The steak always taste better after a victory.
The Portland Sea Dogs enjoyed a hearty post-game spread Monday night after their 3-2 victory. It was Portland's 50th win as the Sea Dogs (50-26) became the first team to reach that plateau.
Pedro Martinez provided the post-game meal, as well as some mentoring to Sea Dogs pitchers. One of his pupils, Luis Diaz, pitched his second straight gem in Double-A: 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. See today's column.
Sean Coyle (.346) went 2-for-4 with his 8th home run ... Deven Marrero (.291) hit his fourth home run.
Pawtucket's Steven Wright (2-1, 1.80 ERA) pitched a 5-hitter over seven innings: 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K ... Mookie Betts (.321 / .402 OBP) was 2-for-4 with a walk.
Salem's Reed Gragnani (.324 / .426 OBP) was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Greenville pounded out 20 hits. Carlos Asuaje (.317) was 3-for-5 ... catcher Jake Romanski (.307), a 13th-round pick last year out of San Diego State, was 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI ... Australian Daniel McGrath (3-3, 3.97) pitched 6 1/3 innings: 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K.
Shane Victorino made a rehab appearance with Lowell, going 0-for-3 ... Jordan Betts (no relation to Mookie) hit his third home run and is batting .286. Betts was an 18th-round draft pick this month out of Duke.
Oh, and in the majors, Boston lost again, 12-3 to Seattle, dropping to 35-42, 7.5 games out of first and six games out of the Wild Card chase.
The Sox are in Seattle again tonight, while the Sea Dogs are home at 7 p.m.
This writer will be away the next four days (no DL stint, just scheduled time off). I'll check back this weekend.