‘Dogs and ‘Cats Part 3…Former Eastern Leaguers to Boston

Brian Johnson fanned a career-high 12 batters on Friday.

Brian Johnson fanned a career-high 12 batters on Friday.

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…RHP Wilfredo Boscan makes his second straight start for the ‘Dogs. ICYMI – Brian Johnson had a career-night on Friday, fanning a professional-high 12 batters. Here’s the story from milb.com. Portland’s 1-0 win was their first since last April 17th at NYSEG Stadium against the B-Mets. Portland had not won a game when scoring three or fewer runs on the road this season – record is now 1-8.

Big News today in Red Sox Nation, as RHP Jake Peavey was traded to San Francisco. Boston.com’s story. Hembree appeared in one game against Portland back in 2011 in Richmond. Escobar never pitched against the ‘Dogs.

With the trade deadline this week, you never know what could happen. I remember back in 2011 when Tim Federowicz was taken out of a game, and traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Sea Dogs are home for the trading deadline against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate).  This is a really interesting time of year, since everyone is anticipating something happening. Baseball becomes routine, but with all the trades, it breaks up that routine.

Star Wars Night on August 16th at Hadlock Field

Vote for Slugger! Mascot Mania

Pre-Game begins at 6:45PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Lineups
‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester DH, Welch 3, Wilkerson 9, Meneses 6, Dent 7, Boscan RH (1-4, 3.29)

Rock Cats: Polanco 6, Thomas 4, Rosario 8, Vargas 3, Hicks 9, Waring 5, Kvasnicka 7, Boyer DH, Koch 2, Duffey RH (6-2, 4.04)

A few notes for today

SATURDAY IN THE PARK: The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats have split the first 2 games of their four-game set, which resumes on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…Portland’s 1-0 win last night was their first victory on the road when scoring three runs or less (now 1-18)…The ‘Dogs need wins in the final two games to take their first road series since June 26-29 at Reading…RHP Wilfredo Boscan makes his second straight for Portland and his second appearance against the ‘Cats.

TOOK JUST ONE: LHP Brian Johnson (9-2) had a career-night, yielding an infield-hit and fanning a career-high 12 batters, leading the Sea Dogs in a 1-0 win over the Rock Cats…Johnson tossed seven frames, allowing a two-out infield single to Stephen Wickens in the third…The lefty walked three, included two in the seventh, but fanned Brad Boyer for his 12th strikeout to end the inning…2B Sean Coyle knocked in the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning…C Blake Swihart went 3-for-4 and CF Shannon Wilkerson had one hit and scored the only run of the game.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 6 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 65-34 (.657), Low-A Asheville 68-36 (.654), Low-A Kane County 67-36 (.650), Low-A Greensboro & Low-A Hagerstown 67-38 (.638), Portland 67-39 (.632), and …The Red Sox have the 6th best record as an organization in MiLB at 286-251 (.533).

JOHNSON’S JUST DEALING: Johnson is among minor league baseball’s best arms…The southpaw has backed up Henry Owens nicely with Portland and compiled an 9-2 record with a 2.13 ERA, which now leads the Eastern League…10 of his 15 starts have been quality starts and 64% of his pitches have been strikes…In total, Johnson is 12-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 20 starts between Salem and Portland…His wins are tied with Pawtucket’s Anthony Ranaudo for the second most in the minors behind Owens’ 13.

OVER A YEAR: Portland’s 1-0 win was their first since last April 27th against the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs are third in the Eastern League with nine shutouts – Binghamton and New Hampshire have 10.

HAD TWO OF THE THREE: Swihart’s three hits last night improved his average to .304, tied for 10th in the Eastern League…The Albuquerque, New Mexico native leads the team with 29 multi-hit games.

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