Back in B-town…Augliera makes his fifth start
RHP Mike Augliera makes his fifth start of the season in the roadtrip opener on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland was postponed yesterday and finished 3-3 on the homestand…Augliera was a standout at Binghamton University, and made a few appearances at NYSEG Stadium as an amateur.
Pre-Game begins at 6:45 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.
Pre-Game Interview: April Review
Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Swihart 2, Rivero 7, Ramos 9, Meneses 5, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RHP (2-1, 3.75)
Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Burgamy 5, Reynolds 6, Clark 3, Plawecki 2, Boyd DH, Lawley 7, Johnson 9, Tovar 4, Peavey RHP (0-1, 5.51)
A few notes today…Full Game Notes at seadogs.com
HOMECOMING: Former Binghamton University standout RHP Mike Augliera gets the starting nod in the opener of a four-game series on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland was postponed yesterday, and finished 3-3 on their homestand…The postponement was the sixth of the season and the fourth at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs and the B-Mets are playing their third series of the season…There’s been three postponements through the first 2 series…Tomorrow afternoon is Portland’s second doubleheader of the season.
RALLY FELL SHORT: Reading scored single runs during innings 6-8, and beat the Sea Dogs 3-2 on Wednesday night…Portland grabbed a 1-0 lead right away off winning pitcher Severino Gonzalez (3-1)…2B Mookie Betts led off with a single and scored on a double by SS Deven Marrero…Portland had just four hits the rest of the way, scoring a run (Henry Ramos RBI single) in the ninth inning off closer Kenny Giles…LF Albert Cartwright (3-for-3) tied the game in the sixth with a single. Reading scored the go-ahead run off Robby Scott (2-1) in the seventh on a fielder’s choice and Carlos Alonso delivered an RBI bunt-single in the eighth.
MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 2-for-3 with a walk with on Wednesday night…The Tennessee native has a team-high, 17-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 22 Double-A starts (13 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 52 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 57 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 17-game hit streak is the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .430 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball (more on Page 2).
HOW DOES THAT APRIL RANK?Portland’s 15-8 (.652) record in April is their fifth best in franchise history: 17-3 (.850) 1995, 20-6 (.769) 1997, 13-6 (.684) 2005 and 17-8 (.680) 2008…The Sea Dogs have the second best record in Double-A behind the Frisco Roughriders (17-9, .654, Texas League).
TWO OUT MAGIC: Portland has scored 25 of their last 30 (83%) runs on the homestand have been scored with two down…This season, the ‘Dogs have scored 60 of their 141 runs (43%) with two outs.
THAT WAST THE BEST: Portland’s .291 team average was the best April as a Red Sox affiliate and the best April since the 1997 Sea Dogs hit .297 in the opening month.