CLOSING THINGS OUT: The Sea Dogs conclude their 7-game homestand on Thursday night in game three
of their series against the B-Mets at Hadlock Field…Portland is seeking their
first series sweep of the season – the last came in a 3-game set against the
Harrisburg Senators at Hadlock Field (August 15-17, 2008)…After tonight’s game,
the ‘Dogs will play 19 of 29 games in May away from Portland, Maine.
A WRENCH IN THE ‘METS OFFENSE: RHP Jarod
Plummer (1-1) tossed 5.2 scoreless frames and recorded six strikeouts,
leading the Portland Sea Dogs to a 6-2 win over the Mets Wednesday night. Plummer stranded seven runners and worked
around a lead-off baserunner in 4 of 6 innings.
Portland scored four runs off losing pitcher RHP Jose Sanchez (1-3), tagging the righty for seven hits in 5 IP. RF Josh
Reddick (1st inning), 3B Jorge
Jimenez (2nd inning) and LF Aaron
Bates each had lead-off homers. CF Bubba Bell went 2-for-3 and drove in 2
runs, improving his streak to six straight games with a run batted in.
IN GOOD COMPANY
SPEAKING OF FIRST:
The Sea Dogs 18 home runs is tied for the most in the Eastern League with Erie
and Harrisburg…Portland has 11 of their 18 round-trippers to lead-off an
inning…Reddick has hit 5 of 6 homers with nobody on base…Jimenez has both of
his homers against the Binghamton Mets.
Plummer had the longest outing for a starter since RHP Junichi Tazawa pitched six innings against the New Britain Rock
Cats on April 14 at Hadlock Field…The righty notched his first win in the Red
Portland leads the league in hitting (.278), hits (172) and need to score twice
tonight to hit 100 runs for the season.
STARTERS: RHP Junichi
Tazawa will make his fifth start of the season and his third against the
Connecticut Defenders…Tazawa’s lone win came against the New Britain Rock Cats
on April 14 at Hadlock Field…The righty has suffered both losses against Connecticut,
including his 2nd on this homestand…RHP Brooks McNiven gets the starting nod for the Defenders, his 2nd
straight against Portland.
(New Britain, CT) – For a second consecutive night, the ‘Dogs and ‘Cats have been postponed due to rain. This will set up a 1-game series on Wednesday morning beginning at 10:35 AM. RHP Alan Mills will face RHP Jay Rainville.
Portland is taking batting practice right now before they head back to the team hotel.
The Sea Dogs are getting ready to leave the hotel and head over to the ballpark for game of the series.
Last night, the Binghamton Mets had their second largest opening day crowd in franchise history (5,148) and beat Portland 4-3.
RHP Blake Maxwell will make his first Double-A start for Portland against RHP Dylan Owen.
Below is yesterday’s recap and a few news and notes…Catch all the action of tonight’s game beginning at 6:35 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
PLAYING UPSTATE: Portland continues their 4-game series in Upstate New York, taking on
the Binghamton Mets in game 2 of the series on Friday night…The two teams will
finish out the 4-game set with back-to-back 1:05 PM starts…On Monday night, the
second-leg of the trip continues at New Britain Stadium against the Rock
Cats…The crowd of 5,148 last night was Binghamton’s second largest home-opener
in franchise history.
RALLY FALLS SHORT:
DH Lucas Duda drove in two runs for
the Mets, including the game-winner in the seventh inning, leading the B-Mets
to a 4-3 win…SS Argenis Diaz gave
Portland an early 2-0 lead with a bloop-double in the second inning, scoring LF
Aaron Bates and DH Jon Still…Binghamton tied the game in
their half of second on LF D.J. Wabick’s
2-run double to left field…LHP Adam
Bostick (1-0) worked three scoreless frames in relief to earn the win…RHP Chris Province (2-1) took the loss,
giving up three hits and one run…Duda produced an RBI single in the fifth and a
sacrifice fly in the seventh…LHP Roydrick
Merritt recorded the final five outs to convert his 4th save in
as many opportunities.
LOT OF K’S:
Binghamton pitchers combined to strike out 14 batters in the series opener…The
top two batters (Reddick and Khoury) in the lineup each fanned three times…RHP Fernando Nieve lasted only three
innings but fanned five, including the side (Reddick, Khoury and Anderson) to
start the game.
NOT THE BEST OF SITUATIONS: Portland went 2-for-13 with runners-in-scoring
position last night, both hits came with two outs…The ‘Dogs are hitting .169
(13-for-77) with RISP through the first eight games…3B Jorge Jimenez (2-for-4, RBI last night) is leading with a .444
average (4-for-9) with runners-in-scoring position…Jimenez has hit safely in
five straight games.
STARTERS: LHP Felix
Doubront faces RHP Jose Sanchez
in game three of the series tomorrow afternoon…Doubront will make his first
Double-A start on the road after fanning eight in his Double-A debut on April
13 against the New Britain Rock Cats…RHP Jose
Sanchez picked up a quality start in his 2009 debut…The righty allowed
three runs on seven hits to beat the Trenton Thunder in game three of the
Fans are making their way through the gates at Hadlock Field on this Sunday afternoon…right now temps are in the 30’s and the mid is blowing out…should be an interesting day!
Some notes for you all!
ONE SERIES DOWN:
The Sea Dogs and Connecticut Defenders wrap up their 4-game series with a 1:00
PM start on Easter Sunday…Today’s game is the only scheduled game in the
Eastern League due to the rest of the league opening their 2009 season on
Wednesday night…Portland remains home on Monday night to host the New Britain
Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…The Connecticut Defenders continue their 7-game roadtrip
at New Hampshire before returning home on Thursday for their opener.
Portland dropped game three of the series on Saturday, 10-4 to the Defenders…RHP
Travis Beazley was roughed up in his
Double-A debut, surrendering six runs on seven hits in 4.2 IP…Beazley yielded
back-to-back homers to RF Eddy
Martinez-Esteve and Adam Witter
in the fifth….Connecticut received 4 RBI from DH Andrew D’Alessio and 2 RBI from Martinez-Esteve and Witter…Portland’s
offense came right away in the first inning on 3B Jorge Jimenez’s 2-run single to left field…C Juan Apodaca added an RBI single and CF Josh Reddick blasted a solo-homer for the second straight game.
SAME TIME…SAME RESULT: Reddick has homered in consecutive games, both have
been solo shots to lead-off the eighth inning…The Georgia native has the only
home runs for the team and is 6-for-10 in his last two starts…1B Lars Anderson has hit safely in all
three starts, picking up an infield single in the first inning.
NOT MANY FREE PASSES: Portland’s bullpen had not issued a walk until Chad Rhoades and T.J. Large each issued a free pass in yesterday’s game…Rhoades
allowed three runs on three hits in 1.1 IP…Large went scoreless over 1.2 IP.
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