Finally we have baseball…Couch on the hill
The Sea Dogs and the Rock Cats were both postponed the last two games, and open up a three-game series on Thursday night at New Britain Stadium…Portland took three of four from the ‘Cats last week at Hadlock Field and finished their first homestand of the season 4-1. Technically, the one win against Binghamton goes into the books as a series sweep. Portland and the B-Met will now play six games in four days from May 19-21.
- Sporting News reveals the Sea Dogs Twitter account @PortlandSeaDogs has the most followers in Double-A…Full Story
- Travis Shaw was excited to play on his 24th birthday yesterday, but the game was postponed…Shaw has still never played a game on his birthday. Hopefully next year!
- Boston Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino has been named the 2014 Sports Lawyers Association award of Excellence winner.
- Former Cats with Sea Dogs ties: Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tony Thomas and Daniel Turpen. Manager Jeff Smith played for Portland in 2003.
Pre-Game begins at 6:15 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.
Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 7, Welch DH Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Ramos 9, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP
New Britain: Wimberly 6, Kvasnicka 8, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 7, Ortiz 9, Waring 5, Koch 2, Thomas 4, Baxendale RHP
Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com
WE FINALLY HAVE BASEBALL: The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats were postponed the last two games, and open up a three-game series on Thursday night at New Britain Stadium…Portland finished 4-1 on their first homestand of the season and gets credited for a one-game series sweep over the Mets…New Britain dropped four of five on their first roadtrip of the season…The entire Eastern League is off for Easter Sunday – Portland begins a four-game set on Monday night in Binghamton.
ONE DID THE TRICK: The Sea Dogs used a six-run sixth for the second time this season, defeating the B-Mets 9-4 on Monday night…3B Sean Coyle went 3-for-4 with a homer, 3 RBI and three runs scored…1B Stefan Welch delivered a two-run single in the sixth, giving the Sea Dogs the lead for good…LHP Robby Scott pitched 2.1 scoreless on just one hit to earn his first Double-A win…2B Mookie Betts (2-for-5), RF Peter Hissey and C Blake Swihart each had RBI’s for Portland.
GREAT SCOTT: Scott had retired 19 straight batters until Matt Clark’s single in the eighth inning…LHP Henry Owens took a no-decision, yielding two, 2-run homers with two-outs in the third inning…Owens allowed a Double-A high four runs on six hits, three walks and four strikeouts…3B Brian Burgamy and Clark each smacked their fourth homers…RHP Miguel Celestino closed out the win with 1.2 scoreless.
WAY TO GO MATE: Welch has reached base safely in 11 of his last 18 plate appearances and safely in his last nine starts…The Australian native knocked in a team-high 5 runs on Friday night against New Britain.
VIDEO GAME NUMBERS: Betts is leading the Eastern League with a .450 average (18-for-40) and has reached base safely in all 10 starts…Dating back to last season, Betts has reached base safely in 40 straight regular season games, but 45 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…Swihart has reached safely in all eight starts and Shannon Wilkerson is riding a team-high nine-game hitting streak.