Sea Dogs and Thunder ready to play…1:30 start

Mickey Pena makes his 8th start of the season for the Sea Dogs this afternoon. (photo courtesy of Rick Rosenfeld).

Mickey Pena makes his 8th start of the season for the Sea Dogs this afternoon. (photo courtesy of Rick Rosenfeld).

The Sea Dogs and Thunder continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon…today’s game will start at 1:30 due to rain earlier this morning.

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: Bob Kipper Part 2

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Meneses 5, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 8, Pena LH (2-0, 4.83)

Trenton: Gamel 8, Refsnyder 4, Segedin 5, Sanchez DH, O’Brien 2, Austin 9, Fiorito 3, Dugas 7, Castillo 6, Ruth RH (Double-A)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

HOW ABOUT SOME DAY BASEBALL: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play game tow of their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland is making their fourth attempt to go 11 games over .500, which would be the first time since August 20, 2008 when they were 69-58…Portland and Trenton have split the last 26 meetings, and wrap-up their series tomorrow afternoon…LHP Mickey Pena makes his second start of the season against the Yankees affiliate.

HISSEY AND COUCH LEAD THE WAY: RHP Keith Couch (5-0) tossed seven scoreless frames and LF Peter Hissey knocked in both runs with a double in the second, leading the Sea Dogs to a 2-0 win over the Thunder on Friday night… Couch gave up only four hits, walked two and fanned five, becoming the third 5-game winner in the Eastern League…RHP Miguel Celestino wrapped up the win with two scoreless frames to earn his third save of the season…SS Deven Marrero and CF Shannon Wilkerson added two hits in the win…RHP Caleb Cotham (0-1) took the loss for Trenton, allowing two runs in 4.2 IP on six hits.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 0-for-3 with a walk in the series opener…Betts has reached base safely in all 36 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 66 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 71 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’ .393 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).

DON’T LEAVE OUT THE PITCHING: Portland picked up their team-leading fourth shutout on Friday…Couch lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.56, which now ranks third in the league behind Altoona’s Adrian Sampson and Richmond’s Ty Blach.

GIVE PETER TWO ASSISTS: The Sea Dogs are 2-2 against the Thunder at Hadlock Field this season…Hissey earned the win in Portland’s 9-8, 15-inning win on April 26and had the game-winning RBI last night.

THE LEAD INCREASED: Portland’s 2.5 game division lead is their largest this season…Binghamton is now tied for second with Trenton.

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