They win five, they’re alive

J.C. Linares has helped the 'Dogs during this recent swing...Linares is hitting .359 this month. (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

J.C. Linares has helped the ‘Dogs during this recent swing…Linares is hitting .359 this month. (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

The Sea Dogs open up their final series of the regular season against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…It’s simple. The ‘Dogs need to win all five games to clinch the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Portland is 9-7 against the Thunder this season, and split a four-game set with the Yankees affiliate last week…Tonight the Sea Dogs announce their new inductee to the Unum Hall of Fame…My broadcast partner Matt McCarthy interviewed the new inductee, you can hear it on the pre-game show…LHP Chris Hernandez and RHP Mikey O’Brien face-off for the second time in six days…Both pitchers took a no-decision in Trenton’s 3-2 walk-off win in 10 innings on Sunday.

Ted Williams was born on this date in 1918…still a legend!

Sea Dogs news this week

  1. Anthony Ranaudo named to the Eastern League All-Star Team
  2. Matt Barnes promoted to Pawtucket and will start tonight.
  3. Sea Dogs Announce 20th Anniversary Team
  • RF J.C. Linares hit safely in all eight games on the road: 8-game hitting streak: 17-for-35 (.486), 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3B, 2 2B…Hitting .359, 5 HR, 22 RBI in August
  • 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 5:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 4, Hernandez LHP

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

Notes for Friday

THEY WHAT TO DO: The Sea Dogs need to sweep this five-game series with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) to punch their ticket to the Eastern Division Championship Series…Portland returns home after a 5-3 roadtrip and finished 9-8-4 in their road series…Trenton split both series on their 8-game homestand, and played 25 innings total in their final two games with New Britain…The ‘Dogs swept the Thunder in a three-game series at Hadlock Field on July 2-3.

WAY TO GO OUT: Portland scored the final seven runs of the game and beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-3 on Thursday night…J.C. Linares capped off an outstanding roadtrip, going 4-for-5 with a two-run triple and two doubles…Shannon Wilkerson led off the game with a solo-homer and finished 2-for-4…Keith Couch (11-3) tossed six strong innings on seven hits, three runs (two earned), one walk and five strikeouts, earning his team-leading 11th win of the season…Rafael Perez notched the save by retiring all four batters faced.

J.C. ON A TEAR: Linares hit safely in all eight games on the trip: 17-for-35 (.486), 3 HR, 11 RBI, triple and 2 doubles…On Monday night, Linares had a career-high 6 RBI, hitting two 3-run homers off Randy Boone…His .270 average is a personal best since he was hitting .273 on April 24th after going 1-for-3 vs. Binghamton.

HE WAS QUALITY: Couch will finish with a team-leading nine quality starts and is eighth in the Eastern League with a 3.47 ERA…The former standout at Adelphi University went 8-1, 2.93 ERA (30 ER/92.0 IP) in 15 starts.

NICE WORK BY THE PEN: Miguel Celestino tossed 4.2 scoreless frames in two appearances on the trip…Portland’s bullpen went 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA (8 ER/25.2 IP) on the trip and converted all three save chances.

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. 

Ted Williams was born on this date in 1918...Here's the famous Red Chair at Fenway Park.

Ted Williams was born on this date in 1918…Here’s the famous Red Chair at Fenway Park.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) continue their five-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 7-4 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs finished 36-35 on the road, their best mark since 2008.

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