Saturday in the Park

The Sea Dogs are 18-8 since they started the season 3-3, and look for their third straight win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Saturday afternoon.

Pre-Game begins at 12:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Pitching Match-ups

Portland lineup:  Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart DH, Ramos 9, Spring 2, Meneses 4, Gibson 7, Couch RH (4-0, 2.45)

New Hampshire: Berti DH, Burns 5,  McDade 3, Glenn 9, Nolan 6, Van Kirk 7, Fermin 4, Carter 2, Jones 8, Janssen RH (MLB Rehab)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

DAY BASEBALL AT HADLOCK: The Sea Dogs look for the series win in game three of their series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland is a season-high 10 games over .500 and haven’t been 11 games over since August 20, 2008 when they were 69-58…RHP Keith Couch makes the start for Portland…His career with Portland: 15-3, 3.26 ERA (59 ER/162.2 IP) in 35 games/21 starts…As a starter: 12-1, 2.83 ERA (39 ER/124.0 IP).

WELCOME TO PORTLAND: LHP Brian Johnson (2-0) fanned eight over 6 IP, allowing two runs, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 5-2 on Friday night…Johnson won his debut at Hadlock Field, giving up both runs in the fourth inning, yielded six hits and walked just one…Portland scored four unearned runs off losing pitcher RHP Deck McGuire (3-4) in the fourth…SS Kevin Nolan’s error enabled the first run to score…1B Travis Shaw had a run-scoring single and C Blake Swihart added a wall-ball RBI double, but a second run scored on a throwing error by Nolan…3B Carlos Rivero had an RBI single and RHP Noe Ramirez closed out the win with a three-inning save, without allowing a hit.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 1-for-3 with a walk on Friday…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 31 Double-A starts (16 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 61 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 66 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .392 average is the 2nd highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 125 of his last 135 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

TIED A CAREER-HIGH: Johnson tied a career-high with 8 strikeouts, which he did twice this season with the High-A Salem Red Sox…In the series opener, LHP Henry Owens established a career-high with 7.2 IP.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .380 (30-for-79) with five HRs, 12 extra-base hits and 23 RBI since April 18.

TRYING TO RIGHT THE SHIP: Rivero picked up his first multi-hit game since he went 2-for-3 on April 18th at New Britain.

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