Happy Mother’s Day!
The Sea Dogs look for the series victory this afternoon against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field. I want to wish all the mothers out there a great day. The Sea Dogs held their 14th annual Mother’s Day 5K Race before the game. Portland Manager Billy McMillon finished the race at 28:26 (641 overall)
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: Billy McMillon
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
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: The Sea Dogs hosted their annual Mother’s Day 5K race earlier this morning…Portland can take the four-game series from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) with a win this afternoon…LHP Mickey Pena has 10 consecutive scoreless frames and makes his seventh start of the season…Pena earned his first Double-A win at New Hampshire on August 26, 2013…The Sea Dogs are second in the league in average (.283), ERA (3.53) and sixth in the E.L. in team defense (.979 fielding percentage).
‘CATS HOLD ON: New Hampshire scored all their runs with two outs, collected six doubles, and beat the Sea Dogs 6-5 on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland trailed 3-0 after a ½ inning, but scored four times off RHP Scott Copeland in the second…3B Andy Burns committed an error, enabling the tying and go-ahead runs to score…C Yusuf Carter tied the game at four in the sixth with a double…In the ninth, the ‘Cats scored two runs off losing pitcher RHP Matty Ott (0-1)…Portland added a run in the ninth when 2B Heiker Meneses tripled and scored on a sac-fly by LF Derrik Gibson.
#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts was off on Saturday…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 highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 125 of his last 135 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).
ALMOST GOT THROUGH IT: RHP Keith Couch worked 5.2 innings on Saturday, giving up six hits and four runs…After allowing three runs in the first, Couch left the game after Carter’s run-scoring double in the sixth…The righty threw 65 of 95 pitches for strikes and tied a season-high with seven strikeouts.
SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .361 (30-for-83) with 5 HRs, 23 RBI and 12 extra-base hits since April 18.
STEP UP TO THE MIKE: RHP Michael Olmsted fanned a season-high four batters over 1.1 scoreless frames…Olmsted is scoreless in nine of 10 outings to start the season and has 19 strikeouts in 13.1 IP.