April 2010

Back home, Good for Lars

5:22 – DJ Abisalih’s interview with Rock Cats’ Radio Broadcaster Jeff DooleyJeff Dooley.MP3

11:55 PM – What a beautiful day in Maine as the Sea Dogs open up a 7-game homestand tonight against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).  Portland returns home after going 4-2 on their week long trip in Trenton and Binghamton.  The Rock Cats have begun the season with an ugly start by losing five straight, but have dropped 11 of 12 at home.  That has to very depressing for the team and the fans.

Now on to Lars Anderson!  For those who listen to the broadcasts over the past years, will know how much I’ve defended Lars and felt he’s received unfair treatment by fans, media and some baseball people.  When the Red Sox did not sign Mark Teixeira a few January’s ago, the questions immediately shifted to the young first baseman.  This was not good timing, since the Red Sox Rookie Development Program was going on and the media was asking Lars if he was happy with the decision, since his path to the big leagues would happen quicker.  To me, that was not fair to assume he would replace Mike Lowell on the roster and shift Kevin Youkilis to third base and the whole family is happy.  This game does not work that way and the minor leagues is called “DEVELOPMENT” To many of us forget that.  Last year, Lars had 150 bad at-bats to end the season and everyone wrote him off and shifted gears to Anthony Rizzo, saying he’s the next first base prospect.   I’m glad for Anderson’s start and not by any means does this guarantee he’ll just role in Pawtucket and play for Boston this year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.  
Yes I’m on a soap box, but I feel the past two years we’re expecting way too much from this young guys.  If they have any failures the reaction is “forget them.”  
So don’t give up on these guys if they have a few struggles, Derek Jeter made close to 60 errors in A-Ball one year, I’m sure everyone said he would never play in the big leagues.
Some from information from today’s Sea Dogs’ Game Notes:

BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: The Sea Dogs open up a 7-game homestand on Friday
night by hosting the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at Hadlock
Field…Portland was off yesterday and finished their past roadtrip at 4-2…The
Sea Dogs clinched a winning road record in April at 8-5, but have dropped 4 of
6 at Hadlock Field…New Britain has lost five straight games, including 12 of 13
at home…Portland swept the Rock Cats in a 3-game series in New Britain on April
12-14.

 

MOVING ON UP: Yesterday
1B Lars Anderson was promoted to
Triple-A Pawtucket and made his debut with the PawSox last night…Anderson
replaced C Mark Wagner as a
pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and grounded out…The California native had
reached base in 14 straight games with the Sea Dogs before his promotion and
leads the team in average (.355), homers (5) RBI (16), hits (22), total bases
(42), on-base percentage (.408) and slugging percentage (.677).

 

LET THE HITS KEEP COMING: OF Che-Hsuan
Lin
picked up his first 3-hit game in Double-A by going 3-for-4 on
Wednesday night in Binghamton…Lin has two multi-hit games in his last three
starts and six of his 14 hits have come over his past four starts.

 

EXTENDING THE STREAK: 2B Ray Chang
extended his hitting streak to a team-high nine straight games by going 1-for-3
on Wednesday…Chang made his second start of the season at first base and is
currently the active leader in average at .302…SS Jose Iglesias hit .348 (8-for-23) on the roadtrip.

 

CASEY ON THE MOUND:
RHP Casey Kelly allowed a
season-high three runs in his last start over 2.1 IP…Kelly suffered the loss in
the series finale at Binghamton – his first decision in Double-A…The righty has
fanned at least two batters in all four starts this season, covering just 10.2
IP.

 

YES, THAT IS THE SAME GUY: After being designated for assignment during the past
roadtrip, RHP Santo Luis cleared
waivers and was reassigned to the Sea Dogs…Luis worked a perfect inning on
Wednesday night…RHP T.J. Large joined
Portland on the road and appeared in two games, allowing three runs over 4.1
IP.

Monday in Binghamton

Reporting from Binghamton, New York
Here is the view from my hotel room…The team gym is a hop, skip and a jump, which is great.
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1:24 PM – It has been raining here since last night and now it’s settled down.  The game is still on for tonight, the Sea Dogs are gearing up for game 1 of their series against the Binghamton Mets.  Portland won 3 of 4 from Trenton and 7 of 11 on the road to start the season.

Tarp but they will play

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This was the scene a few minutes ago here at Waterfront Park in Trenton, NJ but the Sea Dogs and Thunder will play today.  Join me on the pre-game show beginning at 12:45 on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or online at http://www.seadogs.com

CAN WRAP UP THE SERIES: Portland seeks their 3rd series win in the
finale of a 4-game set with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Sunday
afternoon at Waterfront Park…The ‘Dogs have won 5 of their last 6 on the road,
and can clinch a .500 mark away from Hadlock Field this month with a victory today…After
going 9 straight games (April 10-22) without committing an error, Portland has
made three miscues in the past two games – all by SS Jose Iglesias…The opponent has made only one error in the past
eight contests.

 

COULD HAVE SCORED EVEN MORE: The Sea
Dogs had 14 baserunners in last night’s 5-2 win, going only 2-for-11 with
runners-in-scoring position…Trenton stranded 10 and went 4-for-17 with RISP…1B Lars Anderson and 3B Ray Chang each went 2-for-3 with a
double and two runs scored…LF Chih-Hsien
Chiang
went hitless in three at-bats (2 RBI) but his 6th inning
sacrifice fly proved to be the game-winning RBI.

 

FIRST IN THE BOOKS: RHP Stephen
Fife
(1-1) secured his first Double-A win, working a team-high 5.1 innings
on five hits, one run (unearned), three walks and four strikeouts…Fife held
the Thunder to just 2-for-9 with runners-in-scoring position…The righty left
the game in the fifth inning after an infield single by LF Damon Sublett.

 

A RAY OF LIGHT:
Chang’s single in the second inning extended his hitting streak to a
season-high six straight games…The former Pirate farmhand has made eight
consecutive starts at third base…OF Ryan
Kalish
has reached base safely to lead off the first inning in seven
consecutive games (five walks, single, home run).

 

AT LARGE:
RHP T.J. Large made his 2010 season
debut, working 2.1 scoreless frames and picking up a hold…Large was assigned to
Portland before yesterday’s game from Triple-A Pawtucket and RHP Santo Luis was designated for
assignment by the Boston Red Sox…Large was on the Pawtucket’s disabled list
from Opening Day.

 

BOMBS AWAY:
2B Nate Spears’ first hit in the Red
Sox system was a homer on Opening Night in Reading…Last night Spears crushed
his second homer, a solo-shot down the right-field line…The Sea Dogs are 11th
in team batting average at .211 but rank second in the Eastern League with 15
homers.


Special Guest Tonight

UPDATE – Here’s the interview with Josh Reddick - Josh Reddick424withJoe.mp3

Thanks to the Boston Red Sox Radio Network, Josh Reddick will be the pre-game guest on the Sea Dogs Radio Network tonight.  If you would like to hear this interview again, don’t worry, I’ll have it on here.


A FEW STREAKS CAME TO AN END: Portland’s 4-game road winning streak was snapped in
last night’s 9-1 loss to the Trenton Thunder…SS Jose Iglesias committed an error in the sixth inning, snapping a
9-game-team errorless streak…RHP DJ
Mitchell
(2-1) earned his second win of the season, allowing just one run
on two hits over 6 IP.  RHP Ryne Lawson (0-2) took the loss, giving
up five hits and five runs over 3 IP.  3B
Brandon Laird drove in four runs and
blasted a 3-run homer off RHP Jason Rice
in the eighth inning.

 

HAD THEIR CHANCES EARLY: Mitchell
walked three batters in the first inning but yielded only three baserunners
over the next five innings…1B Lars
Anderson
drove in the lone run with a sac-fly in the first inning…Anderson
has an RBI in three straight games and 6 of his last 7 starts.  Anderson, DH Juan Apodaca, 3B Ray Chang and RF Jason Place had the four hits for Portland – all singles.

 

LONGEST SO FAR: RHP Casey Kelly allowed
his first Double-A earned run on a 2-out RBI double by RF Daniel Brewer in the second inning…Kelly pitched a season-high 3.1
innings, allowing four hits, one run, one walk and three strikeouts…The righty
has a 1.08 ERA in three Double-A starts.

 

A RAY OF LIGHT:
Chang’s single in the seventh inning extended his hitting streak to a
season-high five straight games…The former Pirate farmhand has made seven
consecutive starts at third base…OF Ryan
Kalish
has reached base safely to lead off the first inning in six consecutive
games (four walks, single, home run).

 

ONCE AGAIN:
RHP Stephen Fife is making his
second consecutive start against the Trenton Thunder…Fife suffered the loss in
the twinbill opener last Sunday at Hadlock Field, scattering three hits, two
runs, three walks and fanning four…RHP Ryan
Pope
was scheduled to pitch against Portland but did not due back-to-back
rainouts.

 

NO POWER OUTAGE:
The Sea Dogs are second in the Eastern League in homers (14) behind the
Binghamton Mets, who have a league-leading 23…Despite the power numbers,
Portland is hitting just .208 (98-for-472) but is fifth in the E.L. in the runs
scored with 62…Trenton is hitting just .231 but is second in the league in team
ERA at 2.35.

Game 2 and promotions (not the ones on the field)

I’m real happy for Matt Sheely.  He was a 48th round draft pick and has been a 4th outfielder for most of his professional career. With all the injuries to the big league club, Sheely earned a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket and has hit safely in two straight games, going 3-for-8.  We’ll keep you posted on his progress.

Notes for tonight’s game in Trenton:

ROAD WOES…NO WAY: Portland won their fourth straight road game, taking the series opener
from the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate), 3-2 on Thursday night at
Waterfront Park…1B Lars Anderson snapped
a 1-1 tie with a two-out homer in the eighth inning off losing pitcher RHP Noel Castillo…3B Ray Chang followed with a solo-homer down the left-field line, his
first home run in the Red Sox system…RHP Robert
Coello
(2-1) earned the win and RHP Bryce
Cox
allowed a homer in the ninth but notched his first save of the year.

 

GOING DEEP: Portland hit back-to-back
homers for the first time this year and for the first time since 2008…Aaron Bates and Mark Wagner went back-to-back on June 27, 2008 (4th inning)
against the Trenton Thunder at Hadlock Field…Anderson leads the team with four
homers and 11 RBI.

 

NICE SPOT:
RHP Eammon Portice made a spot-start
last night due to back-to-back rainouts last week at Hadlock Field…Portice
retired the first 11 batters before C Austin
Romine
singled in the fourth inning…The righty finished his performance,
allowing just two hits, one run, no walks and three strikeouts…Trenton scored
that run in the fifth inning on 1B Kevin
Smith’s
run-scoring double.

 

COELLO IS SPELLING RELIEF: Coello pitched three hitless innings, recording a
season-high five strikeouts…The right-hander entered the game in the sixth
inning and walked the first batter faced (Austin
Krum)
…Coello finished the outing by retiring nine straight and fanned the side
in the seventh inning.

 

DOUBLE-A DEBUT:
C/INF Will Vazquez made his Double-A
debut as a pinch-hitter for OF Chih-Hsien
Chiang
in the ninth inning on Wednesday…Vazquez was assigned to Portland when
OF Matt Sheely being promoted to
Triple-A Pawtucket…Sheely has made consecutive starts for Pawtucket, going a
combined 3-for-8.

 

THREE WAS A FIRST:
SS Jose Iglesias had the team’s
first 3-hit game of the season on Thursday…Iglesias snapped an 0-for-7 slump in
the second inning with his first professional triple…He added singles in the
fifth and sixth innings and finished 3-for-4…Iglesias leads the team with four
multi-hit games.

Getaway Day

Earlier today OF Matt Sheely was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket…C/INF Will Vazquez was received from Salem…A special noon time game today, the starters are stretching in the outfield.

Former Assistant Trainer Chris Collins is here visiting old friends, he was the assistant trainer for Salem last year and for Portland in 2008.
News and Notes from today.

ONE MORE BEFORE THE ROAD: Portland concludes their 6-game homestand with a 12:00
PM start against the Binghamton Mets…The Sea Dogs allowed a season-high 15 runs
on Tuesday night but did not commit an error for the 7th straight
game…CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis led the
offensive charge for the B-Mets, going 5-for-6, HR, 4 RBI and 2 doubles…SS Jose Coronado blasted a grand slam and
DH Nick Evans hit a 2-run homer…C Luis Exposito drove in two runs with a
double in the fifth inning.

THAT MAKES IT SEVEN: 2B Nate Spears pitched the ninth inning last night, allowing three
runs, two hits and one walk in his second career appearance on the hill…Spears
become the 7th position player in franchise history to pitch in a
game…Last July 29, Spears worked one inning for the Iowa Cubs (Triple-A)
against the Albuquerque Isotopes.

SWEET HOME CHICAGO: LHP Andrew
Dobies
was traded to the Chicago White Sox before yesterday’s game for a
player to be named later or cash considerations…Dobies appeared in three games,
allowing one run over 5 IP…According to the Birmingham Barons (Double-A,
Southern League) website, Dobies has been assigned to their roster.

SNAPPING OUT OF IT:
OF Ryan Kalish led off the season
with a solo-home run in Reading but hadn’t homered until his two-run blast in Monday’s
game…Kalish picked up his first multi-hit game of the season last night and
scored a run…1B Lars Anderson had
his 7-game hitting streak snapped by going 0-for-3 and 3B Ray Chang picked up his first RBI at Hadlock Field with a
bases-loaded single.

HE’S BEEN TOUGH AGAINST THE METS: LHP Felix
Doubront
earned his second win of the season in the series opener, but his
third in seven career starts against the Mets…The lefty pitched five innings on
six hits, three runs, two walks and two strikeouts (first start at Hadlock
Field this season)…Monday was Doubront’s 100th career start and
the Sea Dogs’ 1000th game as a Boston Red Sox affiliate
.

DO YOU REMEMBER HIM? Binghamton Manager Tim Teufel was a member of the 1986 World Champion New York
Mets…Teufel played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues and homered in game 5 of the
World Series off Bruce Hurst at
Fenway Park.

WHAT’S
ON DECK
:
Tomorrow night, the Sea Dogs begin a week long
roadtrip against Trenton and Binghamton…Portland is the midst of playing 13
straight games against New York affiliates…The Binghamton Mets will return home
and host the New Hampshire Fisher Cats before Portland heads to town on Monday.

Tuesday before Game Time!

5:38 PM – Getting ready for the pre-game show, here is my interview with Andrew Dobies - dobies420.mp3 - Andrew was just traded to Chicago.

The Binghamton Mets are taking batting practice right now, the Sea Dogs just finished.  I talked with Ryan Kalish before last night’s game and he decided to roll down the pants near the shoes and not shoe his stirrups.

Notes from today


TRYING TO MAKE IT THREE: Portland seeks their 1st three-game winning
streak at home, taking on the Mets in the middle game of their 3-game set…The
‘Dogs are 2-2 on the homestand and have played error-free baseball in six
consecutive games…Through 11 contests, the Sea Dogs have a league-leading .990
fielding percentage (4 errors on 398 total chances)…Binghamton has scored the
most runs in the league (70) but has surrendered the most (71).

NOW SEVEN STRAIGHT: 1B Lars Anderson has homered in back-to-back games, both solo-shots
into the U.S. Cellular Pavilion in right field…Anderson has a 7-game hitting
streak, going 9-for-24 (.375) with 3 homers and 6 RBI…Last season, the
California native’s longest hitting streak was six games from August 23-28.

GREAT RELIEF: Portland’s relievers have combined for an ERA of 2.74 in 11 games,
picking up 4 of the 6 wins…Last night, RHP Robert Coello hurled three scoreless innings, retiring the first
eight batters until 3B Zach Lutz nailed
a double…Coello fanned four and earned his first Double-A Hold…RHP Bryce Cox worked a scoreless ninth.

SNAPPING OUT OF IT:
OF Ryan Kalish led off the season
with a solo-home run in Reading but hadn’t homered until his two-run blast in
last night’s game…Kalish reached base twice and picked up his first multi-RBI
game of the season…LF Chih-Hsien Chiang snapped
an 0-for-13 slump by singling in the third inning…2B Nate Spears picked up his first RBI since a homer on opening night.

HE’S BEEN TOUGH AGAINST THE METS: LHP Felix
Doubront
earned his second win of the season but his third in 7 career
starts against the Mets…The lefty pitched five innings on six hits, three runs,
two walks and two strikeouts (first start at Hadlock Field this season)…Last
night was Doubront’s 100th career start and the Sea Dogs’ 1000th
game as a Boston Red Sox affiliate
.

DO YOU REMEMBER HIM? Binghamton Manager Tim Teufel was a member of the 1986 World Champion New York
Mets…Teufel played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues and homered in game 5 of the
World Series off Bruce Hurst at
Fenway Park.

WHAT’S
ON DECK
:
Portland and Binghamton conclude their 3-game
series tomorrow afternoon with a special 12:00 PM start…On Thursday, the ‘Dogs
hit the road for a week long roadtrip against Trenton and Binghamton…Portland
is the midst of playing 13 straight games against New York affiliates.

The Binghamton Mets are in town

Tonight’s pre-game interview with Portland pitcher Kyle Weiland…The interview was done by DJ Abisalih - weiland419.mp3

The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets are getting ready for the series opener at Hadlock Field, below are some notes


NEW YORK THEME CONTINUES: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets begin a 3-game series
on Monday night in Portland, Maine…Portland is playing game 4 of 13 straight
games against New York affiliates…Yesterday, the ‘Dogs and Thunder split a
doubleheader, but Trenton took 2 of 3 in the series…Binghamton has dropped two
straight but managed a split of their 4-game set in New Hampshire…The B-Mets
had won five straight games from April 12-16 before their 2-game losing streak.

NUMBER ONE: 1B Lars Anderson accounted for Portland’s lone run in game 1 of
yesterday’s twinbill by launching a solo-homer into the U.S. Cellular
Pavilion…The big-fly was the first homer hit at Hadlock Field this
season…Anderson has hit safely in 6-straight games and leads the team with five
extra-base hits (3 2B, 2 HR).

GREAT RELIEF: Portland’s relievers have combined for an ERA of 3.00 in 10 games,
picking up 4 of the 5 wins…RHP Eammon
Portice
notched his second win of the season on Sunday, and fanning four
batters over 2.2 IP…LHP Tommy Hottovy added
two scoreless frames and RHP Jason Rice converted
his second save of the season.

FINDING THE RIGHT PLACE: OF Jason Place
leads the team with 8 RBI, despite going 4-for-31 (.129) in nine games to
start the season…Place picked up his first Double-A triple in New Britain and
smacked a 3-run homer last Sunday against the Reading Phillies…The Sea Dogs are
second in the Eastern League with nine homers but Binghamton has smacked a
team-leading 15 in 11 contests.

WAS HIS DAY TO PITCH: RHP Casey
Kelly
made his Hadlock Field debut yesterday, hurling three scoreless
innings on two hits, no walks and two strikeouts…Kelly’s next start is later
this week in Trenton…RHP Stephen Fife fanned
four over 4 IP on three hits and two runs in his debut in Maine.

DO YOU REMEMBER HIM? Binghamton Manager Tim Teufel was a member of the 1986 World Champion New York
Mets…Teufel played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues and homered in game 5 of the
World Series off Bruce Hurst at
Fenway Park…Binghamton’s Pitching Coach is Mark
Brewer
and Hitting Coach is Luis
Natera
.  

WHAT’S
ON DECK
:
Portland and the B-Mets continue their 3-game
series tomorrow night beginning at 6:00 PM…On Thursday, the ‘Dogs hit the road
for a week long roadtrip against Trenton and Binghamton…Portland is the midst
of playing 13 straight games against New York affiliates.

Sunday Sitdown with Arnie Beyeler

Finally the Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder are able to resume their abbreviated 3-game series at Hadlock Field on Sunday afternoon.  The tarp was removed around 8:30 AM and the field is ready to go.

Here is this morning’s conversation with Arnie Beyeler - beyeler418.mp3
RHP Stephen Fife will pitch in game 1 opposite RHP D.J. Mitchell
RHP Casey Kelly makes the start in game 2 against RHP Lance Pendleton.
Earlier today the Sea Dogs have a roster move – below is the official release

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2010

 

RHP SANTO LUIS ADDED TO ROSTER

 

Portland, Maine- The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, have added right-handed pitcher Santo Luis to the roster.  Sea Dogs right-handed pitcher Kyle Weiland was transferred to Single-A Lowell to make room on the roster for Luis.  Luis was claimed off waivers on April 14th by the Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox.  He will wear uniform #46 and is a member of the Red Sox 40-man roster.

 

Luis, 26, has made two appearances for Chicago’s Double-A Birmingham club this season, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (1 ER/3.0 IP) and three strikeouts.  The right-hander spent the 2009 season with Single-A Winston-Salem, finishing 5-4 with 14 saves, a 4.34 ERA (27 ER/56.0 IP) and 79 strikeouts in 47 relief outings.  His 14 saves ranked third among all White Sox minor leaguers and fifth in the Carolina League.  He also led Carolina League relievers with 12.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and was fifth with a .227 opponent average against.

 

A native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, Luis was originally signed by Houston as an international free agent on September 11, 2002.  In 195 career minor league games (19 starts) in the Astros and White Sox organizations, he is 22-20 with 40 saves and a 3.66 ERA (157 ER/386.0 IP).

 

Weiland has made two starts for Portland posting a 0-1 record with a 5.40 ERA.

 

The Portland Sea Dogs are scheduled to play a doubleheader Sunday afternoon starting at 1:00 PM against the Trenton Thunder at Hadlock Field.  Portland will welcome the Binghamton Mets to town on Monday for a three game series.  Tickets are available to all remaining 2010 Sea Dogs’ home games.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com.  The Sea Dogs are Maine’s most affordable professional sports entertainment.

 

Game PPD.

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2010

 

FRIDAY’S SEA DOGS GAME POSTPONED

Doubleheader Scheduled for May 22 @ 1:00 PM

 

Portland, MaineFriday’s Eastern League contest between the Portland Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder scheduled for 6:00 PM has been postponed due to rain.  The game will be made-up as part of a single admission doubleheader on Saturday, May 22nd at 1:00 PM.

 

Fans with tickets to the April 16th rain out, may exchange their tickets for tickets of equal or lesser value to any remaining 2010 Sea Dogs home game, subject to availability.  Any questions regarding rained out tickets may be directed to the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or tickets@seadogs.com.

 

The Portland Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder will play a single-admission doubleheader, consisting of two seven inning games on Saturday, May 22nd at 1:00 PM.  Tickets dated May 22nd are good for both games of the doubleheader.  April 16th tickets are NOT good for this game and must be exchanged at the Hadlock Field Ticket Office.

 

This is the Sea Dogs’ first postponement at Hadlock Field this season. 

 

The Sea Dogs return to action Saturday (April 17) at 1:00 PM at Hadlock Field against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees).  The first 2,500 fans to enter the gate will receive a 2010 Sea Dogs’ Schedule Magnet, courtesy of Paul G. White Interior Solutions.

 

Tickets are available for all remaining 2010 Sea Dogs’ home games.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com

News and Notes from today’s official game notes


‘DOGS THUNDER STRUCK: Trenton grabbed the series opener from the Sea Dogs on
Thursday night, 4-2 in 11-innings, spoiling the home opener for Portland…LF Damon Sublett provided the game-winning
hit with a 2-run homer off losing pitcher RHP Ryne Lawson (0-1)… All-Time Opening Days at Hadlock: Portland is 8-9 on opening days in Maine and
has dropped four straight, including losses to Connecticut (2009) and the New
Britain Rock Cats (2007 & 2008).

BOTH WITH TWO OUTS: Portland scored both runs with
two outs in consecutive innings off LHP Jeremy
Bleich
…DH Jason Place followed
SS Jose Iglesias’ double with a
run-scoring single and 3B Yamaico
Navarro
drove in 1B Lars Anderson
in the sixth inning after Anderson initiated a 2-out rally with a double.

ALMOST QUALITY: Portland starters have worked at least 5 innings in six of eight
games to start the season…LHP Felix
Doubront
(4 IP) and RHP Casey Kelly
(2 IP) failed to work five frames…Last night’s starter RHP Kyle Weiland yielded four hits, two runs, three walks and fanned
six over 5 IP.

FINDING THE RIGHT PLACE: OF Jason Place
leads the team with 8 RBI, despite going 4-for-29 (.138) in eight games to
start the season…Place picked up his first Double-A triple in New Britain and
smacked a 3-run homer last Sunday against the Reading Phillies…The Sea Dogs hit
8 homers during their 7-day roadtrip.

OH THE RIVARLY:
The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder met in the Eastern League playoffs in four
consecutive seasons from 2005-08…Portland beat Trenton in the 2005 & 06
Northern Division Championship Series but Trenton returned the favor with
series victories the following two years and went on to win the Eastern League
Championship Series against the Akron Aeros, 3 games to 1 in both series
finals.

DO YOU REMEMBER HIM? Trenton C Austin
Romine
is the #2 prospect in the Yankees’ system according to Baseball
America…Romine is the son of former Red Sox OF Kevin Romine, who
appeared in 331 games with Boston from 1985-91, hitting 5 career homers with
the Sox.

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