Owens on the hill against Binghamton

Billy McMillon is in his first year as Portland Manager...He joins the Pre-Game Show tonight at 5:40

Billy McMillon is in his first year as Portland Manager…He joins the Pre-Game Show tonight at 5:40

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Monday night against the Binghamton Mets at Hadlock Field…LHP Henry Owens makes his third start of the season and his first at home this season.

Owens and Betts sweep Eastern League Players of the Week

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: Billy McMillon

Binghamton: Johnson 8, Burgamy 5, Plawecki 2, Clark 3, Boyd DH, Lawley 7, Vaughan 9, Reynolds 6, Tovar 4, Peavey RHP

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Rivero 7, Welch 3 Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Ramos 8, Hissey 9, McCarthy RHP

HENRY FACES THE METS: The Sea Dogs took three of four from the New Britain Rock Cats to start the homestand, and open up a three-game set with the Binghamton Mets on Monday night…Tonight marks the first of 21 meetings between the two teams – last year Binghamton took 13 of 20…LHP Henry Owens, the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox system, makes his third start of the season, but his first at Hadlock Field…Owens is 2-0 and has not allowed a run in 12.2 IP on six hits and 18 strikeouts.

THEY GOT WON: New Britain avoided a four-game sweep of the Sea Dogs with a 6-3 win on Sunday afternoon…LHP Sean Gilmartin (1-1) worked six strong innings on four hits, two runs (one earned) and fanned three…SS Derik Gibson led Portland’s offense, going 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored…3B Nate Hanson and RF Daniel Ortiz each went 3-for-5 to lead New Britain’s 12-hit attack…2B Mookie Betts and RF Shannon Wilkerson drove in runs for Portland.

CREDIT THEY DESERVE: Betts and Owens were named the Eastern League’s first player/pitcher of the Week (April 3-13)…RHP Keith Couch, Owens and Binghamton’s RHP Hansel Robles have not allowed an earned run among Eastern League qualifiers…Betts is leading the Eastern League in average (.457), on-base percentage (.512) and tied for total bases with 26…Owens leads the lead in strikeouts and has the lone complete-game shutout in the league this season.

WAY TO GO MATE: Stefan Welch has reached base safely in nine of his last 14 plate appearances and safely in his last eight starts…Welch knocked in a team-high 5 runs on Friday night against New Britain.

STAYING HOT AT THE PLATE: Wilkersonhas a team-high, nine-game hitting streak, after going hitless on Opening Night…Last season, Wilkerson’s longest hitting streak was eight games from May 24-31…LF Carlos Rivero had a multi-hit game in the first 3 games of the homestand, but went 0-for-3 with a walk on Sunday.

Future catchers and present

Future catchers and present

KEPT THEM IN IT: RHP Mike McCarthy (0-2) suffered the loss on Sunday, but gave up just three runs on five hits over five innings pitched…LHP Nate Reed yielded a run for the third straight outing, giving up six hits, three runs, two walks and four strikeouts over 2 IP…RHP Noe Ramirez worked two scoreless frames.

 

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