May 2010

Leading Women Promotion held last night at Hadlock Field

SEA DOGS HONOR MAINE’S LEADING WOMEN

$1,900.00 Raised for the Amy St. Laurent Foundation

 

Portland, Maine-The Portland Sea Dogs and the Portland Press Herald held the first Leading Women Day at Hadlock Field on Monday, May 10th prior to that evening’s Sea Dogs game against the Binghamton Mets, where five of Maine’s leading women were recognized for their contributions to the community.  The event also served as a fundraiser for the Amy St. Laurent Foundation, which raised $1,900.00.


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The Sea Dogs and Portland Press Herald collaborated in an effort to recognize the many women in the State of Maine who are making positive contributions to their communities, businesses, families and other areas during these trying economic times.  Since March, the Portland Sea Dogs and the Portland Press Herald have received nominations for women in the categories of Business Leadership, Community Activism, Education, Non-Profits and Public Service. 

 

One woman from each category was selected whose tireless efforts and commitment make Maine a better place to live, work and raise a family.  The winners were selected by the committee based on longevity of service, contribution to their respective industries and interests, capstone accomplishments, ability to overcome adversity as well as their strong vision and commitment to the future.

 

Before the game Portland Police Officer Gayle Petty, Portland Police Officer and R.A.D. Instructor Coreena Dyer-Behnke and Business Owner Sari Green were recognized on the field for their outstanding efforts in the community.  Recognized but unable to attend were St. James school teacher Carol du Bois and Family Crisis Services Executive Director Lois Rickett.  Each winner threw-out a ceremonial first-pitch prior to the Sea Dogs game.

 

Officer Gayle Petty was nominated by her peers in the category for Public Service for her tireless work as a Police Officer, and in particular her work in the Munjoy Hill area of Portland.  Officer Petty was lauded by her colleagues as a true professional dedicated to her police work in Portland as well as building a stronger, safer community as a resident. 

 

Officer Coreena Dyer-Behnke was nominated in the category of Community Activism, for her extensive volunteer efforts in the Portland Police Department’s R.A.D. Program/Amy St. Laurent Foundation.  Officer Behnke volunteers her time and efforts to teach numerous women valuable self defense skills through this program. 

 

Sari Green, the winner in Business Leadership, is a business veteran in the Portland community.  She is also the founder of Sage Data Securities and a founding member of the Maine Anti-Phishing Coalition, which works with numerous community banks to help keep information safe. 

 

The highlight of the evening was the event held in the picnic area, which raised $1,900.00 for the Amy St. Laurent Foundation.  The Amy St. Laurent Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 in the honor of Maine native Amy St. Laurent. The ASLF sponsors the Portland Police R.A.D. program that teaches valuable self defense classes to women.  Additional donations to the Amy St. Laurent Foundation can be sent to:

 

C/O PPD R.A.D. Program

109 Middle Street

Portland, Maine 04101

Make checks payable to Amy St. Laurent Foundation

 

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.

What are the chances?

Tonight at Hadlock Field, the Sea Dogs will be giving away Daisuke Matsuzaka Bobbleheads on the same night that he’s pitching at Fenway Park.  Daisuke rehabbed with the Sea Dogs last season at New Hampshire, and is the first of many great promotional nights at Hadlock Field this season.


Portland looks to rebound from last night’s 7-5 loss to the Binghamton Mets.  Check below for notes from the Portland Sea Dogs Official Media Notes.daisuke.jpg

THEY CAN HIT: The Binghamton Mets improved their #1 ranked offense
with 11 hits on Monday night, defeating the Sea Dogs 7-5 at Hadlock Field…RHP Casey Kelly took a no-decision, but
fanned a season-high seven batters…Kelly worked five innings, allowing five
hits and three runs…SS Jose Iglesias picked
up his first 4-hit game as a professional, and gave the Sea Dogs a 4-3 lead
with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning…SS Jose Coronado drove in three runs for the Mets, and CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-5 with 2
RBI.

ROSTER MOVE: 1B Anthony Rizzo was promoted to Portland yesterday
from High-A Salem…To make room on the roster for Rizzo, INF Ray Chang was placed on the temporary inactive
list…Rizzo is ranked the 8th best prospect in the Red Sox system
according to Baseball America…He was hitting .248 (29-for-117) with 5 homers
and 20 RBI with the Salem Red Sox.

LEADING IT OFF: 2B Nate
Spears
went 2-for-4, BB and scored twice in last night’s game…Spears has
reached base safely 29 times in the last 12 games, and leads the team in
on-base percentage (.436) and OPS (.846)…OF Chih-Hsien Chiang has a 5-game hitting streak: 7-for-17 (.412) with
7 RBI, and has an RBI in five straight games.

BACK-TO-BACK DECISIONS: RHP Santo Luis
picked up his first win in the Red Sox system on May 6, but took the loss
in the series opener…Luis pitched only one inning, yielding four runs on four
hits…Binghamton scored all four runs on two-out doubles by Coronado and
Nieuwenhuis.

TOP THE LEADER BOARD: OF Ryan Kalish
took over the team lead in RBI’s with two last night, improving his total
to 20…Kalish leads the club in homers (4), walks (21), stolen bases (8) and is
tied with Spears for the club lead in runs scored with 19…Portland is fifth in
the Eastern League with a .250 batting average, but Binghamton leads all E.L.
clubs in average (.273), runs scored (189), hits (296), doubles (73) and homers
(36).

What a series

Tonight the Sea Dogs open up a 3-game series against the Binghamton Mets at Hadlock Field.  Portland completed a 3-game sweep of the Rock Cats over the weekend, including a 2-1 victory on Sunday.   Portland’s pitchers allowed one hit on the day, but the story was the start of Kyle Weiland, who worked five perfect innings.  Robert Colleo relieve Weiland in the sixth and worked a perfect frame, but Ben Revere was hit-by-a-pitch to lead off the seventh.  The lone hit was a single by Juan Portes with two outs in the seventh inning.  The last time Portland allowed one hit as a team came on May 7, 2008 against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Hadlock Field.

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(photo courtesy of soxphoto)




Stadium Tour

The Sea Dogs are looking for their 9th straight win against the Rock Cats…They have won two straight games with 3-run 9th innings.

Check out our facebook page for Stadium Tour #1 - http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?pid=4083553&id=69468393144
On the pre-game show today, Manager Arnie Beyeler will join me, here’s the conversation for those who can’t tune in. beyeler509.mp3
Righty Kyle Weiland seeks his first Double-A win in today’s ball game.

Notes from today

Interview with Mike Hazen - Mike Hazen.MP3


GREAT FINISH: CF Ryan Kalish nailed
a bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning, aiding the Sea Dogs
to a 4-2 come-from-behind win over the New Britain Rock Cats on Friday
night…RHP Eammon Portice (3-1)
fanned four over 2.1 IP to secure the win for Portland…RHP Bryce Cox stranded two runners in the ninth inning, retiring 1B Toby Gardenhire on a groundout to end
the game…Portland has won seven straight over New Britain and 12 of 13 dating
back to last season.

STRIKE THIS: LHP Felix Doubront took a no-decision, but
fanned a team-high nine batters over 5.2 IP…Portland struck out a season-high
14 and improved to 7-0 in starts made by Doubront…Tonight’s starter RHP Ryne Miller is making his second consecutive
start against New Britain.

OH BY THE WAY: Kalish has now reached base in 17 straight games
with his double in the ninth inning…RF Jason
Place
tied a season-high with three walks and scored the tying run on
Kalish’s double…2B Nate Spears reached
base safely in four of five plate appearances, but has reached base 20 times in
the last nine games.

NICE SAVE: Cox and RHP Jason
Rice
have combined to go 8-for-8 in save opportunities…The lone blown save
was charged to RHP Robert Coello on
April 14 at New Britain, but the Sea Dogs won the game 3-1 and Coello notched
his first win in the Red Sox Organization…New Hampshire’s RHP Danny Farquhar leads the Eastern League
with nine saves.

ON TRACK: LF Chih-Hsien
Chiang
picked up his first multi-hit game in Double-A by going 2-for-4 last
night…Chiang tied the game with a run-scoring single off LHP Tyler Robertson in the second inning…SS
Yamaico Navarro went 2-for-4 and has
hit safely in 11 of 14 starts this season…C Juan Apodaca has reached base safely in all 12 starts and is
hitting .366 (15-for-41) with one homer and 4 RBI.

OLD FRIEND: RHP Chris
Province
spent last season with the Sea Dogs, going 2-4 with a 2.67 ERA…Province
has struggled with the Rock Cats, but retired DH Luis Exposito on a fly out to end the ninth inning…Boston traded
Province in the off-season to the Minnesota Twins for RHP Boof Bonser.

Sea Dogs and New Britain

Greetings from New Britain Stadium, where tonight the Sea Dogs and Rock Cats begin a 3-game weekend series.  This will be the third series between the two clubs, Portland has won all six meetings.

Notes from today’s media notes:


THESE GUYS AGAIN? The Portland Sea Dogs completed a 4-2 homestand with
yesterday afternoon’s 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Reading
Phillies…Tonight, the Sea Dogs begin their third series of the season against
the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…Portland has won six straight games
against the Rock Cats, and have an 8-5 record on the road…New Britain has won
two straight games, but have dropped 11 of 12 games at New Britain Stadium.

 

BIGGEST RALLY: Yesterday
was Portland’s largest deficit of the season that they overcame to win…The Sea
Dogs scored three runs with two outs in the sixth inning to pull within one
run…LF Chih-Hsien Chiang tied the
game in the seventh inning with an RBI double and CF Che-Hsuan Lin provided the game clincher with a bases-loaded walk
in the eighth inning…Portland has played four straight 1-run games (3-1).

 

NUMBER ON IN THE SYSTEM: RHP Santo
Luis
earned his first win in the Red Sox system with two scoreless frames
of relief…RHP Jason Rice stranded
two runners in the ninth inning to earn his fourth save in as many
opportunities.

 

WHAT A HOMESTANAD: C Luis
Exposito
went 3-for-3, 2 RBI, 2B and two walks in yesterday’s game…Exposito
hit 12-for-21 (.571) with 7 RBI and six doubles during the homestand…The
Portland catcher has reached base 18 times in his last six games and leads the
club with 18 RBI.

 

NOT IN THE RIGHT SPOT: Portland hit .327 (64-for-196) during the homestand,
but just .211 (15-for-71) with runners-in-scoring position…The Sea Dogs are
averaging 5.7 runs-per-game during the six games and their pitchers posted a 3.17
ERA (19 ER/54 IP)…Tonight’s starter LHP Felix
Doubront
is 2-0 on the season, but Portland has won all five starts made by
the lefty.

 

ON-BASE PERCENTAGE TAKES A HIKE: OF Ryan Kalish
went 2-for-4, 2 RBI on Thursday and has reached base safely in 15
consecutive games…Kalish is second on the club with 15 RBI, but leads all
active hitters with four homers…Lin reached base in his final three at-bats
yesterday and has reached base safely in 19 of 23 starts.

Casey Kelly Post-Game Sound

Following Portland’s 2-1 loss to the Reading Phillies, Casey Kelly spoke with the local media.  Here is the audio - kellysound.mp3

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A Tribute to Ernie Harwell

From the Red Sox radio team - 2010-05-04 Harwell Wrap.mp3

A fraternity business

As
a play-by-play broadcaster, it is always a sad day when a fellow broadcaster
passes away.  In this business, we all feel tied together, like a college
fraternity.  With Ernie Harwell passing away yesterday, I was so amazed to
hear all the stories about him and how much he loved life and loved baseball.
 Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien talked about Ernie for an entire inning
on their broadcast and I will have a special Ernie tribute from those guys on
my pre-game show tonight.  

 

With what happened
last night, it reminded me of a former college when I worked in the Midwest
League named Mike Lockert.  Mike was the voice of Notre Dame Hockey and
called games for the South Bend Silver Hawks.  His story is below, I’m not
trying to be a downer, but Mike was a great person and I want to share his
story.

 

http://www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarth/archives/2009/03/mike-lockert-19.html

 

I’ll have a special
spot in my heart tonight for Ernie and all of the broadcast colleagues who have
passed away, not just for their broadcast abilities, but for how they’ve
touched so many people.  I love the old-time broadcasters because they
seem like fans who were calling baseball.  I didn’t get to hear Ernie much
but from clips I’ve heard online he sounded special.

Early Work

So what does that mean?  Well, when the Sea Dogs are at home they usually arrive at the field 6 to 7 hours before a 6:00 PM start to work on those little things that are so important.  For example, Hitting Coach Dave Joppie will throw soft toss to hitters that are working on certain mechanical adjustments.  During this series with Reading, the Red Sox have a host of instructors in town working with the players.  Chad Epperson is the catching instructor and he will work with Juan Apodaca and Luis Exposito.

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Epperson will toss baseballs through a pitching machine and help the catchers work on their technique.  I asked Chad about roving instead of managing and he said “The schedule is a lot different and I get to pop home and see the family which is nice.”
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