Marrero player of the week…’Dogs and ‘Cats series #3

Right-hander Luis Diaz makes his Hadlock Field debut on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate)…Diaz was perfect in 5 of 6 innings in his Double-A debut on June 18th at Erie, allowing just one run one baserunner – a solo homer by CF Jason Krizan.

Congrats to Portland SS Deven Marrero on Eastern League Player of the Week.

Congrats to Portland SS Deven Marrero on Eastern League Player of the Week.

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: 

Sea Dogs: Roof 9, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester, DH, De La Cruz 7, Greenwell 8, Meneses 5, Diaz RH (1-0, 1.50)

New Hampshire: Wilson DH, Berti 4, Burns 5, Hobson 3, Crouse 7, Jones 8, Newman 9, Chung 2, Nolan 6, Bibens-Dirkx RH (2-1, 2.61)

Full Press Release on Marrero Player of the Week

In the first 8 games against New Hampshire: Sean Coyle, Peter Hissey, Carlos Rivero and Matt Spring went a combined 30-for-58 (.517), HR, 16 RBI.

Notes for Today

BACK TO THE EAST: The Sea Dogs finished 11-7 during an 18-game stretch against the Western Division, and open up a three-game series on Monday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland has won both four-game series from New Hampshire and own a 139-117 All-Time Record against the ‘Cats…Portland’s 49 wins are the most in professional baseball – Kane County Cougars (Low-A, Midwest League, Cubs) and Dunedin (High-A, Florida State League, Blue Jays) have 48.

MADE IT INTERESTING: Portland had runners at second and third, but RHP Kenn Kasparek fanned Derrik Gibson to end the game, and give the Altoona Curve a 5-4 win on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…RHP Adrian Sampson (5-4) worked seven innings on eight hits and four runs to earn the win…RHP Mike Augliera (3-6) suffered the loss for the ‘Dogs, giving up all five runs on nine hits in 6.2 IP…Deven Marrero highlighted Portland’s 10-hit offense, going 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single…Ralph Henriquez and Justin Howard each hit solo-homers for the Curve.

MARRERO REWARDED: Earlier today, Marrero was announced as the Eastern League Player of the Week (June 16-22), after hitting .650 (13-for-20) with a homer, 4 RBI, triple and six runs scored in six games…The Florida native has the longest active on-base streak in the Eastern League at 19 games (started on May 31st), producing a .394 average and a .458 on-base percentage during the streak.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Sea Dogs 49 wins are the most in all of professional baseball…Low-A Kane County Cougars (Midwest League, Cubs) and High-A Dunedin (Florida State League, Blue Jays) have 48 wins…Oakland, Milwaukee, and Low-A Hagerstown (South Atlantic League, Nationals), have 47 wins…Portland’s .653 winning percentage is third behind Dunedin’s .658 and Low-A Savannah’s (South Atlantic League, Mets) .657.

BIG O ON THE HILL: LHP Henry Owens won his fifth straight game on Friday night and is 5-1, 0.41 ERA (2 ER/43.2 IP) in 7 starts since May 14th…Owens among E.L. Leaders: 9 wins (1st), 1.99 ERA (1st), 89 strikeouts (1st), 3 complete games (1st), 2 shutouts (1st), 1.03 WHIP (1st), .178 AVG against (1st), 9.42 runners-per-9 IP (1st), 9.31 SO-per-9 IP (1st) and 86 IP (2nd)The lefty has is 12-4, 1.93 ERA in 116.1 innings in 20 Double-A starts…He is 3.2 innings shy of qualifying for the franchise record in ERA as it is held by Jon Lester for pitchers with more than 120.0 innings pitched.

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