Sea Dogs welcome in Bowie

Derrik Gibson joins me on the Pre-Game Show tonight (Photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Derrik Gibson joins me on the Pre-Game Show tonight (Photo by Kelly O’Connor)

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series against the Bowie Baysox on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 2-1 during an 18-game stretch against the Western Division, recently taking two of three from the Erie SeaWolves.

Nice to see former Sea Dogs Ronald Bermudez and Chih-Hsien Chiang earlier today with their new team…Bermudez is hitting .331 for the Baysox in 38 games…Chiang is hitting .215 in 47 games with 3 homers and 20 RBI.

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: Derrik Gibson

Sea Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Welch 3, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Roof 9, Meneses 5, Couch RH (7-0, 2.26)

Bowie: Kang 7, Romero DH, Walker 3, Alvarez 8, Bermudez 9, Ohlman 2, Adams 4, Rosa 6, Schoop 5, Gurka LH (2-1, 3.58)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

BOWIE IN TOWN: The Sea Dogs began an 18-game stretch against the Western division by taking two of three from the Erie SeaWolves…Tonight, the ‘Dogs welcome in the Bowie Baysox (Orioles affiliate) in the first of a three-game weekend series…The two teams split the six-game season series in 2013, with Bowie grabbing the series win in Maine…With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs will be 21 games over .500 for the first time since June 4, 1997 when they were 39-18.

3 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: Portland snapped a 2-2 tie with a three-run eighth inning, and held on to beat the Erie SeaWolves 5-3 on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…1B Stefan Welch delivered the game-winning hit with a two-run triple off losing pitcher RHP Slade Smith (0-2)…Welch picked up 2 triples and is tied with OF Peter Hissey for the team lead with three…RHP Mike McCarthy (5-2) tossed four scoreless frames in relief of LHP Felix Doubront to earn the win…RHP Miguel Celestino yielded a run in the ninth, but earned his fourths save of the year.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Doubront became the 33rd player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 27th as a Red Sox affiliate…The lefty worked four innings on three hits, two runs, no walks and two strikeouts.

THE 40-PLUS CLUB: The Portland Sea Dogs (40-20) are one of 7 teams in professional baseball with 40+, and just one of two at the Double-A level or higher…Huntsville (40-20), Low-A Kane County (40-20), High-A Bakersfield (40-22), Low-A Hagerstown (41-19), High-A Myrtle Beach (40-18) and High-A Dunedin (41-18) are the other squads with 40 wins…Portland is tied for the 4th best record in minor league baseball.

THROWING UP ZEREOS: LHP Henry Owens has won three straight appearances, but has not allowed a run in his last 22.1 innings pitched, which is tied with LHP Drake Britton (May 30-June 16, 2013) and LHP Phil Seibel (May 20-June 11, 2006) for the second longest streak in team history…LHP Kris Johnson holds the franchise mark, tossing 24 scoreless frames from June 15-July 1, 2088.

SWINGING OF SWIHART: C Blake Swihart finished the Erie series 7-for-14 (.500) with a homer, 4 RBI and a double…Swihart’s last 11 games: 18-for-47 (.383), 2 HR, 10 RBI and three doubles.

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