Almost home…’Dogs close out the trip in Harrisburg
The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) meet for the final time in the regular season on Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park…Portland trails the Trenton Thunder by six games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.
Today is a rematch of the Futures at Fenway from July 27th when Keith Couch beat Taylor Hill.
Pre-Game coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles is our guest.
Sea Dogs Spotlight thanks to Jeff Schools of WCSH Channel 6 in Portland on OF Shannon Wilkerson
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini DH, Linares 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Spring 3, Bermudez 9, Dent 4, Couch RHP
Harrisburg: Burns 8, Goodwin DH, Head 9, Bloxom 3, Rivero 5, Hague 4, Nicol 7, Leon 2, Martinson 6, Hill RHP
Notes for Sunday
WILD WEST IS OVER: The Sea Dogs play their last regular season game against the Western Division, closing out a three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators on Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park…Portland trails Trenton by six game for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Harrisburg holds a ½ game lead over Erie for the top spot in the West…RHP Keith Couch makes his second start of the trip, he beat the Altoona Curve in the roadtrip opener on August 13.
TOUGH NIGHT WITH THE BATS: Harrisburg used a seven-run sixth inning to beat the Sea Dogs 8-0 on Saturday night…Portland had only five hits against Matt Swynenberg (4-0), Neil Holland (hold) and Pat Lehman…Garin Cecchini had three of Portland’s five hits…Matt Barnes (5-9) took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits over 5+ innings…Destin Hood and Carlos Rivero had two-run singles during Harrisburg’s biggest inning of the season…Pete Ruiz tossed two scoreless for Portland, allowing one hit and fanning two.
THAT MAKES THREE: Today is Portland’s third rubber game on the road and their ninth of the season…The Sea Dogs are 1-1 in rubber games on the road and have won 11 of 18 season finales away from Maine.
13 WAS UNLUCKY: Catcher Christian Vazquez had his team-high hitting streak snapped at 12 games, going 0-for-4 last night…Vazquez is hitting .356 (48-for-135) in his last 36 games and remains the top hitter on the team…Cecchini has now reached base in a team-high 26 straight games and 48 of 50 in Double-A.
TURNING A CORNER: INF Michael Almanzar has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 starts: 14-for-52 (.269), HR, 7 RBI, 2 2B…The first-year Sea Dog is the team leader in multi-hit (32) and multi-RBI (18) games…Ryan Dent is 7-for-15 (.467) during the trip.
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 opens up a three-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Monday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 7-14 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (13-22 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.