All-Stars are out! Five ‘Dogs going to Altoona, Pa.

ASG_2014_480_6f8xvh9h_zat5fnhrThe Eastern League All-Stars were announced earlier today, and the Portland Sea Dogs have five representatives…Here’s the full press release

Eastern League All-Star LHP Brian Johnson makes his 12th start of the season…He made his Double-A debut on May 3rd in game two of a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium, earning the win…Johnson’s lone loss was May 25th, when Portland suffered a 1-0 loss at New Hampshire.

How about these firsts!

  • Henry Owens became the first 12-game winner in the minors on Sunday
  • Tonight, the ‘Dogs can become the first 60-win team in all of professional baseball
  • Portland leads the league in average, runs, runs allowed, RBI, slugging and on-base percentage…On the pitching end, they lead in ERA, fewest runs and earned runs allowed, fewest homers and fewest walks.
  • Michael Almanzar played first base yesterday for the first this season…Heiker Meneses picked up his first 3 RBI game.

Pre-Game begins at 6:15PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Lineups
‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Wilkerson 9, Coyle 4, Chester DH, Almanzar 5, De La Cruz 7, Welch 3, Brenly 2, Meneses 6, Johnson LH (7-1, 1.73)

B-Mets: Johnson 7, Herrera 4, Burgamy DH, Lawley 5, Rivera 6, Boyd 3, Nimmo 8, Taijeron 9, Carillo 2, Mazzoni RH (0-0, -.–)

FIRST TO 60: With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs would be the first team in professional baseball to reach 60 wins…Monday kicks-off a four-game series between the ‘Dogs and B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium – Portland’s final regular season visit to Binghamton…Tonight’s starter LHP Brian Johnson earned the win in his Double-A debut on May 3rd at Binghamton (Game 2 of a doubleheader)…Johnson’s lone loss was a 1-0 defeat on May 25th at New Hampshire.

OH HENRY: LHP Henry Owens (12-3) matched careers with 8 IP and 11 strikeouts, as the Sea Dogs completed a three-game sweep of the New Britain Rock Cats, 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Owens was perfect in five of eight innings, allowed just three hits, one run and one walk…Heiker Meneses capped off the win, delivering a three-run double in the eighth off Daniel TurpenSean Coyle knocked home the first 2 runs, picking up the game-winning RBI in all three games…Keury De La Cruz and Derrik Gibson each had two hits in the win.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 58-26 (.690), Portland 59-29 (.670), Low-A Kane County 57-29 (.663), Low-A Greensboro 57-31 (.648), and High-A Bakersfield 56-31 (.644)…The Red Sox have the sixth best record as an organization the minors at 225-195 (.536).

MORE ON BIG O: Owenshas made 23 starts in his Sea Dogs career (2013-current) and is 15-4, 2.12 ERA (32 ER/136.0 IP) overall…The lefty holds the franchise mark for career ERA, surpassing Jon Lester’s 2.57 mark earlier this season…The lefty has tied RHP Adam Mills’ franchise record with eight straight wins…Last 8 starts: 8-0, 1.30 ERA (8 ER/55.1 IP) and has allowed just 38 hits in his last 71.2 innings pitched.

COYLE CONTINUES: Coyle has an RBI in 4 of his last 5 games, and enters tonight’s contest hitting .355 (71-for-200)…The Chalfont, Pa. native would need 7 plate appearances tonight to qualify for the Top 10 hitting…Coyle’s last 13 games: 17-for-42 (.405), 4 HR, 21 RBI and 3 doubles.

WHAT’S THE BEST RECORD EVER?Portland is 30 games over .500 for the first time since finishing 86-56 to conclude 1995…The franchise’s best record of All-Time was 82-50 that same season.

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