‘Dogs and ‘Cats part 3
The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…RHP Mike Augliera makes the start.
Pre-Game begins at 12:40 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.
New Britain: Boyer 4, Hanson 3, Ortiz 8, Vargas DH, Rodriguez 7, Kvasnicka 9, Waring 5, Koch 2, Mejia 6, Summers RHP
Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Welch DH, Rivero 7, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Brenly 3, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RHP
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 Springand 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.