‘Dogs in Trenton
The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in three days against the Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park…With a win tonight, Portland clinches their best May in franchise history.
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: Peter Hissey
‘Dogs 9: Betts 8, Marrero 6, Welch 3, Spring DH, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Greenwell 7, Meneses 4, Hissey 9, Johnson LH (3-1, 1.84)
Trenton: Dugas 7, Gamel 8, Austin 5, Sanchez 2, O’Brien DH, Refsnyder 4, Fiorito 3, Sanchez 9, Angelini 6, Mitchell RH (1-3, 4.23)
Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com
VISIT TO NEW JERSEY: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in three days on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park…With a win in the next three games, Portland will clinch their best May in franchise history, topping the 1995 team (included current Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon) that went 18-11 (.621)…’Dogs and Thunder split a two-game set in Trenton on April 8-9, and will play a day/night doubleheader on Saturday.
7-6-2-5-3: Portland salvaged the final game of their three-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats, 2-1 on Thursday morning…The game ended on a crazy double play, started on a double down the left-field line by RF Reynaldo Rodriguez…Pinch-runner A.J. Petterson slipped rounding third at was out going back to third base…After that out, 3B Derrik Gibson fired down to second base to nap Rodriguez and end the game…Portland scored both runs in the first inning on run-scoring doubles by 1B Stefan Welch and DH Sean Coyle…LHP Henry Owens tossed seven scoreless frames to earn the win.
LEAGUE LEADERS ALL IN PORTLAND: RHP Keith Couch, Owens and LHP Robby Scott each lead the Eastern League in wins with six…Owens has pitched two straight seven scoreless inning performances, and lowered his ERA to 2.52 (7th in the league)…Couch makes the start in game one tomorrow afternoon and ranks 4th in the league with a 2.22 ERA…Scott has earned a win in four straight relief appearances.
COYLE CONNECTING: After spending April 29-May 22 on the disabled list, Coyle has been outstanding since coming back…In six games, Coyle is 11-for-25 (.440) with a home run and six RBI…He has tallied five extra-base, scored five runs and has a 10-game hitting streak dating back to April 21, going 16-for-37 (.432) during that time.
HASN’T BEEN MANY: Portland dropped to 6-2-0 in series at Hadlock Field after the Rock Cats took two of three…Trenton beat the ‘Dogs in a three-game series in Maine from April 25-27…The ‘Dogs lone series loss on the road came in their last series in New Britain, dropping two of three to the Rock Cats.
MAY BELONGS TO HENRY: OF Henry Ramos leads the team with a .372 (35-for-94) average this month with both homers and 9 RBI…Owens is 3-2 in May with a 1.51 ERA (6 ER/35.2 IP)…RHP Noe Ramirez is 1-0, 0.64 ERA and 4-for-4 in saves this month.