Saturday in the Park…’Dogs and Thunder continue their series

Arm & Hammer Park's retired numbers include Nomar.

Arm & Hammer Park’s retired numbers include Nomar.

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Tonight, RHP Keith Couch (10-3), the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week makes his 28th appearance and his 14th start for Portland…Couch has two complete games this season, including a 9-inning complete game in his previous start in Harrisburg.

Previous nine-inning complete games in franchise history

  1. Charlie Zink (June 19, 2007 at Connecticut)
  2. Jon Lester (August 1, 2005 vs. New Britain)
  3. Josh Stevens (July 23, 2004 vs. Norwich)
  4. Tim Kester (May 5, 2003 at Norwich)

Most Complete Games in one season in franchise history

6 complete games  Brandon Leese 2000

4 complete games Brian Meadows 1997, Will Cunane 1996

3 complete games Jon Lester 2005, Tim Kester 2003, Nate Bump 2000 & 2002, Nate Robertson 2002

Dog and Thunder Bytes

  • Garin Cecchini and Carmen Angelini grew up together 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…In the series opener, Venditte retired all four batters faced.
  • RHP Keith Couch had his first complete-game this season against Trenton – game on of a doubleheader on July 2nd at Hadlock Field.
  • Thunder Pitching Coach Tommy Phelps has a World Series win from the 2003 Florida Marlins.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini DH, Linares 9, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Couch RHP

Trenton: Williams DH, Flores 7, Pirela 4, Sanchez 2, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Gamel 8, Sanchez 9, Corona 5, Mitchell RHP

Notes for Saturday

PART 3 ON SATURDAY: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play game three of their four-game series on Saturday night at Arm & Hammer Park…With last night’s Thunder win, the series is tied at one, and Portland trails Trenton by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division with 11 games left in the regular season…RHP Keith Couch, the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week,
makes his 14th start of the season and his second against Trenton.

NOT MANY HITS LATE: RHP Scottie Allen tossed 5.1 innings on six hits and one run, lifting the Trenton Thunder to a 3-1 win on Friday night…Trenton scored first, receiving a two-out, RBI single from Carmen Angelini in the first…Mason Williams reached on an infield single in the fourth to score Ben Gamel, but a throwing error by Matt Barnes (5-10) allowed a second run to scored…Shannon Wilkerson knocked in Portland’s lone run with a run-scoring single with two outs in the sixth…Francisco Rondon recorded the final five outs to earn his third save of the season.

J.C. Linares has two hits in back-to-back games.

J.C. Linares has two hits in back-to-back games.

NICE WORK BY THE ‘PEN: RHP Miguel Celestino tossed three hitless innings for the second time this season with his performance last night…Celestino issued a walk and fanned three…LHP Matt Maloney worked a perfect eighth.

IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: J.C. Linares and Wilkerson each have multi-hit games in the first 2 games of the series…Michael Almanzar continues to lead the team with 34 multi-hit games…Linares is hitting .297 over his last 29 games.

COMPLETE GAME HISTORY: On August 18th in Harrisburg, Couch became the fifth pitcher as a Red Sox affiliate (since 2003) to hurl a nine-inning complete game: Zink (June 19, 2007 at Connecticut), Jon Lester (August 1, 2005 vs. New Britain), Josh Stevens (July 23, 2004 vs. Norwich) and Tim Kester (May 5, 2003 at Norwich)

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 meet for the final time at Arm & Hammer Park on Sunday night at 5:05 PM…Portland is 3-2 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 at Hadlock Field.

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