Playoff Push continues on Wednesday night

Shannon Wilkerson is hitting .326 this month, his best average of the season.

Shannon Wilkerson is hitting .326 this month, his best average of the season.

The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats trail the Trenton Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot with eight games left, and continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs clinch a winning record on the road.

RHP Jeremy Kerht is starting tonight instead of RHP Matt Barnes…Kehrt is 2-3, 4.27 ERA (31 ER/65.1 IP) on the season…RHP Austin Bibens-Dirx (3-4, 2.11) makes his 12th appearance of the season for New Hampshire and his first against Portland.

 

 

  • RF J.C. Linares had a career-night on Monday, blasting two 3-run homers off losing pitcher RHP Randy Boone…Linares homered in the seventh and ninth innings.
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Kehrt RHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan DH, Loewen 9, Schimpf 7, Rankin 2, Talley 3, Zawadzki 4, Zazueta 6, Bibens-Dirkx RHP

Notes for Wednesday

ON A ROLE: The Sea Dogs have won eight of their last 12, and continue their four-game series on Wednesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With a victory tonight, the ‘Dogs will clinch a winning record on the road and win their ninth series away from Maine…Portland and New Hampshire trail the Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…RHP Jeremy Kehrt is on the hill tonight for the ‘Dogs.

Portland is 5-0 in starts made by Owens.

Portland is 5-0 in starts made by Owens…He retired the final 12 batters he faced in last night’s game.

GOT TO HIM EARLY: Portland scored five times off losing pitcher Marcus Stroman (8-5) in the first 3 innings, and beat the Fisher Cats 9-2 on Tuesday night…LHP Henry Owens (3-0) tossed 6.2 scoreless on two hits, one walk and six strikeouts…Owens retired the final 12 batters faced…CF Shannon Wilkerson went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI, capping of the scoring with a two-run triple in the ninth…Portland received a hit from all nine starters, including a two-run double from Matt Spring (2-for-5)…2B Derrik Gibson finished 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and a run scored…LHP Rafael Perez closed out the win with a perfect ninth.

JEREMY IS STARTING: RHP Jeremy Kehrt makes his seventh start of the season for the Sea Dogs in game three of the series…Kehrt’s last start was a no-decision on August 10th vs. Bowie at Hadlock Field, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts over 6 IP.

BULLPEN HAS BEEN CLUTCH: The ‘Dogs bullpen is 2-1, 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20.0 IP) during the trip, but has allowed only 6 ER over 26.1 IP (2.05 ERA) during their 16-game stretch against New Hampshire and Trenton.

HEY I’M A LEADER: C Christian Vazquez went 1-for-4 last night with a single and a walk…Vazquez is 9th in the league in hitting at .291 (95-for-327) and continues to lead the league in throwing out runners (47%).

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats meet for the final time on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 6-3 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…The Sea Dogs are 8-8-4 in road series this season.

 

Sea Dogs hanging in there…Fall League update

Derrik Gibson joins a few of his teammates on the Arizona Fall League....Rosters were announced today.

Derrik Gibson joins a few of his teammates on the Arizona Fall League….Rosters were announced today.

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot with eight games left, and continue their four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is one game behind New Hampshire for third place after last night’s 10-5 win.

How about this pitching matchup for Game 2: LHP Henry Owens (2-0, 1.50), the #3 Pitching Prospect in the system according to Baseball America against RHP Marcus Stroman, the #5 Pitching Prospect in the Jays system.

Owens walked a career-high seven batters in his last start at Trenton, but still has a 1.50 ERA at Double-A…Stroman was touched for seven runs over an IP earlier this season at Hadlock Field, giving up two homers to Xander Bogaerts.

  • RF J.C. Linares had a career-night on Monday, blasting two 3-run homers off losing pitcher RHP Randy Boone…Linares homered in the seventh and ninth innings.
  • Red Sox announced the following minor leaguers going to the Fall League: Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Derrik Gibson, Noe Ramirez, Pete Ruiz and Travis Shaw.
  • Hitting Coach Rich Gedman has been selected as a coach for the Fall League..Link to Surprise Saguaros
  • Final Homestand includes Bruins Daniel Paille, Field of Dreams and Team Awards.
  • Dead River Company to Host Food Drive at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Vazquez DH, Linares 9, Almanzar 3, Spring 2, Marrero 6, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Owens LHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Loewen 9, Jacobo DH, Ahrens 3, Schimpf 7, Murphy 2, Tolisano 4, Walden RHP

Linares and Matt Spring have both knocked in six runs this season.

HEY I’M A LEADER: C Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 last night with a double and his 44th RBI of the season…Vazquez is 9th in the league in hitting at .291 (94-for-323) and continues to lead the league in throwing out runners (47%).

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 5-3 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…The ‘Dogs are 8-8-4 in road series this season.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats on Monday night

The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Cecchini DH, Vazquez 2, Linares 9, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Marrero 6, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Pena LHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Loewen 9, Jacobo DH, Ahrens 3, Schimpf 7, Murphy 2, Tolisano 4, Walden RHP

Mickey Pena makes his second straight Double-A start against New Hampshire.

Mickey Pena makes his second straight Double-A start against New Hampshire.

Notes for Monday

CLOSER TO HOME: The Sea Dogs begin the second leg of their roadtrip on Monday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…After splitting a four-game series in Trenton, the ‘Dogs trail Trenton by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, but trail New Hampshire by two games for third place…LHP Mickey Pena makes his second straight Double-A start against the Fisher Cats…Pena tossed seven scoreless in his Double-A debut on August 21st at Hadlock.

TOUGH FINISH: LF Ramon Flores delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning, lifting the Thunder to a 3-2 win over the Sea Dogs on Sunday night at Arm & Hammer Park…RHP Terry Doyle (1-5) suffered the loss in his first appearance with Portland in relief…The run in the 10th was the lone run allowed by Portland’s bullpen in the series (15.1 IP)…Portland tied the game in the ninth inning on a bases-loaded walk to J.C. Linares on a 3-2 pitch…Michael Almanzar hit his 15th homer of the season and finished 2-for-5…LHP Chris Hernandez tossed six strong innings on six hits, two runs (one earned), two walks and five strikeouts.

HE HIT ‘EM BOTH: Almanzar hit both of Portland’s homers in the Trenton series – both to leadoff the second…Portland hit .261 (35-for-134) in the series, but only .220 (9-for-41) with runners-in-scoring position.

JUMPING INTO THE LEADERS: Catcher Christian Vazquez went 1-for-4 on Sunday and is now tied for 9th in the Eastern League with a .288 average…RHP Keith Couch is tied for 8th in ERA at 3.49.

SOME CLUTCH HITING: SS Deven Marrero enters tonight’s game with a Double-A high, five-game hitting streak: 5-for-21 (.238)…The former standout at Arizona State University has five of his 11 hits with runners-in-scoring position…Vazquez has the longest hitting streak this season at 12 games.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats continue their four-game series on Tuesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 4-3 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…The ‘Dogs are 8-8-4 in road series this season.

Sunday night finale in Trenton, NJ

Garin Cecchini has reached base safely in 33 straight games...He had the game-winning hit on Saturday night (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

Garin Cecchini has reached base safely in 33 straight games…He had the game-winning hit on Saturday night (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and conclude their four-game series on Sunday night at Arm & Hammer Park with a 5:05 PM first pitch.

Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles joins me on the Pre-Game Show beginning at 4:45 PM…Next Sunday is our last interview of the regular season.

Tomorrow night, the ‘Dogs open up a four-game series at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate)…Portland is 10-10 against the ‘Cats this season, and have dropped six of 10 in New Hampshire.

Dog and Thunder Bytes

  • Garin Cecchini and Carmen Angelini grew up together in Lake Charles, LA and played together at Lake Barbe High School.
  • Trenton’s Pat Venditte is a switch-pitcher…he has to declare to the umpire before each at-bat which way he’ll throw…Venditte retired all five batters faced in the series.
  • LHP Chris Hernandez tossed a career-high eight innings in his last start against New Hampshire, earning his first win of the year.
  • Thunder Pitching Coach Tommy Phelps has a World Series win from the 2003 Florida Marlins.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini 5, Linares 9, Almanzar DH, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Hernandez LHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores 7, Pirela 4, G. Sanchez 2, Angelini 6, Roller 3, Gamel 9, Y. Sanchez DH, Corona 5, O’Brien RHP

Notes for Sunday

WHAT A SERIES: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) wrap up their four-game series on Sunday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland has won two of the first 3 games and trail the Thunder by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…The ‘Dogs trail the Fisher Cats by one game for third place, but start a four-game series in New Hampshire on Monday night…LHP Chris Hernandez makes his fourth start of the season for Portland.

GARIN TO THE RESCUE: DH Garin Cecchini snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning, as the Sea Dogs beat the Thunder 4-2 on Saturday night…LHP Eric Niesen (1-2) earned his first win with Portland, working two scoreless frames on one hit and four strikeouts…RHP Tommy Kahnle (1-3) gave up two runs, two hits and three walks over .2 IP to suffer the loss…RHP Keith Couch hurled seven strong innings on five hits and two runs in a no-decision…LF Ryan Dent went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and made a great diving catch in the seventh…SS Deven Marrero tied the game in the third with an RBI single.

NICE WORK BY THE ‘PEN: Portland’s bullpen has worked 12 scoreless frames in the series, earning wins by Niesen and RHP Pete Ruiz…Trenton’s ‘pen has walked 11 batters in the three games, allowing three runs over 9.2 IP.

JUMPING INTO THE LEADERS: Catcher Christian Vazquez went 2-for-3 with a walk and double last night…Vazquez is now tied for 9th in the Eastern League with a .289 average…Couch is tied for 8th in ERA at 3.49.

Brandon Leese tossed a franchise record six complete-games in 2000.

Brandon Leese tossed a franchise record six complete-games in 2000.

SOME CLUTCH HITING: Marrero enters tonight’s game with a Double-A high, four-game hitting streak: 4-for-16 (.250)…The former standout at Arizona State University has five of his 10 hits with runners-in-scoring position…Portland is 8-for-31 (.258) in the series with runners-in-scoring position, but Trenton is 3-for-24 (.125).

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open their final road series of the season on Monday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland is 4-2 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton.

Saturday in the Park…’Dogs and Thunder continue their series

Arm & Hammer Park's retired numbers include Nomar.

Arm & Hammer Park’s retired numbers include Nomar.

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Tonight, RHP Keith Couch (10-3), the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week makes his 28th appearance and his 14th start for Portland…Couch has two complete games this season, including a 9-inning complete game in his previous start in Harrisburg.

Previous nine-inning complete games in franchise history

  1. Charlie Zink (June 19, 2007 at Connecticut)
  2. Jon Lester (August 1, 2005 vs. New Britain)
  3. Josh Stevens (July 23, 2004 vs. Norwich)
  4. Tim Kester (May 5, 2003 at Norwich)

Most Complete Games in one season in franchise history

6 complete games  Brandon Leese 2000

4 complete games Brian Meadows 1997, Will Cunane 1996

3 complete games Jon Lester 2005, Tim Kester 2003, Nate Bump 2000 & 2002, Nate Robertson 2002

Dog and Thunder Bytes

  • Garin Cecchini and Carmen Angelini grew up together in Lake Charles, LA and played together at Lake Barbe High School.
  • Trenton’s Pat Venditte is a switch-pitcher…he has to declare to the umpire before each at-bat which way he’ll throw…In the series opener, Venditte retired all four batters faced.
  • RHP Keith Couch had his first complete-game this season against Trenton – game on of a doubleheader on July 2nd at Hadlock Field.
  • Thunder Pitching Coach Tommy Phelps has a World Series win from the 2003 Florida Marlins.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini DH, Linares 9, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Dent 7, Gibson 4, Couch RHP

Trenton: Williams DH, Flores 7, Pirela 4, Sanchez 2, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Gamel 8, Sanchez 9, Corona 5, Mitchell RHP

Notes for Saturday

PART 3 ON SATURDAY: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) play game three of their four-game series on Saturday night at Arm & Hammer Park…With last night’s Thunder win, the series is tied at one, and Portland trails Trenton by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division with 11 games left in the regular season…RHP Keith Couch, the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week,
makes his 14th start of the season and his second against Trenton.

NOT MANY HITS LATE: RHP Scottie Allen tossed 5.1 innings on six hits and one run, lifting the Trenton Thunder to a 3-1 win on Friday night…Trenton scored first, receiving a two-out, RBI single from Carmen Angelini in the first…Mason Williams reached on an infield single in the fourth to score Ben Gamel, but a throwing error by Matt Barnes (5-10) allowed a second run to scored…Shannon Wilkerson knocked in Portland’s lone run with a run-scoring single with two outs in the sixth…Francisco Rondon recorded the final five outs to earn his third save of the season.

J.C. Linares has two hits in back-to-back games.

J.C. Linares has two hits in back-to-back games.

NICE WORK BY THE ‘PEN: RHP Miguel Celestino tossed three hitless innings for the second time this season with his performance last night…Celestino issued a walk and fanned three…LHP Matt Maloney worked a perfect eighth.

IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: J.C. Linares and Wilkerson each have multi-hit games in the first 2 games of the series…Michael Almanzar continues to lead the team with 34 multi-hit games…Linares is hitting .297 over his last 29 games.

COMPLETE GAME HISTORY: On August 18th in Harrisburg, Couch became the fifth pitcher as a Red Sox affiliate (since 2003) to hurl a nine-inning complete game: Zink (June 19, 2007 at Connecticut), Jon Lester (August 1, 2005 vs. New Britain), Josh Stevens (July 23, 2004 vs. Norwich) and Tim Kester (May 5, 2003 at Norwich)

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman.  

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder meet for the final time at Arm & Hammer Park on Sunday night at 5:05 PM…Portland is 3-2 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…Portland and the Thunder close out the regular season with five games in four days at Hadlock Field.

Barnes on the hill Friday night in Trenton.

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by four games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and continue their series with the Thunder on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park.

Dog and Thunder Bytes

  • Garin Cecchini and Carmen Angelini grew up togeterh in Lake Charles, LA and played together at Lake Barbe High School.
  • Trenton’s Pat Venditte is a switch-pitcher…he has to declare to the umpire before each at-bat which way he’ll throw…Last night, Venditte retired all four batters faced.
  • RHP Matt Barnes makes his third start of the season against the Thunder…Barnes suffered the loss in his last outing.
  • Trenton has 12 players on the disabled list…Pena was the 56th player used by Portland – they’ve made 124 transactions this season.
  • OF Kolbrin Vitek continues to rehab along with PawSox OF Bryce Brentz in the Gulf Coast League.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Hissey 7, Marrero 6, Cecchini 5, Linares 9, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Spring 2 Wilkerson 8, Dent 4, Barnes RHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores DH, Sanchez 2, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Gamel 7, Sanchez 9, Stevenson 5, Corona 4, Allen RHP

Notes for Friday

GETTING INTERESTING: The Sea Dogs are now four games behind the Trenton Thunder for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and continue their four-game set with the Thunder on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park…In Portland’s last three games, the winning run was at the plate with one out, but did not score…The Sea Dogs have won four of their last five games, and are looking for their third straight series win for the first time since the opening month of the season.

Pete Ruiz tossed 3.1 hitless innings on Thursday night, earning his 3rd win of the season. (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

Pete Ruiz tossed 3.1 hitless innings on Thursday night, earning his 3rd win of the season. (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

LONG NIGHT, ENDS IN A GOOD WIN: Portland held on to beat the Trenton Thunder 4-2 on Thursday night in the series opener, a contest that lasted 3 hours and 34 minutes…SS Deven Marrero snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-out, run-scoring single in the sixth off losing pitcher Nik Turley (9-8)…Pete Ruiz (3-3) relieved Henry Owens and tossed 3.1 hitless innings to earn the win…Owens walked a career-high seven batters, yielding two runs (one earned) on two hits over 3+ innings…Rafael Perez worked a season-high 2.2 IP to earn his fifth save of the year…Trenton had two on in the ninth with nobody out, but could not score.

NOT MANY HITS: Last night’s game had 12 total hits, but 18 total walks, including 10 by Portland’s pitchers…The ‘Dogs stranded 14 baserunners, going 2-for-14 with runners-in-scoring position…In Portland’s last three road wins, the opponent has gone 0-for-19 with runners-in-scoring position. 

GOOD SIGN: Portland’s first hit of the trip was solo-homer by 3B Michael Almanzar to lead off the second inning…Almanzar is the team leader in RBI with 75 and hit his 14th homer of the season…J.C. Linares went 2-for-4 in the series opener with a run-scoring single.

BEEN CAUGHT STEALING: Catcher Christian Vazquez picked off Carmen Angelini at third base with the bases loaded in the fourth, cutting down a potential big inning for Trenton…Vazquez threw out Angelini trying to steal in the second inning.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman.  

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder play game three of their four-game series on Saturday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland is 3-1 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…Portland and the Thunder close out the regular season with five games in four days.

Matt Barnes makes his 24th start for the Sea Dogs in tonight's game.

Matt Barnes makes his 24th start for the Sea Dogs in tonight’s game.

Playoff Push continues in Trenton

Pre-Game view at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ.

Pre-Game view at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ.

The Sea Dogs trail the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, and open up an eight-game trip on Thursday night against Trenton at Arm & Hammer Park.

Portland trails New Hampshire by 1.5 games for third place and Trenton by five for the second playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division….LHP Henry Owens makes his first start against the Eastern Division…the lefty is 2-0, 1.20 ERA (2 ER/15.0 IP) in three starts against Bowie and Harrisburg.

Dog and Thunder Bytes

  • Garin Cecchini and Carmen Angelini grew up togeterh in Lake Charles, LA and played together at Lake Barbe High School.
  • Trenton’s Pat Venditte is a switch-pitcher…he has to declare to the umpire before each at-bat which way he’ll throw.
  • LF Ryan Dent batted second for the first time yesterday, tonight he bats leadoff for the first time this season.
  • Trenton has 12 players on the disabled list…Pena was the 56th player used by Portland – they’ve made 124 transactions this season.
  • OF Kolbrin Vitek continues to rehab along with PawSox OF Bryce Brentz in the Gulf Coast League.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Dent 7, Marrero 6, Cecchini DH, Linares 9, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3 Wilkerson 8, Gibson 4, Owens LHP

Trenton: Williams 8, Flores 7, Pirela 4, Sanchez 2, Roller DH, Angelini 6, Sanchez 9, Gil 3, Corona 5, Turley LHP

Notes for Thursday

THEY PLAY A LOT: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the Trenton Thunder on Thursday night at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ…Portland trails the Thunder by five games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, but plays nine of their final 13 games to end the season against Trenton…Since the last time the two teams met, Portland has dropped 29 of 47, while the Thunder have gone 26-19…Portland has won back-to-back series for the first time since June 27-July 3 (at New Hampshire and vs. Trenton).

THRILLING WIN: 1B Michael Almanzar snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run triple in the eighth inning, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 4-2 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field…New Hampshire rallied for a run in the ninth inning off Jeremy Kehrt (2-3), but left the bases loaded…RHP Noe Ramirez got 3B Andy Burns to pop out to SS Derrik Gibson to end the game…Ramirez earned both saves in the series victory for Portland…LHP Mickey Pena sizzled in his Double-A debut for the ‘Dogs, hurling seven scoreless on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

CATCHING ON: Catcher Christian Vazquez went 3-for-4 on Wednesday afternoon and knocked in the fourth run with a two-out single…Vazquez has hit safely in 15 of 16 games: 26-for-62 (.419), 8 RBI and 3 doubles…Since July 1st, Vazquez is hitting .357 (46-for-129) with a homer and 15 RBI.

MICKEY YOU SO FINE: Pena pitched the team’s 48th quality start of the season in the series finale…The lefty threw 96 pitches/62 strikes and held the Fisher Cats 0-for-6 with runners-in-scoring position.

Mickey Pena fired seven scoreless in his Double-A debut on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field (photo courtesy of Rick Rosenfeld).

Mickey Pena fired seven scoreless in his Double-A debut on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field (photo courtesy of Rick Rosenfeld).

NO(E) RUNS: Ramirez earned his fourth save in five chances, and is scoreless in four straight outings…Since allowing a run in his first 3 Double-A outings, Ramirez is scoreless in eight of 10 and is 3-2, 2.40 ERA (19 ER/71.1 IP) in 34 games between High-A Salem and Portland.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder play game two of their four-game series on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland is 2-1 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton…Portland and the Thunder close out the regular season with five games in four days.

Noon Baseball at Hadlock Field

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field…RHP Terry Doyle makes his 9th start of the season for Portland.

Mickey Pena makes his Double-A debut on Wednesday afternoon. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Mickey Pena makes his Double-A debut on Wednesday afternoon. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Pre-Game coverage begins at 11:40 AM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Dent 4, Cecchini 5, Linares DH, Almanzar 3, Vazquez 2, Hissey 9 Gibson 6, Heller 7, Pena LHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Loewen 9, Tolisano DH, Ahrens 3, Schimpf 7, Murphy 2, Zazueta 4, Walden RHP

Notes for Wednesday

DAY BASEBALL AT HADLOCK: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play the rubber game of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland trails New Hampshire by 2.5 games for third place, but trails the Thunder by five games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division…LHP Mickey Pena (6-7, 4.00 ERA with Salem Red Sox) makes his Double-A debut for the Sea Dogs in the final meeting between the two teams this season at Hadlock Field.

FOUR WASN’T ENOUGH: Portland led 4-0 after two innings, but New Hampshire rebounded with five in third and beat the Sea Dogs 8-6 on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…C Jack Murphy snapped a 5-5 tie, nailing a two-out, two-run double off losing pitcher LHP Eric Niesen (0-2) in the seventh…Portland scored a run in the ninth on Michael Almanzar’s RBI single, but RHP Alan Farina retired Matt Spring and Ryan Dent with the bases loaded to end the game…LF Ryan Dent with 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored…Murphy finished 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and John Tolisano went 3-for-4.

LETS MAKE IT 10: Portland’s starters have gone at least five innings in 10 straight games…LHP Chris Hernandez tossed eight innings in the season opener, earning his first win of the season…On Sunday, RHP Keith Couch pitched the team’s first complete game in over six years.

MAKING A DENT: Dent is now hitting .255 (36-for-141), his highest average since .258 on July 2nd…The Long Beach, California native is having his best month, hitting .317 (13-for-41) with 2 doubles and 5 RBI.

AUGUST UPDATE: The Sea Dogs are hitting .272 (170-for-626) this month, averaging 4.2 runs-per-game…Catcher Christian Vazquez is pacing the ‘Dogs in average in August at .386 (22-for-57)…Couch and LHP Henry Owens are a combined 4-0 in five starts.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up their final roadtrip (eight games) of the season on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park…Portland is 1-1 during a 16-game stretch to end the season against New Hampshire and Trenton.

Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats on Tuesday

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue their three-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…RHP Terry Doyle makes his 9th start of the season for Portland.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

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Deven Marrero made his Hadlock Field debut last night.

Deven Marrero made his Hadlock Field debut last night.

Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Vazquez 2, Shaw 3, Dent 7,  Gibson 4, Heller 9, Doyle RHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Loewen 9, Schimpf 7, Ahrens 3, Murphy 2, Zawadzki 4, Tolisano DH McGuire RHP

Notes for Tuesday

DOWN THE STRETCH: The Sea Dogs trail New Hampshire by 1.5 games and continue their three game-series with the Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is five games behind Trenton for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division with 15 games left…The ‘Dogs are seeking their first series win at home since July 3-4 when they swept the Thunder in a three-game series…RHP Terry Doyle makes his ninth start of the season for the Sea Dogs.

TOOK ADVANTAGE: New Hampshire committed three straight errors in the fourth inning, leading to two runs, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 3-2 in the series opener…LHP Chris Hernandez fired a career-high eight innings on seven hit, two runs, one walk and three strikeouts…RF Adam Loewen knocked in both runs with a single and a ground out…2B Derrik Gibson snapped a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the sixth…RHP Noe Ramirez earned his third save of the season, working around a one-out single Loewen…RHP Randy Boone (3-2) took the loss for the visitors.

LETS MAKE IT 10: Portland’s starters have gone at least five innings in nine straight games…Hernandez followed up Couch’s nine-inning complete game on Sunday afternoon in Harrisburg…Doyle has tossed seven innings in consecutive starts and has five quality starts…Portland’s 3.89 ERA is ranked fourth in the Eastern League.

MULTI-HIT GAMES: INF Michael Almanzar went 2-for-3 with an RBI last night and continues to lead the team in multi-hit games with 34…C Matt Spring picked up two hits last night, his first multi-hit game since July 22nd at New Britain.

AUGUST UPDATE: The Sea Dogs are hitting .275 (162-for-590) this month, averaging 4.1 runs-per-game…Catcher Christian Vazquez is pacing the ‘Dogs in average in August at .396 (21-for-53).

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland begins their final roadtrip on Thursday night, opening up a four-game series against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park.

Sea Dogs back home for three against the ‘Cats

The Sea Dogs begin a 72-hour homestand on Monday night at Hadlock Field against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Portland trails New Hampshire by 2.5 games for third place and Trenton by five for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division, but the ‘Dogs finish the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton.

Pitching Match-up LHP Chris Hernandez vs. RHP Chad Jenkins…Portland is 8-9 against the Fisher Cats this season.

Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Special Pre-Game segment on Xander Bogaerts, who was promoted to Boston earlier today.

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Starting Lineups
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Marrero 6, Cecchini 5,  Linares 7, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Spring 2,  Hissey 9, Gibson 4, Hernandez LHP

New Hampshire: Wilson 8, Burns 5, Nolan 6, Loewen 9, Ahrens 3, Schimpf 7, Murphy 2, Tolisano DH, Zazueta 4, Jenkins RHP

Keith Couch was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week earlier today.

Keith Couch was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week earlier today.

Notes for Monday

DOWN THE STRETCH: The Sea Dogs open up a 16-game stretch against New Hampshire and Trenton to conclude the regular season…Tonight, the ‘Dogs and ‘Cats kick off a three-game series at Hadlock Field…Portland concluded a 22-game stretch against the Western Division, going 8-14, but took two of three over the weekend in Harrisburg…New Hampshire has won five straight and trail the Thunder by 2.5 games for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Portland trails Trenton by five games, but has nine game with the Thunder.

20-year old Xander Bogaerts is in the show.  Makes it three Sea Dogs from the Opening Day roster to land in Boston this year.

20-year old Xander Bogaerts is in the show. Makes it three Sea Dogs from the Opening Day roster to land in Boston this year.

GOING THE DISTANCE: RHP Keith Couch (10-3) tossed a six-hit complete game in Portland’s 2-1 win on Sunday afternoon in Harrisburg…Couch had the franchise’s first 9-inning complete game since Charlie Zink on June 19, 2007 at the Connecticut Defenders…3B Carlos Rivero homered off Couch to lead off the fifth for Harrisburg’s only run…Portland scored in their fifth on a bases-loaded walk by Garin Cecchini and J.C. Linares’ sacrifice fly…RHP Taylor Hill (2-6) took the loss, giving up two unearned runs over seven frames on six hits, three walks and three strikeouts.

MORE NINE HISTORY: Couch became the fifth pitcher as a Red Sox affiliate (since 2003) to hurl a nine-inning complete game: Zink (June 19, 2007 at Connecticut Defenders), Jon Lester (August 1, 2005 vs. New Britain Rock Cats), Josh Stevens (July 23, 2004 vs. Norwich Navigators) and Tim Kester (May 5, 2003 at Norwich Navigators)…Earlier today, Couch was named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week by going 2-0, 1.13 ERA in two starts.

YESTERDAY MADE IT TWO: Portland dropped 10 of 12 series to the Western Division, but won both series on the road: Bowie, August 2-4 and Harrisburg, August 16-18.

TURNING A CORNER: INF Michael Almanzar has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 starts: 16-for-56 (.286), HR, 7 RBI, 2 2B…The first-year Sea Dog is the team leader in multi-hit (33) and multi-RBI (18) games…Ryan Dent finished 8-for-18 (.444) on the trip.

Jacoby Ellsbury Bobblehead Giveaway at Hadlock Field on Monday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury Bobblehead Giveaway at Hadlock Field on Monday night.

ALMOST A WHOLE ROSTER: The Sea Dogs have had 16 players promoted to Pawtucket this season: OF Ronald Bermudez, INF Xander Bogaerts, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Keith Couch, INF/OF Ryan Dent, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Jeremy Kehrt, LHP Will Latimer, OF J.C. Linares, RHP Chris Martin, INF Heiker Meneses, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Alberto Rosario, OF Tony Thomas and RHP Brandon Workman. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland begins their final roadtrip on Thursday night, opening up a four-game series against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park.

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