Doubront on the hill for Portland
The Sea Dogs conclude their three-game series with the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…Portland dropped the opener on Tuesday night 11-9, but responded with a 5-1 win last night…LHP Felix Doubront makes a Major League Rehab Assignment for Portland. Doubront is expected to throw 60 to 65 pitches in tonight’s game…He’s recovering from a left-shoulder strain.
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: MLB Rehab Update/Mookie update
‘Dogs 9: Greenwell 9, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Welch 3, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Meneses 5, Gibson 8, Doubront LH (MLB Rehab)
‘Wolves: Lemon 8, Cabrera DH, Travis 4, Moya 9, Westlake 3, Martinez 6, Jones 5, Krizan 7, Albernaz 2, Collier RH (2-5, 6.97)
Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com
MAJOR INFLUENCE: Former Sea Dog LHP Felix Doubront (on the DL with a left-shoulder strain) makes a Major League Rehab Assignment in the series between Portland and Erie on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…Erie took the opener 11-9 on Tuesday night, knocking out a season-high 21 hits…Portland got even last night, and is playing just their second rubber game (0-1) of the season…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will match a season best 20 games over .500…Portland had not been 20 games over .500 since June 5, 1997.
WAY TO GO BIG O: LHP Henry Owens (7-3) tossed a career-high eight scoreless frames on two hits, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-1 win over Erie on Wednesday…Owens walked two, fanned six and threw 107 pitches/73 strikes…RF Bo Greenwell led off the first inning with a homer into the U.S. Cellular Pavilion, his first with Portland…CF Derrik Gibson knocked home two runs and reached base three times…C Blake Swihart had three hits and delivered a two-run single in the eighth – the ball was misplayed and should have been caught for the third out.
MLB REHAB UPDATE: Doubront will be the 33rd player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 27th as a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Steven Wright (2014), Craig Breslow, Stephen Drew, John Lackey, Franklin Morales & David Ross (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsburyand Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).
MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).
THROWING UP ZEREOS: Owens has won three straight appearances, but has not allowed a run in 22 consecutive innings – the fourth best streak in franchise history…The lefty is tied for the league lead in wins (7) with teammate RHP Keith Couch.
ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES: OF Keury De La Cruz has gone 2-for-4 with a double in each of his three starts to begin his Double-A career…INF/OF Jonathan Roof has hit safely in all three Double-A starts, including triples in his last two games.