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