August 2013

Trenton clinches playoff spot with 8-0 win

Thunder end Sea Dogs playoff dreams, win 8-0

Linares extends hitting streak to 10 games

The Trenton Thunder clinched their ninth playoff spot in their 20-year history.

The Trenton Thunder clinched their ninth playoff spot in their 20-year history.

(Portland, Maine) – The Thunder scored five runs early in the game off Mickey Pena (1-1) and clinched the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division with an 8-0 win the opener.  Trenton will meet the Binghamton Mets on Wednesday night at Arm & Hammer Park in Game 1 of the Eastern Division Championship Series.

Tyler Austin knocked in the first run with a double to left-center field.  In the third, Mason Williams led off with single and Ramon Flores followed with a run-scoring triple.  Jose Pirela (2-for-4) launched a two-run homer over the Maine Monster, his 10th of the season.

Trenton extended their lead to 8-0 in the fifth on a two-run double by Gary Sanchez.

Pena lasted four innings, allowing five hits and six runs on three walks and three strikeouts.

Shane Greene (8-4) fired his first career complete game, giving up three hits with one walk and fanned five.

J.C. Linares extending his hitting streak to 10 straight games, going 2-for-3 with a double.

Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: J.C. Linares

Playoff Push continues on Saturday

Henry Owens start on Sunday.  The annual Field of Dreams game.

Henry Owens start on Sunday. The annual Field of Dreams game.

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play a twinbill on Saturday night at Hadlock Field, game one is slated for 5:00 PM.  Portland needs to win all four games in three days to clinch a playoff spot.  The ‘Dogs won last night 8-1.

Sea Dogs news this week

  1. Anthony Ranaudo named to the Eastern League All-Star Team
  2. Matt Barnes promoted to Pawtucket and will start tonight.
  3. Sea Dogs Announce 20th Anniversary Team
  • RF J.C. Linares hit safely in all eight games on the road: 8-game hitting streak: 17-for-35 (.486), 3 HR, 12 RBI3B, 2 2B…Hitting .359, 5 HR, 22 RBI in August
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 5:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups – Game 1
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 4, Pena LHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores 7, Pirela 4, Sanchez 2, Austin 9, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Gamel DH, Corona 5, Greene RHP

Notes for Saturday

STAYING ALIVE: The Sea Dogs kept their playoff hopes alive with last night’s win, and continue their five-game series against Trenton (Yankees affiliate) with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon…Portland needs to win all four games in three days to clinch the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Harrisburg and Erie both clinched playoff spots in the Western Division, but first place is still up for grabs…The ‘Dogs have won four straight games against Trenton at Hadlock Field.

I’VE GOT THE POWER: Portland homered three times, as they rocked the Thunder 8-1 on Friday night…LHP Chris Hernandez (2-0) fired seven scoreless frames on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts to earn the win…Michael Almanzar (homered in the sixth) knocked in the first run with a two-out infield RBI single…J.C. Linares gave the ‘Dogs the lead for good, blasting a two-run homer over the Maine Monster…Travis Shaw hit a solo-homer in the eighth off reliever Nik TurleyChristian Vazquez went 2-for-3 and nailed a two-run single off the Monster in the seventh…Garin Cecchini finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

J.C. ON A TEAR: Linares has tied a season-high with a nine-game hit streak: 19-for-39 (.487), 4 HR, 13 RBI, triple and 2 doubles…The Cuban native has five straight multi-hit games this week, hitting .542 (13-for-24) with 4 HR and 12 RBI…Linares is hitting .273 overall, his highest average since April 24th.

THAT’S QUALITY: Hernandez had a quality start in four of five starts since joining Portland on August 7th from Triple-A Pawtucket…The lefty missed a quality start on August 14th, tossing 5.2 IP on three runs at Altoona.

BACK IN THE SADDLE: After one relief appearance, RHP Terry Doyle makes his 10th start for the Sea Dogs in game two of tonight’s doubleheader…Doyle suffered the loss on August 25th in Trenton on Ramon Flores’ walk-off RBI single.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 17 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: RHP Matt Barnes, OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) continue their five-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland is 8-4 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…With last Thursday’s win, the Sea Dogs finished 36-35 on the road, their best mark since 2008.

They win five, they’re alive

J.C. Linares has helped the 'Dogs during this recent swing...Linares is hitting .359 this month. (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

J.C. Linares has helped the ‘Dogs during this recent swing…Linares is hitting .359 this month. (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

The Sea Dogs open up their final series of the regular season against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…It’s simple. The ‘Dogs need to win all five games to clinch the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Portland is 9-7 against the Thunder this season, and split a four-game set with the Yankees affiliate last week…Tonight the Sea Dogs announce their new inductee to the Unum Hall of Fame…My broadcast partner Matt McCarthy interviewed the new inductee, you can hear it on the pre-game show…LHP Chris Hernandez and RHP Mikey O’Brien face-off for the second time in six days…Both pitchers took a no-decision in Trenton’s 3-2 walk-off win in 10 innings on Sunday.

Ted Williams was born on this date in 1918…still a legend!

Sea Dogs news this week

  1. Anthony Ranaudo named to the Eastern League All-Star Team
  2. Matt Barnes promoted to Pawtucket and will start tonight.
  3. Sea Dogs Announce 20th Anniversary Team
  • RF J.C. Linares hit safely in all eight games on the road: 8-game hitting streak: 17-for-35 (.486), 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3B, 2 2B…Hitting .359, 5 HR, 22 RBI in August
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 5:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 4, Hernandez LHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores 7, Pirela 4, Sanchez 2, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Gamel 9, Y. Sanchez DH,  Stevenson 5, O’Brien RHP

Notes for Friday

THEY WHAT TO DO: The Sea Dogs need to sweep this five-game series with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) to punch their ticket to the Eastern Division Championship Series…Portland returns home after a 5-3 roadtrip and finished 9-8-4 in their road series…Trenton split both series on their 8-game homestand, and played 25 innings total in their final two games with New Britain…The ‘Dogs swept the Thunder in a three-game series at Hadlock Field on July 2-3.

WAY TO GO OUT: Portland scored the final seven runs of the game and beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-3 on Thursday night…J.C. Linares capped off an outstanding roadtrip, going 4-for-5 with a two-run triple and two doubles…Shannon Wilkerson led off the game with a solo-homer and finished 2-for-4…Keith Couch (11-3) tossed six strong innings on seven hits, three runs (two earned), one walk and five strikeouts, earning his team-leading 11th win of the season…Rafael Perez notched the save by retiring all four batters faced.

J.C. ON A TEAR: Linares hit safely in all eight games on the trip: 17-for-35 (.486), 3 HR, 11 RBI, triple and 2 doubles…On Monday night, Linares had a career-high 6 RBI, hitting two 3-run homers off Randy Boone…His .270 average is a personal best since he was hitting .273 on April 24th after going 1-for-3 vs. Binghamton.

HE WAS QUALITY: Couch will finish with a team-leading nine quality starts and is eighth in the Eastern League with a 3.47 ERA…The former standout at Adelphi University went 8-1, 2.93 ERA (30 ER/92.0 IP) in 15 starts.

NICE WORK BY THE PEN: Miguel Celestino tossed 4.2 scoreless frames in two appearances on the trip…Portland’s bullpen went 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA (8 ER/25.2 IP) on the trip and converted all three save chances.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 17 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: RHP Matt Barnes, OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

Ted Williams was born on this date in 1918...Here's the famous Red Chair at Fenway Park.

Ted Williams was born on this date in 1918…Here’s the famous Red Chair at Fenway Park.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) continue their five-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 7-4 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs finished 36-35 on the road, their best mark since 2008.

Final road game of the regular season

The Sea Dogs conclude the road portion of their regular season on Thursday night against the Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 4-3 on the trip, but can clinch a winning record on the road with a win tonight…If the Sea Dogs win and Trenton loses, the ‘Dogs still need to win all five games against the Thunder – even if Trenton wins and Portland wins.  If Trenton wins tonight, the loser of this game is eliminated.

Some really cool news announced today.

  1. Anthony Ranaudo named to the Eastern League All-Star Team
  2. Matt Barnes promoted to Pawtucket and will start tonight.
  3. Sea Dogs Announce 20th Anniversary Team
  • RF J.C. Linares had a career-night on Monday, blasting two 3-run homers off losing pitcher RHP Randy Boone…Linares homered in the seventh and ninth innings.
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Spring 3, Marrero 6, Gibson 4, Couch RHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Schimpf DH, Loewen 9, Nolan 6, Talley 3, Rankin 2, Zawadzki 4, Jones 7, Lawrence RHP

Notes for Thursday

 

Anthony Ranaudo was named the Eastern League's Best Right-handed Pitcher of the Year.

Anthony Ranaudo was named the Eastern League’s Best Right-handed Pitcher of the Year.

LET’S HEAD HOME: The Sea Dogs close out their road schedule on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland now trails the Thunder by five games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Regardless of the outcome tonight, the ‘Dogs will need to sweep all five games from Trenton to clinch a playoff berth…The loser of tonight’s game will be eliminated with a Trenton win…A Trenton loss, keeps both teams alive.

WHAT A GAME: Trailing 6-1, the ‘Dogs scored five times in the seventh inning, but New Hampshire scored the final two runs, and beat the Sea Dogs 8-6 on Wednesday night…Kevin Ahrens knocked in the game-winner with a run-scoring double in the seventh…Andy Burns capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth…Garin Cecchini knocked in three runs during the seventh with a triple…J.C. Linares tied the game with a solo-homer, his seventh of the season and third of the series…Eric Niesen (1-3) took the loss, giving up six hits and four runs over one inning.

J.C. ON A TEAR: Linares has hit safely in all seven games on the trip: 13-for-30 (.433), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2B…In game one, Linares had a career-high 6 RBI, hitting two 3-run homers off Randy Boone…His .261 average is a personal best since he was hitting .261 on April 26th after going 0-for-1 at Trenton.

PLAYOFF SCENARIO: The Sea Dogs are trailing the Thunder by five games with six games left in the regular season…New Hampshire is trailing Trenton by four games, but have only five games left…If Trenton wins tonight, the loser of the New Hampshire/Portland game will be eliminated from playoff contention.

ROAD WARRIORS: With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will finish the season with a 36-35 record away from Maine.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 17 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: RHP Matt Barnes, OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up their final series of the regular season on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland is 6-4 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs would finish 9-8-4 in road series.

Playoff Push continues on Wednesday night

Shannon Wilkerson is hitting .326 this month, his best average of the season.

Shannon Wilkerson is hitting .326 this month, his best average of the season.

The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats trail the Trenton Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot with eight games left, and continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs clinch a winning record on the road.

RHP Jeremy Kerht is starting tonight instead of RHP Matt Barnes…Kehrt is 2-3, 4.27 ERA (31 ER/65.1 IP) on the season…RHP Austin Bibens-Dirx (3-4, 2.11) makes his 12th appearance of the season for New Hampshire and his first against Portland.

 

 

  • RF J.C. Linares had a career-night on Monday, blasting two 3-run homers off losing pitcher RHP Randy Boone…Linares homered in the seventh and ninth innings.
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Kehrt RHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan DH, Loewen 9, Schimpf 7, Rankin 2, Talley 3, Zawadzki 4, Zazueta 6, Bibens-Dirkx RHP

Notes for Wednesday

ON A ROLE: The Sea Dogs have won eight of their last 12, and continue their four-game series on Wednesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With a victory tonight, the ‘Dogs will clinch a winning record on the road and win their ninth series away from Maine…Portland and New Hampshire trail the Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…RHP Jeremy Kehrt is on the hill tonight for the ‘Dogs.

Portland is 5-0 in starts made by Owens.

Portland is 5-0 in starts made by Owens…He retired the final 12 batters he faced in last night’s game.

GOT TO HIM EARLY: Portland scored five times off losing pitcher Marcus Stroman (8-5) in the first 3 innings, and beat the Fisher Cats 9-2 on Tuesday night…LHP Henry Owens (3-0) tossed 6.2 scoreless on two hits, one walk and six strikeouts…Owens retired the final 12 batters faced…CF Shannon Wilkerson went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI, capping of the scoring with a two-run triple in the ninth…Portland received a hit from all nine starters, including a two-run double from Matt Spring (2-for-5)…2B Derrik Gibson finished 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and a run scored…LHP Rafael Perez closed out the win with a perfect ninth.

JEREMY IS STARTING: RHP Jeremy Kehrt makes his seventh start of the season for the Sea Dogs in game three of the series…Kehrt’s last start was a no-decision on August 10th vs. Bowie at Hadlock Field, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts over 6 IP.

BULLPEN HAS BEEN CLUTCH: The ‘Dogs bullpen is 2-1, 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20.0 IP) during the trip, but has allowed only 6 ER over 26.1 IP (2.05 ERA) during their 16-game stretch against New Hampshire and Trenton.

HEY I’M A LEADER: C Christian Vazquez went 1-for-4 last night with a single and a walk…Vazquez is 9th in the league in hitting at .291 (95-for-327) and continues to lead the league in throwing out runners (47%).

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats meet for the final time on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 6-3 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…The Sea Dogs are 8-8-4 in road series this season.

 

Sea Dogs hanging in there…Fall League update

Derrik Gibson joins a few of his teammates on the Arizona Fall League....Rosters were announced today.

Derrik Gibson joins a few of his teammates on the Arizona Fall League….Rosters were announced today.

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot with eight games left, and continue their four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is one game behind New Hampshire for third place after last night’s 10-5 win.

How about this pitching matchup for Game 2: LHP Henry Owens (2-0, 1.50), the #3 Pitching Prospect in the system according to Baseball America against RHP Marcus Stroman, the #5 Pitching Prospect in the Jays system.

Owens walked a career-high seven batters in his last start at Trenton, but still has a 1.50 ERA at Double-A…Stroman was touched for seven runs over an IP earlier this season at Hadlock Field, giving up two homers to Xander Bogaerts.

  • RF J.C. Linares had a career-night on Monday, blasting two 3-run homers off losing pitcher RHP Randy Boone…Linares homered in the seventh and ninth innings.
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez DH, Linares 9, Almanzar 3, Spring 2, Marrero 6, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Owens LHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Loewen 9, Jacobo DH, Ahrens 3, Schimpf 7, Murphy 2, Tolisano 4, Walden RHP

Linares and Matt Spring have both knocked in six runs this season.

HEY I’M A LEADER: C Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 last night with a double and his 44th RBI of the season…Vazquez is 9th in the league in hitting at .291 (94-for-323) and continues to lead the league in throwing out runners (47%).

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 5-3 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…The ‘Dogs are 8-8-4 in road series this season.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats on Monday night

The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini DH, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Pena LHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Loewen 9, Jacobo DH, Ahrens 3, Schimpf 7, Murphy 2, Tolisano 4, Walden RHP

Mickey Pena makes his second straight Double-A start against New Hampshire.

Mickey Pena makes his second straight Double-A start against New Hampshire.

Notes for Monday

CLOSER TO HOME: The Sea Dogs begin the second leg of their roadtrip on Monday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…After splitting a four-game series in Trenton, the ‘Dogs trail Trenton by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, but trail New Hampshire by two games for third place…LHP Mickey Pena makes his second straight Double-A start against the Fisher Cats…Pena tossed seven scoreless in his Double-A debut on August 21st at Hadlock.

TOUGH FINISH: LF Ramon Flores delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning, lifting the Thunder to a 3-2 win over the Sea Dogs on Sunday night at Arm & Hammer Park…RHP Terry Doyle (1-5) suffered the loss in his first appearance with Portland in relief…The run in the 10th was the lone run allowed by Portland’s bullpen in the series (15.1 IP)…Portland tied the game in the ninth inning on a bases-loaded walk to J.C. Linares on a 3-2 pitch…Michael Almanzar hit his 15th homer of the season and finished 2-for-5…LHP Chris Hernandez tossed six strong innings on six hits, two runs (one earned), two walks and five strikeouts.

HE HIT ‘EM BOTH: Almanzar hit both of Portland’s homers in the Trenton series – both to leadoff the second…Portland hit .261 (35-for-134) in the series, but only .220 (9-for-41) with runners-in-scoring position.

JUMPING INTO THE LEADERS: Catcher Christian Vazquez went 1-for-4 on Sunday and is now tied for 9th in the Eastern League with a .288 average…RHP Keith Couch is tied for 8th in ERA at 3.49.

SOME CLUTCH HITING: SS Deven Marrero enters tonight’s game with a Double-A high, five-game hitting streak: 5-for-21 (.238)…The former standout at Arizona State University has five of his 11 hits with runners-in-scoring position…Vazquez has the longest hitting streak this season at 12 games.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats continue their four-game series on Tuesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 4-3 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…The ‘Dogs are 8-8-4 in road series this season.

Sunday night finale in Trenton, NJ

Garin Cecchini has reached base safely in 33 straight games...He had the game-winning hit on Saturday night (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

Garin Cecchini has reached base safely in 33 straight games…He had the game-winning hit on Saturday night (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and conclude their four-game series on Sunday night at Arm & Hammer Park with a 5:05 PM first pitch.

Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles joins me on the Pre-Game Show beginning at 4:45 PM…Next Sunday is our last interview of the regular season.

Tomorrow night, the ‘Dogs open up a four-game series at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate)…Portland is 10-10 against the ‘Cats this season, and have dropped six of 10 in New Hampshire.

Dog and Thunder Bytes

  • Garin Cecchini and Carmen Angelini grew up together in Lake Charles, LA and played together at Lake Barbe High School.
  • Trenton’s Pat Venditte is a switch-pitcher…he has to declare to the umpire before each at-bat which way he’ll throw…Venditte retired all five batters faced in the series.
  • LHP Chris Hernandez tossed a career-high eight innings in his last start against New Hampshire, earning his first win of the year.
  • Thunder Pitching Coach Tommy Phelps has a World Series win from the 2003 Florida Marlins.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini 5, Linares 9, Almanzar DH, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Hernandez LHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores 7, Pirela 4, G. Sanchez 2, Angelini 6, Roller 3, Gamel 9, Y. Sanchez DH, Corona 5, O’Brien RHP

Notes for Sunday

WHAT A SERIES: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) wrap up their four-game series on Sunday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland has won two of the first 3 games and trail the Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…The ‘Dogs trail the Fisher Cats by one game for third place, but start a four-game series in New Hampshire on Monday night…LHP Chris Hernandez makes his fourth start of the season for Portland.

GARIN TO THE RESCUE: DH Garin Cecchini snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning, as the Sea Dogs beat the Thunder 4-2 on Saturday night…LHP Eric Niesen (1-2) earned his first win with Portland, working two scoreless frames on one hit and four strikeouts…RHP Tommy Kahnle (1-3) gave up two runs, two hits and three walks over .2 IP to suffer the loss…RHP Keith Couch hurled seven strong innings on five hits and two runs in a no-decision…LF Ryan Dent went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and made a great diving catch in the seventh…SS Deven Marrero tied the game in the third with an RBI single.

NICE WORK BY THE ‘PEN: Portland’s bullpen has worked 12 scoreless frames in the series, earning wins by Niesen and RHP Pete Ruiz…Trenton’s ‘pen has walked 11 batters in the three games, allowing three runs over 9.2 IP.

JUMPING INTO THE LEADERS: Catcher Christian Vazquez went 2-for-3 with a walk and double last night…Vazquez is now tied for 9th in the Eastern League with a .289 average…Couch is tied for 8th in ERA at 3.49.

Brandon Leese tossed a franchise record six complete-games in 2000.

Brandon Leese tossed a franchise record six complete-games in 2000.

SOME CLUTCH HITING: Marrero enters tonight’s game with a Double-A high, four-game hitting streak: 4-for-16 (.250)…The former standout at Arizona State University has five of his 10 hits with runners-in-scoring position…Portland is 8-for-31 (.258) in the series with runners-in-scoring position, but Trenton is 3-for-24 (.125).

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open their final road series of the season on Monday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 4-2 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton.

Saturday in the Park…’Dogs and Thunder continue their series

Arm & Hammer Park's retired numbers include Nomar.

Arm & Hammer Park’s retired numbers include Nomar.

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Tonight, RHP Keith Couch (10-3), the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week makes his 28th appearance and his 14th start for Portland…Couch has two complete games this season, including a 9-inning complete game in his previous start in Harrisburg.

Previous nine-inning complete games in franchise history

  1. Charlie Zink (June 19, 2007 at Connecticut)
  2. Jon Lester (August 1, 2005 vs. New Britain)
  3. Josh Stevens (July 23, 2004 vs. Norwich)
  4. Tim Kester (May 5, 2003 at Norwich)

Most Complete Games in one season in franchise history

6 complete games  Brandon Leese 2000

4 complete games Brian Meadows 1997, Will Cunane 1996

3 complete games Jon Lester 2005, Tim Kester 2003, Nate Bump 2000 & 2002, Nate Robertson 2002

Dog and Thunder Bytes

  • Garin Cecchini and Carmen Angelini grew up together in Lake Charles, LA and played together at Lake Barbe High School.
  • Trenton’s Pat Venditte is a switch-pitcher…he has to declare to the umpire before each at-bat which way he’ll throw…In the series opener, Venditte retired all four batters faced.
  • RHP Keith Couch had his first complete-game this season against Trenton – game on of a doubleheader on July 2nd at Hadlock Field.
  • Thunder Pitching Coach Tommy Phelps has a World Series win from the 2003 Florida Marlins.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini DH, Linares 9, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Couch RHP

Trenton: Williams DH, Flores 7, Pirela 4, Sanchez 2, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Gamel 8, Sanchez 9, Corona 5, Mitchell RHP

Notes for Saturday

PART 3 ON SATURDAY: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play game three of their four-game series on Saturday night at Arm & Hammer Park…With last night’s Thunder win, the series is tied at one, and Portland trails Trenton by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division with 11 games left in the regular season…RHP Keith Couch, the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week,
makes his 14th start of the season and his second against Trenton.

NOT MANY HITS LATE: RHP Scottie Allen tossed 5.1 innings on six hits and one run, lifting the Trenton Thunder to a 3-1 win on Friday night…Trenton scored first, receiving a two-out, RBI single from Carmen Angelini in the first…Mason Williams reached on an infield single in the fourth to score Ben Gamel, but a throwing error by Matt Barnes (5-10) allowed a second run to scored…Shannon Wilkerson knocked in Portland’s lone run with a run-scoring single with two outs in the sixth…Francisco Rondon recorded the final five outs to earn his third save of the season.

J.C. Linares has two hits in back-to-back games.

J.C. Linares has two hits in back-to-back games.

NICE WORK BY THE ‘PEN: RHP Miguel Celestino tossed three hitless innings for the second time this season with his performance last night…Celestino issued a walk and fanned three…LHP Matt Maloney worked a perfect eighth.

IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: J.C. Linares and Wilkerson each have multi-hit games in the first 2 games of the series…Michael Almanzar continues to lead the team with 34 multi-hit games…Linares is hitting .297 over his last 29 games.

COMPLETE GAME HISTORY: On August 18th in Harrisburg, Couch became the fifth pitcher as a Red Sox affiliate (since 2003) to hurl a nine-inning complete game: Zink (June 19, 2007 at Connecticut), Jon Lester (August 1, 2005 vs. New Britain), Josh Stevens (July 23, 2004 vs. Norwich) and Tim Kester (May 5, 2003 at Norwich)

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman.  

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder meet for the final time at Arm & Hammer Park on Sunday night at 5:05 PM…Portland is 3-2 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…Portland and the Thunder close out the regular season with five games in four days at Hadlock Field.

Barnes on the hill Friday night in Trenton.

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and continue their series with the Thunder on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park.

Dog and Thunder Bytes

  • Garin Cecchini and Carmen Angelini grew up togeterh in Lake Charles, LA and played together at Lake Barbe High School.
  • Trenton’s Pat Venditte is a switch-pitcher…he has to declare to the umpire before each at-bat which way he’ll throw…Last night, Venditte retired all four batters faced.
  • RHP Matt Barnes makes his third start of the season against the Thunder…Barnes suffered the loss in his last outing.
  • Trenton has 12 players on the disabled list…Pena was the 56th player used by Portland – they’ve made 124 transactions this season.
  • OF Kolbrin Vitek continues to rehab along with PawSox OF Bryce Brentz in the Gulf Coast League.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 7, Marrero 6, Cecchini 5, Linares 9, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Spring 2 Wilkerson 8, Dent 4, Barnes RHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores DH, Sanchez 2, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Gamel 7, Sanchez 9, Stevenson 5, Corona 4, Allen RHP

Notes for Friday

GETTING INTERESTING: The Sea Dogs are now four games behind the Trenton Thunder for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and continue their four-game set with the Thunder on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park…In Portland’s last three games, the winning run was at the plate with one out, but did not score…The Sea Dogs have won four of their last five games, and are looking for their third straight series win for the first time since the opening month of the season.

Pete Ruiz tossed 3.1 hitless innings on Thursday night, earning his 3rd win of the season. (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

Pete Ruiz tossed 3.1 hitless innings on Thursday night, earning his 3rd win of the season. (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

LONG NIGHT, ENDS IN A GOOD WIN: Portland held on to beat the Trenton Thunder 4-2 on Thursday night in the series opener, a contest that lasted 3 hours and 34 minutes…SS Deven Marrero snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-out, run-scoring single in the sixth off losing pitcher Nik Turley (9-8)…Pete Ruiz (3-3) relieved Henry Owens and tossed 3.1 hitless innings to earn the win…Owens walked a career-high seven batters, yielding two runs (one earned) on two hits over 3+ innings…Rafael Perez worked a season-high 2.2 IP to earn his fifth save of the year…Trenton had two on in the ninth with nobody out, but could not score.

NOT MANY HITS: Last night’s game had 12 total hits, but 18 total walks, including 10 by Portland’s pitchers…The ‘Dogs stranded 14 baserunners, going 2-for-14 with runners-in-scoring position…In Portland’s last three road wins, the opponent has gone 0-for-19 with runners-in-scoring position. 

GOOD SIGN: Portland’s first hit of the trip was solo-homer by 3B Michael Almanzar to lead off the second inning…Almanzar is the team leader in RBI with 75 and hit his 14th homer of the season…J.C. Linares went 2-for-4 in the series opener with a run-scoring single.

BEEN CAUGHT STEALING: Catcher Christian Vazquez picked off Carmen Angelini at third base with the bases loaded in the fourth, cutting down a potential big inning for Trenton…Vazquez threw out Angelini trying to steal in the second inning.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman.  

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder play game three of their four-game series on Saturday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland is 3-1 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…Portland and the Thunder close out the regular season with five games in four days.

Matt Barnes makes his 24th start for the Sea Dogs in tonight's game.

Matt Barnes makes his 24th start for the Sea Dogs in tonight’s game.

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