Saturday night is alright for Baseball
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.
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.
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.