Day 2 in Reading
WHAT A START: The Portland Sea Dogs began their 17th season in the Eastern
League with a 10-5 thrashing of the Reading Phillies on Opening Night…LF Ryan Kalish began the game with a
solo-homer off losing pitcher RHP Vance
Worley…The Sea Dogs received four homers from the first 4 batters in the
lineup: Kalish, C Luis Exposito, CF Che-Hsuan Lin and 2B Nate Spears…Lin drove in four runs and
stole two bases in his Double-A debut…LHP Felix
Doubront earned the win with five strong innings, retiring the final 11
YOUR 2010 PORTLAND SEA DOGS: Eastern League rosters consist of 24 players for the
entire season…Portland has 14 players returning from the 2009 season and two
players on Boston’s 40-man roster: last night’s starting pitcher LHP Felix Doubront and SS Jose Iglesias…The Sea Dogs have four of
Boston’s Top 10 prospects according to Baseball America.
HE KID AT SHORT: Iglesias (20-years old) went 2-for-4 in his professional debut, nailing a double off Worley in the fifth inning...The Cuban defector scored twice and stole a base in the eighth inning.
TWO DEBUTS IN RELIEF: RHP Eammon
Portice and RHP Jason Rice made
their Double-A debuts in last night’s game…Portice relieved Doubront in the sixth
inning and worked two innings to secure a hold…Rice fired a perfect ninth
inning to preserve the win…LHP Andrew
Dobies allowed three hits and one run in one inning of work.
CASEY AT-BAT…NOT ANYMORE: RHP Casey
Kelly is scheduled to pitch the series opener Monday at New Britain…The
former 30th overall pick in the 2008 draft split last season as
pitcher and shortstop…Kelly hit a combined .222 (36-for-162) with 3 homers and
16 RBI for Greenville and the GCL Red Sox in 2009…For his career, the Florida
native hit .219 (64-for-292) with 4 homers in 29 RBI’s…His father, Pat Kelly, played 13 years of pro ball,
making his Major League debut for the Blue Jays in 1980…His cousin, Dustin,
played in 25 games with the Sea Dogs in parts of two seasons (2004 & 2006).
This morning I joined the Fox Morning Show in Portland, Maine to recap last night’s opener here in Reading. As I broadcaster, I learned the hard way back in 2003 when I wasn’t ready for a home run to lead-off the game. I will be completely honest, usually I’m anticipating one, but last night, I was not. The first four guys in the Portland lineup went deep and Felix Doubront retired the final 11 batters faced to earn the win for the ‘Dogs.