Back in B-town…Augliera makes his fifth start

Mike Augliera was a standout at Binghamton University, tonight, he returns to his roots. (photo by Kelly O'Connor).

Mike Augliera was a standout at Binghamton University, tonight, he returns to his roots. (photo by Kelly O’Connor).

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.

#MookieMadness...Betts is leading minor league baseball with a .430 average.

#MookieMadness…Betts is leading minor league baseball with a .430 average.

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.

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