An 8-game roadtrip starts tonight in Reading, Pa.

Shannon Wilkerson returns to Portland from Triple-A Pawtucket (photo by Kelly O'Connor).

Shannon Wilkerson returns to Portland from Triple-A Pawtucket (photo by Kelly O’Connor).

The Sea Dogs have the second best winning percentage in minor league baseball (see below for Top 5 rankings), and open up an 8-game roadtrip on Thursday night at First Energy Stadium against the Reading Fightin Phils…Portland is 6-4 against Reading this season, but Owens returns where it all began.  On Opening Night, Owens tossed a six-inning no-hitter at Reading…Tonight is Portland’s first road game of the second half – and Owens is on the hill. They lefty is 9-3, 1.99 ERA in 14 starts.

Future’s Game Press Release

Pre-Game Interview: Rich Gedman Part 2

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Dogs (50-27): Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Wilkerson 9, Meneses 5, Owens LH (9-3, 1.99)

Reading (33-41): Alonso 4, Lavin 7, Altherr 8, Fox DH, Ryal 5, Stassi 3, Collier 9, Moore 2, Duran 6, Milner LH (5-3, 3.79)

Notes for today

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Sea Dogs were postponed last night, finishing 4-2 on the homestand…Tonight, the ‘Dogs open up an 8-game roadtrip against the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium…LHP Henry Owens made the start on Opening Night in Reading, tossing a 6-inning no-hitter…Tonight, Owens gets the nod in Portland’s first road game of the second half…OF Shannon Wilkerson returns to Portland after hitting .234 in his Triple-A debut with Pawtucket (25 games).

RACKING UP THE K’S: LHP Daniel Norris earned his first Double-A win, fanning 10 batters over 5.2 IP, and leading the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 5-1 win on Tuesday night…Norris, who was named to the MLB Future’s Game before Tuesday’s game, yielded three hits and one walk…Portland fanned a season-high 15 times, scoring their lone run in the sixth inning on a bases-loaded HBP from David Chester…RHP Mike McCarthy (6-3) took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits over 4 IP…DH Matt Newman drove in two runs with a homer and ground out for the ‘Cats.

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 (T-1st), 1.99 ERA (1st), 89 strikeouts (1st), 3 complete games (1st), 2 shutouts (1st), 1.03 WHIP (2nd), .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…On Tuesday, Owens and former Sea Dog INF/OF Mookie Betts were named to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 48-25 (.658), Portland 50-27 (.649), Low-A Kane County 49-27 (.645), High-A Dunedin 48-27 (.640) and Double-A Huntsville 49-28 (.636)…The Sea Dogs are 12-9 this month with a .274 team average and a 3.74 ERA.

COYLE CONNECTING AND STEALING: INF Sean Coyle went 1-for-2 on Tuesday night with 2 walks, 2 stolen bases and was involved in both double plays turned by Portland…Coyle is 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts with Portland, and 23 for his last 24, dating back to 2013…He was caught on August 11, 2013 with Low-A Greenville, but when 11-for-11 from April 5-19, 2013 with High-A Salem.

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