Final day in Harrisburg
The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators conclude their three-game series on Thursday night at Metro Bank Park…Portland became the first team in the Eastern League to clinch a playoff spot, with New Britain’s loss on Tuesday night. With Binghamton off tonight, they can clinch the second playoff spot with a Rock Cats loss
INF Sean Coyle returned to the lineup last night for the first time since August 7th and went 0-for-4. Coyle was out of the lineup with a sore right ankle.
Harrisburg’s Manager is Brian Daubach, a member of the Boston Red Sox in 1999-2002, and a member of the 2004 World Championship team…Senators Coach Melvin Dorta was originally drafted by the Red Sox and played in Harrisburg – he was a member of the 2005 Eastern League All-Star Game at Hadlock Field.
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.
#: Wilkerson 8, Miller 5, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Blair 2, Chester DH, Welch 3, Heller 9, Meneses 6, Rodriguez LH (5-7, 4.14)
@ Ramsey DH, Sanchez 4, Latimore 8, Keyes 3, Martinson 6, Tejeda 5, Vettleson 9, Leonida 2, Hague 7, Espino RH (6-4, 4.07)
A few notes for today
80 SOUNDS NICE: The Sea Dogs have won five straight games, their longest winning streak since May 19-24 (won seven straight), and wrap-up their three-game series with Harrisburg Senators on Thursday night at Metro Bank Park…Portland has reached 80 wins for the third time in franchise history – the 1995 & 1996 clubs won 80+ games, with the ’95 team holding the franchise record at 86…The Sea Dogs are 30 games over .500 for the fifth time this season, and have not been 31 games over .500 since August 27, 1995 (83-52).
THAT BATTERY WORKED: RHP Justin Haley (1-3) tossed 6.1 innings for his first Double-A win and Catcher Carson Blair went 2-for-4 with a homer and 3 RBI, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-3 over the Senators on Wednesday night…Portland trailed 3-1, but scored three times in the seventh inning on Blair’s 2-run double and a sac-fly by Shannon Wilkerson (GWRBI)…Blair added a solo-homer in the ninth inning…Haley yielded only three runs on seven hits, two walks and fanned eight…RHP Wilfredo Boscan recorded the final eight outs to earn his first save in the Red Sox system.
RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 82-43 (.656), Low-A Kane County 83-45 (.648), Low-A Asheville 82-46 (.641), Low-A Hagerstown 82-47 (.636), and Portland 80-50 (.615)…The Red Sox have the 5th best record as an organization in MiLB at 377-317 (.543).
LOCKED IN: OF Keury La Cruz went 1-for-4 last night, extending his season-high hitting streak to seven straight…De La Cruz is 14-for-24 (.583), 3 HR, 4 RBI, 2 2B, 3 BB during the streak…On Monday, De La Cruz earned Eastern League Player of the Week honors, and became the seventh Sea Dog to win player of the week: Position players Mookie Betts, Sean Coyle and Deven Marrero…Pitchers Brian Johnson, Mike McCarthy and Henry Owens.
MORE ON 80: Portland’s last playoff appearance was 2008, being swept (3-0) to the Trenton Thunder in the Northern Division Championship Series…The Sea Dogs lone Eastern League Championship was 2006, beating the Akron Aeros 3-2.
HOME COOKING: Portland needs one win in the final homestand for the second best home record in team history…The ‘Dogs would need to the win the final eight home games to break 1995 team for the best mark at Hadlock Field (49-23)…Portland’s 38-28 (.576) road record is currently the second best in team history (41-30, .577 in 1996).