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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