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Homestand ends Tonight!

Sea Dogs are 30-15, tied for the best record in the league...doing all the little things.

Sea Dogs are 30-15, tied for the best record in the league…doing all the little things.

The Sea Dogs are 7-1 on their nine-game homestand, which ends tonight against the Binghamton Mets at Hadlock Field…Portland swept a twinbill from the B-Mets last night and improved to 17-6 at Hadlock Field…The ‘Dogs are seeking their fifth straight win at home.

LHP Mickey Pena is 2-0, 4.86 ERA and makes his 9th start of the season, but his first against Binghamton…RHP Rainy Lara is 4-1, but that one loss is to Portland.

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.

Pre-Game Interview: Mookie Betts Part 1

Portland lineup: ‘Dogs: Betts 4, Gibson 6, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Meneses 5, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Pena LH (2-0, 4.86)

Binghamton: Johnson 8, Reynolds 4, Plawecki 2, Clark 3, Boyd DH, Vaughn 9, Lawley 5, Taijeron 7, Tovar 6, Lara RH (4-1, 4.05)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

NUMBER NINE TONIGHT: The Sea Dogs are 7-1 on their nine-game homestand which ends tonight against the Binghamton Mets…Portland swept their second doubleheader of the season on Wednesday night and improved to 15 games over .500 for the first time since July 16, 2006 (54-39) – the ‘Dogs best record that season was 19 games over .500…LHP Mickey Pena makes his first career start against the Binghamton Mets…RHP Rainy Lara suffered his lone loss to Portland on May 4th at NYSEG Stadium.

COUCH CG AND A NICE RALLY: RHP Keith Couch (6-0) hurled his fifth career complete-game in the opener, as the Sea Dogs grabbed a 5-1 win…3B Stefan Welch provided the game-winning hit with a first inning three-run homer…1B Travis Shaw hit a solo-shot (#9) to lead-off the third…Couch yielded nine hits and got the help of three double plays…In game two, the ‘Dogs scored the final six runs, including a five-run fifth to beat the Mets 6-5…With two outs, C Mike Brenly cut the lead to 5-4 with a RBI single…LF Peter Hissey followed with a two-run single to right…LHP Robby Scott earned his sixth win of the season.

Mookie Betts is back at second base after starting yesterday's doubleheader in CF.

Mookie Betts is back at second base after starting yesterday’s doubleheader in CF.

UNREAL RUN: Scott has earned a win in four straight outings and is tied with Couch for the Eastern League in wins (6)…Couch improved to 17-3, 3.12 ERA (64 ER/184.1 IP) in 38 games/24 starts…As a starter: 14-1, 2.76 ERA (44 ER/143.2 IP)…His 2.39 ERA is the fourth best in the Eastern League…Scott has not allowed a run this month and is scoreless in 10 of his first 11 Double-A appearances.

SOMEBODY SAVE ME:RHP Jose Valdez made it 2-for-2 in save chances on the homestand…Portland has converted all five save opportunities on the homestand, and has compiled a 1.97 ERA.

OVER AND OUT: Welch belted his second homer of the season in game one and finished the twinbill 3-for-6, HR, 5 RBI and a double…Shaw hit his 9th homer of the season, which ties him with Trenton’s Kyle Roller for the third most in the Eastern League…Portland is second in the league in average at .287, but lead the league in runs with 280…Their 33 homers is tied for third with Harrisburg, New Britain and Trenton.

NEW GUY: RHP Wilfredo Boscan made his Sea Dogs debut in last night’s game…Boscan started game two and worked three innings on six hits, five runs (one earned), three walks and one strikeout.

Two for the price of one

Keith Couch is 13-1, 2.83 ERA in 21 career starts with Portland.

Keith Couch is 13-1, 2.83 ERA in 21 career starts with Portland.

The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play a doubleheader on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…RHP Keith Couch will start game one of the twinbill…Couch is 5-0, 2.56 ERA, which is tied with teammate LHP Robby Scott for the most wins in the Eastern League.

Interview with Mike Brenly

Pre-Game begins at 4:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Matty Ott

Portland lineup: ‘Dogs: Betts 8, Gibson 6, Shaw 3, Welch 5, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Spring DH, Meneses 4, Wilkerson 7, Couch RH (5-0, 2.56)

Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Reynolds 6, Plawecki 2, Clark DH, Boyd 3, Vaughn 9, Lawley 5, Taijeron 7, Tovar 4, Cessa RH (Double-A debut)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

NICE ACCOMPLISHMENT: The Sea Dogs clinched a winning homestand with last night’s win, and continue their six-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Wednesday night, playing their second doubleheader of the series…Portland is 1-0-2 in twinbills this season…The ‘Dogs are 13 games over .500 since they were 36-23 in 2008 – last time they were 14 games over .500 was July 19, 2006 (55-41) and 15 games over .500 was July 16, 2006 (54-39)RHP Keith Couch is 13-1, 2.83 ERA as a starter in Double-A.

EARLY INNINGS WERE KEY: Portland scored both runs in the fourth and received six strong innings from LHP Brian Johnson, and beat the B-Mets 2-1 on Tuesday night…The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by 3B Dustin Lawley…C Blake Swihart tied the game with a solo-homer in the fourth…RF Henry Ramos scored the game-winning run on a throwing error by 1B Matt Clark…Johnson gave up four hits, one run, one walk and fanned six…RHP Matty Ott worked out of huge jam in the eighth to earn a hold and RHP Noe Ramirez pitched around a two-base error by LF Derrik Gibson to secure his 4th save.

SOLID START: Johnson is now 3-0, 2.01 ERA (5 ER/22.1 IP) in four Double-A starts and 6-1 overall between Portland and High-A Salem…Ramirez notched his second save of the homestand and the team’s fourth in their last five wins…The ‘Dogs are now fourth in the Eastern League with a 3.55 ERA.

CENTER OF ATTENTION:2B Mookie Betts went 0-for-4 last night and has not reached base in three of his last five starts…Betts’ .369 average is the7th in Minor League Baseball…He had his on-base streak of 66 games snapped on Saturday.

ALL FROM THE RIGHT SIDE: Swihart had two hits last night and has all four homers batting from the right-side this season…The last season Sea Dog to homer from both sides of the plate was SS Jed Lowrie on July 8, 2007 at New Hampshire…Swihart ha hit safely in 25 of 32 games and reached base safely in 28 of 32.

NEW GUY: RHP Wilfredo Boscan makes his Sea Dogs debut in game two of tonight’s doubleheader…Boscan was signed by the Boston Red Sox as a minor league free-agent on March 20, 2014…After spending the first 12 days in Extended Spring Training, he joined Triple-A Pawtucket on April 15th and went 2-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER/3.2 IP) in 2 relief outings…Since April 25th, Boscan has been on Lowell’s roster.

Just one game tonight

Mike Brenly hit his first professional grand slam on Monday night.

Mike Brenly hit his first professional grand slam on Monday night.

The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play game three of their six-game series from Hadlock Field…The two teams split a doubleheader on Monday night, and will play a twinbill on Wednesday night. LHP Brian Johnson, who made his Double-A debut against the B-Mets on May 3rd, makes the start for Portland.

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.

Pre-Game Interview: Mike Brenly

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Spring DH, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Meneses 5, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 8, Johnson LH (2-0, 2.20)

Binghamton: Johnson 8, Reynolds 6, Plawecki 2, Clark 3, Boyd DH, Vaughn 7, Lawley 5, Taijeron 9, Tovar 4, Gorski LH (3-1, 2.79)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

THAT’S A SPLIT: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets began a six-game series on Monday night by splitting a doubleheader, tonight, they play game three of their series at Hadlock Field…The ‘Dogs are 12 games over .500 for the second time this season and have not been 13 games over .500 since they were 36-23 in 2008 – last time they were 14 games over .500 was July 19, 2006 (55-41)…LHP Brian Johnson earned the win in his Double-A debut on May 3rd at NYSEG Stadium, and makes his fourth start of the season with Portland.

UP AND DOWN: RHP Hansel Robles (2-2) fired six-shutout innings in game one, leading the Binghamton Mets to a 5-0 win over LHP Henry Owens (4-3)…1B Matt Clark went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer…In game two, the Sea Dogs clubbed out 13 hits and beat the B-Mets 8-2…C Mike Brenly hit his first career grand slam and 3B Travis Shaw added a solo-homer, his eighth of the season…RHP Mike McCarthy (3-2) fired six strong innings on four hits and one run to earn the win…1B Stefan Welch finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored…DH Mookie Betts, SS Deven Marrero, 2B Heiker Meneses and RF Henry Ramos each had 2 hits.

CENTER OF ATTENTION:Betts had his on-base streak snapped at 66 regular season games on Saturday…He has made his first 2 starts in CF in Portland’s last three games…Betts’ .378 average is the 3rd highest in Minor League Baseball…Betts has reached safely in 131 of his last 146 games (dating back to May 5, 2013)…Last night he picked up his team-leading 20th multi-hit game.

FOUR AGAIN: Owens worked four innings for the second straight outing…Last night, the lefty yielded two hits, one run, four walks but fanned eight…McCarthy earned his third quality start with his performance in game…Portland’s starters are 19-9 with a 3.55 ERA this season.

SHUTOUT STREAK OVER: Prior to the 5-0 shutout loss in game one Monday, the Sea Dogs were one of two teams in the Eastern League that had yet to be shutout, the Erie SeaWolves being the other…The last time the ‘Dogs were shutout was August 31, 2013 in game one of a doubleheader against Trenton where they lost 8-0.

ALMOST A CG: RHP Mike Augliera’s 8-inning stint on Sunday was the longest for a Sea Dog since RHP Keith Couch hurled a 9-inning complete game on August 8, 2013 at Harrisburg…RHP Terry Doyle last worked eight innings at Hadlock Field on July 8, 2013.

Superhero Sunday at Hadlock Field

Sea Dogs Media Relations Director Chris Cameron all dressed up.

Sea Dogs Media Relations Director Chris Cameron all dressed up.

The Sea Dogs beat the Thunder 4-3 on Saturday afternoon when Mookie Betts made a diving catch, which turned into game-ending double play…Portland is 11 games over .500 for the first time since 2008…Betts will make his first professional start in CF today after 236 previous games at 2B, SS and DH.

Pre-Game begins at 12:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Billy McMillon

Portland lineup: Betts 8, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Meneses 5, Gibson 4, Hissey 7, Augliera RH (2-4, 4.53)

Trenton: Williams 8, Gamel 7, Segedin 5, Sanchez 2, Heathcott 9, O’Brien DH, Austin 3, Refsnyder 4, Angelini 6, Bleich LH (3-3, 4.36)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

THAT’S THERE BEST: The Sea Dogs are 11 games over .500, for the first time since August 20, 2008 (69-58), and look for a sweep of their three-game series with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland has one sweep in Maine this year, but it was a one-game series against the Binghamton Mets on April 14…RHP Mike Augliera looks to snap a three-game losing streak this afternoon…He took a no-decision against the Thunder on April 26th at Hadlock Field (Portland won 9-8, 15-innings).

CLUTCH, CLUTCH AND CLUTCH: 1B Travis Shaw snapped a 3-3 tie with a game-winning homer in eighth inning and 2B Mookie Betts made the defensive play of the game, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 4-3 win over the Trenton Thunder…In the ninth with the bases loaded and one out, Betts made a diving catch on a line drive hit by 2B Rob Refsnyder, but got to his feet and nabbed Taylor Dugas at second base to end the game…LHP Robby Scott (5-1) tossed 2.2 scoreless on one hit and a season-high four strikeouts to earn the win…RHP Jose Valdez worked out of a bases-loaded nobody out jam in the ninth.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts had his on-base streak snapped at 66 games (71 including the 2013 playoffs, but that does not count towards tying a record) on yesterday, going 0-for-4, but Betts knocked in two runs…He reached base safely in his first 36 Double-A starts, the 5th longest on-base streak in franchise history…The 66-game on-base streak began on August 2, 2013 with the High-A Salem Red Sox…Betts’ .383 average is the 2nd highest in Minor League Baseball behind Gregory Polanco of Triple-A Indianapolis…he’s also reached safely in 129 of his last 140 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

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GREAT SCOTT: Scott has earned a win in three straight decisions and is scoreless in nine of 10 outings this season…The lefty’s five wins are tied with Keith Couch, Gabriel Arias (Akron) and Tyler Wilson (Bowie) for the most victories in the Eastern League…Couch’s 2.56 ERA is the fourth best in the league.

CRAZY EIGHTS: SS Deven Marrero has three straight multi-hit games and a season-high 8-game hitting streak…Marrero has raised his average 30 points during the streak and has 11 multi-hit games – tied for the third most on the team.

SOMEBODY SAVE ME: Valdez picked up his third save of the season on Saturday…Valdez fanned CF Ben Gamel, before inducing the double play.

Sea Dogs and Thunder ready to play…1:30 start

Mickey Pena makes his 8th start of the season for the Sea Dogs this afternoon. (photo courtesy of Rick Rosenfeld).

Mickey Pena makes his 8th start of the season for the Sea Dogs this afternoon. (photo courtesy of Rick Rosenfeld).

The Sea Dogs and Thunder continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon…today’s game will start at 1:30 due to rain earlier this morning.

Pre-Game begins at 12:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Bob Kipper Part 2

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Meneses 5, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 8, Pena LH (2-0, 4.83)

Trenton: Gamel 8, Refsnyder 4, Segedin 5, Sanchez DH, O’Brien 2, Austin 9, Fiorito 3, Dugas 7, Castillo 6, Ruth RH (Double-A)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

HOW ABOUT SOME DAY BASEBALL: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play game tow of their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland is making their fourth attempt to go 11 games over .500, which would be the first time since August 20, 2008 when they were 69-58…Portland and Trenton have split the last 26 meetings, and wrap-up their series tomorrow afternoon…LHP Mickey Pena makes his second start of the season against the Yankees affiliate.

HISSEY AND COUCH LEAD THE WAY: RHP Keith Couch (5-0) tossed seven scoreless frames and LF Peter Hissey knocked in both runs with a double in the second, leading the Sea Dogs to a 2-0 win over the Thunder on Friday night… Couch gave up only four hits, walked two and fanned five, becoming the third 5-game winner in the Eastern League…RHP Miguel Celestino wrapped up the win with two scoreless frames to earn his third save of the season…SS Deven Marrero and CF Shannon Wilkerson added two hits in the win…RHP Caleb Cotham (0-1) took the loss for Trenton, allowing two runs in 4.2 IP on six hits.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 0-for-3 with a walk in the series opener…Betts has reached base safely in all 36 Double-A starts (19 multi-hit games), the 5th longest on-base streak in franchise history…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 66 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 71 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .393 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 129 of his last 139 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

DON’T LEAVE OUT THE PITCHING: Portland picked up their team-leading fourth shutout on Friday…Couch lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.56, which now ranks third in the league behind Altoona’s Adrian Sampson and Richmond’s Ty Blach.

GIVE PETER TWO ASSISTS: The Sea Dogs are 2-2 against the Thunder at Hadlock Field this season…Hissey earned the win in Portland’s 9-8, 15-inning win on April 26and had the game-winning RBI last night.

THE LEAD INCREASED: Portland’s 2.5 game division lead is their largest this season…Binghamton is now tied for second with Trenton.

‘Dogs back home against Trenton

The Sea Dogs open up a 9-game/7-day homestand against the Trenton Thunder on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland beat New Britain yesterday 13-5.

Sea Dogs closing in on 8 millionth fan

Portland returns home tomorrow, opening up a 9-game/7-day homestand against the Trenton Thunder and Binghamton Mets.

Pre-Game begins at 10:15 AM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Bob Kipper

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Swihart 2, Rivero 5, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RH (4-0, 3.03)

Trenton: Gamel 7, Heathcott 8, Segedin DH, Sanchez 2, Austin 5, Refsnyder 4, Dugas 9, Fiorito 3, Castillo 6, Cotham RH (0-0, 1.69 ER)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

WOW, THAT’S A LOT: The Sea Dogs open up a nine-game, seven-day homestand on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland will play 12 of their next 16 games in Maine, with a four-game series at New Hampshire on May 23-26…Trenton is the only team to win a series at Hadlock Field this season, taking two of three on April 25-27…RHP Keith Couch can become the third 5-game winner in the Eastern League, he is 12-1, 2.98 ERA in 22 career Double-A starts.

20 REASONS TO SMILE: Portland smacked out a season-high 20 hits, scoring six runs in the seventh inning to grab the series finale on Thursday morning at New Britain 13-5…2B Mookie Betts and CF Shannon Wilkerson each went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI…Betts hit his sixth homer, a two-run shot in the seventh…LF Derrik Gibson, RF Henry Ramos and 1B Travis Shaw each had three hits…SS Deven Marrero and 3B Carlos Rivero collected two hits and two RBI…RHP Matty Ott earned his first Double-A win, giving up four hits and two runs over 2 IP…New Britain won two of three in the series, giving Portland their first road-series loss.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts has reached base safely in all 35 Double-A starts (19 multi-hit games), the 5th longest on-base streak in franchise history…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 65 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 70 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .401 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 129 of his last 139 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

SAME PLACE: Portland’s 20 hits were the most since they had 21 on June 1, 2011 at New Britain…The franchise record for most hits in a game is 23 on April 26, 2009 against the Connecticut Defenders…The ‘Dogs are now hitting .291 as a team, which is second in the league behind Bowie, but they lead the E.L. in runs scored (221).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: Ramoshas hit safely in 22 of his last 25 games: 39-for-98 (.398), 2 HR, 19 RBI, 2 3B, 6 2B and reached base safely in 31 of 35 games…The first-year Sea Dog is fifth in the league in hitting at .343.

13 IS LUCKY: Portland has scored 13 runs in their last two wins, picking up a 13-12 win on Mother’s Day with a four-run ninth against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Morning Baseball in New Britain

Brian Johnson is 4-0, 0.73 ERA in his last 4 starts (photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

Brian Johnson is 4-0, 0.73 ERA in his last 4 starts (photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

The Sea Dogs conclude their three-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Thursday morning at New Britain Stadium…Portland walked a season-high 10 batters in a 4-3 walk-off loss last night…Brandon Waring drew a bases-loaded walk to cap off a three-run rally by the ‘Cats in the ninth.

Sea Dogs closing in on 8 millionth fan

Portland returns home tomorrow, opening up a 9-game/7-day homestand against the Trenton Thunder and Binghamton Mets.

Pre-Game begins at 10:15 AM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Studio update with Dan Acheson

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero DH, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Ramos 9, Spring 2, Meneses 6, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 8, Johnson LH (2-0, 1.59)

New Britain: Thomas 4, Boyer 6, Hanson 5, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Oritz 7, Waring DH, Kvasnicka 8, Knudson 2, Gilmartin LH (3-2, 2.89)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

MORNING BASEBALL: The Sea Dogs look to salvage the final game of their three-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Thursday morning at New Britain Stadium…With last night’s loss, Portland suffered their first road-series loss since August 13-15, 2013 at Altoona (previously been 6-0-3 in road series)…Portland is still a ½ game in front of Trenton for the top spot in the Eastern Division, but have dropped three of their last four…The Rock Cats have won nine of their last 12 and seven of their last eight at home.

WALK-OFF WIN…LITERALLY: 3B Brandon Waring capped of a three-run rally in the ninth for New Britain, drawing a bases-loaded walk, giving the Rock Cats a 4-3 win on Wednesday night…New Britain had five straight hits to start the frame off Michael Olmsted and losing pitcher Jose Valdez (0-1)…1B Kenny Vargas tied the game with a single and scored the winning run on the walk by Waring…Portland led 3-0, receiving two-out RBI singles from SS Deven Marrero and CF Shannon Wilkerson…LHP Henry Owens threw four no-hit innings, but walked five and fanned eight.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 34 Double-A starts (18 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 64 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 69 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .394 average is the 2nd highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 128 of his last 138 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: OF Henry Ramos went 1-for-2 with 2 walks last night …Ramos has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games: 36-for-93 (.387), 2 HR, 18 RBI, 3B, 5 doubles and reached base safely in 30 of 34 games.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .358 (34-for-95) with 6 HRs, 26 RBI and 13 extra-base hits since April 18.

JOHNSON IN A GROOVE: Today’s starter LHP Brian Johnson won his final two starts with Salem and is 2-0 in Portland…Last 4 starts: 4-0, 0.76 ERA (2 ER/23.2 IP)…Johnson is ranked the #3 left-handed pitching prospect according to Baseball America.

Owens on the hill tonight in New Britain

Carlos Rivero has a season-high 5-game hitting streak (photo by Jillian Souza)

Carlos Rivero has a season-high 5-game hitting streak (photo by Jillian Souza)

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series at New Britain on Wednesday night…Portland lost to the Rock Cats last night, 4-2, dropping their record to 3-3 in their last six games.  LHP Henry Owens makes his first career start against the Rock Cats…Owens took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his previous start, losing with two outs on a run-scoring double by Andy Burns.

Recap of the thrilling Mother’s Day Miracle

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.

Pre-Game Interview: Organizational update

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Welch 3, Swihart 2, Rivero 5, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Owens LH (4-2, 3.61 ERA)

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Thomas 4, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Ortiz 7, Waring 5, Koch 2, Pettersen 6, Duffey RH (0-0, 3.46 ERA)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

HASN’T BEEN MANY: The Sea Dogs suffered their second loss in eight games to the Rock Cats this season, and continue their three-game series at New Britain Stadium on Wednesday night…Portland has not lost a road series since August 13-15, 2013 at Altoona, going 6-0-3 in road series since…LHP Henry Owens, the number #1 pitching prospect in the Red Sox system, makes his first career start against the Rock Cats…Owens lost a no-hitter in his previous start with two outs in the eight.

‘CATS STRIKE DOWN ‘DOGS: Portland fanned a season-high 14 times, left 11 men on base and went 1-for-12 with RISP, dropping the series opener 4-2 in New Britain…The Sea Dogs took an early 2-0 in the second inning off winning pitcher LHP Taylor Rogers (3-3)…C Blake Swihart led off the frame with a homer and 2B Mookie Betts added an RBI single…New Britain took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on 3B Brandon Waring’s two-run double with two outs…RF Daniel Ortiz added a run-scoring double in the sixth off losing pitcher RHP Mike Augliera (2-4)…RHP Lester Oliveros worked the ninth for his fifth save of the season.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 2-for-4, RBI, 2B, BB and two stolen bases in the series opener…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 33 Double-A starts (18 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 63 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 68 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .399 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 127 of his last 137 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: OF Henry Ramos went 3-for-6 on Sunday with an RBI double and a run scored…Ramos has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385), 2 HR, 18 RBI, 3B, 5 doubles and reached base safely in 29 of 33 games.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .363 (33-for-91) with 6 HRs, 26 RBI and 13 extra-base hits since April 18.

SW(IHART)EET SWING: Swihart belted his third homer last night and finished 2-for-3, extending his hitting streak to seven games…The New Mexico native has reached base safely in 25 of 27 starts to begin his Double-A career.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats again

They'll be calling it the Meneses Mother's Day Miracle 2014 (photo by Jillian Souza)

They’ll be calling it the Meneses Mother’s Day Miracle 2014 (photo by Jillian Souza)

The Sea Dogs take a three-day break from Maine, opening up a three-game series on Tuesday night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium.

RHP Mike Augliera makes the start for the Sea Dogs in the series opener, he has both Double-A wins against New Britain…LHP Taylor Rogers has struggled in both starts against Portland, going 0-2, 9.72 ERA (9 ER/8.1 IP) in 2 starts against Portland.

Recap of the thrilling Mother’s Day Miracle

How about these numbers…Portland is 6-1 against New Britain this season, but hitting .335 against the ‘Cats, averaging 6.9 runs-per-game in the season series.

New Britain’s roster features former Sea Dogs: Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tony Thomas and Daniel Turpen…Rock Cats Manager Jeff Smith played for the Sea Dogs in 2003, the first year as a Red Sox affiliate.

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.

Pre-Game Interview: Rich Gedman on former Rock Cat Chris Collabello

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Swihart 2, Meneses 5, Gibson 7, Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RH (2-3, 4.42)

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Boyer 6, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Ortiz 7, Thomas 4, Waring 5, Knudson 2, Rogers LH (2-3, 6.46 ERA)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

SHORT JOURNEY AWAY: The Sea Dogs take a break from Maine for only three days, opening up a three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium on Tuesday night…By winning Sunday, the ‘Dogs took 3 of 4 from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and own the best record in the Eastern League…Portland makes their second attempt this week to 11 games .500 for the first time since August 20, 2008 when they were 69-58…The ‘Dogs are 7-1-3 in series in 2014.

CAN WE GET MUCH HEIKER: 3B Heiker Meneses capped off a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, delivering a walk-off RBI single, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 13-12 on Mother’s Day…Portland had a multi-hit game from seven of nine, including the top 5 hitters in the lineup – who combined to reach base 20 times…SS Deven Marrero reached base five times, going 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored…DH Carlos Rivero (3-for-5), 1B Travis Shaw (2-for-4, HR) and C Matt Spring all had 3 RBI…LHP Robby Scott worked a scoreless ninth inning to notch his fourth win of the season.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 and reached base four times on Sunday…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 32 Double-A starts (17 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 62 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 67 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .396 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 126 of his last 136 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: OF Henry Ramos went 3-for-6 on Sunday with an RBI double and a run scored…Ramos has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385), 2 HR, 18 RBI, 3B, 5 doubles and reached base safely in 29 of 33 games.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .368 (32-for-87) with 6 HRs, 26 RBI and 13 extra-base hits since April 18.

Henry Ramos is has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385)...(Photo by Jillian Souza)

Henry Ramos is has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385)…(Photo by Jillian Souza)

THERE’S BEEN NO RELIEF: Portland scored eight runs off New Hampshire’s bullpen on Sunday…The opposing relievers have a combined 4.92 ERA (72 ER/131.2 IP)…The ‘Dogs averaging 2.1 earned runs per-game off relievers.

Happy Mother’s Day!

The Sea Dogs look for the series victory this afternoon against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field.  I want to wish all the mothers out there a great day. The Sea Dogs held their 14th annual Mother’s Day 5K Race before the game. Portland Manager Billy McMillon finished the race at 28:26 (641 overall)

Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon finished the 14th annual Sea Dogs 5K in 28:26.

Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon finished the 14th annual Sea Dogs 5K in 28:26.

Pre-Game begins at 12:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Billy McMillon

Portland lineup:  Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart DH, Ramos 9, Spring 2, Meneses 4, Gibson 7, Couch RH (4-0, 2.45)

New Hampshire: Berti DH, Burns 5,  McDade 3, Glenn 9, Nolan 6, Van Kirk 7, Fermin 4, Carter 2, Jones 8, Janssen RH (MLB Rehab)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: The Sea Dogs hosted their annual Mother’s Day 5K race earlier this morning…Portland can take the four-game series from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) with a win this afternoon…LHP Mickey Pena has 10 consecutive scoreless frames and makes his seventh start of the season…Pena earned his first Double-A win at New Hampshire on August 26, 2013…The Sea Dogs are second in the league in average (.283), ERA (3.53) and sixth in the E.L. in team defense (.979 fielding percentage).

 ‘CATS HOLD ON: New Hampshire scored all their runs with two outs, collected six doubles, and beat the Sea Dogs 6-5 on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland trailed 3-0 after a ½ inning, but scored four times off RHP Scott Copeland in the second…3B Andy Burns committed an error, enabling the tying and go-ahead runs to score…C Yusuf Carter tied the game at four in the sixth with a double…In the ninth, the ‘Cats scored two runs off losing pitcher RHP Matty Ott (0-1)…Portland added a run in the ninth when 2B Heiker Meneses tripled and scored on a sac-fly by LF Derrik Gibson.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts was off on Saturday…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 31 Double-A starts (16 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 61 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 66 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .392 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 125 of his last 135 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

ALMOST GOT THROUGH IT: RHP Keith Couch worked 5.2 innings on Saturday, giving up six hits and four runs…After allowing three runs in the first, Couch left the game after Carter’s run-scoring double in the sixth…The righty threw 65 of 95 pitches for strikes and tied a season-high with seven strikeouts.

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SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .361 (30-for-83) with 5 HRs, 23 RBI and 12 extra-base hits since April 18.

STEP UP TO THE MIKE: RHP Michael Olmsted fanned a season-high four batters over 1.1 scoreless frames…Olmsted is scoreless in nine of 10 outings to start the season and has 19 strikeouts in 13.1 IP.

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