Mickey Pena on the hill tonight

LHP Mickey Pena makes his fifth start of the season for the Sea Dogs in Game 3 of the series against the Reading Fightin Phils at Hadlock Field. Portland owns the best record in the Eastern League at 15-7 and is 3-2 during a seven-game homestand.

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 beginning at 5:55 PM.

Pre-Game Interview: Mike McCarthy

Reading: Alons0 5, Hernandez 6, Perkins 9, Altherr 8, Hewitt DH, Stassi 3, Moore 2, Cartwright 7, Duran 4, Gonzalez RHP (2-1, 4.28)

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Swihart 2, Rivero 5, Ramos 8, Gibson 7, Hissey 9, Pena LHP (1-0, 5.60)

A few notes today…Full Game Notes at seadogs.com

2013 Salem Red Sox Championship Ring courtesy of Henry Owens.

2013 Salem Red Sox Championship Ring courtesy of Henry Owens.

THAT WOULD MAKE FIVE: The Sea Dogs seek their fifth series win of the season, taking on the Reading Fightin Phils game three of a four-game set…Portland has won the first 2 games of the series, scoring 18 runs on 17 hits and 26 baserunners…The ‘Dogs are 3-2 on the homestand, hitting .287 (58-for-202) and averaging 8.4 runs-per-game (42 overall)…LHP Mickey Pena is seeking his second win of the season, making his fifth start of the year…RHP Severino Gonzalez took a no-decision against the ‘Dogs on April 4th at Reading.

POWER ON THE MOUND AND AT THE PLATE: Portland hit three 2-out homers and RHP Keith Couch (4-0) retired the first 17 batters faced, as the ‘Dogs clubbed the Fightin Phils, 10-2 on Tuesday night…1B Stefan Welch gave Portland a quick 2-0 lead in the first, blasting a two-run homer (#1) to right field…2B Mookie Betts cleared the Maine Monster in the fourth with a three-run shot, two batters later, DH Travis Shaw nailed a two-run bomb, tying Betts for the team lead in homers with four…Couch worked 6.2 innings on five hits, two runs, no walks and fanned a season-high seven batters.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 3-for-4 with his 4th homer of the season and scored twice on Tuesday night…The Tennessee native has a team-high, 16-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 21 Double-A starts (12 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 51 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 56 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 16-game hit streak is the longest since OF Chih-Hsian Chiang’s 16-game hitting streak from July 15, 2011 until he was traded to Seattle…Betts’ .422 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball (more on Page 2).

DIGGING DEEPER ON THE HIT STREAKS: With a hit tonight, Betts will have the longest hitting streak for a Sea Dog since an 18-game hit streak by Brett Ronenberg on April 27-May 15, 2004…Trenton’s Taylor Dugas also has a 16-game hitting streak, starting on April 5th.

TWO OUT MAGIC: Portland scored eight of 10 runs last night two outs and 24 of their last 28 (86%) runs on the homestand have been scored with two down…This season, the ‘Dogs have scored 59 of their 139 runs (42%) with two outs.

HOW ABOUT THESE NUMBERS? Couch is now 15-3 with a 3.29 ERA in his Double-A career…As a starter he is 12-1 with 2.83 ERA…He is currently tied with Bowie’s Tyler Wilson for the league lead in wins and ranks 10th in the E.L. in ERA (2.48).

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