McCarthy on the hill tonight…’Dogs have 50 wins!

McCarthy_Mike_4_u5wzwmtk_3ff1c7eeRight-hander Mike McCarthy makes his 8th start (15th appearance) of the season as the Sea Dogs take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland became the first team in professional baseball to win 50 games.

Pre-Game Interview: Blake Swihart

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.

Sea Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Roof 9, Meneses 5, McCarthy RH (6-2, 3.77)

New Hampshire: Cats: Wilson 8, Berti 4, Newman DH, Crouse 9, Jones 7, Hobson 3, Chung 2, Nolan 5, Flores 6, Norris LH (0-0, 6.35)

Notes for today

50 REASONS TO SMILE: The Sea Dogs became the first team in professional baseball to 50 wins after last night’s 3-2 victory over New Hampshire in the series opener…Tonight, the ‘Dogs make their second attempt at improving to 25 games over .500 for the first time since they finished 83-56 to conclude the 1996 season…RHP Mike McCarthy (6-2, 3.77) makes his first start at Hadlock Field since May 19th vs. Binghamton (beat the Mets in game two of a doubleheader)…Portland leads the league in hitting (.287) and pitching (3.47 ERA).

DIAZ DEALING: RHP Luis Diaz (2-0) fired a career-high eight innings on seven hits and one run, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 3-2 on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Trailing 1-0, Sean Coyle tied the game with a lead-off homer in the second…Heiker Meneses gave Portland the lead with two-out RBI single…Deven Marrero continued his hot hitting, nailing a solo-homer to left-center field to begin the third…New Hampshire rallied in the ninth, receiving a solo-shot by Jonathan Jones and a triple from Matt NewmanMiguel Celestino was able to complete the save, retiring the final two batters on grounders to third base.

MARRERO REWARDED: Yesterday, 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 20 games (started on May 31st), and improved his hitting streak to seven games: 14-for-24 (.583), 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3B.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: Portland’s .658 winning percentage is tops in professional baseball, a touch ahead of Low-A Savannah’s (South Atlantic League, Mets) .657…Double-A Huntsville has 49 wins (Southern League, Brewers)…Low-A Hagerstown (South Atlantic League, Nationals), Low-A Kane County Cougars (Midwest League, Cubs) and High-A Dunedin (Florida State League, Blue Jays) have 48 wins.

BIG O ON THE HILL: LHP Henry Owens has won five straight and is 5-1, 0.41 ERA (2 ER/43.2 IP) in 7 starts since May 14thOwens 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, held by Jon Lester for pitchers with more than 120.0 innings pitched.

 

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