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The Sea Dogs open with a bang

In a rain shortened game on April 3 against the Reading Fightin Phils, the Sea Dogs came up swinging. The starting pitcher for the Fightin Phils was lefty Jesse Biddle. Biddle is named as the Phils number two prospect in Baseball America's Prospect Handbook. After working a full count against Biddle in the first inning, the Sea Dogs leadoff hitter, Mookie Betts (2B), lifted one to left center field for a home run. Carlos Rivero (LF) doubled and then scored on a single by Henry Ramos (RF.)

The Sea Dogs starter, lefty Henry Owens, allowed two walks in the first, and that is all Owens allowed on based the rest of the game. Owens struck out nine in six innings of play. It was unfortunate that the game was shortened so fans could not witness Owens' continuing command on the mound.

In the third, Blake Swihart (C) tripled to right field scoring Ramos. Betts would score again in the fourth and sixth inning on doubles by Deven Marrero (SS).

Defensively, this year's Sea Dogs fielders backed up Owens with spot on fielding. In the fifth inning, Betts made an outstanding play to preserve the no-hitter when he caught a pop-fly to shallow right field.

The Sea Dogs will face the Fightin Phils again tonight at 7:05 as Sea Dogs right hander Keith Couch and Fightin Phils' right hander Severino Gonzales are slated to start. Listen to Mike Antonellis, the voice of the Sea Dogs, to keep up with the action when the Dogs are away. Catch the action when the Dogs open at home on April 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Remember to bring your glove, and I'll see you at Hadlock Field.

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