Saturday night is alright for Baseball

Both these teams can really swing the bat.

Both these teams can really swing the bat.

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series against the Bowie Baysox at Hadlock Field on Saturday night…Portland dropped the series opener 6-4 on Friday night…LHP Mickey Pena (2-1, 6.10) makes his 12th start of the season and the first of his career against Bowie.

Portland still owns the best record in the Eastern League at 40-21, holding an 8-game lead over the Binghamton Mets for the top spot in the Eastern Division.

Last night’s game featured eight errors, but 5 committed by Bowie, but they still held on to win…Portland has gone from 1st in defense to 5th in just 8 games.

Equipment Drive at Hadlock Field

Nice to see former Sea Dogs Ronald Bermudez and Chih-Hsien Chiang earlier today with their new team…Bermudez is hitting .329 for the Baysox in 39 games…Chiang is hitting .215 in 47 games with 3 homers and 20 RBI.

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Adam Pohl (Bowie Broadcaster)

Sea Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart DH, Welch 3, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Roof 5, Brenly 2, Greenwell 9, Pena LH (2-1, 6.10)

Bowie: Bermudez 7, Romero 5, Walker 3, Alvarez 8, Adams 4, Ohlman DH, Rosa 9, Schoop 6, Freitas 2, Pettit LH (4-4, 5.65)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

LOOKING TO GET EVEN: The Sea Dogs and Bowie Baysox play game two of their three-game series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 2-2 during their six-game homestand, but still owns the best record in the Eastern League at 40-21…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will improve to 20 games over .500 for the third time this season – they have not been 21 games over since 1997…LHP Mickey Pena (2-1, 6.10) makes his 12th start of the season and the first of his career against Bowie.

A FREAKY FRIDAY: The two teams combined to make eight errors on Friday night, but it was the Baysox who made 5, and held on for a 6-4 win over Portland…Only four of the 10 runs were earned in the series opener, with the ‘Dogs taking a 2-1 lead on a two-run error by SS Garabez Rosa…1B Christian Walker gave Bowie the lead for good, snapping a 2-2 tie with a solo-homer off RHP Keith Couch (7-1) to start the fifth…Portland did not have a run-scoring hit, receiving an RBI from LF Keury De La Cruz on an error…Reliever RHP Marcel Prado (4-1) earned the win and RHP Oliver Drake pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.

NOT MANY: Couch had not allowed a home run over 74.2 IP, dating back to August 24, 2013 when he allowed a solo-homer to Gary Sanchez…Last night was Couch’s second loss as a starter in Portland – his first on July 17, 2013 at New Hampshire…His previous loss at Hadlock Field came in relief on May 28, 2013 vs. New Hampshire.

THE 40-PLUS CLUB: The Sea Dogs (40-21) are one of 8 teams in professional baseball with 40 or more wins, and just one of two at the Double-A level or higher…Double-A: Huntsville (40-20), High-A: Bakersfield (40-23), Dunedin (41-19), Lancaster (40-23), Myrtle Beach (40-19), Low A: Hagerstown (41-20), Kane County (41-20), are the other squads with 40 wins…Portland has the 7th best record in minor league baseball.

Contemporary Christian musician Josh Wilson (pictured center) performed live at Hadlock Field before the game.

Contemporary Christian musician Josh Wilson (pictured center) performed live at Hadlock Field before the game.

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.

ONLY TWO: Portland has not lost more than two games at Hadlock Field this season…They dropped back-to-back games to New Britain on May 27-28.

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