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Post-Season Notes

Sea Dogs are finished for 2016, so let’s recap with our post-season notes. Big thanks to Mark Perlman-Price for his assistance.

Enjoy the reading, Here are the postseason-2016 Notes

Benintendi on the move…July records

Jackie Bradley Jr. went from blowing bubbles in Portland to opening up 2013 in Boston.

Jackie Bradley Jr. went from blowing bubbles in Portland to opening up 2013 in Boston.

According to published reports, Andrew Benintendi will be promoted to Boston…The Cincinnati native hit .295 (70-for-237), 8 HR, 44 RBI, 18 2B and 5 3B in 63 games with the ‘Dogs…Overall between Portland and Salem, Benintendi hit .312 with 9 HR and 76 RBI (leads all Red Sox minor leaguers).

In Benintendi’s first game of the season, he went 4-for-5 with High-A Salem. He went 4-for-5 on Sunday in what could be his last minor league game in a while.

Last 5 players to go from Portland to Boston: Jackie Bradley Jr. (2013), Josh Reddick (2009), Justin Masterson (2008), David Pauley (2006) and Hanley Ramirez (2005).


Good luck to former Sea Dogs Rich Hill, Pat Light and Josh Reddick, as they were all part of deadline deals. Light was assigned to Triple-A Rochester, where the PawSox open up a series on Tuesday night.
Notes for Tuesday: Series opener against Erie.

LONG RUN AGAINST THE WEST: The Portland Sea Dogs begin a 17-game stretch against the Western Division, opening up 3-game series against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland and Erie split six games last season, with both home teams taking two of three…RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (3-7, 5.24) makes his team-leading 20th start of the season and his 4th against the Western Division.

NICE WAY TO FINISH: Andrew Benintendi had a career-high 5 RBI on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with 2 homers and 2 doubles, leading the Sea Dogs to an 8-1 win over Binghamton at NYSEG Stadium…Portland had 9 of 10 hits from the top 3 in the order: Yoan Moncada went 3-for-4, 4 runs scored and Mauricio Dubon added 2 hits, including his first Double-A homer…Keith Couch worked 6 innings on 4 hits one run, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts to earn his 7th win of the season…Portland took 3 of 4 from the Mets, winning just their 2nd road series of the season.

GOOD LUCK ANDREW: According to published reports, Benintendi will be promoted to Boston…The Cincinnati native hit .295 (70-for-237), 8 HR, 44 RBI, 18 2B and 5 3B in 63 games with the ‘Dogs…Overall between Portland and Salem, Benintendi hit .312 with 9 HR and 76 RBI (leads all Red Sox minor leaguers)…Last 5 players to go from Portland to Boston: Jackie Bradley Jr. (2013), Josh Reddick (2009), Justin Masterson (2008), David Pauley (2006) and Hanley Ramirez (2005).

AGAINST THE OPPONENT: Portland and Erie play all six meetings over the next two weeks…Next Tuesday-Thursday, the ‘Dogs and ‘Wolves meet in a three-game series at Jerry Uht Park.

AND THAT’S A WRAP: The Sea Dogs went 13-16 in July, despite a +27 run differential (+75 in wins, -48 in losses)…New franchise records: 16 triples (most for any month), .455 slugging percentage (best for July), Aneury Tavarez 5 triples (most for July) and Keith Couch’s 0.75 ERA (best for July).

HE’S THE LEADER: Couch’s 26 career wins are the most for a Red Sox affiliated pitcher and 5 shy of franchise leader Michael Tejera (1998-99, 2001 as Marlins affiliate).

GOOD WORK BY THE ‘PEN: Portland’s bullpen worked 13.2 innings on just one run in the Binghamton series, allowing nine hits, six walks and 10 strikeouts.

Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats conclude series

6vgwkgZs79THURSDAY NIGHT FINALE: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) wrap up their four-game series on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland has last all six meetings this year in Manchester and seven straight dating back to last season…The Sea Dogs and Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies affiliate) open up a 3-game series in two days tomorrow night, but the games will be at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, New York.

STARTER DOMINATES: New Hampshire’s Taylor Cole (1-2) fired eight innings on 4 hits, one run and 8 strikeouts, as the Fisher Cats beat the Sea Dogs, 6-1 on Wednesday night…Cody Decker provided Portland’s lone run, smacking a two-out homer in the fourth…Jorge Flores went 2-for-3, 2 RBI, as the ‘Cats received a hit from 7 of 9 starters…Kevin McAvoy (5-4) took the loss, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits over six innings…Portland has gone in order in 13 of 27 (48%) innings this series.

AGAINST THE OPPONENT: Portland and New Hampshire play 6 series this year, totaling 21 games (11 in New Hampshire and 10 in Maine)…Last season, the Fisher Cats won 13 of 23 from the Sea Dogs, capturing just their 5th season-series win (Portland leads the All-Time series 8-5-1).

VETERAN PRESENCE: Keith Couch has back-to-back complete games and makes his 11th start of the season for the Sea Dogs…In his last start, Couch his third career 9-inning complete game, beating the Hartford Yard Goats…The righty has 6 career complete-games with Portland, the most as a Red Sox organization, and tied for the most in team history.

WELL DESERVED ADDITION: Aneury Tavarez was added to the Eastern League All-Star game yesterday, replacing Hartford’s David Dahl (promoted to Triple-A)…Tavarez is hitting .363 (45-for-124) with 2 homers and 15 RBI in his last 37 games.

AND THAT BALL IS GONE: Portland has hit 12 homers in 7 games this month, and has a home run in nine straight games.

MORE ON THE OFFENSE: Last 18 games for Portland offensively: .286 (179-for-625), 101 runs and 55-for-171 (.322) with runners-in-scoring position…The Sea Dogs have scored 159 runs since June 1st (4.7 runs-per-game).

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(AUDIO) Yoan Moncada Press Conference


Full Press Release from Portland Sea Dogs

Portland, Maine – The Boston Red Sox have promoted infielder Yoan Moncada and right-handed pitcher Ben Taylor to the Portland Sea Dogs from High-A Salem.  Left-handed pitcher Jalen Beeks is also expected to be promoted to Portland from Salem following the Carolina League All-Star Break (June 20-22).
Moncada, 21, was signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent on March 12, 2015.  In 61 games with High-A Salem this season, Moncada hit .307/.427/.496 with 25 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, 34 RBI, 57 runs, 36 stolen bases, and 45 walks.
At the time of his promotion, Moncada led the Carolina League in stolen bases and was tied for the league lead in doubles and on-base percentage.  He also ranked second in the league in batting average, extra-base hits (34), runs scored (57), and walks.  Moncada was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for the week of May 8, 2016.
Among all Minor League Baseball players, Moncada has the most stolen bases and also ranks among leaders in runs (2nd), doubles (T-4th), walks (8th), and on-base percentage (T-8th).
Moncada is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 prospect in the Red Sox organization and the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, as well as being the Fastest Baserunner, Best Athlete, and possessing the Best Infield Arm in the Red Sox minor league system.
In his first season in professional baseball in 2015, Moncada played 81 games at Low-A Greenville and hit .278/.380/.438 with 19 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs, 38 RBI, 61 runs, and led the organization with 49 stolen bases in 52 attempts.
After the 2015 season, Moncada was named the Red Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Year and a South Atlantic League postseason All-Star, as well as the Greg Montalbano Minor League Player of the Year award from the Boston chapter of the BBWAA.
Taylor, 23, was selected by the Red Sox in the 7th round of the 2015 June Draft out of the University of Southern Alabama.  In 15 appearances (three starts) with Salem this season, Taylor is 0-2 with three saves and a 2.60 ERA (13 ER/45.0 IP).  He struck out 56 batters while walking just 10 and holding opponents to a .213 batting average against him.
Among Carolina League relievers, Taylor has the lowest baserunners/9.0 IP ratio (7.59), 2ndlowest opponents’ average (.162), 2nd highest SO/9.0 IP ratio (12.37), and 3rd lowest BB/9.0 IP ratio (1.97).
Beeks, 22, was 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 13 starts for Salem.  He was selected by the Red Sox in the 12th round of the 2014 June Draft.
Tickets for the Sea Dogs’ homestand beginning June 21st, as well as all remaining home games can be purchased at the Sea Dogs’ ticket office at Hadlock Field, by phone at (207) 879-9500, or online at

‘Dogs seek the series win in Bowie

IMG_6257The Sea Dogs are 0-10-2 in their last 12 road series, dating back to 2015. With a win tonight in Bowie, they take the series. Portland has the right guy to end a long drought, as veteran righty Keith Couch (4-1, 3.15 ERA) makes his 7th start of the season. Couch is 24-6 in his Sea Dogs career, holding the second best winning percentage in team history behind Brian Johnson (.833).

Cody Decker homered in his debut in the Red Sox system on Wednesday night. Decker is 5th among active minor leaguers in homers. Below is the list – Peguero and Brown played in Pawtucket.

Brandon Allen* (30) 198
Carlos Peguero* (29) 183
Jake Fox (33) 179
Corey Brown* (30) 164
Cody Decker (29) 160

Tonight for Bowie…Former Red Sox farmhand Jason Garcia makes the start opposite Couch. Garcia was taken by the Astros in the MLB Phase of the Rule 5 Draft in 2014 and traded to Baltimore…J.J. Hardy continues his 3-game MLB Rehab Stint.

Portland opens ups a 3-game set in Richmond on Friday night against the Flying Squirrels.

Notes for today:

RUBBER MATCH-UP AGAIN: Portland plays a rubber game for the second consecutive series, closing out a 3-game set on Thursday night against the Bowie Baysox at Prince George’s Stadium…The ‘Dogs won Sunday’s rubber game against Richmond at Hadlock Field, and seek their first road-series win on the road since August 18-20, 2015 at Altoona (0-10-2 in their last 12 road series)…Keith Couch is 24-6 in his Sea Dogs career, owning the second highest winning percentage in team history.

Cody Decker made his debut last night and homered in his second at-bat.

Cody Decker made his debut last night and homered in his second at-bat.

OFF AND RUNNING: The Baysox scored 6 runs off Kevin McAvoy (3-3) in 2.2 innings, taking the middle game of the series, 7-2, Wednesday night…Jeff Kemp hit two homers for Bowie and Garabez Rosa went 3-for-5, RBI…Cody Decker homered in his debut in the Red Sox system and Tzu-Wei Lin added an RBI single for Portland’s runs…Brandon Barker (3-0) beat McAvoy for the second straight start, working 7.2 innings on 7 hits, 2 runs and 4 strikeouts…Taylor Grover worked 3.1 scoreless on three hits.

AGAINST THE OPPONENT: With last night’s win, Bowie clinched their fourth series win over Portland in the last six years (two teams tied in 2013-14)…Portland has not won a season series from Bowie since a 4-2 mark in 2010.

MORE ON THE NEW GUY: Decker homered in his second at-bat, picking up his 160th minor league homer…The Santa Monica, CA native is 5th among active minor leaguers…Top 5 active MILB HR leaders: Brandon Allen (198, AAA Louisville), Carlos Peguero (183, AAA Memphis), Jake Fox (179, AA Reading), Corey Brown (164, AAA Oklahoma City) and Decker.

 WE KNOW THIS GUY: Bowie starter Jason Garcia was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 2010 June Draft…Garcia spent 2010-14 in the Sox system, but was take in the 2014 MLB Rule 5 draft by Houston and traded to Baltimore…The righty went 1-0, 4.21 ERA (14 ER/29.2 IP) in 21 games last year with Baltimore.

LOOKING FOR BACK-TO-BACK: Portland is seeking back-to-back series wins for the first time since May 12-18, when they took five of eight from the Binghamton and New Hampshire.

Bowie Preview, Buckner and Carlos Febles



Thanks to Mick Reinhard, who covers the Harrisburg Senators, for writing this story on me


By Mark Perlman-Price

Tonight the Sea Dogs are in Bowie, Maryland, to begin a three-game series with the reigning Eastern League Champion Bowie Baysox. The Baysox are the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and play at Prince George’s Stadium.

Last week the Baysox came into Hadlock Field and swept the Sea Dogs, winning 11-5, 4-1, and 10-7 to outscore the Sea Dogs 25-13 over the series. Here’s a closer look inside the numbers:

  • Bowie hit .339 (40-for-118) combined as a team in the three-game series. 15 (13 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR) of their 40 hits were for extra bases, and they posted a .391 OBP and .492 SLG in the series as well.
  • Bowie scored at least one run in 12 of 27 (44%) total innings they batted in the series, and had at least one hit in 19 of 27 (70%) innings.
  • Bowie held a lead for 20 of 27 (74%) innings played, while the game was tied for the other seven.
  • Julio Borbon batted .429 (6-for-14) and scored five runs in the series while also walking three times to post an OBP of .529 over three games. Adrian Marin hit .375 (6-for-16) with a 2B, 3B, HR, and 6 RBI to post an OPS of 1.162. Chance Sisco hit .444 (4-for-9) in two games with 3 RBI, and Austin Wynns hit .400 (4-for-10) with 2 2B and 4 RBI.
  • Baysox starters’ David Hess, John Means, and Brandon Barker served as winning pitchers in all three games of the series. The trio of starters posted a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19 IP) while allowing just 12 hits.
  • The only detraction from Bowie’s dominance was the performance of their bullpen, which posted a 10.13 ERA (9 ER/8 IP) in the series. Baysox relievers allowed 14 hits while walking 2 and striking out 9.
  • The Sea Dogs offense provided lopsided production, with Ryan Court (5-for-11), Nate Freiman (4-for-11), Jake Romanski (3-for-7), Cole Sturgeon (5-for-11), and Aneury Tavarez (3-for-10) combining to hit .400. But the other seven Sea Dogs’ to see action in the series combined to hit just .150 (6-for-40).


While not loaded with Top 30 prospects, the Bowie Baysox do have the #3 prospect in the Orioles’ organization according to Baseball America in Chance Sisco. Sisco was a 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft (61st overall) out of Santiago High School in California, and was signed for $785,000. He won the South Atlantic League batting title in 2014 after hitting .340 at Low-A Delmarva and combined to hit .297 between High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie last year, finishing in Bowie as a 20-year-old and one of the youngest players in the Eastern League. A catcher now, Sisco served primarily as a shortstop until his senior year of high school, when he made the switch to catcher because the team needed to fill a hole.


Last year Bowie won its first Eastern League Championship, defeated the Reading Fightin Phils in five games. Former Sea Dog Joe Gunkel – who was traded in the middle of the 2015 season for Alejandro De Aza – started the fifth and deciding game of the series and allowed one run in four innings. Bowie right fielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl, went 2-for-4 with two doubles for the Baysox in the 7-2 win.

Sea Dogs and Baysox on Wednesday night

Complete Game Notes –

TEDDY’S TURN ON WEDNESDAY: The Portland Sea Dogs and Bowie Baysox (Orioles affiliate) play the middle game of their 3-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Dating back to 2014, Bowie has won five straight at Hadlock Field…Teddy Stankiewicz makes his second start against a Western Division opponent, he took the loss on May 20th at Altoona…The Sea Dogs have been outscored 44-20 during a 4-game losing streak at Hadlock Field.


RUNS CAME EARLY: Bowie pounded out 16 hits, including 8 doubles, grabbing an 11-5 win over the Sea Dogs in the series opener on Tuesday night…The Baysox scored in the first 5 innings, knocking Mitch Atkins (1-2) out of the game after three innings…Austin Wynns finished 3-for-5, 2 RBI and Adrian Marin went 3-for-6, HR, 2B, 2 RBI…Henry Urrutia had 3 RBI…Cole Sturgeon finished a single shy of the cycle, collecting 3 hits and 2 RBI…Sturgeon hit a one-out homer in the third off winning pitcher David Hess (3-4).


AGAINST THE OPPONENT: Portland and Bowie play both series over the span of 10 days…Next week, the two teams play a three-game set at Prince George’s Stadium…Portland’s lone win against Bowie last season was 4-3 in 11-innings on June 13th.


LAST 3 IN MAINE: The Sea Dogs have allowed double-digit runs in three straight games at Hadlock Field…The opponent has put up the following numbers: .359 (42-for-117), 38 runs, 18 doubles, triple, 6 homers and hitting .478 (22-for-46) with runners-in-scoring position.


HOLDING COURT: Ryan Court went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the series opener, and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games: 20-for-42 (.476), HR, 10 RBI, 3 3B, 2 2B…Court is hitting a season-high .323 (32-for-99), HR and 13 RBI.


BAT GETTING WARMER: Wendell Rijo has hit safely in 4 of his last 5 starts: 5-for-15 (.333), 2 RBI, 2 doubles.


‘DOGS AND BAYSOX CONNECTION: Bowie INF Tucker Nathans is the younger brother of former Sea Dog John Nathans (2003-04).


I THINK HE LIKES MAINE: Nate Freiman has hit safely in 14 of 15 games at Hadlock Field, hitting .306 (15-for-49) with 2 HR and 13 of his 15 RBI in Maine.


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Saturday in Altoona, Pa.

CjAUPuBWkAAGXSlThe Sea Dogs look to rebound after an 8-0 loss on Friday night in the series opener against the Curve. Aaron Wilkerson leads the Eastern League with a 1.37 ERA and makes his 8th start of the season for Portland. Wilkerson has a scoreless streak of 19.1 innings, entering tonight’s game.

Longest Scoreless Inning Streaks in Sea Dogs History:
27.2 – Henry Owens – May 19-June 14, 2014
24.0 – Kris Johnson – June 15-July 1, 2008
22.1 — Drake Britton — May 30-June 16, 2013
22.1 – Phil Seibel – May 20-June 11, 2006
21.1 – Felix Heredia – April 5-May 23, 1996
21.0 — Chris Martin — April 5-Streak intact when promoted
21.0 – Clay Buchholz – April 19-May 6, 2007
20.2 – Craig Hansen – August 11, 2005-April 24, 2006
19.1 – Aaron Wilkerson – May 5, 2016-current

SATURDAY IN THE PARK: The Portland Sea Dogs and Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland has lost two straight and 17 of 21 on the road…The Curve have won nine of their last 10 games and hold second place in the Western Division…Aaron Wilkerson, the Eastern League ERA Leader (1.37) makes his 8th start of the season and the second of his career against Altoona.


EIGHT AGAIN: Portland fell 8-0 to the Curve on Friday night in the series opener, marking the second straight game the opponent has scored eight runs…Altoona scored six runs in the eighth inning on one hit, picking up 5 walks and a hit batter…Barrett Barnes went 2-for-3, 3 RBI and Harold Ramirez added 2 hits to lead the Curve offense…Portland picked up just hits, singles by Sean Coyle and Jake Romanski, Nate Freiman led off the ninth with a double.


AGAINST THE OPPONENT: Portland and Altoona play two series this season…The two teams meet in Maine on August 16-18…Last season, the ‘Dogs won 3 series from the Western Division, but took two from the Curve.


QUALITY AGAIN: Teddy Stankiewicz took the loss last night, but worked six strong innings on 5 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks and a strikeout…Stankiewicz has a quality start in seven of eight starts.


THAT’S A LOT OF ZEROES: Wilkerson has a scoreless streak of 19.1 innings since May 5th, and has allowed one earned run or less in six of seven starts…The righty is 1.1 innings away from tying Craig Hansen for the 8th longest scoring streak in team history (20.2)…Henry Owens owns the longest scoreless streak in team history: 27.2 (May 19-June 14, 2014)


EXTENDS STREAK: Freiman’s double in the 9th inning extended his on-base streak to 10 games…Romanski is 5-for-12 (.417) during a 3-game hitting streak, and leads the team with 11 multi-hit games.


TRENDING UP: Portland has raised their team average 12 points in the last nine games, going a combined 74-for-265 (.270)…During the homestand, the Sea Dogs averaged 4.1 runs per-game.


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A look at the Altoona Curve by Mark Perlman Price

That is a roller coaster in right field!

That is a roller coaster in right field!

Big thanks to my broadcast partner Mark Perlman-Price for his preview on the Curve. Follow Mark on twitter: @mtriplep

Opponent Preview – Altoona Curve

Tonight the Sea Dogs open up a seven-game road trip in Altoona against the Curve, the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It will mark the first time this season Portland plays a Western Division opponent, after opening the year 15-26 against the East through their first 41 games. Following the three games in Altoona, the ‘Dogs head to Harrisburg to take on the Senators, the affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Altoona comes into the series as one of the hottest teams in the Eastern League, their eight-game win streak was finally snapped last night at Binghamton. Over the win streak, the Curve outscored their opponents 42-19. The streak was the third longest in franchise history (the franchise record was 10 in 2009). The Curve are 13-5 in May, second only behind Akron (14-3) for best record this month.

How have they done it? Mainly through pitching. Altoona allowed two runs or less in six of eight games during the streak.


45.1 IP, 38 H, 15 ER, 14 BB, 33 SO, 2.99 ERA, 1.15 WHIP


26.2 IP, 17 H, 3 ER, 12 BB, 27 SO, 1.03 ERA, 1.11 WHIP

With the Altoona bullpen performing so well, it’s no surprise that Altoona is 17-1 when leading after five innings.


The Curve feature two players who are ranked among the Top 10 prospects in the Pirates’ organization. Outfielder Austin Meadows was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 Draft and was selected using the pick the Pirates were given as compensation after they failed to sign Mark Appel with the 8th pick in the 2012 Draft.

Meadows is ranked as the #2 prospect in the Pirates’ system and the #22 overall in all of Minor League Baseball by Baseball America, who also rate him as the Best Athlete in the system.

Last year Meadows was a Florida State League mid and postseason All-Star and led the league in hits with 156 as a member of the High-A Bradenton Marauders, setting a new franchise record. Meadows also led the league in total bases (207), finished third in AVG (.307) and runs scored (72), and was fifth in OBP (.357). Meadows also set a club record for multi-hit games in a season with 46, and became the fifth player in Marauders history to record 5+ hits in a game when he went 5-for-6 at Brevard County.

In the very same draft, the Pirates also selected Reese McGuire five picks later at #14 overall. Baseball America ranks him as the #6 prospect in the Pirates’ organization and Best Defensive Catcher, claiming he’s “ready to play in the major leagues right now from a defensive standpoint.”


The Curve play at one of the more unique ballparks in the Eastern League, People’s Natural Gas Field. The ballpark is adjacent to Lakemont Park – an amusement park in Altoona – and the “Skyliner” roller-coaster stands high just beyond the right field wall of PNG Field.

The Curve are named after a historic 2,375 foot horseshoe curve in the railroad tracks that wind through the Allegheny Mountains. It proved to be an integral part of the U.S. supply chain during World War II and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966.


Last year, the Curve retired their longtime beloved mascot Steamer with a farewell tour around the Eastern League. This year they welcomed a brand new mascot named Loco the Golden Locatomi. According to legend, the Golden Locatomi were creatures native to the Allegheny Mountains with golden-yellow fur who helped boost morale and create a fun, high-energy atmosphere for railroad workers building the Horseshoe Curve in Altoona.

Sea Dogs host New Hampshire on Tuesday

CimjKPtWkAEBHANPortland and New Hampshire play game two of their series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Andrew Benintendi went 0-for-4 in his Double-A debut on Monday night.

Pre-Game Show at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 Tunein App and MILB.TV…Pre-Game Guest is Billy McMillon

MIDDLE GAME ON TUESDAY: The Portland Sea Dogs seek the series win on Tuesday night, hosting the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) in the middle game of their 3-game set…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs clinch a winning homestand and improve to 4-2-0 in series at Hadlock this season…RHP Keith Couch makes his third start of the season for Portland…Couch is 20-5 (.800) in his career with Portland, the second best winning percentage behind Brian Johnson (.833 in 2014).

GREAT START: Aaron Wilkerson (2-1) tossed a season-high 7.1 innings on 2 hits, 2 walks and fanned eight, as Portland took the opener, 2-0 from New Hampshire…Rainel Rosario (2-for-3) knocked in the first run with a run-scoring single in the second…Nate Freiman led off the sixth with a solo-homer to centerfield…Chandler Shepherd worked out of a one-out jam in the eighth, and recorded the final 5 outs for his 4th save of the year…Jake Romanski went 2-for-4 and Andrew Benintendi finished 0-for-4 in his Double-A debut.

AGAINST THE OPPONENT: Portland and New Hampshire play 6 series this year, totaling 21 games (11 in New Hampshire and 10 in Maine)…Last season, the Fisher Cats won 13 of 23 from the Sea Dogs, capturing just their 5th season-series win (Portland leads the All-Time series 8-5-1).

MORE ON THE NEW GUY: Benintendi hit .341 (46-for-135), HR, 32 RBI, 13 2B and 7 3B in 34 games with High-A Salem…The Ohio native had a 23-game hitting streak from April 10-May 6, the longest in the minors this season and tied for the longest in Salem history…Benintendi is ranked the #3 Prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America.

PITCHING HAS BEEN OFF THE CHARTS: Wilkerson extended his scoreless streak to 19.1 innings with his performance on Monday night…Justin Haley and Wilkerson have combined for 37.1 scoreless innings since April 30.

HENRY ON A ROLE: OF Henry Ramos is 10-for-23 (.435) during a 6-game hitting streak, raising his average 48 points since May 12.

TRENDING UP: Portland has raised their team average 14 points in the last seven games, going a combined 62-for-204 (.304)…The Sea Dogs are seeking back-to-back series wins for the first time since July 20-26, 2015 (Trenton & New Hampshire at Hadlock Field).

 SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or