Final road game of the regular season
The Sea Dogs conclude the road portion of their regular season on Thursday night against the Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 4-3 on the trip, but can clinch a winning record on the road with a win tonight…If the Sea Dogs win and Trenton loses, the ‘Dogs still need to win all five games against the Thunder – even if Trenton wins and Portland wins. If Trenton wins tonight, the loser of this game is eliminated.
Some really cool news announced today.
- Anthony Ranaudo named to the Eastern League All-Star Team
- Matt Barnes promoted to Pawtucket and will start tonight.
- Sea Dogs Announce 20th Anniversary Team
- RF J.C. Linares had a career-night on Monday, blasting two 3-run homers off losing pitcher RHP Randy Boone…Linares homered in the seventh and ninth innings.
- Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
- Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
- Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
- Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.
Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Spring 3, Marrero 6, Gibson 4, Couch RHP
New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Schimpf DH, Loewen 9, Nolan 6, Talley 3, Rankin 2, Zawadzki 4, Jones 7, Lawrence RHP
Notes for Thursday
LET’S HEAD HOME: The Sea Dogs close out their road schedule on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland now trails the Thunder by five games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Regardless of the outcome tonight, the ‘Dogs will need to sweep all five games from Trenton to clinch a playoff berth…The loser of tonight’s game will be eliminated with a Trenton win…A Trenton loss, keeps both teams alive.
WHAT A GAME: Trailing 6-1, the ‘Dogs scored five times in the seventh inning, but New Hampshire scored the final two runs, and beat the Sea Dogs 8-6 on Wednesday night…Kevin Ahrens knocked in the game-winner with a run-scoring double in the seventh…Andy Burns capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth…Garin Cecchini knocked in three runs during the seventh with a triple…J.C. Linares tied the game with a solo-homer, his seventh of the season and third of the series…Eric Niesen (1-3) took the loss, giving up six hits and four runs over one inning.
J.C. ON A TEAR: Linares has hit safely in all seven games on the trip: 13-for-30 (.433), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2B…In game one, Linares had a career-high 6 RBI, hitting two 3-run homers off Randy Boone…His .261 average is a personal best since he was hitting .261 on April 26th after going 0-for-1 at Trenton.
PLAYOFF SCENARIO: The Sea Dogs are trailing the Thunder by five games with six games left in the regular season…New Hampshire is trailing Trenton by four games, but have only five games left…If Trenton wins tonight, the loser of the New Hampshire/Portland game will be eliminated from playoff contention.
ROAD WARRIORS: With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will finish the season with a 36-35 record away from Maine.
ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 17 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: RHP Matt Barnes, 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 up their final series of the regular season on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland is 6-4 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs would finish 9-8-4 in road series.