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‘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.

The Battle continues on Tuesday night

WGME-TV 13 David Eid talking with Ryan Lavarnway.

WGME-TV 13 David Eid talking with Ryan Lavarnway.

Ryan Lavarnway continues his Major League Rehab Assignment with Portland, as the ‘Dogs take on the Binghamton Mets in the middle game of a three-game set on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs are now 4.5 games over the B-Mets for the top spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

RHP Luis Diaz tied a career-high with nine strikeouts against the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium on July 10th, but took the loss, allowing just four runs (three earned) over 5.2 innings pitched.

Star Wars Night on August 16th at Hadlock Field

Mascot Mania

Congrats to former Fisher Cat Aaron Sanchez on his call-up to the Toronto Blue Jays…Sanchez is expected to work out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays and could make his Major League debut against the Red Sox in tonight’s game.

ESPN’s Keith Law has ranked the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins as the Top 2 Minor League Systems…This isn’t based on their records, it’s the potential of their prospects.

Nice story on Brock Holt by MassLive

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.

Pre-Game Interview: Ryan Lavarnway Part 2.

Lineups
‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Swihart 2, Lavarnway DH, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Welch 3, Wilkerson 9, Hissey 7, Meneses 6, Diaz RH (3-2, 2.63)

B-Mets: Johnson 7, Herrera 4, Burgamy 3, Lawley 5, Ceciliani DH, Rivera 6, Nimmo 8, Taijeron 9, Carrillo 2, Lara RH (5-3, 4.73)

A few notes for today

PART TWO: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their three-game series at Hadlock Field on Tuesday night…Portland has won six straight over the B-Mets in Maine, and eight of their last nine home games…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs hold a 4.5 game lead over Binghamton for the top spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division…If Portland wins this series, they will guarantee a winning record in series at Hadlock Field (currently 10-3-1)…RHP Luis Diaz makes his second start against the Mets and seventh with Portland.

GREAT BATTLE: Portland snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the seventh inning and held on for a 6-4 win over the Mets on Monday…Sean Coyle (2-for-5, 2 RBI) gave the ‘Dogs a 4-3 lead with a run-scoring ground out…Portland made it 5-3 when David Chester fanned, but reached base on a strikeout-wild pitch…Stefan Welch added an insurance run in the eighth inning, delivering a two-out RBI single, giving the ‘Dogs a 6-4 lead…RHP Mike McCarthy earned the win in relief, working three innings on three runs (two homers)…1B Ryan Lavarnway went 0-for-4 with a run-scoring groundout.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Asheville 67-34 (.663), Low-A Savannah 63-33 (.656), Low-A Kane County 64-36 (.640), Portland 65-37 (.637), alongside Low-A Greensboro and Low-A Hagerstown 65-37 (.637)…The Red Sox have the 7th best record as an organization in MiLB at 270-240 (.529).

It was Xander Bogaerts Bobblehead Giveaway last night and this gentleman was wearing his jersey.

It was Xander Bogaerts Bobblehead Giveaway last night and this gentleman was wearing his jersey.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Lavarnway became the 34th player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 28th as a Red Sox affiliate. MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Felix Doubront & Steven Wright (2014), Craig Breslow, Stephen Drew, John Lackey, Franklin Morales & David Ross (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003)

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: Portland has won eight of nine this month at home, but has dropped eight of their last nine on the road.

Johnson looks for number nine on Sunday

Brian Johnson has 11 wins between High-A Salem and Portland.

Brian Johnson has 11 wins between High-A Salem and Portland.

The Sea Dogs look for a four-game split of their weekend series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…LHP Brian Johnson (8-2, 2.51) makes his 14th start of the season for the Sea Dogs on Sunday afternoon.

In case you missed it last night, LHP Henry Owens became the first 13-game winner in professional baseball, and the first to win 13 games as a Red Sox affiliate…Owens has won nine straight starts, establishing a new franchise record, originally set by Adam Mills back in 2009.

MILB.com article on Blake Swihart from last night’s game

Pre-Game begins at 1:15PM 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, Welch 3, Brenly 2, Hissey 7, Meneses 6, Dent 5, Johnson LH (8-2, 2.51)

‘Cats: Pompey 8, Berti 7, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Hobson 3, Crouse 9, Murphy 2, Rankin DH, Flores 4, RH Lawrence (6-5, 3.00)

A few notes for today

LOOKING FOR THE SPLIT: The Sea Dogs look for the split of their four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland snapped a seven-game road losing streak with last night’s win…The ‘Dogs clinched the season series with the ‘Cats, and reduced their magic number to 29 to clinch a playoff spot in the Eastern Division…LHP Brian Johnson notched his first career complete game on July 12th (Game 1) vs. New Hampshire at Hadlock Field.

13 IS LUCKY: LHP Henry Owens (13-3) became the first 13-game winner in professional baseball and his battery mate Blake Swihart homered and drove in four runs, leading the Sea Dogs to a 10-3 win on Saturday night…Portland scored in just three innings, putting together back-to-back four-run frames in the third and fourth…Swihart capped off the third with a three-run homer off losing pitcher LHP Daniel Norris (1-1)…Shannon Wilkerson finished 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and Ryan Dent went 3-for-4, RBI…Owens worked 6.1 innings on nine hits, two runs, one walk and six strikeouts.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Kane County 64-34 (.653)and Low-A Asheville 64-34 (.653), Low-A Savannah 61-33 (.649), Portland 64-36 (.640) and Low-A Greensboro 64-36 (.640)…The Red Sox have the 10th best record as an organization in the minors at 262-234 (.528).

PILING UP THE RECORDS: Owens’ 13 wins are the most in a single season as a Red Sox affiliate (Michael Tejera in 1999 and Tony Saunders in 1996 as a Marlins affiliate)…The lefty set a franchise record by winning his ninth consecutive start (streak began on May 24th at New Hampshire)…Adam Mills had the previous record, winning eight straight starts from June 27-August 6, 2009…Owens leads the Eastern League in the following categories: ERA (2.25), Wins, SO (117), CG (3), SHO (2), WHIP (1.09) and AVGA (.193)

THAT WAS A SEASON HIGH: Swihart had a career-high 4 RBI last night, picking up his team-leading 11th homer of the season…Dent had a season high three hits, collecting an RBI and scored two runs.

MOST IN A WHILE: Last night was the most runs scored by the Sea Dogs since a 13-9 win on June 29th at Reading…Portland is leading the league in runs scored with 525 and team average at .280.

Owens vs. Norris! Heavyweight matchup

Henry Owens has won eight straight starts....nine would be a franchise record.

Henry Owens has won eight straight starts….nine would be a franchise record.

What a treat for the fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Saturday night! Boston’s Top Pitching Prospect Henry Owens (12-3, 2.21) takes on Toronto’s top left-handed pitching prospect Daniel Norris…Last Sunday at the Futures Game in Minnesota, Owens got the start and worked a scoreless inning, on a hit and one strikeout. Norris relieved Owens, and hurled a perfect frame with one K.

With a win tonight, Owens will establish a franchise record with his ninth straight win, surpassing Adam Mills (2008)…In addition, the lefty will take over the minor league lead in wins with 13.

Norris’ lone win came at Hadlock Field on June 24th, fanning 10 batters over 5.2 IP…The lefty has 25 K’s in 17 IP this season in Double-A.

Former Sea Dog Mookie Betts was optioned to Triple-A before today’s game to make room for Shane Victorino. 

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, Wilkerson 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar DH, Welch 3, Roof 5, Hissey 7, Dent 6, Owens LH (12-3, 2.21)

‘Cats: Pompey 8, Berti 4, Burns 5, Nolan DH, Newman 9, Crouse 7, Chung 2, Hobson 3, Flores 6, Norris LH (1-0, 4.24)

A few notes for today

REACHED 100: The Sea Dogs play their 100th game tonight, taking on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) in game three of their series at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland has dropped the first 2 games and their last seven road contests – their longest road losing streak since dropping 10 straight on May 11-31, 2011…Portland needs one win in the final five games against New Hampshire to win the season series…The ‘Dogs have been outscored 49-14 during their 7-game road losing streak.

THEY HAD THE POWER: New Hampshire hit three homers off RHP Jeremy Kehrt (1-2), and held on for a 7-4 win on Friday night…The Fisher Cats led 7-1 after four innings, scoring four 2-out runs in the first…Andy Burns, K.C. Hobson and Dalton Pompey each homered for the ‘Cats…LHP Matt Boyd (1-3) earned his first Double-A win, working six strong innings on five hits, three runs, one walk and six strikeouts…Portland had the tying run at the plate in the ninth, but Gregory Infante fanned Shannon Wilkerson to end the game…Pete Ruiz and Aaron Kurcz combined to pitch four scoreless innings of relief.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Kane County 64-33 (.660), Low-A Asheville 63-34 (.649), Low-A Savannah 61-33 (.649)  with Portland 63-36 (.636) and Low-A Greensboro 63-36 (.636) tied with the 4th best records…The Red Sox have the ninth best record as an organization in the minors at 259-231 (.529).

HEAVYWEIGHT MATCH-UP: LHP Henry Owens and LHP Daniel Norris are the top left-handed pitching prospects in their respective organizations…Owens is Boston’s top pitching prospect overall – Norris is third in Toronto’s system behind RHP Marcus Stroman and RHP Aaron Sanchez…Owens’ last start was in the Futures Game on July 13th in Minnesota, working a scoreless frame…Norris followed Owens and worked a perfect inning with one strikeout…With a win tonight, Owens will set a franchise record with his 9th straight win and take over the minor league lead in wins with 13 (Norfolk’s Tyler Wilson has 12).

KURCZ SO GOOD: Kurcz worked a perfect inning last night with a strikeout…The right-hander has allowed one unearned run in his last 19 outings: 23.0 IP, 12 H, R, 0 ER, 9 BB, 27 SO…Ruiz worked three scoreless frames on Friday, tying a season-high with five strikeouts…Portland’s bullpen has worked seven scoreless in the two games and lowered their bullpen ERA to 3.19.

Back at it!

 

A broken fungo

A broken fungoThe Sea Dogs continue their home and home series, beginning a four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Before the All-Star Break, the ‘Dogs took four of five from the ‘Cats, and can match their best record with a win tonight (also 30 games over .500 on July 5th).

The Sea Dogs continue their home and home series, beginning a four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Before the All-Star Break, the ‘Dogs took four of five from the ‘Cats, and can match their best record with a win tonight (also 30 games over .500 on July 5th).

SS Derrik Gibson went 2-for-3 with a homer, triple and 2 runs cored…2B Sean Coyle finished 1-for-2 with a stolen base..LHP Robby Scott pitched a scoreless fourth and C Blake Swihart went 0-for-2. The Western squad won 5-2 last night in Altoona, PA. Complete Game Recap

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: Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Almanzar 5, Chester DH, Welch 3, Roof 7, Brenly 2, Meneses 6, Dent 4, Diaz RH (3-2, 2.48)

‘Cats: Pompey 8, Chung 2, Newman 9, Nolan 6, Burns 5, Hobson 3, Crouse 7, Flores 4, Fermin DH, Copeland RH (5-7, 4.42)

A few notes for today

BREAK IS OVER: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats continue their back-to-back, home and home series on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland took four of five from the ‘Cats before the break, and look to go 30 games over .500 for the second time (59-29 on July 6th) this season…The Sea Dogs need one win against New Hampshire to take the season series – the final seven games are all in Manchester…RHP Luis Diaz fired a career-high 8 innings against the Fisher Cats on June 23rd at Hadlock Field.

BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN: Portland had five players with multi-hit games, and cruised to a 6-2 win over the Fisher Cats on Monday afternoon at Hadlock Field…With the win, the ‘Dogs took four of five from New Hampshire and eight of 11 from the ‘Cats in Maine this season…RHP Mike Augliera (4-8) earned his first win since May 18th, tossing 7.2 innings on six hits and two runs…3B Michael Almanzar finished 2-for-3, 2 RBI, including the game-winning RBI with a two-out single in the third…2B Heiker Meneses had two hits, blasting a solo-homer in the sixth inning.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 60-30 (.666), Low-A Kane County 62-31 (.666), Portland 63-34 (.649), Low-A Asheville 60-34 (.638), and Low-A Hagerstown 60-35 (.632).

MULTIPLE FUN: Almanzar, Ryan Dent, Meneses, Jonathan Roof and Blake Swihart each had two hits on Monday…Almanzar and Dent picked up their first multi-hit games of the season…OF Peter Hissey singled in the third, improving his Double-A best hitting streak to 11 straight games: 14-for-37 (.378) 2 RBI and a double.

ALL STAR WRAP-UP: Derrik Gibson played the entire game at SS, going 2-for-3 with a homer, triple and 2 runs scored, but the Eastern squad fell to the West, 5-2, Wednesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, Pennsylvania…2B Sean Coyle went 1-for-2 with a single and a stolen base…C Blake Swihart finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout…LHP Robby Scott tossed a scoreless fourth, yielding a hit, but fanning two.

NUMBER ONE AND TWO:LHP Henry Owens and LHP Brian Johnson pitch back-to-back to close out the four-game set…Owens’ 12 wins is tied with Norfolk’s Tyler Wilson for the most in the minor leagues…Johnson has a combined 11 wins between Portland and High-A Salem – tied for second with four other pitchers.

‘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.

Lineups
‘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.

 

Double-dip in Binghamton…Vazquez to Boston

That's right Christian, 4 former Sea Dogs from the past 3 years are in tonight's Sox lineup. (photo by Kelly O'Connor).

That’s right Christian, 4 former Sea Dogs from the past 3 years are in tonight’s Sox lineup. (photo by Kelly O’Connor).

The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play a twinbill on Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland is 5-0-2 in doubleheaders this season. Last night was their 11th postponement this season

Congrats to Sean Coyle on winning Eastern League Player of the month…Full Release

Noe Ramirez and Robby Scott added to the Eastern League All-Star Team.

Former Sea Dogs Betts (’14), Bogaerts (’12-13), Bradley (’12) and Vazquez (12-13) in Boston’s lineup tonight…Big congrats to Christian Vazquez (223rd Sea Dog to make the Majors) on his call-up to Boston…Vazquez is one of the best defensive catchers I’ve ever seen. To make room for Vazquez, A.J. Pierzynski

Pre-Game begins at 5:15PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Lineups – Game 1
‘Dogs: Gibson 6, Wilkerson 8, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Hissey 9, Augliera RH 3-7, 5.36)

B-Mets: Nimmo 7, Herrera 4, Burgamy 3, Lawley 5, Rivera 6, Boyd DH, Ceciliani 8, Taijeron 9, Carriloo 2, Cuan LH (2-4, 6.10)

A few notes for today

MOTHER NATURE AGAIN: Portland was postponed for the 11th time last night, and continues their four-game series with a doubleheader at Binghamton on Wednesday night…The Sea Dogs are 5-0-2 in doubleheaders this season (1-0-2 in 3 twinbills against the B-Mets)…With one win tonight, the ‘Dogs could become the first 60-win team in all of professional baseball

POST 4TH FIREWORKS: The Binghamton Mets hit three homers, two by Travis Taijeron and beat the Sea Dogs, 11-4 on Monday night…Taijeron knocked home four runs, chasing LHP Brian Johnson (7-2) out of the game in the third inning after a three-run shot…Brandon Nimmo added a three-run homer off Michael Olmsted in the sixth…’Dogs Mike Brenly finished 2-for-4, 2 RBI and 2 doubles…Michael Almanzar (2-for-3), David Chester (2-for-3), and Derrik Gibson (2-for-5) added multi-hit games…RHP Cory Mazzoni (1-0) tossed five innings on three hits to earn the win in his season debut with Binghamton.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 59-27 (.686),Low-A Kane County 58-29 (.667), Portland 59-30 (.663), Low-A Greensboro 57-33 (.633) and Low-A Hagerstown 57-33 (.633)…The Red Sox have the seventh best record as an organization the minors at 230-203 (.531).

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER AWARD: The Portland Sea Dogs have won an Eastern League award in each of the past four weeks…Yesterday, Sean Coyle was named Eastern League Player of the Month for June (.348, 6 HR and 22 RBI for the month)…Johnson began the trend by winning Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 16thDeven Marrero and Coyle followed with Player of the week honors…The Sea Dogs have tallied eight league awards, which ranks second in franchise history, behind the 1997 team (11)

THAT WAS THE MOST: Johnson allowed a career-high 7 earned runs last night in his 40th professional start…The loss was just the second for the lefty, his first loss was a 1-0 New Hampshire win on May 25th at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

COMPARED TO MOOKIE: Mookie Betts hit .355 with Portland – all in the lead-off spot…Gibson is hitting .323 for the season, but .375 (39-for-104) in 27 games batting first…Monday was his 20th multi-hit game of the season…Blake Swihart leads the team with 23 multi-hit games.

Happy 50th to Bob Kipper…Coyle player of the month

Bob Kipper turned 50 today!

Bob Kipper turned 50 today!

Congrats to Sean Coyle on winning Eastern League Player of the month…Full Release

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

Big Happy Birthday to Bob Kipper who turned 50 today…Bob has been a terrific friend to me over the years…A terrific person – hopping the ‘Dogs get a win on his birthday.

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 6, Wilkerson 8, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Hissey 9, Augliera RH 3-7, 5.36)

B-Mets: Nimmo 7, Herrera 4, Burgamy 3, Lawley 5, Rivera 6, Boyd DH, Ceciliani 8, Taijeron 9, Carriloo 2, Cuan LH (2-4, 6.10)

A few notes for today

TOP TWO TEAMS: Portland and Binghamton play game two of their four-game series on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium…Binghamton snapped a 5-game losing streak against the ‘Dogs with last night’s win…Portland and Low-A Savannah (Mets affiliate) can become the first teams in professional baseball to reach 60 wins…Binghamton University standout RHP Mike Augliera makes his second start of the season against the B-Mets (both at NYSEG Stadium).

POST 4TH FIREWORKS: The Binghamton Mets hit three homers, two by Travis Taijeron and beat the Sea Dogs, 11-4 on Monday night…Taijeron knocked home four runs, chasing LHP Brian Johnson (7-2) out of the game in the third inning after a three-run shot…Brandon Nimmo added a three-run homer off Michael Olmsted in the sixth…’Dogs Mike Brenly finished 2-for-4, 2 RBI and 2 doubles…Michael Almanzar (2-for-3), David Chester (2-for-3), and Derrik Gibson (2-for-5) added multi-hit games…RHP Cory Mazzoni (1-0) tossed five innings on three hits to earn the win in his season debut with Binghamton.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 59-26 (.694), Portland 59-30 (.663), Low-A Kane County 57-29 (.663), Low-A Greensboro 57-32 (.640), and High-A Bakersfield 56-32 (.636)…The Red Sox have the sixth best record as an organization the minors at 227-199 (.533).

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER AWARD: The Portland Sea Dogs have won an Eastern League award in each of the past four weeks…Earlier today, Sean Coyle was named Eastern League Player of the Month for June…Johnson began the trend by winning Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 16thDeven Marrero and Coyle followed with Player of the week honors…The Sea Dogs have tallied eight league awards, which ranks second in franchise history, behind the 1997 team (11)

THAT WAS THE MOST: Johnson allowed a career-high 7 earned runs last night in his 40th professional start…The loss was just the second for the lefty, his first loss was a 1-0 New Hampshire win on May 25th at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

COMPARED TO MOOKIE: Mookie Betts hit .355 with Portland – all in the lead-off spot…Gibson is hitting .323 for the season, but .375 (39-for-104) in 27 games batting first…Yesterday was his 20th multi-hit game of the season.

 

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.

(GAME STORY) ‘Dogs shutout the ‘Cats 4-0 in Game 1

McCarthy is now second on the team with 8 wins.

McCarthy is now second on the team with 8 wins.

Game 1 recap

Right-hander Mike McCarthy (8-3) tossed five scoreless innings and Portland (57-29) used a three-run fourth, defeating the New Britain Rock Cats (42-41), 4-0 in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. McCarthy’s eight wins are second on the team, behind tomorrow’s starter Henry Owens (11-3).

McCarthy surrendered just three hits, one walk and one hit batter over 5 innings pitched. The righty worked around back-to-back singles in his final frame, and finished his outing with five strikeouts.

Rock Cats starter Virgil Vasquez (4-5) pitched a complete-game, but took the loss. Vasquez gave up eight hits and four runs over 6 IP.

Portland went to work right away, picking up a run in the first inning off Vasquez. Derrik Gibson led off with a double and moved to third on a single from Shannon Wilkerson.  Sean Coyle knocked home his 42nd run with a sac-fly to center.

The ‘Dogs delivered the knockout punch with a three-run fourth.  Michael Almanzar was hit-by-a-pitch and scored on a double by David Chester.  With two outs, Shannon Wilkerson delivered a two-run single.

LHP Robby Scott wrapped up the win with two scoreless frames on two hits.

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