Attempting a World Record at Hadlock Field

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

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

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

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

Starting Lineups Tonight

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

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

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

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

Pre-Game Interview: Ed Randall with Jeff Mannix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-Game Interview: Sean Coyle

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

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

Bob Kipper on Gwynn, Pirates and Brian Johnson

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

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

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

Johnson named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week

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

Pre-Game Interview: Bob Kipper

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

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

 

Happy Father’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today’s lineups from Canal Park.

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

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

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

View of Canal Park…Two best teams meet up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-Game Interview: 

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

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

 

Taking a look at the ballpark in Altoona, Pa.

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

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

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

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

 

 

Couch and Sampson battle on Wednesday night.

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

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

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

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

Pre-Game Interview: Mike Passanissi

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

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

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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