Sea Dogs Back home to start a 7-game homestand and finish an 8-game trip

IMG_2322TWO GAMES, DUAL PURPOSES: Tonight the Sea Dogs and Altoona Curve conclude a suspended game from June 11th at Peoples Natural Gas Field, followed by a seven-inning contest…In game one, Altoona is the home team, with Portland leading 2-1 in the bottom of the third…That game will wrap-up Portland’s recent 8-game roadtrip (currently 4-3)…Game two will start a four-game series in three days with the Curve, and the start of a seven-game homestand…This is the second straight day the ‘Dogs play a suspended/7-inning game.

2-FOR-1: Portland and Erie concluded a suspended game from Wednesday, and won 8-6 on Wednesday morning at Jerry Uht Park…In game two, RHP Luis Diaz retired 18 of 19 batters faced in his Double-A debut, as the ‘Dogs beat the ‘Wolves 5-1…Diaz yielded just one hit, a solo-homer to CF Jason Krizan in the fourth…The righty fanned four, and threw 39 of 53 pitches for strikes…1B Dave Chester blasted a grand-slam, his first Double-A homer…SS Deven Marrero added his third homer of the season…Portland and Erie finished the season series by splitting six games.

BIG O ON THE HILL: LHP Henry Owens is seeking his fifth straight win, getting the nod in game two…Owens established a franchise record on June 14th by compiling 27.2 consecutive scoreless innings (May 19-June 14), surpassing LHP Kris Johnson, who held the previous record of 24 innings from June 15-July 1, 2008…Owens among E.L. Leaders: 81 strikeouts (1st), 1.04 WHIP (1st), .176 AVG against (1st), 9.46 runners-per-9 IP (1st), 8 wins (T-1st), 2 complete games (T-1st), 2.16 ERA (2nd), 9.23 SO-per-9 IP (2nd) and 79 IP (5th).

CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL: The Sea Dogs have hit 52 homers this season, but have four straight multi-homer games (10 overall)…2B Sean Coyle, OF Keury De La Cruz and C Blake Swihart each homered twice on the trip…1B Stefan Welch has hit two homers on the trip, but that won’t be official until the suspended game is completed. 

MORE ON TONIGHT’S FIRST GAME: Portland and Altoona resume a suspended game from June 11th in Pennsylvania, since the ‘Dogs don’t go back to Altoona, the game is being played at Hadlock Field with the Curve the home team…Portland leads 2-1, heading to the bottom of the third inning…Welch hit a two-run homer in the second inning off RHP Adrian Sampson (3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, SO, 2 HBP)…Altoona scored an unearned run with two outs in the second inning off RHP Keith Couch (2 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO)…Sampson is on the hook for the Curve.

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: Sean Coyle

Resuming suspended game from June 11th
Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Greenwell 9, Meneses 5, McCarthy RH (5-2, 3.96)

Altoona: Hanson 6, Vasquez 7, Broxton 8, Diaz 2, Curry 3, Howard DH, Garcia 9, Ngoepe 4, Cunningham 5, Yang LH (0-0, 4.50)

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