Saturday night is alright for Baseball

Mickey Pena begins his first full se

Mickey Pena waasn’t in Greenville that long ago, he starts tonight for Portland.

LHP Mickey Pena and LHP Hoby Milner are both from Texas, both once drafted by the Washington Nationals, and face-off in Game 3 of the series on Saturday night.

Pre-Game begins at 5:45 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Portland Manager Billy McMillon

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Wilkerson 8, Shaw DH, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Welch 3, Gibson 6, Pena LHP

Reading lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier 8, Perkins 3, Dugan 9, Joesph 2, Valle DH, Alonso 5, Hewitt 7, Duran 6, Milner LHP

Game Notes

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

2-0, IT’S BEEN A WHILE:The Sea Dogs are 2-0 for the first time since 2008 when they started the season 4-0…Tonight is game three of a four game series in Reading, which concludes tomorrow afternoon, as RHP Mike Augliera makes his Double-A debut…Portland has now won six of their last eight games at First Energy Stadium…Tonight’s starter LHP Mikey Pena is making his first career start against Reading…LHP Hoby Milner will make his Double-A debut for Reading.

3-RUN SIXTH, COUCH SOLID: Portland snapped a 1-1 tie, scoring three times in the sixth inning to beat Reading 4-1 on Saturday…RHP Keith Couch tossed 5.2 innings on six hits and one unearned run to earn the win…RHP Noe Ramirez, RHP Miguel Celestino and RHP Jose Valdez closed out the game in relief…3B Sean Coyle finished 2-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBI…C Blake Swihart went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single and 2B Mookie Betts had three hits and is 7-for-9 in the first 2 games.

MORE ON THE NO-NO: LHP Henry Owens’ no-hitter on Opening Night was the first as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game no-hitter in franchise history…Owens pitched six innings, as the game was called after a two-hour rain delay…Marlins affiliated no-hitters: Brad Penny and Luis Arroyo combined for the first no-hitter in franchise history on August 8, 1999 against Trenton…Josh Beckett (7 IP), Aaron Scheffer (1) and Brandon Bowe (1) combined to no-hit the Binghamton Mets.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has six of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Owens (#2), Swihart (#5), Betts (#7), Deven Marrero (#15), Travis Shaw (#26), and Coyle (#30). ·       The active roster includes 12 players who have previously played for the Sea Dogs and 17 players with previous Double-A experience. ·       15 players originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox.·       Portland’s roster features three players that are sons of former Major Leaguers: Mike Brenly (Bob), Bo Greenwell (Mike) and Shaw (Jeff). GREENWELL DEBUT: OF Bo Greenwell made his debut in the Red Sox system last night, going 1-for-4, making the start in left field…Ramirez and Celestino each earned holds…Valdez notched the save in his first game in the organization.

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