Sea Dogs almost home…one more in Trenton

Good evening from Arm & Hammer Park as the Sea Dogs wrap-up their six-game roadtrip in Trenton. Lefty Henry Owens makes his second start of the season. He tossed a six-inning no-hitter on Opening Night in Reading, the team’s first complete-game no-hitter, and the first as a Red Sox affiliate.

Quicks Hits

  • Travis Shaw makes his fifth Double-A start at third base and his first of the season…Prior to this season, Sean Coyle had never played 3B, tonight he makes his first Double-A start at second.
  • Blake Swihart and Shannon Wilkerson had four-game hitting streaks.
  • Bryan Mitchell makes the start for Trenton tonight, he’s the #21 Prospect in the system according to Baseball America.
  • Boston’s High-A affiliate, the Salem Red Sox, can set a new league record tonight…Salem has won 16 straight games, tying a 70-year old mark.

Pre-Game begins at 6:45 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: Opening Day Festivities

Nice photo, courtesy of Slugger! Hadlock Field is waiting for the return of the Sea Dogs.

Nice photo, courtesy of Slugger! Hadlock Field is waiting for the return of the Sea Dogs.

Portland lineup: Betts DH, Marrero 6, Shaw 5, Welch 3, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Greenwell 7, Wilkerson 8, Owens LHP

Trenton lineup: Williams 8, Gamel 7, Segedin 5, G. Sanchez 2, Austin 9, Refsnyder 4, Wilson 3, Y.Sanchez DH, Castillo 6, Mitchell RHP

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

ALMOST HOME: The Sea Dogs conclude a six-game roadtrip on Wednesday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) from Arm & Hammer Park…This series is two games due to Monday night’s rainout and will be made up at a later date…Portland has dropped three straight after winning the first 2 games of the season in Reading…Trenton has won three in a row after a two-game losing streak to start the year…Tomorrow night is the Hadlock Field opener for the ‘Dogs and their 21st in Portland, Maine.

THUNDER STRUCK: Trenton scored seven times off Mike McCarthy (0-1) in the first 3  innings, taking game one of the series, 10-1 on Tuesday night…The Thunder had six players with multi-hit games, and eight of nine starters picking up at least one hit…The top four in the lineup went a combined 10-for-19 (.526) with 5 RBI…LHP Matt Tracy worked 5.1 innings on five hits and one run to earn the win…Trenton’s bullpen retired all 11 batters…C Blake Swihart went 2-for-4 and knocked in Portland’s lone run…C Gary Sanchez went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI for the Thunder.

MAKE THAT ALL FOUR: Swihart has hit safely in all four games in Double-A, including a multi-hit performance in three of four…2B Mookie Betts had his hit streak snapped on Tuesday night but has reached base safely in all five games…After going hitless in the opener, Shannon Wilkerson has a four-game hitting streak.

THAT WAS THE MOST: Porsktland’s pitchers allowed season-highs in hits (17) and runs (10) in the series opener…McCarthy was touched for 11 hits on seven runs over 4 IP…LHP Nate Reed yielded five hits and three runs over 2 IP…Miguel Celestino and Noe Ramirez each tossed scoreless frames for the ‘Dogs. 

COMPLETES THE ROSTER: McCarthy and DH Michael Brenly (0-for-4) were the final two players on the roster to appear in a game.

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.

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