Mookie Betts to Pawtucket! Well deserved

#MookieMadness is heading to Triple-A Pawtucket.

#MookieMadness is heading to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Sea Dogs begin an 18-game stretch against the Western Division on Tuesday night, taking on the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) in the first of a three-game series at Hadlock Field…Portland has not played the West this season, and owns the best record in the Eastern League at 38-19.

Earlier today, INF/OF Mookie Betts was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Now, there’s so much on twitter and in blogs about Mookie the baseball player. I was privileged to get to know Markus Lynn Betts. For 21-years old, he handled himself like a true professional and was simply, a terrific person. I enjoyed talking to him about everything, not just baseball. He’s a great teammate and loved by the entire team. I know he’ll make quite an impression on the PawSox. Last year it was Xander Bogaerts, this year it’s #MookieMadness. We’ve had some terrific players come through Portland.  Just think, last year at this time, did we think that Bogaerts and RHP Brandon Workman would end up helping the Red Sox in the World Series? You just never know what can happen. The Red Sox have produced some amazing talent, and there’s a lot more waiting in the wings to help the Pawtucket Red Sox and Boston down the road.

Below is where he ranks among minor league leaders
Average (T-7th), Runs (2nd), Hits (T-2nd), TB (T-13th), 2B (T-14th), SB (T-11th), OBP (11th), OPS (13th)

Betts’ totals and accomplishments with Portland
LHP: 34-78 (.436), 2 HR   VS RHP: 42-136 (.309), 4 HR
W/RISP: 18-49 (.367), 1 HR

2014: Last 19 games: 17-for-67 (.254), 10 RBI, 2 3B, 4 2B, 11 BB…Walk-off 2-run triple on May 22nd vs. Binghamton (1-for-1 with a team-high 4 walks)…Started in CF on May 18th vs. Trenton (1st pro start in OF)…Reached base safely in 66 straight regular season games (71 including Carolina League playoffs) from August 2, 2013-May 16, 2014 (snapped on May 17th vs. Trenton)…Has reached base 112 times in 54 games and 4 times in a game 11 times, 5 times on May 22 vs. Binghamton and 24th at New Hampshire…17-game hitting streak (longest Sea Dogs streak since 2004): 32-for-74 (.432), 3 HR, 13 RBI, 3B, 6 2B from April 9-30…Reached base in first 35 Double-A games…Hit safely in 44 of 54 games w/23 multi-hit… Scored a run 13 straight from April 9-26 and 35 of 54…Tied April franchise records for hits (40), doubles (10) and stolen bases (10)…Hit .430, 4 HR, 13 RBI in April…First Hadlock Field homer on April 26th vs. Trenton…2nd 4-hit game on April 19th at New Britain (4-for-5, HR)…Led off the season (April 3 at Reading) with a homer, finishing 4-for-4 in his Double-A debut…Named
Eastern League Player of the Week (April 3-13).

Pre-Game begins at 6:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Mike McCarthy

‘Dogs 9: Greenwell 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Welch 3, Coyle 4, De La Cruz DH, Roof 9, Gibson 7, Meneses 5, Augliera RH (3-5, 4.18)

‘Wolves: Johnson 8, Krizan 7, Travis 4, Moya 9, Cabrera DH, Jones 5, Westlake 3, Albernaz 2, Machado 6, Palacios RH (3-2, 5.15)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

WILD WEST: Tonight, the Sea Dogs begin an 18-game stretch against the Western Division, opening up a three-game series against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland owns the best record in the Eastern League, and is coming off their fifth road-series win of the season (took 3 of 4 from Trenton over the weekend)…Erie has won four straight and trails the Richmond Flying Squirrels by 4.5 games for the second playoff spot in the Western Division.

THEY GOT ONE: Portland won the first 3 games of their series over the weekend in Trenton, but the Thunder grabbed the series finale 6-4 on Sunday…Trenton scored five times in the sixth inning off losing pitcher LHP Mickey Pena (2-1) and RHP Matty Ott…Portland rallied in the ninth, cutting the deficit on SS Deven Marrero’s two-out single to right…LHP Tyler Webb stranded the bases loaded by fanning 1B Stefan Welch, and earning his third save of the year…LHP Matt Tracy (6-2) worked six innings on eight hits and three runs to earn the win…RF Bo Greenwell knocked in two runs and reached base twice.

WELL-DESERVED MOOKIE: INF/OF Mookie Betts was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier today…Betts leaves the ‘Dogs hitting .355, 6 HR and 34 RBI…Where Betts ranks among minor league qualifiers:Average (T-7th), Runs (2nd) Hits (T-2nd), TB (T-13th), 2B (T-14th), SB (T-11th), OBP (11th), OPS (13th).

RECAPPING MAY: The Sea Dogs won a franchise record 23 games in May, hitting .289 and compiling a 3.02 ERA…New May records: ERA, Saves (12), IP (274.1 IP), at-bats (1056), games (33) and hits (305)…OF Henry Ramos led the team in hitting at .372 (35-for-94) and Betts led the team with 21 RBI…Couch, McCarthy and LHP Robby Scott went a combined 10-0, 2.28 ERA (17 ER/67.0 IP)

WELCOME TO PORTLAND: LF Keury De La Cruz and 3B Jonathan Roof made their Double-A debuts on Sunday…De La Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored…Roof went 2-for-3 with a run-scoring, a walk and a run scored…On Sunday, Portland’s 6-9 batters went a combined 7-for-14 (.500) with 3 RBI and 4 runs scored.

WOEFUL AGAINST THE WEST: Over the past five seasons the ‘Dogs are 82-110 (.427) against the Western Division with 2012 being the only season Portland finished above .500 (20-15) against the West.

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