#MookieMadness to Boston
I was at the hotel gym this morning when I found out the news about Mookie Betts…I can’t go five minutes without looking on my phone, and thanks to Twitter, I saw John Tomase’s tweet – he broke the story. This is just incredible to have someone who started this season with Portland, make it to the Majors. Just last year, Betts was playing in Low-A Greenville. Being here in Reading, Pa., I can’t help but remember how the season opened – Mookie leads off the year with a homer. Oh by the way, LHP Henry Owens pitched a six-inning no-hitter.
Quotes from Mookie on Twitter
My interview earlier this season with Mookie
Pre-Game Interview: #MookieMadness
Pre-Game begins at 6:15 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, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Hissey 9, Meneses 5, Augliera RH (3-6, 5.10)
Reading (33-43): Alonso 5, Lavin 7, Dugan 9, Fox DH, Altherr 8, Ryal 6, Stassi 3, Cartwright 4, Moore 2, Loewen LH (0-1, 6.10)
Notes for today
NICE START: The Sea Dogs are a season-high, 25 games over .500, and look for their third straight win in Reading on Saturday night…RHP Mike Augliera makes his 15th start of the season and his third against Reading (0-2, 7.71 ERA)…With last night’s win, Portland clinched a winning record for June and the season series at First Energy Stadium…The Fightins have lost 10 straight and 19 of their last 24 games…The two teams will meet at Hadlock Field on July 28-30 & August 25-29.
WALK THIS WAY: Portland walked a season-high 13 times, and defeated the Reading Fightin Phils 12-2 on Friday night…Keury De La Cruz, Derrik Gibson and Blake Swihart each reached base five times…De La Cruz tied a franchise record with 5 hits (career-high) and drove in three runs…LHP Brian Johnson (7-1) worked five strong innings on one run to notch the win…The 13 walks came from the top 5 in the lineup, who combined to score 11 of 12 runs…Peter Hissey went 3-for-6 with an RBI and Sean Coyle delivered a two-run single in the ninth.
RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Portland 52-27 (.658), Low-A Kane County 51-27 (.654), Low-A Savannah 49-26 (.653), Double-A Huntsville 51-28 (.646), Low-A Hagerstown 51-28 (.646) and High-A Myrtle Beach 49-27 (.645).
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME?Portland was last 25 games over .500 in 1996, finishing the season at 83-58…The franchise has not been 25+ games over .500 since closing out the 1995 campaign at 86-56 – Current Manager Billy McMillon was a player on that team.
COYLE CONNECTING AND STEALING: Coyleis hitting.357 with 8 home runs and 32 RBI in just 50 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 197 plate appearances fall 16 short of the league minimum to qualify (2.7/Team Game played)…Last night he established a season-high with 3 walks.
#MOOKIEMADNEES: Earlier today, the Boston Red Sox promoted to INF/OF Mookie Betts to Boston from Triple-A Pawtucket…Betts led off the season in Reading with a homer on a 3-2 pitch from LHP Jesse Biddle…Mookie becomes the 223rd former Sea Dog in franchise history to make it to the Major Leagues…He hit .355, 6 HR, 34 RBI in 54 games.