Owens on the hill tonight in New Britain

Carlos Rivero has a season-high 5-game hitting streak (photo by Jillian Souza)

Carlos Rivero has a season-high 5-game hitting streak (photo by Jillian Souza)

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series at New Britain on Wednesday night…Portland lost to the Rock Cats last night, 4-2, dropping their record to 3-3 in their last six games.  LHP Henry Owens makes his first career start against the Rock Cats…Owens took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his previous start, losing with two outs on a run-scoring double by Andy Burns.

Recap of the thrilling Mother’s Day Miracle

Pre-Game begins at 6:15 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Organizational update

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Welch 3, Swihart 2, Rivero 5, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Owens LH (4-2, 3.61 ERA)

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Thomas 4, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Ortiz 7, Waring 5, Koch 2, Pettersen 6, Duffey RH (0-0, 3.46 ERA)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

HASN’T BEEN MANY: The Sea Dogs suffered their second loss in eight games to the Rock Cats this season, and continue their three-game series at New Britain Stadium on Wednesday night…Portland has not lost a road series since August 13-15, 2013 at Altoona, going 6-0-3 in road series since…LHP Henry Owens, the number #1 pitching prospect in the Red Sox system, makes his first career start against the Rock Cats…Owens lost a no-hitter in his previous start with two outs in the eight.

‘CATS STRIKE DOWN ‘DOGS: Portland fanned a season-high 14 times, left 11 men on base and went 1-for-12 with RISP, dropping the series opener 4-2 in New Britain…The Sea Dogs took an early 2-0 in the second inning off winning pitcher LHP Taylor Rogers (3-3)…C Blake Swihart led off the frame with a homer and 2B Mookie Betts added an RBI single…New Britain took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on 3B Brandon Waring’s two-run double with two outs…RF Daniel Ortiz added a run-scoring double in the sixth off losing pitcher RHP Mike Augliera (2-4)…RHP Lester Oliveros worked the ninth for his fifth save of the season.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 2-for-4, RBI, 2B, BB and two stolen bases in the series opener…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 33 Double-A starts (18 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 63 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 68 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’ .399 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 127 of his last 137 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: OF Henry Ramos went 3-for-6 on Sunday with an RBI double and a run scored…Ramos has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385), 2 HR, 18 RBI, 3B, 5 doubles and reached base safely in 29 of 33 games.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .363 (33-for-91) with 6 HRs, 26 RBI and 13 extra-base hits since April 18.

SW(IHART)EET SWING: Swihart belted his third homer last night and finished 2-for-3, extending his hitting streak to seven games…The New Mexico native has reached base safely in 25 of 27 starts to begin his Double-A career.

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