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Back where we started 2014!

Keith Couch is 12-1, 2.85 ERA in 20 career starts with Portland.

Keith Couch is 12-1, 2.85 ERA in 20 career starts with Portland.

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Monday night against the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium. RHP Keith Couch makes his second straight start against RHP Mike Nesseth. Couch is 4-0, 2.48 ERA in 5 starts this season.

Portland won the final two games in Binghamton, earning a split of the four-game series…The ‘Dogs are 2-0-3 in road series this season. On Opening Night, they won a rain-shortened 6-inning game over Reading 5-0. Mookie Betts (see notes for Mookie Madness) led off the season with a homer and Henry Owens tossed a no-hitter.

Make sure to follow Slugger on Twitter (@Slugger_SeaDog) as he continues his 114-mile walk from Fenway Park to Hadlock Field.  Slugger walked 23 miles yesterday! Keep up the good work.

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.

Pre-Game Interview: All about Slugger

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 5, Swihart 2, Rivero DH, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP (4-0, 2.48)

Reading: Alonso 4, Hernandez 5, Perkins 7, Altherr 8, Joseph 2, Collier 9, Stassi 3, Hewitt DH, Duran 6, Nesseth RHP (0-1, 7.88)

A few notes today…Full Game Notes at seadogs.com

WHERE IT ALL STARTED: Portland opened the 2014 season in Reading, PA, and begins a three-game series on Monday night at First Energy Stadium…On Opening Night, Mookie Betts began the season with a homer and LHP Henry Owens tossed a 6-inning no-hitter (Portland win a 5-0, rain-shortened contest)…The Sea Dogs split a four-game series to begin this trip, and have not lost a road series this season: 2-0-3…RHP Keith Couch makes his third start this season against Reading, he’s 12-1, 2.85 ERA in 20 career Double-A starts.

MCCARTHY AND RAMOS LEAD THE WAY: RHP Mike McCarthy (2-2) earned his second straight win, hurling six innings, as the ‘Dogs beat the B-Mets 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium…McCarthy gave up an unearned run in the fifth, yielded five hits, two walks and fanned six (season-high)…RF Henry Ramos picked up his second 4-hit game of the season and drove in the final run in the eighth…2B Mookie Betts and 3B Heiker Meneses delivered RBI singles…RHP Noe Ramirez worked two scoreless frames of relief to earn a hold and RHP Miguel Celestino stranded two in the ninth to grab his second save of the year.

#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 2-for-5 with an RBI yesterday, with both hits in his first 2 at-bats…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 26 Double-A starts (15 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 56 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 61 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .405 average is the 2nd highest in Minor League Baseball behind T.J. Rivera of the St. Lucie Mets.

HONORS FOR WINNING 2: McCarthy was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (April 28-May 4) for going 2-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER/12.0 IP) in starts against Reading and Binghamton…The righty gave up two hits, two walks and fanned eight, earning his first 2 wins of the season.

Brian Johnson won his Double-A debut on Saturday. He'll start when the 'Dogs return home (photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

Brian Johnson won his Double-A debut on Saturday. He’ll start when the ‘Dogs return home (photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

TRAVIS LIKES NEW YORK: Shaw left Maine with only one double, but collected four straight multi-hit games in Binghamton: 9-for-14 (.643), 3 RBI but had 5 doubles…Shaw’s last 14 games: 26-for-61 (.426), 4 HR, 17 RBI.

HE ALSO HAS TWO: Ramos tied a career-high with his second Double-A 4-hit game on Sunday…The first-year Sea Dog has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games.

 

Slugger’s Day…Portland wraps up series in Binghamton

Fenway_to_Hadlock_lrjelc4k_jb74xjzcSunday is all about Slugger the Sea Dog, the team mascot celebrating his 20th birthday this year. In honor of this historical season, his trainer Justin LeBlanc had a plan – go big or go home. Today, Slugger begins a 114-mile walk from Fenway Park to Hadlock Field. Slugger is doing this all for Tourette’s Syndrome.

The official kick-off begins at 12 PM at Fenway Park prior to the Sox/Athletics game. Slugger is scheduled to arrive at Hadlock Field on Thursday night, May 8th, just in time for the Sea Dogs homestand opener against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

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Pre-Game begins at 12:45 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Pre-Game Interview: All about Slugger

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Meneses 5, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, McCarthy RHP (1-2, 6.10)

Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Burgamy 5, Reynolds 6, Clark DH, Plawecki 2, Vaughn 9, Boyd 3, Lawley 7, Tovar 4, Lara RHP (2-0, 3.86)

A few notes today…Full Game Notes at seadogs.com

LOOKING FOR THE SPLIT: The Sea Dogs snapped a three-game losing streak by winning game two of yesterday’s doubleheader…Portland can manage a split of the four-game series with a win this afternoon in the series finale…The ‘Dogs are 1-3 in series finales and have not lost a road series this season…RHP Mike McCarthy (1-2) is coming off six scoreless frames in his previous outing and makes his fifth start (sixth appearance) for Portland…RHP Rainy Lara makes his first career appearance against Portland.

AND YESTERDAY WAS A SPLIT: LHP Henry Owens (3-2) tossed a complete game in the twinbill opener, but uncorked a wild pitch in the sixth, enabling the winning run to score in Binghamton’s 3-2 win…In game two, Portland clobbered 13 hits to win 9-3…LHP Brian Johnson tossed 5.1 innings on three hits and two unearned runs to notch the win in his Double-A debut…Deven Marrero and Carlos Rivero each homered in the game two…Travis Shaw went 5-for-7 with 2 RBI and 3 doubles in the doubleheader…Mookie Betts had hits in both games and Shannon Wilkerson finished the day 3-for-6, 2 RBI.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 3-for-9 with an RBI in yesterday’s doubleheader…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 25 Double-A starts (14 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 55 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 60 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .406 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball (more on Page 2).

MORE ON THE LEFTIES: Owens earned his league-leading second complete game in the opener…Over six innings, Owens yielded six hits, three runs, one walk and fanned six…Johnson did not issue a walk and fanned three, throwing 61 of 94 pitches for strikes.

Travis Shaw is hitting a season-high .304. He is 7-for-10 in the series.

Travis Shaw is hitting a season-high .304. He is 7-for-10 in the series.

TRAVIS LIKES NEW YORK: Shaw entered this series with one double, but is 7-for-10, 3 RBI and 4 doubles in the last three games…His .304 average is the highest of the season, and he has collected a multi-hit game in four his last five starts.

THAT WAS EASY: RHP Jose Valdez was the only reliever used for the Sea Dogs on Saturday…Valdez worked 1.2 innings on four hits, one unearned run, one walk and fanned two…The run allowed by the righty was the first in six games with Portland.

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 seadogs.com 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 seadogs.com

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.

Trot over to Hadlock Field tonight

Mookie Betts made a great diving catch to start a double play yesterday...Sea Dogs front office staff member Ashley Montgomery got a great photo.

Mookie Betts made a great diving catch to start a double play yesterday…Sea Dogs front office staff member Ashley Montgomery got a great photo.

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game homestand on Monday night against the Reading Fightin Phils at Hadlock Field…Portland dropped two of three to start the homestand against the Trenton Thunder – their first series loss of the season. Fans at Hadlock Field get a treat tonight, as Trot Nixon will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs.

RHP Mike McCarthy makes the start in the series opener and his third career appearance against Reading. McCarthy is 1-0, 4.50 against the Fightins in his career – both appearances last season.

LHP Jesse Biddlethe top pitching prospect in the Phillies system, makes his fifth career start against Portland. On Opening night in Reading, Biddle suffered the loss, allowing 9 hits and 4 runs over 3.1 IP. He gave up a  homer to Mookie Betts to lead-off the season. The highly touted lefty has struggled in his career against Portland, going 1-3, 5.64 ERA (14 ER/22.1 IP) in four previous starts – three last season.

Pre-Game begins at 5:40 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 beginning at 5:55 PM.

Pre-Game Interview: Derrik Gibson

Reading: Alonso 4, Stassi 3, Hernandez 5, Perkins 7, Serritella DH, Altherr 8, Moore 2, Hewitt 9, Duran 6, Biddle LHP (2-2, 2.86)

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Coyle DH, Ramos 9, Spring 2, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 8, McCarthy RHP (0-2, 8.59)

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

ON TO THE NEXT ONE: The Sea Dogs continue their seven-game homestand on Monday night against the Reading Fightin Phils…Former Red Sox OF Trot Nixon makes a special appearance, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch and signing autographs…Portland dropped their first series over the weekend, as the Thunder took two of three…The series featured 52 runs, 82 hits, but 18 innings pitched by Portland’s bullpen…The ‘Dogs and Fightins split a four-game series in Reading, PA to begin the season.

DECIDED EARLY: Trenton scored six runs in three of four innings to start the game off Henry Owens (3-1) and held on for a 6-5 on Sunday afternoon…Portland’s entire lineup reached base safely, and rallied back from a 5-0 deficit…The ‘Dogs got on the board when Mookie Betts delivered a run-scoring double in the third…Derrik Gibson added a two-run single and Travis Shaw drove in a run with a double in the fifth…Trenton catcher Gary Sanchez finished 2-for-4 with a homer, double and 3 RBI.

MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in the series finale…Betts has a team-high, 14-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 19 Double-A starts (11 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 49 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 54 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 14-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.

TWO OUT MAGIC: Portland’s last 10 runs have been scored with two outs…This season, the ‘Dogs have scored 45 of their 121 runs (37%) with two outs and hitting .291 (23-79) with runners-in-scoring position and two-out.

¡VAMONOS RAMOS!:RF Henry Ramos went 1-for-3 with a walk on Sunday and has a season-high 9-game hitting streak: 14-for-37 (.378) with 7 RBI…C Blake Swihart has hit safely in in nine of has last 10 starts: 23-for-49 (.469), including his first Hadlock Field homer of the season on Saturday, a solo-shot in the 10th inning to tie the game at six.

IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST: Owens allowed six earned runs on Sunday, the most he’s allowed in 11 career Double-A starts…The lefty began the season with a 15.1 scoreless streak, but has given up 16 earned runs in his last 16 IP…LHP Jesse Biddle has yielded just one earned run in his last 18 IP (0.50 ERA).

Team Photo Day at Hadlock Field.

Team Photo Day at Hadlock Field.

Lucky 7? We’ll see tonight in Binghamton

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 22013, 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).

Highlight of triple play from Monday

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

Matt Spring hit his 80th professional homer on Tuesday night...Congrats Matt (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor by Sitting Still Photography)

Matt Spring hit his 80th professional homer on Tuesday night…Congrats Matt (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor by Sitting Still Photography)

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.

Sea Dogs look for their sixth straight win

Coyle to Betts to Shaw...Portland turns the first triple play in franchise history.

Coyle to Betts to Shaw…Portland turns the first triple play in franchise history.

The Sea Dogs made history last night, turning their first triple play in franchise history, and taking game one of the series 7-4 over the B-Mets. Portland has won five straight and nine of their last 10.

Sean Coyle started the triple play on a high bouncer hit by Brian Burgamy with runners at first and second. Coyle’s throw was low, but picked by Mookie Betts, who got Burgamy at first base.

Highlight of triple play

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: Travis Shaw

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 5, Swihart 2, Ramos 9, Spring DH, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, McCarthy RHP

Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Reynolds 6, Burgamy 4, Clark DH, Plawecki 2, Boyd 3, Lawley 5, Vaughn 9, Johnson 7, Robles RHP

Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com

WHAT A START: With last night’s victory, the Sea Dogs won their fifth straight (season-high) and improved to 4-0 on the trip…Portland made history last night, turning the first triple play in franchise history…The historic feat ended the first inning on Brian Burgamy’s ground ball to Coyle, who started the 5-4-3 triple play…The Sea Dogs have won nine of their last 10 games, scoring at least six runs in those nine wins…Portland’s 11-4 start is their best since going 12-3 to begin 2008.

 HIGH-FIVE CITY: The ‘Dogs won their fifth straight game with last night’s 7-4 win over the Mets in the series opener at NYSEG Stadium…LHP Henry Owens (3-0) worked six innings on four hits, three runs (two earned), four walks and three strikeouts, earning the win…1B Travis Shaw and RF Shannon Wilkerson each homered…Portland received a hit from eight of nine starters, including multi-hit games from 2B Mookie Betts, Shaw and C Blake Swihart…RHP Miguel Celestino tossed a perfect ninth for his first save of the year.

VIDEO GAME NUMBERS: Betts hasreached base safely in all 14 Double-A starts and has reached base safely in 44 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 49 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…C Blake Swihart has reached base safely in his first 12 starts in Double-A…Wilkerson has reached base safely in 13 straight starts.CAME UP BIG LATE: There were nine combined runs scored during innings 6-7 in the series opener…Portland led 5-0 after 5 ½ innings, scoring three in the sixth on run-scoring doubles by DH Stefan Welch and Swihart…CF Henry Ramos added an RBI single…Binghamton scored all their runs off Owens in the sixth…Burgamy nailed an RBI double off the left-field wall and DH Jayce Boyd drove home two with a double.

HISSEY CAN DRIVE: OF Peter Hissey extended his hitting streak to four games by going 1-for-4 last night…Hissey drove in the first run of the game with an RBI groundout in the second inning off losing pitcher RHP Brett Pill (0-3)…The West Chester, PA native has an RBI in four of six games.

WELCOME BACK: RHP Aaron Kurcz was activated from the disabled yesterday…Kurcz missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, and hasn’t pitched since July 21, 2012 with Portland at New Hampshire.

Sea Dogs and Fightins on a first Friday in Reading

This was made by a fan and sent to me...The background is my scorebook.

This was made by a fan and sent to me…The background is my scorebook.

Unreal start to the season – NO HITTER by Henry Owens…Here’s the complete game story

Great ring ceremony today at Fenway, former Sea Dogs Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Workman were on Portland’s Opening Day roster last season.

Pre-Game begins at 6:45 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: Henry Owens

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Greenwell 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP

Reading lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier 8, Perkins 7, Dugan 9, Joesph 2, Stassi 3, Tolbert 5, Serritella DH, Duran 6, Gonzalez LHP

Game Notes

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

OH HENRY, WHAT A NIGHT!LHP Henry Owens tossed a six-inning, rain-shortened no-hitter, leading the Sea Dogs to a 5-0 win at Reading on Opening Night…Owens retired the final 16 batters faced, fanned nine and issued both walks in the first inning…Reading had one man in scoring position and no balls were hit out of the infield…2B Mookie Betts led off the game with a solo-homer off losing pitcher LHP Jesse Biddle on a 3-2 pitch…Betts finished 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored…SS Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 with 2 run-scoring doubles and C Blake Swihart had two hits, including an RBI triple on his 22nd birthday.

GRAND OPENING: The Sea Dogs are now 10-11 All-Time in season openers and have won six of their last eight games at First Energy Stadium…Ironically, Ryan Kalish led off the 2010 season in Reading with a solo-homer on a 3-2 pitch – same count as Betts’ homer last night.

MORE ON THE NO-NO: Owens’ no-hitter was the first as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game no-hitter in franchise history…Marlins affiliated no-hitters: Brad Penny and Luis Arroyo combined for the first no-hitter in franchise history on August 8, 1999 against Trenton…Josh Beckett (7 IP), Aaron Scheffer (1) and Brandon Bowe (1) combined to no-hit the Binghamton Mets.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has six of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Owens (#2), Swihart (#5), Betts (#7),Marrero (#15), Travis Shaw (#26), and Sean Coyle (#30).   The active roster includes 12 players who have previously played for the Sea Dogs and 17 players with previous Double-A experience. ·       15 players originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox.·       Portland’s roster features three players that are sons of former Major Leaguers: Brenly (Bob Brenly), Greenwell (Mike) and Travis Shaw (Jeff). WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER HENRY: RF Henry Ramos went 2-for-3 in his Double-A debut, picking up an RBI single in the first inning to plate LF Carlos Rivero (1-for-3, double)…3B Sean Coyle went 0-for-2 with a walk in his Sea Dogs debut. COACHING STAFF: Billy McMillon (1995) earned his 300th win as a minor league manager in his first game with the Sea Dogs…McMillon made history last night, becoming the first former Sea Dog to manage.

Congrats to Billy McMillon on his first win as Sea Dogs Manager and the 300th of his minor league career.

Congrats to Billy McMillon on his first win as Sea Dogs Manager and the 300th of his minor league career.

Opening Night from Baseball Town

The Sea Dogs open up their 21st season in the Eastern League, battling the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium in Reading, Pa.

Pre-Game begins at 6:45 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: Keith Couch

Look inside the Antonellis Broadcast Center.

Look inside the Antonellis Broadcast Center.

Welcome Back…My broadcast partner from 2012 Dan Acheson returns this season. Dan will join me for every home game.

Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero 7, Ramos 9, Swihart 2, Coyle 5, Welch DH, Wilkerson 8, Owens LHP

Reading lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier 8, Perkins 9, Dugan 9, Joesph 2, Hewitt DH, Alonso 5, Stassi 3, Duran 6, Biddle LHP

Game Notes

Notes for today…Full Game Notes

HEAVYWEIGHT MATCH-UP TO START: Boston and Philadelphia’s top pitching prospects faceoff in the 2014 opener at First Energy Stadium…LHP Henry Owens is making his seventh Double-A start and the 50th appearance of his professional career…Owens was named the 2013 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year, leading all minor league qualifiers in ERA (2.67) and batting average against (.177)…LHP Jesse Biddle, a native of Philly, went 5-14, 3.64 ERA in 27 starts with Reading last season…Biddle finished third in the Eastern League with 154 strikeouts and fanned Maikel Franco in the Future’s Game.

GRAND OPENING: The Sea Dogs are 9-11 All-Time in season openers…Last year they suffered a 13-5 loss to the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Opening Day at Hadlock Field…Reading swept the Sea Dogs in an Opening Day doubleheader in 2012 at First Energy Stadium…LHP Drake Britton and RHP Brandon Workman were Portland’s first 2 starters in 2013. INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has six of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system as ranked by Baseball America: Owens (#2), Blake Swihart (#5), Mookie Betts (#7), Deven Marrero (#15), Travis Shaw (#26), and Sean Coyle (#30).  ·       The active roster includes 12 players who have previously played for the Sea Dogs and 17 players with previous Double-A experience. ·       15 players originally drafted by the Red Sox and eight will be making their Double-A debut.·       Seven players will be making their Red Sox organizational debut: Michael Brenly, Bo Greenwell, Nate Reed, Carlos Rivero, Jose Valdez and Stefan Welch. ·       Portland’s roster features three players that are sons of former Major Leaguers: Brenly (Bob Brenly), Greenwell (Mike) and Travis Shaw (Jeff).

COACHING STAFF: Former Sea Dog Billy McMillon (1995) begins his first season as the team’s manager…McMillon is the first former player to manage the Sea Dogs and the 11th Manager in team history…Pitching coach Bob Kipper returns for his seventh season and former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman returns for his second season as the Hitting coach…Trainer Brandon Henry returns for his third season…he’ll be joined by Assistant Trainer Nicholas Kuchwara and Strength Coach Andrew Rasbury.

Long line around 4 to get in the park...and yes that's an ostrich

Long line around 4 to get in the park…and yes that’s an ostrich

Instant Replay and the Sea Dogs?

Thanks to Sea Dogs Assistant General Manager/Media Relations Director Chris Cameron for finding out this unique tie-in between Major League Baseball’s first 2 instant replay and the Portland Sea Dogs.

  • The first regular-season instant replay challenge in Major League Baseball history was upheld this past Monday in the Cubs-Pirates game. Former Sea Dogs Manager Rick Renteria challenged the call.
  • Braves manager and former Sea Dogs skipper Fredi Gonzalez was the first to win a challenge, getting a safe call on Ryan Braun reversed.

Instant Replay Story courtesy of USA Today

Renteria managed Portland in 2000-01, going a combined 148-135…Gonzalez led the ‘Dogs to a 79-63 mark in 1997.

I think this is why people will like Instant Replay.

I think this is why people will like Instant Replay.

 

Exhibition action for Sea Dogs

Shannon Wilkerson went 1-for-2 with a double and 2 walks today.

Shannon Wilkerson went 1-for-2 with a double and 2 walks today.

After two days without getting a full game in, the Sea Dogs traveled to Minnesota’s complex on Wednesday afternoon to play New Britain.  The Rock Cats used a two-run seventh to beat Portland 5-4. Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez had the game-winning hit, delivering a run-scoring infield single.

Portland had nine hits in the contest, but most of the starters in today’s game could be somewhere else once the dust finally settles. Shannon Wilkerson had a sensational day, going 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.  Wilkerson made a great diving catcher in centerfield in the first inning.  Keury De La Cruz, Bo Greenwell, Jonathan Roof and Aneury Taverez had run-scoring hits.

Wilfredo Boscan started for Portland and featured a sharp curveball. Robby Scott and Matty Ott closed out the game in relief.

Nice to see former Sea Dog Tony Thomas play for New Britain. He went 0-for-2 and struck out to end the game. During minor league exhibition games, the home team will still bat in the ninth if they’re leading.

David Ortiz holding court at JetBlue Park

David Ortiz holding court at JetBlue Park

Daniel Nava played in the Triple-A game on Wednesday.

Daniel Nava played in the Triple-A game on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faces in the Crowd

  1. Had a long conversation with former Sea Dog Ryan Pressly. He was a MLB Rule 5 pick by the Twins in 2013. He was just sent to Triple-A Rochester, but he’ll be back in the Majors. Great perspective and a great person.
  2. Daniel Nava played in the Triple-A game and batted almost every inning…Alex Hassan and Bryce Brentz homered in Pawtucket’s 10-1 win over Rochester.
  3. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo was at the minor league games.
  4. Spent the day watching the games with new PawSox broadcaster Josh Mauer and Rochester’s voice Josh Whetzel.
  5. Weird to see Miguel Gonzalez beat Allen Webster at the Major League game – both are former Sea Dogs.
  6. David Ortiz was holding court in the dugout during batting practice this morning.
  7. Tony LaRussa was at the Twins Complex today, explaining the new replay rules to Ron Gardenhire.
  8. Most of the fans at the Twins Complex was asking me if Greenwell was Mike’s son – yes he is.
  9. My interview with Jackie Bradley Jr. from this morning.
I'll never bat .300, but I got Press Credential #300

I’ll never bat .300, but I got Press Credential #300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Middlebrooks working before today's game with Maine native Brian Butterfield.

Will Middlebrooks working before today’s game with Maine native Brian Butterfield.

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