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The Sea Dogs have won six straight (season-high) and continue their six-game roadtrip on Wednesday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium. Right-hander Keith Couch (3-0, 2.20) makes his fourth start of the season, but the 19th of his Double-A career, he is 11-1, 2.82 ERA. Last night was Portland’s fifth postponement this season – they’ll have four doubleheaders in May, but four against Binghamton.
How about Mookie Betts… Has reached base safely in all 15 Double-A starts and 45 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 50 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…Last 142 games for Betts (start of 2013): .330 (173-for-524), 17 HR, 72 RBI, 113 RS, 43 2B, 5 3B, 88 BB, 64 SO and 45 of 50 in SB.
Betts leads the Eastern League in: Average, On-Base Percentage, runs scored and tied for total bases.
Here’s some nuggets on the team
- With a win tonight, Portland will have their longest win streak since a 7-gamer last April 27-May 4
- ‘Dogs have won six straight road games – longest since 2011.
- Portland’s 12-4 start is their best since going 13-3 in 2008…The team’s best start is 19-3 in 1995 – Billy McMillon was on that team.
- 12-4 mark is tied for the 2nd best overall record with Las Vegas (Triple-A) and Visalia (High-A)…The Dunedin Blue Jays (High-A) have the best record in minor league baseball at 15-4 (.789).
Pre-Game begins at 6:15 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.
Pre-Game Interview: Matt Spring
Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch 5, Swihart 2, Rivero DH, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP (3-0, 2.20)
Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Reynolds 6, Burgamy 5, Clark 3, Vaughn 9, Lawley 7, Taijeron DH, Carillo 2, Tovar 4, Peavey RHP (0-1, 6.75)
Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com
THAT MAKES FIVE: Portland was postponed for the fifth time in 21 days to start the season, and conclude their six-game roadtrip on Thursday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs have won six straight and 10 of their last 11 – the 12-4 mark is their best start since going 13-3 to begin the 2008 campaign…The ‘Dogs have also won six straight road games for the first time since 2011…RHP Keith Couch (3-0, 2.20) makes his fourth start of the season and the 19th of his Double-A career (11-1, 2.82 in 18 starts).
IT’S SPRING TIME: DH Matt Spring clubbed his first homer of the season, a two-run homer in the 11th inning, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 5-3 win over the B-Mets on Tuesday night…Portland’s bullpen tossed 5.2 scoreless on 4 hits, 3 walks and 9 strikeouts…LHP Robby Scott (2-0) earned the win, fanning three batters on 2 hits over 3 IP…RHP Jon Velasquez (0-2) took the loss, yielding a lead-off single in the 11th to Henry Ramos and the two-run blast by Spring.
MOOKIE MADNESS: 2B Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 (two walks) on Tuesday and has reached base safely in all 15 Double-A starts and 45 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 50 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…Last 142 games for Betts (start of 2013): .330 (173-for-524), 17 HR, 72 RBI, 113 RS, 43 2B, 5 3B, 88 BB, 64 SO and 45 of 50 in SB…C Blake Swihart has reached base safely in his first 13 starts in Double-A…OF Shannon Wilkerson has reached base safely in his last 14 games.
GOT OFF TO A GOOD START: RHP Mike McCarthy made his third start of the season on Tuesday night, working 5.1 innings on seven hits and three runs…McCarthy left the game after 1B Jayce Boyd’s run-scoring single to tie the game…SS Deven Marrero gave Portland a 3-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth.
WELCOME BACK: RHP Aaron Kurcz was activated from the disabled on Monday, and pitched a scoreless eighth inning in game two of the series…The righty fanned the side and allowed one hit…Kurcz missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, and had not pitched since July 21, 2012 at New Hampshire.
THREE WAS THE MAGIC NUMBER: Kurcz, McCarthy, RHP Michael Olmsted and Scott each fanned three in Tuesday’s game…Olmsted worked 1.2 innings on one hit, one walk and retired the final two batters in the sixth inning with two runners on base.
Today was such an easy tie-in for one of those play-on-words. As we turn our clocks an hour ahead, why not look back at a great moment by Portland catcher Matt Spring. On May 18th, he was responsible for a great moment in Sea Dogs History. Full Game Story and Audio Highlight.
The Sea Dogs begin their 21st season on April 3rd at Reading against the Fightin Phils. The home opener is April 10th against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).
Status update on everyone who played in Portland in 2013 (updated 2/4/14)
Michael Almanzar – Selected by Baltimore in the MLB Phase of the Rule 5 Draft
Ronald Bermudez – Signed by Baltimore as a minor-league free agent
Xander Bogaerts – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Garin Cecchini – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Ryan Dent – Re-signed with Boston
Stephen Drew – Major League free agent
Leonel Escobar – In Boston’s system
Derrik Gibson – In Boston’s system
Kevin Heller – In Boston’s system
Peter Hissey – In Boston’s system
Brandon Jacobs – Traded to Arizona by Chicago (AL) in the off-season
Matty Johnson – In Boston’s system
J.C. Linares – In Boston’s system
Deven Marrero – In Boston’s system
Heiker Meneses – In Boston’s system
Nick Natoli – In Boston’s system
Alberto Rosario – Signed by Los Angles Dodgers as a minor-league free agent
David Ross – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Travis Shaw – In Boston’s system
Matt Spring – Signed by Boston as a minor-league free agent
Tony Thomas – Signed by Minnesota as a minor-league free agent
Christian Vazquez – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Kolbrin Vitek – In Boston’s system
Shannon Wilkerson – In Boston’s system
Chris Balcom-Miller – In Boston’s system
Daniel Bard – Signed by the Texas Rangers
Matt Barnes – In Boston’s system
Craig Breslow – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Drake Britton – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Miguel Celestino – Signed by Boston as a minor-league free agent
Keith Couch – In Boston’s system
Terry Doyle – Minor League free agent
Charlie Haeger – Minor League free agent
Chris Hernandez – In Boston’s system
Brock Huntzinger – Signed by Baltimore as a minor-league free agent
Kyle Kaminska – Retired
Jeremy Kehrt – In Boston’s system
Kyle Kraus – In Boston’s system
John Lackey – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Bobby Lanigan – Minor League free agent
Will Latimer – Minor League free agent
Matt Maloney – Minor League free agent
Chris Martin – Traded to Colorado in the Jonathan Herrera deal
Mike McCarthy – In Boston’s system
Franklin Morales – Traded to Colorado in the Jonathan Herrera deal
Eric Niesen – Minor League free agent
Matty Ott – In Boston’s system
Henry Owens – In Boston’s system
Mickey Pena – In Boston’s system
Rafael Perez – Signed by Texas as a minor league free agent
Noe Ramirez – In Boston’s system
Anthony Ranaudo – In Boston’s system
Pete Ruiz – In Boston’s system
Nate Striz – Signed by Colorado as a minor league free agent
Brandon Workman – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Portland opens up a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the New Hampshire isher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland is 6-8 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire…The ‘Dogs return home after dropping three of four in Binghamton.
Coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Natoli 4, Gibson 6, Johnson 9, Barnes RHP
New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7, Schimpf 4, Robinson 3, Nolan 6, Glenn 9, Ochinko 2, Loewen DH, Ahrens 5, Nolin LHP
Sea Dogs who began the year in Portland are making strides in Pawtucket (stats with PawSox).
- Ronald Bermudez .250 (16-for-50), 8 RBI
- Alberto Rosario .200 (3-for-15)
- Ryan Dent .148 (4-for-27), RBI
- Chris Martin 7.1 scoreless frames, 28.1 scoreless between Portland and Pawtucket.
Chris Martin has 28.1 scoreless frames between Pawtucket and Portland.[/caption]
Preview of today’s notes
‘DOGS AND ‘CATS PART 3: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field…The two teams are meeting for the third series this season and the second in Maine…Portland took three of four from the Fisher Cats in their previous home series…RHP Matt Barnes (3-1, 4.50) makes his 10th start of the season and his second straight against New Hampshire…Barnes is the Top Pitching Prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America.
THAT WAS A WILD FINISH: Jeremy Kehrt (0-1) uncorked wild pitch on 1-2 count to Cory Vaughn with two outs in the ninth, scoring Josh Rodriguez from third base, and giving the Binghamton Mets a 6-5 walk-off win Monday afternoon…Portland rallied from a 4-2 deficit to scored three runs in the eighth inning but the Mets came right back to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by Joe Bonfe…Brandon Workman tied a season-high with nine strikeouts over six innings pitched…Michael Almanzar, Heiker Meneses, Matt Spring and Kolbrin Vitek each had RBI’s in the loss.
PRETTY TOUGH WITH MEN ON BASE: The B-Mets won the final three games of the series and went 0 for their last 30 with runners-in-scoring position…Opponents are batting .237 with runners-in-scoring position against Portland this season…Portland went 5-for-13 with RISP yesterday and 13-for-39 (.333) in the four-game set…Tony Thomas is the team leader with runners-in-scoring position at .389 (21-for-54).
ALL HAD ONE: Portland’s lineup had at least one hit on Monday afternoon, picking up 13 hits, their most since May 18th against Binghamton at Hadlock Field…With yesterday’s loss, the Sea Dogs will finish under .500 on the road in May, and they lost their first game when leading after eight innings (21-1).
ALMANZAR IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: On Friday, Almanzar became the 7th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer (a grand slam), the 3rd as a Sox affiliate…INF Heiker Meneses hit an inside-the-park homer on April 16th, ironically in Binghamton…Current Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on 6/24/04 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) & Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs. Norwich).
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play game two of their three-game series on Wednesday night at 6:00 PM…Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against Altoona…The ‘Dogs are 6-8 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.
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
- Number of games Xander Bogaerts will play this series…No worries, Xander was away at his sister’s wedding.
- Ranaudo’s 0.83 ERA is second in the Eastern League.
- Rosario’s addition makes it three catchers on the roster
- Number of at-bats for Matt Spring in his first start of the season on Saturday…Spring went 1-for-4.
- Britton was the Opening Day starter and his making his 5th start of the season
- 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.
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).
The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series on Saturday night versus the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Arm & Hammer Park. Portland suffered a 6-3 loss on Friday in the series opener.
Player move: OF Ronald Bermudez activated from the disabled list.
Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Pre-Game Interview: Josh Mauer, Voice of the Trenton Thunder
Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Meneses 4, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vitek DH, Spring 2, Bermudez 9, Gibson 6, Ranaudo RHP
Trenton Lineup: Flores 9, Pirela 4, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Roller 3, Heathcott 8, Medchill DH, Castillo 6, Stevenson 5, Nuding RHP
HOMECOMING: Jackson, New Jersey native Anthony Ranaudo, makes his fourth start of the season for the Sea Dogs in game two of the series on Saturday night…Ranaudo attended St. Rose High School, just 42 miles from Arm & Hammer Park…Portland has dropped two straight, and has not lost consecutive road contests this season…RHP Zach Nuding, who allowed seven unearned runs at Hadlock Field on April 5th, makes his fifth start of the season for the Thunder.
DECIDED EARLY: Trenton scored all six runs off Matt Barnes (1-1) in 4.2 innings, taking the series opener, 6-3 on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park…Tony Thomas drove in all three runs for Portland, going 2-for-4…Thomas delivered an RBI double in the first and a two-run triple in the fifth…J.R. Murphy led the Thunder with three hits and Kyle Roller nailed a two-run double in the third…Nik Turley (2-1) earned the win for the Thunder, working five innings on six hits and three runs…Jose Ramirez hurled four scoreless frames in his Double-A debut and earned a save.
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 22 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 19 games, by going 0-for-2 with three walks (Eastern League leader with 22) on Friday…Shaw’s on-base streak is currently the longest in the league…Altoona’s Andrew Lambo had a 20-game on-base streak from April 4-24.
RAINING 3’S: The Sea Dogs and Harrisburg lead the league with nine triples…Portland has eight in the last five games…Xander Bogaerts has a triple in three straight games, Thomas has tripled in back-to-back starts.
HIGH FIVE: Portland has had a reliever strikeout five batters in consecutive games…Last night, Keith Couch fanned a season-high 5 over 2.1 innings…Ruiz struck out five on Wednesday in the series finale against Binghamton…Chris Martin extended his scoreless streak to 14.1 innings to start the season, working a scoreless frame last night.
WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton (Yankees affiliate) conclude their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM…On Monday night, 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.
SO FAR, NOT SO GOOD AT HOME: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their four-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped the first two games to the ‘Cats, who have picked up 11 runs on 30 hits in the series…Tuesday night, the two teams duked it out for 13-innings and 4-plus hours…The longest game in both respects since 2009 for the Sea Dogs.
Updated rotation: Pimentel, Hernandez, Britton, Kehrt, Martin
Lineups for Thursday (7:00 PM start)
New Hampshire: Goins 6, Bocock 4, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Bailli DH, Ochinko 2, Van Kirk 7, Glenn 9, Jackson 8, Pino RHP
Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Smith 5, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Hissey 7, Dent 4, Gentile 3, Kehrt RHP
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