Playoff Push continues in Trenton

Pre-Game view at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ.

Pre-Game view at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ.

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and open up an eight-game trip on Thursday night against Trenton at Arm & Hammer Park.

Portland trails New Hampshire by 1.5 games for third place and Trenton by five for the second playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division….LHP Henry Owens makes his first start against the Eastern Division…the lefty is 2-0, 1.20 ERA (2 ER/15.0 IP) in three starts against Bowie and Harrisburg.

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.
  • LF Ryan Dent batted second for the first time yesterday, tonight he bats leadoff for the first time this season.
  • 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: Dent 7, Marrero 6, Cecchini DH, Linares 9, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3 Wilkerson 8, Gibson 4, Owens LHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores 7, Pirela 4, Sanchez 2, Roller DH, Angelini 6, Sanchez 9, Gil 3, Corona 5, Turley LHP

Notes for Thursday

THEY PLAY A LOT: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the Trenton Thunder on Thursday night at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ…Portland trails the Thunder by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, but plays nine of their final 13 games to end the season against Trenton…Since the last time the two teams met, Portland has dropped 29 of 47, while the Thunder have gone 26-19…Portland has won back-to-back series for the first time since June 27-July 3 (at New Hampshire and vs. Trenton).

THRILLING WIN: 1B Michael Almanzar snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run triple in the eighth inning, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 4-2 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field…New Hampshire rallied for a run in the ninth inning off Jeremy Kehrt (2-3), but left the bases loaded…RHP Noe Ramirez got 3B Andy Burns to pop out to SS Derrik Gibson to end the game…Ramirez earned both saves in the series victory for Portland…LHP Mickey Pena sizzled in his Double-A debut for the ‘Dogs, hurling seven scoreless on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

CATCHING ON: Catcher Christian Vazquez went 3-for-4 on Wednesday afternoon and knocked in the fourth run with a two-out single…Vazquez has hit safely in 15 of 16 games: 26-for-62 (.419), 8 RBI and 3 doubles…Since July 1st, Vazquez is hitting .357 (46-for-129) with a homer and 15 RBI.

MICKEY YOU SO FINE: Pena pitched the team’s 48th quality start of the season in the series finale…The lefty threw 96 pitches/62 strikes and held the Fisher Cats 0-for-6 with runners-in-scoring position.

Mickey Pena fired seven scoreless in his Double-A debut on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field (photo courtesy of Rick Rosenfeld).

Mickey Pena fired seven scoreless in his Double-A debut on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field (photo courtesy of Rick Rosenfeld).

NO(E) RUNS: Ramirez earned his fourth save in five chances, and is scoreless in four straight outings…Since allowing a run in his first 3 Double-A outings, Ramirez is scoreless in eight of 10 and is 3-2, 2.40 ERA (19 ER/71.1 IP) in 34 games between High-A Salem and Portland.

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 two of their four-game series on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland is 2-1 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.

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