Roller Coaster day in Altoona, PA

Yes that's me with the camera...Had a great time before the game riding the roller coaster beyond the right-field wall at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Yes that’s me with the camera…Had a great time before the game riding the roller coaster beyond the right-field wall at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The Sea Dogs and Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) continue their three-game series on Wednesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland took the opener last night 5-2 behind seven strong innings from RHP Keith Couch.

Deven Marrero makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night in Altoona, PA.

SS Deven Marrero makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night…Marrero was the 24th overall pick by Boston in last year’s draft.

Congrats to INF Heiker Meneses, who makes his Triple-A debut with Pawtucket…Meneses hit .255 in 92 games with Portland…Former Sea Dog INF Oscar Tejeda is hitting .257 in 25 games with the Curve.

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

Sea Dogs Spotlight thanks to Jeff Schools of WCSH Channel 6 in Portland on OF Shannon Wilkerson 

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Altoona: Hanson 6, Santos 5, Polanco 8, Dickerson 9, Howard 3, Cunningham 4, Rojas Jr. 7, Paulino 2, Tejeda DH, Kingham RHP

Notes for Wednesday

NICE START: The Sea Dogs opened up a six-game roadtrip with a win on Tuesday night, and resume their three-game series with the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) at Peoples Natural Gas Field…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will clinch their second series against the Western Division (took two of three at Bowie, August 2-4)…LHP Chris Hernandez (0-0, 1.42 ERA) makes his second start with Portland, and the second of his career against the Altoona Curve.

Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 in his Double-A debut on Tuesday night.

Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 in his Double-A debut on Tuesday night.

SCORED EARLY, COUCH SOLID: RHP Keith Couch (9-3) tossed seven strong innings on run and 1B Travis Shaw went 4-for-4, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-2 win over the Curve in the series opener…Portland scored all five runs in the first 3 innings off losing pitcher Casey Sadler (10-6)…2B Ryan Dent finished 3-for-4, knocking in two runs with two outs…Shaw reached base five times, driving in his 48th run with a single in the third…3B Garin Cecchini and C Christian Vazquez added sacrifice flies…Couch gave up eight hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: SS Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 with a walk in his Double-A debut on Tuesday night…Marrero was the 24th overall pick in the 2012 June draft by Boston and ranks the #10 prospect in the system according to Baseball America and MLB.com.

THAT WAS CLOSE: Vazquez extended his team-high hitting streak to 10 games with an infield single in his final at-bat…The hitting streak is the longest by a Sea Dog since Jeremy Hazelbaker’s 13-game hitting streak from July 28- August 14, 2012…Hazelbaker turned 26 today.

NINE LIVES: Couch joins LHP Henry Owens and RHP Anthony Ranaudo for the most wins (nine) in the system…Owens leads the organization with 142 strikeouts between Portland and High-A Salem.

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: Portland and Altoona meet for the final time in the regular season on Thursday night…The Sea Dogs are 6-11 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (12-20 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.

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