Notes from today:
‘DOGS SWEEP THE ‘CATS: Portland completed a 3-game sweep of the New Britain
Rock Cats with a 6-5 victory on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…C Juan Apodaca and OF Ryan Kalish paced Portland’s offense with 2-run doubles…2B Nate Spears had a sacrifice fly and 1B Will Vazquez provided the game-winning
RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the fifth off losing pitcher LHP Tyler Robertson (0-2)…LHP Tommy Hottovy earned his second win of
the season with three strong innings of relief.
WALK THIS WAY: The
Sea Dogs received five bases-loaded walks against New Britain…Vazquez walked
five times in the series and has reached base safely in eight of his last 10
plate appearances…SS Yamaico Navarro extended
his season-high hitting streak to 8 games with a first-inning single…3B Ray Chang went 1-for-5 and has hit
safely in 10 of his last 11 starts.
SAVING THE DAY: RHP Jason Rice recorded
the final two outs yesterday to notch his third save of the year…Rice entered
the game in the ninth inning with a runner at second base and one out…The Rock
Cats scored three runs in the ninth against RHP Santo Luis but Rice retired 1B Chris
Parmelee and DH Alexander Soto to
end the game.
HE PICKS UP ANOTHER ONE: OF Jason Place
tripled off the Maine Monster to lead off the second inning and scored on
Spears’ sac-fly…Place leads the team with two triples – Portland hit three in
the series…C Luis Exposito and
Navarro each tripled on Friday night in Portland’s 13-4 win.
DID NOT QUALIFY:
RHP Ryne Miller took a no-decision
on Sunday, working four innings on four hits and one run…Miller also walked
four but held the Rock Cats to hitless in five at-bats with runners-in-scoring
position…New Britain went 4-for-25 (.160) during the 3-game set with RISP.
ROSTER MOVE: RHP T.J. Large
was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier today to make room for RHP Kyle Weiland on the active 24-man
roster…Large appeared in three games with the Sea Dogs, going 1-0, 4.23 ERA (3
ER/6.1 IP)…Weiland will make his second start of the season against Reading.
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
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
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.
It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame at Hadlock Field, the ‘Dogs and ‘Cats getting ready for game 2 of their 3-game series.
My view from the booth
WAY TO BREAK OUT: The Sea Dogs scored a season-high 13 runs on 15 hits
to beat the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliates) 13-4 on Friday night at
Hadlock Field…Portland scored 10 runs in the seventh inning on four hits and
seven walks…1B Will Vazquez pick up the
game-winning RBI with a single in the seventh inning off RHP Chris Province…C Luis Exposito cleared the bases with a triple and SS Yamaico Navarro went 2-for-5, 2 RBI and
a triple…RHP Ryne Lawson (1-2) earned
his first win of the season in relief of RHP Stephen Fife.
SEE MULTIPLE: 2B Nate Spears, CF Che-Hsuan Lin, Exposito, Navarro, SS Jose Iglesias and Vazquez all had multi-hit games…RF Ryan Kalish, Exposito, Navarro and
Vazquez each had multiple RBI performances…Portland scored 11 runs off New
Britain’s bullpen, including six off Province in just 1/3 of an inning…LHP Joe Testa (0-3) faced just three
batters (two walks and a single) to take the loss for New Britain.
THAT WAS NUMBER TWO: Fife recorded the team’s second quality start of the
season, allowing just three hits and one earned run (two overall) over six
frames…The righty’s homerless streak was snapped at 17 IP when 3B Juan Portes’ clocked a 2-out solo-homer
in the third inning.
THEY’VE DONE IT BEFORE: The franchise record for most runs scored in an
inning is 14 set by the 2003 Portland Sea Dogs…Last April 26, Portland scored
10 runs in one frame against Connecticut at Hadlock Field…In 2008, the ‘Dogs
scored 10 runs against the Rock Cats at Hadlock Field and in 2006 Portland
scored 11 times in one inning against New Hampshire.
UST KEEPS REACHING BASE: C Juan Apodaca
went 1-for-3 last night and has reached base safely in all seven games…Apodaca
is hitting .391 (9-for-23) with a homer and 2 RBI in five starts behind the
plate and two as the designated hitter…Iglesias is hitting .370 (10-for-27)
over his last 7 starts with four multi-hit games.
OUTFIELDER RETURNS: OF Matt Sheely
was reassigned to Portland today from Triple-A Pawtucket…Sheely hit .222 (4-for-18)
with an RBI in 7 games with the PawSox…Portland was short one player on the
roster due to 1B Lars Anderson’s
promotion to Pawtucket two days ago.