(AUDIO) Interview with David Ross…’Dogs and Baysox on Saturday
The Sea Dogs and Bowie Baysox (Orioles affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…Red Sox Catcher David Ross will begin a 2-game MLB Rehab Assignment with Portland.
Ross was placed on the disabled list on June 18th after suffering a concussion. He has appeared in 23 games for the Red Sox this season hitting .185 (12-for-65) with four home runs and six RBI. Ross is an 11 year Major League veteran having spent time with the Dodgers, Pirates, Padres, Reds, Braves, and Red Sox. He signed with the Red Sox as a free agent on November 14, 2012.
Pre-Game coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Johnson 9, Cecchini 5, Ross DH, Vazquez 2, Almanzar 3, Linares 7, Gibson 4, Meneses 6, Kehrt RHP
Bowie: Hudson 7, Robinson 8, Britton 9, Joseph 2, Loman 3, Waring 5, Romero 6, Horton 4, Ward DH, Wilson RHP
Notes for Saturday
MAJOR INFLUENCE: Boston Red Sox Catcher David Ross joins the Sea Dogs in a Major League Rehab Assignment, as the ‘Dogs continue their three-game weekend series with Bowie on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…Ross is currently on Boston’s 60-day DL due to a concussion, and tonight marks his second stint with Portland (1-for-3, RBI, 2B. 2 SO on May 23rd vs. New Hampshire)…Portland snapped a four-game losing streak with last night’s win and trail Trenton by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division.
KEVIN TO THE RESCUE: LF Kevin Heller snapped a 7-7 tie with a two-run single in the seventh inning, leading the Sea Dogs to a 9-7 win over Bowie on Friday night…Portland took a 4-0 lead in the first, scoring all the runs with two outs…Derrik Gibson nailed a two-run double and tied a franchise record with three doubles, and finished 4-for-4…J.C. Linares and Shannon Wilkerson each had two doubles, as the ‘Dogs tied a franchise record with eight in the game…Bowie tied the game at seven, scoring five times off Bobby Lanigan in the seventh…Noe Ramirez worked the final 2.1 innings to earn his first Double-A win.
REHAB HISTORY: Ross joins LHP Franklin Morales to do a rehab assignment with the Sea Dogs this homestand…Portland has had 31 players (five this season, including Morales and Ross) make a Major League rehab assignment and 25as a Red Sox affiliate.
SEEMS LIKE TWO HITS EVERYDAY: Catcher Christian Vazquez went 1-for-5 yesterday, improving his hitting streak to seven games…Vazquez is hitting .360 (41-for-114) with a homer and 13 RBI over his last 31 games…The Portland backstop is leading the team in average at .279.
NOT BAD FOR BIG O: LHP Henry Owens made his Hadlock Field debut last night, working four innings on four hits, two runs, one walk and eight strikeouts…Owens has 19 K’s in 10.0 IP in two starts with Portland.
ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 15 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, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman.
WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Bowie meet for the final time in the regular season on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…The Sea Dogs are 5-9 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (11-18 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.