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‘Dogs close out the homestand with Fireworks!

Peter Hissey returns to the lineup tonight for Portland (photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Peter Hissey returns to the lineup tonight for Portland (photo by Kelly O’Connor)

The Sea Dogs conclude their three-game series and seven-game homestand on Wednesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate)…Portland is 4-2 on the homestand, and has lefty Henry Owens (9-3, 1.99) on the hill, seeking his sixth straight win. Owens is leading the Eastern League in most of the pitching categories, including complete-games (3) and shutouts (2).

Future’s Game Press Release

Pre-Game Interview: Rich Gedman Part 1

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.

Sea Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Coyle DH, Welch 3, De La Cruz 7, Roof 5, Brenly 2, Hissey 9, Meneses 4, Owens LH (9-3, 1.99)

‘Cats: Wilson 8, Berti 4, Newman 9, Crouse 7, Burns 5, Hobson 3, Chung 2, Nolan 6, Jones DH, Copeland RH (5-6, 3.81)

Notes for today

ENDS TONIGHT: The Sea Dogs are 4-2 on their seven-game homestand, which ends tonight against the New Hamsphire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate)…With a win tonight, the Fisher Cats will take their first series from Portland this season…Starting tomorrow night, the ‘Dogs will play 12 of their next 15 games on the road (4-game series against Reading, Trenton and Binghamton)…Portland leads the league in hitting (.287) and pitching (3.47 ERA), and is the lone team in professional baseball with 50 wins.

RACKING UP THE K’S: LHP Daniel Norris earned his first Double-A win, fanning 10 batters over 5.2 IP, and leading the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 5-1 win on Tuesday night…Norris, who was named to the MLB Future’s Game before Tuesday’s game, yielded three hits and one walk…Portland fanned a season-high 15 times, scoring their lone run in the sixth inning on a bases-loaded HBP from David Chester…RHP Mike McCarthy (6-3) took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits over 4 IP…DH Matt Newman drove in two runs with a homer and ground out for the ‘Cats.

BIG O ON THE HILL: LHP Henry Owens has won five straight and is 5-1, 0.41 ERA (2 ER/43.2 IP) in 7 starts since May 14thOwens among E.L. Leaders: 9 wins (1st), 1.99 ERA (1st), 89 strikeouts (1st), 3 complete games (1st), 2 shutouts (1st), 1.03 WHIP (1st), .178 AVG against (1st), 9.42 runners-per-9 IP (1st), 9.31 SO-per-9 IP (1st) and 86 IP (2nd)The lefty has is 12-4, 1.93 ERA in 116.1 innings in 20 Double-A starts…He is 3.2 innings shy of qualifying for the franchise record in ERA, held by Jon Lester for pitchers with more than 120.0 innings pitched…Yesterday, Owens and former Sea Dog INF/OF Mookie Betts were named to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The top 5 winning percentages in minor league baseball: Low-A Kane County 49-26 (.653), Low-A Savannah 47-25 (.653), Portland 50-27 (.649), Double-A Huntsville 49-27 (.645) and High-A Dunedin 48-27 (.640)…The Sea Dogs are 12-9 this month with a .274 team average and a 3.74 ERA.

COYLE CONNECTING AND STEALING: INF Sean Coyle went 1-for-2 last night with 2 walks, 2 stolen bases and was involved in both double plays turned by Portland…Coyle is 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts with Portland, and 23 for his last 24, dating back to 2013…He was caught on August 11, 2013 with Low-A Greenville, but when 11-for-11 from April 5-19, 2013 with High-A Salem.

McCarthy on the hill tonight…’Dogs have 50 wins!

McCarthy_Mike_4_u5wzwmtk_3ff1c7eeRight-hander Mike McCarthy makes his 8th start (15th appearance) of the season as the Sea Dogs take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland became the first team in professional baseball to win 50 games.

Pre-Game Interview: Blake Swihart

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

Sea Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Roof 9, Meneses 5, McCarthy RH (6-2, 3.77)

New Hampshire: Cats: Wilson 8, Berti 4, Newman DH, Crouse 9, Jones 7, Hobson 3, Chung 2, Nolan 5, Flores 6, Norris LH (0-0, 6.35)

Notes for today

50 REASONS TO SMILE: The Sea Dogs became the first team in professional baseball to 50 wins after last night’s 3-2 victory over New Hampshire in the series opener…Tonight, the ‘Dogs make their second attempt at improving to 25 games over .500 for the first time since they finished 83-56 to conclude the 1996 season…RHP Mike McCarthy (6-2, 3.77) makes his first start at Hadlock Field since May 19th vs. Binghamton (beat the Mets in game two of a doubleheader)…Portland leads the league in hitting (.287) and pitching (3.47 ERA).

DIAZ DEALING: RHP Luis Diaz (2-0) fired a career-high eight innings on seven hits and one run, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 3-2 on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Trailing 1-0, Sean Coyle tied the game with a lead-off homer in the second…Heiker Meneses gave Portland the lead with two-out RBI single…Deven Marrero continued his hot hitting, nailing a solo-homer to left-center field to begin the third…New Hampshire rallied in the ninth, receiving a solo-shot by Jonathan Jones and a triple from Matt NewmanMiguel Celestino was able to complete the save, retiring the final two batters on grounders to third base.

MARRERO REWARDED: Yesterday, Marrero was announced as the Eastern League Player of the Week (June 16-22), after hitting .650 (13-for-20) with a homer, 4 RBI, triple and six runs scored in six games…The Florida native has the longest active on-base streak in the Eastern League at 20 games (started on May 31st), and improved his hitting streak to seven games: 14-for-24 (.583), 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3B.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: Portland’s .658 winning percentage is tops in professional baseball, a touch ahead of Low-A Savannah’s (South Atlantic League, Mets) .657…Double-A Huntsville has 49 wins (Southern League, Brewers)…Low-A Hagerstown (South Atlantic League, Nationals), Low-A Kane County Cougars (Midwest League, Cubs) and High-A Dunedin (Florida State League, Blue Jays) have 48 wins.

BIG O ON THE HILL: LHP Henry Owens has won five straight and is 5-1, 0.41 ERA (2 ER/43.2 IP) in 7 starts since May 14thOwens among E.L. Leaders: 9 wins (1st), 1.99 ERA (1st), 89 strikeouts (1st), 3 complete games (1st), 2 shutouts (1st), 1.03 WHIP (1st), .178 AVG against (1st), 9.42 runners-per-9 IP (1st), 9.31 SO-per-9 IP (1st) and 86 IP (2nd)The lefty has is 12-4, 1.93 ERA in 116.1 innings in 20 Double-A starts…He is 3.2 innings shy of qualifying for the franchise record in ERA, held by Jon Lester for pitchers with more than 120.0 innings pitched.

 

Marrero player of the week…’Dogs and ‘Cats series #3

Right-hander Luis Diaz makes his Hadlock Field debut on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate)…Diaz was perfect in 5 of 6 innings in his Double-A debut on June 18th at Erie, allowing just one run one baserunner – a solo homer by CF Jason Krizan.

Congrats to Portland SS Deven Marrero on Eastern League Player of the Week.

Congrats to Portland SS Deven Marrero on Eastern League Player of the Week.

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

Pre-Game Interview: 

Sea Dogs: Roof 9, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester, DH, De La Cruz 7, Greenwell 8, Meneses 5, Diaz RH (1-0, 1.50)

New Hampshire: Wilson DH, Berti 4, Burns 5, Hobson 3, Crouse 7, Jones 8, Newman 9, Chung 2, Nolan 6, Bibens-Dirkx RH (2-1, 2.61)

Full Press Release on Marrero Player of the Week

In the first 8 games against New Hampshire: Sean Coyle, Peter Hissey, Carlos Rivero and Matt Spring went a combined 30-for-58 (.517), HR, 16 RBI.

Notes for Today

BACK TO THE EAST: The Sea Dogs finished 11-7 during an 18-game stretch against the Western Division, and open up a three-game series on Monday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland has won both four-game series from New Hampshire and own a 139-117 All-Time Record against the ‘Cats…Portland’s 49 wins are the most in professional baseball – Kane County Cougars (Low-A, Midwest League, Cubs) and Dunedin (High-A, Florida State League, Blue Jays) have 48.

MADE IT INTERESTING: Portland had runners at second and third, but RHP Kenn Kasparek fanned Derrik Gibson to end the game, and give the Altoona Curve a 5-4 win on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…RHP Adrian Sampson (5-4) worked seven innings on eight hits and four runs to earn the win…RHP Mike Augliera (3-6) suffered the loss for the ‘Dogs, giving up all five runs on nine hits in 6.2 IP…Deven Marrero highlighted Portland’s 10-hit offense, going 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single…Ralph Henriquez and Justin Howard each hit solo-homers for the Curve.

MARRERO REWARDED: Earlier today, Marrero was announced as the Eastern League Player of the Week (June 16-22), after hitting .650 (13-for-20) with a homer, 4 RBI, triple and six runs scored in six games…The Florida native has the longest active on-base streak in the Eastern League at 19 games (started on May 31st), producing a .394 average and a .458 on-base percentage during the streak.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Sea Dogs 49 wins are the most in all of professional baseball…Low-A Kane County Cougars (Midwest League, Cubs) and High-A Dunedin (Florida State League, Blue Jays) have 48 wins…Oakland, Milwaukee, and Low-A Hagerstown (South Atlantic League, Nationals), have 47 wins…Portland’s .653 winning percentage is third behind Dunedin’s .658 and Low-A Savannah’s (South Atlantic League, Mets) .657.

BIG O ON THE HILL: LHP Henry Owens won his fifth straight game on Friday night and is 5-1, 0.41 ERA (2 ER/43.2 IP) in 7 starts since May 14th…Owens among E.L. Leaders: 9 wins (1st), 1.99 ERA (1st), 89 strikeouts (1st), 3 complete games (1st), 2 shutouts (1st), 1.03 WHIP (1st), .178 AVG against (1st), 9.42 runners-per-9 IP (1st), 9.31 SO-per-9 IP (1st) and 86 IP (2nd)The lefty has is 12-4, 1.93 ERA in 116.1 innings in 20 Double-A starts…He is 3.2 innings shy of qualifying for the franchise record in ERA as it is held by Jon Lester for pitchers with more than 120.0 innings pitched.

Attempting a World Record at Hadlock Field

June is National Dairy month, so to honor that tonight at Hadlock Field, the fans will attempt the largest cowbell ensemble. “The Guinness Book of World Records lists the largest cowbell ensemble as 640 at an event in Switzerland,” said Jami Badershall, communications manager of the Maine Dairy Promotion Board. “World Record Academy lists it as Ryerson University in Toronto with 1,003 people. Then there was the unofficial record at a Phish concert in Vermont. They say they had 1,600. We figured if we give out 2,000, then we’ll be sure to beat them all. We are also asking that if anyone has a cowbell of their own, that they bring it so we can have that many more participate.”

IMG_3793Smiling Hill Farm will have one of their dairy cows on the field at 4:30 p.m. for a milking contest in which milkers will have 30 seconds to see who can squirt the most milk into their bucket.

During Maine Dairy Night at Hadlock Field, Maine’s three major milk processors – Oakhurst, Hood and Garelick Farms – will donate 10 gallons of milk per run to area food banks and pantries. Everyone can participate by making a $5 donation at milklife.com/give or by texting “milk” to 27722.

On a serious note, the night will also be an opportunity to raise awareness for the Great American Milk Drive – an effort between Feeding America and the National Dairy Council to get milk into the hands of the nation’s food insecure. Milk is one of the most requested nutritious foods at food banks and food pantries, but it is rarely donated. Food banks that are part of the Feeding America network have been working to get more fresh fruits and vegetables as well as dairy into the food pantries.

Starting Lineups Tonight

Altoona (#1): Hanson 6, Vasquez 5, Broxton 8, Diaz 2, Curry 3, Garcia 9, Howard DH, Brown 4, Sosa 7, Rodriguez LH (3-5, 4.22)

‘Dogs (#1): Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Roof 9, Meneses 4, Johnson LH (5-1, 1.71)

Last night, Sean Coyle launched a home run through the Sullivan Tire sign about the Maine Monster in left field – here’s the video

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: Ed Randall with Jeff Mannix

Sean Coyle hit it through the Sullivan Tire Sign last night. (Photo courtesy of WCSH Channel 6 in Portland, Maine)

Sean Coyle hit it through the Sullivan Tire Sign last night. (Photo courtesy of WCSH Channel 6 in Portland, Maine)

Sea Dogs Back home to start a 7-game homestand and finish an 8-game trip

IMG_2322TWO GAMES, DUAL PURPOSES: Tonight the Sea Dogs and Altoona Curve conclude a suspended game from June 11th at Peoples Natural Gas Field, followed by a seven-inning contest…In game one, Altoona is the home team, with Portland leading 2-1 in the bottom of the third…That game will wrap-up Portland’s recent 8-game roadtrip (currently 4-3)…Game two will start a four-game series in three days with the Curve, and the start of a seven-game homestand…This is the second straight day the ‘Dogs play a suspended/7-inning game.

2-FOR-1: Portland and Erie concluded a suspended game from Wednesday, and won 8-6 on Wednesday morning at Jerry Uht Park…In game two, RHP Luis Diaz retired 18 of 19 batters faced in his Double-A debut, as the ‘Dogs beat the ‘Wolves 5-1…Diaz yielded just one hit, a solo-homer to CF Jason Krizan in the fourth…The righty fanned four, and threw 39 of 53 pitches for strikes…1B Dave Chester blasted a grand-slam, his first Double-A homer…SS Deven Marrero added his third homer of the season…Portland and Erie finished the season series by splitting six games.

BIG O ON THE HILL: LHP Henry Owens is seeking his fifth straight win, getting the nod in game two…Owens established a franchise record on June 14th by compiling 27.2 consecutive scoreless innings (May 19-June 14), surpassing LHP Kris Johnson, who held the previous record of 24 innings from June 15-July 1, 2008…Owens among E.L. Leaders: 81 strikeouts (1st), 1.04 WHIP (1st), .176 AVG against (1st), 9.46 runners-per-9 IP (1st), 8 wins (T-1st), 2 complete games (T-1st), 2.16 ERA (2nd), 9.23 SO-per-9 IP (2nd) and 79 IP (5th).

CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL: The Sea Dogs have hit 52 homers this season, but have four straight multi-homer games (10 overall)…2B Sean Coyle, OF Keury De La Cruz and C Blake Swihart each homered twice on the trip…1B Stefan Welch has hit two homers on the trip, but that won’t be official until the suspended game is completed. 

MORE ON TONIGHT’S FIRST GAME: Portland and Altoona resume a suspended game from June 11th in Pennsylvania, since the ‘Dogs don’t go back to Altoona, the game is being played at Hadlock Field with the Curve the home team…Portland leads 2-1, heading to the bottom of the third inning…Welch hit a two-run homer in the second inning off RHP Adrian Sampson (3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, SO, 2 HBP)…Altoona scored an unearned run with two outs in the second inning off RHP Keith Couch (2 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO)…Sampson is on the hook for the Curve.

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: Sean Coyle

Resuming suspended game from June 11th
Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Greenwell 9, Meneses 5, McCarthy RH (5-2, 3.96)

Altoona: Hanson 6, Vasquez 7, Broxton 8, Diaz 2, Curry 3, Howard DH, Garcia 9, Ngoepe 4, Cunningham 5, Yang LH (0-0, 4.50)

Bob Kipper on Gwynn, Pirates and Brian Johnson

With just a simple click, we can learn so much about what’s happening in the world. Earlier today, we lost Tony Gwynn, due to his battle with cancer. I remember Justin Masterson telling me how great of person Gwynn was as a person – Masterson played for Gwynn at San Diego State.   My two players I really admired as a kid was Wade Boggs and Gwynn. There was always the talk about who was the better hitter, I think it’s hard to argue which once was actually better, and I think that conversation is a big waste of time. They both were great!

Sea Dogs Pitching Coach Bob Kipper joined me on the Pre-Game Show earlier today, and he’s just a sample of what he told me about Gwynn “The first time I faced him as a rookie, I threw him an 0-2 curveball and he ripped it to right field” we’ll have Part 1 tonight and Part 2 tomorrow. Gwynn went 10-for-22 (.455) with a homer, triple and double against Kip, without a strikeout.

The Sea Dogs are 3-1 on their 8-game roadtrip, which doesn’t conclude until June 20th. Sound confusing? It is a little. Portland and Altoona resume a suspended game from Peoples Natural Gas Field on June 11th on the 20th at Hadlock Field, before the opening of a four-game series against the Curve.

Johnson named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week

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

Pre-Game Interview: Bob Kipper

Sea Dogs: Roof 9, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, De La Cruz 7, Brenly DH , Greenwell 8, Meneses 5, Couch RH (7-1, 2.49)

Erie: Johnson 8, Krizan 7, Travis 4, Moya 9, Cabrera 2, Jones 5, Westlake 3, Green DH, Machado 6, Ferrell RH (4-5, 4.73)

 

Happy Father’s Day

Henry Owens has won four straight starts and leads the Eastern League with 8 wins.

Henry Owens has won four straight starts and leads the Eastern League with 8 wins.

The Sea Dogs held their 6th annual Father’s Day 5K Road Race this morning – click here for the winners

I can’t imagine being a professional broadcaster without my dad. When I was a young fan, my dad put me on his lap and pointed to the TV and said “That’s Captain Carl.” Of course referring to Yaz. I was hooked to baseball right away, and always wanted to be part of it for the rest of my life. Still do this day, we have the best baseball talks.  I’m so blessed to do what I do, and share that with my dad – that’s the best gift of all.

Henry Owens set the franchise record with 27.2 scoreless innings last night. The streak was snapped on Joe Wendle’s RBI single in the sixth.

Portland closes out their three-game series in Akron this afternoon at 2:05 PM…the third leg of the trip continues tomorrow night at 7:05 PM against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) from Jerry Uht Park.

Today’s lineups from Canal Park.

‘Dogs: Gibson 6, Roof 9, Swihart DH, Coyle 4, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Brenly 2, Greenwell 8, Meneses 5, Johnson LH (4-1, 1.96)

Akron: Naquin 8, Lindor 6, Wolters 4, Lavisky 2, Gallas 7, Lowery 3, Rodriguez DH, Smith 9, Toole 5, Anderson RH (2-4, 4.86)

Did you know? Thurman Munson was born in Akron, Ohio.

View of Canal Park…Two best teams meet up

Bo Greenwell appeared in 10 games with the Akron Aeros (now RubberDucks) in 2013.

Bo Greenwell appeared in 10 games with the Akron Aeros (now RubberDucks) in 2013.

The top two teams in the Eastern League open up a three-game series on Friday night at Canal Park in downtown Akron, Ohio…Portland has a league best 42-22 record, while the Akron RubberDucks are 39-28, but were recently swept in a four-game series at home to the Binghamton Mets.

So with last night’s postponement, the Sea Dogs now play an eight-game roadtrip, but we won’t have the full results of the trip until June 20th. Sound confusing? Yes, I know, it is a bit. Wednesday night’s suspended game in Altoona will be made up before the ‘Dogs and Curve play game one of their series at Hadlock Field on June 20th. Altoona is the home team for that suspended game, which goes nine innings. The second game is a seven-inning game. Last night’s regularly scheduled game will be made up on June 21st as part of a doubleheader, the ‘Dogs will be the home team for both games. Did you get all that?

So why RubberDucks? Akron changed their nickname this year to align themselves with Akron’s history in the rubber industry. Akron is the birthplace of tire and rubber companies such as Goodyear, Firestone, Goodrich and General Tire.

Not a bad rehab list in Pawtucket: Former Sea Dogs Clay Buchholz and Will Middlebrooks scheduled to play this weekend, along with Shane Victorino.

Bo knows Akron: OF Bo Greenwell hit .216 in 10 games with Akron last season, but spent 2007-13 in the Indians organization, he’s a former sixth round pick in 2007.

Good history with tonight’s starter…The Sea Dogs beat RHP Will Roberts twice last season.

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

Pre-Game Interview: 

Sea Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Roof 5, Greenwell 9, Pena LH (2-1, 6.17)

Akron: Lindor 6, Wolters 2, Wendle 4, LaHair 3, Lavisky DH, Gallas 7, Rodriguez 5, Smith 9, Linton 8, Roberts RH (5-7, 4.02)

 

Taking a look at the ballpark in Altoona, Pa.

Portland and Altoona resume last night’s suspended game at 5:00 PM today…That game plays out as a nine-game, with game two only seven innings.

RHP Wilfredo Boscan relieves RHP Keith Couch in the suspended game…Couch’s line: 2 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO (31 pitches/21 strikes). Portland is leading 2-1, heading into the bottom of the third. The runs came courtesy of a two-run homer by former Curve Stefan Welch.

In game two, LHP Mickey Pena makes his 13th start of the season and the first of his career against Altoona…LHP Yao-Hsuan Yang (Yawl-Shoon Young) makes the start for RHP Nick Kingham, who was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis earlier.

After tonight’s games, the Sea Dogs continue their nine-game roadtrip on Friday night against the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) from Canal Park…Akron has the second-best record in the Eastern League at 39-27…RHP Mike Augliera is scheduled to make his 13th start of the season…Portland just missed OF Nick Swisher who finished a two-game rehab stin with Akron, and was activated by Cleveland today in time for tonight’s game in Boston.

 

 

Couch and Sampson battle on Wednesday night.

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series and nine-game roadtrip on Wednesday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) from Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland is 4-3 during an 18-game stretch against the Western Division.

Tonight’s matchup features two pitchers in the Top 10 in ERA…RH Keith Couch is 7-1 and ranks 7th in the league with a 2.49 ERA…RH Adrian Sampson is 4-3, 2.07 ERA, which ranks second behind teammate RH A.J. Morris.

Both starters did not attend a big name college…Sampson was a 5th round pick by the pirates in the 2012 draft out of Bellevue Community College…Couch attended Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

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

Pre-Game Interview: Mike Passanissi

Sea Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Greenwell 9, Meneses 5, Couch RH (7-1, 2.49)

Altoona: Hanson 6, Vasquez 7, Broxton 8, Diaz 2, Allie 3, Howard DH, Garcia 9, Ngoepe 4, Cunningham 5, Sampson RH (4-3, 2.07)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

THAT’S A GOOD START: The Sea Dogs began their nine-game roadtrip with a win, and continue their three-game series with the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) on Wednesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland is making their third attempt to go 21 games over .500 for the first time since June 4, 1997 when they were 39-18…RHP Keith Couch is coming off his first loss of the season and just his second as a starter in Double-A…Career totals in Portland as a starter: 16-2, 2.81 ERA (49 ER/156.2 IP).

EARLY RUNS, GREAT PITCHING: Portland scored three in the first off losing pitcher LHP Joely Rodriguez (3-5) and LHP Brian Johnson tossed six strong innings, as the ‘Dogs beat the Curve 5-1…Johnson notched his fifth quality start of the season, working six innings on four hits, one run and six strikeouts…CF Derrik Gibson finished with three hits, a walk and a sacrifice bunt…Portland received an RBI from five different players and seven of nine starters reached base safely…DH David Chester went 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single in his Double-A debut.

JOHNSON’S JUST ROLLING: Johnson improved to 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA in seven Double-A starts…The lefty has worked at least five innings in every start and has allowed just 13 runs (nine earned) on 29 hits in 41.1 innings…In total he has thrown 422 of 653 pitches for strikes (65%).

MORE ON THE NEW CF:Gibson has made his first 6 professional starts in CF over the last six games…In his last eight starts, the Delaware native is hitting .517 (15-for-29) with 7 RBI, double and 4 walks…For the season, Gibson has reached base safely in 35 of 42 games.

THROWING UP ZEREOS: LHP Henry Owens has won three straight appearances, but has not allowed a run in his last 22.1 innings pitched, which is tied with LHP Drake Britton (May 30-June 16, 2013) and LHP Phil Seibel (May 20-June 11, 2006) for the second longest streak in team history…LHP Kris Johnson holds the franchise mark, tossing 24 scoreless frames from June 15-July 1, 2088.

WELCOME TO THE PARTY: Chester was activated from High-A Salem’s disabled list before yesterday’s game (OF Jesus Loya to DL) and went 3-for-4, RBI and a double in his Double-A debut…The former standout at the University of Pittsburgh hit .220 with 3 homers and 15 RBI with Salem…He was on the DL from April 28-June 9.

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