Playoff Push continues on Saturday

Henry Owens start on Sunday.  The annual Field of Dreams game.

Henry Owens start on Sunday. The annual Field of Dreams game.

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play a twinbill on Saturday night at Hadlock Field, game one is slated for 5:00 PM.  Portland needs to win all four games in three days to clinch a playoff spot.  The ‘Dogs won last night 8-1.

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 RBI3B, 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 – Game 1
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 4, Pena LHP

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

Notes for Saturday

STAYING ALIVE: The Sea Dogs kept their playoff hopes alive with last night’s win, and continue their five-game series against Trenton (Yankees affiliate) with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon…Portland needs to win all four games in three days to clinch the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Harrisburg and Erie both clinched playoff spots in the Western Division, but first place is still up for grabs…The ‘Dogs have won four straight games against Trenton at Hadlock Field.

I’VE GOT THE POWER: Portland homered three times, as they rocked the Thunder 8-1 on Friday night…LHP Chris Hernandez (2-0) fired seven scoreless frames on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts to earn the win…Michael Almanzar (homered in the sixth) knocked in the first run with a two-out infield RBI single…J.C. Linares gave the ‘Dogs the lead for good, blasting a two-run homer over the Maine Monster…Travis Shaw hit a solo-homer in the eighth off reliever Nik TurleyChristian Vazquez went 2-for-3 and nailed a two-run single off the Monster in the seventh…Garin Cecchini finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

J.C. ON A TEAR: Linares has tied a season-high with a nine-game hit streak: 19-for-39 (.487), 4 HR, 13 RBI, triple and 2 doubles…The Cuban native has five straight multi-hit games this week, hitting .542 (13-for-24) with 4 HR and 12 RBI…Linares is hitting .273 overall, his highest average since April 24th.

THAT’S QUALITY: Hernandez had a quality start in four of five starts since joining Portland on August 7th from Triple-A Pawtucket…The lefty missed a quality start on August 14th, tossing 5.2 IP on three runs at Altoona.

BACK IN THE SADDLE: After one relief appearance, RHP Terry Doyle makes his 10th start for the Sea Dogs in game two of tonight’s doubleheader…Doyle suffered the loss on August 25th in Trenton on Ramon Flores’ walk-off RBI single.

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 and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) continue their five-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland is 8-4 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…With last Thursday’s win, the Sea Dogs finished 36-35 on the road, their best mark since 2008.

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