Betts/Coyle…Owens sets franchise record
Henry Owens allowed two homers and four runs last night, but the lefty earned his league-leading 10th win of the season, as the ‘Dogs beat Reading 9-4. Owens had not allowed a homer in 54.1 IP, but he lowered his career ERA with Portland to 2.13, surpassing Jon Lester’s mark of 2.57 as the franchise leader.
I was wondering what Mookie Betts and Sean Coyle’s combined numbers would be…So here’s the combined total of Mookie and Sean: .356 (136-for-382), 103 games, 91 RS, 33 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR, 64 RBI, 53 BB, 63 SO, 35 SB/38 attempts
Portland is trying to go 25 games over .500 for the first time since they were 83-58 to end the 1996 season.
Pre-Game Interview: Noe Ramirez
Pre-Game begins at 6:45 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.
‘Dogs (51-27): Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, De La Cruz DH, Roof 5, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 9, Johnson LH (6-1, 1.68)
Reading (33-42): Cartwright 4, Alonso 5, Dugan 9, Fox DH, Altherr 8, Ryal 7, Stassi 3, Moore 2, Phillips 6, Garner RH (4-4, 4.14)
Notes for today
NICE START: The Sea Dogs opened up their eight-game roadtrip with a 9-4 win, and continue their four-game set with the Reading Fightin Phils on Friday night at First Energy Stadium…Portland owns the best winning percentage in minor league baseball at .654, and are attempting to go 25 games over .500 for the first time since they were 83-58 to end the 1996 season…Reading has lost nine straight games and just 4-18 this month…New Britain holds the best mark this month at 17-5.
COYLE CONNECTS: 2B Sean Coyle cleared the bases with a double in the seventh inning, rallying the Sea Dogs past the Fightins, 9-4 on Thursday night…Portland was trailing 4-3 after five innings on a pair of two-run homers from Aaron Altherr and Peter Lavin off Henry Owens (10-3)…Owens earned his sixth straight win, working six innings on five hits, four runs and six strikeouts…RHP Noe Ramirez converted his eighth save, working the final three innings on one hit and two strikeouts…Portland scored six times off Reading’s bullpen, giving Colton Murray his second loss of the year.
OWENS ONE OF THE BEST: Owenshas now made 21 starts with the Sea Dogs and is 13-4 with a 2.13 ERA in 122.1 innings pitched…He now stands as the career ERA leader in franchise history in front of Jon Lester’s 2.57 ERA…The lefty has won six straight starts, going 6-0, 1.08 ERA since May 24th.
RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Portland 51-27 (.654), Low-A Kane County 50-27 (.649), Low-A Savannah 48-26 (.649), High-A Myrtle Beach 49-27 (.645), and Double-A Huntsville 50-28 (.641) & Low-A Hagerstown 50-28 (.641).
LOTS OF CONTRIBUTORS: The top seven in Portland’s lineup had an RBI last night, receiving the lone homer by DH Matt Spring…The top four in the lineup went a combined 9-for-15 (.600) with 6 RBI and 7 runs scored…SS Deven Marrero extended his season-high hitting streak to nine straight games…He’s hitting .567 (17-for-30) during the streak.
COYLE CONNECTING AND STEALING: Coyleis hitting.357 with 8 home runs and 30 RBI in just 49 games…He has 15 doubles, 35 runs scored and stolen 12 bases in 12 attempts…As it stands now, Coyle would be the league leader in hitting, but his 191 plate appearances fall 20 short of the league minimum to qualify (2.7/Team Game played)…Last night was his 5th game-winning RBI.