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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 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

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.

Report from the Fort – Congrats to Josh Fields

Today is my last day in Ft. Myers, and just the way the schedule works, I’ll be able to watch the Sea Dogs at 1 PM and the Red Sox at 7:05.  I’m hoping to have video footage of John Farrell announcing the final roster.

Thanks to Robert Ford, the voice of the Houston Astros for passing this information to me earlier. Former Sea Dog Josh Fields has made the Astros. Fields was not protected by the Red Sox last season and claimed by Houston in the MLB Phase of the Rule 5 draft. If Fields did not make the Opening Day roster, he would have returned to Boston. Also, Houston could have kept him longer if he was placed on the disabled list – something similar to what Boston did with OF Adam Stern a few years ago.

Josh Fields in the Future's at Fenway Game...Little did he know back then - his future would be in Houston. (Jillian Souza Photography)

Josh Fields in the Future’s at Fenway Game…Little did he know back then – his future would be in Houston. (Jillian Souza Photography)











With final roster cuts expected to be announced later today – Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ryan Pressly could join Fields in the Major Leagues…All three played in Portland last season.

I’ll have updates throughout the afternoon as the Sea Dogs battle the Rock Cats in exhibition action…Anthony Ranaudo is expected to start for Portland.

  • Tickets are available for Opening Day (April 4) vs. Trenton on
  • Former Sea Dog Stolmy Pimentel had a great camp with the Pirates and will start the season in Double-A Altoona.
  • Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich will make a guest appearance at Hadlock Field on May 8th.
  • Former Sox lefty Erik Bedard has won a rotation spot with the Houston Astros…Bedard was traded to Boston in a 3-team trade that involved former Sea Dogs Chih-Hsien Chiang, Tim Federowicz and Stephen Fife…Former Harrisburg Senator Brad Peacock is also in the Astros’ rotation – he was recently traded for former Sea Dog Jed Lowrie.

I’ll have more later!

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Great banner outside the Red Sox clubhouse

Great banner outside the Red Sox clubhouse


Sea Dogs at New Hampshire

Ryan Khoury established a franchise record with his 137th career walk…Chih-Hsian Chiang became the first Sea Dog to have 3 career grand slams.

THIS WAS QUICK: The Sea Dogs conclude their three-game series in New Hampshire, battling the Fisher Cats in the series finale on Sunday afternoon from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…New Hampshire has won the first two games of the series, and holds the best record in the Eastern League at 45-27 (.625)…Portland has the worst mark in the E.L. at 25-46 (.352), and trails the Binghamton Mets by a 1.5 games for 5th place.

ON MEDICAL LEAVE: Bobby Jenks became the 20th Major Leaguer to rehab with the Sea Dogs, the 14th as a Red Sox affiliate, after his one-inning stint on Saturday night…Jenks yielded a lead-off hit to Adeiny Hechavarria, who was quickly erased on a caught stealing…The righty fanned Anthony Gose, and retired Travis d’Arnaud on a line out to right field…Jenks threw 13 pitches (8 strikes) in his third minor league appearance this season.

BOOM, BOOM AND BOOM: New Hampshire clobbered three homers in their final three at-bats, and defeated the Sea Dogs 9-5 on Saturday night…Portland took a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning on Chih-Hsien Chiang’s grand slam off Robert Ray…Yan Gomes put New Hampshire back in the game with a 3-run shot in the sixth inning off Stephen Fife (ND)…Mike McDade provided the game-winning hit, launching a two-run shot off losing pitcher Eammon Portice (1-3) in the seventh inning…d’Arnaud gave the ‘Cats insurance, launching a 3-run homer to left-center field off Portice in the eighth.

GET OUT THE RECORD BOOKS: Chiang became the 5th player in franchise history to hit two grand slams in one season: John Roskos (1997), Nate Rolison (1999), Luke Wilcox (2001) and Lars Anderson…Additionally, Chiang is the first player in team history to hit three career grand slams (2011: June 5 at Altoona and June 25 at New Hampshire, 2010: July 26 at Binghamton)…The second-year Sea Dog is the active team-leader in homers with 12, and is pacing the club with 46 RBI.

KHOURY WALKS TO THE TOP: Ryan Khoury went 0-for-3 last night with a walk, and is now top of the all-time list for most walks in franchise history…Khoury passes Jeff Corsaletti, who had 136 over two seasons (2007-08) with Portland…The Utah native rejoined the Sea Dogs on Tuesday after the Red Sox purchased his contract from the Gateway Grizzlies (Frontier League), and has reached base safely in all five starts with the ‘Dogs.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland returns home tomorrow night for the start of an eight-game, seven-day homestand against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) and the Fisher Cats…The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats play a doubleheader Tuesday beginning at 6:00 PM, and a day game on Wednesday at 12:00 PM.