LHP Eric Niesen received from Triple-A Pawtucket…C Leonel Escobar (activated from Salem’s DL) & RHP Nate Striz received from High-A Salem…OF Kevin Heller received from Low-A Greenville.

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Starting Lineups – Game 1
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Vazquez DH, Almanzar 5, Thomas 4, Shaw 3, Spring 2,Vitek 7, Gibson 6, Heller 9, Doyle RHP

Binghamton: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra DH, Hughes 3, Ceciliani 7, Tovar 6, Carillo 2, Harris 8, Gorski LHP

Notes for today

WE PLAY TWO AGAIN: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets have played 29 innings in two nights, and resume their five-game series on Saturday night with a twinbill at NYSEG Stadium…Last night was the third longest game in franchise history for the ‘Dogs, lasting 5 hours and 2 minutes…Portland’s longest game was 5 hours and 41 minutes on April 16, 2008 against the Connecticut Defenders, also their longest game by innings at 17, the second longest game time was 5:30 on July 2, 2006 against Trenton.

HAPPENED BEFORE: INF Ryan Dent became the second position player in franchise history to earn a win…Dent pitched two scoreless innings on two hits, two walks and a strikeout, as the ‘Dogs beat the Binghamton Mets 8-5 in 15-innings…Portland scored three runs with two outs in the 15th inning, all the runs were unearned due to a throwing error by 3B Josh Rodriguez, which would have ended the inning…The error scored the winning run, followed by a wild pitch for the seventh run and a run-scoring single by 1B Michael Almanzar…Portland’s bullpen allowed two unearned runs over 9 IP.

NICE DEBUT BY THE NEW GUYS: Relievers Bobby Lanigan and Matty Ott were assigned to Portland before yesterday’s game…Portland led 5-3 in the ninth inning, but an error by SS Heiker Meneses led to 2 unearned runs on Lanigan’s line….The former Rock Cats reliever worked three innings on three hits, two runs (unearned), two walks and two strikeouts…Ott retired the first 10 batters faced in his Double-A debut, working four scoreless innings on one hit and two strikeouts.

THE LONG NIGHT FEATURED A TRADE: LF Brandon Jacobs was removed from last night’s game in third inning after a single by Wilfredo Tovar…Jacobs was traded by Boston to the Chicago White Sox for LHP Matt Thornton…Jacobs hit .375 (3-for-8) in three games with Portland.

PACK THE CAR: Dent made his first professional appearance on the mound last night, and was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier today…The Sea Dogs will be without INF Garin Cecchini and RHP Anthony Ranaudo due to the Future’s Game…C Leonel Escobar and RHP Kyle Striz have joined Portland from High-A Salem…OF Kevin Heller was added to the roster from Low-A Greenville and former B-Met LHP Eric Niesen was received from Triple-A Pawtucket.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their season series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:05 PM from NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs are 11-12 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Monday, Portland’s second half of the trip swings to Manchester, New Hampshire.

Sea Dogs and B-Mets on Friday night…Couple of new faces

The Sea Dogs continue their five-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…Ri

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Starting Lineups

Portland: Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Cecchini 5, Thomas DH, Almanzar 3, Jacobs 7, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 6, Gibson 4, Couch RHP

Binghamton: Muno 4, Ceciliani 7, Puello 9, Dykstra 3, Taijeron DH, Lucas 5, Forsythe 2, Harris 8, Tovar 6, Cohoon LHP

Former Rock Cats reliever Bobby Lanigan has joined the Sea Dogs.

Former Rock Cats reliever Bobby Lanigan has joined the Sea Dogs…Also Matty Ott from Salem was added to the roster.

Notes for today

BACK TO NORMAL: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play game two of their five-game series on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…The two teams will technically play six games in four days, after making up June 25th’s suspended game last night prior to game one of the roadtrip…Portland has dropped 21 of 36 since June 1st, but still holds a ½ game lead for the second playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division…RHP Keith Couch (3-0 as a starter) makes his seventh start of the season for the ‘Dogs on Friday night.

ONE NOW, ONE BEFORE: Binghamton won the suspended game from June 25th 6-5, giving them a two-game sweep at Hadlock Field from June 24-25…In the nightcap, the B-Mets shutout the ‘Dogs 4-0 in seven innings…Trailing 6-1 in the opener, the ‘Dogs scored four runs in the seventh, including three with two outs…Tony Thomas and Shannon Wilkerson had back-to-back run-scoring doubles…In game two, Binghamton tossed a 4-hit shutout, using four pitchers…Cesar Puello (2 RBI) and Josh Rodriguez (RBI) each went 3-for-4…Daniel Muno went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

IT EXTENDED, BUT THEN ENDED: Garin Cecchini reached base safely in his first 17 games in Double-A, but that streak was snapped in game two…The Louisiana native has 100 hits in 81 game between High-Salem and Portland, and leads all Red Sox minor leaguers with a .358 average.

MAKES IS THREE: Cecchini was added to the Future’s Game last night, and joins fellow Red Sox Minor Leaguers Xander Bogaerts and Anthony Ranaudo…Ranaudo took the loss in the Eastern League All-Star game and is expected to pitch in the Future’s Game…Cecchini is replacing Joey Gallo.

WE KNOW EACH OTHER: The Boston Red Sox signed former New Britain Rock Cats RHP Bobby Lanigan as a minor league free agent earlier today, and assigned him to Portland…Couch and Lanigan were teammates at Adelphi University…Lanigan was released by the Minnesota Twins on June 28th, he was 3-1, 3.77 ERA in 23 games with the ‘Cats.

ONE MORE: RHP Matty Ott has joined Portland’s bullpen from High-A Salem…Ott and Ranaudo were teammates at LSU…The right-hander was 3-4, 3.59 ERA in 24 games with High-A Salem.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play a doubleheader to continue their five-game series at NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs are 10-12 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Monday, Portland’s second half of the trip swings to Manchester, New Hampshire.

 

Back at it for ‘Dogs, open up long road trip

The Sea Dogs resume action tonight in Binghamton, opening a 9-game roadtrip in seven days at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, NY…In the opener, the ‘Dogs and B-Mets resume a suspended game from June 25th at Hadlock Field.

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Notes for today

BACK TO BUSINESS: After a two-day break for the Eastern League All-Star game, the Sea Dogs return to action on Thursday night, opening up a nine-game roadtrip in seven days against the Binghamton Mets…Tonight’s first game is the continuation of June 26th’s suspended game at Hadlock Field…Portland will be the home team when the game resumes in the top of third inning with no score…Binghamton holds the best record in the Eastern League, the Sea Dogs are the second playoff team in the Eastern Division.

THAT WAS QUICK: On Monday afternoon, the Sea Dogs fell to the New Britain Rock Cats 2-1 in a contest that lasted a season-low, 2 hours and 5 minutes…Newly assigned Terry Doyle suffered the tough luck loss, allowing just two runs on seven hits over 8 IP…Portland’s lone run came in the ninth inning on Garin Cecchini’s run-scoring, but Virgil Vasquez (1-2) completed the 9-inning complete game, retiring Tony Thomas and Michael Almanzar with runners at the corners and one out, to end the game…New Britain scored their runs on solo-homers by Daniel Ortiz and Jordan Parraz.

GETS A LITTLE CONFUSING: Cecchini has reached base safely in all 16 games in Double-A, but that could change with tonight’s suspended game (currently 0-for-1)…Cecchini is leading all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .364 average and has a hit in 13 of 16 Double-A starts…His average with Portland is .414 (24-for-58)

OF Brandon Jacobs joins Portland today from High-A Salem (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

OF Brandon Jacobs joins Portland today from High-A Salem (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

RECAPPING THE ALL-STAR GAME: The Western stars defeated the East 5-0 in last night’s Eastern League All-Star game at New Britain Stadium…RHP Anthony Ranaudo took the loss for the East, giving up three runs on three walks and a three-run homer to Richmond’s Javier Herrera…3B Michael Almanzar went 1-for-2…Christian Vazquez went 0-for-2 and Matt Spring went 0-for-1.

STARTS IN THIRD: RHP Chris Balcom-Miller will take the mound in the suspended game in relief of Keith Couch (2 IP, 0 H 2 BB)…RHP Cory Mazzoni gets the call in the bottom of the third for Binghamton…The suspended game will complete the season series between the two teams at Hadlock Field.

FIRST WAS DEBUT: RHP Mike McCarthy made his Double-A debut on June 15th vs. the Akron Aeros, his only start with Portland…McCarthy has not faced Binghamton this season.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets resume their six-game series on Friday night beginning at 7:05 PM from NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs are 10-10 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Monday, Portland’s second half of the trip swings to Manchester, New Hampshire.

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