Two for the price of one
The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play a doubleheader on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…RHP Keith Couch will start game one of the twinbill…Couch is 5-0, 2.56 ERA, which is tied with teammate LHP Robby Scott for the most wins in the Eastern League.
Pre-Game begins at 4:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.
Pre-Game Interview: Matty Ott
Portland lineup: ‘Dogs: Betts 8, Gibson 6, Shaw 3, Welch 5, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Spring DH, Meneses 4, Wilkerson 7, Couch RH (5-0, 2.56)
Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Reynolds 6, Plawecki 2, Clark DH, Boyd 3, Vaughn 9, Lawley 5, Taijeron 7, Tovar 4, Cessa RH (Double-A debut)
Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com
NICE ACCOMPLISHMENT: The Sea Dogs clinched a winning homestand with last night’s win, and continue their six-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Wednesday night, playing their second doubleheader of the series…Portland is 1-0-2 in twinbills this season…The ‘Dogs are 13 games over .500 since they were 36-23 in 2008 – last time they were 14 games over .500 was July 19, 2006 (55-41) and 15 games over .500 was July 16, 2006 (54-39)…RHP Keith Couch is 13-1, 2.83 ERA as a starter in Double-A.
EARLY INNINGS WERE KEY: Portland scored both runs in the fourth and received six strong innings from LHP Brian Johnson, and beat the B-Mets 2-1 on Tuesday night…The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by 3B Dustin Lawley…C Blake Swihart tied the game with a solo-homer in the fourth…RF Henry Ramos scored the game-winning run on a throwing error by 1B Matt Clark…Johnson gave up four hits, one run, one walk and fanned six…RHP Matty Ott worked out of huge jam in the eighth to earn a hold and RHP Noe Ramirez pitched around a two-base error by LF Derrik Gibson to secure his 4th save.
SOLID START: Johnson is now 3-0, 2.01 ERA (5 ER/22.1 IP) in four Double-A starts and 6-1 overall between Portland and High-A Salem…Ramirez notched his second save of the homestand and the team’s fourth in their last five wins…The ‘Dogs are now fourth in the Eastern League with a 3.55 ERA.
CENTER OF ATTENTION:2B Mookie Betts went 0-for-4 last night and has not reached base in three of his last five starts…Betts’ .369 average is the7th in Minor League Baseball…He had his on-base streak of 66 games snapped on Saturday.
ALL FROM THE RIGHT SIDE: Swihart had two hits last night and has all four homers batting from the right-side this season…The last season Sea Dog to homer from both sides of the plate was SS Jed Lowrie on July 8, 2007 at New Hampshire…Swihart ha hit safely in 25 of 32 games and reached base safely in 28 of 32.
NEW GUY: RHP Wilfredo Boscan makes his Sea Dogs debut in game two of tonight’s doubleheader…Boscan was signed by the Boston Red Sox as a minor league free-agent on March 20, 2014…After spending the first 12 days in Extended Spring Training, he joined Triple-A Pawtucket on April 15th and went 2-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER/3.2 IP) in 2 relief outings…Since April 25th, Boscan has been on Lowell’s roster.