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
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