Sunday night finale in Trenton, NJ

Garin Cecchini has reached base safely in 33 straight games...He had the game-winning hit on Saturday night (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

Garin Cecchini has reached base safely in 33 straight games…He had the game-winning hit on Saturday night (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and conclude their four-game series on Sunday night at Arm & Hammer Park with a 5:05 PM first pitch.

Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles joins me on the Pre-Game Show beginning at 4:45 PM…Next Sunday is our last interview of the regular season.

Tomorrow night, the ‘Dogs open up a four-game series at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate)…Portland is 10-10 against the ‘Cats this season, and have dropped six of 10 in New Hampshire.

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…Venditte retired all five batters faced in the series.
  • LHP Chris Hernandez tossed a career-high eight innings in his last start against New Hampshire, earning his first win of the year.
  • 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 5, Linares 9, Almanzar DH, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Hernandez LHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores 7, Pirela 4, G. Sanchez 2, Angelini 6, Roller 3, Gamel 9, Y. Sanchez DH, Corona 5, O’Brien RHP

Notes for Sunday

WHAT A SERIES: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) wrap up their four-game series on Sunday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland has won two of the first 3 games and trail the Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…The ‘Dogs trail the Fisher Cats by one game for third place, but start a four-game series in New Hampshire on Monday night…LHP Chris Hernandez makes his fourth start of the season for Portland.

GARIN TO THE RESCUE: DH Garin Cecchini snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning, as the Sea Dogs beat the Thunder 4-2 on Saturday night…LHP Eric Niesen (1-2) earned his first win with Portland, working two scoreless frames on one hit and four strikeouts…RHP Tommy Kahnle (1-3) gave up two runs, two hits and three walks over .2 IP to suffer the loss…RHP Keith Couch hurled seven strong innings on five hits and two runs in a no-decision…LF Ryan Dent went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and made a great diving catch in the seventh…SS Deven Marrero tied the game in the third with an RBI single.

NICE WORK BY THE ‘PEN: Portland’s bullpen has worked 12 scoreless frames in the series, earning wins by Niesen and RHP Pete Ruiz…Trenton’s ‘pen has walked 11 batters in the three games, allowing three runs over 9.2 IP.

JUMPING INTO THE LEADERS: Catcher Christian Vazquez went 2-for-3 with a walk and double last night…Vazquez is now tied for 9th in the Eastern League with a .289 average…Couch is tied for 8th in ERA at 3.49.

Brandon Leese tossed a franchise record six complete-games in 2000.

Brandon Leese tossed a franchise record six complete-games in 2000.

SOME CLUTCH HITING: Marrero enters tonight’s game with a Double-A high, four-game hitting streak: 4-for-16 (.250)…The former standout at Arizona State University has five of his 10 hits with runners-in-scoring position…Portland is 8-for-31 (.258) in the series with runners-in-scoring position, but Trenton is 3-for-24 (.125).

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 open their final road series of the season on Monday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 4-2 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton.

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