‘Dogs back home against Trenton

The Sea Dogs open up a 9-game/7-day homestand against the Trenton Thunder on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland beat New Britain yesterday 13-5.

Sea Dogs closing in on 8 millionth fan

Portland returns home tomorrow, opening up a 9-game/7-day homestand against the Trenton Thunder and Binghamton Mets.

Pre-Game begins at 10:15 AM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Bob Kipper

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Swihart 2, Rivero 5, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RH (4-0, 3.03)

Trenton: Gamel 7, Heathcott 8, Segedin DH, Sanchez 2, Austin 5, Refsnyder 4, Dugas 9, Fiorito 3, Castillo 6, Cotham RH (0-0, 1.69 ER)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

WOW, THAT’S A LOT: The Sea Dogs open up a nine-game, seven-day homestand on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland will play 12 of their next 16 games in Maine, with a four-game series at New Hampshire on May 23-26…Trenton is the only team to win a series at Hadlock Field this season, taking two of three on April 25-27…RHP Keith Couch can become the third 5-game winner in the Eastern League, he is 12-1, 2.98 ERA in 22 career Double-A starts.

20 REASONS TO SMILE: Portland smacked out a season-high 20 hits, scoring six runs in the seventh inning to grab the series finale on Thursday morning at New Britain 13-5…2B Mookie Betts and CF Shannon Wilkerson each went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI…Betts hit his sixth homer, a two-run shot in the seventh…LF Derrik Gibson, RF Henry Ramos and 1B Travis Shaw each had three hits…SS Deven Marrero and 3B Carlos Rivero collected two hits and two RBI…RHP Matty Ott earned his first Double-A win, giving up four hits and two runs over 2 IP…New Britain won two of three in the series, giving Portland their first road-series loss.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts has reached base safely in all 35 Double-A starts (19 multi-hit games), the 5th longest on-base streak in franchise history…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 65 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 70 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .401 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 129 of his last 139 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

SAME PLACE: Portland’s 20 hits were the most since they had 21 on June 1, 2011 at New Britain…The franchise record for most hits in a game is 23 on April 26, 2009 against the Connecticut Defenders…The ‘Dogs are now hitting .291 as a team, which is second in the league behind Bowie, but they lead the E.L. in runs scored (221).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: Ramoshas hit safely in 22 of his last 25 games: 39-for-98 (.398), 2 HR, 19 RBI, 2 3B, 6 2B and reached base safely in 31 of 35 games…The first-year Sea Dog is fifth in the league in hitting at .343.

13 IS LUCKY: Portland has scored 13 runs in their last two wins, picking up a 13-12 win on Mother’s Day with a four-run ninth against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Morning Baseball in New Britain

Brian Johnson is 4-0, 0.73 ERA in his last 4 starts (photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

Brian Johnson is 4-0, 0.73 ERA in his last 4 starts (photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

The Sea Dogs conclude their three-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Thursday morning at New Britain Stadium…Portland walked a season-high 10 batters in a 4-3 walk-off loss last night…Brandon Waring drew a bases-loaded walk to cap off a three-run rally by the ‘Cats in the ninth.

Sea Dogs closing in on 8 millionth fan

Portland returns home tomorrow, opening up a 9-game/7-day homestand against the Trenton Thunder and Binghamton Mets.

Pre-Game begins at 10:15 AM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Studio update with Dan Acheson

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero DH, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Ramos 9, Spring 2, Meneses 6, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 8, Johnson LH (2-0, 1.59)

New Britain: Thomas 4, Boyer 6, Hanson 5, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Oritz 7, Waring DH, Kvasnicka 8, Knudson 2, Gilmartin LH (3-2, 2.89)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

MORNING BASEBALL: The Sea Dogs look to salvage the final game of their three-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Thursday morning at New Britain Stadium…With last night’s loss, Portland suffered their first road-series loss since August 13-15, 2013 at Altoona (previously been 6-0-3 in road series)…Portland is still a ½ game in front of Trenton for the top spot in the Eastern Division, but have dropped three of their last four…The Rock Cats have won nine of their last 12 and seven of their last eight at home.

WALK-OFF WIN…LITERALLY: 3B Brandon Waring capped of a three-run rally in the ninth for New Britain, drawing a bases-loaded walk, giving the Rock Cats a 4-3 win on Wednesday night…New Britain had five straight hits to start the frame off Michael Olmsted and losing pitcher Jose Valdez (0-1)…1B Kenny Vargas tied the game with a single and scored the winning run on the walk by Waring…Portland led 3-0, receiving two-out RBI singles from SS Deven Marrero and CF Shannon Wilkerson…LHP Henry Owens threw four no-hit innings, but walked five and fanned eight.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 34 Double-A starts (18 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 64 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 69 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .394 average is the 2nd highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 128 of his last 138 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: OF Henry Ramos went 1-for-2 with 2 walks last night …Ramos has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games: 36-for-93 (.387), 2 HR, 18 RBI, 3B, 5 doubles and reached base safely in 30 of 34 games.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .358 (34-for-95) with 6 HRs, 26 RBI and 13 extra-base hits since April 18.

JOHNSON IN A GROOVE: Today’s starter LHP Brian Johnson won his final two starts with Salem and is 2-0 in Portland…Last 4 starts: 4-0, 0.76 ERA (2 ER/23.2 IP)…Johnson is ranked the #3 left-handed pitching prospect according to Baseball America.

Owens on the hill tonight in New Britain

Carlos Rivero has a season-high 5-game hitting streak (photo by Jillian Souza)

Carlos Rivero has a season-high 5-game hitting streak (photo by Jillian Souza)

The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series at New Britain on Wednesday night…Portland lost to the Rock Cats last night, 4-2, dropping their record to 3-3 in their last six games.  LHP Henry Owens makes his first career start against the Rock Cats…Owens took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his previous start, losing with two outs on a run-scoring double by Andy Burns.

Recap of the thrilling Mother’s Day Miracle

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.

Pre-Game Interview: Organizational update

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Welch 3, Swihart 2, Rivero 5, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Owens LH (4-2, 3.61 ERA)

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Thomas 4, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Ortiz 7, Waring 5, Koch 2, Pettersen 6, Duffey RH (0-0, 3.46 ERA)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

HASN’T BEEN MANY: The Sea Dogs suffered their second loss in eight games to the Rock Cats this season, and continue their three-game series at New Britain Stadium on Wednesday night…Portland has not lost a road series since August 13-15, 2013 at Altoona, going 6-0-3 in road series since…LHP Henry Owens, the number #1 pitching prospect in the Red Sox system, makes his first career start against the Rock Cats…Owens lost a no-hitter in his previous start with two outs in the eight.

‘CATS STRIKE DOWN ‘DOGS: Portland fanned a season-high 14 times, left 11 men on base and went 1-for-12 with RISP, dropping the series opener 4-2 in New Britain…The Sea Dogs took an early 2-0 in the second inning off winning pitcher LHP Taylor Rogers (3-3)…C Blake Swihart led off the frame with a homer and 2B Mookie Betts added an RBI single…New Britain took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on 3B Brandon Waring’s two-run double with two outs…RF Daniel Ortiz added a run-scoring double in the sixth off losing pitcher RHP Mike Augliera (2-4)…RHP Lester Oliveros worked the ninth for his fifth save of the season.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 2-for-4, RBI, 2B, BB and two stolen bases in the series opener…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 33 Double-A starts (18 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 63 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 68 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .399 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 127 of his last 137 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: OF Henry Ramos went 3-for-6 on Sunday with an RBI double and a run scored…Ramos has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385), 2 HR, 18 RBI, 3B, 5 doubles and reached base safely in 29 of 33 games.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .363 (33-for-91) with 6 HRs, 26 RBI and 13 extra-base hits since April 18.

SW(IHART)EET SWING: Swihart belted his third homer last night and finished 2-for-3, extending his hitting streak to seven games…The New Mexico native has reached base safely in 25 of 27 starts to begin his Double-A career.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats again

They'll be calling it the Meneses Mother's Day Miracle 2014 (photo by Jillian Souza)

They’ll be calling it the Meneses Mother’s Day Miracle 2014 (photo by Jillian Souza)

The Sea Dogs take a three-day break from Maine, opening up a three-game series on Tuesday night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium.

RHP Mike Augliera makes the start for the Sea Dogs in the series opener, he has both Double-A wins against New Britain…LHP Taylor Rogers has struggled in both starts against Portland, going 0-2, 9.72 ERA (9 ER/8.1 IP) in 2 starts against Portland.

Recap of the thrilling Mother’s Day Miracle

How about these numbers…Portland is 6-1 against New Britain this season, but hitting .335 against the ‘Cats, averaging 6.9 runs-per-game in the season series.

New Britain’s roster features former Sea Dogs: Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tony Thomas and Daniel Turpen…Rock Cats Manager Jeff Smith played for the Sea Dogs in 2003, the first year as a Red Sox affiliate.

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.

Pre-Game Interview: Rich Gedman on former Rock Cat Chris Collabello

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Swihart 2, Meneses 5, Gibson 7, Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RH (2-3, 4.42)

New Britain: Wimberly 8, Boyer 6, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Ortiz 7, Thomas 4, Waring 5, Knudson 2, Rogers LH (2-3, 6.46 ERA)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

SHORT JOURNEY AWAY: The Sea Dogs take a break from Maine for only three days, opening up a three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium on Tuesday night…By winning Sunday, the ‘Dogs took 3 of 4 from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and own the best record in the Eastern League…Portland makes their second attempt this week to 11 games .500 for the first time since August 20, 2008 when they were 69-58…The ‘Dogs are 7-1-3 in series in 2014.

CAN WE GET MUCH HEIKER: 3B Heiker Meneses capped off a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, delivering a walk-off RBI single, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 13-12 on Mother’s Day…Portland had a multi-hit game from seven of nine, including the top 5 hitters in the lineup – who combined to reach base 20 times…SS Deven Marrero reached base five times, going 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored…DH Carlos Rivero (3-for-5), 1B Travis Shaw (2-for-4, HR) and C Matt Spring all had 3 RBI…LHP Robby Scott worked a scoreless ninth inning to notch his fourth win of the season.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 and reached base four times on Sunday…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 32 Double-A starts (17 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 62 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 67 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .396 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 126 of his last 136 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: OF Henry Ramos went 3-for-6 on Sunday with an RBI double and a run scored…Ramos has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385), 2 HR, 18 RBI, 3B, 5 doubles and reached base safely in 29 of 33 games.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .368 (32-for-87) with 6 HRs, 26 RBI and 13 extra-base hits since April 18.

Henry Ramos is has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385)...(Photo by Jillian Souza)

Henry Ramos is has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385)…(Photo by Jillian Souza)

THERE’S BEEN NO RELIEF: Portland scored eight runs off New Hampshire’s bullpen on Sunday…The opposing relievers have a combined 4.92 ERA (72 ER/131.2 IP)…The ‘Dogs averaging 2.1 earned runs per-game off relievers.

Happy Mother’s Day!

The Sea Dogs look for the series victory this afternoon against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field.  I want to wish all the mothers out there a great day. The Sea Dogs held their 14th annual Mother’s Day 5K Race before the game. Portland Manager Billy McMillon finished the race at 28:26 (641 overall)

Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon finished the 14th annual Sea Dogs 5K in 28:26.

Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon finished the 14th annual Sea Dogs 5K in 28:26.

Pre-Game begins at 12:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Billy McMillon

Portland lineup:  Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart DH, Ramos 9, Spring 2, Meneses 4, Gibson 7, Couch RH (4-0, 2.45)

New Hampshire: Berti DH, Burns 5,  McDade 3, Glenn 9, Nolan 6, Van Kirk 7, Fermin 4, Carter 2, Jones 8, Janssen RH (MLB Rehab)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: The Sea Dogs hosted their annual Mother’s Day 5K race earlier this morning…Portland can take the four-game series from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) with a win this afternoon…LHP Mickey Pena has 10 consecutive scoreless frames and makes his seventh start of the season…Pena earned his first Double-A win at New Hampshire on August 26, 2013…The Sea Dogs are second in the league in average (.283), ERA (3.53) and sixth in the E.L. in team defense (.979 fielding percentage).

 ‘CATS HOLD ON: New Hampshire scored all their runs with two outs, collected six doubles, and beat the Sea Dogs 6-5 on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland trailed 3-0 after a ½ inning, but scored four times off RHP Scott Copeland in the second…3B Andy Burns committed an error, enabling the tying and go-ahead runs to score…C Yusuf Carter tied the game at four in the sixth with a double…In the ninth, the ‘Cats scored two runs off losing pitcher RHP Matty Ott (0-1)…Portland added a run in the ninth when 2B Heiker Meneses tripled and scored on a sac-fly by LF Derrik Gibson.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts was off on Saturday…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 31 Double-A starts (16 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 61 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 66 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .392 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 125 of his last 135 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

ALMOST GOT THROUGH IT: RHP Keith Couch worked 5.2 innings on Saturday, giving up six hits and four runs…After allowing three runs in the first, Couch left the game after Carter’s run-scoring double in the sixth…The righty threw 65 of 95 pitches for strikes and tied a season-high with seven strikeouts.

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SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .361 (30-for-83) with 5 HRs, 23 RBI and 12 extra-base hits since April 18.

STEP UP TO THE MIKE: RHP Michael Olmsted fanned a season-high four batters over 1.1 scoreless frames…Olmsted is scoreless in nine of 10 outings to start the season and has 19 strikeouts in 13.1 IP.

Saturday in the Park

The Sea Dogs are 18-8 since they started the season 3-3, and look for their third straight win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Saturday afternoon.

Pre-Game begins at 12:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Pitching Match-ups

Portland lineup:  Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart DH, Ramos 9, Spring 2, Meneses 4, Gibson 7, Couch RH (4-0, 2.45)

New Hampshire: Berti DH, Burns 5,  McDade 3, Glenn 9, Nolan 6, Van Kirk 7, Fermin 4, Carter 2, Jones 8, Janssen RH (MLB Rehab)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

DAY BASEBALL AT HADLOCK: The Sea Dogs look for the series win in game three of their series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland is a season-high 10 games over .500 and haven’t been 11 games over since August 20, 2008 when they were 69-58…RHP Keith Couch makes the start for Portland…His career with Portland: 15-3, 3.26 ERA (59 ER/162.2 IP) in 35 games/21 starts…As a starter: 12-1, 2.83 ERA (39 ER/124.0 IP).

WELCOME TO PORTLAND: LHP Brian Johnson (2-0) fanned eight over 6 IP, allowing two runs, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 5-2 on Friday night…Johnson won his debut at Hadlock Field, giving up both runs in the fourth inning, yielded six hits and walked just one…Portland scored four unearned runs off losing pitcher RHP Deck McGuire (3-4) in the fourth…SS Kevin Nolan’s error enabled the first run to score…1B Travis Shaw had a run-scoring single and C Blake Swihart added a wall-ball RBI double, but a second run scored on a throwing error by Nolan…3B Carlos Rivero had an RBI single and RHP Noe Ramirez closed out the win with a three-inning save, without allowing a hit.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 1-for-3 with a walk on Friday…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 31 Double-A starts (16 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 61 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 66 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .392 average is the 2nd highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 125 of his last 135 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

TIED A CAREER-HIGH: Johnson tied a career-high with 8 strikeouts, which he did twice this season with the High-A Salem Red Sox…In the series opener, LHP Henry Owens established a career-high with 7.2 IP.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .380 (30-for-79) with five HRs, 12 extra-base hits and 23 RBI since April 18.

TRYING TO RIGHT THE SHIP: Rivero picked up his first multi-hit game since he went 2-for-3 on April 18th at New Britain.

Workman bobblehead giveaway at Hadlock

I found this bobblehead at work today.

I found this bobblehead at work today.

The Sea Dogs continue a four-game series on Friday night against the Fisher Cats at Hadlock Field…Portland has five of their last six games after losing three straight.

Tonight is a Brandon Workman Bobblehead Giveaway

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: Bob Lipman

Portland lineup:  Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Meneses DH, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Johnson LH (1-0, 0.00)

New Hampshire: Berti 4, Burns 5, Jimenez 2, McDade 3, Glenn 9, Crouse 7, Nolan 6, Jacobo DH, Jones 8, McGuire RH (3-3, 3.86)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

NOW A ROLL: Since a three-game losing streak from April 30-May 3, the Sea Dogs have won five of their last six games, and play game two of their four-game set with the New Hampshire (Blue Jays affiliate) Fisher Cats on Friday night…LHP Brian Johnson, the #3 left-handed pitching prospect (behind LHP Trey Ball and LHP Henry Owens), makes his Hadlock Field debut…Johnson won his Double-A debut on May 3rd in game two of a doubleheader at Binghamton, working 5.1 innings on three hits and two unearned runs.

PERFECT NIGHT: LHP Henry Owens allowed his first hit with two outs in the seventh inning, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats, 8-2 in the series opener…Owens left the game after a two-out RBI double by Andy Burns, but earned his 4th win of the season, giving up just one hit, two runs, five walks and fanned six…DH Travis Shaw provided the game-winning hit, nailing a bases-clearing double in the third off losing pitcher RHP Aaron SanchezHeiker Meneses drove in two, as all nine starters reached base safely.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 1-for-5 with an RBI groundout on Thursday night…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 30 Double-A starts (16 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 60 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 65 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .394 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 124 of his last 134 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

OH HENRY(S)!: Owenstied a career-high with 7.2 innings pitched, and snapped a two-game losing streak…Equally as impressive is the current stretch for OF Henry Ramos who has reached base safely in 26 of 28 games this year…The outfielder is 15-for-30 (.500) in May with 2 HR and 6 RBI in 8 games.

SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .382 (29-for-76) with five HRs, 12 extra-base hits and 22 RBI since April 18th…Ramos is hitting .392 since that date.

STAT MAKES SENSE: The Sea Dogs have a +61 run differential, tied for the 6th best in Minor League Baseball and 3rd among clubs Double-A or higher.

 

Oh what a night at Hadlock Field

Baseball America likes these two guys (Photo by me)

Baseball America likes these two guys (Photo by Portland Sea Dogs)

The Sea Dogs return home after a 4-3 roadtrip, and open up a four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field. Tonight features an amazing game one pitching match-up, as Top Pitching Prospects face-off. LHP Henry Owens (3-2, 3.89) looks to snap a two-game losing streak against New Hampshire’s RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 2.55). Owens is the #2 overall prospect behind Xander Bogaerts, but Sanchez is the #1 overall prospect in Toronto’s system – this is all according to Baseball America.

Tonight is the NFL Draft and it couldn’t have worked out better for tonight’s special first pitch.  New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen will toss out the first pitch and sign autographs.

Tweet from the Pats RB earlier
Shane Vereen @ShaneVereen34
Throwing out the first pitch tonight at the Portland Sea Dogs game!!! … This could get interesting

Make sure to follow Slugger on Twitter (@Slugger_SeaDog) for his blog and his journey from Fenway Park to Hadlock Field…Slugger arrived today. We’re so proud of him.

We welcome Shane Vereen to Hadlock Field.

We welcome Shane Vereen to Hadlock Field.

 of X-Factor Season 3 will be on hand to welcome Slugger back.

Let’s not forget Mookie Madness – Betts homered yesterday and has reached base safely in 59 straight regular season games dating back to August 22013, but 64 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs.

(MORE ON MOOKIE) Betts is a nephew of Terry Shumpert, who played parts of 14 seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres,Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Betts has attributed his nickname Mookie to his parents watching former NBA guard Mookie Blaylock play basketball shortly after Betts was born. Betts has stated he has never met Blaylock.

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

Pre-Game Interview: 

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Welch 3, Swihart 2, Ramos 8, Meneses 5, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 9, Owens LH (3-2, 3.89)

New Hampshire: Berti 4, Burns 5, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Crouse 7, Jacobo 3, Nolan 6, Van Kirk DH, Jones 8, Sanchez RH (1-1, 2.55)

Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com

FIRST OF A FEW: Tonight the Sea Dogs open up a four-game weekend series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) – the first of 22 meetings between the East Coast rivals…Portland returns home after a 4-3 roadtrip, and has not lost a road series this season (3-0-3)…Last year, the Sea Dogs won the season-series from New Hampshire, taking 13 of 24 and six of 10 at Hadlock Field…LHP Henry Owens has lost two straight starts, giving up nine runs in his last 11 IP.

DECIDED IN THE SIXTH: Reading scored six runs in the sixth inning to beat the Sea Dogs, 8-3, on Wednesday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium…Portland’s runs came on two solo-homers by Henry Ramos and Mookie Betts’ big fly to lead-off the game…Ramos’ homers were the first 2 in Double-A…Reading had five players with a multi-hit game, receiving a two-run homer by Lars Davis and 2 RBI from Aaron Altherr…LHP Hoby Milner tossed seven strong innings on six hit and two runs to earn the win…Derrik Gibson and Heiker Meneses each had two hits in the loss.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 1-for-4 with his fifth homer of the season in the roadtrip finale…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 29 Double-A starts (16 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 59 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 64 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .402 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 123 of his last 133 games (dating back to May 5, 2013). 

#MookieMadness...Betts is leading minor league baseball with a .402 average.

#MookieMadness…Betts is leading minor league baseball with a .402 average.

BIG SHOCKER: Betts was named the Eastern League Player of the Month on Tuesday after leading Minor League Baseball with a .430 average in April…He’s the 12th player in franchise history to win the award and the first since OF Juan Carlos Linares took home the honors last August…On Monday, RHP Mike McCarthy was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, going 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 2 starts.

OH HENRY:Yesterday was the second career multi-homer game for Ramos, and the first by a Sea Dog since Linares blasted two homers against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on August 26…Ramoshas hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games: 29-for-74 (.392), 2 HR, 15 RBI, triple and 5 doubles.

Looking for five in a row

Mike Augliera looks for his third win of the season this morning in Reading. (photo by Kelly O'Connor).

Mike Augliera looks for his third win of the season this morning in Reading. (photo by Kelly O’Connor).

The Sea Dogs dropped the first 2 games of the roadtrip, and seek a five-game winning streak this morning against the Reading Fightin Phils from FirstEnergy Stadium.  Portland is shooting for their fifth straight win today and a chance to go 10 games over .500 for the first time since last May (28-18)

Make sure to follow Slugger on Twitter (@Slugger_SeaDog) as he continues his 114-mile walk from Fenway Park to Hadlock Field.  Slugger should arrive at Hadlock Field tomorrow night

Pre-Game begins at 11:15 AM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: Robby Scott Part 2

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Gibson 6, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Ramos 9, Rivero 5, Meneses DH, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RH (2-2, 3.48)

Reading: Alonso 5, Collier 9, Perkins 7, Altherr 8, Serritella DH, Stassi 3, Cartwright 4, Davis 2, Duran 6, Milner LH (0-2, 6.16)

A few notes today…Full Game Notes at seadogs.com

FIVE WOULD MAKE 10: The Sea Dogs seek a five-game win streak, as they conclude their seven-game roadtrip on Wednesday morning against the Reading Fightin Phils from FirstEnergy Stadium…Portland dropped the first 2 games of the trip in Binghamton, but have won four straight, outscoring the opponent 25 to 5…The ‘Dogs have a chance to go 10 games over .500 for the first time since they were 28-18 on May 24, 2013…The pitching staff has compiled a 1.06 ERA (6 ER/51.0 IP) on the trip.

THAT MAKES FOUR: Portland shutout the Reading Fightin Phils 4-0 on Tuesday night, allowing just six hits from LHP Mickey Pena (3), LHP Nate Reed (1) and RHP Aaron Kurcz…The ‘Dogs scored their runs over two innings off losing pitcher RHP Severino Gonzalez (3-2). 1B Travis Shaw knocked home the first run with a single in the third, later in the frame, C Blake Swihart and RF Henry Ramos had back-to-back, two-out RBI singles…2B Mickey Pena delivered an RBI single in the fourth…Pena went five scoreless, giving up three hits, walks and five strikeouts.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 1-for-4 with and RBI and his 15th stolen base on Tuesday night…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 28 Double-A starts (16 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 58 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 63 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .407 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 122 of his last 132 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).

BIG SHOCKER: Betts was named the Eastern League Player of the Month on Tuesday, after leading Minor League Baseball with a .430 average in April…He’s the 12th player in franchise history to win the award and the first since OF Juan Carlos Linares took home the honors last August…On Monday, RHP Mike McCarthy was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, going 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 2 starts.

SUPER SHAW:After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shaw enters today’s game at .311 with 5 HR and 22 RBI…He has a 6-game hitting streak: 11-for-21 (.524), HR, 5 RBI, 5 2B (multi-hit in 5 of last 8)…Last 16 games: 28-for-68 (.412), 5 HR, 19 RBI…RBI in 13 of his last 17 games.

Back where we started 2014!

Keith Couch is 12-1, 2.85 ERA in 20 career starts with Portland.

Keith Couch is 12-1, 2.85 ERA in 20 career starts with Portland.

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Monday night against the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium. RHP Keith Couch makes his second straight start against RHP Mike Nesseth. Couch is 4-0, 2.48 ERA in 5 starts this season.

Portland won the final two games in Binghamton, earning a split of the four-game series…The ‘Dogs are 2-0-3 in road series this season. On Opening Night, they won a rain-shortened 6-inning game over Reading 5-0. Mookie Betts (see notes for Mookie Madness) led off the season with a homer and Henry Owens tossed a no-hitter.

Make sure to follow Slugger on Twitter (@Slugger_SeaDog) as he continues his 114-mile walk from Fenway Park to Hadlock Field.  Slugger walked 23 miles yesterday! Keep up the good work.

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.

Pre-Game Interview: All about Slugger

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 5, Swihart 2, Rivero DH, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP (4-0, 2.48)

Reading: Alonso 4, Hernandez 5, Perkins 7, Altherr 8, Joseph 2, Collier 9, Stassi 3, Hewitt DH, Duran 6, Nesseth RHP (0-1, 7.88)

A few notes today…Full Game Notes at seadogs.com

WHERE IT ALL STARTED: Portland opened the 2014 season in Reading, PA, and begins a three-game series on Monday night at First Energy Stadium…On Opening Night, Mookie Betts began the season with a homer and LHP Henry Owens tossed a 6-inning no-hitter (Portland win a 5-0, rain-shortened contest)…The Sea Dogs split a four-game series to begin this trip, and have not lost a road series this season: 2-0-3…RHP Keith Couch makes his third start this season against Reading, he’s 12-1, 2.85 ERA in 20 career Double-A starts.

MCCARTHY AND RAMOS LEAD THE WAY: RHP Mike McCarthy (2-2) earned his second straight win, hurling six innings, as the ‘Dogs beat the B-Mets 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium…McCarthy gave up an unearned run in the fifth, yielded five hits, two walks and fanned six (season-high)…RF Henry Ramos picked up his second 4-hit game of the season and drove in the final run in the eighth…2B Mookie Betts and 3B Heiker Meneses delivered RBI singles…RHP Noe Ramirez worked two scoreless frames of relief to earn a hold and RHP Miguel Celestino stranded two in the ninth to grab his second save of the year.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 2-for-5 with an RBI yesterday, with both hits in his first 2 at-bats…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 26 Double-A starts (15 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 56 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 61 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .405 average is the 2nd highest in Minor League Baseball behind T.J. Rivera of the St. Lucie Mets.

HONORS FOR WINNING 2: McCarthy was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (April 28-May 4) for going 2-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER/12.0 IP) in starts against Reading and Binghamton…The righty gave up two hits, two walks and fanned eight, earning his first 2 wins of the season.

Brian Johnson won his Double-A debut on Saturday. He'll start when the 'Dogs return home (photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

Brian Johnson won his Double-A debut on Saturday. He’ll start when the ‘Dogs return home (photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

TRAVIS LIKES NEW YORK: Shaw left Maine with only one double, but collected four straight multi-hit games in Binghamton: 9-for-14 (.643), 3 RBI but had 5 doubles…Shaw’s last 14 games: 26-for-61 (.426), 4 HR, 17 RBI.

HE ALSO HAS TWO: Ramos tied a career-high with his second Double-A 4-hit game on Sunday…The first-year Sea Dog has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games.

 

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