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Sea Dogs continue their homestand on Friday

IMG_1323The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland won their home opener on Thursday night, 6-4, in front of the largest opening day crowd (6,022) since 2003.

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Ben Crockett

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Thomas 4, Hanson 5, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 7, Waring DH, Kvansnicka 9, Knudson 2, Mejia 6, Rogers LHP

Portland lineup: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch DH, Hissey 7, Pena LHP

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

WHAT A NIGHT: The Sea Dogs had their largest home-opening crowd (6,022) since 2003, and took the homestand opener 6-4 from the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…After losing three straight, the ‘Dogs have won their last two games, and resume their four-game set on Friday night…RHP Keith Couch and LHP Henry Owens, the top two in the rotation, are a combined 4-0 without allowing an earned run…2B Mookie Betts has reached base safely in 42 straight games dating back to last August with High-A Salem.

THEY MADE IT INTERESTING: Portland held off a ninth-inning rally by New Britain to take the first of 19 meetings between the two rivals, 6-4 on Thursday night…LF Carlos Rivero finished 3-for-4, with is 2-run single in the fifth inning, proving to be the game-winning hit…Couch worked 5.2 quality innings, yielding one unearned run on five hits, one walk and five strikeouts…RHP Jose Valdez retired Daniel Ortiz, the go-ahead run, to notch his second save of the year…Betts went 2-for-4 with two runs scored…Matt Spring and Sean Coyle each had an RBI.

BOTH DON’T COUNT: Couch has worked 5.2 innings in both starts, allowing an unearned run in each game…The right-hander is 13-3, 3.13 ERA (50 ER/141.0 IP) in 31 games/17 starts in his Sea Dogs career (2013-14), but 10-1, 2.61 ERA as a starter…He became the 6th pitcher in franchise history to reach 13 victories.

RALLY OFF THE PEN: New Britain scored three times off RHP Noe Ramirez over 1.2 IP…RHP Michael Olmsted relieved Couch in the sixth inning and pitched 1.2 scoreless without allowing a hit…Rock Cats starter RHP D.J. Baxendale allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings pitched.

STAYING HOT AT THE PLATE: OF Shannon Wilkerson has a team-high six-game hitting streak, going 1-for-4 with a run scored last night…Spring has a run-scoring double in both starts…Coyle has an RBI in consecutive starts, reaching base safely in five of six starts to begin his Double-A career.

MORE ON MICKEY: LHP Mickey Pena is making his fifth career Double-A start and his second this season…Pena took a no-decision on April 5th at Reading, giving up two runs on four hits over 3 IP…His lone win came on August 26, 2013 at New Hampshire, tossing 6.2 IP on eight hits and five runs.

Sea Dogs and Rock Cats on Opening Night at Hadlock Field

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Geoff Iacuessa/Ben Crockett

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Boyer 4, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, D. Ortiz 9, Waring 5, Rodriguez 7, Koch 2, Mejia 6, Baxendale RH

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Wilkerson 8, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Rivero 7, Spring 2, Coyle 5, Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Couch RHP

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

THIS MAKES 21: The Sea Dogs open up their 21st season at Hadlock Field on Thursday night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…Portland is 9-11 All-Time in openers at Hadlock, suffering a 13-5 loss to the Thunder last season…Tonight kicks-off a seven-game homestand – the Binghamton Mets visit Maine on Monday…Both the ‘Dogs and ‘Cats snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday night…Portland took 14 of 23 meetings from New Britain in 2013, but went 6-6 at Hadlock Field.

‘DOGS RETURN THE FAVOR: One night after losing 10-1, the Sea Dogs collected a season-high 14 hits in a 9-2 win over the Thunder…LHP Henry Owens earned his second straight win, tossing 6.2 scoreless on six hits, no walks and nine strikeouts…CF Shannon Wilkerson picked up a season-high 3 hits, knocking in two runs…2B Sean Coyle and 3B Travis Shaw each had 2 RBI…DH Mookie Betts and SS Deven Marrero added two hits and each stole a base…C Gary Sanchez knocked in Trenton’s two runs with a two-out double off reliever Matty Ott.

ON A ROLL: Owens has fanned nine batters in each start this season, hurling 12.2 scoreless frames…The lefty’s no-hitter on Opening Night was the first as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game (six innings) no-hitter in franchise history…Owens is 5-1, 1.26 ERA (6 ER/43.0 IP) in eight Double-A starts (2013-14).

GIVE HIM A HIGH FIVE: Wilkerson has hit safely in five straight games, picking up his first 2 RBI last night…Betts has reached base safely in all six games, making his first start as the DH in the roadtrip finale…RHP Jose Valdez tossed a scoreless inning of relief and did not allow a run in both outings on the trip.

GRABBING AN EXTRA BAG: Portland stole four bases last night after having just one steal in the first 5 games…Trenton is the only team in the Eastern League without a stolen base attempt…The Richmond Flying Squirrels lead the league with nine steals in 10 attempts…New Britain is four of five in stolen base attempts.

NOT MANY: Michael Brenly had a pinch-hit single last night and appeared in left field for the first time in his professional career…Brenly made his debut in the Red Sox system on Tuesday night, going 0-for-4 as the designated hitter…Coyle nailed his first double of the season on Wednesday, making his first start at second base.

 

 

Sea Dogs almost home…one more in Trenton

Good evening from Arm & Hammer Park as the Sea Dogs wrap-up their six-game roadtrip in Trenton. Lefty Henry Owens makes his second start of the season. He tossed a six-inning no-hitter on Opening Night in Reading, the team’s first complete-game no-hitter, and the first as a Red Sox affiliate.

Quicks Hits

  • Travis Shaw makes his fifth Double-A start at third base and his first of the season…Prior to this season, Sean Coyle had never played 3B, tonight he makes his first Double-A start at second.
  • Blake Swihart and Shannon Wilkerson had four-game hitting streaks.
  • Bryan Mitchell makes the start for Trenton tonight, he’s the #21 Prospect in the system according to Baseball America.
  • Boston’s High-A affiliate, the Salem Red Sox, can set a new league record tonight…Salem has won 16 straight games, tying a 70-year old mark.

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

Pre-Game Interview: Opening Day Festivities

Nice photo, courtesy of Slugger! Hadlock Field is waiting for the return of the Sea Dogs.

Nice photo, courtesy of Slugger! Hadlock Field is waiting for the return of the Sea Dogs.

Portland lineup: Betts DH, Marrero 6, Shaw 5, Welch 3, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Greenwell 7, Wilkerson 8, Owens LHP

Trenton lineup: Williams 8, Gamel 7, Segedin 5, G. Sanchez 2, Austin 9, Refsnyder 4, Wilson 3, Y.Sanchez DH, Castillo 6, Mitchell RHP

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

ALMOST HOME: The Sea Dogs conclude a six-game roadtrip on Wednesday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) from Arm & Hammer Park…This series is two games due to Monday night’s rainout and will be made up at a later date…Portland has dropped three straight after winning the first 2 games of the season in Reading…Trenton has won three in a row after a two-game losing streak to start the year…Tomorrow night is the Hadlock Field opener for the ‘Dogs and their 21st in Portland, Maine.

THUNDER STRUCK: Trenton scored seven times off Mike McCarthy (0-1) in the first 3  innings, taking game one of the series, 10-1 on Tuesday night…The Thunder had six players with multi-hit games, and eight of nine starters picking up at least one hit…The top four in the lineup went a combined 10-for-19 (.526) with 5 RBI…LHP Matt Tracy worked 5.1 innings on five hits and one run to earn the win…Trenton’s bullpen retired all 11 batters…C Blake Swihart went 2-for-4 and knocked in Portland’s lone run…C Gary Sanchez went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI for the Thunder.

MAKE THAT ALL FOUR: Swihart has hit safely in all four games in Double-A, including a multi-hit performance in three of four…2B Mookie Betts had his hit streak snapped on Tuesday night but has reached base safely in all five games…After going hitless in the opener, Shannon Wilkerson has a four-game hitting streak.

THAT WAS THE MOST: Porsktland’s pitchers allowed season-highs in hits (17) and runs (10) in the series opener…McCarthy was touched for 11 hits on seven runs over 4 IP…LHP Nate Reed yielded five hits and three runs over 2 IP…Miguel Celestino and Noe Ramirez each tossed scoreless frames for the ‘Dogs. 

COMPLETES THE ROSTER: McCarthy and DH Michael Brenly (0-for-4) were the final two players on the roster to appear in a game.

MORE ON THE NO-NO: LHP Henry Owens’ no-hitter on Opening Night was the first as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game no-hitter in franchise history…Owens pitched six innings, as the game was called after a two-hour rain delay…Marlins affiliated no-hitters: Brad Penny and Luis Arroyo combined for the first no-hitter in franchise history on August 8, 1999 against Trenton…Josh Beckett (7 IP), Aaron Scheffer (1) and Brandon Bowe (1) combined to no-hit the Binghamton Mets.

Sea Dogs and Trenton open up a 2-game set

Mike McCarthy makes the start tonight, rounding out the starting five.

Mike McCarthy makes the start tonight, rounding out the starting five.

The entire league was postponed on Monday night, and on Tuesday, the Sea Dogs begin a two-game set against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) from Arm & Hammer Park.  The Sox and Yankees affiliates meet in at every level with the exception of High-A.

Speaking of rain, the two teams were postponed in the 2013 series finale at Hadlock Field…Trenton is the defending Eastern League champions, sweeping the Harrisburg Senators last year.

Pre-Game begins at 6:15 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Mike Ashmore

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 7, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Brenly DH, Wilkerson 8, McCarthy RHP

Trenton lineup: Williams 8, Gamel 7, Segedin 5, Sanchez 2, Austin DH, Refsnyder 4, Wilson 3, Sanchez 9, Castillo 6, Tracy LHP

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

Trenton's new bat dog in training is Rookie. I wanted to take him home with me.

Trenton’s new bat dog in training is Rookie. I want to take him home with me.

SOX AND YANKEES MEET IN DOUBLE-A: The Sea Dogs open up an abbreviated two-game series against the Trenton Thunder on Tuesday night at Arm & Hammer Park…The entire league was postponed on Monday due to rain…Portland and Trenton were postponed on the final day of the 2013 regular season and split their season series at 10 games apiece…The Thunder won the 2013 Eastern League Championship, sweeping the Harrisburg Senators in three games. 

CLOSE AGAIN: Portland dropped the final two games of the series, both by one run, losing 4-3 on Sunday afternoon to the Fightin Phils at First Energy Stadium…Reading scored all four runs in the second inning off losing pitcher RHP Mike AuglieraChris Serritella knocked in the first run with single and Carlos Alonso launched a three-run homer…Matt Spring finished 2-for-3 with 2 RBI in his first game of the season…Perci Garner tossed six innings on five hits and three runs to earn the win…Closer Kenny Giles hit 101 mph, earning the save by fanning the side in the ninth.

MOO-KIE, MOO-KIE: 2B Mookie Betts has hit safely in all four games to start the season…Betts went 4-for-4 on Opening night, leading off the season with a solo-homer…LHP Robby Scott made his Double-A debut on Sunday, working two scoreless frames on one hit and one strikeout.

DEBUTS: RHP Michael Olmsted, RHP Matty Ott and Reed made their season debuts in relief on Saturday…Ott worked 2.2 scoreless after taking over for starter LHP Mickey Pena (3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO)…Olmsted loaded the bases in the eighth inning, but retired C Tommy Joseph and DH Sebastian Valle to end the inning.

SETTLED DOWN NICE: Augliera was scoreless in his final 4.2 IP on Sunday, giving up eight hits, one walk and two strikeouts in his Double-A debut.

MORE ON THE NO-NO: LHP Henry Owens’ no-hitter on Opening Night was the first as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game no-hitter in franchise history…Owens pitched six innings, as the game was called after a two-hour rain delay…Marlins affiliated no-hitters: Brad Penny and Luis Arroyo combined for the first no-hitter in franchise history on August 8, 1999 against Trenton…Josh Beckett (7 IP), Aaron Scheffer (1) and Brandon Bowe (1) combined to no-hit the Binghamton Mets.

Sea Dogs PPD. in Trenton…Opening Day Festivities Set

Trenton's new bat dog in training is Rookie. I wanted to take him home with me.

Trenton’s new bat dog in training is Rookie. I wanted to take him home with me.

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder were postponed on Monday night in the series opener, and will now play an abbreviated two-game series at Arm & Hammer Park. Portland split the first series of the season in Reading.

From seadogs.com. Official Press Release on Opening Day

Portland, Maine- The Portland Sea Dogs will play their 2014 home opener on Thursday, April 10th at 6:00 PM at Hadlock Field against the New Britain Rock Cats. The opening ceremonies will honor Sea Dogs Hall of Famer Bill Troubh, who passed away in November. Other festivities include a World Series poster giveaway, the Sea Dogs Dance Team, Shipyard Brewing, and much more.

The Sea Dogs will have a special dedication and announcement to honor Bill Troubh as part of the pre-game ceremonies. Troubh, who passed away unexpectedly on November 8, 2013, was a lifelong citizen of the City of Portland. He served multiple terms on the Portland City Council and was Mayor of the city in 1974 and 1975 and again in 1983 and 1984. Bill was instrumental in bringing your Portland Sea Dogs to the city in 1994. He also played a major role in the development of the Portland Waterfront, Cumberland County Civic Center and the Portland Ice Arena. After successfully bringing the Sea Dogs to Portland, he stayed involved serving as the teams’ legal counsel and served a six year term as President of the Eastern League from 1997 through 2002. Members of the Troubh family will throw out the ceremonial first-pitch.

The South Portland High School Marching Band will perform the National Anthem. The band has been a Maine Band Director’s Association Gold Medal winner for eight consecutive years. This past year, South Portland won the Maine State Jazz Festival for the seventh time in the last eight years.

The first 1,000 fans to enter the ballpark will receive a 2013 Red Sox World Series poster, courtesy of the Sun Journal.

Join Shipyard Brewing Company and The Big Jab 96.3 FM as they broadcast live from the Shipyard Grill at Hadlock Field as Chris and Javier host the Shipyard Hour. Listen to the show; enjoy discounts on Shipyard products, raffles, and more. Log on to www.shipyard.com for more information.

Opening ceremonies will also include the return of the Portland Sea Dogs Dance Team, presented by Q 97.9 FM. The team will perform pre-game on the field. The team is compromised of boys and girls 8 to 16 years-old and is designed to support the Sea Dogs’ organization by providing entertainment during select home games throughout the 2014 season.

The Sea Dogs will be providing over 500 Portland students with free tickets to Opening Day. The Sea Dogs partnered with the Portland Recreation Department and the Portland Public Library to have students “Read Their Way to Opening Day” through a reading challenge put forth by Slugger and the Sea Dogs. The 500 students who met the Sea Dogs’ challenge will participant in an on field parade on Opening Day.

As fans enter the park they will be greeted by the Bellamy Jazz Band.

Gates will open at 4:00 PM. Pre-game ceremonies will begin at approximately 5:50 PM with team introductions and the first-pitch is scheduled for 6:20 PM.

 

First day game of the season. Meet the ‘Dogs catchers

Mike Augliera's last start was Game 2 of the 2013 Eastern League Championship series.

Mike Augliera’s last start was Game 2 of the 2013 Eastern League Championship series.

RHP Mike Augliera makes his Double-A debut on Sunday afternoon against the Reading Fightin Phils at First Energy Stadium…Augliera has a Maine connection, pitching for the Sanford Mainers in 2010. RHP Perci Garner, a standout football player in Dover, Ohio, makes his third Double-A start.

Pre-Game begins at 1:15 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Nate Reed

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Ramos 8, Spring 2, Wilkerson 9, Greenwell 7, Gibson 5, Augliera RHP

Reading lineup: Alonso 4, Collier 8, Perkins 7, Dugan 9, Valle 2, Stassi 3, Tolbert 5, Serritella DH, Duran 6, Garner RHP

Brenly, Spring and Swihart make up the Portland catchers.

Brenly, Spring and Swihart make up the Portland catchers.

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

BEHIND THE PLATE

  • #2 Mike Brenly

    2014: #First year in the Red Sox system and seventh overall.Last season: Signed by the Diamondbacks as a minor-league free agent on April 4th, but did not debut with Triple-A Reno until May 30th…Appeared in 8 games with the Aces, hitting .118 (2-for-17), RBI, 2B…Was on the disabled list from June 10-August 1 and August 17 to the end of the season.

    Acquired/Misc: Signed by Boston as a minor league free agent on January 30, 2014…Originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 36th round of the 2008 draft out of UNLV…Father Bob Brenly, played 9 seasons in MLB and managed the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks…FIRST YEAR IN PORTLAND.

  • #47 Matt Spring
    2014: Will spend parts of four seasons in Portland and 10th in professional baseball…Has 79 career homers, including 21 in Portland.Last season: Hit .222 (41-for-185) with 10 homers, 34 RBI and 12 doubles in 52 games with Portland…Two multi-homer games: July 22nd at New Britain (Game 2) and May 18th vs. Binghamton, picking up career-high 6 RBI, hitting a walk-off grand slam…Hit .354 (17-for-48), 5 HR, 18 RBI in May.

    Acquired/Misc: Signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent on March 13, 2011…Originally a 4th round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2004 draft…YEARS W/PORTLAND (2011-14) and spent four seasons in Double-A with Montgomery (2007-10)…First year of professional baseball was 2004 with Hudson Valley.

  • #5 Blake Swihart

    2014: Spent the entire season with High-A Salem, hitting .298 (112-for-376) with 2 homers, 42 RBI, 29 doubles, 7 triples and 7 stolen bases in 103 games…Named the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year…Led Carolina League catchers in caught stealing percentage (44-of-106, 41%)…3rd in the system in average and 5th in the Carolina League…Switch-hitter, batted .379 (29-for-79) vs.RHP and .279 (83-for-297) vs. LHP…Hit safely in 25 of hisfinal 28 games…Named Carolina League All-Star.Last season: Split his first season in the Sox organization between Salem, Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting .250 (43-for-172) with 11 homers and 36 RBI in 42 games

    Acquired/Misc: 1st round pick (26th overall) by the Red Sox in the 2011 draft out of V. Sue Cleveland HS (4.0 GPA) in Rio Rancho, N.M (compensation pick for the Red Sox losing Adrian Beltre)…Natural right-handed hitter and caught for the first time at the 2010 Perfect Game National Showcase at Tropicana Field…FIRST YEAR IN PORTLAND.

 

ALMOST ONE IN THE BOOKS: Portland and Reading conclude their opening series of the season on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium…RHP Mike Augliera makes his Double-A debut and just the 42nd professional appearance…Augliera’s last start was a win in Game 2 of the 2013 Mills Cup Championship at Potomac…RHP Perci Garner toes the rubber for the Fightins in his season debut.

BOTH TEAMS HAD CHANCES: RF Kelly Dugan snapped a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring single in the seventh inning, leading the Fightin Phils to a 3-2 win…1B Cameron Perkins (2-for-4) opened the frame with a double off losing pitcher Nate Reed (0-1)…Reading’s bullpen worked four scoreless on two hits and five strikeouts…Despite the win, the Phils stranded 15 runners on base, going 3-for-17 with RISP…Portland had two on in the ninth, but Kenny Giles fanned the side in the ninth, including Mookie Betts on a 99 mph fastball to end the game.

MOO-KIE, MOO-KIE: Betts has lead-off each game with a hit, going 8-for-13 in his first 3 games in Double-A…C Blake Swihart has hit safely in all three starts, picking up two hits last night…DH Travis Shaw collected his first 2 hits of the season, both were infield-singles, one knocked in a run in the first.

DEBUTS: RHP Michael Olmsted, RHP Matty Ott and Reed made their season debuts in relief last night…Ott worked 2.2 scoreless after taking over for starter LHP Mickey Pena (3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO)…Olmsted loaded the bases in the eighth inning, but retired C Tommy Joseph and DH Sebastian Valle to end the inning.

 MAINE CONNECTION: Augliera pitched for the Sanford (ME) Mainers of the New England Collegiate League in 2010; going 4-2, 2.85 ERA in 7 starts…One of his teammates, Michael Roth, made it to the Major Leagues last year with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

MORE ON THE NO-NO: LHP Henry Owens’ no-hitter on Opening Night was the first as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game no-hitter in franchise history…Owens pitched six innings, as the game was called after a two-hour rain delay…Marlins affiliated no-hitters: Brad Penny and Luis Arroyo combined for the first no-hitter in franchise history on August 8, 1999 against Trenton…Josh Beckett (7 IP), Aaron Scheffer (1) and Brandon Bowe (1) combined to no-hit the Binghamton Mets. 

 

Saturday night is alright for Baseball

Mickey Pena begins his first full se

Mickey Pena waasn’t in Greenville that long ago, he starts tonight for Portland.

LHP Mickey Pena and LHP Hoby Milner are both from Texas, both once drafted by the Washington Nationals, and face-off in Game 3 of the series on Saturday night.

Pre-Game begins at 5:45 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Portland Manager Billy McMillon

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Wilkerson 8, Shaw DH, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Welch 3, Gibson 6, Pena LHP

Reading lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier 8, Perkins 3, Dugan 9, Joesph 2, Valle DH, Alonso 5, Hewitt 7, Duran 6, Milner LHP

Game Notes

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

2-0, IT’S BEEN A WHILE:The Sea Dogs are 2-0 for the first time since 2008 when they started the season 4-0…Tonight is game three of a four game series in Reading, which concludes tomorrow afternoon, as RHP Mike Augliera makes his Double-A debut…Portland has now won six of their last eight games at First Energy Stadium…Tonight’s starter LHP Mikey Pena is making his first career start against Reading…LHP Hoby Milner will make his Double-A debut for Reading.

3-RUN SIXTH, COUCH SOLID: Portland snapped a 1-1 tie, scoring three times in the sixth inning to beat Reading 4-1 on Saturday…RHP Keith Couch tossed 5.2 innings on six hits and one unearned run to earn the win…RHP Noe Ramirez, RHP Miguel Celestino and RHP Jose Valdez closed out the game in relief…3B Sean Coyle finished 2-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBI…C Blake Swihart went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single and 2B Mookie Betts had three hits and is 7-for-9 in the first 2 games.

MORE ON THE NO-NO: LHP Henry Owens’ no-hitter on Opening Night was the first as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game no-hitter in franchise history…Owens pitched six innings, as the game was called after a two-hour rain delay…Marlins affiliated no-hitters: Brad Penny and Luis Arroyo combined for the first no-hitter in franchise history on August 8, 1999 against Trenton…Josh Beckett (7 IP), Aaron Scheffer (1) and Brandon Bowe (1) combined to no-hit the Binghamton Mets.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has six of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Owens (#2), Swihart (#5), Betts (#7), Deven Marrero (#15), Travis Shaw (#26), and Coyle (#30). ·       The active roster includes 12 players who have previously played for the Sea Dogs and 17 players with previous Double-A experience. ·       15 players originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox.·       Portland’s roster features three players that are sons of former Major Leaguers: Mike Brenly (Bob), Bo Greenwell (Mike) and Shaw (Jeff). GREENWELL DEBUT: OF Bo Greenwell made his debut in the Red Sox system last night, going 1-for-4, making the start in left field…Ramirez and Celestino each earned holds…Valdez notched the save in his first game in the organization.

Sea Dogs and Fightins on a first Friday in Reading

This was made by a fan and sent to me...The background is my scorebook.

This was made by a fan and sent to me…The background is my scorebook.

Unreal start to the season – NO HITTER by Henry Owens…Here’s the complete game story

Great ring ceremony today at Fenway, former Sea Dogs Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Workman were on Portland’s Opening Day roster last season.

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

Pre-Game Interview: Henry Owens

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Greenwell 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP

Reading lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier 8, Perkins 7, Dugan 9, Joesph 2, Stassi 3, Tolbert 5, Serritella DH, Duran 6, Gonzalez LHP

Game Notes

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

OH HENRY, WHAT A NIGHT!LHP Henry Owens tossed a six-inning, rain-shortened no-hitter, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-0 win at Reading on Opening Night…Owens retired the final 16 batters faced, fanned nine and issued both walks in the first inning…Reading had one man in scoring position and no balls were hit out of the infield…2B Mookie Betts led off the game with a solo-homer off losing pitcher LHP Jesse Biddle on a 3-2 pitch…Betts finished 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored…SS Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 with 2 run-scoring doubles and C Blake Swihart had two hits, including an RBI triple on his 22nd birthday.

GRAND OPENING: The Sea Dogs are now 10-11 All-Time in season openers and have won six of their last eight games at First Energy Stadium…Ironically, Ryan Kalish led off the 2010 season in Reading with a solo-homer on a 3-2 pitch – same count as Betts’ homer last night.

MORE ON THE NO-NO: Owens’ no-hitter was the first as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game no-hitter in franchise history…Marlins affiliated no-hitters: Brad Penny and Luis Arroyo combined for the first no-hitter in franchise history on August 8, 1999 against Trenton…Josh Beckett (7 IP), Aaron Scheffer (1) and Brandon Bowe (1) combined to no-hit the Binghamton Mets.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has six of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Owens (#2), Swihart (#5), Betts (#7),Marrero (#15), Travis Shaw (#26), and Sean Coyle (#30).   The active roster includes 12 players who have previously played for the Sea Dogs and 17 players with previous Double-A experience. ·       15 players originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox.·       Portland’s roster features three players that are sons of former Major Leaguers: Brenly (Bob Brenly), Greenwell (Mike) and Travis Shaw (Jeff). WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER HENRY: RF Henry Ramos went 2-for-3 in his Double-A debut, picking up an RBI single in the first inning to plate LF Carlos Rivero (1-for-3, double)…3B Sean Coyle went 0-for-2 with a walk in his Sea Dogs debut. COACHING STAFF: Billy McMillon (1995) earned his 300th win as a minor league manager in his first game with the Sea Dogs…McMillon made history last night, becoming the first former Sea Dog to manage.

Congrats to Billy McMillon on his first win as Sea Dogs Manager and the 300th of his minor league career.

Congrats to Billy McMillon on his first win as Sea Dogs Manager and the 300th of his minor league career.

Opening Night from Baseball Town

The Sea Dogs open up their 21st season in the Eastern League, battling the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium in Reading, Pa.

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

Pre-Game Interview: Keith Couch

Look inside the Antonellis Broadcast Center.

Look inside the Antonellis Broadcast Center.

Welcome Back…My broadcast partner from 2012 Dan Acheson returns this season. Dan will join me for every home game.

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 7, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Welch DH, Wilkerson 8, Owens LHP

Reading lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier 8, Perkins 9, Dugan 9, Joesph 2, Hewitt DH, Alonso 5, Stassi 3, Duran 6, Biddle LHP

Game Notes

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

HEAVYWEIGHT MATCH-UP TO START: Boston and Philadelphia’s top pitching prospects faceoff in the 2014 opener at First Energy Stadium…LHP Henry Owens is making his seventh Double-A start and the 50th appearance of his professional career…Owens was named the 2013 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year, leading all minor league qualifiers in ERA (2.67) and batting average against (.177)…LHP Jesse Biddle, a native of Philly, went 5-14, 3.64 ERA in 27 starts with Reading last season…Biddle finished third in the Eastern League with 154 strikeouts and fanned Maikel Franco in the Future’s Game.

GRAND OPENING: The Sea Dogs are 9-11 All-Time in season openers…Last year they suffered a 13-5 loss to the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Opening Day at Hadlock Field…Reading swept the Sea Dogs in an Opening Day doubleheader in 2012 at First Energy Stadium…LHP Drake Britton and RHP Brandon Workman were Portland’s first 2 starters in 2013. INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has six of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Owens (#2), Blake Swihart (#5), Mookie Betts (#7), Deven Marrero (#15), Travis Shaw (#26), and Sean Coyle (#30).  ·       The active roster includes 12 players who have previously played for the Sea Dogs and 17 players with previous Double-A experience. ·       15 players originally drafted by the Red Sox and eight will be making their Double-A debut.·       Seven players will be making their Red Sox organizational debut: Michael Brenly, Bo Greenwell, Nate Reed, Carlos Rivero, Jose Valdez and Stefan Welch. ·       Portland’s roster features three players that are sons of former Major Leaguers: Brenly (Bob Brenly), Greenwell (Mike) and Travis Shaw (Jeff).

COACHING STAFF: Former Sea Dog Billy McMillon (1995) begins his first season as the team’s manager…McMillon is the first former player to manage the Sea Dogs and the 11th Manager in team history…Pitching coach Bob Kipper returns for his seventh season and former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman returns for his second season as the Hitting coach…Trainer Brandon Henry returns for his third season…he’ll be joined by Assistant Trainer Nicholas Kuchwara and Strength Coach Andrew Rasbury.

Long line around 4 to get in the park...and yes that's an ostrich

Long line around 4 to get in the park…and yes that’s an ostrich

Instant Replay and the Sea Dogs?

Thanks to Sea Dogs Assistant General Manager/Media Relations Director Chris Cameron for finding out this unique tie-in between Major League Baseball’s first 2 instant replay and the Portland Sea Dogs.

  • The first regular-season instant replay challenge in Major League Baseball history was upheld this past Monday in the Cubs-Pirates game. Former Sea Dogs Manager Rick Renteria challenged the call.
  • Braves manager and former Sea Dogs skipper Fredi Gonzalez was the first to win a challenge, getting a safe call on Ryan Braun reversed.

Instant Replay Story courtesy of USA Today

Renteria managed Portland in 2000-01, going a combined 148-135…Gonzalez led the ‘Dogs to a 79-63 mark in 1997.

I think this is why people will like Instant Replay.

I think this is why people will like Instant Replay.

 

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