May 2010

A special to the blog

A special to my blog from Sea Dogs Media Assistant Greg Cavavaugh

WELCOME TO THE SHOW 
Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron

Deliver Big League Smiles to Hadlock 

It is always a great deal of fun and
excitement in Portland when a big leaguer makes his way down to Hadlock
Field for a rehab stint.  So you could imagine the hoopla when
Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron both found themselves here at the same
time during the Sea Dogs’ latest homestand which ran from May
18th-23rd

Obviously, as a Sox fan I would prefer
for them to be healthy and roaming the greens of Fenway Park together,
but I must admit it was something special to see two-thirds of the Sox
starting outfield at Hadlock on Thursday May 20th
And something tells me I could find at least 7,368 people who would
agree with me on that.

We know that Ellsbury and Cameron did
rather well for themselves during their two games and three games
respectively. 
Ellsbury went 3-7 (.429) with two runs scored, while Cameron was 5-13
(.385) with two homers, including saying good-bye to Portland with a
walk-off jack in the bottom of the 10th inning on May 23rd

to down the Trenton Thunder.

Perhaps the only thing more impressive
than the finale to Portland’s big league homestand was watching Ellsbury

and Cameron interact with the thousands of fans who packed Hadlock
Field.

Before his first game with Portland
on May 18th against the New Britain Rock Cats, Jacoby
Ellsbury
took the time to stand at the top of the Sea Dogs’ dugout to sign
anything and everything fans could throw at him.  From balls, to
ticket stubs, to blank pieces of white paper, it didn’t matter what
you had, Jacoby was spilling some ink on it.

The fans returned the favor saluting
Jacoby with standing ovations each time he came to the plate. Naturally,

Ellsbury threw his hand up and acknowledged the Hadlock faithful, many
of whom seemed to have coincidentally found Ellsbury jerseys on their
backs.

However, Ellsbury wasn’t the only
big leaguer having fun with the fans.  Mike Cameron lit up the
faces of fans young and old even more often than he lit the lighthouse
in center field.  Cameron sat out a double-header with Trenton
on Saturday May 22nd, but rather than getting comfy on a
couch in the clubhouse, he decided to take a seat behind the autograph
table in the concourse to sign autographs for fans pregame.

Unfortunately for Cameron, he wouldn’t
be so lucky when he was looking for a seat in the middle of the fourth
inning on Sunday during our Musical Chairs promotion.  The 37-year
old major league veteran could not beat out our lively young contestants

when he tried to sneak his way into one of our fine inflatable chairs.
Due to our rules, he was immediately ejected from Musical Chairs and
sent to center field.  Perhaps this loss fired him up enough to
go deep in the 10th, at least that’s how I see it.

Needless to say, having bona fide Red
Sox talent come through Hadlock was a spectacle.  Having these
guys around just added a new level to the pageantry that makes minor
league baseball so unique and inviting to all baseball fans.  It
is just refreshing to see that despite the fact that they are here to
get healthy and back to Boston as soon as possible, they still take
the time to give back to the fans and give them a special show that
they’ll remember for years to come. 

This homestand won’t soon leave the
minds of Sea Dogs fans, that’s for sure.

Series not done yet

Back in Maine

It’s a Friday afternoon, and the Sea Dogs will open up a four-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats at Hadlock Field, game time is 7:00 PM.  Portland is 10-2 against the Rock Cats, but lost 2 of 3 to New Britain in their previous series.  The Rock Cats made a bunch of roster moves before the series at Portland, vastly improving their team.

Just to clear up last night’s game, since there was some confusion on what could have happened when the game was delayed.  Since the game was official, the statistics count for the time being, but obviously no win/loss stats have been added to the official stats.  I’m not sure why they do this?  Our stats show the Sea Dogs have played 46 games, but a record of 23-21.
-If Portland did not score in the top of the sixth inning, the Phillies would have won the game 4-2
-Portland is still batting in the top of the sixth inning when play resumes at Hadlock Field on June 4th and Reading will still be the home team for the remainder of the contest.  This is very strange, since they could have a walk-off win at our park.
-Also, the rule book stats that games have to be completed, so they don’t wipe out innings anymore.  Had that been the last meeting between the two teams, well, I have an e-mail to MILB about that one.
-So, if Portland were to win the next seven games, leading up to the suspended game, they’ll show a 7-game winning streak in the standings, but if they finish off that win in the suspended game, they’ll have an 8-game streak…very confusing.
Notes for today:

HELD IN SUSPENSE: The Sea Dogs did not end a 3-game losing streak last
night in Reading due to a suspended game caused by wet grounds with the
Phillies …Portland took a 6-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning on a 2-run
single by 2B Nate Spears, but the
rain hit FirstEnergy Stadium, causing a one hour and 10 minute rain delay, and
forcing a suspended game to be resumed on June 4th when Reading
returns to Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs were trailing after five innings 4-2, but
scored four runs with two outs.

 

THEY COUNT: Last
night’s statistics count and will be adjusted when the two teams finish the
remainder of the suspended game next week…RHP Stephen Fife is in line for his third win of the season if Portland
holds on for the win…Fife worked five innings, allowing four hits, four runs
(three earned), three walks and two strikeouts…The righty has worked at least
five innings in four consecutive starts.

 

THAT WAS THE FIRST: Portland had not lost on a walk-off win this season
until Wednesday games…The ‘Dogs suffered their first defeat when leading after
eight innings (16-1)…Reading clinched the season-series with their win and game
three, and have won six straight against the ‘Dogs at FirstEnergy Stadium…The
suspended game at Hadlock Field will count as a road game for Portland, the two
teams will play a twinbill the following day, and then a day game on June 6th.

 

DOMINATED BY PITCHING: Portland has dropped six of their last seven road
games, and will finish May under .500 away from Hadlock Field…Breakdown of the
last seven road starts by the opponent: May 13 RHP Bobby Bell (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R), May 14 LHP Luis Perez (7 IP, 4 H, R), May 15 RHP Kyle Drabek (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R), May 16 RHP Randy Boone (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R), May 24 LHP Yohan Flande (7 IP, 6 H, R), RHP Drew Naylor (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 SO) and RHP Vance Worley (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R)…Over the past 10 road games, the opponents
starters have posted these numbers
: 5-0, 1.19 ERA (68 IP, 52 H, 10 R,
9 ER, 24 BB, 37 SO)

 

WE PLAY THEM AGAIN? Portland and New Britain begin their fourth series of
the season…The ‘Dogs won the first 10 games until the Rock Cats grabbed wins of
4-3 (10-innings) and 6-2 to take two of three from Portland on May 18-20…Tonight’s
starter RHP Robert Coello has two
wins against New Britain.

Final Day in Reading

Take a look at my ballpark photo from FirstEnergy Stadium

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A STINGING LOSS: DH Matt
Rizzotti
blasted a walk-off, 3-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning,
rallying the Reading Phillies to a 5-3 come-from-behind win over the Sea Dogs…Rizzotti
accounted for all five runs, tying the game at two with a 2-run shot in the
bottom of the third inning off RHP Casey
Kelly
…The Sea Dogs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third inning on consecutive
run-scoring singles by C Luis Exposito and
1B Anthony Rizzo…LF Chih-Hsien Chiang gave Portland a 3-2 advantage
in the eighth inning on a bases-loaded walk.

 

HE CERTAINTLY BATTLED: Kelly
remains winless in nine Double-A starts, but stranded nine runners over 5 IP
last night…Reading was 0-for-11 with runners-in-scoring position until
Rizzotti’s big fly in the ninth inning…RHP Bryce
Cox
(0-3) allowed the game-winning hit and blew his first save of the
season…RHP Michael Stutes recorded
the final four outs to earn his third win of the season.

 

THAT WAS THE FIRST: Portland had not lost on a walk-off win this season,
and suffered their first defeat when leading after eight innings (16-1)…Reading
clinched the season-series with last night’s win and have won six straight
against the ‘Dogs at FirstEnergy Stadium…The two teams will meet for the final
time on June 4-6, playing a four-game series in three days at Hadlock Field
(doubleheader on June 5)…Portland has won three road series this season – two
at New Britain and Trenton.

 

DOMINATED BY PITCHING: Portland has dropped six of their last seven road
games, and will finish May under .500 away from Hadlock Field…Breakdown of the
last seven road starts by the opponent: May 13 RHP Bobby Bell (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R), May 14 LHP Luis Perez (7 IP, 4 H, R), May 15 RHP Kyle Drabek (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R), May 16 RHP Randy Boone (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R), May 24 LHP Yohan Flande (7 IP, 6 H, R), RHP Drew Naylor (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 SO) and RHP Vance Worley (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R)…Over the past 10 road games, the opponents
starters have posted these numbers
: 5-0, 1.19 ERA (68 IP, 52 H, 10 R,
9 ER, 24 BB, 37 SO)

 

WE PLAY THEM AGAIN? Portland and New Britain will begin their fourth
series of the season tomorrow night at Hadlock Field…The ‘Dogs won the first 10
games until the Rock Cats grabbed wins of 4-3 (10-innings) and 6-2 to take two
of three from Portland on May 18-20.

Trying to end the streak

(Reading, PA) – The Sea Dogs have lost four straight games in Reading, PA after a 10-5 win on Opening Night (April 8).

In fact, C Luis Exposito hit his lone homer on opening day against LHP Matt German.  

THAT MAKES FOUR: After a 10-5 win over the Phillies on Opening Night, the
Sea Dogs have lost four consecutive games at FirstEnergy Stadium…RHP Ryne Miller (1-3) suffered the loss,
yielding a team-high five walks on four runs (three earned) over 4.2 IP…LHP Yohan Flande beat the Sea Dogs for the
second time this season, surrendering only one run on six hits over 7 IP…LF Chih-Hsien Chiang and 3B Yamaico Navarro each had RBI’s for
Portland in the loss…RF Dominic Brown and
DH Matt Rizzotti each had 2-run
homers for the R-Phils.

 

MAY HE LIKE THIS MONTH: Chiang
is hitting just .184 (23-for-125) in 37 games, but is batting .246 (16-for-65)
in May with a homer and 10 RBI…RF Matt
Sheely
ended an 0-for-24 drought by going 2-for-3 with a walk on
Monday…Navarro led off for the first time this season, and picked up his
seventh multi-hit game of the season (2-for-5, RBI, 2B).

 

HASN’ ALLOWED MUCH: RHP Jason Rice worked
a scoreless eighth in the series opener, and hasn’t yielded a run in nine of
his last 10 appearances…Rice has compiled a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) this month
with four saves…The righty has surrendered his 10 runs over four appearances:
April 11 at Reading, April 20 vs. Binghamton, April 23 at Trenton and May 22
vs. Trenton.

 

VIDEO GAME NUMBERS: OF Michael
Spidale
is hitting .556 (13-for-23) with five doubles and 8 RBI in six
games against Portland this season…The Phillies are hitting .286 against the
‘Dogs as a team with a 4.18 ERA…Flande is now 2-0, 1.86 ERA (4 ER/19.1 IP) in
three starts against Portland…C Luis Exposito
is Portland’s leading hitter against Reading, compiling a .444 (12-for-27)
average against the R-Phils…Exposito’s lone homer came on opening night off LHP
Matt German.

 

LOOKING FOR NUMBER ONE: RHP Kyle
Weiland
is seeking his first Double-A victory in tonight’s game…Weiland
made his first appearance of the season on April 10th in Reading,
taking the loss…The righty surrendered four runs on nine hits in 5 IP, as the
Phillies grabbed a 4-1 win.

 

IT WON’T BE LONG: Portland and Reading will play a 4-game series over
three days at Hadlock Field on June 4-6.

Back in Reading where it started

The 2010 opener was at First Energy Stadium in Reading, PA, and the Sea Dogs won the game 10-5.  Tonight marks the return of Portland to Baseball Town. 

Notes for today:

BAGS ARE PACKED: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series on Monday
night against the Reading Phillies from FirstEnergy Stadium…Portland’s only
series in Reading was the first four games of the season, but the Phillies
grabbed three of four…The Sea Dogs won the 2010 opener, beating Wednesday’s
starter RHP Vance Worley…Reading
took two of three from Portland on May 3-6 at Hadlock Field…The two teams are
scheduled to play a doubleheader on June 5 in Maine.

 

WHAT A WAY TO GO OUT: OF Mike Cameron led off the bottom of the
10th inning with a walk-off homer off RHP Paul Bush (0-2) to give the Sea Dogs a 7-6 victory…Cameron went
3-for-5, HR, RBI and a double in his final rehab stint with Portland…In three
games with the Sea Dogs, the 37-year old outfielder hit .385 (5-for-13) with
two homers and 3 RBI, and three doubles…The walk-off victory for Portland was
their first of the season, and the first since September 4, 2009, when OF Ryan Kalish blasted a solo-homer
against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

 

MEDICAL HISTORY: Cameron became the 17th Major Leaguer to rehab with the Sea
Dogs and the
11th as a Red Sox affiliate: Ellsbury (2010), Jed Lowrie,
Daisuke Matsuzaka & John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008),
Lenny
DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003), Wade Miller
(2005)
and Matt White (2003).

 

STRANGE GAME: Portland took a 6-1 lead with six runs off RHP David Phelps in the fifth inning, but
Trenton scored five runs off LHP Mitch
Herold
in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at six…Herold allowed
five runs, five hits and three walks over 2 IP in his Double-A debut…The lefty
was assigned to Portland before yesterday’s game when RHP Jeremy Kehrt was reassigned back to High-A Salem.

 

STILL LEADING THE PACK: C Luis
Exposito
delivered a 2-run single in the fifth inning, and continues to
lead the Sea Dogs in RBI with 30…Exposito is the team’s leading hitter with
runners-in-scoring position at .278 (15-for-54).

 

IT WON’T BE LONG: Portland and Trenton will meet on June 1-3 at
Waterfront Park…The Thunder’s next trip to Hadlock Field is August 20th
when the two teams play a 3-game series 

No Mike Cameron today

NOW THAT WAS CRAZY: The Sea Dogs used a 5-run eighth inning to beat the
Trenton Thunder, 11-8 on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland batted around
in the eighth, receiving only one hit (Jose
Iglesias
triple), five walks, but two wild pitches enabled runs to score…Iglesias
went 4-for-5, 3B Ray Chang went
3-for-4, RBI and RF Che-Hsuan had
three singles…Portland picked up a season-high 16 hits, and received homers
from CF Mike Cameron and 1B Anthony Rizzo.

 

PRODUCTIVE HITS: Cameron
is 2-for-8 in two games with Portland, nailing a run-scoring double on Thursday
night, and blasting a homer off the Dunkin Donuts Message Center in the series
opener with Trenton…The 37-year old outfielder left the game in the seventh
inning and was replaced by Matt Sheely.

 

MEDICAL HISTORY: Cameron is the 17th Major Leaguer to rehab with the Sea
Dogs and the
11th as a Red Sox affiliate: Ellsbury (2010), Jed Lowrie,
Daisuke Matsuzaka & John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008),
Lenny
DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003), Wade Miller
(2005)
and Matt White (2003)…As a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino (1994), Chris Hammond (1994),
Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002)
and Gary Sheffield (1994)
…In addition, Ellsbury and DiNardo were both members
of Portland’s 2006 Eastern League Championship team.

 

IT’S BEEN A WHILE: Portland and Trenton last played on April 23-25 in
Trenton, but the Thunder won the series, taking 3 of 4 from the ‘Dogs…Trenton
defeated Portland on opening night, 4-2 in 11-innings with the next two days
postponed due to rain…The two division foes split a twinbill on April 18 -
Portland’s only twinbill of the season.

 

ROSTER MOVE: LHP Felix
Doubront
will make his Triple-A debut tomorrow night for the Pawtucket Red
Sox…RHP Jeremy Kehrt was assigned to
Portland before yesterday’s game and will make the start in game two of the
twinbill.

 

ALL ZEROES FROM THIS GUY: RHP Jason Rice
worked two scoreless frames on Thursday, and has not allowed a run in eight
consecutive appearances…Rice has yielded six runs this season, but five
happened over back-to-back appearances (April 20 & 23).

Pre-Game Interview

Had a chance to chat with Mike Cameron before tonight’s game – here is our conversation – mikecameron.mp3

Major Day

Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury rehabbed with the Sea Dogs on Thursday afternoon…I’ll have more on that a bit later, including post-game sound.  Heading to a team dinner tonight, looking forward to spending time with the front office and the players.

Jacoby back in town

The Sea Dogs beat the Rock Cats 2-1 behind seven scoreless frames from Felix Doubront…Click below for post-game reaction

Doubront sound.MP3

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link for tonight’s game story – http://portland.seadogs.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100518&content_id=10174042&vkey=news_t546&fext=.jsp&sid=t546

It was really nice to see Jacoby Ellsbury and get a chance to chat with him before the game – here’s the full press conference – ellsburysound.mp3

My full interview with Jacoby – Jacoby Ellsbury May 18.mp3

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BACK IN TOWN: The Sea Dogs begin a 7-game homestand in six days as
they host the New Britain Rock Cats in game one of a three games series…OF Jacoby Ellsbury returns to Portland on
a rehabilitation assignment for tonight’s game…Ellsbury has been on Boston’s
disabled list since April 20 (retroactive to April 12) with hairline fractures
in four ribs suffered in a collision with 3B Adrian Beltre on April 11th in Kansas City… In 6 games
with Boston this season he is batting .333 (10-for-30) with 4 2B, 1 RBI, and 2
stolen bases. 

 

MORE ON JACOBY: The
former star at Oregon State appeared in 67 games for the Sea Dogs over two
seasons…In 2006, Ellsbury appeared in 50 contests for Portland, hitting .308
and helping the Sea Dogs capture their first Eastern League Championship…He
would return for the start of the 2007 season, where he was named April’s
Eastern League Player-of-the- Month…In 17 games he hit .452 with 13 RBI and
earned a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket on May 4th…Ellsbury would
conclude the 2007 season helping the Red Sox win the World Series.

 

MEDICAL HISTORY: Ellsbury is the 16th Major Leaguer to rehab with the Sea
Dogs and the
10th as a Red Sox affiliate: Jed Lowrie, Daisuke
Matsuzaka
& John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008),
Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey
Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003), Wade Miller (2005)
and
Matt White (2003)…As a Marlins affiliate: Luis
Aquino (1994), Chris Hammond (1994), Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997),
Kevin Millar (2002)
and Gary
Sheffield (1994)
…In addition,
Ellsbury and DiNardo were both members of Portland’s 2006 Eastern League
Championship team.

 

FINALLY ENDED A LONG DROUGHT: Portland had gone 0-for-29 with runners-in-scoring
position on the road from May 8 until C Luis
Exposito’s
2-run double in the seventh inning of Sunday’s game…Exposito had
both of Portland’s hits with runners-in-scoring position, providing the
game-winning RBI double in the top of the ninth inning off RHP Danny Farquhar.

 

DOUBLE DOWN ON 11: RHP Bryce Cox and
RHP Jason Rice have converted all
their save chances, going a combined 11-for-11…Rice notched his sixth save on
Sunday afternoon with a scoreless ninth…Cox has not yielded a run in seven
consecutive appearances.

Heavyweight Fight

6:50 PM – Interview with Darin Mastroianni – mastroianni515.mp3

Saturday night’s pitching match-up in New Hampshire is being built more like a boxing match than a baseball game.  Well, that’s what happens when two top prospects are going head-to-head.  20-year-old Casey Kelly will make his 7th start of the season, and his first against New Hampshire.  Portland has lost four consecutive starts made by Kelly.  Kyle Drabek is 4-3 for New Hampshire, but beat Portland twice last year as a member of the Reading Phillies.  Drabek was acquired by Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade.  I don’t blame the Phillies one bit for trading prospects away to get Halladay – he is the best pitcher in the game.

Here’s a link you’ll love.  It’s video for last night’s photo shoot between Kelly and Drabek – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IcY-3Ujj5U
I guess I’m falling in love with my camera and phone way too much.  Here’s my view in New Hampshire during the post-game show.
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For live updates during the game, check me out on twitter at seadogsradio.
Notes from today

TOUGH LOSS: RHP Kyle
Weiland
hurled five scoreless frames for the Sea Dogs, but New Hampshire
scored three runs off losing pitcher RHP Eammon
Portice
, and beat the ‘Dogs 4-3 on Friday night…LF Chih-Hsien Chiang provided a 2-out ninth inning homer, cutting the
deficit to one, but RHP Danny Farquhar retired
DH Juan Apodaca to end the game, and
notch his 10th save of the season…RF Adam Calderone went 3-for-3, 2 RBI and reached base four times…C Luis Exposito gave Portland a 1-0 lead with
an RBI double in the sixth.

 

STILL NOT RUNS: Weiland
extended his team-high scoreless streak to 13 innings with last night’s
performance…The righty had retired 21 straight batters until Calderone’s
infield-single in the first inning…Portice allowed three runs on three hits
over two innings, and has yielded a run in eight of nine appearances.

 

NOT MANY MISTAKES: Portland had played error-free in five consecutive
games until a ninth inning throwing mistake by RHP Jason Rice…The opponents have not made an error in five of the last
six games.

 

WE’VE SEEN HIM BEFORE: RHP Kyle
Drabek
won both of his starts against Portland last year as a member of the
Reading Phillies…The righty worked seven innings in each win, defeating the Sea
Dogs on July 27, 2009 in Reading, allowing two runs (Ryan Kalish, 2-run homer) on seven hits…On August 20, 2009, Drabek
scattered three hits at Hadlock Field, and fanned four…New Hampshire’s
starters have worked seven innings in both games of the series, allowing a
combined 10 hits and three earned runs.

 

NOT BAD FOR 20: 20-year old RHP Casey
Kelly
is the number one pitching prospect in the Red Sox System, and will
make his seventh start of the season in tonight’s game…Kelly has worked five
innings in back-to-back starts, but Portland has lost four consecutive starts
made by the righty.

 

FIRING BLANKS: RHP Bryce Cox worked
a scoreless ninth on Wednesday, and has not allowed a run in six consecutive
outings…Cox has allowed four runs this season, but two of those came in his
first outing at Reading on April 9th…The Sea Dogs are 10 of 14 in
save opportunities this season, but won two of the four games in which they had
a blown save. 

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