‘Dogs and ‘Cats in New Hampshire
The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series against the Fisher Cats on Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium….RHP Mike Augliera gets the start tonight.
Pre-Game begins at 6:45 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.
Pre-Game Interview: Mookie Betts Part 2
Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle DH, Gibson 5, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RH (3-4, 4.01)
New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Berti 4, Jimenez 2, Schimpf 7, McDade DH Burns 5, Nolan 6, Jacobo 3, Newman 9, Lawrence RH (2-4, 4.04)
Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com
WHAT A RUN: The Sea Dogs capped off an 8-1 homestand with a walk-off win on Thursday night, and open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland owns the best record in the Eastern League and their best start since the 1995 team went 31-15…The ‘Dogs have not been 17 games over .500 since they were 53-36 in 2006…RHP Mike Augliera makes his ninth start of the season for the ‘Dogs in the series opener.
#MOOKIEMADNESS STRIKES: 2B Mookie Betts nailed a walk-off, two-run triple, as the Sea Dogs beat the Binghamton Mets 6-5 in the homestand finale…The comeback lasted just three batters; LF Peter Hissey led off with a walk and CF Shannon Wilkerson reached on a bunt-single…Betts lined an 0-2 pitch down the right-field line off losing pitcher RHP Cody Satterwhite (2-1)…RHP Aaron Kurcz pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first win of the season…Portland took an early 3-0 lead on 1B Travis Shaw’s 3-run homer (#10) off RHP Rainy Lara…C Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer and SS Wilfredo Tovar added 2 RBI.
PERFECT NIGHT: Betts reached base five times (first time this season) with four walks and a single on Thursday night…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base 93 times in 44 games, and made his first 4 professional starts in the outfield during the past homestand.
¡VAMOS RAMOS!: OF Henry Ramos went 3-for-4 last night and is hitting .339 (56-165) with 2 HR, 23 RBI and 13 extra-base hits…Ramos has reached in 38 of 44 games this season, and ranks sixth in the Eastern League in average.
MOVING UP THE LATER: Shaw is third in the league in homers (10) and RBI (35), hitting four homers during the nine-game homestand…Portland leads the league with 256 runs scored and a league best +81 run differential.
EIGHT AND NINE: Hissey and Wilkerson from the eight and nine spots in the order, scored four of Portland’s five runs on Thursday…Hissey led off the seventh with a triple and scored on SS Derrik Gibson’s infield single…Wilkerson scored the winning run on Betts’ triple.
THAT WAS NUMBER ONE: RHP Miguel Celestino fanned a season-high four batters, but suffered his first blown save of the season…Celestino gave up four hits, one run over 1.2 IP, and allowing two inherited runners to score.