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The Sea Dogs take a three-day break from Maine, opening up a three-game series on Tuesday night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium.
RHP Mike Augliera makes the start for the Sea Dogs in the series opener, he has both Double-A wins against New Britain…LHP Taylor Rogers has struggled in both starts against Portland, going 0-2, 9.72 ERA (9 ER/8.1 IP) in 2 starts against Portland.
How about these numbers…Portland is 6-1 against New Britain this season, but hitting .335 against the ‘Cats, averaging 6.9 runs-per-game in the season series.
New Britain’s roster features former Sea Dogs: Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tony Thomas and Daniel Turpen…Rock Cats Manager Jeff Smith played for the Sea Dogs in 2003, the first year as a Red Sox affiliate.
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: Rich Gedman on former Rock Cat Chris Collabello
Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Rivero DH, Swihart 2, Meneses 5, Gibson 7, Hissey 9, Wilkerson 8, Augliera RH (2-3, 4.42)
New Britain: Wimberly 8, Boyer 6, Hanson DH, Vargas 3, Rodriguez 9, Ortiz 7, Thomas 4, Waring 5, Knudson 2, Rogers LH (2-3, 6.46 ERA)
Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com
SHORT JOURNEY AWAY: The Sea Dogs take a break from Maine for only three days, opening up a three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium on Tuesday night…By winning Sunday, the ‘Dogs took 3 of 4 from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and own the best record in the Eastern League…Portland makes their second attempt this week to 11 games .500 for the first time since August 20, 2008 when they were 69-58…The ‘Dogs are 7-1-3 in series in 2014.
CAN WE GET MUCH HEIKER: 3B Heiker Meneses capped off a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, delivering a walk-off RBI single, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 13-12 on Mother’s Day…Portland had a multi-hit game from seven of nine, including the top 5 hitters in the lineup – who combined to reach base 20 times…SS Deven Marrero reached base five times, going 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored…DH Carlos Rivero (3-for-5), 1B Travis Shaw (2-for-4, HR) and C Matt Spring all had 3 RBI…LHP Robby Scott worked a scoreless ninth inning to notch his fourth win of the season.
#MOOKIE MADNESS:2B Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 and reached base four times on Sunday…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 32 Double-A starts (17 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 62 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 67 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’ .396 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 126 of his last 136 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).
DON’T LEAVE THIS GUY OUT: OF Henry Ramos went 3-for-6 on Sunday with an RBI double and a run scored…Ramos has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games: 35-for-91 (.385), 2 HR, 18 RBI, 3B, 5 doubles and reached base safely in 29 of 33 games.
SUPER SHAW: After hitting .114 (4-for-35) through the first 10 games of the season, Shawis hitting .368 (32-for-87) with 6 HRs, 26 RBI and 13 extra-base hits since April 18.
THERE’S BEEN NO RELIEF: Portland scored eight runs off New Hampshire’s bullpen on Sunday…The opposing relievers have a combined 4.92 ERA (72 ER/131.2 IP)…The ‘Dogs averaging 2.1 earned runs per-game off relievers.
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
- Former Fisher Cat Jonathan Diaz made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox earlier today
- Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger did not issue a walk last night for the first time in 41 outings.
Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Pre-Game Interview: Red Sox Organizational Leaders
Portland Lineup: Hissey 8, Vazquez 2, Cecchini DH, Thomas 4, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Vitek 7, Meneses 6, Barnes RHP
New Hampshire Lineup: Loewen 8, Burns 5, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Robinson DH, Nolan 6, Schimpf 4, Van Kirk 7, Talley 3, McGuire RHP
Notes for today
‘DOGS AND ‘CATS: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats play game three of their four-game series on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland’s last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…If Portland wins the final two games of this series, they will have their first road-series win since April 30-May 2, sweeping a three-game series in Reading…RHP Matt Barnes makes his 40th career start and his third against New Hampshire.
QUITE A BATTER: Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (4-4) tossed eight scoreless frames and Catcher Christian Vazquez went 4-for-5, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 5-1 on Friday night…Haeger scattered seven hits, fanned seven and didn’t issue a walk for the first time since a MLB Rehab start in 2010 with the Arizona Dodgers…Vazquez knocked in the game’s first run with a single in the fourth and nailed an RBI double in the eighth…SS Heiker Meneses went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI…Michael Almanzar finished 3-for-4 with a run-scoring double in the ninth.
TURNING THINGS AROUND: Vazquez has raised his average 25 points, going 7-for-12 during a 3-game hitting streak…The Portland catcher has both 4-hit games with the Sea Dogs against the Fisher Cats (last night and May 22nd)…Meneses has a 5-game hitting streak: 9-for-17 (.529), HR, 3 RBI.
NEW ARM IN THE MIX: RHP Noe Ramirez was assigned to Portland today from High-A Salem and will be making his Double-A debut…Ramirez went 2-1, 2.11 ERA (11 ER/47.0) with one save in 21 games with the Salem Sox and had a strikeout in 19 of 21 appearances…Both wins against Myrtle Beach in back-to-back outings (May 31 & June 3).
HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR: The Sea Dogs will send Almanzar, Britton, RHP Anthony Ranaudo and Vazquez to this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th in New Britain, Connecticut…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.
THAT’S NOT ALL: Ranaudo and former Sea Dog Xander Bogaerts were selected to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game on Sunday, July 14th at Citi Field in New York…For the first time in the 15-year history of the game, fans can vote for the final spot for each squad…To vote for Cecchini text U2 at 892969 or #VoteCecchini on Twitter.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, game time is 1:35 PM…The Sea Dogs are 4-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.
The Sea Dogs continue their 3-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field
Coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Ceciliani DH, Forsythe 2, Harris 8, Tovar 6, Cohoon LHP
Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts DH, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Almanzar 5, Wilkerson 8, Spring 2, Meneses 4, Gibson 6, Ranaudo RHP
Inside the Numbers…Anthony Ranaudo leads the Sea Dogs and all Red Sox Minor Leaguers in ERA (1.38), and ranks second in the Eastern League.
- With a win today, he becomes the first 6-game winner in the Eastern League.
- Leads the league with a 0.85 WHIP
- Second in the league in average against .172
- First in FEWEST BASERUNNERS/9 IP RATIO 8.08
DAY BASEBALL AT HADLOCK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Binghamton has won five straight and trails the Sea Dogs by one game for the top spot in the Eastern Division…Portland has the second best record in the Eastern League, but has dropped five of their last seven games…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who ranks second in the league in ERA (1.38), makes his eighth start of the season.
LITTLE SLOPPY: The Binghamton Mets scored three times in the ninth, aided by three Portland errors, en route to a 6-3 win in the series opener on Friday night…3B Michael Almanzar tied the game at three with a two-run homer in the sixth, but committed two errors in the ninth…SS Xander Bogaerts made a throwing error on an infield-single, enabling the game’s final run to score…John Church (2-3) worked two scoreless frames to earn the win…Keith Couch (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) over 2.1 IP…Jeff Walters fanned three in the ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.
DYNAMIC DUO: Ranaudo is trying to become the first 6-game winner in the Eastern League…Ranaudo and Brandon Workman are a combined 10-2, 2.63 ERA (25 ER/85.2 IP) in 15 games/14 starts this season…With a 1.38 ERA, Ranaudo leads all Red Sox qualifying minor league pitchers…Salem’s Mike Augliera is second with a 3.12 ERA.
TOP OF THE BOARD: Almanzar blasted a two-run homer for the second consecutive game and leads the Sea Dogs in hitting at .302 (2nd overall in the Red Sox system) and homers (7)…Tony Thomas nailed his league-leading 14th double of the season last night, picking up his team-leading 27th RBI…Thomas leads the league with 22 extra-base hits and is tied for the top spot in triples with five.
NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT: RHP Matt Barnes picked up his fourth quality start of the season (tied with Workman), working six innings on five hits, three runs, one walk and seven strikeouts…Barnes is 2-0, 1.96 ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) in four starts this month.
TURING IT AROUND: Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 last night, with a bunt-single before Almanzar’s homer in the sixth…Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games with a homer, 4 RBI and two doubles.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their 3-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…Portland will host the Fisher Cats on Monday night, staring a 4-game set…Portland is 1-3 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.
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.
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.
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.