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Sea Dogs and Trenton on Saturday night

Keury De La Cruz knocked in 4 runs last night, including the game-winner in the seventh.

Keury De La Cruz knocked in 4 runs last night, including the game-winner in the seventh.

New Jersey native Mike Augliera makes his 10th start of the season as the ‘Dogs continue their 6-game roadtrip on Saturday night in Trenton, N.J. Portland has won 10 of their last 15 games, but 6 of their last 7 away from Maine.

Lineups:

‘Dogs (22-27): Hernandez 6, Asuaje 4, Witte 3, Tejeda 7, De La Cruz DH, Roof 5, Tavarez 9, Tekotte 8, Bethea 2, Augliera RHP

Thunder (25-24): Cave 8, Castillo 4, Judge DH, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Rosario 7, Bichette Jr. 3, Oh 9, Culver 6, Ruth RH

NO ROAD WOES HERE: The Portland Sea Dogs are 3-1 on their six-game roadtrip, which continues tonight against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland has won 10 of their last 15 games and will clinch a winning May with a win tonight…Since May 15th, the ‘Dogs have won 3 games when trailing 10-4 (May 15th at New Britain), 7-2 (May 19th vs. Altoona) and 8-3 last night…New Jersey native Mike Augliera makes his 10th start of the season and the 75th of his professional career.

LUCKY 7: Portland put together their biggest inning of the season, scoring seven runs in the 7th inning to rally back and beat the Trenton Thunder 12-10 in the series opener…Portland scored 4 of 7 runs with two outs in the seventh, scoring all 7 runs off losing pitcher Chris Smith (1-1)…Oscar Tejeda tied the game at nine with a run-scoring single and Keury De La Cruz (4-for-6, 4 RBI) provided the game-winning hit, nailing a two-run double, Luis Martinez capped off the inning with a run-scoring double…Trenton scored a run in the eighth, but Pat Light pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his third save of the season.

A FEW SEASON HIGHS: The Sea Dogs had a season-high 18 hits, raising their team batting average four points to .260…Marco Hernandez finished 3-for-6, 3 RBI, tying a franchise record with 3 doubles…Oscar Tejeda had 3 doubles against Trenton on May 13th at Hadlock Field…De La Cruz tied a team-high this season with 4 hits and 4 RBI…Aneury Tavarez made a diving catch in right field to end the game, and finished 2-for-4, 2 runs scored.

BULLPEN SAVED THE DAY: Mike McCarthy (4-3) is now 2-0 in 2 relief outings this season, working 3.2 IP last night on 3 hits and one run…Luis Diaz tied a career-high in runs allowed (8), working only 2.1 IP on 6 hits and 4 walks…Madison Younginer notched his second straight hold, giving up 3 hits on one run over 1.2 IP.

WITTE AT THE TOP: Jantzen Witte went 2-for-6 last night, his second straight multi-hit game…Witte leads the team in the following categories: average (.329), at-bats (170), hits (56), doubles (16), RBI (34), total bases (85), OBP (.397), SLG (.500), OPS (.897), SF (3), multi-hit (17), multi-RBI (10), 2-out RBI (16) and go-ahead RBI (6).

MUCH BETTER: The Sea Dogs rank 11th in the Eastern League in team defense with a .970 fielding percentage (53 errors/1761 total chances), but have committed only 2 errors over their last seven games.

Sea Dogs back home…Logomania, Roberson big weekend.

The Sea Dogs return home to open up an 8-game/7-day homestand against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate)…Portland is riding a season-high 3-game winning streak, taking 3 of 4 over the weekend at New Britain.

Below are highlights with my audio for Tim Roberson’s big weekend.

Baseball America Logomani – Sea Dogs are in Round 3. Vote here

Look at today’s notes…Complete Notes

LOOK AT THE WEST: The Sea Dogs open up their first series of the season against the Western Division, hosting the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) in the opener of a three-game series…Portland’s on a season-high three-game winning streak, taking 3 of 4 in their last series at New Britain…Last year, the ‘Dogs took 5 of 6 from the Curve…Portland has lost 13 of 19 games at Hadlock Field this season…Altoona holds a four-game lead over Bowie for the top spot in the Western Division.

NICE WEEKEND: Portland completed the series win in New Britain on Sunday, winning 4-2 over the Rock Cats…The Sea Dogs have their first 3-game winning streak of the season, taking 3 of 4 from New Britain…Justin Haley (1-4) fired six strong innings on three hits, two runs, one walk and eight strikeouts…Haley earned his first win since last year’s playoffs against Binghamton…Blake Tekotte snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning, launching a two-run homer, his first home run in the Red Sox system…Carlos Asuaje and Tim Roberson added RBIs and Pat Light notched his first Double-A save.

GIVE HIM AN OSCAR: Yesterday, Oscar Tejeda was named the Eastern League’s Player of the Week, hitting .467 (14-for-30), 10 RBI, six doubles and a triple in seven games…Tejeda has a multi-hit game in 11 of his last 16 starts: 29-for-70 (.414), 12 RBI, triple and eight doubles…Portland hit .340 (51-for-150) in the Rock Cats series…Tejeda is leading the league in hitting at .365 (38-for-104).

RAISE THAT STREAK: Asuaje has reached base safely in a team-high 26 straight games, dating back to April 19…Altoona’s Max Moroff had his on-base streak snapped at 30 games on Saturday…Asuaje has reached base safely in 31 of 34 games in Double-A and leads the team in walks with 21.

THE ROOF IS ON FIRE: Jonathan Roof has a season-high four-game hitting streak: 5-for-15 (.333)…Roof picked up his first 3 doubles of the season in the Rock Cats series…Roof has made 24 of 26 starts in the outfield.

LOOKING FOR NUMBER ONE: Luis Diaz is 0-3, 5.58 ERA (19 ER/30.2 IP) in seven starts this season and makes his first career start against Altoona…Diaz’s last win was July 5, 2014 in game two of a doubleheader at New Britain…0-6, 5.00 ERA (45 ER/81.0 IP) in his last 16 starts.

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

(VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS) – Roberson hits for the cycle

In addition, Tim Roberson is my guest on the Pre-Game Show starting at 6:15 PM on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or online at seadogs.com

Lineups

#SeaDogsBaseball Miller 4, Asuaje 5, Witte 3, Tejeda DH, De La Cruz 7, Robeson 2, Hernandez 6, Roof 9, Tekotte 8, Cuevas RHP

@RockCats Tauchman 9, Story 6, Massey 7, Murphy 2, Dahl 8, Valaika 5, Swanner 3, Baker DH, Ciriaco 4, Carpenter LHP

WHAT A NIGHT: Tim Roberson hit the third cycle in franchise history on Friday night, as the Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium on Saturday…Roberson’s cycle was the second as a Red Sox affiliate – Cory Keylor had the last on August 4, 2007 at Harrisburg…The first cycle in team history belongs to Cesar Crespo on June 16, 2000 at Binghamton (Game 1 of a doubleheader)…Portland has won five of their last nine road games and snapped New Britain’s 13-game win streak on Friday.

WHAT A COMEBACK: Portland trailed 10-4 after six innings, but scored five in the seventh and two runs in the ninth and 10th innings, beating the Rock Cats 13-11 on Friday night at New Britain Stadium…Roberson brought the ‘Dogs within one, clubbing a grand slam off Tyler Ybarra in seventh…Marco Hernandez tied the game with a two-run single in the ninth and Roberson provided the game-winner, nailing a two-run triple on the 10th off Kraig Sitton (0-1), and completing the cycle…Pat Light retired all five batters and fanned three to notch his first Double-A win.

NOT COOLING OFF: Oscar Tejeda went 3-for-4, 3 RBI last night and leads the Eastern League in hitting at .368 (35-for-95)…The Dominican native has a multi-hit game in 10 of his last 14 games and is 10 for his last 14 (.714) with 7 RBI, 4 doubles and 5 runs scored…Tejeda was a member of the Sea Dogs back in 2011-12.

MOOKIE WAS THE LAST: Mike Miller went 2-for-5 last night with 3 runs scored, but led off the game with a homer…Mookie Betts was the last player to accomplish the feat, leading off the 2014 season with a homer in Reading…Miller has a multi-hit game in three straight starts.

RAISE THAT STREAK: Carlos Asuaje has reached base safely in a team-high 24 straight games, dating back to April 19…Altoona’s Max Moroff has reached in a league-high 30 consecutive games…Asuaje has reached base safely in 29 of 32 games in Double-A and leads the team with 19 walks.

BULLPEN DEBUT: Joe Gunkel made his Double-A debut last night in relief of starter Mike McCarthy (2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 7 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO)…Gunkel worked 3.1 innings, yielding 6 hits, 3 runs, one walk and fanned 6…Kyle Martin worked 2.1 innings on 2 hits, one unearned run, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Sox and Yanks affiliates meet on Monday night

William Cuevas has won three straight starts.

William Cuevas has won three straight starts.

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) open up a three-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is looking to snap a 7-game losing streak at home.

Tonight’s lineups

Portland: Tekotte 8, Asuaje 5, Witte 3, Tejeda 9, De La Cruz 7, Chester DH, Gragnani 4, Hernandez 6, Roberson 2, Cuevas RH

Trenton: Cave 8, Williams DH, Judge 9, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Bichette Jr. 3, Dugas 7, Fiorito 4, Conde 6, Lail RH

HOME COOKING? The Sea Dogs have lost seven straight games Hadlock Field, and open up a three-game series with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Monday night…The franchise record for consecutive losses at home is 8 on June 17-July 1, 2009…The Sea Dogs have lost four overall and were swept by the New Britain Rock Cats (Rockies affiliate) over the weekend…RHP William Cuevas (4-1, 3.28 ER) makes his third start of the season against Trenton.

‘CATS SCRATCH IN THE 8TH: New Britain scored four times in the eighth inning off Jonathan Aro (3-2) and completed a three-game sweep of the Sea Dogs, winning 7-3 on Sunday afternoon…Portland committed a season-high 5 errors, including in the eighth, leading to 2 unearned runs…Tyler Massey snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run single, and Tom Murphy and David Dahl added RBIs…Keury De La Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double and a 2 runs scored…Tim Roberson went 2-for-3 and tied the game with an RBI infield-single in the sixth…Gus Schlosser (6-2) tossed 3 hitless innings to earn the win.

THAT WAS THEIR FIRST IN A WHILE: The Rock Cats earned their first series-sweep at Hadlock Field since 2001…Portland’s last win at home was on April 25th vs. Trenton – Cuevas earned the win…The Thunder have dropped 11 of 16 after starting the season 9-5…This series marks the third of the year between the two rivals.

WOW…THAT’S A WHILE: Cuevas has not allowed a homer in his last 60.0 innings pitched, dating back to June 22, 2014 while pitching with High-A Salem, yielding a home run to Randolph Oduber…Portland did not homer in the New Britain series and ranks 11th in the league in homers with nine.

RAISE THAT STREAK: Carlos Asuaje has reached base safely in a team-high 19 straight games, dating back to April 19…Altoona’s Max Moroff has reached in a league-high 26 consecutive games…Roberson has hit safely in 4 of 6 Double-A starts, picking up his first Double-A RBI on Sunday.

BULLPEN NOTES: Pat Light hurled a perfect ninth on Sunday and has allowed only one earned run in his last six outings (ER/8.0 IP)…Light has a multi-strikeout game in seven of 10 appearances…Robby Scott was saddled with his second consecutive blown save on Sunday, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs (one earned) over 2.0 IP.

McCarthy on the hill tonight.

BillyThe Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their four-game series on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium…Binghamton is the defending Eastern League Champions.

Tonight’s lineups

Portland: Miller 6, Asuaje 2B, Witte DH, Tejeda 9, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Gragnani 5, Martinez 2, Tekotte 8, McCarhty RH

Binghamton: King 7, Nimmo 8, Rivera 4, Boyd DH, J. Rodriguez 5, A.Rodriguez 3, Carillo 2, Cecchini 6, Pina 9, Lugo RH

CHANCE TO WIN THE TRIP: The Sea Dogs are 3-1 on their seven-game roadtrip, and continue a four-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland has outscored their opponent 16-8 on the trip, compiling a 2.06 ERA (8 ER/35.0 IP)…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs snapped a five-game losing streak to the Mets, dating back to the 2014 Eastern Division Championship Series.

HE GOT REDEMPTION: Mike Augliera (1-4) was winless in 5 career starts against Binghamton, but worked 5+ innings last night on one run, leading the Sea Dogs to a 4-1 win…Portland took the lead for good with a 3-run fourth inning against losing pitcher John Gant (1-2)…Reed Gragnani (3-for-3, 2 BB) led off with a single and Luis Martinez blasted a two-run homer…Later in the frame, Carlos Asuaje added a run-scoring single…Portland’s bullpen closed out the game with four scoreless from Kyle Kraus (2 IP) and Kyle Martin (2 IP and second save).

NOW THAT’S A NIGHT: Gragnani entered last night’s game just 1 for his previous 20, but reached base 5 times with 2 singles, double and 2 walks…On April 14th, he reached base four times against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field…Gragnani has reached base safely in 11 of 15 games.

RACKING UP MULTI-HIT GAMES: Oscar Tejeda went 3-for-5 last night and has four straight multi-hit games on the trip, going 9-for-19 (474)…Tejeda has hit safely in 11 of 13 starts since being assigned to Portland from High-A Salem.

ALMOST ALL NINE: Mike Miller was the only starter not to reach base last night, but he did execute a sacrifice-bunt that led to Portland’s final run…The Sea Dogs had 18 baserunners last night on 12 hits, 5 walks and a hit-by-pitch…Blake Tekotte went 2-for-4, picking up his fourth multi-hit game of the season.

IN THE TOP 5: Jantzen Witte went 1-for-4 last night and is fourth in the Eastern League in average at .349 (29-for-93)…Witte is tops in the league with 22 RBI and is 6-for-13 (.462) in his last three games.

ONLY TRENTON: Martin has yielded all 8 runs to Trenton, compiling 10.1 scoreless against Binghamton, New Britain and Reading.

Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in Binghamton

Mike Augliera starts tonight...He was a standout at Binghamton University.

Mike Augliera starts tonight…He was a standout at Binghamton University.

The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series against the Binghamton Mets on Monday night at NYSEG Stadium…Binghamton is the defending Eastern League Champions.

Tonight’s lineups

Portland: Miller 6, Asuaje DH, Witte 3, Tejeda 5, De La Cruz 7, Gragnani 4, Martinez 2, Roof 9, Tekotte 8, Augliera RH

Binghamton: King DH, Nimmo 8, Rivera 4, Boyd 7, Rodriguez 3, Lawley 5, Cecchini 6, Cordero 2, Pina 9, Gant RH

MEET THE METS: The Sea Dogs continue their seven-game roadtrip on Monday night against the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium…This is Portland’s first trip to Binghamton since splitting two games in the 2014 Eastern Division Championship Series…The B-Mets have won five straight from the ‘Dogs, dating back to last year’s playoffs…Portland took two of three from Reading to start the trip, their first road-series win this season.

ALMOST: Jantzen Witte nailed a two-out, 2-run double in the ninth inning, but Portland’s rally fell short, losing 6-5 at Reading on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium…Witte picked up his first 4-hit game in Double-A, hitting his second homer and smacking a pair of doubles…Ben Lively (2-0) earned the win for Reading, tossing six innings on 7 hits, 3 runs and fanning 9…Luis Diaz (0-2) took the loss, allowing 8 hits and 4 runs over 5.2 IP…Art Charles and Brian Pointer each homered for Reading, who scored single runs in the final five innings.

WHERE DOES HE RANK? Witte is now fourth in the Eastern League in hitting at .354 (28-for-79)…The Ft. Worth, Texas native leads the league in RBI (22) and ranks 5th in hits…Mike Miller had Portland’s first 4-hit game on April 18th at Trenton…Miller is tied for 4th in the league with 17 runs scored.

TAKE YOUR BASE: Carlos Asuaje walked twice on Sunday and is tied for the league in walks with 15…Asuaje has four multi-walk games this season, and his hitting .333 (7-for-21) with runners-in-scoring position.

IMG_4486HOPING TO END THIS TREND: Mike Augliera is 0-4, 7.54 ERA in 4 regular season starts against Binghamton, but also lost to the B-Mets in Game 4 of the 2014 Eastern Division Championship series…Augliera is a product of Binghamton University and set school records with 23 wins, 298.1 innings, 50 starts, and 13 complete games.

THAT’S THREE IN A ROW: Oscar Tejeda has three consecutive multi-hit games, going 6-for-14 (429) in the Reading series…Tejeda has hit safely in 10 of 12 starts since being assigned to Portland from High-A Salem.

WAY TO GO BLAKE: Blake Tekotte snapped an 0-for-9 slump with an RBI double in his first at-bat on Sunday afternoon…Tekotte is 5-for-17 (.294) with runners-in-scoring position.

Sea Dogs and Thunder on a Sunday Funday!

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Thunder: Williams 8, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Dugas 7, Rosario DH, Fiorito 6, Culver 4, Sulbaran LH (1-0, 2.57)

‘Dogs: Asuaje 7, Gragnani 4, Witte 5, Tejeda 6, Chester 3, De La Cruz DH, Martinez 2, Roof 9, Tekotte 8, Haley RH (0-2, 8.38)

TURNING THE TABLES (SEA DOGS LEAD SERIES 2-1): The Sea Dogs look for the series win over the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate), as the two teams play game four on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland lost three of four to Trenton last week at Arm & Hammer Park, and seek their second series win at home…Tomorrow night, the Sea Dogs host the Binghamton Mets in a rematch of the 2014 Eastern League Championship Series…The Mets are the defending Eastern League Champions.

HIGH FIVE TO PORTLAND: The Sea Dogs scored five times in the fifth inning and beat the Thunder, 7-3 on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland had five straight hits in the fifth, receiving run-scoring hits from Carlos Asuaje, David Chester, Luis Martinez and Jantzen WitteWilliam Cuevas tossed 5.1 innings on 5 hits and 1 run to earn his second Double-A win…Chester went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 doubles and Witte knocked home two runs…Brady Lail (0-2) suffered the loss for Trenton, giving up 4.1 innings on 5 hits, 5 runs and 4 walks.

NICE FIRST IMPRESSION: Witte is ranked third in the Eastern League in hitting at .365 (19-for-52) and ranks second in the league in RBI (16)…The Ft. Worth, Texas native is 10-for-19 (.526) with runners-in-scoring position and 6-for-11 (.545), 8 RBI with RISP-2 outs.

TOUCHING HOME: The Sea Dogs have scored 17 runs over the last two games, going 13-for-34 (.382) with runners-in scoring position…Portland has batted around three times this week and now rank third in the Eastern League in runs scored (72).

GIVE HIM AN OSCAR: INF/OF Oscar Tejeda went 1-for-4, BB on Saturday, and has hit safely in five straight games…Tejeda spent 2011-12 with Portland Sea Dogs, before being designated for assignment and claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates…Yesterday was his fifth start in left field.

RELIEF UPDATE: Robby Scott closed out the win with two innings of work on Saturday, giving up 2 innings on one hit, one run (unearned) and a strikeout…Scott is scoreless in his last three outings, covering 6.2 IP.

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Before their affiliation with the New York Yankees, Trenton was a Red Sox affiliate from 1995-2002.

Friday night with Raphael and Trenton

McCarthy starts tonight...Raphael of the TMNT makes a special appearance at Hadlock Fiel.d

McCarthy starts tonight…Raphael of the TMNT makes a special appearance at Hadlock Field.

Lineups for a 6 PM First Pitch

Trenton: Cave 8, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Dugas 7, Bichette Jr. DH, Culver 6, Rosario 4, Severino (#1 Pitching Prospect in the Yankees system).

Portland: Miller 6, Asuaje 5, Witte 3, Tejeda 7, Gragnani 4, Tekotte 8, Roberson DH, Heller 9, Brenly 2, McCarthy RH (1-1, 8.00)

Pre-Game Interview: Ben Crocket Part 1

TGIF (TRENTON LEADS SERIES 1-0): The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play game 2 of their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped four of their last five games, and are four games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season…Trenton has won four of five in the season series…Mike McCarthy beat the Thunder six days ago in Trenton, Luis Severino beat Portland on April 19th at Arm & Hammer Park.

TWO OUT RUNS: Trenton scored four runs with two outs, taking the series opener, 5-0 over the Sea Dogs on Thursday night…Caleb Smith (1-2) worked five scoreless frames on 4 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts to notch the win…Mike Augliera (0-3) suffered his third straight loss, allowing a career-high 5 walks on 11 hits, 5 runs (4 earned) over 4.2 IP…Dante Bichette Jr., Greg Bird, Jake Cave and Eric Jagielo all had RBIs in the win for Trenton…Portland had 10 baserunners, but finished 0-for-9 with runners-in-scoring position.

MAKE THAT FOUR: Blake Tekotte went 1-for-3 with a walk in the series opener, and has a season-high four-game hitting streak: 6-for-13 (.462), 4 RBI…Tekotte has reached base safely in 11 of 13 starts.

THE ‘PEN WAS SENSATIONAL: Jonathan Aro and Dayan Diaz combined for 4.2 scoreless frames on Thursday night…Aro pitched 2.2 hitless and recorded 2 strikeouts, throwing 21 of 25 pitches for strikes…Diaz tossed the final two innings and is scoreless in four of five outings this season.

THOSE TWO-OUT NUMBERS: The opponents have scored 32 of 77 runs (42%) with two outs through 14 games…Trenton went 5-for-13 with runners-in-scoring position, and their first 5 hits came with two outs.

SIMON SAYS: After giving up six runs in his Double-A debut, RHP Simon Mercedes has been scoreless in his last two appearances…The righty has gone 5.2 IP on one hit, three walks and eight strikeouts in his previous two games.

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Before their affiliation with the New York Yankees, Trenton was a Red Sox affiliate from 1995-2002.

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

#ThrowbackThursday at Hadlock Field

Sea Dogs celebrating 1995 Night at Hadlock Field.

Sea Dogs celebrating 1995 Night at Hadlock Field.

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game homestand on Thursday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game Interview: Kevin Thomas

Lineups:

Trenton: Cave 8, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Williams 7, Bichette Jr. DH, Culver 6, Rosario 4, Smith LH (0-2, 11.37)

Sea Dogs: Miller 6, Asuaje 4, Tejeda 7, Chester DH, Martinez 2, Gragnani 5, Roof  9, Tekotte 8, Brenly 3, Augliera RH (0-2, 4.50)

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND (SERIES 0-0): The Sea Dogs return home after a 2-5 roadtrip, taking on the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…Portland dropped three in Trenton on April 16-19, and split 10 games with the Thunder at Hadlock Field in 2014…Tonight is Throw-back-Thursday night, as the ‘Dogs will wear their teal jerseys, representing the 1995 team.

RALLY FELL SHORT: Portland scored three runs in the ninth inning, but fell to the Rock Cats, 10-8 on Wednesday morning at New Britain Stadium…The Sea Dogs had 15 hits and an early 3-0 lead, but New Britain scored five times in the fifth inning…In the ninth, Carlos Asuaje ignited the rally with a two-run single and Luis Martinez added an RBI hit…Blake Tekotte delivered two run-scoring doubles…The ‘Dogs received three hits from Oscar TejedaLuis Diaz (0-1) took the loss, giving up 9 hits, 7 runs (5 earned) over 4.2 IP…Shane Carle (3-0) earned the win for New Britain.

DOUBLE MACHINE: Tekotte is 4-for-8, 4 RBI and 3 doubles in his last 2 games…The first-year Sea Dog has hit safely in nine of 12 starts…Portland had a team-high five doubles in yesterday’s game…Jonathan Roof went 2-for-4 and knocked home his first run of the season.

THERE’S BEEN SOME BIG INNINGS: Portland’s pitching staff has allowed five 4-run innings through 13 games…The ‘Dogs are last in the league in ERA (5.37), but rank third in the league in 106 strikeouts…Trenton is fifth in ERA (3.36), and their offense is second in the E.L. in homers (10).

QUITE A FEW: Mike Augliera makes his second straight start against the Thunder and the sixth of his career…Augliera has the team’s lone quality start, working 6.1 innings on 3 runs at Trenton last Friday at Arm & Hammer Park.

SIMON SAYS: After giving up six runs in his Double-A debut, RHP Simon Mercedes has been scoreless in his last two appearances…The righty has gone 5.2 IP on one hit, three walks and eight strikeouts in his previous two games.

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Before their affiliation with the New York Yankees, Trenton was a Red Sox affiliate from 1995-2002.

Saturday night in Trenton! ‘Dogs look for the first road win.

Mike McCarthy makes his first road start of 2015.

Mike McCarthy makes his first road start of 2015.

Portland and Trenton play game three of their series at 7:00 PM from Arm & Hammer Park.

Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or through the Tunein App for your smartphone or tablet. MiLB.TV begins at 6:55 PM.

Lineups:

PRT: Miller 5, Hernandez 6, Witte 3, De La Cruz 7, Chester DH, Roof 9, Gragnani 4, Tekotte 8, Brenly 2 McCarthy RH

TRE: Cave 7, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo DH, Bichette Jr. 5, Williams 8, Culver 6, Arcia 2, Fiorito 4Smith LH

HOPING TO GET EVEN (TRENTON LEADS 2-0): Portland has dropped the first 2 games of the series, and battles the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Saturday night at Arm & Hammer Park…The Sea Dogs won their final 2 road series of 2014 – their last road-series loss occurred on August 8-10, 2014 at Richmond…Last night was the second time the ‘Dogs have been shutout in eight games to start the season.

WAS CLOSE UNTIL THE END: Trenton scored six runs on eight hits in the final two innings, shutting out the Sea Dogs 7-0 on Saturday night…Dante Bichette Jr. finished 3-for-4, 3 RBI, putting the game away with a two-run single in the eighth…Eric Jagielo went 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 doubles and 3 runs scored…Taylor Garrison (1-0) scattered six hits over 5 IP on one walk and 2 strikeouts toe earn the win…Mike Augliera (0-2) notched the team’s first quality start of the season, but suffered the loss for Portland…Jantzen Witte had his best game in Double-A, going 3-for-4…Luis Martinez added two hits, including a double.

NICE SHOWING IN HOMESTATE: Augliera hails from Old Bridge, New Jersey, about 45 minutes from Arm & Hammer Park…Last night, the righty yielded just 6 hits, 3 runs, no walks and fanned 5 over 6.1 IP.

THEY GOT TO THE ‘PEN: RHP Kyle Martin gave up his first runs of the season, yielding 4 runs on 5 hits over 1+ innings pitched, plus an inherited run…LHP Robby Scott worked 2/3 of a frame, allowing one hit and one inherited runner to score.

KEURY IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: On Friday night, Keury De La Cruz became the 7th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer and the third as a Red Sox affiliate…Ironically, Heiker Meneses hit one on the same date as De La Cruz back in 2013 against the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium…Current Red Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on June 24, 2004 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) and Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs.

MAKE THAT SEVEN: Carlos Asuaje went 1-for-4 last night and has reached base safely in all seven Double-A starts…Asuaje hit a combined .310 (149-for-480) with 38 2B, 12 3B, 15 HR, 101 RBI, and 59 BB over 129 games between Greenville and Salem in 2014.

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