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(VIDEO) Pedro Martinez Interview…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Thursday

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

Portland looks for the series win in the rubber game of a three-game series on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The ‘Dogs are finishing a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire (7-9)

Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 3, Linares 9, Spring 2, Vitek DH, Meneses 5, Dent, 5 Britton LHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7, Schimpf 5, Nolan 6, Ochinko DH, Glenn 9, Ahrens 3, Murphy 2, Zazueta 4, Walden RHP

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Anthony Ranaudo tossed a career-high 7 innings on Wednesday night, he was perfect in six of them (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Anthony Ranaudo tossed a career-high 7 innings on Wednesday night, he was perfect in six of them (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Preview of today’s notes

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS PART 3: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play the rubber game of their three-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs moved back into a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Division with the Binghamton Mets…Left-hander Drake Britton makes his 27th career Double-A appearance, he is 1-1, 3.00 ERA in 4 career starts against New Hampshire…Righty Marcus Walden is 2-0, 1.32 ERA (2 ER/13.2 IP) in two starts against Portland this season.

AN EIGHT SPOT: Portland scored eight runs with nobody out during the first 2 innings and beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-1 on Wednesday night…Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with 2 homers and 5 RBI…Anthony Ranaudo (6-1) was perfect in six of seven innings, allowing just a lead-off single to Ryan Schimpf in the second…Ranaudo fanned eight over a career-high 7 IP…J.C. Linares had three hits and 3 RBI, nailing a two-run double off the Maine Monster in the second…Michael Almanzar finished 3-for-4 with a sacrifice-fly in the eighth.

NOW I’M IN THEIR CLASS: Ranaudo became the league’s third 6-game winner, joining Mike Wright (Bowie) and Logan Verrett (Binghamton)…The righty is leading the E.L. in ERA (1.48), WHIP (0.84) and second in average against (.165)…Bogaerts tied career highs with 2 homers and 5 RBI.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PARTY: Linares had not played since May 16th (on the disabled list) and established season highs in hits and RBI…Shannon Wilkerson extended his season-high hitting streak to six straight: 9-for-25 (.360)…INF/OF Kolbrin Vitek went 1-for-3 with a double last night and  has hit safely in 3 of his last 4 games, going 4-for-14 (.286), RBI and a double.

BEEN CLUTCH: Portland pitchers have held the opposition 3-for-38 (.079) with runners-in-scoring position over the last six games…New Hampshire is hitting just .221 with RISP and .186 with RISP and two outs…The Sea Dogs are hitting .267 with runners-in-scoring position but hitting .300 (18-for-60) over the last six games.

NICE TO WIN AT HOME: With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs clinched a winning record at home this month…Portland will play just 11 games at Hadlock Field in June.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate), beginning a three-game series over the weekend…The ‘Dogs are 7-9 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats on Wednesday night

Portland continues their three-game series with the New Hampshire isher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland is 6-9 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire.

Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Linares 9, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Vitek 7, Meneses 4, Ranaudo RHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7,  Nolan 6, Schimpf 4, Glenn 9,  Loewen DH, Ochinko 2, Talley 3, Ahrens 5, Stroman RHP

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Preview of today’s notes

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS PART 3: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their three-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s loss, Portland is now in second place for the first time since they were a ½ game out on April 26th…The ‘Dogs have lost four straight for the first time since a five-game losing streak from July 1-4, 2012…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who leads the Eastern League in ERA (1.70), makes his 10th start of the season for Portland.

‘CATS WIN IN EXTRA’S: The Fisher Cats used a three-run 11th inning to beat the Sea Dogs 6-3 on Tuesday night in the series opener…Adam Loewen snapped a 3-3 tie, blasting a solo-homer off losing pitcher Keith Couch (3-2) to start the inning…Kevin Pillar nailed a run-scoring triple and Kevin Nolan added an RBI single…Xander Bogaerts and Shannon Wilkerson each went 2-for-5 with an RBI…Matt Barnes took a no-decision, but earned his 5th quality start…Barnes worked six innings on four hits, three runs, one walk and four strikeouts.

SHUTTING THEM DOWN: Portland pitchers had retired 16 straight batters until Loewen’s homer in the 11thMiguel Celestino put together his best Double-A outing, working two perfect innings…Lefty Rafael Perez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and Couch allowed three runs on three hits over 2 IP…New Hampshire’s Randy Boone earned the win for the ‘Cats, firing three scoreless frames on a walk and two strikeouts…Joel Carreno notched his 7th save of the season.

GIVE HIM A HIGH-FIVE: With two hits last night, Wilkerson has his second 5-game hitting streak this season, going 7-for-20 (.350)…Catcher Matt Spring has all five homers this month, including a career-high 6 RBI on May 18th vs. Binghamton…Barnes’ fifth quality start leads the staff.

AMONG THE PITCHING LEADERS: Right-hander Brandon Workman tied a season-high with nine strikeouts on Monday afternoon in Binghamton…Workman leads the Eastern League with 69 strikeouts…Ranaudo is the league leader in ERA, WHIP (0.94) and second in average against (.181)…Tony Thomas is pacing the league in extra-base hits (25) and triples (6)…Travis Shaw’s 36 walks is tied for first with Binghamton’s Daniel Muno and Josh Rodriguez and New Hampshire’s Ryan Schimpf.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play the series finale of their three-game series on Thursday night at 6:00 PM…Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against Altoona…The ‘Dogs are 6-9 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Old friend returns to Hadlock…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Monday

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) begin a four-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-2-1 in their last 3 series and dropped two of three to the Mets over the weekend.

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy returns to Hadlock Field for the first time since May 8,

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011...He's now a member of the Fisher Cats. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011…He’s now a member of the Fisher Cats. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

2011…Hottovy is a member of New Hampshire’s bullpen.

Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nanita DH, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Loewen 7, Ochinko 2, Tolisano 7, Zazueta 6, Walden RHP

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3,  Wilkerson 8, Vitek DH, Meneses 4, Haeger RHP

Preview of today’s Game Notes

PART TWO OF THE HOMESTAND: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-2-1 in their last three series, and dropped two of three to New Hampshire last week at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The Sea Dogs have held the top spot in the Eastern Division by themselves since April 27th…New Hampshire has won six of their last seven, and 11 of 18 this month…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his second straight start against the ‘Cats.

Xander Bogaerts couldn't believe what he just saw...His reaction to Matt Spring's walk-off grand slam on Saturday. (photo by Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography).

Xander Bogaerts couldn’t believe what he just saw…His reaction to Matt Spring’s walk-off grand slam on Saturday. (photo by Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography).

NO LOVE AT HOME: Binghamton completed the series win, taking Sunday’s rubber game 8-5 at Hadlock Field…Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5 and drove in Portland’s final run in the seventh…The B-Mets erased a 4-3 deficit with three runs in the sixth and added two in the ninth…Drake Britton (3-4) suffered his second straight loss, giving up seven hits, six runs (five earned) over 5.2 IP…Cory Mazzoni (2-1) earned the win, giving up 10 hits and five runs over 6.1 innings…Joe Bonfe led the B-Mets 14-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI…Peter Hissey went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE TRIPLE: Hissey tripled for the second straight game, giving Portland a league-leading 20 triples this season…Tony Thomas is tied with Harrisburg’s Brian Goodwin for the league in triples with five…Bogaerts is tied for second with four…Hissey is hitting .300 (15-for-50) this month with 9 RBI.

IT’S GETTING H(EIKER)IGHER: Meneses went 2-for-4 yesterday with two singles, two runs scored and a stolen base…The second-year Sea Dogs has hit safely in eight of his last nine starts: 10-for-32 (.313), 2 RBI, 3B.

THEY DID FACE HIM: Tonight’s starter for New Hampshire Marcus Walden was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for his start on May 14th vs. Portland…Walden worked 7.2 scoreless on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts…The righty gave up two-out singles to Hissey and Heiker Meneses…Hissey’s single in the sixth, ended Walden’s no-hitter.

ALMOST PULLED IT OFF: Haeger walked seven in his last start on May 15th at New Hampshire and the staff walked a franchise-record 14 batters…Portland lost 5-4 on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Brad Glenn…Portland tied the game in the ninth inning with three runs off Joel CarrenoRyan Schimpf walked five times but did not score.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play game two of their four-game series tomorrow night at 6:00 PM…The two teams conclude the series with an 11:00 AM start on Thursday…Portland is 2-4 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Ranaudo toes the rubber on Saturday

Travis Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Travis Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

The Sea Dogs continue their 3-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field

Coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Ceciliani DH, Forsythe 2, Harris 8, Tovar 6, Cohoon LHP

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts DH, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Almanzar 5, Wilkerson 8, Spring 2, Meneses 4, Gibson 6, Ranaudo RHP

Inside the Numbers…Anthony Ranaudo leads the Sea Dogs and all Red Sox Minor Leaguers in ERA (1.38), and ranks second in the Eastern League.

  1. With a win today, he becomes the first 6-game winner in the Eastern League.
  2. Leads the league with a 0.85 WHIP
  3. Second in the league in average against .172
  4. First in FEWEST BASERUNNERS/9 IP RATIO 8.08

DAY BASEBALL AT HADLOCK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Binghamton has won five straight and trails the Sea Dogs by one game for the top spot in the Eastern Division…Portland has the second best record in the Eastern League, but has dropped five of their last seven games…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who ranks second in the league in ERA (1.38), makes his eighth start of the season.

LITTLE SLOPPY: The Binghamton Mets scored three times in the ninth, aided by three Portland errors, en route to a 6-3 win in the series opener on Friday night…3B Michael Almanzar tied the game at three with a two-run homer in the sixth, but committed two errors in the ninth…SS Xander Bogaerts made a throwing error on an infield-single, enabling the game’s final run to score…John Church (2-3) worked two scoreless frames to earn the win…Keith Couch (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) over 2.1 IP…Jeff Walters fanned three in the ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.

DYNAMIC DUO: Ranaudo is trying to become the first 6-game winner in the Eastern League…Ranaudo and Brandon Workman are a combined 10-2, 2.63 ERA (25 ER/85.2 IP) in 15 games/14 starts this season…With a 1.38 ERA, Ranaudo leads all Red Sox qualifying minor league pitchers…Salem’s Mike Augliera is second with a 3.12 ERA.

TOP OF THE BOARD: Almanzar blasted a two-run homer for the second consecutive game and leads the Sea Dogs in hitting at .302 (2nd overall in the Red Sox system) and homers (7)…Tony Thomas nailed his league-leading 14th double of the season last night, picking up his team-leading 27th RBI…Thomas leads the league with 22 extra-base hits and is tied for the top spot in triples with five.

NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT: RHP Matt Barnes picked up his fourth quality start of the season (tied with Workman), working six innings on five hits, three runs, one walk and seven strikeouts…Barnes is 2-0, 1.96 ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) in four starts this month.

TURING IT AROUND: Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 last night, with a bunt-single before Almanzar’s homer in the sixth…Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games with a homer, 4 RBI and two doubles.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their 3-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…Portland will host the Fisher Cats on Monday night, staring a 4-game set…Portland is 1-3 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Tony Thomas isn't turning double plays anymore, he's been a full-time outfielder in Portland (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photograph).

Tony Thomas isn’t turning double plays anymore, he’s been a full-time outfielder in Portland (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photograph).

Tommy Hottovy Interview…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Wednesday

Great catching up with former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy, who dominates this blog today.

Great catching up with former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy, who dominates this blog today.

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their 3-game series on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental stadium.

Today’s Game Notes

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Shaw 5, Almanzar 3, Vitek DH, Wilkerson 8, Vazquez 2, Meneses 4, Haeger RHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nanita DH, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Nolan 6, Loewen 7, Ochinko 2, Tolisano 4, McGuire RHP

Before tonight’s game, I had a chance to interview former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy, who now pitches for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.   Hottovy spent parts of six years with the Portland Sea Dogs from 2006-11, and he became a good friend.  I think it was his passion for fantasy football that kicked off the friendship.  The former Wichita State product was a conventional pitcher until the spring of 2011, when he decided it was time for a chance. The previous season, he had been working on it with Sea Dogs Pitching Coach Bob Kipper.  When I arrived to Spring Training in 2011, I couldn’t believe to see Tommy throwing from down under.  His transformation was amazing, and it seemed like he’d be doing it for years. They call it submarine style, down under, side arm and tons of other slang words.  But it just worked for Hottovy and it landed him in the big leagues with the Red Sox in 2011.  And the biggest thrill for Hottovy, pitching for the Kansas City Royals, the team he grew up rooting for.

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011 (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011 (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

 

Sea Dogs vist Manchester, N.H. for three

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy (pictured right) talking with Sea Dogs' Pitching Coach Bob Kipper.

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy (pictured right) talking with Sea Dogs’ Pitching Coach Bob Kipper.

The Sea Dogs open up a 3-game series on Tuesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental stadium.

Today’s Game Notes

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Almanzar 5, Vitek DH, Wilkerson 8, Vazquez 2, Meneses 4, Britton LHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Schimpf 5, Nolan 6, Ochinko 2, Ahrens DH, Tolisano 4, Walden RHP

  • Portland has not lost a road series this season, going 4-0-1
  • New Hampshire’s roster features former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy
  • New Hampshire’s coaching staff has some Red Sox nation flavor: Manager Gary Allenson and Hitting Coach Richie Hebner.
  • Portland plays their next 16 games against New Hampshire and Binghamton

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GET USE TO THIS MATCHUP: Portland and New Hampshire face-off in the first of a three-game series on Tuesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The two teams will meet 24 times this season, but 14 in Manchester…The Sea Dogs have not lost a road series this season, going 4-0-1…They split their last series in New Britain, by taking game four, and improving to 5-0 in series finales on the road…Left-hander Drake Britton (3-2, 4.46) makes his fourth career start against New Hampshire (1-1, 2.84 ERA last season).

SPRING IN HIS STEP: Catcher Matt Spring went 4-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBI, leading the Sea Dogs to a 3-2 win over the New Britain Rock Cats on Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium…Spring knocked in the second run with his third homer of the season in the second…The Portland backstop knocked in the game winner, delivering a run-scoring double in the fourth…Anthony Ranaudo (5-1) became the fourth 5-game winner in the league, hurling six scoreless frames on three hits, three walks and five strikeouts…RHP Brock Huntzinger recorded the final five outs to earn his eighth save of the season.

AMONG THE LEADERS: Ranaudo lowered his ERA to 1.38, which ranks second in the league behind Richmond’s Justin Fitzgerald (1.09)…The right-hander is among the Eastern League leaders in the following categories: fewest base runners/9 IP ratio (8.08, 1st), WHIP (0.85, 1st), Wins (1st) and average against (.172, 2nd)…Ranaudo leads all Red Sox minor leaguers in ERA and wins.

ALL IN THE LAST FIVE: Spring has hit all three homers over a 5-game period…Since May 3rd, Spring is hitting .500 (8-for-16) with 3 homers (all against New Britain) and 6 RBI…The Sea Dogs are seventh in the league in homers with 24…New Hampshire is second (29) behind Reading (30).

CLOSING TIME: Huntzinger has four saves and a win over his past five outings, and has not allowed a run in eight consecutive appearances since April 21st (10.0 IP)…The right-hander is 8-for-8 in save chances.

ALL BY MYSELF: The Sea Dogs have been in first place by themselves since April 27th, and are looking to go 10 games over .500 for the second time this season…Portland is off to their best 35-game stretch since they were 22-13 to start the 2005 campaign.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their three-game series tomorrow night beginning at 6:35 PM from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Over the next 16 games, Portland plays the Fisher Cats and Binghamton Mets.

Saturday Baseball in New Britain

Travis Shaw connected on a three-run homer last night...He has both homers this week (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor - Sitting Still Photography).

Travis Shaw connected on a three-run homer last night…He has both homers this week (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor – Sitting Still Photography).

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…The two teams split a twinbill on Friday night.

Roster Move: Right-hander Jeremy Kehrt received from Single-A Lowell…RH Chris Martin was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Hissey 7, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas DH, Linares 9, Almanzar 5, Wilkerson 8, Vazquez 2,  Meneses 4, Barnes RHP

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Christian 4, Sobolewski 5, Pinto DH, Ortiz 9, Rodriguez 7, Santana 6, Rohlfing 2, Smith 3, Meyer RHP

BACK TO ONE: Portland and New Britain split a double header on Friday night, and resume their 4-game series on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…Tonight marks the 13th meeting of the season between the two teams…Portland has not lost a road series this season and holds the best road-record in the Eastern League at 10-4…Connecticut native Matt Barnes (3-1, 5.19) makes his seventh start of the season and his third against the Rock Cats.

Beehive Field was once the home of the New Britain Red Sox, it sits adjacent to New Britain Stadium.

Beehive Field was once the home of the New Britain Red Sox, it sits adjacent to New Britain Stadium.

THAT’S A SPLIT: Matt Spring clubbed a game-winning, two-run homer in the fourth inning, leading the Sea Dogs to a 6-4 win in game one…Travis Shaw gave Portland a 3-2 lead with a three-run homer in the fourth…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger earned his first win of the season, working 5.2 innings on five hits and four runs…In game two, Trevor May hurled a two-hit shutout, as the ‘Cats took the nightcap 6-0…Xander Bogaerts and Peter Hissey had singles in game two…Brandon Workman (4-1) took his first loss of the year, giving up five runs on eight hits over 5.1 IP.

DESERVED THE PROMOTION: Right-hander Chris Martin earned the save in the opener, recording the final four outs…Martin extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings, tying Clay Buchholz for the fourth longest in team history…Earlier today, Martin was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket…RHP Jeremy Kehrt takes Martin’s spot on the roster…Kehrt appeared in three games with Pawtucket earlier this season and was on Lowell’s roster.

THAT MAKES TWO THIS WEEK: Shaw has hit both homers this week…The first baseman hit his first home run of the season on May 7th vs. Reading, a solo-shot with two outs in the fourth…Spring blasted his second homer of the year – both against New Britain…Last night’s homers by Shaw and Spring came against Cole De Vries, who was making a MLB Rehab Assignment (Loss, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO).

NOT BAD FOR ON THE ROAD: Dating back to 2011, the Sea Dogs are 4-0-1 in series at New Britain Stadium…Portland took two of three from the Rock Cats on April 11-14, winning the series opener 9-3…After a rainout on April 12th, the two-teams played back-to-back 10-inning games, with the ‘Cats taking the series finale 6-5…The rainout in the series opener will be made up when Portland returns to New Britain Stadium on July 22-24…The ‘Dogs have three doubleheaders on the schedule.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and New Britain conclude their four-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:35 PM…The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday and open up a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night.

Morales on the hill for Portland as the homestand concludes

Franklin Morales becomes the 30th Major Leaguer to rehab with Portland - the 24th as a Red Sox affiliate.

Franklin Morales becomes the 30th Major Leaguer to rehab with Portland – the 24th as a Red Sox affiliate.

The Sea Dogs conclude their six-game homestand on Wednesday night, taking on the Reading Fightin Phils  in the rubber game of a three-game series…Portland is 3-2 on the homestand, and will have LHP Franklin Morales on the hill for a Major League Rehab start.

Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier DH, Henson 7, Murphy 3, Mitchell 8, Valle 2, Abreu 5, Duran 6, Hewitt 9, Buchanan RHP

Portland Lineup: Hissey 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Vitek 5, Vazquez 2, Meneses 4, Morales LHP

The Sea Dogs kicked off the Strikeout Cancer in Kids Program earlier today...This is the 19th year of the program.

The Sea Dogs kicked off the Strikeout Cancer in Kids Program earlier today…This is the 19th year of the program.

 

HE MAKES NUMBER FOUR: Left-hander Franklin Morales will make a Major League Rehab Assignment for the Sea Dogs in the homestand finale on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Morales is currently on Boston’s 15-day DL due to lower back strain, and his making his second rehab start, but his first since April 17th with Greenville (3 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 SO)…Lefty Drake Britton is scheduled to follow Morales, and will make his 4th  career relief out, all following rehab starts (2 with Rich Hill, MLB, 1 with Matt Goodson – AA rehab)

BATS SHUTDOWN: Reading right-hander Hector Neris (3-1) fired six innings on four hits and one run, leading the Fightin Phils to a 5-1 win over the Sea Dogs on Tuesday night…Portland’s lone run came on a two-out, solo-homer by Travis Shaw in the fourth inning…Anthony Ranaudo (4-1) took his first loss of the year, allowing five hits, four runs (three earned) over 6 IP…Ranaudo surrendered two homers for the first time this season, yielding solo-shots to Derrick Mitchell and Jim Murphy…CF Shannon Wilkerson picked up two of Portland’s seven hits.

MORE ON MORALES: The former Colorado Rockies reliever, was traded to Boston on May 19, 2011 for a player to be named later or cash considerations…Morales was 3-4, 3.77 ERA (32 ER/76.1 IP) in 37 games/9 starts.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Morales is the 30th to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 24thas a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, John Lackey, Morales & Stephen Drew (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

FIRING UP ZEROES: Chris Martin’s scoreless streak was extended to 19.2 innings with two scoreless frames on Sunday afternoon…Martin’s scoreless streak is the longest since Jeremy Kehrt worked 17 scoreless frames from June 1-17, 2010.

New England Patriot Rob Ninkovich will be signing autographs tonight at Hadlock Field.

New England Patriot Rob Ninkovich will be signing autographs tonight at Hadlock Field.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland begins a five-game series in four days tomorrow night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium…Friday’s game is a doubleheader, beginning at 4:35 PM…The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday, before a three-game series in Manchester, New Hampshire.

‘Dogs resume trip…Re-living a Moss moment

My All-Time Favorite moment in Sea Dogs History...Brandon Moss walks the 'Dogs into the Eastern League Championship.

My All-Time Favorite moment in Sea Dogs History…Brandon Moss walks the ‘Dogs into the Eastern League Championship.

After a rainout last night, the Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils open up a three-game series at First Energy Stadium…Last night was Portland’s third postponement this season…Monday’s game will be made up as part of a doubleheader when the ‘Dogs return to Reading in June.

Pete Ruiz Video Interview

Player moves:

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Steve Degler – former voice of the Reading Phillies.

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Spring DH, Meneses 4, Workman RHP

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 6, Hanzawa 6, Collier 8, Murphy 3, Henson 5, Rupp DH, Valle 2, Mitchell 7, Hewitt 9, Rosin RHP

MOSS TO THE RESCUE AGAIN

  • Guess it’s good I had trouble sleeping last night…I reached for my phone around 4:30 and checked Twitter, it’s something I do when I can’t sleep. I saw tweets from Buster Olney about the A’s and Angels game. I pulled it up on my phone and saw Moss’s homer…Ironically, former Sea Dog Jed Lowrie was at first.
  • The Sea Dogs went on to beat the Akron Aeros in five games to capture their first ever E.L. Championship, but that moment in the N.D.C.S. was still my favorite moment.  We all knew Moss was a special player. He had big hits in big spots, a formula that some players just shine in. I’m so happy he found a spot in Oakland with former Sea Dogs: Josh Reddick and Jed Lowrie.
  • From my Game Notes on September 12, 2006 (Game was September 9th)
  • Game 4 Rundown of the NDCS: Brandon Moss launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 4-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder to win the Northern Division Championship Series, 3 games to 1.  Moss threw out J.T. Stotts at the plate, the potential go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning, keeping the game tied at three.  Portland trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning but Luis Jimenez tied the game with a two-out RBI double down the left-field line, scoring pinch-runner Matt Van Der Bosch.  Trenton took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, scoring three runs off Frank Brooks following a 90-minute rain delay.  Brooks allowed just those runs in six innings on six hits, three walks and five strikeouts.  Barry Hertzler worked two scoreless innings to earn his first post-season win.  Scott Patterson worked an inning and 2/3 to suffer the loss.  Brian Myrow had two hits, including his second post-season home run and an RBI double.

    PART TWO OF THE TRIP: After taking two of three from the Trenton Thunder, the Sea Dogs resume their roadtrip on Tuesday night at First Energy Stadium against the Reading Fight Phils…Portland dropped two of three to the Phils on April 8-10 at Hadlock Field…At 13-9, the ‘Dogs have the best record in the Eastern League, and hold a one-game lead over Reading for the top spot in the Eastern Division…The Sea Dogs have won all three road series this season, last year, they didn’t win their third road series until the middle of May.

    CLUTCH ALL AWAY AROUND: The Sea Dogs erased two early deficits, to beat the Trenton Thunder 9-5 on Sunday afternoon at Arm & Hammer Park…Michael Almanzar snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-run homer in the fifth, off losing pitcher Francisco RondonDrake Britton (2-2) retired the final 11 batters faced, to earn the win for Portland…Britton gave up four runs on six hits, two walks and a season-high, seven strikeouts…Shannon Wilkerson tied the game at four with a two-run double…Ryan Dent and Matt Spring each had 2 RBI for the ‘Dogs…Portland’s five stolen bases all scored.

    THAT’S A CAREER DAY FOR A CATCHER: Christian Vazquez stole two bases on Sunday, his first multi-stolen base game of his career…Vazquez went 2-for-4 and has hit safely in 10 of 11 games: 13-for-37 (.351).

    AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 21 games for the season and 22 dating back to 2012…Shaw went 2-for-5 on Sunday with two singles and leads the Eastern League with 22 walks…Trenton’s Kyle Roller currently has the best on-base streak this season at 22 games…Heiker Meneses has reached base safely in 18 straight road games, dating back to May 14, 2012.

    CAME TO AN END: The Sea Dogs lead the league with 10 triples, but did not have one on Sunday, snapping a six-game streak with at least one triple…Xander Bogaerts leads the team with three triples, which is tied for the top spot in the E.L.

    IT HAD BEEN A WHILE: Portland’s series win in Trenton was their first since April 22-25, 2010, when they took three of four…The Sea Dogs are looking to go four games over .500 for the first time since June 20, 2010, when they were 36-32…Portland has won seven of their last nine. 

    WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Reading continue their three-game series tomorrow morning at 11:35 AM, and will also start at 11:35 AM on Wednesday…Portland returns home on Friday, May 3rd, opening up a six-game homestand against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).

    They even have ostrich at First Energy Stadium.

    They even have ostrich at First Energy Stadium.

Day baseball in Trenton…’Dogs look for the series win

Panoramic view of Arm & Hammer Park.

Panoramic view of Arm & Hammer Park.

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon…Portland took the middle game last night 6-0.

Player moves: OF Ronald Bermudez promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket…C Alberto Rosario received from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Coverage begins at 12:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Portland Manager Kevin Boles

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Spring DH, Meneses 4, Dent 9, Britton LHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 8, Pirela 4, Austin DH, Roller 3, Medchill 7, Higashioka 2, Stevenson 5, Castillo 6, Brown 9, Rondon LHP

NUMBERS GAME

  1. Number of games Xander Bogaerts will play this series…No worries, Xander was away at his sister’s wedding.
  2. Ranaudo’s 0.83 ERA is second in the Eastern League.
  3. Rosario’s addition makes it three catchers on the roster
  4. Number of at-bats for Matt Spring in his first start of the season on Saturday…Spring went 1-for-4.
  5. Britton was the Opening Day starter and his making his 5th start of the season
  6. Portland has a triple in six straight games.

THAT WOULD BE A RUBBER GAME: Portland and Trenton play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J…Last night was Portland’s second shutout of the season – both have been on the road (April 17th at Binghamton)…The Sea Dogs are a ½ game behind the Erie SeaWolves for the best record in the Eastern League…After today’s contest, the two teams don’t meet until June 21-23, a three-game series in Trenton.

Shannon Wilkerson had a 3-run triple on Saturday...Portland leads the league with 10 triples and has one in six straight games. (photo by Sitting Still Photography).

Shannon Wilkerson had a 3-run triple on Saturday…Portland leads the league with 10 triples and has one in six straight games. (photo by Sitting Still Photography).

NOW THAT’S PITCHING: Righty Anthony Ranaudo (3-0) tossed six scoreless frames, allowing just two hits and fanning a career-high nine batters, leading the Sea Dogs to a 6-0 win over the Thunder on Saturday night…Ranaudo, who was pitching in his home state, earned his third straight win…Portland scored twice in the second and added three runs in the fourth inning on Shannon Wilkerson’s bases-clearing triple…Derrik Gibson went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks…Right-hander Zach Nuding (0-3) took the loss for Trenton, surrendering five runs (four earned) over six innings pitched.

MAYBE THE NAME CHANGE WILL HELP: Arm & Hammer Park, formally known as Waterfront Park in Trenton, has not been kind to Portland…The ‘Dogs have dropped 17 of their last 23 games against the Thunder in New Jersey…Portland won the season series in 2010, taking four of seven.

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 20 games, by going 1-for-4 with a double on Saturday…Shaw’s on-base streak is currently the longest in the league, and tied with Altoona’s Andrew Lambo for the longest on-base streak in the Eastern League this season.

ANOTHER ONE?: The Sea Dogs lead the league with 10 triples, but has nine in the last six games…Xander Bogaerts has a triple in three straight games…Heiker Meneses, Tony Thomas and Wilkerson each have two triples on the season.

HIGH FIVE: Portland had a reliever strikeout five batters in consecutive games (Last Wednesday and Friday)…In the series opener, Keith Couch fanned a season-high 5 over 2.1 innings…Ruiz struck out five on Wednesday against Binghamton…Chris Martin has a team-high 14.1 scoreless inning streak to start the season.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in Reading, PA against the Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate)…The final two games of the roadtrip begin at 11:35 AM…Portland returns home on Friday, May 3rd, opening up a six-game homestand against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).

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