Sea Dogs continue their homestand on Friday

IMG_1323The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland won their home opener on Thursday night, 6-4, in front of the largest opening day crowd (6,022) since 2003.

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Ben Crockett

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Thomas 4, Hanson 5, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 7, Waring DH, Kvansnicka 9, Knudson 2, Mejia 6, Rogers LHP

Portland lineup: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch DH, Hissey 7, Pena LHP

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

WHAT A NIGHT: The Sea Dogs had their largest home-opening crowd (6,022) since 2003, and took the homestand opener 6-4 from the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…After losing three straight, the ‘Dogs have won their last two games, and resume their four-game set on Friday night…RHP Keith Couch and LHP Henry Owens, the top two in the rotation, are a combined 4-0 without allowing an earned run…2B Mookie Betts has reached base safely in 42 straight games dating back to last August with High-A Salem.

THEY MADE IT INTERESTING: Portland held off a ninth-inning rally by New Britain to take the first of 19 meetings between the two rivals, 6-4 on Thursday night…LF Carlos Rivero finished 3-for-4, with is 2-run single in the fifth inning, proving to be the game-winning hit…Couch worked 5.2 quality innings, yielding one unearned run on five hits, one walk and five strikeouts…RHP Jose Valdez retired Daniel Ortiz, the go-ahead run, to notch his second save of the year…Betts went 2-for-4 with two runs scored…Matt Spring and Sean Coyle each had an RBI.

BOTH DON’T COUNT: Couch has worked 5.2 innings in both starts, allowing an unearned run in each game…The right-hander is 13-3, 3.13 ERA (50 ER/141.0 IP) in 31 games/17 starts in his Sea Dogs career (2013-14), but 10-1, 2.61 ERA as a starter…He became the 6th pitcher in franchise history to reach 13 victories.

RALLY OFF THE PEN: New Britain scored three times off RHP Noe Ramirez over 1.2 IP…RHP Michael Olmsted relieved Couch in the sixth inning and pitched 1.2 scoreless without allowing a hit…Rock Cats starter RHP D.J. Baxendale allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings pitched.

STAYING HOT AT THE PLATE: OF Shannon Wilkerson has a team-high six-game hitting streak, going 1-for-4 with a run scored last night…Spring has a run-scoring double in both starts…Coyle has an RBI in consecutive starts, reaching base safely in five of six starts to begin his Double-A career.

MORE ON MICKEY: LHP Mickey Pena is making his fifth career Double-A start and his second this season…Pena took a no-decision on April 5th at Reading, giving up two runs on four hits over 3 IP…His lone win came on August 26, 2013 at New Hampshire, tossing 6.2 IP on eight hits and five runs.

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