‘Dogs back home against Trenton

The Sea Dogs open up a 9-game/7-day homestand against the Trenton Thunder on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland beat New Britain yesterday 13-5.

Sea Dogs closing in on 8 millionth fan

Portland returns home tomorrow, opening up a 9-game/7-day homestand against the Trenton Thunder and Binghamton Mets.

Pre-Game begins at 10:15 AM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Bob Kipper

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Swihart 2, Rivero 5, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RH (4-0, 3.03)

Trenton: Gamel 7, Heathcott 8, Segedin DH, Sanchez 2, Austin 5, Refsnyder 4, Dugas 9, Fiorito 3, Castillo 6, Cotham RH (0-0, 1.69 ER)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

WOW, THAT’S A LOT: The Sea Dogs open up a nine-game, seven-day homestand on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland will play 12 of their next 16 games in Maine, with a four-game series at New Hampshire on May 23-26…Trenton is the only team to win a series at Hadlock Field this season, taking two of three on April 25-27…RHP Keith Couch can become the third 5-game winner in the Eastern League, he is 12-1, 2.98 ERA in 22 career Double-A starts.

20 REASONS TO SMILE: Portland smacked out a season-high 20 hits, scoring six runs in the seventh inning to grab the series finale on Thursday morning at New Britain 13-5…2B Mookie Betts and CF Shannon Wilkerson each went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI…Betts hit his sixth homer, a two-run shot in the seventh…LF Derrik Gibson, RF Henry Ramos and 1B Travis Shaw each had three hits…SS Deven Marrero and 3B Carlos Rivero collected two hits and two RBI…RHP Matty Ott earned his first Double-A win, giving up four hits and two runs over 2 IP…New Britain won two of three in the series, giving Portland their first road-series loss.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts has reached base safely in all 35 Double-A starts (19 multi-hit games), the 5th longest on-base streak in franchise history…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 65 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 70 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’ .401 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 129 of his last 139 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

SAME PLACE: Portland’s 20 hits were the most since they had 21 on June 1, 2011 at New Britain…The franchise record for most hits in a game is 23 on April 26, 2009 against the Connecticut Defenders…The ‘Dogs are now hitting .291 as a team, which is second in the league behind Bowie, but they lead the E.L. in runs scored (221).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: Ramoshas hit safely in 22 of his last 25 games: 39-for-98 (.398), 2 HR, 19 RBI, 2 3B, 6 2B and reached base safely in 31 of 35 games…The first-year Sea Dog is fifth in the league in hitting at .343.

13 IS LUCKY: Portland has scored 13 runs in their last two wins, picking up a 13-12 win on Mother’s Day with a four-run ninth against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

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