The Sea Dogs and B-Mets wrap-up their season series on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium…Portland has dropped 3 of 4 in this series, and lost June 25th’s suspended game on Thursday before game one of this series…RHP Matt Barnes gets the start for Portland.
Pre-Game coverage begins at 12:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.
Interview: Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles
Portland: Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Shaw DH, Almanzar 5, Spring 3, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 6, Gibson, 6, Heller 7, Barnes RHP
Binghamton: Muno 4, Rodriguez DH, Puello 9, Hughes 3, Taijeron 7, Lucas 5, Tovar 6, Carillo 2, Harris 8, Goeddel RHP
Notes for today
THE LAST TIME: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets have played 43 innings in three days, and conclude their five-game series on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium…The two teams will actually play six games over the four days, but game one on Thursday night was the completion of June 25th’s suspended game at Hadlock Field…Today marks the final meeting between the two teams in the regular season…Portland is now 8-11-1 against the Binghamton Mets in All-Time season series.
TWO FOR THE METS: Binghamton swept a twinbill from the Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday night, 5-2 and 6-0…The B-Mets scored five runs in the first inning off losing pitcher Terry Doyle (0-2) and never looked back…Christian Vazquez went 2-for-3 with an RBI…In game two, Binghamton scored three runs in the first and fourth innings off Jeremy Kehrt (0-3)…Wilfredo Tovar had the game-winning hit in the opener with a three-run double…In the nightcap Darrell Ceciliani and Travis Taijeron each drove in two runs…Darin Gorski and Jenrry Mejia earned the wins for the Mets.
MORE NEW GUYS IN THE MIX: Yesterday, OF Kevin Heller and C Leonel Escobar made their Double-A debuts…Heller started in right field in game one, going 0-for-3…Escobar caught game two and went 0-for-1 with a walk…Former B-Met LHP Eric Niesen made his Sea Dogs debut, working a scoreless inning in game two…If RHP Nate Striz pitches today, he’ll be the 50th player used by Kevin Boles this season.
STARTING TO CATCH ON: Vazquez is hitting .367 (18-for-49) with 7 RBI and 2 doubles over his last 12 games and hitting .344 this month…INF Heiker Meneses is the active leader in average at .274, but is hitting .391 (18-for-46) with a homer and 6 RBI over his last 14 games.
TWO LEFT ON THE SCHEDULE: Portland fell to 1-2-2 in doubleheaders and two to play, July 22nd at New Britain and August 31st vs. Trenton…’Dogs are 10-2 in road-series finales
NICE HONOR: 3B Garin Cecchini is on Portland’s active roster, but did not play last night due to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game taking place today at Citi Field in New York…RHP Anthony Ranaudo (on the temporary inactive list) is expected to pitch in the game…INF Xander Bogaerts is hitting third for the World team.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Monday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The Sea Dogs are 11-14 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…Portland returns home on Thursday to battle the Reading Fightin Phils.
The Sea Dogs continue their five-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Saturday night with a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium…Portland won last night’s contest 8-5 in 15-innings, tied for the third longest game in franchise history based on innings…The 5 hour 2 minute game was the second longest in team history.
INF Ryan Dent became the second position player in franchise history to earn a win…OF Jay Johnson earned a win on April 16, 2008 against the Connecticut Defenders
Roster Moves Today
INF Ryan Dent assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket…OF Brandon Jacobs traded by Boston to Chicago White Sox for LHP Matt Thornton…RHP Matty Ott assigned to High-A Salem…RHP Anthony Ranaudo placed on the temporary inactive list…LHP Eric Niesen received from Triple-A Pawtucket…C Leonel Escobar (activated from Salem’s DL) & RHP Nate Striz received from High-A Salem…OF Kevin Heller received from Low-A Greenville.
Starting Lineups – Game 1
Portland: Wilkerson 8, Vazquez DH, Almanzar 5, Thomas 4, Shaw 3, Spring 2,Vitek 7, Gibson 6, Heller 9, Doyle RHP
Binghamton: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra DH, Hughes 3, Ceciliani 7, Tovar 6, Carillo 2, Harris 8, Gorski LHP
Notes for today
WE PLAY TWO AGAIN: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets have played 29 innings in two nights, and resume their five-game series on Saturday night with a twinbill at NYSEG Stadium…Last night was the third longest game in franchise history for the ‘Dogs, lasting 5 hours and 2 minutes…Portland’s longest game was 5 hours and 41 minutes on April 16, 2008 against the Connecticut Defenders, also their longest game by innings at 17, the second longest game time was 5:30 on July 2, 2006 against Trenton.
HAPPENED BEFORE: INF Ryan Dent became the second position player in franchise history to earn a win…Dent pitched two scoreless innings on two hits, two walks and a strikeout, as the ‘Dogs beat the Binghamton Mets 8-5 in 15-innings…Portland scored three runs with two outs in the 15th inning, all the runs were unearned due to a throwing error by 3B Josh Rodriguez, which would have ended the inning…The error scored the winning run, followed by a wild pitch for the seventh run and a run-scoring single by 1B Michael Almanzar…Portland’s bullpen allowed two unearned runs over 9 IP.
NICE DEBUT BY THE NEW GUYS: Relievers Bobby Lanigan and Matty Ott were assigned to Portland before yesterday’s game…Portland led 5-3 in the ninth inning, but an error by SS Heiker Meneses led to 2 unearned runs on Lanigan’s line….The former Rock Cats reliever worked three innings on three hits, two runs (unearned), two walks and two strikeouts…Ott retired the first 10 batters faced in his Double-A debut, working four scoreless innings on one hit and two strikeouts.
THE LONG NIGHT FEATURED A TRADE: LF Brandon Jacobs was removed from last night’s game in third inning after a single by Wilfredo Tovar…Jacobs was traded by Boston to the Chicago White Sox for LHP Matt Thornton…Jacobs hit .375 (3-for-8) in three games with Portland.
PACK THE CAR: Dent made his first professional appearance on the mound last night, and was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier today…The Sea Dogs will be without INF Garin Cecchini and RHP Anthony Ranaudo due to the Future’s Game…C Leonel Escobar and RHP Kyle Striz have joined Portland from High-A Salem…OF Kevin Heller was added to the roster from Low-A Greenville and former B-Met LHP Eric Niesen was received from Triple-A Pawtucket.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their season series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:05 PM from NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs are 11-12 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Monday, Portland’s second half of the trip swings to Manchester, New Hampshire.
The Sea Dogs continue their five-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…Ri
Portland: Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Cecchini 5, Thomas DH, Almanzar 3, Jacobs 7, Wilkerson 8, Meneses 6, Gibson 4, Couch RHP
Binghamton: Muno 4, Ceciliani 7, Puello 9, Dykstra 3, Taijeron DH, Lucas 5, Forsythe 2, Harris 8, Tovar 6, Cohoon LHP
Notes for today
BACK TO NORMAL: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play game two of their five-game series on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…The two teams will technically play six games in four days, after making up June 25th’s suspended game last night prior to game one of the roadtrip…Portland has dropped 21 of 36 since June 1st, but still holds a ½ game lead for the second playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division…RHP Keith Couch (3-0 as a starter) makes his seventh start of the season for the ‘Dogs on Friday night.
ONE NOW, ONE BEFORE: Binghamton won the suspended game from June 25th 6-5, giving them a two-game sweep at Hadlock Field from June 24-25…In the nightcap, the B-Mets shutout the ‘Dogs 4-0 in seven innings…Trailing 6-1 in the opener, the ‘Dogs scored four runs in the seventh, including three with two outs…Tony Thomas and Shannon Wilkerson had back-to-back run-scoring doubles…In game two, Binghamton tossed a 4-hit shutout, using four pitchers…Cesar Puello (2 RBI) and Josh Rodriguez (RBI) each went 3-for-4…Daniel Muno went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
IT EXTENDED, BUT THEN ENDED: Garin Cecchini reached base safely in his first 17 games in Double-A, but that streak was snapped in game two…The Louisiana native has 100 hits in 81 game between High-Salem and Portland, and leads all Red Sox minor leaguers with a .358 average.
MAKES IS THREE: Cecchini was added to the Future’s Game last night, and joins fellow Red Sox Minor Leaguers Xander Bogaerts and Anthony Ranaudo…Ranaudo took the loss in the Eastern League All-Star game and is expected to pitch in the Future’s Game…Cecchini is replacing Joey Gallo.
WE KNOW EACH OTHER: The Boston Red Sox signed former New Britain Rock Cats RHP Bobby Lanigan as a minor league free agent earlier today, and assigned him to Portland…Couch and Lanigan were teammates at Adelphi University…Lanigan was released by the Minnesota Twins on June 28th, he was 3-1, 3.77 ERA in 23 games with the ‘Cats.
ONE MORE: RHP Matty Ott has joined Portland’s bullpen from High-A Salem…Ott and Ranaudo were teammates at LSU…The right-hander was 3-4, 3.59 ERA in 24 games with High-A Salem.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play a doubleheader to continue their five-game series at NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs are 10-12 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Monday, Portland’s second half of the trip swings to Manchester, New Hampshire.
The Sea Dogs resume action tonight in Binghamton, opening a 9-game roadtrip in seven days at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, NY…In the opener, the ‘Dogs and B-Mets resume a suspended game from June 25th at Hadlock Field.
Notes for today
BACK TO BUSINESS: After a two-day break for the Eastern League All-Star game, the Sea Dogs return to action on Thursday night, opening up a nine-game roadtrip in seven days against the Binghamton Mets…Tonight’s first game is the continuation of June 26th’s suspended game at Hadlock Field…Portland will be the home team when the game resumes in the top of third inning with no score…Binghamton holds the best record in the Eastern League, the Sea Dogs are the second playoff team in the Eastern Division.
THAT WAS QUICK: On Monday afternoon, the Sea Dogs fell to the New Britain Rock Cats 2-1 in a contest that lasted a season-low, 2 hours and 5 minutes…Newly assigned Terry Doyle suffered the tough luck loss, allowing just two runs on seven hits over 8 IP…Portland’s lone run came in the ninth inning on Garin Cecchini’s run-scoring, but Virgil Vasquez (1-2) completed the 9-inning complete game, retiring Tony Thomas and Michael Almanzar with runners at the corners and one out, to end the game…New Britain scored their runs on solo-homers by Daniel Ortiz and Jordan Parraz.
GETS A LITTLE CONFUSING: Cecchini has reached base safely in all 16 games in Double-A, but that could change with tonight’s suspended game (currently 0-for-1)…Cecchini is leading all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .364 average and has a hit in 13 of 16 Double-A starts…His average with Portland is .414 (24-for-58)
RECAPPING THE ALL-STAR GAME: The Western stars defeated the East 5-0 in last night’s Eastern League All-Star game at New Britain Stadium…RHP Anthony Ranaudo took the loss for the East, giving up three runs on three walks and a three-run homer to Richmond’s Javier Herrera…3B Michael Almanzar went 1-for-2…Christian Vazquez went 0-for-2 and Matt Spring went 0-for-1.
STARTS IN THIRD: RHP Chris Balcom-Miller will take the mound in the suspended game in relief of Keith Couch (2 IP, 0 H 2 BB)…RHP Cory Mazzoni gets the call in the bottom of the third for Binghamton…The suspended game will complete the season series between the two teams at Hadlock Field.
FIRST WAS DEBUT: RHP Mike McCarthy made his Double-A debut on June 15th vs. the Akron Aeros, his only start with Portland…McCarthy has not faced Binghamton this season.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets resume their six-game series on Friday night beginning at 7:05 PM from NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs are 10-10 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Monday, Portland’s second half of the trip swings to Manchester, New Hampshire.
The Sea Dogs continue their five-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland had their 6-game winning streak snapped on Friday night in the series opener.
Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Vazquez 2, Cecchini DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Meneses 6, Gibson 4, Ranaudo RHP
New Britain Lineup: Santana 6, Rosario 4, Hanson 7, Pinto DH, Ortiz 9, Rodriguez 3, Rohlfing 2, Parraz 8, Pettersen 5, Dean LHP
Notes for today
‘DOGS AND ‘CATS ON FRIDAY: The Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) continue their five-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland holds a four-game lead over the Rock Cats and Trenton Thunder for the second playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division…This series marks the final time the two teams play in Maine…Portland travels to New Britain Stadium on July 22-24 for a four-game series in three days (July 22nd is a doubleheader).
EARLY FIREWORKS: The Sea Dogs scored four runs in the first inning, but New Britain scored the final six, beating Portland 6-4 on Independence Day at Hadlock Field…Tony Thomas gave Portland a 2-0 lead with a two-run double…After an error scored the third run, J.C. Linares added a run-scoring single…Jordan Parraz put New Britain on the board with a three-run homer off Charlie Haeger…Josmil Pinto tied the game with a leadoff homer n the sixth…Miguel Sano had the game-winning RBI, nailing a pinch-hit double off losing pitcher Rafael Perez in the ninth.
NOW TIED AT THE TOP: Thomas and INF Michael Almanzar are leading the team with 53 RBI…Thomas has a multi-RBI game in four of his last six games and 15 since June 23rd…Linares has an RBI in six of his last seven starts, and is hitting .300 (3-for-10) this month.
GETS A LITTLE CONFUSING: Garin Cecchini has reached base safely in all 12 games in Double-A, but that could change due to June 26th’s suspended game with the Binghamton Mets…Cecchini went 1-for-2 with 2 walks last night and leads all Red Sox Minor Leaguers in average (.354).
LETS ADD ONE MORE: Early today, LHP Will Latimer was named an Eastern League All-Star, joining teammates…INF Almanzar, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, C Matt Spring and C Christian Vazquez…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting at seadogs.com.
LEADING IN MANY CATEGORIES: Ranaudo is tied with Binghamton’s RHP Logan Verrett for the most wins (8) in the Eastern League…The former standout at LSU is among the Eastern League leaders in the following categories: 4th ERA, T-1st Wins, 3rd SO, 3rd WHIP, 1st Average against, 1st winning percentage, 4th SO/PER 9 IP and 3rd Fewest Baserunners per 9 IP
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) continue their five-game series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs are 9-7 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.