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.

 

An 8-game roadtrip starts tonight in Reading, Pa.

Shannon Wilkerson returns to Portland from Triple-A Pawtucket (photo by Kelly O'Connor).

Shannon Wilkerson returns to Portland from Triple-A Pawtucket (photo by Kelly O’Connor).

The Sea Dogs have the second best winning percentage in minor league baseball (see below for Top 5 rankings), and open up an 8-game roadtrip on Thursday night at First Energy Stadium against the Reading Fightin Phils…Portland is 6-4 against Reading this season, but Owens returns where it all began.  On Opening Night, Owens tossed a six-inning no-hitter at Reading…Tonight is Portland’s first road game of the second half – and Owens is on the hill. They lefty is 9-3, 1.99 ERA in 14 starts.

Future’s Game Press Release

Pre-Game Interview: Rich Gedman Part 2

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 (50-27): Gibson 8, Marrero 6, Swihart 2, Coyle 4, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Spring DH, Wilkerson 9, Meneses 5, Owens LH (9-3, 1.99)

Reading (33-41): Alonso 4, Lavin 7, Altherr 8, Fox DH, Ryal 5, Stassi 3, Collier 9, Moore 2, Duran 6, Milner LH (5-3, 3.79)

Notes for today

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Sea Dogs were postponed last night, finishing 4-2 on the homestand…Tonight, the ‘Dogs open up an 8-game roadtrip against the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium…LHP Henry Owens made the start on Opening Night in Reading, tossing a 6-inning no-hitter…Tonight, Owens gets the nod in Portland’s first road game of the second half…OF Shannon Wilkerson returns to Portland after hitting .234 in his Triple-A debut with Pawtucket (25 games).

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

BIG O ON THE HILL: LHP Henry Owens has won five straight and is 5-1, 0.41 ERA (2 ER/43.2 IP) in 7 starts since May 14thOwens among E.L. Leaders: 9 wins (T-1st), 1.99 ERA (1st), 89 strikeouts (1st), 3 complete games (1st), 2 shutouts (1st), 1.03 WHIP (2nd), .178 AVG against (1st), 9.42 runners-per-9 IP (1st), 9.31 SO-per-9 IP (1st) and 86 IP (2nd)The lefty has is 12-4, 1.93 ERA in 116.1 innings in 20 Double-A starts…He is 3.2 innings shy of qualifying for the franchise record in ERA, held by Jon Lester for pitchers with more than 120.0 innings pitched…On Tuesday, Owens and former Sea Dog INF/OF Mookie Betts were named to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Savannah 48-25 (.658), Portland 50-27 (.649), Low-A Kane County 49-27 (.645), High-A Dunedin 48-27 (.640) and Double-A Huntsville 49-28 (.636)…The Sea Dogs are 12-9 this month with a .274 team average and a 3.74 ERA.

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

‘Dogs close out the homestand with Fireworks!

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

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

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

Future’s Game Press Release

Pre-Game Interview: Rich Gedman Part 1

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

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

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

Notes for today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-Game Interview: Blake Swihart

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

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

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

Notes for today

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-Game Interview: 

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

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

Full Press Release on Marrero Player of the Week

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

Notes for Today

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

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

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

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

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

Attempting a World Record at Hadlock Field

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

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

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

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

Starting Lineups Tonight

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

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

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

Pre-Game begins at 4:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Ed Randall with Jeff Mannix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Sean Coyle

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

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

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