‘Dogs back home for 5

Peter Hissey is hitting a season-high .300 (photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Peter Hissey is hitting a season-high .300 (photo by Kelly O’Connor)

The Sea Dogs return home to start a 5-game series in 4 days against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland was swept in a four-game series in Binghamton, suffering their first 4-game losing streak this season.

Portland is 5-5 this month, hitting just .251, but at some point that had to cool down. It’s amazing the run this team has been on. It took until July for their first 4-game losing streak? Not many teams can say that.

With Henry Owens not pitching this series due to the Futures Game, and a doubleheader Wednesday and tomorrow, the ‘Dogs need innings tonight from spot-starter Jeremy Kehrt. Portland will use Kehrt and Boscan in Game 2 tomorrow, eliminating two pitchers from their ‘pen.

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

Lineups
‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Hissey 9, Swihart DH, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Brenly 2, Dent 6, Kehrt RH (0-0, 2.45)

‘Cats: Pompey 8, Nolan 6, Newman 9, Crouse 7, Burns 5, Hobson 3, Chung 2, Carter DH, Flores 4, Copeland RH (5-6, 4.28)

A few notes for today

HOME BEFORE THE BREAK: The Sea Dogs return home to start a five-game series in four days against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland was swept in a four-game series at Binghamton, and have lost four straight games for the first time this season…RHP Jeremy Kehrt (0-0, 2.45) makes a spot start in the series opener…Yesterday was the first time Portland has been swept this season – they still own the best record in the Eastern League.

RUNS IN BUNCHES: The Binghamton Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Portland Sea Dogs, winning 13-3 on Thursday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium…Binghamton scored their runs in just three innings, taking a 4-0 lead off losing pitcher RHP Luis Diaz in the second inning…The B-Mets scored nine runs in the last two innings, including five unearned runs off Michael Olmsted in the eighth inning…Blake Swihart closed the gap to 4-3 with a two-run double in the sixth…Keury De La Cruz added a run-scoring single in the fifth…Travis Taijeron went 2-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBI.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 60-28 (.682),Low-A Kane County 59-30 (.663), Portland 59-33 (.641), Low-A Greensboro 58-33 (.637) and High A- Dunedin 57-33 (.633)…The Red Sox have the ninth best record as an organization the minors at 235-212 (.526).

INSIDE THE PITCHING: Diaz matched a career-high with nine strikeouts on Thursday, working 5.2 IP on four hits, four runs (three earned) and two walks…LHP Robby Scott gave up a season-high four runs (three earned) in just 1.1 innings of work…Olmsted worked one inning, giving five unearned runs on one hit (Taijeron homer) and two walks.

KURCZ SO GOOD: Aaron Kurcz worked a perfect inning in game two on Wednesday’s doubleheader…Last 17 outings: 19.2 IP, 12 H, R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 19 SO…The righty has a strikeout in 16 of 20 appearances and lowered his ERA to 1.99 (5 ER/22. IP) – all five runs were yielded over two appearances in April.

PICKED UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Peter Hissey had four hits in the Binghamton series, raising his average to a season-high .300 (42-for-140)…Hissey was on the disabled list from June 1-24 (concussion) but has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games: 28-for-67 (.418), 8 RBI, 2 triples and 3 doubles.

 

Double-dip in Binghamton…Vazquez to Boston

That's right Christian, 4 former Sea Dogs from the past 3 years are in tonight's Sox lineup. (photo by Kelly O'Connor).

That’s right Christian, 4 former Sea Dogs from the past 3 years are in tonight’s Sox lineup. (photo by Kelly O’Connor).

The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play a twinbill on Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland is 5-0-2 in doubleheaders this season. Last night was their 11th postponement this season

Congrats to Sean Coyle on winning Eastern League Player of the month…Full Release

Noe Ramirez and Robby Scott added to the Eastern League All-Star Team.

Former Sea Dogs Betts (’14), Bogaerts (’12-13), Bradley (’12) and Vazquez (12-13) in Boston’s lineup tonight…Big congrats to Christian Vazquez (223rd Sea Dog to make the Majors) on his call-up to Boston…Vazquez is one of the best defensive catchers I’ve ever seen. To make room for Vazquez, A.J. Pierzynski

Pre-Game begins at 5:15PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Lineups – Game 1
‘Dogs: Gibson 6, Wilkerson 8, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Hissey 9, Augliera RH 3-7, 5.36)

B-Mets: Nimmo 7, Herrera 4, Burgamy 3, Lawley 5, Rivera 6, Boyd DH, Ceciliani 8, Taijeron 9, Carriloo 2, Cuan LH (2-4, 6.10)

A few notes for today

MOTHER NATURE AGAIN: Portland was postponed for the 11th time last night, and continues their four-game series with a doubleheader at Binghamton on Wednesday night…The Sea Dogs are 5-0-2 in doubleheaders this season (1-0-2 in 3 twinbills against the B-Mets)…With one win tonight, the ‘Dogs could become the first 60-win team in all of professional baseball

POST 4TH FIREWORKS: The Binghamton Mets hit three homers, two by Travis Taijeron and beat the Sea Dogs, 11-4 on Monday night…Taijeron knocked home four runs, chasing LHP Brian Johnson (7-2) out of the game in the third inning after a three-run shot…Brandon Nimmo added a three-run homer off Michael Olmsted in the sixth…’Dogs Mike Brenly finished 2-for-4, 2 RBI and 2 doubles…Michael Almanzar (2-for-3), David Chester (2-for-3), and Derrik Gibson (2-for-5) added multi-hit games…RHP Cory Mazzoni (1-0) tossed five innings on three hits to earn the win in his season debut with Binghamton.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 59-27 (.686),Low-A Kane County 58-29 (.667), Portland 59-30 (.663), Low-A Greensboro 57-33 (.633) and Low-A Hagerstown 57-33 (.633)…The Red Sox have the seventh best record as an organization the minors at 230-203 (.531).

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER AWARD: The Portland Sea Dogs have won an Eastern League award in each of the past four weeks…Yesterday, Sean Coyle was named Eastern League Player of the Month for June (.348, 6 HR and 22 RBI for the month)…Johnson began the trend by winning Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 16thDeven Marrero and Coyle followed with Player of the week honors…The Sea Dogs have tallied eight league awards, which ranks second in franchise history, behind the 1997 team (11)

THAT WAS THE MOST: Johnson allowed a career-high 7 earned runs last night in his 40th professional start…The loss was just the second for the lefty, his first loss was a 1-0 New Hampshire win on May 25th at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

COMPARED TO MOOKIE: Mookie Betts hit .355 with Portland – all in the lead-off spot…Gibson is hitting .323 for the season, but .375 (39-for-104) in 27 games batting first…Monday was his 20th multi-hit game of the season…Blake Swihart leads the team with 23 multi-hit games.

Happy 50th to Bob Kipper…Coyle player of the month

Bob Kipper turned 50 today!

Bob Kipper turned 50 today!

Congrats to Sean Coyle on winning Eastern League Player of the month…Full Release

The Eastern League All-Stars were announced yesterday, and the Portland Sea Dogs have five representatives…Here’s the full press release

Big Happy Birthday to Bob Kipper who turned 50 today…Bob has been a terrific friend to me over the years…A terrific person – hopping the ‘Dogs get a win on his birthday.

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

Lineups
‘Dogs: Gibson 6, Wilkerson 8, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Hissey 9, Augliera RH 3-7, 5.36)

B-Mets: Nimmo 7, Herrera 4, Burgamy 3, Lawley 5, Rivera 6, Boyd DH, Ceciliani 8, Taijeron 9, Carriloo 2, Cuan LH (2-4, 6.10)

A few notes for today

TOP TWO TEAMS: Portland and Binghamton play game two of their four-game series on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium…Binghamton snapped a 5-game losing streak against the ‘Dogs with last night’s win…Portland and Low-A Savannah (Mets affiliate) can become the first teams in professional baseball to reach 60 wins…Binghamton University standout RHP Mike Augliera makes his second start of the season against the B-Mets (both at NYSEG Stadium).

POST 4TH FIREWORKS: The Binghamton Mets hit three homers, two by Travis Taijeron and beat the Sea Dogs, 11-4 on Monday night…Taijeron knocked home four runs, chasing LHP Brian Johnson (7-2) out of the game in the third inning after a three-run shot…Brandon Nimmo added a three-run homer off Michael Olmsted in the sixth…’Dogs Mike Brenly finished 2-for-4, 2 RBI and 2 doubles…Michael Almanzar (2-for-3), David Chester (2-for-3), and Derrik Gibson (2-for-5) added multi-hit games…RHP Cory Mazzoni (1-0) tossed five innings on three hits to earn the win in his season debut with Binghamton.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 59-26 (.694), Portland 59-30 (.663), Low-A Kane County 57-29 (.663), Low-A Greensboro 57-32 (.640), and High-A Bakersfield 56-32 (.636)…The Red Sox have the sixth best record as an organization the minors at 227-199 (.533).

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER AWARD: The Portland Sea Dogs have won an Eastern League award in each of the past four weeks…Earlier today, Sean Coyle was named Eastern League Player of the Month for June…Johnson began the trend by winning Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 16thDeven Marrero and Coyle followed with Player of the week honors…The Sea Dogs have tallied eight league awards, which ranks second in franchise history, behind the 1997 team (11)

THAT WAS THE MOST: Johnson allowed a career-high 7 earned runs last night in his 40th professional start…The loss was just the second for the lefty, his first loss was a 1-0 New Hampshire win on May 25th at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

COMPARED TO MOOKIE: Mookie Betts hit .355 with Portland – all in the lead-off spot…Gibson is hitting .323 for the season, but .375 (39-for-104) in 27 games batting first…Yesterday was his 20th multi-hit game of the season.

 

All-Stars are out! Five ‘Dogs going to Altoona, Pa.

ASG_2014_480_6f8xvh9h_zat5fnhrThe Eastern League All-Stars were announced earlier today, and the Portland Sea Dogs have five representatives…Here’s the full press release

Eastern League All-Star LHP Brian Johnson makes his 12th start of the season…He made his Double-A debut on May 3rd in game two of a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium, earning the win…Johnson’s lone loss was May 25th, when Portland suffered a 1-0 loss at New Hampshire.

How about these firsts!

  • Henry Owens became the first 12-game winner in the minors on Sunday
  • Tonight, the ‘Dogs can become the first 60-win team in all of professional baseball
  • Portland leads the league in average, runs, runs allowed, RBI, slugging and on-base percentage…On the pitching end, they lead in ERA, fewest runs and earned runs allowed, fewest homers and fewest walks.
  • Michael Almanzar played first base yesterday for the first this season…Heiker Meneses picked up his first 3 RBI game.

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

Lineups
‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Wilkerson 9, Coyle 4, Chester DH, Almanzar 5, De La Cruz 7, Welch 3, Brenly 2, Meneses 6, Johnson LH (7-1, 1.73)

B-Mets: Johnson 7, Herrera 4, Burgamy DH, Lawley 5, Rivera 6, Boyd 3, Nimmo 8, Taijeron 9, Carillo 2, Mazzoni RH (0-0, -.–)

FIRST TO 60: With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs would be the first team in professional baseball to reach 60 wins…Monday kicks-off a four-game series between the ‘Dogs and B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium – Portland’s final regular season visit to Binghamton…Tonight’s starter LHP Brian Johnson earned the win in his Double-A debut on May 3rd at Binghamton (Game 2 of a doubleheader)…Johnson’s lone loss was a 1-0 defeat on May 25th at New Hampshire.

OH HENRY: LHP Henry Owens (12-3) matched careers with 8 IP and 11 strikeouts, as the Sea Dogs completed a three-game sweep of the New Britain Rock Cats, 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Owens was perfect in five of eight innings, allowed just three hits, one run and one walk…Heiker Meneses capped off the win, delivering a three-run double in the eighth off Daniel TurpenSean Coyle knocked home the first 2 runs, picking up the game-winning RBI in all three games…Keury De La Cruz and Derrik Gibson each had two hits in the win.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 58-26 (.690), Portland 59-29 (.670), Low-A Kane County 57-29 (.663), Low-A Greensboro 57-31 (.648), and High-A Bakersfield 56-31 (.644)…The Red Sox have the sixth best record as an organization the minors at 225-195 (.536).

MORE ON BIG O: Owenshas made 23 starts in his Sea Dogs career (2013-current) and is 15-4, 2.12 ERA (32 ER/136.0 IP) overall…The lefty holds the franchise mark for career ERA, surpassing Jon Lester’s 2.57 mark earlier this season…The lefty has tied RHP Adam Mills’ franchise record with eight straight wins…Last 8 starts: 8-0, 1.30 ERA (8 ER/55.1 IP) and has allowed just 38 hits in his last 71.2 innings pitched.

COYLE CONTINUES: Coyle has an RBI in 4 of his last 5 games, and enters tonight’s contest hitting .355 (71-for-200)…The Chalfont, Pa. native would need 7 plate appearances tonight to qualify for the Top 10 hitting…Coyle’s last 13 games: 17-for-42 (.405), 4 HR, 21 RBI and 3 doubles.

WHAT’S THE BEST RECORD EVER?Portland is 30 games over .500 for the first time since finishing 86-56 to conclude 1995…The franchise’s best record of All-Time was 82-50 that same season.

(GAME STORY) ‘Dogs shutout the ‘Cats 4-0 in Game 1

McCarthy is now second on the team with 8 wins.

McCarthy is now second on the team with 8 wins.

Game 1 recap

Right-hander Mike McCarthy (8-3) tossed five scoreless innings and Portland (57-29) used a three-run fourth, defeating the New Britain Rock Cats (42-41), 4-0 in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. McCarthy’s eight wins are second on the team, behind tomorrow’s starter Henry Owens (11-3).

McCarthy surrendered just three hits, one walk and one hit batter over 5 innings pitched. The righty worked around back-to-back singles in his final frame, and finished his outing with five strikeouts.

Rock Cats starter Virgil Vasquez (4-5) pitched a complete-game, but took the loss. Vasquez gave up eight hits and four runs over 6 IP.

Portland went to work right away, picking up a run in the first inning off Vasquez. Derrik Gibson led off with a double and moved to third on a single from Shannon Wilkerson.  Sean Coyle knocked home his 42nd run with a sac-fly to center.

The ‘Dogs delivered the knockout punch with a three-run fourth.  Michael Almanzar was hit-by-a-pitch and scored on a double by David Chester.  With two outs, Shannon Wilkerson delivered a two-run single.

LHP Robby Scott wrapped up the win with two scoreless frames on two hits.

Celebrating Fireworks tonight

Hats the Sea Dogs will wear tonight.

Hats the Sea Dogs will wear tonight.

The Sea Dogs celebrate Independence Day on Saturday night with a  doubleheader against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field…Last night’s game was postponed due to rain, but the Fireworks were rescheduled on Thursday to tonight, following game two.

RHP Mike McCarthy and RHP Luis Diaz get the starts in today’s doubleheader for Portland…New Britain counters with RHP Virgil Vasquez and LHP Pat Dean…Portland connection: Rock Cats roster features former Sea Dogs: Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tony Thomas and Daniel Turpen…MGR Jeff Smith played with the ‘Dogs in 2003.

Pre-Game begins at 3:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Game 1 Lineups

‘Dogs: Gibson 8, Wilkerson 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Welch 3, Meneses 6, McCarthy RH (7-3, 4.75)

New Britain: Thomas 6, Rosario 4, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Hicks 8, Waring 5, Boyer DH, Kvasnicka 7, Knudson 2, Vasquez RH (4-4, 3.87)

Fireworks last night and some great reading

Few Game Notes – complete packet at seadogs.com

BACK HOME: The Sea Dogs were postponed for the 10th time on Friday night, and start a three-game series in two days with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…Tonight is Portland’s seventh doubleheader of the season – they are 4-0-2…The ‘Dogs swept the ‘Cats in a twinbill on April 18th at New Britain (6-4 and 6-0)…Portland and New Britain play one more series after this three-game set, a four-game series on July 24-27 at New Britain Stadium.

EIGHT WAS ENOUGH: Trenton took the series finale from the Portland Sea Dogs, 8-0 on Thursday night at Arm & Hammer Park…1B Rob Segedin finished 3-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBI…Ben Gamel and Zach Wilson each had 2 RBI…Portland tied a season-low with just three hits – also had 3 hits against Trenton on May 18th at Hadlock Field…LHP Matt Tracy (8-2) tossed five innings on just one hit to earn the win…RHP Mike Augliera (3-7) took the loss, yielding six runs on 11 hits over 4 IP…Michael Almanzar (single), David Chester (double) and Peter Hissey (infield single) had the hits for the ‘Dogs.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 56-26 (.683),Low-A Kane County 56-28 (.667), Portland 56-29 (.659), Low-A Greensboro 56-30 (.651), and High-A Myrtle Beach 54-29 (.651).

MR. BASES LOADED: Chester went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk on Thursday…The first-year Sea Dog has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games: 15-for-42 (.357), 2 HR, 13 RBI…Chester and Sean Coyle are leading the team with 13 RBI with the bases loaded…Portland stranded the bases loaded twice on Thursday…Coyle hit .348 with 6 homers and 22 RBI in June, and was added the Futures Game (replacing Mookie Betts).

MADE THEIR DEBUTS: RHP Jeremy Kehrt made his 90th career appearance on Thursday night, working a perfect inning…Kehrt spent the first part of the season with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A)…RHP Pete Ruiz joined Portland from Low-A Greenville on July 2nd – he worked three innings on Thursday, giving up a two-run homer to Segedin.

NO CHANCE NOE: RHP Noe Ramirez made it 9-for-9 in save chances and 14-for-20 in his Double-A career on Wednesday…The righty has been scoreless in 18 of 24 outings and is 1-0-8 with a 0.61 ERA (2 ER/29.1 IP) in his last 16 appearances…Ramirez has given up 8 earned runs on the season – 3 came on April 10th against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field.

Almost home…’Dogs close out trip on Thursday

Sea Dogs had the bats working on Wednesday night.

Sea Dogs had the bats working on Wednesday night.

The Sea Dogs wrap up their 8-game roadtrip on Thursday night at Arm & Hammer Park…New Jersey native RHP Mike Augliera (3-6, 5.00) makes his 16th start of the season for Portland…Augliera is from Old Bridge, New Jersey, just 30 miles north of Arm & Hammer Park.

IMPORTANT – 4th of July Fireworks rescheduled for Saturday – Full Release

With a win tonight, Portland will finish 7-1 on their trip and go a combined 12-4 in their last two roadtrips.

Congrats to former Sea Dog Christian Vazquez on being selected to the World team of the Futures Game

#MookieMadness  – the first homer for Betts VIDEO

CC Sabathia knocked around in his rehab start last night against Portland.

OF/INF Derrik Gibson set a franchise record for on-base percentage in June at .505 – he hit .404 last month, reaching base safely 54 times.

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.

‘Dogs: Gibson 6, Roof 9, Swihart DH, Coyle 4, Almanzar 5, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Brenly 2, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RH (3-6, 5.00)

Trenton: Williams 8, Gamel DH, Austin 9, O’Brien 2, Segedin 3, Wilson 7, Stevenson 4, Fiorito 5, Castillo 6, Tracy LH (7-2, 3.49)

Last night was really cool at Fenway Park to see Mookie Betts makes his Fenway debut…Despite not getting a hit, there was a hard hit ball off Jake Arrieta, and just seeing him up there is special…It was also nice seeing Anthony Rizzo (former Sea Dogin town with the Cubs.

Red Sox make moves…Couldn’t be any happier for Rich Hill on getting a chance to pitch out of the Angels bullpen…He was traded earlier today…Also, Michael Almanzar was returned to Boston. Chris Resop was released from Pawtucket’s roster.

Notes for today

CALLING IT A WRAP: The Sea Dogs close out their 8-game roadtrip on Thursday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland is a combined 15-4 on their last two roadtrips and holds a league-best 30-15 on the road…With last night’s win, Portland is 28 games over .500 for the first time since 1995…The ‘Dogs return home tomorrow to start a three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats – the fireworks show has been rescheduled to July 5.

CC FALLS TO SEA DOGS: Portland scored five times off CC Sabathia and beat the Thunder 8-6 on Wednesday night (game featured a 1 hour and 41 minute rain delay)…Sabathia took the loss, making his first MLB Rehab start with Trenton…RHP Wilfredo Boscan (1-2) earned his first win with Portland, retiring the final 10 batters faced…The Thunder scored five times off RHP Michael Olmsted in the fifth inning on one hit and walks…Boscan allowed a single to the first batter faced, but induced a double play to end the fifth…RHP Noe Ramirez got a 6-4-3 double play to end the game, and picked up his 9th save of the season.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 54-26 (.675), Portland 56-28 (.667), Low-A Kane County 54-28 (.659), Low-A Greensboro 54-30 (.643), and High-A Myrtle Beach 52-29 (.642).

COYLE CONNECTING: INF Sean Coyle went 1-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBI last night…Coyle connected on his team-leading 10th homer in the ninth inning, giving Portland an 8-6 lead…On Tuesday, Coyle was named to the Futures Game, replacing former Sea Dog Mookie Betts…Coyle has hit safely in 20 of his last 24 games: 30-for-84 (.357), 7 HR, 24 RBI, 3B and 7 2B.

THERE WAS A REASON: Due to last night’s rain delay, LHP Brian Johnson lasted three innings on five hits and one run…The lefty has allowed two earned runs or less in all 11 starts in Double-A…On Tuesday night, LHP Henry Owens became the first 11-game winner in minor league baseball.

NO CHANCE NOE: Ramirezmade it 9-for-9 in save chances and 14-for-20 in hid Double-A career…The righty has been scoreless in 18 of 24 outings and is 1-0-8 with a 0.61 ERA (2 ER/29.1 IP) in his last 16 appearances…Ramirez has given up 8 earned runs on the season – 3 came on April 10th against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field.

Big O on the hill

Derrik Gibson hit .404 in June...Starts in CF tonight. (Photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Derrik Gibson hit .404 in June…Starts in CF tonight. (Photo by Kelly O’Connor)

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Tuesday night at Arm & Hammer Park…LHP Henry Owens, the league leader in ERA (2.25) makes his 16th start of the season…Owens has won six straight starts, dating back to May 24th in New Hampshire.

OF/INF Derrik Gibson set a franchise record for on-base percentage in June at .505 – he hit .404 last month, reaching base safely 54 times.

Pre-Game Interview: In Studio with Dan Acheson

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.

‘Dogs (54-28): Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Chester DH, Brenly 3, Roof 5, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 9, Owens LH (10-3, 2.25)

Trenton (39-45): Williams 8, Gamel 7, Sanchez 2, O’Brien 3, Austin DH, Segedin 5, Wilson 9, Angelini 6, Castillo 4, Banuelos LH (0-1, 3.57)

Last night was really cool at Fenway Park to see Mookie Betts makes his Fenway debut…Despite not getting a hit, there was a hard hit ball off Jake Arrieta, and just seeing him up there is special…It was also nice seeing Anthony Rizzo (former Sea Dog) in town with the Cubs.

Red Sox make moves…Couldn’t be any happier for Rich Hill on getting a chance to pitch out of the Angels bullpen…He was traded earlier today…Also, Michael Almanzar was returned to Boston. Chris Resop was released from Pawtucket’s roster.

Notes for today

THAT WAS NUMBER ONE: Portland dropped their first game of the roadtrip on Monday night, and continues their four-game series at Trenton on Tuesday at Arm & Hammer Park…The Sea Dogs finished June 16-10, hitting .277 (233-for-841) with a 3.81 ERA (94 ER/220.0 IP)…LHP Henry Owens’ career 2.13 ERA with Portland is the best in team history, surpassing Jon Lester’s 2.57 in his previous outing…Owens leads the league in ERA (2.25), strikeouts (95), CG (3), SHO (2), WHIP (1.04) AVG (.181) and SO-PER 9 IP (9.3).

THUNDERSTRUCK TWICE: Trenton scored both runs with two outs on RBI singles from Peter O’Brien and Casey Stevenson, taking the series opener 2-0 on Monday night…LHP Eric Wooten (3-3) tossed 6.1 innings on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts to notch the win…RHP Luis Diaz (2-1) suffered the tough luck loss, giving up both runs on five hits over 6 IP…Portland finished 1-for-10 with runners-in-scoring position, receiving two of five hits from C Blake Swihart…LHP Tyler Webb worked a perfect ninth to earn his sixth save of the year…RHP Noe Ramirez pitched two perfect frames for Portland.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 52-26 (.667), Low-A Kane County 53-27 (.663), Portland 54-28 (.659), Double-A Huntsville 53-29 (.646) and High-A Myrtle Beach 51-28 (.646).

WHAT A MONTH:OF/INF Derrik Gibson hit .404 (36-for-89) in June with a homer, 11 RBI, 9 doubles, triple, 14 walks and reached base safely 54 times…Gibson set the June franchise record with a .505 on-base percentage (4th best in the minors)…During the roadtrip, Gibson has reached base safely 17 times in five games…Former Thunder INF Rob Refsynder hit .411 in June for Triple-A Scranton, the third best average in the minors for June.

MORE ON OWENS: In his last six starts, Owens is 6-0, 1.08 ERA (5 ER/41.2 IP), and has not lost since May 19th vs. Binghamton (game one of a doubleheader)…Trenton beat Owens on April 27th at Hadlock Field, scoring six times (season-high in runs allowed) on nine hits over 5 innings pitched.

HOW ABOUT THE OTHER LEFTY: LHP Brian Johnson (7-1, 2.67 ERA) makes his 11th Double-A start tomorrow night…Johnson went 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA (4th best among all minor league pitchers) in June…Portland is a combined 20-5 in starts made by Johnson and Owens this season.

#MookieMadness to Boston

#MookieMadness is now a Boston Red Sox.

#MookieMadness is now a Boston Red Sox.

I was at the hotel gym this morning when I found out the news about Mookie Betts…I can’t go five minutes without looking on my phone, and thanks to Twitter, I saw John Tomase’s tweet – he broke the story.  This is just incredible to have someone who started this season with Portland, make it to the Majors. Just last year, Betts was playing in Low-A Greenville. Being here in Reading, Pa., I can’t help but remember how the season opened – Mookie leads off the year with a homer. Oh by the way, LHP Henry Owens pitched a six-inning no-hitter.

Quotes from Mookie on Twitter

Betts: “I think I’m ready…. The front office thinks I’m ready, so I have to think I’m ready.”
Mookie: I’m confident being here because team has confidence in me. Has not been told role yet by Farrell, or if he will be in lineup Sunday
Kevin Boles on Mookie Betts: “He wasn’t here long. It was between haircuts.” @PawSox #RedSox

My interview earlier this season with Mookie

Amazing catch by Betts, turns into a double play to end the game

Future’s Game Press Release

Pre-Game Interview: #MookieMadness

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.

‘Dogs (51-27): Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, Chester DH, De La Cruz 7, Hissey 9, Meneses 5, Augliera RH (3-6, 5.10)

Reading (33-43): Alonso 5, Lavin 7, Dugan 9, Fox DH, Altherr 8, Ryal 6, Stassi 3, Cartwright 4, Moore 2, Loewen LH (0-1, 6.10)

Notes for today

NICE START: The Sea Dogs are a season-high, 25 games over .500, and look for their third straight win in Reading on Saturday night…RHP Mike Augliera makes his 15th start of the season and his third against Reading (0-2, 7.71 ERA)…With last night’s win, Portland clinched a winning record for June and the season series at First Energy Stadium…The Fightins have lost 10 straight and 19 of their last 24 games…The two teams will meet at Hadlock Field on July 28-30 & August 25-29.

WALK THIS WAY: Portland walked a season-high 13 times, and defeated the Reading Fightin Phils 12-2 on Friday night…Keury De La Cruz, Derrik Gibson and Blake Swihart each reached base five times…De La Cruz tied a franchise record with 5 hits (career-high) and drove in three runs…LHP Brian Johnson (7-1) worked five strong innings on one run to notch the win…The 13 walks came from the top 5 in the lineup, who combined to score 11 of 12 runs…Peter Hissey went 3-for-6 with an RBI and Sean Coyle delivered a two-run single in the ninth.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Portland 52-27 (.658), Low-A Kane County 51-27 (.654), Low-A Savannah 49-26 (.653), Double-A Huntsville 51-28 (.646), Low-A Hagerstown 51-28 (.646) and High-A Myrtle Beach 49-27 (.645).

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME?Portland was last 25 games over .500 in 1996, finishing the season at 83-58…The franchise has not been 25+ games over .500 since closing out the 1995 campaign at 86-56 – Current Manager Billy McMillon was a player on that team.

COYLE CONNECTING AND STEALING: Coyleis hitting.357 with 8 home runs and 32 RBI in just 50 games…He has 15 doubles, 35 runs scored and stolen 12 bases in 12 attempts…As it stands now, Coyle would be the league leader in hitting, but his 197 plate appearances fall 16 short of the league minimum to qualify (2.7/Team Game played)…Last night he established a season-high with 3 walks.

#MOOKIEMADNEES: Earlier today, the Boston Red Sox promoted to INF/OF Mookie Betts to Boston from Triple-A Pawtucket…Betts led off the season in Reading with a homer on a 3-2 pitch from LHP Jesse Biddle…Mookie becomes the 223rd former Sea Dog in franchise history to make it to the Major Leagues…He hit .355, 6 HR, 34 RBI in 54 games.

Betts/Coyle…Owens sets franchise record

Brian Johnson makes his 10th Double-A start, eh's 6-1, 1.66 ERA.

Brian Johnson makes his 10th Double-A start, eh’s 6-1, 1.66 ERA.

Henry Owens allowed two homers and four runs last night, but the lefty earned his league-leading 10th win of the season, as the ‘Dogs beat Reading 9-4.  Owens had not allowed a homer in 54.1 IP, but he lowered his career ERA with Portland to 2.13, surpassing Jon Lester’s mark of 2.57 as the franchise leader.

I was wondering what Mookie Betts and Sean Coyle’s combined numbers would be…So here’s the combined total of Mookie and Sean: .356 (136-for-382), 103 games, 91 RS, 33 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR, 64 RBI, 53 BB, 63 SO, 35 SB/38 attempts

Portland is trying to go 25 games over .500 for the first time since they were 83-58 to end the 1996 season.

Future’s Game Press Release

Pre-Game Interview: Noe Ramirez

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.

‘Dogs (51-27): Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Welch 3, De La Cruz DH, Roof 5, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 9, Johnson LH (6-1, 1.68)

Reading (33-42): Cartwright 4, Alonso 5, Dugan 9, Fox DH, Altherr 8, Ryal 7, Stassi 3, Moore 2, Phillips 6, Garner RH (4-4, 4.14)

Notes for today

NICE START: The Sea Dogs opened up their eight-game roadtrip with a 9-4 win, and continue their four-game set with the Reading Fightin Phils on Friday night at First Energy Stadium…Portland owns the best winning percentage in minor league baseball at .654, and are attempting to go 25 games over .500 for the first time since they were 83-58 to end the 1996 season…Reading has lost nine straight games and just 4-18 this month…New Britain holds the best mark this month at 17-5.

COYLE CONNECTS: 2B Sean Coyle cleared the bases with a double in the seventh inning, rallying the Sea Dogs past the Fightins, 9-4 on Thursday night…Portland was trailing 4-3 after five innings on a pair of two-run homers from Aaron Altherr and Peter Lavin off Henry Owens (10-3)…Owens earned his sixth straight win, working six innings on five hits, four runs and six strikeouts…RHP Noe Ramirez converted his eighth save, working the final three innings on one hit and two strikeouts…Portland scored six times off Reading’s bullpen, giving Colton Murray his second loss of the year.

OWENS ONE OF THE BEST: Owenshas now made 21 starts with the Sea Dogs and is 13-4 with a 2.13 ERA in 122.1 innings pitched…He now stands as the career ERA leader in franchise history in front of Jon Lester’s 2.57 ERA…The lefty has won six straight starts, going 6-0, 1.08 ERA since May 24th.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Portland 51-27 (.654), Low-A Kane County 50-27 (.649), Low-A Savannah 48-26 (.649), High-A Myrtle Beach 49-27 (.645), and Double-A Huntsville 50-28 (.641) & Low-A Hagerstown 50-28 (.641).

LOTS OF CONTRIBUTORS: The top seven in Portland’s lineup had an RBI last night, receiving the lone homer by DH Matt Spring…The top four in the lineup went a combined 9-for-15 (.600) with 6 RBI and 7 runs scored…SS Deven Marrero extended his season-high hitting streak to nine straight games…He’s hitting .567 (17-for-30) during the streak.

COYLE CONNECTING AND STEALING: Coyleis hitting.357 with 8 home runs and 30 RBI in just 49 games…He has 15 doubles, 35 runs scored and stolen 12 bases in 12 attempts…As it stands now, Coyle would be the league leader in hitting, but his 191 plate appearances fall 20 short of the league minimum to qualify (2.7/Team Game played)…Last night was his 5th game-winning RBI.

 

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