Couch and Sampson battle on Wednesday night.

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series and nine-game roadtrip on Wednesday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) from Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland is 4-3 during an 18-game stretch against the Western Division.

Tonight’s matchup features two pitchers in the Top 10 in ERA…RH Keith Couch is 7-1 and ranks 7th in the league with a 2.49 ERA…RH Adrian Sampson is 4-3, 2.07 ERA, which ranks second behind teammate RH A.J. Morris.

Both starters did not attend a big name college…Sampson was a 5th round pick by the pirates in the 2012 draft out of Bellevue Community College…Couch attended Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

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

Pre-Game Interview: Mike Passanissi

Sea Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Greenwell 9, Meneses 5, Couch RH (7-1, 2.49)

Altoona: Hanson 6, Vasquez 7, Broxton 8, Diaz 2, Allie 3, Howard DH, Garcia 9, Ngoepe 4, Cunningham 5, Sampson RH (4-3, 2.07)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at

THAT’S A GOOD START: The Sea Dogs began their nine-game roadtrip with a win, and continue their three-game series with the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) on Wednesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland is making their third attempt to go 21 games over .500 for the first time since June 4, 1997 when they were 39-18…RHP Keith Couch is coming off his first loss of the season and just his second as a starter in Double-A…Career totals in Portland as a starter: 16-2, 2.81 ERA (49 ER/156.2 IP).

EARLY RUNS, GREAT PITCHING: Portland scored three in the first off losing pitcher LHP Joely Rodriguez (3-5) and LHP Brian Johnson tossed six strong innings, as the ‘Dogs beat the Curve 5-1…Johnson notched his fifth quality start of the season, working six innings on four hits, one run and six strikeouts…CF Derrik Gibson finished with three hits, a walk and a sacrifice bunt…Portland received an RBI from five different players and seven of nine starters reached base safely…DH David Chester went 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single in his Double-A debut.

JOHNSON’S JUST ROLLING: Johnson improved to 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA in seven Double-A starts…The lefty has worked at least five innings in every start and has allowed just 13 runs (nine earned) on 29 hits in 41.1 innings…In total he has thrown 422 of 653 pitches for strikes (65%).

MORE ON THE NEW CF:Gibson has made his first 6 professional starts in CF over the last six games…In his last eight starts, the Delaware native is hitting .517 (15-for-29) with 7 RBI, double and 4 walks…For the season, Gibson has reached base safely in 35 of 42 games.

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.

WELCOME TO THE PARTY: Chester was activated from High-A Salem’s disabled list before yesterday’s game (OF Jesus Loya to DL) and went 3-for-4, RBI and a double in his Double-A debut…The former standout at the University of Pittsburgh hit .220 with 3 homers and 15 RBI with Salem…He was on the DL from April 28-June 9.

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