Yes! We have baseball in New Britain
The Sea Dogs and the Rock Cats have been postponed the last three days, and up a three-game series in two days on Friday night at New Britain Stadium. Last night’s series opener was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. RHP Keith Couch and LHP Mickey Pena make the starts for the ‘Dogs. New Britain counters with RHP D.J. Baxendale and LHP Taylor Rogers. Tomorrow night, the ‘Dogs and ‘Cats play game three of the series – the entire Eastern League is off for Easter Sunday.
Portland’s second leg of the trip opens up on Monday night in Binghamton. The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats have not played since Monday.
Good luck to the Boston Bruins tonight as they begin their playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings…This team has a lot of hockey fans, nice to see. A few years ago, I felt like one of the only hockey fans on the team.
Really nice chatting with former Sea Dog Tony Thomas before yesterday’s game…Tony is a terrific person and when he signed with the Twins, I was very happy. In my position, I’m a huge Sea Dogs and Red Sox fan, but I’m a fan of players and the guys I meet. I want them all to succeed whether that be in baseball or something else.
- Sporting News reveals the Sea Dogs Twitter account @PortlandSeaDogs has the most followers in Double-A…Full Story
- RHP Jose Valdez was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier today…Valdez converted both save attempts, and was scoreless in three outings.
- 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 5:15 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.
Pre-Game Interview: Tony Thomas (Former Sea Dog and Current Rock Cat)
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, Boyer 4, Koch 2, Baxendale RHP
Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com
THIS IS GETTING OLD: The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats have not played since Monday and open up a three-game series in two days on Friday night at New Britain Stadium…Last night’s series opener was postponed due to unplayable conditions…Portland had the final two games of their opening homestand postponed…New Britain did not play the final two games of their opening roadtrip in New Hampshire…Tonight opens up a seven-game trip for the ‘Dogs in seven days.
LAST GAME: 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.
HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Yesterday was the fourth postponement for Portland and New Britain…Portland’s rainout on April 8th in Trenton will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader on May 31st…Game one starts at 2:05 and the nightcap begins at 7:05 PM…The ‘Dogs have twinbills with Binghamton on May 19th and 21st.