‘Dogs back home for 5

Peter Hissey is hitting a season-high .300 (photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Peter Hissey is hitting a season-high .300 (photo by Kelly O’Connor)

The Sea Dogs return home to start a 5-game series in 4 days against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland was swept in a four-game series in Binghamton, suffering their first 4-game losing streak this season.

Portland is 5-5 this month, hitting just .251, but at some point that had to cool down. It’s amazing the run this team has been on. It took until July for their first 4-game losing streak? Not many teams can say that.

With Henry Owens not pitching this series due to the Futures Game, and a doubleheader Wednesday and tomorrow, the ‘Dogs need innings tonight from spot-starter Jeremy Kehrt. Portland will use Kehrt and Boscan in Game 2 tomorrow, eliminating two pitchers from their ‘pen.

Pre-Game begins at 6:40PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Hissey 9, Swihart DH, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Brenly 2, Dent 6, Kehrt RH (0-0, 2.45)

‘Cats: Pompey 8, Nolan 6, Newman 9, Crouse 7, Burns 5, Hobson 3, Chung 2, Carter DH, Flores 4, Copeland RH (5-6, 4.28)

A few notes for today

HOME BEFORE THE BREAK: The Sea Dogs return home to start a five-game series in four days against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland was swept in a four-game series at Binghamton, and have lost four straight games for the first time this season…RHP Jeremy Kehrt (0-0, 2.45) makes a spot start in the series opener…Yesterday was the first time Portland has been swept this season – they still own the best record in the Eastern League.

RUNS IN BUNCHES: The Binghamton Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Portland Sea Dogs, winning 13-3 on Thursday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium…Binghamton scored their runs in just three innings, taking a 4-0 lead off losing pitcher RHP Luis Diaz in the second inning…The B-Mets scored nine runs in the last two innings, including five unearned runs off Michael Olmsted in the eighth inning…Blake Swihart closed the gap to 4-3 with a two-run double in the sixth…Keury De La Cruz added a run-scoring single in the fifth…Travis Taijeron went 2-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBI.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 60-28 (.682),Low-A Kane County 59-30 (.663), Portland 59-33 (.641), Low-A Greensboro 58-33 (.637) and High A- Dunedin 57-33 (.633)…The Red Sox have the ninth best record as an organization the minors at 235-212 (.526).

INSIDE THE PITCHING: Diaz matched a career-high with nine strikeouts on Thursday, working 5.2 IP on four hits, four runs (three earned) and two walks…LHP Robby Scott gave up a season-high four runs (three earned) in just 1.1 innings of work…Olmsted worked one inning, giving five unearned runs on one hit (Taijeron homer) and two walks.

KURCZ SO GOOD: Aaron Kurcz worked a perfect inning in game two on Wednesday’s doubleheader…Last 17 outings: 19.2 IP, 12 H, R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 19 SO…The righty has a strikeout in 16 of 20 appearances and lowered his ERA to 1.99 (5 ER/22. IP) – all five runs were yielded over two appearances in April.

PICKED UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Peter Hissey had four hits in the Binghamton series, raising his average to a season-high .300 (42-for-140)…Hissey was on the disabled list from June 1-24 (concussion) but has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games: 28-for-67 (.418), 8 RBI, 2 triples and 3 doubles.


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