June 2010

Strasburg Story

Here’s a special to our blog today!

He Had To Start Somewhere by Matt McLaughlin (Sea Dogs Media and Broadcast Assistant)

As Stephen Strasburg continues to tear up the Major League record book
(41 strikeouts in his
first 4 starts), its easy to forget that he
started this season in Double-A with the Harrisburg Senators, whom the
Sea Dogs face tonight.

Strasburg made his first Double-A appearance for on April 11th, as the
Senators faced off against the Altoona Curve. Going 5 innings, Strasburg
gave up 1 earned run and struck out 8 batters. This would just be a
taste of things to come for the 21 year old.

In 5 starts with the Senators, Strasburg went 3-1, sporting a 1.64 ERA.
In his 22 innings pitched as a Senator, Strasburg struck out 27, while
giving up only 4 earned runs.

Though it was obvious that Harrisburg was just a stop on the way to the
Majors, it is still unbelievable to think that a potential National
League All-Star started the season in the same league the Sea Dogs play
in.

Final Day in Curve, PA

This year the Curve have developed a new slogan, it’s called Curve, PA…I was talking about this on the broadcast last week about this lovely state.  A majority of people who live in Pennsylvania refer to each city as Altoona, PA…that’s how they say it…We don’t say Portland, M-E. So the slogan makes sense if you’re from here.

Today, the Sea Dogs try to avoid a three-game sweep to the best team in Minor League Baseball.  Tomorrow night, the ‘Dogs go from worst to first, taking on the New Britain Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium.
Note from today:

A BIG FIRST DID IT: The Altoona Curve scored four runs in the first
inning, and grabbed their second straight win in the series, 8-1 win over the
Sea Dogs on Wednesday night at Blair County Ballpark…Portland’s lone run came
two batters into the game when Nate
Spears
scored on an error by CF Gorkys
Hernandez
on a Che-Hsuan Lin single…Miles Durham and Hector Gimenez each homered in the win…Bryan Morris (4-2) tossed six and 2/3 innings on five hits and one
run to notch the win.

 

TOUGH NIGHT FOR THE RIGHTY: Jeremy Kehrt
suffered his second straight loss,
allowing a season high in hits (9) and runs (8)…Kehrt surrendered five
consecutive hits in the first inning to plate three runs…After retiring eight
straight batters, Alex Presley walked  and Durham smacked a two-run homer.

 

ROSTER MOVE: Yesterday, Juan
Apodaca
was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, but did not play in the last
night’s game with the PawSox…Catcher Josue
Peley
takes the roster spot of Apodaca and will be wearing #32 in today’s
game…Peley was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Jonathan Van Every and was playing in
Lowell, going 1-for-5, BB in 2 games…He started the season in Low-A West
Virginia, hitting .179 (12-for-67) with 6 RBI in 19 games.

                                                             

SOLID RELIEF: RHP Santo Luis
retired all five batters faced and RHP Jason
Rice
hurled a clean eighth inning in relief of Kehrt on Wednesday…Luis has
allowed just one run over his last 21 IP (0.43 ERA), and leads all Portland
relievers with a 2.80 ERA…Rice is the team leader in appearances with 25 and
has not yielded a run in eight of nine outings.

 

50/50
CLUB
: C Luis Exposito leads the team with 51
RBI, which is third in the league behind Reading’s Tagg Bozied…INF Nate Spears has
drawn an E.L. best 51 walks, and is ranked fourth in the league with a .399
on-base percentage…Exposito blasted his fifth homer in the series opener.

 

FIFE FIGHTING FOR FIVE: Today’s
starter RHP Stephen Fife is 4-0,
3.83 ERA (24 ER/56.1 IP) in his last 10 appearances, and worked a season-high
seven innings five days ago against the Akron Aeros…Fife’s lone loss was on
April 18 against the Trenton Thunder at Hadlock Field.

From Opening Day to the Opening Game against Manny

LHP Felix Doubront was the opening day starter for the Sea Dogs in Reading.  Tonight, the 22-yea old lefty will make his Major League debut against Manny and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park.  I’m very happy for Doubront, he’s only 22, but has been pitching in the Red Sox minor league system since 2005 when he went 7-1, 0.97 ERA in 13 games for the VSL Red Sox.

Sorry Celtics’ fan (which I am), but I can’t say Boston blew game 7, despite having the lead.  If it was the other way around we would have said how great of a comeback the Celtics had.  The Lakers were the better team and outplayed Boston – they deserved to win.

Now the baseball season has officially started.  I can’t believe the turnaround by Boston, plus, the season Ortiz is having.

Official Game Notes Below
A COMPLETE WIN: RHP Brooks Brown (4?4) tossed a nine?inning complete game in Erie’s 5?1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs last night at Hadlock Field…Brown yielded only five hits,one run and struck out five over nine frames…Erie scored four times off losing pitcher RHPJeremy Kehrt (1?2), but only two were earned…2B Justin Henry led the ‘Wolves with a 2?run single in the third inning…Portland’s lone run came in the fifth inning on a sac?fly by 2B Ryan Khoury.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU? Brown joins RHP Vance Worley as the only other pitcher to go all nine innings against the Sea Dogs this season…Erie starters worked at least seven innings in three of the six meetings against Portland during the season series…LHP Felix Doubront has the longest outing for Portland this season, hurling seven strong innings
against New Britain on May 18…Doubront will make his Major League debut in tonight’s
game as the Red Sox host the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A PAIR OF FIRST ROUNDERS: Tonight’s pitching matchup features Boston’s first round pick
in 2008 and their first pick in the 2007 draft…RHP Casey Kelly was the 30th overall pick two
years ago, Akron’s Lonnie Chisenhall was drafted by the Indians right before Kelly…LHP Nick
Hagadone was the 55th overall pick in the 2007 June Draft…Hagadone was a compensation
pick for the Red Sox losing SS Alex Gonzalez.

MORE FORMER SOX FARMHANDS: Hagadone, RHP Justin Masterson and RHP Bryan Price were the three players traded to Cleveland in the C Victor Martinez trade…Price pitched
two scoreless innings against Portland on June 11th at Canal Park…Price was a compensation pick by Boston for losing RHP Eric Gagne.

NOT MUCH OFFENSE: After scoring 10 runs against Erie on June 9th, Portland has scored just 18 runs in the last seven games.

QUICK TURNAROUND: RHP Kyle Weiland has won three straight starts after beginning the
season 0?4…Weiland yielded only four hits Tuesday night over 5.1 IP…The righty fanned five
batters and lowered his ERA to 4.00…The Sea Dogs’ starters have earned the victory in the
team’s past three wins.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) play game two of their
series tomorrow night at 6:00 PM…Sunday afternoon will be the final meeting between the
two clubs this season…The ‘Dogs are off on Monday and open up a six?game roadtrip on
Tuesday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate).

Great Stuff from our special contributors to the blog

Click here for D.J. DJ Abisalih’s interview with Dave McConnell – our head of securityDave McConnell.MP3

Great story on Felix Doubront by Greg Cavanaugh

Doubront Set to Make Big League
Debut Friday
Becomes 10th Player
to Pitch for Sea Dogs and Start for Red Sox in Same Season

Doubront started for the Sea Dogs at Fenway Park in the 'Futures at<br />
 Fenway’ event in 2009.” />
<div class=Doubront started for the
Sea Dogs at Fenway Park in the ‘Futures at Fenway’ event in 2009. (Photo
by Jim Allen)

On Friday June 18th, just 71 days after taking
the ball on Opening Day for the Portland Sea Dogs against the Reading
Phillies, Felix Doubront will make his Major League debut at Fenway Park
against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day
Disabled List with a strained right forearm, the Red Sox opted to call
on Doubront, the Sea Dogs’ 2009 Pitcher of the year.

To Sea Dogs fans, the jump this season from Double-A to the Big Leagues
should come as no surprise, having watched Doubront baffle Eastern
League hitters in each of the past two seasons. When he does make the
start Friday night, Doubront will join the likes of Clay Buchholz,
Jonathan Papelbon, and Justin Masterson, who are among the ten pitchers
who have made the leap from pitching with the Sea Dogs to starting for
the Red Sox in the same season.

Doubront, who was ranked as the No. 2 left-handed pitching prospect in
the Red Sox system according to Baseball America at the start of the
season, has been on a tear through the minor leagues in 2010. He was
unbeaten in eight starts with Double-A Portland, posting a 4-0 record
and a 2.51 ERA. Doubront’s last start with the Sea Dogs was perhaps his
best of the 2010 season, as he tossed seven shutout innings to pick up
the win against the New Britain Rock Cats.

Doubront has continued to roll since he was called up to Triple-A
Pawtucket on May 23rd. In four starts with the Pawsox, Doubront is 2-1
with a myopic 1.08 ERA and has 16 strikeouts in 16.2 innings of work.
Combined between Portland and Pawtucket in this season, Doubront is
sporting an impressive 6-1 record with a 2.11 ERA.

As a Spring Training Invitee and a member of the Red Sox 40-Man Roster
in 2010, the organization saw the potential for Doubront to make an
impact in a Boston uniform this season. Although Doubront is only
22-years old, the seeds for this start were planted back in 2004, when
Doubront was signed by the Red Sox as a 16-year old international free
agent out of his native Carabobo, Venezuela.

Although this will be Doubront’s Major League Debut, it will not be his
first time taking the mound at Fenway Park. Last August, Doubront got
the start for the Sea Dogs in the annual ‘Futures at Fenway’ event at
Fenway. Doubront tossed five solid innings against the Bowie Baysox
allowing two runs on four hits and striking out seven.

Now, six years and seven Red Sox affiliates since joining the
organization, Doubront will enjoy what he hopes to be the first of many
starts for the Boston Red Sox. In making the leap from Portland to
Boston in the same season he will be in select company, becoming the
first since Junichi Tazawa did so in 2009. The rapid rise of Doubront
just serves as a reminder to pay close attention the next time you are
at Hadlock Field, with 10 Double-A to Major League pitching jumps in
seven years you never know who might wind up in Boston later on that
very season.

Players who have pitched for the Portland Sea Dogs and started a game
for the Boston Red Sox in the same season:

NAME YEAR
Abe Alvarez 2004
Jonathan Papelbon 2005
David Pauley 2006
Kason Gabbard 2006
Devern Hansack 2006
Clay Buchholz 2007
Michael Bowden 2008
Justin Masterson 2008
Junichi Tazawa 2009
Felix Doubront 2010

conducted by Matt McLaughlin

Know Your Sea Dogs: Tommy Hottovy


Hottovy helped the Sea Dogs capture the 2006 Eastern League<br />
Championship.” />
<div class=Hottovy helped the Sea Dogs capture
the 2006 Eastern League Championship. (Photo by DVM Sports)

Tommy Hottovy has found himself a second home in Portland. A native
of Kansas City, Missouri and former Wichita State Shocker, Hottovy has
been a stalwart member of the Sea Dogs since the magical 2006 Eastern
League Championship season. A former fourth round draft pick of the Red
Sox, the veteran southpaw has appeared in 14 games this season,
collecting 31 strikeouts over 37.2 innings pitched. Hottovy is a very
active member of the Portland community, lending a hand to various
community organizations in the area.

Current Walk Up Music: Zapp and
Roger, More Bounce to the Ounce
Facebook or Twitter?: Facebook
Dream Car?: Lamborghini
PS3 or XBox?: X Box
Favorite City to visit on the road?: Akron
Family Guy or South Park?: Family Guy
Drake or Kid Cudi?: Drake
Horror movies or Comedies?: Comedies
Song playing on your iPod right now?: O.M.G. by Usher
Funniest thing a fan has yelled at you?: “Just throw
strikes”
Which one of your teammates would do the best on “American
Idol”?
: Jose Iglesias
First CD ever bought?: Montell Jordan
Lady GaGa or Brittany Spears?: Brittany Spears
Which actor should play you in a movie?: Jake
Gyllenhaal
Musician you’d like to be for a day?: Justin
Timberlake
Favorite restaurant you’ve been to in Portland?:
Sianos
Profession you’d have if you were not a baseball player?:
Real Estate broker
Call of Duty or Madden?: Madden
Best thing to do on the bus to pass time?: Play Cards
Favorite musical group or artist right now?: Kings of
Leon
Favorite Movie: Count of Monte Cristo
Loudest Teammate?: Luis Exposito
Team to win the World Cup?: England

Ready for Game 2

With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs clinched their first season-series victory against the Erie SeaWolves as a Red Sox affiliate.  The 2002 club took four of seven from Erie, but that was as a Florida Marlins affiliate.

I’m so happy for Felix Doubront, getting a chance to start in the Major Leagues, as he starts Friday for Boston.  Felix is such a great guy, and worked so hard while he was in Portland, and I’m sure he did the same in Pawtucket.

Okay Celtics’ fans, lets not trash the team and say they choked.  If it was reversed, we would say what a great game plan the Celtics had.  Give the Lakers credit, they destroyed Boston, and that’s the end of it.

Few notes from today

BACK-TO-BACK: The Portland Sea Dogs opened up their six-game
homestand with a 1-0 victory over the Erie SeaWolves on Tuesday night at
Hadlock Field…Portland has hurled back-to-back shutouts, allowing just 10 hits
in their last 18 innings pitched…With last night’s victory, the Sea Dogs
clinched the season-series victory over the SeaWolves, and have won five of
seven against the Western Division…The Sea Dogs are tied for second in the
league with six team shutouts – Richmond has seven.

 

WELCOME TO PORTLAND: RHP Alex Wilson
makes his Double-A debut in the middle game of the series…Wilson went 2-1,
3.40 ERA (21 ER/55.2 IP) in 11 starts allowing 43 hits, 15 walks and 50
strikeouts with the Salem Red Sox, and was named to the Carolina League
All-Star team…The righty was a second round pick by the Red Sox in the 2009
draft out of Texas A & M University.

 

THANKS TO MATT: OF Matt Sheely
knocked in the lone run of last night’s game with a 2-out, run-scoring
double off losing pitcher LHP Duane
Below
in the fifth inning…Sheely has hit safely in six of eight starts,
going 9-for-27 (.333)…Portland has scored nine consecutive runs with two outs.

 

HE IS THE LEAGUE LEADER: 2B Nate Spears
leads the Eastern League with 45 walks, and leads the Sea Dogs with a .405
on-base percentage…C Luis Exposito has
a team-leading 46 RBI, which ranks tied for second in the Eastern League with
New Hampshire’s OF Eric Thames.

 

BIGGEST SPOTS:
LHP Mitch
Herold
notched his first Double-A hold with 2.1 scoreless innings of
relief…Herold entered the game in the sixth inning with runners at second and
third, but fanned LF Deik Scram and
DH Josh Burrus to end the inning…RHP
Bryce Cox retired all four batters
to earn his eighth save of the year.

 

QUICK
TURNAROUND
: RHP Kyle Weiland has won three straight
starts after beginning the season 0-4…Weiland yielded only four hits last night
over 5.1 IP…The righty fanned five batters and lowered his ERA to 4.00…The Sea
Dogs’ starters have earned the victory in the team’s past three wins.

What a day for the system

Saturday was an awesome day for all of Red Sox nation with Daniel Nava blasting the first pitch he ever saw in the big leagues for a grand slam.  He became the fourth player in MLB history to hit a grand slam in his first at-bat, and the second to do it on the first pitch.  Former Akron Aero Kevin Kouzmanoff did it in 2006.

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(Photo courtesy of soxphoto)

I wanted to thank Jon Rish from the Boston Red Sox Radio Network for sending me some great audio highlights.  During the Red Sox pre-game show, Joe Castiglione told Daniel Nava at the end of the interview to hit first pitch out.  Below are three audio files that are a must listen.

06-12-10 REDSOX-PHILLIES-04b.wav - the call of Nava’s first homer

Daniel Nava, Inside Pitch.mp3

Wednesday in PA

The Sea Dogs can clinch a series victory with a win tonight against the SeaWolves.  Portland has not won a series in Erie since they swept a 3-game set in 2005.  Last night was a great victory for the team, they scored the game-winning run with two outs, and Bryce Cox escaped trouble in the ninth inning to notch his seventh save of the season.

Quick thoughts from Strasburg’s game:  I was talking a lot about this on the air, and had my eyes pasted to the computer to watch his start. I can’t remember a player making their Major League debut, getting this much hype.  I think this is great.  There’s been so much negativity the past few years in baseball with the steriod issue, and the constant rise in salaries.  We’re now seeing a change in the game, due to the high salaries.  Teams are spending more money in player development, enabling younger guys to get to the big leagues, and make a quick impact. 

Strasburg is awesome, and you don’t need to look at a stat sheet to know that.  Just watch how he pitches.  His fastball is almost a 100 mph, but the more impressive part, is the movement he has with the pitch, but still commands it.  I couldn’t believe his curveball and secondary pitches.  It is very hard to project players as an amateur but this guy is probably the first “can’t miss’ ever.

Notes from today’s media packet:

NUMBER ONE IS A SUCCESS: In their first game against the Western Division, the
Sea Dogs defeated the Erie SeaWolves 4-3 on Tuesday night…With a victory
tonight, the ‘Dogs will clinch their first series win at Erie since sweeping
the SeaWolves back in 2005…C Luis
Exposito
snapped a 3-3 tie when he was hit-by-a-pitch with the bases loaded
in the ninth inning…Exposito finished with 3 RBI, nailing a 2-run double in the
third inning…RHP Santo Luis hurled
two scoreless innings to notch the win.

 

SAVING THE DAY: RHP Bryce Cox earned his team-leading
seventh save of the season, working a scoreless ninth…Erie had runners at first
and second with one out, but Cox fanned LF Andy
Dirks
and RF Josh Burrus to end
the game…RHP Stephen Fife took a
no-decision, yielding three runs over six innings pitched…Fife leads the team
with four quality starts.

 

CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY: Exposito is the club leader in RBI (43), but his
total is tied with New Hampshire’s Eric
Thames
for second in the Eastern League…Brandon Laird of Trenton is the E.L. leader with 52…Exposito and 3B
Ray Chang each have 16 doubles, tied
for third in the league.

 

HE’S BEEN THE MAN: OF/INF Ryan
Khoury
extended his hitting streak to seven straight games with a single in
the ninth inning…Khoury is hitting .379 (11-for-29) during the streak and has
reached base safely in all eight games since joining Portland on June 1 from
Triple-A Pawtucket…Last night was Khoury’s 200th game with the Sea
Dogs.

 

TWO FOR TUESDAY:
Chang, LF Chih-Hsien
Chiang
and OF Matt Sheely all
had two hits on Tuesday night…Sheely has four multi-hit games this season,
three against the Reading Phillies…Chang
has hit safely in 14 of 16 games, going 22-for-59
(.373), and has hit safely in 37 of 47 games overall…Chiang is hitting .346
(9-for-26) in June with a homer and 2 RBI.

 

KEEPS
PITCHING GREAT
: Luis is now 3-0, 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16 IP) over
his last seven appearances with 16 strikeouts…The right-hander had yielded 11
runs in 14 games with the Sea Dogs, but four came on May 10 vs. Binghamton and
three on May 2 against the New Britain Rock Cats…Portland’s relievers have
earned a win in 19 of the 30 victories this season and have going 15 of 25 in
save chances.

Kalish Making his Debut Tonight!

Ryan Kalish will start tonight and bat seventh


KALISH PROMOTED TO
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET

Khoury and Kehrt Added to Sea Dogs Roster

 

Portland, Maine- The Boston Red Sox have promoted Portland Sea
Dogs’ outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Pawtucket.  Infielder
Ryan Khoury will join the Sea Dogs from Triple-A Pawtucket.  Additionally,
right-handed pitcher Jeremy Kehrt has been added to the Sea Dogs roster
from Single-A Salem.  Kehrt will start tonight for the Sea
Dogs at 7:05 PM against the Trenton Thunder at Waterfront Park in
Trenton, New Jersey.  The Sea Dogs roster is now at the 24
man maximum.

 

The 22 year old, Kalish, was hitting .293
in 41 games for the Sea Dogs and was leading Portland in runs scored
(35), home runs (8), and stolen bases (13). He was also fourth in the
Eastern League in both walks (28) and on-base percentage (.404) as well
as fifth in the league in stolen bases.  On May 29th,
Kalish became the ninth player in team history to collect five hits in a
game.  Kalish is rated as the #5 prospect in the Red Sox
system according to Baseball America. He combined to hit .279
with 18 home runs & 77 RBI between Single-A Salem and the Sea Dogs
last season to earn Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
honors.  The New Jersey native was selected by the Red Sox
in the ninth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

Khoury has appeared in 17 games for the
Pawsox this season, hitting .244.  The 26 year-old has
spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons in Portland.  Last year
with the Sea Dogs he hit .223 in 109 games with two home runs and 32
RBI.  The Utah native was drafted by the Red Sox in the 12th
round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

Kehrt will be making his second
appearance of the season with the Sea Dogs.  The 24
year-old got the start for the Sea Dogs on May 22nd where he
tossed five innings allowing three runs on six hits, suffering the loss
to Trenton.  In 11 games with the Salem Red Sox this
season, Kehrt is 3-1 with a 3.65 ERA.

 

The Portland Sea Dogs will return to
Hadlock Field on Friday, June 4th at 6:00 PM for a weekend
series with the Reading Phillies.  Tickets are available
for 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. 

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