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Final day in Harrisburg

Celebrating on Tuesday

Celebrating on Tuesday

The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators conclude their three-game series on Thursday night at Metro Bank Park…Portland became the first team in the Eastern League to clinch a playoff spot, with New Britain’s loss on Tuesday night.  With Binghamton off tonight, they can clinch the second playoff spot with a Rock Cats loss

INF Sean Coyle returned to the lineup last night for the first time since August 7th and went 0-for-4. Coyle was out of the lineup with a sore right ankle.

Harrisburg’s Manager is Brian Daubach, a member of the Boston Red Sox in 1999-2002, and a member of the 2004 World Championship team…Senators Coach Melvin Dorta was originally drafted by the Red Sox and played in Harrisburg – he was a member of the 2005 Eastern League All-Star Game at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game begins at 6:40PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Lineups
#SeaDogsBaseball: Wilkerson 8, Miller 5, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Blair 2, Chester DH, Welch 3, Heller 9, Meneses 6, Rodriguez LH (5-7, 4.14)

@HbgSenators Ramsey DH, Sanchez 4, Latimore 8, Keyes 3, Martinson 6, Tejeda 5, Vettleson 9, Leonida 2, Hague 7, Espino RH (6-4, 4.07)

A few notes for today

80 SOUNDS NICE: The Sea Dogs have won five straight games, their longest winning streak since May 19-24 (won seven straight), and wrap-up their three-game series with Harrisburg Senators on Thursday night at Metro Bank Park…Portland has reached 80 wins for the third time in franchise history – the 1995 & 1996 clubs won 80+ games, with the ’95 team holding the franchise record at 86…The Sea Dogs are 30 games over .500 for the fifth time this season, and have not been 31 games over .500 since August 27, 1995 (83-52).

THAT BATTERY WORKED: RHP Justin Haley (1-3) tossed 6.1 innings for his first Double-A win and Catcher Carson Blair went 2-for-4 with a homer and 3 RBI, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-3 over the Senators on Wednesday night…Portland trailed 3-1, but scored three times in the seventh inning on Blair’s 2-run double and a sac-fly by Shannon Wilkerson (GWRBI)…Blair added a solo-homer in the ninth inning…Haley yielded only three runs on seven hits, two walks and fanned eight…RHP Wilfredo Boscan recorded the final eight outs to earn his first save in the Red Sox system.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 82-43 (.656), Low-A Kane County 83-45 (.648), Low-A Asheville 82-46 (.641), Low-A Hagerstown 82-47 (.636), and Portland 80-50 (.615)…The Red Sox have the 5th best record as an organization in MiLB at 377-317 (.543).

LOCKED IN: OF Keury La Cruz went 1-for-4 last night, extending his season-high hitting streak to seven straight…De La Cruz is 14-for-24 (.583), 3 HR, 4 RBI, 2 2B, 3 BB during the streak…On Monday, De La Cruz earned Eastern League Player of the Week honors, and became the seventh Sea Dog to win player of the week: Position players Mookie Betts, Sean Coyle and Deven Marrero…Pitchers Brian Johnson, Mike McCarthy and Henry Owens.

MORE ON 80: Portland’s last playoff appearance was 2008, being swept (3-0) to the Trenton Thunder in the Northern Division Championship Series…The Sea Dogs lone Eastern League Championship was 2006, beating the Akron Aeros 3-2.

HOME COOKING: Portland needs one win in the final homestand for the second best home record in team history…The ‘Dogs would need to the win the final eight home games to break 1995 team for the best mark at Hadlock Field (49-23)…Portland’s 38-28 (.576) road record is currently the second best in team history (41-30, .577 in 1996).

Magic Number is 6, New Britain confusing things

Playoff Tickets available

The Sea Dogs hold a two-game lead (one in the loss column) over the Binghamton Mets, and return home tonight to start a six-game homestand against Akron and Richmond.

Portland’s magic number is 6 to clinch a playoff spot, and it’s a little tricky right now since the teams below them all have different games left. The ‘Dogs magic number is actually factored with 5th place New Britain, since they have less losses (62) than Trenton and New Hampshire, plus they have more games left.

Standings               W-L    GB      GR

Portland                 75-47   —        20
Binghamton          72-48  2.0      22 (Doubleheader on August 16 & 26)
Trenton                  59-63  16.0    20
New Hampshire   58-63  16.5    21 (Comp. of suspended game on August 25)
New Britain           57-62  16.5    23 (DH on August 16, 19, 26)

 

Rodriguez gets the start against Richmond

The first-base upper deck at the Diamond in Richmond, Virginia.

The first-base upper deck at the Diamond in Richmond, Virginia.

The Sea Dogs continue their six-game roadtrip on Friday night against the Richmond Flying Squirrels from the Diamond, in the state capital of Richmond.  Portland took two of three from the Bowie Baysox, suffering a 6-3 loss last night. The Sea Dogs magic number is 8 to clinch a playoff spot.  Currently, the ‘Dogs hold a 3-game lead over Binghamton Mets for the top spot in the Eastern Division.

Richmond is leading the Western Division by 2.5 games over the Akron RubberDucks, but the Flying Squirrels have lost eight straight games.  Portland has lost eight straight to Richmond, dating back to 2012.

LHP Eduardo Rodriguez makes his second start in the Red Sox system and the 18th of the season…Rodriguez is 0-3, 6.59 ERA in 3 career starts against Richmond…LHP Joe Bradley makes a spot-start for Richmond, taking the place of All-Star Jack Snodgrass (9-5, 3.48).

INF Sean Coyle injured his right ankle, beating out an infield hit on Thursday night and won’t play tonight, and probably won’t for the rest of the series.

Star Wars Night on August 16th at Hadlock Field

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

Lineups
#SeaDogsBaseball: Wilkerson 8, Miller 4, Almanzar 5, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Blair 2, Roof 9, Welch 3, Dent 6, Rodriguez LH (4-7, 4.60)

Richmond: Stromsmoe 7, Tomlinson 6, Lisson DH, Villalona 3, Miller 4, Harris 7, Schroder 5, Zambrano 2, Blair 8 Bradley LH (first start)

A few notes for today

CRAZY EIGHTS: The Sea Dogs have lost eight straight to the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants affiliate), and open up a three-game weekend series at the Diamond on Friday night…Richmond has lost a franchise record eight straight games, but holds a 2.5 game lead over Akron for the top spot in the Western Division…Portland began the six-game trip by taking two of three from Bowie, and has a road-series record of 9-4-5…LHP Eduardo Rodriguez makes his second start of the season for Portland.

ONE INNING DID THE TRICK: Bowie scored all six runs in the seventh inning, and beat the Sea Dogs, 6-3, on Thursday night in the season-series finale…Buck Britton gave Bowie their first lead with a two-run double off losing pitcher Pete Ruiz (2-1)…Sharlon Schoop added a run-scoring single and Chris Marrero knocked homed the final two runs with a single to left…Ruiz did not record an out, giving up five runs on four hits…Matt Bischoff (3-5) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief…Ryan Dent blasted a two-out solo-homer in the ninth off Steven Hensley.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Asheville 75-41 (.647), Low-A Savannah 73-40 (.646), Low-A Greensboro and Low-A Hagerstown 73-44 (.624), Portland 74-45 (.622)…The Red Sox have the 5th best record as an organization in MiLB at 330-288 (.534).

QUALITY AGAIN: RHP Justin Haley tossed six scoreless frames last night, yielding five hits, five walks, but fanned four…Haley has a quality start in both Double-A appearances…The righty stranded eight runners and held Bowie 0-for-7 with runners-in-scoring position…Haley threw 58 of 100 pitches for strikes.

 MORE BETWEEN THE DIVISION LEADERS: Portland’s last win against Richmond was June 15, 2012 at the Diamond – and the ‘Dogs have never won a series in Richmond and 0-3-1 in season series…Portland has lost seven of eight series to the Flying Squirrels – their lone series win on June 8-10, 2012 at Hadlock Field, taking two of three…Current Sea Dog Aaron Kurcz and Chris Hernandez (with Triple-A Pawtucket) notched the wins.

HELLO RUSS: Richmond Manager Russ Morman was Portland’s Hitting Coach from 2004-07…Morman was the hitting coach with the Flying Squirrels in 2010-11 and spent the past two seasons as Triple-A Fresno’s hitting coach.

Johnson and Johnson in Bowie

Kelly Johnson makes a MLB Rehab Assignment tonight.

Kelly Johnson makes a MLB Rehab Assignment tonight.

The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Bowie Baysox from Prince George’s Stadium…LHP Brian Johnson, the Eastern League leader in ERA (2.05) makes his 17th start of the season…Bowie counters with lefty Tim Berry (5-7, 3.71) in 21 starts.  Speaking of Johnson, Kelly Johnson, who Boston acquired from the New York Yankees in exchange for Stephen Drew, will make a MLB Rehab Assignment tonight.

Henry Owens shines in his Triple-A debut on Monday night…Complete game story courtesy of the PawSox.

Star Wars Night on August 16th at Hadlock Field

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

Lineups
‘Dogs: Wilkerson 8, Miller 6, Johnson 3, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Brenly 2, Roof 9, Johnson LH (9-2, 2.05)

Bowie: Yastrzemski 8, Romero 6, Britton 4, Bermudez 9, Adams DH, Rosa 6, Ohlman 2, Marrero 3, Davis 7, Berry LH (5-7, 3.71)

A few notes for today

‘DOGS DOWN SOUTH: Portland opens up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Bowie Baysox (Orioles affiliate) from Prince George’s Stadium…The ‘Dogs are 0-2-2 in their last four road series – the last series victory on June 26-29 at Reading…Portland’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 13 games, and with Sunday’s victory, they clinched a winning record for the first time since 2008…LHP Brian Johnson, the league leader in ERA (2.05), makes his first career start against Bowie.

NICE FIRST IMPRESSION: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez tossed 5.1 innings on two hits, one run and seven strikeouts, leading the Sea Dogs to a 4-1 win over Trenton…Rodriguez made his organizational debut, after being acquired from Baltimore for LHP Andrew Miller…CF Shannon Wilkerson snapped a 1-1 tie with a run-scoring single in the fifth, his first game-winning RBI of the season…3B Mike Miller went 2-for-2 with an RBI in two walks in his Double-A debut…RHP Noe Ramirez worked two scoreless frames to secure his 13th save of the season…RHP Dayan Diaz set up the save with 1.2 scoreless.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 6 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 70-38 (.648), Low-A Asheville 73-41 (.640), Low-A Greensboro 70-43 (.619), Low-A Kane County 70-42 (.625), Low-A Hagerstown 71-43 (.623) and Portland 72-44 (.621)…The Red Sox have the 6th best record as an organization in MiLB at 319-281 (.531).

NO CHANCE NOE: Ramirez has compiled a 2-0 record with a 1.73 ERA and is 13-for-13 in save opportunities (most saves in the Red Sox organization)…The righty has been scoreless in 24 of 33 outings and has not allowed a homer this season.

FOLLOW THE LEADER: LHP Henry Owens won his Triple-A debut last night for Pawtucket and leads all of professional baseball with 15 wins…Tonight’s starter Brian Johnson, has 12 wins between High-A Salem and Portland – tied for third in minor league baseball…11 of his 16 starts have been quality starts and 64% of his pitches have been strikes…In total, Johnson is 12-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 21 combined starts.

A FEW TIE-INS WITH THE OPPONENT: Bowie OF Ronald Bermudez played with Portland from 2011-13…OF Michael Yastrzemski is the grandson of Carl Yastrzemski…INF Niuman Romero appeared in 2 games with the Boston Red Sox in 2005 and appeared in 99 games with Pawtucket that same season…Chris Marrero is the cousin of Deven Marrero.

Eastern League All-Star Game is back in Portland, Maine

All_Star_Game_Logo_Announcement_Style_3.5_1y2k8dz3_m2pvyt60At 1:30 PM today, the Sea Dogs announced the 2015 Eastern League All-Star Game will take place at Hadlock Field…Few tidbits on the game. Here’s the full release

The Eastern League All-Star break will result in two days of All-Star festivities in Portland on Tuesday, July 14th and Wednesday, July 15th including a home run derby, autograph sessions, fireworks, and much more. A full schedule of events and festivities will be announced at a later time.

This will mark the second time that the Sea Dogs have hosted the Eastern League All-Star Game, having previously hosted the event in 2005. In 2005 the game sold out before the Sea Dogs 2005 season opened in April.

Star Wars Night on August 16th at Hadlock Field

Vote for Slugger! Mascot Mania

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

Lineups (Game 1)
‘Dogs: Gibson 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar DH, De La Cruz 7, Welch 3, Roof 9, Dent 5, Wilkerson 8, Owens LH (13-4, 2.56)

Fightins: Alonso 4, Lavin DH, Dugan 9, Fox 5, Altherr 8, Stassi 3, Collier 7, Duran 6, Moore 2, O’Sullivan RH (5-5, 3.15)

A few notes for today

LET’S PLAY TWO: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils continue their four-game series with a twinbill on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 5-1-3 in doubleheaders this season – their only loss on July 9th at Binghamton…With a win in game one, the ‘Dogs will go 30 games over .500 for the second time this season, with a sweep, they’ll improve to 31 games over .500 for the first time since 1995…Portland needs just one more win at home this season to clinch winning record at Hadlock Field.

27 UP, 27 DOWN…KINDA: RHP Mike Augliera (5-9) tossed eight scoreless frames on two hits and four strikeouts and LHP Robby Scott closed out the win with a perfect ninth, as the Sea Dogs took the opener from the Fightin Phils, 2-0 on Monday night…Augliera and Scott faced the minimum 27 batters, receiving double plays in the fourth and eighth innings…C Blake Swihart had a one-out homer in the first and David Chester led off the second with his fifth homer of the season…Portland has won five straight games from Reading and 11 of 15 on the season.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Asheville 69-38 (.645), Low-A Savannah 66-37 (.641), Portland 69-40 (.633). Low-A Kane County 67-39 (.632), Low-A Greensboro and Low-A Hagerstown 68-40 (.630)…The Red Sox have the 7th best record as an organization in MiLB at 296-260 (.532).

CRAZY EIGHTS: Swihart picked up his team-leading, 30th multi-hit game of the season, and is now tied with Sean Coyle for the team lead in homers with 12…Currently, Swihart has his third 8-game hitting streak of the season…His .306 average is tied with Erie’s Dean Green for 10th in the Eastern League.

FOUR IN A ROW: Scott is now scoreless in four straight appearances and has two of his three saves this past week…The lefty is 6-2, 1.80 ERA (9 ER/45.0 IP) in 24 games this season, and has held runners 5-for-35 (.143) with runners-in-scoring position…Scott pitched a scoreless inning in this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game.

RUIZ’S INSTANT IMPACT: RHP Pete Ruiz fanned four batters over three scoreless frames on Sunday…In six games this season, he’s worked 2+ innings in each outing, with at least two strikeouts in 5 of 6 games…Ruiz is 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA, giving up three runs over 17.1 innings…Opponents are hitting .197 against the righty this season.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats Part 3…Former Eastern Leaguers to Boston

Brian Johnson fanned a career-high 12 batters on Friday.

Brian Johnson fanned a career-high 12 batters on Friday.

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…RHP Wilfredo Boscan makes his second straight start for the ‘Dogs. ICYMI – Brian Johnson had a career-night on Friday, fanning a professional-high 12 batters. Here’s the story from milb.com. Portland’s 1-0 win was their first since last April 17th at NYSEG Stadium against the B-Mets. Portland had not won a game when scoring three or fewer runs on the road this season – record is now 1-8.

Big News today in Red Sox Nation, as RHP Jake Peavey was traded to San Francisco. Boston.com’s story. Hembree appeared in one game against Portland back in 2011 in Richmond. Escobar never pitched against the ‘Dogs.

With the trade deadline this week, you never know what could happen. I remember back in 2011 when Tim Federowicz was taken out of a game, and traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Sea Dogs are home for the trading deadline against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate).  This is a really interesting time of year, since everyone is anticipating something happening. Baseball becomes routine, but with all the trades, it breaks up that routine.

Star Wars Night on August 16th at Hadlock Field

Vote for Slugger! Mascot Mania

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

Lineups
‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester DH, Welch 3, Wilkerson 9, Meneses 6, Dent 7, Boscan RH (1-4, 3.29)

Rock Cats: Polanco 6, Thomas 4, Rosario 8, Vargas 3, Hicks 9, Waring 5, Kvasnicka 7, Boyer DH, Koch 2, Duffey RH (6-2, 4.04)

A few notes for today

SATURDAY IN THE PARK: The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats have split the first 2 games of their four-game set, which resumes on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…Portland’s 1-0 win last night was their first victory on the road when scoring three runs or less (now 1-18)…The ‘Dogs need wins in the final two games to take their first road series since June 26-29 at Reading…RHP Wilfredo Boscan makes his second straight for Portland and his second appearance against the ‘Cats.

TOOK JUST ONE: LHP Brian Johnson (9-2) had a career-night, yielding an infield-hit and fanning a career-high 12 batters, leading the Sea Dogs in a 1-0 win over the Rock Cats…Johnson tossed seven frames, allowing a two-out infield single to Stephen Wickens in the third…The lefty walked three, included two in the seventh, but fanned Brad Boyer for his 12th strikeout to end the inning…2B Sean Coyle knocked in the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning…C Blake Swihart went 3-for-4 and CF Shannon Wilkerson had one hit and scored the only run of the game.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 6 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 65-34 (.657), Low-A Asheville 68-36 (.654), Low-A Kane County 67-36 (.650), Low-A Greensboro & Low-A Hagerstown 67-38 (.638), Portland 67-39 (.632), and …The Red Sox have the 6th best record as an organization in MiLB at 286-251 (.533).

JOHNSON’S JUST DEALING: Johnson is among minor league baseball’s best arms…The southpaw has backed up Henry Owens nicely with Portland and compiled an 9-2 record with a 2.13 ERA, which now leads the Eastern League…10 of his 15 starts have been quality starts and 64% of his pitches have been strikes…In total, Johnson is 12-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 20 starts between Salem and Portland…His wins are tied with Pawtucket’s Anthony Ranaudo for the second most in the minors behind Owens’ 13.

OVER A YEAR: Portland’s 1-0 win was their first since last April 27th against the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs are third in the Eastern League with nine shutouts – Binghamton and New Hampshire have 10.

HAD TWO OF THE THREE: Swihart’s three hits last night improved his average to .304, tied for 10th in the Eastern League…The Albuquerque, New Mexico native leads the team with 29 multi-hit games.

The Battle continues on Tuesday night

WGME-TV 13 David Eid talking with Ryan Lavarnway.

WGME-TV 13 David Eid talking with Ryan Lavarnway.

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

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

Star Wars Night on August 16th at Hadlock Field

Mascot Mania

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

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

Nice story on Brock Holt by MassLive

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

Pre-Game Interview: Ryan Lavarnway Part 2.

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

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

A few notes for today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Johnson looks for number nine on Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lineups
‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Wilkerson 9, Coyle 4, Chester DH, Welch 3, Brenly 2, Hissey 7, Meneses 6, Dent 5, Johnson LH (8-2, 2.51)

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

A few notes for today

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

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

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

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

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

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

Owens vs. Norris! Heavyweight matchup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lineups
‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Wilkerson 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar DH, Welch 3, Roof 5, Hissey 7, Dent 6, Owens LH (12-3, 2.21)

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

A few notes for today

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

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

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

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

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

Back at it!

 

A broken fungo

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

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

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

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

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

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

A few notes for today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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