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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 open up a six-game trip in Richmond, VA

The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants affiliate) from the Diamond in Richmond, VA.

Noe Ramirez is scoreless in four straight appearances, he earned his second save on Sunday. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor)

Noe Ramirez is scoreless in four straight appearances, he earned his second save on Sunday. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)

RHP Anthony Ranaudo (8-3, 2.80) makes his 19th start of the season for Portland…Ranaudo is seeking his first win since June 30th…RHP Ryan Vogelsong makes a MLB Rehab Assignment for Richmond.

Richmond Nuggets: Hitting Coach Kenny Joyce is from Portland, Maine…INF Mark Minicozzi is second in the league in hitting at .328, OF Javier Herrera is 6th…Before the move to Richmond, the Giants Double-A home was the Connecticut Defenders.

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Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Starting Lineups
Portland: Meneses 6, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Bermudez 9, Gibson 4, Wilkerson 8, Ranaudo RHP

Richmond: Lollis 8, Panik 4, Herrera 7, Minicozzi DH, Vilalona 3, Susac 2, Duvall 5, Parker 9, Tomlinson 6, Vogelsong RHP

Notes for Tuesday

NOT MANY LEFT: The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants affiliate) on Tuesday night from the Diamond in Richmond, Virginia…Portland has won four straight road games, sweeping the Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium from July 22-24…The ‘Dogs need wins in their final two games this month to finish 15-15 in July…Richmond has dropped 34 of 55 since June 1st…RHP Anthony Ranaudo seeks his first win since June 30th at New Hampshire.

THAT’S A SPLIT: Portland won the final two games against Harrisburg, managing a split of the four-game series after Sunday’s 3-2 win…Catcher Matt Spring hit his fourth game-winning homer of the season, leading off the seventh with a solo-blast over the Maine Monster, and snapping a 2-2 tie…Jeremy Kehrt earned his first win, tossing two innings on two hits and one run…Noe Ramirez worked the final two innings, securing his second straight save…RHP Nathan Karns (7-4) tossed a complete game in the loss, giving up five hits and three runs over eight frames.

MAJOR INFLUENCE: Portland will face Major League Ryan Vogelsong in the series opener…Vogelsong is currently on the Giants 60-day disabled list with a fractured right hand…The righty is 2-4, 7.19 ERA (37 ER/46.1 IP) in nine starts with San Francisco this season.

RHP Ryan Vogelsong makes a MLB Rehab start for Richmond on Tuesday night.

RHP Ryan Vogelsong makes a MLB Rehab start for Richmond on Tuesday night.

NO WIN AT HADLOCK: RHP Terry Doyle took a no-decision in Sunday’s game and remains winless at Hadlock Field…Doyle pitched five innings, giving up eight hits, one run, three walks and four strikeouts…Harrisburg had 17 baserunners on Sunday, but went 3-for-13 with runner-in-scoring position.

MAKE THAT TWO FOR TWO: LHP Matt Maloney earned a win in his Sea Dogs’ debut on July 24th at New Britain and earned the save by working around two singles with two outs in the ninth on Saturday at Fenway Park…The lefty was on Pawtucket’s disabled all season until he was activated by Portland – he appeared in 5 minor league rehab games with Lowell.

THREE QUARTERS TO A GRAND: With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs will have 750 as a Red Sox affiliate…Saturday’s win at the 8th Annual Future’s at Fenway was their third in four games at Fenway Park.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Richmond continue their three-game series on Wednesday night…The Sea Dogs are 2-2 during a 22-game stretch against the Western Division (8-11 overall)…Portland finishes the season with 16 straight games against New Hampshire and Trenton, including a doubleheader on August 31st.

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.

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

Tweet of the Day:

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From June 9, 1985 to June 6, 1986 Wade Boggs (@ChickenMan3010) batted .401 during a stretch of 162 games

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.

‘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).

Lackey on the hill…Tweet of the day

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Right-hander John Lackey will make a Major League Rehab start for Portland…Lackey becomes the 28th Major Leaguer to rehab for the Sea Dogs and the 22nd as a Red Sox affiliate.

Tweet of the Day

Josh Reddick @joshreddick16

Brandon Moss and myself headed to children’s hospital to help brighten some people’s day! Hope we help.#BostonStrong

John Lackey is currently on Boston's 15-day disabled list with a strained right bicep.

John Lackey is currently on Boston’s 15-day disabled list with a strained right bicep.

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

Pre-Game Interview: OF Peter Hissey

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Linares 7, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, Lackey RHP (MLB Rehab Appearance)

Binghamton Lineup: Harris 8, Cecilani 7, Rodriguez 4, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Lucas 5, Forsythe 2, Pena 2, Muno 6, DeGrom RHP

MAKE THAT THREE: Portland scored all eight runs and had all 10 hits over three innings, defeating the New Britain Rock Cats 8-7 on Sunday afternoon…Miguel Celestino (1-0) earned the win, allowing three hits, one run and fanned three over 1.1 innings…Portland took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth and added three in the sixth…Peter Hissey and Kolbrin Vitek each drove in two runs…Michael Almanzar had two doubles and two runs scored…Heiker Meneses, Alberto Rosario and Shannon Wilkerson each had two hits for Portland.

WALK THIS WAY: 1B Travis Shaw had his hitting streak snapped at eight games on Sunday, but extended his on-base streak to 15 games with his team-leading, 15th walk of the season…Shaw’s on-base streak is the longest since Vitek reached base safely in 17 games from April 5-21, 2012.

HE WAS IN CONTROL: Brock Huntzinger walked three batters on Sunday, but managed his fourth save in as many opportunities…Huntzinger has three of his four saves at Hadlock Field.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Lackey is the 28th to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 22nd as a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: 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).

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WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and the Binghamton Mets continue their three-game series tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs took two of three from the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium last week…Portland has a scheduled off day on Thursday, before a seven-game trip at Trenton (Yankees affiliate) and Reading Fight Phils (Phillies affiliate).

Report from the Fort (Day 3 – Afternoon Edition)

Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins.

Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins.

The Sea Dogs made the 10-minute trip to Lee County in Ft. Myers to play the New Britain Rock Cats on Wednesday afternoon.  The style of exhibition games in the minors are far different than the regular season, as today’s contest finished in a 1-1 tie.  Portland scored the tying-run in the seventh inning on an RBI ground out by Matty Johnson.

Terry Doyle, who was optioned to Pawtucket earlier this morning, made the start for the Sea Dogs. Doyle was just getting work in the Double-A game, he’ll be part of Pawtucket’s staff. His line was: 4 IP, 3 H, R, ER, BB, 3 SO.

Keith Couch worked five scoreless innings of relief on two hits and two strikeouts. Couch could be part of Portland’s rotation.

Portland Boxscore

Bogaerts SS 1-for-4…roped a double off the chain-link fence in right-center field
Meneses 0-for-1
Almanzar DH 2-for-3…double to right field
Shaw 1B 1-for-4…infield single
Bermudez RF 1-fo-3…pulled a double to left
Sanchez 0-for-2, 2 K
Hissey CF 1-for-3…BB, infield single
Gibson 2B 2-for-4…2 singles
Natoli 3B 0-for-2…walk and a sac-bunt
Escobar C 0-for-2
Perez 0-for-2
Johnson 0-for-3…BB, RBI groundout

Former Sea Dogs update

  • I had a chance to chat with Brock Huntzinger today…pitched two innings in Pawtucket’s game.
  • Ryan Lavarnway was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this morning and blasted a monster homer in the exhibition tilt.
  • Jon Hee says Keoni DeRenne has the best name in franchise history.
  • Jon Lester will start Opening Day for the third straight year.
  • I will be dining with former Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler tonight…not sure if this matters to anyone…ha ha.

On-Deck

The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats meet at JetBlue Park on Thursday afternoon at 1 PM…I’ll be covering that game and Boston’s night contest against the Twins.

Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez now a member of the Minnesota Twins organization.

Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez now a member of the Minnesota Twins organization.

 

 

 

 

Josh Reddick and Jayson Hernandez Interview

During the off-season, I host a weekly show called the Saturday Morning Jab from 8-12 PM on 96.3 FM in Portland, Maine and online at thebigjab.com.

This past weekend, former Sea Dog Josh Reddick and Red Sox Minor League Catcher Jayson Hernandez joined me on the show…Hernandez started his own charity to help those less fortunate in his home state of New Jersey, a wonderful story about one person making a difference.

My thanks to those who serve and protect us over this Veteran’s Day Weekend…MLB with a great piece, honoring players of the past.

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