Answering your questions

I’m getting a lot of e-mails and questions about what happened yesterday between Carlos Gutierrez and Luis Exposito.  Portland Manager Arnie Beyeler will join me on the pre-game show.  Yesterday, Gutierrez threw behind Exposito twice and hit him with a pitch later in the game.  Click here for Arnie’s interview - beyeler502.mp3

Notes for today

LOOKING FOR THE SWEEP: The Sea Dogs seek their second series sweep against
the Rock Cats in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field.  Portland improved their season-best record to
12-9 with their 4-1 win yesterday and have won five straight against New
Britain…In the series, the ‘Dogs have scored 14 runs against New Britain’s
bullpen over 4 IP (31.50 ERA)…RHP Ryne
Miller
is coming off a 6-inning stint of 1-hit ball against the Binghamton
Mets in his previous start at NYSEG Stadium.

 

NICE SACRIFICE: 2B Nate Spears provided the game-winning
RBI with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning off losing pitcher LHP Spencer Steedley (1-2)…C Luis Exposito went 2-for-2 with an RBI
double in the 8th inning – the Portland catcher is 4-for-6 in the
series with a triple, double and 4 RBI…SS Yamaico
Navarro
drove in two runs with a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly.

 

THAT MAKES IT FIVE FOR FIVE: LHP Felix
Doubront
did not factor in yesterday’s decision, yielding three hits and
one run over 5.2 IP…Portland has won all five starts made by Doubront and have
averaged 7.6 runs per outing made by the lefty…RHP T.J. Large earned his first win of the year with two scoreless
frames and RHP Bryce Cox notched his
third save by retiring the final four outs.

 

DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HE WAS THERE: 1B Will
Vazquez
did not have an official at-bat yesterday by walking in all three
plate appearances…Vazquez has reached base safely in six straight plate
appearances with four walks and two singles…Exposito has reached base safely in
seven straight plate appearances with a triple, double, 2 singles, 2 walks and
a hit-by-pitch.

 

WALKING ON UP:
Portland’s offense has received 15 walks in the series, improving their total
to 101, the second most in the Eastern League (New Hampshire leads with
105)…The pitching staff is third in fewest walks allowed at 65.

 

OUTFIELDER RETURNS: OF Matt Sheely
was reassigned to Portland yesterday from Triple-A Pawtucket…Sheely hit
.222 (4-for-18)
with an RBI in 7 games with the PawSox…1B Lars
Anderson
picked up his first Triple-A hit and RBI last night. 

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