August 2013

Playoff Push continues in Trenton

Pre-Game view at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ.

Pre-Game view at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ.

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and open up an eight-game trip on Thursday night against Trenton at Arm & Hammer Park.

Portland trails New Hampshire by 1.5 games for third place and Trenton by five for the second playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division….LHP Henry Owens makes his first start against the Eastern Division…the lefty is 2-0, 1.20 ERA (2 ER/15.0 IP) in three starts against Bowie and Harrisburg.

Dog and Thunder Bytes

  • Garin Cecchini and Carmen Angelini grew up togeterh 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.
  • LF Ryan Dent batted second for the first time yesterday, tonight he bats leadoff for the first time this season.
  • Trenton has 12 players on the disabled list…Pena was the 56th player used by Portland – they’ve made 124 transactions this season.
  • OF Kolbrin Vitek continues to rehab along with PawSox OF Bryce Brentz in the Gulf Coast League.

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

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores 7, Pirela 4, Sanchez 2, Roller DH, Angelini 6, Sanchez 9, Gil 3, Corona 5, Turley LHP

Notes for Thursday

THEY PLAY A LOT: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the Trenton Thunder on Thursday night at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ…Portland trails the Thunder by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, but plays nine of their final 13 games to end the season against Trenton…Since the last time the two teams met, Portland has dropped 29 of 47, while the Thunder have gone 26-19…Portland has won back-to-back series for the first time since June 27-July 3 (at New Hampshire and vs. Trenton).

THRILLING WIN: 1B Michael Almanzar snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run triple in the eighth inning, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 4-2 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field…New Hampshire rallied for a run in the ninth inning off Jeremy Kehrt (2-3), but left the bases loaded…RHP Noe Ramirez got 3B Andy Burns to pop out to SS Derrik Gibson to end the game…Ramirez earned both saves in the series victory for Portland…LHP Mickey Pena sizzled in his Double-A debut for the ‘Dogs, hurling seven scoreless on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

CATCHING ON: Catcher Christian Vazquez went 3-for-4 on Wednesday afternoon and knocked in the fourth run with a two-out single…Vazquez has hit safely in 15 of 16 games: 26-for-62 (.419), 8 RBI and 3 doubles…Since July 1st, Vazquez is hitting .357 (46-for-129) with a homer and 15 RBI.

MICKEY YOU SO FINE: Pena pitched the team’s 48th quality start of the season in the series finale…The lefty threw 96 pitches/62 strikes and held the Fisher Cats 0-for-6 with runners-in-scoring position.

Mickey Pena fired seven scoreless in his Double-A debut on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field (photo courtesy of Rick Rosenfeld).

Mickey Pena fired seven scoreless in his Double-A debut on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field (photo courtesy of Rick Rosenfeld).

NO(E) RUNS: Ramirez earned his fourth save in five chances, and is scoreless in four straight outings…Since allowing a run in his first 3 Double-A outings, Ramirez is scoreless in eight of 10 and is 3-2, 2.40 ERA (19 ER/71.1 IP) in 34 games between High-A Salem and Portland.

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 play game two of their four-game series on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland is 2-1 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.

Noon Baseball at Hadlock Field

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field…RHP Terry Doyle makes his 9th start of the season for Portland.

Mickey Pena makes his Double-A debut on Wednesday afternoon. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Mickey Pena makes his Double-A debut on Wednesday afternoon. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Pre-Game coverage begins at 11:40 AM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Dent 4, Cecchini 5, Linares DH, Almanzar 3, Vazquez 2, Hissey 9 Gibson 6, Heller 7, Pena LHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Loewen 9, Tolisano DH, Ahrens 3, Schimpf 7, Murphy 2, Zazueta 4, Walden RHP

Notes for Wednesday

DAY BASEBALL AT HADLOCK: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play the rubber game of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland trails New Hampshire by 2.5 games for third place, but trails the Thunder by five games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division…LHP Mickey Pena (6-7, 4.00 ERA with Salem Red Sox) makes his Double-A debut for the Sea Dogs in the final meeting between the two teams this season at Hadlock Field.

FOUR WASN’T ENOUGH: Portland led 4-0 after two innings, but New Hampshire rebounded with five in third and beat the Sea Dogs 8-6 on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…C Jack Murphy snapped a 5-5 tie, nailing a two-out, two-run double off losing pitcher LHP Eric Niesen (0-2) in the seventh…Portland scored a run in the ninth on Michael Almanzar’s RBI single, but RHP Alan Farina retired Matt Spring and Ryan Dent with the bases loaded to end the game…LF Ryan Dent with 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored…Murphy finished 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and John Tolisano went 3-for-4.

LETS MAKE IT 10: Portland’s starters have gone at least five innings in 10 straight games…LHP Chris Hernandez tossed eight innings in the season opener, earning his first win of the season…On Sunday, RHP Keith Couch pitched the team’s first complete game in over six years.

MAKING A DENT: Dent is now hitting .255 (36-for-141), his highest average since .258 on July 2nd…The Long Beach, California native is having his best month, hitting .317 (13-for-41) with 2 doubles and 5 RBI.

AUGUST UPDATE: The Sea Dogs are hitting .272 (170-for-626) this month, averaging 4.2 runs-per-game…Catcher Christian Vazquez is pacing the ‘Dogs in average in August at .386 (22-for-57)…Couch and LHP Henry Owens are a combined 4-0 in five starts.

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 up their final roadtrip (eight games) of the season on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland is 1-1 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton.

Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats on Tuesday

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue their three-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…RHP Terry Doyle makes his 9th start of the season for Portland.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

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Deven Marrero made his Hadlock Field debut last night.

Deven Marrero made his Hadlock Field debut last night.

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

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Loewen 9, Schimpf 7, Ahrens 3, Murphy 2, Zawadzki 4, Tolisano DH McGuire RHP

Notes for Tuesday

DOWN THE STRETCH: The Sea Dogs trail New Hampshire by 1.5 games and continue their three game-series with the Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is five games behind Trenton for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division with 15 games left…The ‘Dogs are seeking their first series win at home since July 3-4 when they swept the Thunder in a three-game series…RHP Terry Doyle makes his ninth start of the season for the Sea Dogs.

TOOK ADVANTAGE: New Hampshire committed three straight errors in the fourth inning, leading to two runs, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 3-2 in the series opener…LHP Chris Hernandez fired a career-high eight innings on seven hit, two runs, one walk and three strikeouts…RF Adam Loewen knocked in both runs with a single and a ground out…2B Derrik Gibson snapped a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the sixth…RHP Noe Ramirez earned his third save of the season, working around a one-out single Loewen…RHP Randy Boone (3-2) took the loss for the visitors.

LETS MAKE IT 10: Portland’s starters have gone at least five innings in nine straight games…Hernandez followed up Couch’s nine-inning complete game on Sunday afternoon in Harrisburg…Doyle has tossed seven innings in consecutive starts and has five quality starts…Portland’s 3.89 ERA is ranked fourth in the Eastern League.

MULTI-HIT GAMES: INF Michael Almanzar went 2-for-3 with an RBI last night and continues to lead the team in multi-hit games with 34…C Matt Spring picked up two hits last night, his first multi-hit game since July 22nd at New Britain.

AUGUST UPDATE: The Sea Dogs are hitting .275 (162-for-590) this month, averaging 4.1 runs-per-game…Catcher Christian Vazquez is pacing the ‘Dogs in average in August at .396 (21-for-53).

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 New Hampshire Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland begins their final roadtrip on Thursday night, opening up a four-game series against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park.

Sea Dogs back home for three against the ‘Cats

The Sea Dogs begin a 72-hour homestand on Monday night at Hadlock Field against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Portland trails New Hampshire by 2.5 games for third place and Trenton by five for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division, but the ‘Dogs finish the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.

Pitching Match-up LHP Chris Hernandez vs. RHP Chad Jenkins…Portland is 8-9 against the Fisher Cats this season.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Special Pre-Game segment on Xander Bogaerts, who was promoted to Boston earlier today.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini 5,  Linares 7, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Spring 2,  Hissey 9, Gibson 4, Hernandez LHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Loewen 9, Ahrens 3, Schimpf 7, Murphy 2, Tolisano DH, Zazueta 4, Jenkins RHP

Keith Couch was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week earlier today.

Keith Couch was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week earlier today.

Notes for Monday

DOWN THE STRETCH: The Sea Dogs open up a 16-game stretch against New Hampshire and Trenton to conclude the regular season…Tonight, the ‘Dogs and ‘Cats kick off a three-game series at Hadlock Field…Portland concluded a 22-game stretch against the Western Division, going 8-14, but took two of three over the weekend in Harrisburg…New Hampshire has won five straight and trail the Thunder by 2.5 games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Portland trails Trenton by five games, but has nine game with the Thunder.

20-year old Xander Bogaerts is in the show.  Makes it three Sea Dogs from the Opening Day roster to land in Boston this year.

20-year old Xander Bogaerts is in the show. Makes it three Sea Dogs from the Opening Day roster to land in Boston this year.

GOING THE DISTANCE: RHP Keith Couch (10-3) tossed a six-hit complete game in Portland’s 2-1 win on Sunday afternoon in Harrisburg…Couch had the franchise’s first 9-inning complete game since Charlie Zink on June 19, 2007 at the Connecticut Defenders…3B Carlos Rivero homered off Couch to lead off the fifth for Harrisburg’s only run…Portland scored in their fifth on a bases-loaded walk by Garin Cecchini and J.C. Linares’ sacrifice fly…RHP Taylor Hill (2-6) took the loss, giving up two unearned runs over seven frames on six hits, three walks and three strikeouts.

MORE NINE HISTORY: 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 Defenders), Jon Lester (August 1, 2005 vs. New Britain Rock Cats), Josh Stevens (July 23, 2004 vs. Norwich Navigators) and Tim Kester (May 5, 2003 at Norwich Navigators)…Earlier today, Couch was named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week by going 2-0, 1.13 ERA in two starts.

YESTERDAY MADE IT TWO: Portland dropped 10 of 12 series to the Western Division, but won both series on the road: Bowie, August 2-4 and Harrisburg, August 16-18.

TURNING A CORNER: INF Michael Almanzar has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 starts: 16-for-56 (.286), HR, 7 RBI, 2 2B…The first-year Sea Dog is the team leader in multi-hit (33) and multi-RBI (18) games…Ryan Dent finished 8-for-18 (.444) on the trip.

Jacoby Ellsbury Bobblehead Giveaway at Hadlock Field on Monday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury Bobblehead Giveaway at Hadlock Field on Monday night.

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 New Hampshire Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland begins their final roadtrip on Thursday night, opening up a four-game series against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park.

Almost home…’Dogs close out the trip in Harrisburg

The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) meet for the final time in the regular season on Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park…Portland trails the Trenton Thunder by six games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

Today is a rematch of the Futures at Fenway from July 27th when Keith Couch beat Taylor Hill.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles is our guest.

Sea Dogs Spotlight thanks to Jeff Schools of WCSH Channel 6 in Portland on OF Shannon Wilkerson 

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

Harrisburg: Burns 8, Goodwin DH, Head 9, Bloxom 3, Rivero 5, Hague 4, Nicol 7, Leon 2, Martinson 6, Hill RHP

Notes for Sunday

 

Keith Couch started the Futures at Fenway against Taylor Hill...today the two meet again. (Photo courtesy by Sitting Still Photography).

Keith Couch started the Futures at Fenway against Taylor Hill…today the two meet again. (Photo courtesy by Sitting Still Photography).

WILD WEST IS OVER: The Sea Dogs play their last regular season game against the Western Division, closing out a three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators on Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park…Portland trails Trenton by six game for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Harrisburg holds a ½ game lead over Erie for the top spot in the West…RHP Keith Couch makes his second start of the trip, he beat the Altoona Curve in the roadtrip opener on August 13.

TOUGH NIGHT WITH THE BATS: Harrisburg used a seven-run sixth inning to beat the Sea Dogs 8-0 on Saturday night…Portland had only five hits against Matt Swynenberg (4-0), Neil Holland (hold) and Pat LehmanGarin Cecchini had three of Portland’s five hits…Matt Barnes (5-9) took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits over 5+ innings…Destin Hood and Carlos Rivero had two-run singles during Harrisburg’s biggest inning of the season…Pete Ruiz tossed two scoreless for Portland, allowing one hit and fanning two.

THAT MAKES THREE: Today is Portland’s third rubber game on the road and their ninth of the season…The Sea Dogs are 1-1 in rubber games on the road and have won 11 of 18 season finales away from Maine.

13 WAS UNLUCKY: Catcher Christian Vazquez had his team-high hitting streak snapped at 12 games, going 0-for-4 last night…Vazquez is hitting .356 (48-for-135) in his last 36 games and remains the top hitter on the team…Cecchini has now reached base in a team-high 26 straight games and 48 of 50 in Double-A.

TURNING A CORNER: INF Michael Almanzar has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 starts: 14-for-52 (.269), HR, 7 RBI, 2 2B…The first-year Sea Dog is the team leader in multi-hit (32) and multi-RBI (18) games…Ryan Dent is 7-for-15 (.467) during the trip.

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: Portland opens up a three-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Monday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 7-14 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (13-22 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.

Sea Dogs seek the series win on Saturday night

The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Metro Bank Park…Portland trails the Trenton Thunder by six games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs Spotlight thanks to Jeff Schools of WCSH Channel 6 in Portland on OF Shannon Wilkerson 

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

Harrisburg: Burns 8, Goodwin DH, Head 7, Bloxom 3, Rivero 5, Hague 4, Nicol 6, Leon 2, Hood 9, Swynenburg RHP

Notes for Saturday

DOWN TO SIX: The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder by six games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and continue their three-game series in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday night at Metro Bank Park…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will clinch their second series win against the Western Division (took two of three at Bowie on August 2-4)…RHP Matt Barnes is 1-4, 2.29 ERA in seven starts since July 1st…He lost to Harrisburg on July 25th in the Senators 2-1 win.

 

And why not? Harrisburg does an amazing job promoting their former players.

And why not? Harrisburg does an amazing job promoting their former players.

HENRY WITH A BIG 0: LHP Henry Owens tossed five hitless innings and fanned 10, leading the Sea Dogs to a 4-1 win in the series opener on Friday night…Owens walked all three batters in the first inning and allowed an unearned run on a wild pitch…The lefty retired the final 12 batters faced and induced 22 swings and misses…1B Michael Almanzar tied the game at one with a single during Portland’s 2-run fourth…RHP Jeremy Kehrt tossed three scoreless frames for his third hold of the season…LHP Rafael Perez fanned RF Destin Hood to the game and secure his fourth save of the season.

THAT MAKES THREE: Owens has three hitless appearances this season (two with Salem) and Portland improved to 3-0 in starts made by the left…In 15 innings in Double-A, Owens has fanned 29 batters, a 17.4 SO/per nine-innings pitched.

WHO SAYS 13 IS UNLUCKY? Catcher Christian Vazquez extended his team-high hitting streak to 12 games by going 2-for-3 last night…Vazquez’s .426 this month is the second highest in Double-A behind New Hampshire’s Gabe Jacobo (.427)…INF Garin Cecchini has reached base safely in a team-high 25 straight games.

TURNING A CORNER: Almanzar has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 starts: 14-for-48 (.292), HR, 7 RBI, 2 2B…The first-year Sea Dog is the team leader in multi-hit (32) and multi-RBI (18) games…Ryan Dent is 7-for-15 (.467) during the trip.

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. 

J.C. Linares is one of 16 players that has been promoted to Pawtucket this season.

J.C. Linares is one of 16 players that has been promoted to Pawtucket this season.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Harrisburg meet for the final time in the regular season on Sunday afternoon…The Sea Dogs are 7-13 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (13-22 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.

 

Swing to Harrisburg, PA

What a view of Metro Bank Park.

What a view of Metro Bank Park.

The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) open up a three-game series on Friday night at Metro Bank Park…Portland trails the Trenton Thunder by seven games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs Spotlight thanks to Jeff Schools of WCSH Channel 6 in Portland on OF Shannon Wilkerson 

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

Harrisburg: Burns 8, Goodwin DH, Hague 4, Bloxom 3, Nicol 5, Martinson 6, Head 7, Hood 9, Jeroloman 2, Cole RHP

Notes for Friday

SAME STATE, DIFFERENT CITY: The Sea Dogs continue their six-game roadtrip on Friday night against the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) from Metro Bank Park…The two teams split a four-game series at Hadlock Field on July 25-28, with the ‘Dogs winning the final two games, including a 5-2 win on July 27th at Fenway Park…Portland dropped two of three to the Curve to start the trip, and have won just one series from the Western Division this season (August 2-4 at Bowie).

HE DID IT AGAIN: LF Mel Rojas Jr. nailed a two-run triple with two outs in the eighth inning, giving the Curve a 2-0 win on Thursday night…Rojas Jr. had a walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning on Wednesday…RHP David Bromberg (6-9) tossed eight innings on two hits, one walk and seven strikeouts to earn the win…RHP Terry Doyle was outstanding in Portland, but took a no-decision, hurling seven scoreless frames on six hits, three walks and three strikeouts…RHP Pete Ruiz (2-3) took the loss, giving up both runs on three hits in the eighth…Shannon Wilkerson went 1-for-4 with a double, picking up Portland’s first hit.

FACING SOMEONE ELSE: LHP Henry Owens made his first 2 Double-A starts against the Bowie Baysox and gets the start in the series opener…Owens has fanned 19 batters in 10 IP with Portland, picking a win in his Double-A debut on August 3rd at Bowie.

ALMOST A BAKER’S DOZEN: Catcher Christian Vazquez extended his team-high hitting streak to 11 games by going 2-for-6 on Wednesday night…Vazquez’s hit streak is the longest by a Sea Dog since Jeremy Hazelbaker’s 13-game hitting streak from July 28-August 14, 2012.

DOWN THE STRETCH: Portland fell to 13-22 in games decided in a final at-bat…Last night was the 12th time this season the Sea Dogs have been shutout…The ‘Dogs dropped four of six this season to Altoona.

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: Portland and Harrisburg continue their three-game series on Saturday night…The Sea Dogs are 6-13 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (12-20 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.

Final time between ‘Dogs and Curve

One of my favorite ballparks...Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, PA.

One of my favorite ballparks…Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, PA.

The Sea Dogs and Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) meet for the final time this season on  Thursday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Last night, the ‘Dogs fell 6-5 in 12 innings, and dropped to 7-8 in extra-inning games, the most in the Eastern League.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs Spotlight thanks to Jeff Schools of WCSH Channel 6 in Portland on OF Shannon Wilkerson 

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini DH,  Linares 7, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Hissey 9, Gibson 4, Dent 5, Doyle RHP

Altoona: Hanson 6, Santos 5, Polanco 8, Dickerson DH, Howard 3, Cutler 2, Rojas Jr. 7, Tejeda 4, Vasquez 9, Bromberg RHP

Notes for Thursday

FINISHING OUT TURN ONE: The Sea Dogs and Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) meet for the final time this season on Thursday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland is playing their ninth rubber game of the season, dropping five of six at home, but winning their lone road-rubber game on the road, April 17th at Binghamton…RHP Terry Doyle makes his eighth start with the Sea Dogs this season and his first against the Curve…Last night was Portland’s league-leading 15th extra-inning game this season.

CURVE WIN IN 12: LF Mel Rojas Jr. delivered a two-out RBI single in the 12th inning, giving the Altoona Curve a 6-5 walk-off win in 12-innings over the Sea Dogs on Wednesday night…SS Deven Marrero finished 3-for-4, 3 RBI, giving the Sea Dogs the lead twice and tying the game in the seventh…LF Ryan Dent had three hits for the second straight game, as the ‘Dogs tied a season-high with 19 hits…2B Derrik Gibson finished 3-for-5 with a walk, as Portland received a multi-hit game from seven of nine starters…SS Alen Hanson and CF Gregory Polanco each homered and drove in two runs apiece for the Curve.

NICE ADJUSMENT: Marrero has back-to-back multi-hit games to start his Double-A career, going 5-for-8 with 3 RBI and a walk…The Davie, Florida native is ranked the #10 prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America and MLB.com.

ALMOST A BAKER’S DOZEN: Catcher Christian Vazquez extended his team-high hitting streak to 11 games by going 2-for-6 last night…Vazquez’s hit streak is the longest by a Sea Dog since Jeremy Hazelbaker’s 13-game hitting streak from July 28-August 14, 2012.

BATS HEADING UP: Portland leads the Eastern League with a .302 average this month, scoring 60 runs in 12 games…Vazquez is hitting .409 (18-for-44) with 7 RBI and two doubles this month…OF J.C. Linares has hit safely in 10 of 11 games this month, batting .360 with 2 homers and 9 RBI.

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: Portland opens up a three-game weekend series on Friday night at Metro Bank Park against the Harrisburg Senators…The Sea Dogs are 6-12 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (12-20 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.

Roller Coaster day in Altoona, PA

Yes that's me with the camera...Had a great time before the game riding the roller coaster beyond the right-field wall at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Yes that’s me with the camera…Had a great time before the game riding the roller coaster beyond the right-field wall at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The Sea Dogs and Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) continue their three-game series on Wednesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland took the opener last night 5-2 behind seven strong innings from RHP Keith Couch.

Deven Marrero makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night in Altoona, PA.

SS Deven Marrero makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night…Marrero was the 24th overall pick by Boston in last year’s draft.

Congrats to INF Heiker Meneses, who makes his Triple-A debut with Pawtucket…Meneses hit .255 in 92 games with Portland…Former Sea Dog INF Oscar Tejeda is hitting .257 in 25 games with the Curve.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs Spotlight thanks to Jeff Schools of WCSH Channel 6 in Portland on OF Shannon Wilkerson 

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Altoona: Hanson 6, Santos 5, Polanco 8, Dickerson 9, Howard 3, Cunningham 4, Rojas Jr. 7, Paulino 2, Tejeda DH, Kingham RHP

Notes for Wednesday

NICE START: The Sea Dogs opened up a six-game roadtrip with a win on Tuesday night, and resume their three-game series with the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) at Peoples Natural Gas Field…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will clinch their second series against the Western Division (took two of three at Bowie, August 2-4)…LHP Chris Hernandez (0-0, 1.42 ERA) makes his second start with Portland, and the second of his career against the Altoona Curve.

Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 in his Double-A debut on Tuesday night.

Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 in his Double-A debut on Tuesday night.

SCORED EARLY, COUCH SOLID: RHP Keith Couch (9-3) tossed seven strong innings on run and 1B Travis Shaw went 4-for-4, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-2 win over the Curve in the series opener…Portland scored all five runs in the first 3 innings off losing pitcher Casey Sadler (10-6)…2B Ryan Dent finished 3-for-4, knocking in two runs with two outs…Shaw reached base five times, driving in his 48th run with a single in the third…3B Garin Cecchini and C Christian Vazquez added sacrifice flies…Couch gave up eight hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: SS Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 with a walk in his Double-A debut on Tuesday night…Marrero was the 24th overall pick in the 2012 June draft by Boston and ranks the #10 prospect in the system according to Baseball America and MLB.com.

THAT WAS CLOSE: Vazquez extended his team-high hitting streak to 10 games with an infield single in his final at-bat…The hitting streak is the longest by a Sea Dog since Jeremy Hazelbaker’s 13-game hitting streak from July 28- August 14, 2012…Hazelbaker turned 26 today.

NINE LIVES: Couch joins LHP Henry Owens and RHP Anthony Ranaudo for the most wins (nine) in the system…Owens leads the organization with 142 strikeouts between Portland and High-A Salem.

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: Portland and Altoona meet for the final time in the regular season on Thursday night…The Sea Dogs are 6-11 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (12-20 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.

PA trip starts in Altoona…Marrero debuts

The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland dropped two of three to Altoona back in June at Hadlock Field.

Deven Marrero makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night in Altoona, PA.

Deven Marrero makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night in Altoona, PA.

SS Deven Marrero makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night…Marrero was the 24th overall pick by Boston in last year’s draft.

Congrats to INF Heiker Meneses, who makes his Triple-A debut with Pawtucket…Meneses hit .255 in 92 games with Portland…Former Sea Dog INF Oscar Tejeda is hitting .257 in 25 games with the Curve.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…OF Peter Hissey joins us around 6:45.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Altoona: Hanson 6, Santos 5, Polanco 8, Dickerson 9, Howard 3, Cunningham 4, Rojas Jr. 7, Paulino 2, Vazquez DH, Sadler RHP

Notes for Tuesday

VISTING PA: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland dropped five of six on their previous roadtrip and trail the Trenton Thunder by six games for the second playoff spot with 22 games left in the regular season…The ‘Dogs have won only two series since July 3rd, taking two of three at Bowie (August 2-4) and sweeping a four-game series at New Britain (July 22-24).

One of my favorite ballparks...Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, PA.

One of my favorite ballparks…Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, PA.

FIVE SPOT DID IT: Bowie scored five runs in the eighth inning and beat the Sea Dogs 6-5 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…LF J.C. Linares knocked in a season-high four runs, going 3-for-5 with a 3-run homer (#4) and a run-scoring single…C Matt Spring added a sacrifice fly for Portland’s final run…RHP Miguel Celestino (1-9) took the loss, giving up consecutive two-out run-scoring hits in the eighth…RF Garabez Rosa nailed a game-winning three-run shot over the Maine Monster…C David Ross went 1-for-1 with a double, walk and two runs scored to complete his two-game MLB Rehab Assignment.

WELCOME TO PORTLAND DEVEN: SS Deven Marrero joins Portland from High-A Salem, after hitting .256 (85-for-332) with 2 homers, 21 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 85 games in the Carolina League…Marrero was the 24th overall pick in the 2012 June draft by Boston and ranks the #10 prospect in the system according to Baseball America and MLB.com.

BOTH HAVE NINE LIVES: Linares and C Christian Vazquez both enter tonight’s game with a season-high nine-game hitting streaks, tying a team high…Portland’s last hitting streak of 10+ games was Jeremy Hazelbaker’s 13-game hitting streak from July 28- August 14, 2012.

NOT MUCH RELIEF: Portland’s bullpen went 1-3, 9.90 ERA (22 ER/20.0 IP) during the six-game homestand…The ‘pen blew all five save opportunities and earned one hold…Celestino is now leading the team in losses with nine.

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: Portland and Altoona continue their three-game series on Wednesday night…The Sea Dogs are 5-11 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (11-20 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.

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