Sox and Yanks affiliates meet on Monday night

William Cuevas has won three straight starts.

William Cuevas has won three straight starts.

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) open up a three-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is looking to snap a 7-game losing streak at home.

Tonight’s lineups

Portland: Tekotte 8, Asuaje 5, Witte 3, Tejeda 9, De La Cruz 7, Chester DH, Gragnani 4, Hernandez 6, Roberson 2, Cuevas RH

Trenton: Cave 8, Williams DH, Judge 9, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Bichette Jr. 3, Dugas 7, Fiorito 4, Conde 6, Lail RH

HOME COOKING? The Sea Dogs have lost seven straight games Hadlock Field, and open up a three-game series with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Monday night…The franchise record for consecutive losses at home is 8 on June 17-July 1, 2009…The Sea Dogs have lost four overall and were swept by the New Britain Rock Cats (Rockies affiliate) over the weekend…RHP William Cuevas (4-1, 3.28 ER) makes his third start of the season against Trenton.

‘CATS SCRATCH IN THE 8TH: New Britain scored four times in the eighth inning off Jonathan Aro (3-2) and completed a three-game sweep of the Sea Dogs, winning 7-3 on Sunday afternoon…Portland committed a season-high 5 errors, including in the eighth, leading to 2 unearned runs…Tyler Massey snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run single, and Tom Murphy and David Dahl added RBIs…Keury De La Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double and a 2 runs scored…Tim Roberson went 2-for-3 and tied the game with an RBI infield-single in the sixth…Gus Schlosser (6-2) tossed 3 hitless innings to earn the win.

THAT WAS THEIR FIRST IN A WHILE: The Rock Cats earned their first series-sweep at Hadlock Field since 2001…Portland’s last win at home was on April 25th vs. Trenton – Cuevas earned the win…The Thunder have dropped 11 of 16 after starting the season 9-5…This series marks the third of the year between the two rivals.

WOW…THAT’S A WHILE: Cuevas has not allowed a homer in his last 60.0 innings pitched, dating back to June 22, 2014 while pitching with High-A Salem, yielding a home run to Randolph Oduber…Portland did not homer in the New Britain series and ranks 11th in the league in homers with nine.

RAISE THAT STREAK: Carlos Asuaje has reached base safely in a team-high 19 straight games, dating back to April 19…Altoona’s Max Moroff has reached in a league-high 26 consecutive games…Roberson has hit safely in 4 of 6 Double-A starts, picking up his first Double-A RBI on Sunday.

BULLPEN NOTES: Pat Light hurled a perfect ninth on Sunday and has allowed only one earned run in his last six outings (ER/8.0 IP)…Light has a multi-strikeout game in seven of 10 appearances…Robby Scott was saddled with his second consecutive blown save on Sunday, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs (one earned) over 2.0 IP.

McCarthy on the hill tonight.

BillyThe Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their four-game series on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium…Binghamton is the defending Eastern League Champions.

Tonight’s lineups

Portland: Miller 6, Asuaje 2B, Witte DH, Tejeda 9, Chester 3, De La Cruz 7, Gragnani 5, Martinez 2, Tekotte 8, McCarhty RH

Binghamton: King 7, Nimmo 8, Rivera 4, Boyd DH, J. Rodriguez 5, A.Rodriguez 3, Carillo 2, Cecchini 6, Pina 9, Lugo RH

CHANCE TO WIN THE TRIP: The Sea Dogs are 3-1 on their seven-game roadtrip, and continue a four-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland has outscored their opponent 16-8 on the trip, compiling a 2.06 ERA (8 ER/35.0 IP)…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs snapped a five-game losing streak to the Mets, dating back to the 2014 Eastern Division Championship Series.

HE GOT REDEMPTION: Mike Augliera (1-4) was winless in 5 career starts against Binghamton, but worked 5+ innings last night on one run, leading the Sea Dogs to a 4-1 win…Portland took the lead for good with a 3-run fourth inning against losing pitcher John Gant (1-2)…Reed Gragnani (3-for-3, 2 BB) led off with a single and Luis Martinez blasted a two-run homer…Later in the frame, Carlos Asuaje added a run-scoring single…Portland’s bullpen closed out the game with four scoreless from Kyle Kraus (2 IP) and Kyle Martin (2 IP and second save).

NOW THAT’S A NIGHT: Gragnani entered last night’s game just 1 for his previous 20, but reached base 5 times with 2 singles, double and 2 walks…On April 14th, he reached base four times against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field…Gragnani has reached base safely in 11 of 15 games.

RACKING UP MULTI-HIT GAMES: Oscar Tejeda went 3-for-5 last night and has four straight multi-hit games on the trip, going 9-for-19 (474)…Tejeda has hit safely in 11 of 13 starts since being assigned to Portland from High-A Salem.

ALMOST ALL NINE: Mike Miller was the only starter not to reach base last night, but he did execute a sacrifice-bunt that led to Portland’s final run…The Sea Dogs had 18 baserunners last night on 12 hits, 5 walks and a hit-by-pitch…Blake Tekotte went 2-for-4, picking up his fourth multi-hit game of the season.

IN THE TOP 5: Jantzen Witte went 1-for-4 last night and is fourth in the Eastern League in average at .349 (29-for-93)…Witte is tops in the league with 22 RBI and is 6-for-13 (.462) in his last three games.

ONLY TRENTON: Martin has yielded all 8 runs to Trenton, compiling 10.1 scoreless against Binghamton, New Britain and Reading.

Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in Binghamton

Mike Augliera starts tonight...He was a standout at Binghamton University.

Mike Augliera starts tonight…He was a standout at Binghamton University.

The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series against the Binghamton Mets on Monday night at NYSEG Stadium…Binghamton is the defending Eastern League Champions.

Tonight’s lineups

Portland: Miller 6, Asuaje DH, Witte 3, Tejeda 5, De La Cruz 7, Gragnani 4, Martinez 2, Roof 9, Tekotte 8, Augliera RH

Binghamton: King DH, Nimmo 8, Rivera 4, Boyd 7, Rodriguez 3, Lawley 5, Cecchini 6, Cordero 2, Pina 9, Gant RH

MEET THE METS: The Sea Dogs continue their seven-game roadtrip on Monday night against the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium…This is Portland’s first trip to Binghamton since splitting two games in the 2014 Eastern Division Championship Series…The B-Mets have won five straight from the ‘Dogs, dating back to last year’s playoffs…Portland took two of three from Reading to start the trip, their first road-series win this season.

ALMOST: Jantzen Witte nailed a two-out, 2-run double in the ninth inning, but Portland’s rally fell short, losing 6-5 at Reading on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium…Witte picked up his first 4-hit game in Double-A, hitting his second homer and smacking a pair of doubles…Ben Lively (2-0) earned the win for Reading, tossing six innings on 7 hits, 3 runs and fanning 9…Luis Diaz (0-2) took the loss, allowing 8 hits and 4 runs over 5.2 IP…Art Charles and Brian Pointer each homered for Reading, who scored single runs in the final five innings.

WHERE DOES HE RANK? Witte is now fourth in the Eastern League in hitting at .354 (28-for-79)…The Ft. Worth, Texas native leads the league in RBI (22) and ranks 5th in hits…Mike Miller had Portland’s first 4-hit game on April 18th at Trenton…Miller is tied for 4th in the league with 17 runs scored.

TAKE YOUR BASE: Carlos Asuaje walked twice on Sunday and is tied for the league in walks with 15…Asuaje has four multi-walk games this season, and his hitting .333 (7-for-21) with runners-in-scoring position.

IMG_4486HOPING TO END THIS TREND: Mike Augliera is 0-4, 7.54 ERA in 4 regular season starts against Binghamton, but also lost to the B-Mets in Game 4 of the 2014 Eastern Division Championship series…Augliera is a product of Binghamton University and set school records with 23 wins, 298.1 innings, 50 starts, and 13 complete games.

THAT’S THREE IN A ROW: Oscar Tejeda has three consecutive multi-hit games, going 6-for-14 (429) in the Reading series…Tejeda has hit safely in 10 of 12 starts since being assigned to Portland from High-A Salem.

WAY TO GO BLAKE: Blake Tekotte snapped an 0-for-9 slump with an RBI double in his first at-bat on Sunday afternoon…Tekotte is 5-for-17 (.294) with runners-in-scoring position.

Sea Dogs and Thunder on a Sunday Funday!

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Thunder: Williams 8, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Dugas 7, Rosario DH, Fiorito 6, Culver 4, Sulbaran LH (1-0, 2.57)

‘Dogs: Asuaje 7, Gragnani 4, Witte 5, Tejeda 6, Chester 3, De La Cruz DH, Martinez 2, Roof 9, Tekotte 8, Haley RH (0-2, 8.38)

TURNING THE TABLES (SEA DOGS LEAD SERIES 2-1): The Sea Dogs look for the series win over the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate), as the two teams play game four on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland lost three of four to Trenton last week at Arm & Hammer Park, and seek their second series win at home…Tomorrow night, the Sea Dogs host the Binghamton Mets in a rematch of the 2014 Eastern League Championship Series…The Mets are the defending Eastern League Champions.

HIGH FIVE TO PORTLAND: The Sea Dogs scored five times in the fifth inning and beat the Thunder, 7-3 on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland had five straight hits in the fifth, receiving run-scoring hits from Carlos Asuaje, David Chester, Luis Martinez and Jantzen WitteWilliam Cuevas tossed 5.1 innings on 5 hits and 1 run to earn his second Double-A win…Chester went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 doubles and Witte knocked home two runs…Brady Lail (0-2) suffered the loss for Trenton, giving up 4.1 innings on 5 hits, 5 runs and 4 walks.

NICE FIRST IMPRESSION: Witte is ranked third in the Eastern League in hitting at .365 (19-for-52) and ranks second in the league in RBI (16)…The Ft. Worth, Texas native is 10-for-19 (.526) with runners-in-scoring position and 6-for-11 (.545), 8 RBI with RISP-2 outs.

TOUCHING HOME: The Sea Dogs have scored 17 runs over the last two games, going 13-for-34 (.382) with runners-in scoring position…Portland has batted around three times this week and now rank third in the Eastern League in runs scored (72).

GIVE HIM AN OSCAR: INF/OF Oscar Tejeda went 1-for-4, BB on Saturday, and has hit safely in five straight games…Tejeda spent 2011-12 with Portland Sea Dogs, before being designated for assignment and claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates…Yesterday was his fifth start in left field.

RELIEF UPDATE: Robby Scott closed out the win with two innings of work on Saturday, giving up 2 innings on one hit, one run (unearned) and a strikeout…Scott is scoreless in his last three outings, covering 6.2 IP.

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Before their affiliation with the New York Yankees, Trenton was a Red Sox affiliate from 1995-2002.

Friday night with Raphael and Trenton

McCarthy starts tonight...Raphael of the TMNT makes a special appearance at Hadlock Fiel.d

McCarthy starts tonight…Raphael of the TMNT makes a special appearance at Hadlock Field.

Lineups for a 6 PM First Pitch

Trenton: Cave 8, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Dugas 7, Bichette Jr. DH, Culver 6, Rosario 4, Severino (#1 Pitching Prospect in the Yankees system).

Portland: Miller 6, Asuaje 5, Witte 3, Tejeda 7, Gragnani 4, Tekotte 8, Roberson DH, Heller 9, Brenly 2, McCarthy RH (1-1, 8.00)

Pre-Game Interview: Ben Crocket Part 1

TGIF (TRENTON LEADS SERIES 1-0): The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play game 2 of their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped four of their last five games, and are four games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season…Trenton has won four of five in the season series…Mike McCarthy beat the Thunder six days ago in Trenton, Luis Severino beat Portland on April 19th at Arm & Hammer Park.

TWO OUT RUNS: Trenton scored four runs with two outs, taking the series opener, 5-0 over the Sea Dogs on Thursday night…Caleb Smith (1-2) worked five scoreless frames on 4 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts to notch the win…Mike Augliera (0-3) suffered his third straight loss, allowing a career-high 5 walks on 11 hits, 5 runs (4 earned) over 4.2 IP…Dante Bichette Jr., Greg Bird, Jake Cave and Eric Jagielo all had RBIs in the win for Trenton…Portland had 10 baserunners, but finished 0-for-9 with runners-in-scoring position.

MAKE THAT FOUR: Blake Tekotte went 1-for-3 with a walk in the series opener, and has a season-high four-game hitting streak: 6-for-13 (.462), 4 RBI…Tekotte has reached base safely in 11 of 13 starts.

THE ‘PEN WAS SENSATIONAL: Jonathan Aro and Dayan Diaz combined for 4.2 scoreless frames on Thursday night…Aro pitched 2.2 hitless and recorded 2 strikeouts, throwing 21 of 25 pitches for strikes…Diaz tossed the final two innings and is scoreless in four of five outings this season.

THOSE TWO-OUT NUMBERS: The opponents have scored 32 of 77 runs (42%) with two outs through 14 games…Trenton went 5-for-13 with runners-in-scoring position, and their first 5 hits came with two outs.

SIMON SAYS: After giving up six runs in his Double-A debut, RHP Simon Mercedes has been scoreless in his last two appearances…The righty has gone 5.2 IP on one hit, three walks and eight strikeouts in his previous two games.

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Before their affiliation with the New York Yankees, Trenton was a Red Sox affiliate from 1995-2002.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or ccameron@seadogs.com.

#ThrowbackThursday at Hadlock Field

Sea Dogs celebrating 1995 Night at Hadlock Field.

Sea Dogs celebrating 1995 Night at Hadlock Field.

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game homestand on Thursday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game Interview: Kevin Thomas

Lineups:

Trenton: Cave 8, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo 5, Sanchez 2, Williams 7, Bichette Jr. DH, Culver 6, Rosario 4, Smith LH (0-2, 11.37)

Sea Dogs: Miller 6, Asuaje 4, Tejeda 7, Chester DH, Martinez 2, Gragnani 5, Roof  9, Tekotte 8, Brenly 3, Augliera RH (0-2, 4.50)

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND (SERIES 0-0): The Sea Dogs return home after a 2-5 roadtrip, taking on the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…Portland dropped three in Trenton on April 16-19, and split 10 games with the Thunder at Hadlock Field in 2014…Tonight is Throw-back-Thursday night, as the ‘Dogs will wear their teal jerseys, representing the 1995 team.

RALLY FELL SHORT: Portland scored three runs in the ninth inning, but fell to the Rock Cats, 10-8 on Wednesday morning at New Britain Stadium…The Sea Dogs had 15 hits and an early 3-0 lead, but New Britain scored five times in the fifth inning…In the ninth, Carlos Asuaje ignited the rally with a two-run single and Luis Martinez added an RBI hit…Blake Tekotte delivered two run-scoring doubles…The ‘Dogs received three hits from Oscar TejedaLuis Diaz (0-1) took the loss, giving up 9 hits, 7 runs (5 earned) over 4.2 IP…Shane Carle (3-0) earned the win for New Britain.

DOUBLE MACHINE: Tekotte is 4-for-8, 4 RBI and 3 doubles in his last 2 games…The first-year Sea Dog has hit safely in nine of 12 starts…Portland had a team-high five doubles in yesterday’s game…Jonathan Roof went 2-for-4 and knocked home his first run of the season.

THERE’S BEEN SOME BIG INNINGS: Portland’s pitching staff has allowed five 4-run innings through 13 games…The ‘Dogs are last in the league in ERA (5.37), but rank third in the league in 106 strikeouts…Trenton is fifth in ERA (3.36), and their offense is second in the E.L. in homers (10).

QUITE A FEW: Mike Augliera makes his second straight start against the Thunder and the sixth of his career…Augliera has the team’s lone quality start, working 6.1 innings on 3 runs at Trenton last Friday at Arm & Hammer Park.

SIMON SAYS: After giving up six runs in his Double-A debut, RHP Simon Mercedes has been scoreless in his last two appearances…The righty has gone 5.2 IP on one hit, three walks and eight strikeouts in his previous two games.

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Before their affiliation with the New York Yankees, Trenton was a Red Sox affiliate from 1995-2002.

Saturday night in Trenton! ‘Dogs look for the first road win.

Mike McCarthy makes his first road start of 2015.

Mike McCarthy makes his first road start of 2015.

Portland and Trenton play game three of their series at 7:00 PM from Arm & Hammer Park.

Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or through the Tunein App for your smartphone or tablet. MiLB.TV begins at 6:55 PM.

Lineups:

PRT: Miller 5, Hernandez 6, Witte 3, De La Cruz 7, Chester DH, Roof 9, Gragnani 4, Tekotte 8, Brenly 2 McCarthy RH

TRE: Cave 7, Judge 9, Bird 3, Jagielo DH, Bichette Jr. 5, Williams 8, Culver 6, Arcia 2, Fiorito 4Smith LH

HOPING TO GET EVEN (TRENTON LEADS 2-0): Portland has dropped the first 2 games of the series, and battles the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Saturday night at Arm & Hammer Park…The Sea Dogs won their final 2 road series of 2014 – their last road-series loss occurred on August 8-10, 2014 at Richmond…Last night was the second time the ‘Dogs have been shutout in eight games to start the season.

WAS CLOSE UNTIL THE END: Trenton scored six runs on eight hits in the final two innings, shutting out the Sea Dogs 7-0 on Saturday night…Dante Bichette Jr. finished 3-for-4, 3 RBI, putting the game away with a two-run single in the eighth…Eric Jagielo went 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 doubles and 3 runs scored…Taylor Garrison (1-0) scattered six hits over 5 IP on one walk and 2 strikeouts toe earn the win…Mike Augliera (0-2) notched the team’s first quality start of the season, but suffered the loss for Portland…Jantzen Witte had his best game in Double-A, going 3-for-4…Luis Martinez added two hits, including a double.

NICE SHOWING IN HOMESTATE: Augliera hails from Old Bridge, New Jersey, about 45 minutes from Arm & Hammer Park…Last night, the righty yielded just 6 hits, 3 runs, no walks and fanned 5 over 6.1 IP.

THEY GOT TO THE ‘PEN: RHP Kyle Martin gave up his first runs of the season, yielding 4 runs on 5 hits over 1+ innings pitched, plus an inherited run…LHP Robby Scott worked 2/3 of a frame, allowing one hit and one inherited runner to score.

KEURY IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: On Friday night, Keury De La Cruz became the 7th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer and the third as a Red Sox affiliate…Ironically, Heiker Meneses hit one on the same date as De La Cruz back in 2013 against the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium…Current Red Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on June 24, 2004 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) and Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs.

MAKE THAT SEVEN: Carlos Asuaje went 1-for-4 last night and has reached base safely in all seven Double-A starts…Asuaje hit a combined .310 (149-for-480) with 38 2B, 12 3B, 15 HR, 101 RBI, and 59 BB over 129 games between Greenville and Salem in 2014.

Sea Dogs and Rock Cats on Tuesday night

IMG_4398The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats continue their three-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.

Lineups
New Britain: Dahl 8, Tauchman 9, Story 6, Murphy DH, Cuevas 7, Valaika 4, Swanner 3, Baker 2, Espy 5, Flemer (1st AA start)

Portland: Miller 5, Asuaje 4, Witte 3, De La Cruz 7, Chester DH, Hernandez 6, Tekotte 8, Roof 9, Brenly 2, Cuevas RH (1st AA start)

Pre-Game Guest: Rick Anderson (Head Groundskeeper)

Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or through the TuneIn App. Tonight’s game is available on MiLB.TV…Coverage begins at 5:40 PM.

COMPLETE NOTES AT SEADOGS.COM

TWO FOR TUESDAY (ROCK CATS 1-0): The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Rockies affiliate) play game two of their 3-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is looking to snap a three-game losing streak, and has not lost four in a row at home since July 1-3, 2012…The ‘Dogs have been outscored 33-6 since they won Game 1 of Saturday’s twinbill against Reading…Portland concludes their six-game homestand tomorrow morning, before a seven-game roadtrip beginning Thursday in Trenton, New Jersey.

THEY BROUGH THE POWER: New Britain hit four homers, receiving a grand slam from SS Trevor Story, and beat the Sea Dogs 14-4 on Monday night…David Dahl, Tom Murphy and Mike Tauchman each homered in the win…LHP Yohan Flande earned the win for the ‘Cats, working 5.2 innings on 5 hits and 4 runs…RHP Mike McCarthy gave up a career-high 9 runs over 4+ innings to suffer the loss…Jantzen Witte sparked Portland’s offense, going 2-for-4 with his first Double-A homer and 3 RBI.

TONIGHT’S MATCHUPS: RHP William Cuevas makes his Double-A debut in the series opener…Cuevas is entering his seventh season in the Red Sox system, after spending his second straight year with the Salem Red Sox in 2014…The righty went 2-6, 4.70 ERA (50 ER/95.2 IP) in 26 games/10 starts…RHP Matt Flemer will make his first start at Double-A for New Britain…Flemer went 13-10, 4.53 ERA (83 ER/165.0 IP) in 28 games with High-A Modesto in 2014.

WITTE TIES TEAM HIGH: In addition to his first Double-A homer, Witte tied a team-high with his 3 RBI on Monday night…SS Marco Hernandez has 5 hits over his last two games, picking up the team’s first 3-hit game in the series opener…There were two scoring changes last night, giving the Sea Dogs a season-high 10 hits.

ROSTER IS ALMOST COMPLETE: Cuevas will be the 25th player to appear in a game for the Sea Dogs this season…RHP Dayan Diaz worked two perfect frames and recorded a strikeout last night…RHP Kyle Kraus was promoted from High-A Salem on Monday, and yielded 6 runs on 5 hits over 3 innings.

IT HAD BEEN A WHILE: Story’s grand slam last night was the first for an opponent since June 2, 2013 when Altoona’s Alex Dickerson hit a grand slam off Matt Barnes…Portland’s last grand slam was courtesy of Michael Almanzar on August 9, 2014 at Richmond.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or ccameron@seadogs.com.

Sunday Fun Day, ‘Dogs and Fightins wrap up first series of the season

The Sea Dogs wrap-up their 3-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field.

Lineups
Reading: Quinn 8, Alonso 4, Stassi 3, Perkins 7, Pointer 9, Pierre 5, Charles DH, Lino 2, Serna 6, Eflin RHP

Portland: Miller 4, Asuaje 5, Ramos 9, De La Cruz DH, Witte 3, Tekotte 8, Martinez 2, Hernandez 6, Heller 7, Augliera RHP

Pre-Game Guest: Billy McMillonIMG_4383.JPG

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BASEBALL IS BACK (SERIES TIED 1-1): The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils meet in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland kicked of their 22nd season on Saturday, splitting a doubleheader…The ‘Dogs won the opener 4-2, thanks to a 3-run homer by Keury De La Cruz…In game two, Jesse Biddle fired five scoreless and Brock Stassi knocked in four, as the Fightins won 9-0…Mike Miller went 4-for-5, RBI and a double in the twinbill.

TODAY’S MATCHUPS: Mike Augliera makes his first start of the season for Portland and the 26th of his Double-A career…Augliera earned his first Double-A win exactly one year ago against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field…Zach Eflin, the #4 Prospect in the Phillies system according to Baseball America, makes his first start in the Phillies system…Eflin was acquired by the Dodgers from the Padres in the Matt Kemp trade – he was then traded to Philadelphia in the Jimmy Rollins deal.

GRAND OPENING: The Sea Dogs are now 11-11 All-Time in season openers at Hadlock Field…Portland has now played two Opening Day doubleheaders (2012, 2015)…Portland is also 11-11 in Opening Days overall.

NICE DEBUTS IN RELIEF: In game one, Jonathan Aro earned the win in his Double-A debut, hurling three scoreless frames on one hit, one walk and one strikeout…In game two, Kyle Martin fanned a career-high 6 batters, working 2.2 scoreless in relief of Justin Haley…Reading’s trio of relievers: Elvis Araujo, Nefi Ogando and Anthony Vasquez all had scoreless outings.

TOP 2 DID THEIR JOB: Miller and Carlos Asuaje reached base a combined nine times in the doubleheader…Miller had consecutive 2-hit games, picking up an RBI single in the opener…Asuaje did not have a hit, but walked three times and was hit by a pitch.

THIS YEAR IS WAS KEURY: De La Cruz hit the first homer of the season, blasting a 3-run, game-winning homer off Aaron Nola in the opener.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has four of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Asuaje (#25), Haley (#28), Henry Ramos (#29), and Pat Light (#30).  SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or ccameron@seadogs.com.

Opening Day Doubleheader

luisdiazThe Sea Dogs opened the 2012 season with a doubleheader in Reading – that was planned, today is not. Portland will open up the 2015 season at 1 PM.

FINALLY, WE PLAY BASEBALL (SERIES 0-0): The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils were postponed the first 2 days of the season, and open up 2015 with a doubleheader at Hadlock Field…Today kicks off a 21-game season series between the two teams…Portland won 14 of 22 from Reading in 2014, but went 6-5 against the Phils at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are coming off an historic season, winning a franchise-record 88 games, but fell to the Binghamton Mets in the Eastern Division Championship Series in five games.

TODAY’S MATCHUPS: Luis Diaz made the final start of the 2014 season, and gets the ball for Portland in the opener…Reading’s Aaron Nola is ranked the #2 Prospect in the Phillies system according to Baseball America and makes the first start of the season for Reading…In game two, Justin Haley makes his 8th Double-A start (including post-season)…Haley has a quality start in all previous Double-A appearances…Jesse Biddle, the #9 Prospect in Philadelphia’s system, makes the start in Game 2…Biddle is in his third season with the Fightins.

GRAND OPENING: The Sea Dogs are 10-11 All-Time in season openers…Last year they beat Reading on Opening night 5-0 in a 6-inning, rain-shortened contest at First Energy Stadium…Henry Owens tossed a no-hitter, retiring the final 16 batters faced…Mookie Betts (finished 4-for-4) led off the season with a homer off Biddle on a 3-2 pitch.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has four of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Carlos Asuaje (#25), Justin Haley (#28), Henry Ramos (#29), and Pat Light (#30).  ·       The roster features 13 players originally drafted by the Red Sox, 11 players who were signed as free agents, one acquired by trade, and one selected in the Rule 5 Draft.·       23 of the 26 players spent the 2014 season playing in the Red Sox system, with the only exceptions being Marco Hernandez (Daytona), Blake Tekotte (Charlotte/Reno) and Luis Martinez (Salt Lake/Sacramento).·       14 of 26 players appeared in at least one game with Portland in 2014…Madison Younginer made his Double-A debut during the Eastern League Playoffs.·       Portland’s roster features two players with Major Leaguer experience: Martinez, and Tekotte. SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Follow the Sea Dogs on Twitter: @PortlandSeaDogs or @seadogsradio…Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Vine…Media requests to Chris Cameron at 207-874-9300 or ccameron@seadogs.com.

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