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9-game trip opens tonight

IMG_4750The Sea Dogs open up their longest roadtrip of the season, starting a 9-game trip against the Altoona Curve at Peoples Natural Gas Field. LHP Brian Johnson was skipped in his previous start and gets the ball in the series opener…Portland will face their fourth straight lefty starter, taking on LHP Joely Rodriguez.

Altoona is affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates…There’s a huge buzz in Pirates land with former Curve OF Gregory Polanco being promoted to Pittsburgh…Polanco went 6-for-12 with a homer, triple and 2 RBI against Portland last season.

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, Roof 9, Meneses 5, Johnson LH (3-1, 2.04)

Altoona: Maggi 7, Hanson 6, Broxton 8, Diaz 2, Allie 3, Curry DH, Garcia 9, Ngoepe 4, Cunningham 5, Rodriguez LH (4-4, 5.65)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

WON’T SEE MAINE FOR A WHILE: Tonight the Sea Dogs open up a nine-game roadtrip against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) at Peoples Natural Gas Field…Portland’s trip includes three cities: Altoona, PA, Akron Ohio and Erie, PA…The ‘Dogs are 3-3 during an 18-game stretch against the Western Division…Portland owns the best record in the Eastern League at 41-22 and their 8.5 game lead is their biggest of the season…Last season, the Curve took four of six from Portland.

WAY TO GO GIBBY: CF Derrik Gibson delivered a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning, giving the Sea Dogs a 5-4 walk-off win on Sunday afternoon against the Bowie Baysox at Hadlock Field…Portland’s bullpen of RHP Michael Olmsted (1.1 IP) and RHP Miguel Celestino (2 IP) combined for 3.1 scoreless frames on one hit and six strikeouts…Celestino earned his first win of the season with two perfect innings…2B Sean Coyle blasted his 4th homer of the season and added a double in the seventh…Gibson finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and 3B Heiker Meneses went 2-for-3 with a run-scoring double.

#WALKOFFCITY:Monday was Portland’s fourth walk-off win of the season, and they improved to 22-11 (.667) at Hadlock Field…The ‘Dogs are 12-11 (.522) in one-run games, the sixth best mark in the Eastern League…Altoona has struggled in one-run games, ranking last in the league at 6-18 (.250).

MORE ON THE NEW CF:Gibson has made his first 5 professional starts in CF over the last five games…Over his last seven games: 12-for-26 (.462), 7 RBI, double and 4 walks…For the season, Gibson has reached base safely in 34 of 41 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.

ROOF IS ON FIRE: INF/OF Jonathan Roof went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored on Sunday afternoon…Roof has hit safely in six of seven starts since joining the Sea Dogs from High-A Salem on June 1st…The Paducah, Kentucky native is hitting .313 between Portland and Salem, which ranks 5th among Red Sox Minor Leaguers.

Saturday night is alright for Baseball

Both these teams can really swing the bat.

Both these teams can really swing the bat.

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series against the Bowie Baysox at Hadlock Field on Saturday night…Portland dropped the series opener 6-4 on Friday night…LHP Mickey Pena (2-1, 6.10) makes his 12th start of the season and the first of his career against Bowie.

Portland still owns the best record in the Eastern League at 40-21, holding an 8-game lead over the Binghamton Mets for the top spot in the Eastern Division.

Last night’s game featured eight errors, but 5 committed by Bowie, but they still held on to win…Portland has gone from 1st in defense to 5th in just 8 games.

Equipment Drive at Hadlock Field

Nice to see former Sea Dogs Ronald Bermudez and Chih-Hsien Chiang earlier today with their new team…Bermudez is hitting .329 for the Baysox in 39 games…Chiang is hitting .215 in 47 games with 3 homers and 20 RBI.

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: Adam Pohl (Bowie Broadcaster)

Sea Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart DH, Welch 3, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Roof 5, Brenly 2, Greenwell 9, Pena LH (2-1, 6.10)

Bowie: Bermudez 7, Romero 5, Walker 3, Alvarez 8, Adams 4, Ohlman DH, Rosa 9, Schoop 6, Freitas 2, Pettit LH (4-4, 5.65)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

LOOKING TO GET EVEN: The Sea Dogs and Bowie Baysox play game two of their three-game series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 2-2 during their six-game homestand, but still owns the best record in the Eastern League at 40-21…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will improve to 20 games over .500 for the third time this season – they have not been 21 games over since 1997…LHP Mickey Pena (2-1, 6.10) makes his 12th start of the season and the first of his career against Bowie.

A FREAKY FRIDAY: The two teams combined to make eight errors on Friday night, but it was the Baysox who made 5, and held on for a 6-4 win over Portland…Only four of the 10 runs were earned in the series opener, with the ‘Dogs taking a 2-1 lead on a two-run error by SS Garabez Rosa…1B Christian Walker gave Bowie the lead for good, snapping a 2-2 tie with a solo-homer off RHP Keith Couch (7-1) to start the fifth…Portland did not have a run-scoring hit, receiving an RBI from LF Keury De La Cruz on an error…Reliever RHP Marcel Prado (4-1) earned the win and RHP Oliver Drake pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.

NOT MANY: Couch had not allowed a home run over 74.2 IP, dating back to August 24, 2013 when he allowed a solo-homer to Gary Sanchez…Last night was Couch’s second loss as a starter in Portland – his first on July 17, 2013 at New Hampshire…His previous loss at Hadlock Field came in relief on May 28, 2013 vs. New Hampshire.

THE 40-PLUS CLUB: The Sea Dogs (40-21) are one of 8 teams in professional baseball with 40 or more wins, and just one of two at the Double-A level or higher…Double-A: Huntsville (40-20), High-A: Bakersfield (40-23), Dunedin (41-19), Lancaster (40-23), Myrtle Beach (40-19), Low A: Hagerstown (41-20), Kane County (41-20), are the other squads with 40 wins…Portland has the 7th best record in minor league baseball.

Contemporary Christian musician Josh Wilson (pictured center) performed live at Hadlock Field before the game.

Contemporary Christian musician Josh Wilson (pictured center) performed live at Hadlock Field before the game.

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.

ONLY TWO: Portland has not lost more than two games at Hadlock Field this season…They dropped back-to-back games to New Britain on May 27-28.

Sea Dogs welcome in Bowie

Derrik Gibson joins me on the Pre-Game Show tonight (Photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Derrik Gibson joins me on the Pre-Game Show tonight (Photo by Kelly O’Connor)

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series against the Bowie Baysox on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 2-1 during an 18-game stretch against the Western Division, recently taking two of three from the Erie SeaWolves.

Nice to see former Sea Dogs Ronald Bermudez and Chih-Hsien Chiang earlier today with their new team…Bermudez is hitting .331 for the Baysox in 38 games…Chiang is hitting .215 in 47 games with 3 homers and 20 RBI.

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: Derrik Gibson

Sea Dogs: Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Welch 3, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Roof 9, Meneses 5, Couch RH (7-0, 2.26)

Bowie: Kang 7, Romero DH, Walker 3, Alvarez 8, Bermudez 9, Ohlman 2, Adams 4, Rosa 6, Schoop 5, Gurka LH (2-1, 3.58)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

BOWIE IN TOWN: The Sea Dogs began an 18-game stretch against the Western division by taking two of three from the Erie SeaWolves…Tonight, the ‘Dogs welcome in the Bowie Baysox (Orioles affiliate) in the first of a three-game weekend series…The two teams split the six-game season series in 2013, with Bowie grabbing the series win in Maine…With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs will be 21 games over .500 for the first time since June 4, 1997 when they were 39-18.

3 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: Portland snapped a 2-2 tie with a three-run eighth inning, and held on to beat the Erie SeaWolves 5-3 on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…1B Stefan Welch delivered the game-winning hit with a two-run triple off losing pitcher RHP Slade Smith (0-2)…Welch picked up 2 triples and is tied with OF Peter Hissey for the team lead with three…RHP Mike McCarthy (5-2) tossed four scoreless frames in relief of LHP Felix Doubront to earn the win…RHP Miguel Celestino yielded a run in the ninth, but earned his fourths save of the year.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Doubront became the 33rd player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 27th as a Red Sox affiliate…The lefty worked four innings on three hits, two runs, no walks and two strikeouts.

THE 40-PLUS CLUB: The Portland Sea Dogs (40-20) are one of 7 teams in professional baseball with 40+, and just one of two at the Double-A level or higher…Huntsville (40-20), Low-A Kane County (40-20), High-A Bakersfield (40-22), Low-A Hagerstown (41-19), High-A Myrtle Beach (40-18) and High-A Dunedin (41-18) are the other squads with 40 wins…Portland is tied for the 4th best record in minor league baseball.

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.

SWINGING OF SWIHART: C Blake Swihart finished the Erie series 7-for-14 (.500) with a homer, 4 RBI and a double…Swihart’s last 11 games: 18-for-47 (.383), 2 HR, 10 RBI and three doubles.

Doubront on the hill for Portland

Doubront_muppd1sw_dnys99buThe Sea Dogs conclude their three-game series with the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…Portland dropped the opener on Tuesday night 11-9, but responded with a 5-1 win last night…LHP Felix Doubront makes a Major League Rehab Assignment for Portland.  Doubront is expected to throw 60 to 65 pitches in tonight’s game…He’s recovering from a left-shoulder strain.

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: MLB Rehab Update/Mookie update

‘Dogs 9: Greenwell 9, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Welch 3, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Meneses 5, Gibson 8, Doubront LH (MLB Rehab)

‘Wolves: Lemon 8, Cabrera DH, Travis 4, Moya 9, Westlake 3, Martinez 6, Jones 5, Krizan 7, Albernaz 2, Collier RH (2-5, 6.97)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

MAJOR INFLUENCE: Former Sea Dog LHP Felix Doubront (on the DL with a left-shoulder strain) makes a Major League Rehab Assignment in the series between Portland and Erie on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…Erie took the opener 11-9 on Tuesday night, knocking out a season-high 21 hits…Portland got even last night, and is playing just their second rubber game (0-1) of the season…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will match a season best 20 games over .500…Portland had not been 20 games over .500 since June 5, 1997.

WAY TO GO BIG O: LHP Henry Owens (7-3) tossed a career-high eight scoreless frames on two hits, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-1 win over Erie on Wednesday…Owens walked two, fanned six and threw 107 pitches/73 strikes…RF Bo Greenwell led off the first inning with a homer into the U.S. Cellular Pavilion, his first with Portland…CF Derrik Gibson knocked home two runs and reached base three times…C Blake Swihart had three hits and delivered a two-run single in the eighth – the ball was misplayed and should have been caught for the third out.

Henry Owens pitched eight scoreless innings last night, a career-high.

Henry Owens pitched eight scoreless innings last night, a career-high.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Doubront will be the 33rd player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 27th as a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: 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, 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).

THROWING UP ZEREOS: Owens has won three straight appearances, but has not allowed a run in 22 consecutive innings – the fourth best streak in franchise history…The lefty is tied for the league lead in wins (7) with teammate RHP Keith Couch.

ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES: OF Keury De La Cruz has gone 2-for-4 with a double in each of his three starts to begin his Double-A career…INF/OF Jonathan Roof has hit safely in all three Double-A starts, including triples in his last two games.

 

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.

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