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Mookie Betts to Pawtucket! Well deserved

#MookieMadness is heading to Triple-A Pawtucket.

#MookieMadness is heading to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Sea Dogs begin an 18-game stretch against the Western Division on Tuesday night, taking on the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) in the first of a three-game series at Hadlock Field…Portland has not played the West this season, and owns the best record in the Eastern League at 38-19.

Earlier today, INF/OF Mookie Betts was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Now, there’s so much on twitter and in blogs about Mookie the baseball player. I was privileged to get to know Markus Lynn Betts. For 21-years old, he handled himself like a true professional and was simply, a terrific person. I enjoyed talking to him about everything, not just baseball. He’s a great teammate and loved by the entire team. I know he’ll make quite an impression on the PawSox. Last year it was Xander Bogaerts, this year it’s #MookieMadness. We’ve had some terrific players come through Portland.  Just think, last year at this time, did we think that Bogaerts and RHP Brandon Workman would end up helping the Red Sox in the World Series? You just never know what can happen. The Red Sox have produced some amazing talent, and there’s a lot more waiting in the wings to help the Pawtucket Red Sox and Boston down the road.

Below is where he ranks among minor league leaders
Average (T-7th), Runs (2nd), Hits (T-2nd), TB (T-13th), 2B (T-14th), SB (T-11th), OBP (11th), OPS (13th)

Betts’ totals and accomplishments with Portland
LHP: 34-78 (.436), 2 HR   VS RHP: 42-136 (.309), 4 HR
W/RISP: 18-49 (.367), 1 HR

2014: Last 19 games: 17-for-67 (.254), 10 RBI, 2 3B, 4 2B, 11 BB…Walk-off 2-run triple on May 22nd vs. Binghamton (1-for-1 with a team-high 4 walks)…Started in CF on May 18th vs. Trenton (1st pro start in OF)…Reached base safely in 66 straight regular season games (71 including Carolina League playoffs) from August 2, 2013-May 16, 2014 (snapped on May 17th vs. Trenton)…Has reached base 112 times in 54 games and 4 times in a game 11 times, 5 times on May 22 vs. Binghamton and 24th at New Hampshire…17-game hitting streak (longest Sea Dogs streak since 2004): 32-for-74 (.432), 3 HR, 13 RBI, 3B, 6 2B from April 9-30…Reached base in first 35 Double-A games…Hit safely in 44 of 54 games w/23 multi-hit… Scored a run 13 straight from April 9-26 and 35 of 54…Tied April franchise records for hits (40), doubles (10) and stolen bases (10)…Hit .430, 4 HR, 13 RBI in April…First Hadlock Field homer on April 26th vs. Trenton…2nd 4-hit game on April 19th at New Britain (4-for-5, HR)…Led off the season (April 3 at Reading) with a homer, finishing 4-for-4 in his Double-A debut…Named
Eastern League Player of the Week (April 3-13).

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 McCarthy

‘Dogs 9: Greenwell 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Welch 3, Coyle 4, De La Cruz DH, Roof 9, Gibson 7, Meneses 5, Augliera RH (3-5, 4.18)

‘Wolves: Johnson 8, Krizan 7, Travis 4, Moya 9, Cabrera DH, Jones 5, Westlake 3, Albernaz 2, Machado 6, Palacios RH (3-2, 5.15)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

WILD WEST: Tonight, the Sea Dogs begin an 18-game stretch against the Western Division, opening up a three-game series against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland owns the best record in the Eastern League, and is coming off their fifth road-series win of the season (took 3 of 4 from Trenton over the weekend)…Erie has won four straight and trails the Richmond Flying Squirrels by 4.5 games for the second playoff spot in the Western Division.

THEY GOT ONE: Portland won the first 3 games of their series over the weekend in Trenton, but the Thunder grabbed the series finale 6-4 on Sunday…Trenton scored five times in the sixth inning off losing pitcher LHP Mickey Pena (2-1) and RHP Matty Ott…Portland rallied in the ninth, cutting the deficit on SS Deven Marrero’s two-out single to right…LHP Tyler Webb stranded the bases loaded by fanning 1B Stefan Welch, and earning his third save of the year…LHP Matt Tracy (6-2) worked six innings on eight hits and three runs to earn the win…RF Bo Greenwell knocked in two runs and reached base twice.

WELL-DESERVED MOOKIE: INF/OF Mookie Betts was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier today…Betts leaves the ‘Dogs hitting .355, 6 HR and 34 RBI…Where Betts ranks among minor league qualifiers:Average (T-7th), Runs (2nd) Hits (T-2nd), TB (T-13th), 2B (T-14th), SB (T-11th), OBP (11th), OPS (13th).

RECAPPING MAY: The Sea Dogs won a franchise record 23 games in May, hitting .289 and compiling a 3.02 ERA…New May records: ERA, Saves (12), IP (274.1 IP), at-bats (1056), games (33) and hits (305)…OF Henry Ramos led the team in hitting at .372 (35-for-94) and Betts led the team with 21 RBI…Couch, McCarthy and LHP Robby Scott went a combined 10-0, 2.28 ERA (17 ER/67.0 IP)

WELCOME TO PORTLAND: LF Keury De La Cruz and 3B Jonathan Roof made their Double-A debuts on Sunday…De La Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored…Roof went 2-for-3 with a run-scoring, a walk and a run scored…On Sunday, Portland’s 6-9 batters went a combined 7-for-14 (.500) with 3 RBI and 4 runs scored.

WOEFUL AGAINST THE WEST: Over the past five seasons the ‘Dogs are 82-110 (.427) against the Western Division with 2012 being the only season Portland finished above .500 (20-15) against the West.

‘Dogs in Trenton

The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in three days against the Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park…With a win tonight, Portland clinches their best May in franchise history.

Yesterday’s Historic Double Play

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: Peter Hissey

‘Dogs 9: Betts 8, Marrero 6, Welch 3, Spring DH, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Greenwell 7, Meneses 4, Hissey 9, Johnson LH (3-1, 1.84)

Trenton: Dugas 7, Gamel 8, Austin 5, Sanchez 2, O’Brien DH, Refsnyder 4, Fiorito 3, Sanchez 9, Angelini 6, Mitchell RH (1-3, 4.23)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

VISIT TO NEW JERSEY: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in three days on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park…With a win in the next three games, Portland will clinch their best May in franchise history, topping the 1995 team (included current Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon) that went 18-11 (.621)…’Dogs and Thunder split a two-game set in Trenton on April 8-9, and will play a day/night doubleheader on Saturday.

7-6-2-5-3: Portland salvaged the final game of their three-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats, 2-1 on Thursday morning…The game ended on a crazy double play, started on a double down the left-field line by RF Reynaldo Rodriguez…Pinch-runner A.J. Petterson slipped rounding third at was out going back to third base…After that out, 3B Derrik Gibson fired down to second base to nap Rodriguez and end the game…Portland scored both runs in the first inning on run-scoring doubles by 1B Stefan Welch and DH Sean Coyle…LHP Henry Owens tossed seven scoreless frames to earn the win.

LEAGUE LEADERS ALL IN PORTLAND: RHP Keith Couch, Owens and LHP Robby Scott each lead the Eastern League in wins with six…Owens has pitched two straight seven scoreless inning performances, and lowered his ERA to 2.52 (7th in the league)…Couch makes the start in game one tomorrow afternoon and ranks 4th in the league with a 2.22 ERA…Scott has earned a win in four straight relief appearances.

COYLE CONNECTING: After spending April 29-May 22 on the disabled list, Coyle has been outstanding since coming back…In six games, Coyle is 11-for-25 (.440) with a home run and six RBI…He has tallied five extra-base, scored five runs and has a 10-game hitting streak dating back to April 21, going 16-for-37 (.432) during that time.

HASN’T BEEN MANY: Portland dropped to 6-2-0 in series at Hadlock Field after the Rock Cats took two of three…Trenton beat the ‘Dogs in a three-game series in Maine from April 25-27…The ‘Dogs lone series loss on the road came in their last series in New Britain, dropping two of three to the Rock Cats.

MAY BELONGS TO HENRY: OF Henry Ramos leads the team with a .372 (35-for-94) average this month with both homers and 9 RBI…Owens is 3-2 in May with a 1.51 ERA (6 ER/35.2 IP)…RHP Noe Ramirez is 1-0, 0.64 ERA and 4-for-4 in saves this month.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland owns the best record in the Eastern League at 34-16 and will welcome in their 8th millionth fan on Tuesday night.

Mike Brenly makes his second straight start at first base.

Mike Brenly makes his second straight start at first base.

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: Charlie Eschbach

Portland lineup: Hissey 8, Gibson 6, Welch 5, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle DH, Brenly 3, Meneses 4, Greenwell 7, Pena LH (2-0, 4.98)

New Britain:  Wimberly 8, Thomas DH, Ortiz 7, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Hanson 4, Koch 2, Waring 5, Pettersen 6, Dean LH (2-2, 4.20)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

BACK HOME: The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Tuesday night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland returns home after taking three of four in New Hampshire over the Memorial Day weekend…The ‘Dogs need one more win this month to clinch the best May in franchise history (2003 team won 19 games in May)…Portland has not been 19 games over .500 since 2006 when they were 47-28…LHP Mickey Pena fanned a career-high 11 batters on April 18th at New Britain.

BYE, BYE BLAKE: C Blake Swihart snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, giving the Sea Dogs a 6-3 win over the Fisher Cats on Monday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…RHP Steven Wright (MLB Rehab) tossed five strong innings on five hits and three runs (two earned)…RHP Keith Couch closed out the game with four scoreless innings on one hit to earn his first Double-A save…Swihart finished with 3 RBI, C Matt Spring went 4-for-4 and 1B Mike Brenly added an RBI double…LF Peter Hissey went 2-for-4, extending his season-high hitting streak to six games.

TIED A CAREER-HIGH: Spring tied a career-high with four hits on Monday, both with the Sea Dogs…Last season, Spring went 4-for-4 on May 12th at New Britain…Portland had all three catchers in the lineup due to Travis Shaw’s promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket…Shaw went 1-for-3 on Sunday night in his Triple-A debut.

NUMBER 32: Wright became the 32nd Major Leaguer to rehab with the Sea Dogs and the 26th as a Red Sox affiliate…The knuckleballer earned his second career win with Portland in as many starts.

2-2-2: The Sea Dogs are second in the league in average (.289), ERA (3.34) and tied for second in team defense (.980 fielding percentage)…Portland’s bullpen did not allow a run over 10 IP in the New Hampshire series.

QUARTER FIRST NOW 50: Portland went 15-10 to start the season, but have 19 of their last 25 games…During that period, the ‘Dogs have outscored the opponent 140-84.

MAY BELONGS TO HENRY: OF Henry Ramos went 0-for-4 on Monday, but leads the team with a .391 (34-for-87) average this month with both homers and 9 RBI…LHP Henry Owens is 2-2 in May with a 1.88 ERA (6 ER/28.2 IP).

 

Happy Memorial Day from New Hampshire

Travis Shaw was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket today. (photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Travis Shaw was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket today. (photo by Kelly O’Connor)

The Sea Dogs conclude their four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With a win today, the ‘Dogs will take the series with New Hampshire…RHP Steven Wright makes a MLB Rehab start for Portland and is expected to go 80 pitches.  RHP Keith Couch will follow.

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

Pre-Game Interview: Chad Epperson

Portland lineup: Betts 8, Marrero 6, Welch 5, Spring 2, Swihart DH, Ramos 9, Brenly 3, Gibson 4, Hissey 7, Wright RH (MLB Rehab)

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Berti DH, Schimpf 7, McDade 3, Burns 5, Newman 9, Fermin 4, Rankin 2, Mooney 6, Copeland RH (3-4, 4.44)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

WRAPPING THINGS UP: The Sea Dogs seek the series win in the finale of their four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Monday afternoon…Portland owns the best record in the league and has won 18 of their last 24 games…Knuckleballer Steven Wright joins the Sea Dogs on a Major League Rehab assignment, making his first appearance since the International League Governor’s Cup Finals on September 11, 2013…RHP Keith Couch follows Wright as the piggyback starter.

JUST TOOK ONE: CF Kenny Wilson delivered a two-out RBI single in the sixth inning, as the Fisher Cats beat the Sea Dogs 1-0, taking their first game of the series…LHP Brian Johnson took the tough-luck loss, despite seven strong innings (tied a career-high) on four hits, one walk and two strikeouts…LHP Richard Bleier (3-4) worked five scoreless innings of relief to earn the win…RHP Randy Boone worked around a two-out single in the ninth inning to earn his second save of the year…DH Sean Coyle and RF Peter Hissey each had two hits for Portland, who went 0-for-10 with runners-in-scoring position.

Message from Slugger!

Message from Slugger!

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Wrightwill be the 32nd player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 26th as a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: 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, Ellsburyand 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).

THAT WAS THE FIRST: Portland was 4-0 in shutouts on the road until yesterday’s loss…Johnson suffered his first Double-A loss and just his second between Portland and High-A Salem…RHP Jose Valdez relieved Johnson and worked a scoreless eighth with a strikeout.

EXACTLY A MONTH: The Sea Dogs lowered their team ERA to 3.36, the lowest since it was 3.34 on April 25th…Portland has committed only one error during the series and has a .980 fielding percentage, tied for the best in the league with Akron and Bowie.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats in New Hampshire

Henry Ramos is hitting .339 in his first Double-A season...(Photo by Jillian Souza)

Henry Ramos is hitting .339 in his first Double-A season…(Photo by Jillian Souza)

The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series against the Fisher Cats on Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium….RHP Mike Augliera gets the start tonight.

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: Mookie Betts Part 2

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle DH, Gibson 5, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RH (3-4, 4.01)

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Berti 4, Jimenez 2, Schimpf 7, McDade DH Burns 5, Nolan 6, Jacobo 3, Newman 9, Lawrence RH (2-4, 4.04)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

WHAT A RUN: The Sea Dogs capped off an 8-1 homestand with a walk-off win on Thursday night, and open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland owns the best record in the Eastern League and their best start since the 1995 team went 31-15…The ‘Dogs have not been 17 games over .500 since they were 53-36 in 2006…RHP Mike Augliera makes his ninth start of the season for the ‘Dogs in the series opener.

#MOOKIEMADNESS STRIKES: 2B Mookie Betts nailed a walk-off, two-run triple, as the Sea Dogs beat the Binghamton Mets 6-5 in the homestand finale…The comeback lasted just three batters; LF Peter Hissey led off with a walk and CF Shannon Wilkerson reached on a bunt-single…Betts lined an 0-2 pitch down the right-field line off losing pitcher RHP Cody Satterwhite (2-1)…RHP Aaron Kurcz pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first win of the season…Portland took an early 3-0 lead on 1B Travis Shaw’s 3-run homer (#10) off RHP Rainy Lara…C Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer and SS Wilfredo Tovar added 2 RBI.

PERFECT NIGHT: Betts reached base five times (first time this season) with four walks and a single on Thursday night…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base 93 times in 44 games, and made his first 4 professional starts in the outfield during the past homestand.

¡VAMOS RAMOS!: OF Henry Ramos went 3-for-4 last night and is hitting .339 (56-165) with 2 HR, 23 RBI and 13 extra-base hits…Ramos has reached in 38 of 44 games this season, and ranks sixth in the Eastern League in average.

MOVING UP THE LATER: Shaw is third in the league in homers (10) and RBI (35), hitting four homers during the nine-game homestand…Portland leads the league with 256 runs scored and a league best +81 run differential.

EIGHT AND NINE: Hissey and Wilkerson from the eight and nine spots in the order, scored four of Portland’s five runs on Thursday…Hissey led off the seventh with a triple and scored on SS Derrik Gibson’s infield single…Wilkerson scored the winning run on Betts’ triple.

THAT WAS NUMBER ONE: RHP Miguel Celestino fanned a season-high four batters, but suffered his first blown save of the season…Celestino gave up four hits, one run over 1.2 IP, and allowing two inherited runners to score.

 

 

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.

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