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.

Doubront on the hill for Portland

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

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

Pre-Game Interview: MLB Rehab Update/Mookie update

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

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

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

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

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

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

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

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Doubront will be the 33rd player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 27th as a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Steven Wright (2014), Craig Breslow, Stephen Drew, John Lackey, Franklin Morales & David Ross (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsburyand Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

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

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

 

Mookie Betts to Pawtucket! Well deserved

#MookieMadness is heading to Triple-A Pawtucket.

#MookieMadness is heading to Triple-A Pawtucket.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-Game Interview: Mike McCarthy

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

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

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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