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.

 

Slugger’s Day…Portland wraps up series in Binghamton

Fenway_to_Hadlock_lrjelc4k_jb74xjzcSunday is all about Slugger the Sea Dog, the team mascot celebrating his 20th birthday this year. In honor of this historical season, his trainer Justin LeBlanc had a plan – go big or go home. Today, Slugger begins a 114-mile walk from Fenway Park to Hadlock Field. Slugger is doing this all for Tourette’s Syndrome.

The official kick-off begins at 12 PM at Fenway Park prior to the Sox/Athletics game. Slugger is scheduled to arrive at Hadlock Field on Thursday night, May 8th, just in time for the Sea Dogs homestand opener against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

To make a donation

Terrific article from the Portland Press Herald tells the whole story.

More on Slugger from our terrific media

Pre-Game begins at 12:45 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 3, Rivero DH, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Meneses 5, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, McCarthy RHP (1-2, 6.10)

Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Burgamy 5, Reynolds 6, Clark DH, Plawecki 2, Vaughn 9, Boyd 3, Lawley 7, Tovar 4, Lara RHP (2-0, 3.86)

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

LOOKING FOR THE SPLIT: The Sea Dogs snapped a three-game losing streak by winning game two of yesterday’s doubleheader…Portland can manage a split of the four-game series with a win this afternoon in the series finale…The ‘Dogs are 1-3 in series finales and have not lost a road series this season…RHP Mike McCarthy (1-2) is coming off six scoreless frames in his previous outing and makes his fifth start (sixth appearance) for Portland…RHP Rainy Lara makes his first career appearance against Portland.

AND YESTERDAY WAS A SPLIT: LHP Henry Owens (3-2) tossed a complete game in the twinbill opener, but uncorked a wild pitch in the sixth, enabling the winning run to score in Binghamton’s 3-2 win…In game two, Portland clobbered 13 hits to win 9-3…LHP Brian Johnson tossed 5.1 innings on three hits and two unearned runs to notch the win in his Double-A debut…Deven Marrero and Carlos Rivero each homered in the game two…Travis Shaw went 5-for-7 with 2 RBI and 3 doubles in the doubleheader…Mookie Betts had hits in both games and Shannon Wilkerson finished the day 3-for-6, 2 RBI.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 3-for-9 with an RBI in yesterday’s doubleheader…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 25 Double-A starts (14 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 55 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 60 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’ .406 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball (more on Page 2).

MORE ON THE LEFTIES: Owens earned his league-leading second complete game in the opener…Over six innings, Owens yielded six hits, three runs, one walk and fanned six…Johnson did not issue a walk and fanned three, throwing 61 of 94 pitches for strikes.

Travis Shaw is hitting a season-high .304. He is 7-for-10 in the series.

Travis Shaw is hitting a season-high .304. He is 7-for-10 in the series.

TRAVIS LIKES NEW YORK: Shaw entered this series with one double, but is 7-for-10, 3 RBI and 4 doubles in the last three games…His .304 average is the highest of the season, and he has collected a multi-hit game in four his last five starts.

THAT WAS EASY: RHP Jose Valdez was the only reliever used for the Sea Dogs on Saturday…Valdez worked 1.2 innings on four hits, one unearned run, one walk and fanned two…The run allowed by the righty was the first in six games with Portland.

Back in B-town…Augliera makes his fifth start

Mike Augliera was a standout at Binghamton University, tonight, he returns to his roots. (photo by Kelly O'Connor).

Mike Augliera was a standout at Binghamton University, tonight, he returns to his roots. (photo by Kelly O’Connor).

RHP Mike Augliera makes his fifth start of the season in the roadtrip opener on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland was postponed yesterday and finished 3-3 on the homestand…Augliera was a standout at Binghamton University, and made a few appearances at NYSEG Stadium as an amateur.

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: April Review

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Swihart 2, Rivero 7, Ramos 9, Meneses 5, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RHP (2-1, 3.75)

Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Burgamy 5, Reynolds 6, Clark 3, Plawecki 2, Boyd DH, Lawley 7, Johnson 9, Tovar 4, Peavey RHP (0-1, 5.51)

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

HOMECOMING: Former Binghamton University standout RHP Mike Augliera gets the starting nod in the opener of a four-game series on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland was postponed yesterday, and finished 3-3 on their homestand…The postponement was the sixth of the season and the fourth at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs and the B-Mets are playing their third series of the season…There’s been three postponements through the first 2 series…Tomorrow afternoon is Portland’s second doubleheader of the season.

RALLY FELL SHORT: Reading scored single runs during innings 6-8, and beat the Sea Dogs 3-2 on Wednesday night…Portland grabbed a 1-0 lead right away off winning pitcher Severino Gonzalez (3-1)…2B Mookie Betts led off with a single and scored on a double by SS Deven Marrero…Portland had just four hits the rest of the way, scoring a run (Henry Ramos RBI single) in the ninth inning off closer Kenny Giles…LF Albert Cartwright (3-for-3) tied the game in the sixth with a single. Reading scored the go-ahead run off Robby Scott (2-1) in the seventh on a fielder’s choice and Carlos Alonso delivered an RBI bunt-single in the eighth.

#MookieMadness...Betts is leading minor league baseball with a .430 average.

#MookieMadness…Betts is leading minor league baseball with a .430 average.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 2-for-3 with a walk with on Wednesday night…The Tennessee native has a team-high, 17-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 22 Double-A starts (13 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 52 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 57 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 17-game hit streak is the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .430 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball (more on Page 2).

HOW DOES THAT APRIL RANK?Portland’s 15-8 (.652) record in April is their fifth best in franchise history: 17-3 (.850) 1995, 20-6 (.769) 1997, 13-6 (.684) 2005 and 17-8 (.680) 2008…The Sea Dogs have the second best record in Double-A behind the Frisco Roughriders (17-9, .654, Texas League).

TWO OUT MAGIC: Portland has scored 25 of their last 30 (83%) runs on the homestand have been scored with two down…This season, the ‘Dogs have scored 60 of their 141 runs (43%) with two outs.

THAT WAST THE BEST: Portland’s .291 team average was the best April as a Red Sox affiliate and the best April since the 1997 Sea Dogs hit .297 in the opening month.

Mickey Pena on the hill tonight

LHP Mickey Pena makes his fifth start of the season for the Sea Dogs in Game 3 of the series against the Reading Fightin Phils at Hadlock Field. Portland owns the best record in the Eastern League at 15-7 and is 3-2 during a seven-game homestand.

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 or watch at MILB.TV beginning at 5:55 PM.

Pre-Game Interview: Mike McCarthy

Reading: Alons0 5, Hernandez 6, Perkins 9, Altherr 8, Hewitt DH, Stassi 3, Moore 2, Cartwright 7, Duran 4, Gonzalez RHP (2-1, 4.28)

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch DH, Swihart 2, Rivero 5, Ramos 8, Gibson 7, Hissey 9, Pena LHP (1-0, 5.60)

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

2013 Salem Red Sox Championship Ring courtesy of Henry Owens.

2013 Salem Red Sox Championship Ring courtesy of Henry Owens.

THAT WOULD MAKE FIVE: The Sea Dogs seek their fifth series win of the season, taking on the Reading Fightin Phils game three of a four-game set…Portland has won the first 2 games of the series, scoring 18 runs on 17 hits and 26 baserunners…The ‘Dogs are 3-2 on the homestand, hitting .287 (58-for-202) and averaging 8.4 runs-per-game (42 overall)…LHP Mickey Pena is seeking his second win of the season, making his fifth start of the year…RHP Severino Gonzalez took a no-decision against the ‘Dogs on April 4th at Reading.

POWER ON THE MOUND AND AT THE PLATE: Portland hit three 2-out homers and RHP Keith Couch (4-0) retired the first 17 batters faced, as the ‘Dogs clubbed the Fightin Phils, 10-2 on Tuesday night…1B Stefan Welch gave Portland a quick 2-0 lead in the first, blasting a two-run homer (#1) to right field…2B Mookie Betts cleared the Maine Monster in the fourth with a three-run shot, two batters later, DH Travis Shaw nailed a two-run bomb, tying Betts for the team lead in homers with four…Couch worked 6.2 innings on five hits, two runs, no walks and fanned a season-high seven batters.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 3-for-4 with his 4th homer of the season and scored twice on Tuesday night…The Tennessee native has a team-high, 16-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 21 Double-A starts (12 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 51 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 56 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 16-game hit streak is the longest since OF Chih-Hsian Chiang’s 16-game hitting streak from July 15, 2011 until he was traded to Seattle…Betts’ .422 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball (more on Page 2).

DIGGING DEEPER ON THE HIT STREAKS: With a hit tonight, Betts will have the longest hitting streak for a Sea Dog since an 18-game hit streak by Brett Ronenberg on April 27-May 15, 2004…Trenton’s Taylor Dugas also has a 16-game hitting streak, starting on April 5th.

TWO OUT MAGIC: Portland scored eight of 10 runs last night two outs and 24 of their last 28 (86%) runs on the homestand have been scored with two down…This season, the ‘Dogs have scored 59 of their 139 runs (42%) with two outs.

HOW ABOUT THESE NUMBERS? Couch is now 15-3 with a 3.29 ERA in his Double-A career…As a starter he is 12-1 with 2.83 ERA…He is currently tied with Bowie’s Tyler Wilson for the league lead in wins and ranks 10th in the E.L. in ERA (2.48).

Couch looks to stay hot against Reading

Mike McCarthy worked six scoreless frames on Monday night, earning his first win of the season.

Mike McCarthy worked six scoreless frames on Monday night, earning his first win of the season.

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field..Portland is 3-2 during their 7-game homestand.

Minor League Roundup byAlex Speir, great stuff.

Roster Move: RHP Kyle Kraus assigned to High-A Salem…LHP Nate Reed received from High-A Salem.

RHP Keith Couch beat Reading in his first start of the season and carries and 11-1 mark as a starter in Double-A.

RHP Mike Nesseth makes a spot start for Reading…He is expected to throw about 60 pitches…Nesseth has no record and a 3.86 ERA (2 ER/4.2 IP) in 3 relief appearances .

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 or watch at MILB.TV beginning at 5:55 PM.

Pre-Game Interview: Mike McCarthy

Reading: Hernandez 6, Alons0 5, Perkins 7, Stassi 3, Altherr 8, Serritella DH, Moore 2, Hewitt 9, Duran 4, Nesseth RHP (0-0, 3.86)

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Swihart 2, Rivero 7, Ramos 8, Meneses 5, Wilkerson 9, Couch RHP (3-0, 3.42)

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

Keith Couch is 3-0, 2.42 ERA in 4 starts this season, but 11-1 in his Double-A career as a starter (Photo by Kelly O'Connor).

Keith Couch is 3-0, 2.42 ERA in 4 starts this season, but 11-1 in his Double-A career as a starter (Photo by Kelly O’Connor).

BACK ON TRACK: The Sea Dogs improved to 2-2 on the homestand with last night’s victory and continue their four-game set against the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs clinched a winning record at home for April…RHP Keith Couch makes his fifth start of the season and the 20th (34th overall appearance) of his Double-A career…Couch is 11-1, 2.86 ERA (36 ER/113.1 IP) as a starter in Portland…Last night was Portland’s 100th career win against Reading.

MIKE SET THE PACE: RHP Mike McCarthy (1-2) retired 18 of 21 batters faced over six scoreless innings and Portland scored five runs early off LHP Jesse Biddle (2-3), taking the series opener from Reading 8-6…McCarthy hurled three perfect innings before a lead single by 2B Carlos Alonzo, and scattered three hits, no walks and fanned two…2B Mookie Betts and SS Deven Marrero each walked three times and reached base safely in four trips…1B Travis Shaw added a two-run single, with Marrero, Carlos Rivero and Stefan Welch adding run-scoring hits.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 1-for-2 and reached base four times on Monday night…The Tennessee native has a team high, 15-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 20 Double-A starts (11 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 50 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 55 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 15-game hit streak is the longest since OF Chih-Hsian Chiang’s 16-game hitting streak from July 15, 2011 until his promotion to Pawtucket.

THEY DID RALLY BACK: Portland built an 8-0 lead last night, but Reading scored six times off RHP Kyle Kraus (first appearance this season with Portland) and RHP Aaron Kurcz…Kurcz gave up two runs, but stranded two in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

TWO OUT MAGIC: Portland scored six of eight runs last night two outs and 16 of their last 18 (89%) runs on the homestand have been scored with two down…This season, the ‘Dogs have scored 51 of their 129 runs (40%) with two outs and are hitting .307 (27-for-88) with runners-in-scoring position and two-out.

MARVELOUS MCCARTHY: McCarthy earned his second Double-A win on Monday night…It marked the fourth time that the righty had gone 6+ shutout innings…Twice he has delivered 7 scoreless (8/28/13, 8/2/12) and one other time 6 shutout innings (7/23/12).

The rings from Salem are here.

The rings from Salem are here.

Trot over to Hadlock Field tonight

Mookie Betts made a great diving catch to start a double play yesterday...Sea Dogs front office staff member Ashley Montgomery got a great photo.

Mookie Betts made a great diving catch to start a double play yesterday…Sea Dogs front office staff member Ashley Montgomery got a great photo.

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game homestand on Monday night against the Reading Fightin Phils at Hadlock Field…Portland dropped two of three to start the homestand against the Trenton Thunder – their first series loss of the season. Fans at Hadlock Field get a treat tonight, as Trot Nixon will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs.

RHP Mike McCarthy makes the start in the series opener and his third career appearance against Reading. McCarthy is 1-0, 4.50 against the Fightins in his career – both appearances last season.

LHP Jesse Biddlethe top pitching prospect in the Phillies system, makes his fifth career start against Portland. On Opening night in Reading, Biddle suffered the loss, allowing 9 hits and 4 runs over 3.1 IP. He gave up a  homer to Mookie Betts to lead-off the season. The highly touted lefty has struggled in his career against Portland, going 1-3, 5.64 ERA (14 ER/22.1 IP) in four previous starts – three last season.

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 or watch at MILB.TV beginning at 5:55 PM.

Pre-Game Interview: Derrik Gibson

Reading: Alonso 4, Stassi 3, Hernandez 5, Perkins 7, Serritella DH, Altherr 8, Moore 2, Hewitt 9, Duran 6, Biddle LHP (2-2, 2.86)

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Coyle DH, Ramos 9, Spring 2, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 8, McCarthy RHP (0-2, 8.59)

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

ON TO THE NEXT ONE: The Sea Dogs continue their seven-game homestand on Monday night against the Reading Fightin Phils…Former Red Sox OF Trot Nixon makes a special appearance, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch and signing autographs…Portland dropped their first series over the weekend, as the Thunder took two of three…The series featured 52 runs, 82 hits, but 18 innings pitched by Portland’s bullpen…The ‘Dogs and Fightins split a four-game series in Reading, PA to begin the season.

DECIDED EARLY: Trenton scored six runs in three of four innings to start the game off Henry Owens (3-1) and held on for a 6-5 on Sunday afternoon…Portland’s entire lineup reached base safely, and rallied back from a 5-0 deficit…The ‘Dogs got on the board when Mookie Betts delivered a run-scoring double in the third…Derrik Gibson added a two-run single and Travis Shaw drove in a run with a double in the fifth…Trenton catcher Gary Sanchez finished 2-for-4 with a homer, double and 3 RBI.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in the series finale…Betts has a team-high, 14-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 19 Double-A starts (11 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 49 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 54 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 14-game hit streak is the longest since OF Chih-Hsian Chiang’s 16-game hitting streak from July 15, 2011 until his promotion to Pawtucket.

TWO OUT MAGIC: Portland’s last 10 runs have been scored with two outs…This season, the ‘Dogs have scored 45 of their 121 runs (37%) with two outs and hitting .291 (23-79) with runners-in-scoring position and two-out.

¡VAMONOS RAMOS!:RF Henry Ramos went 1-for-3 with a walk on Sunday and has a season-high 9-game hitting streak: 14-for-37 (.378) with 7 RBI…C Blake Swihart has hit safely in in nine of has last 10 starts: 23-for-49 (.469), including his first Hadlock Field homer of the season on Saturday, a solo-shot in the 10th inning to tie the game at six.

IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST: Owens allowed six earned runs on Sunday, the most he’s allowed in 11 career Double-A starts…The lefty began the season with a 15.1 scoreless streak, but has given up 16 earned runs in his last 16 IP…LHP Jesse Biddle has yielded just one earned run in his last 18 IP (0.50 ERA).

Team Photo Day at Hadlock Field.

Team Photo Day at Hadlock Field.

Saturday afternoon is alright for Baseball

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland has lost two straight, including last night’s 14-10 loss.

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 or watch at MILB.TV.

Pre-Game Interview: Bob Kipper Part 2

Trenton: Williams 8, Gamel 7, Segedin 5, Roller DH, Sanchez 2, Refsnyder 4, Angelini 6, Dugas 9, Fiorito 3, Bleich LHP (2-2, 5.40)

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart 2, Coyle DH, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RHP (2-1, 3.79)

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

INTERESTNG START: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped two straight since a season-high six-game winning streak…Trenton has taken two of three in the season series, scoring double-digits in both wins (10 runs on April 8th at Arm & Hammer Park)…RHP Mike Augliera makes his fourth start of the season – he has 10 scoreless innings since April 12th…LHP Jeremy Bleich will make his fifth start of the year for the Thunder.

BATS SIZZLE IN APRIL: The Trenton Thunder snapped a 10-10 tie with a four-run ninth to take the series opener from the Sea Dogs, 14-10 on Friday night…Pinch-hitter Taylor Dugas knocked in the winning run when he was hit by RHP Michael Olmsted…SS Ali Castillo followed with a two-out, bases-clearing double…Both teams exchanged four spots in the first inning, and the Thunder had three 4-run innings…C Matt Spring clubbed his second homer of the week, a two-run shot, giving the ‘Dogs a 6-4 lead after three.

MOOKIE MADNESS: 2B Mookie Betts went 2-for-6 with two runs scored on Friday night…Betts has a team-high, 12-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 17 Double-A starts…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 47 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 52 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 12-game hit streak is the longest since OF J.C. Linares finished 2013 with a 12-game hitting streak.

¡VAMONOS RAMOS!: OF Henry Ramos went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored Friday night…The four hits tie a career high for the outfielder and marked the first time he has logged four hits since April 6, 2012 when he did it against the Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) for the Greenville Drive.

STILL HAVING A GREAT START: OF Shannon Wilkerson finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and has reached base safely in 16 straight starts…Wilkerson it hitting .328 (21-for-64) with a homer and 12 RBI.

SLUGFEST CITY: The 24 combined runs Friday night were the most in a Portland Sea Dogs game since June 1st, 2011 against the New Britain Rock Cats…The teams combined for 27 runs as the Sea Dogs beat the Rock Cats 18-9…August 23, 2012 saw a 14-9 win for the ‘Dogs over the B-Mets.

 

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