July 2010

Khoury’s Khourner Part 2

Here’s the complete interview with Arnie Beyeler

Khoury’s Khourner with Arnie Beyeler.MP3

Homestand is over, back on the road, Khoury again?

Here’s a recap of last night homestand by Matt McLaughlin

The Sea Dogs were back in town for a 96 hour home stand
in the fourth weekend of July, and while the first game was a success, the
final three left the ‘Dogs looking for some answers.

Portland was riding a five game winning streak, picking up three straight
against division rival New Hampshire. Game one of the series was a success, As
Alex Wilson earned his third win, and the Sea Dogs won their seventh straight
game, 9-1 over Harrisburg. The red-hot Ryan Lavarnway went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI.
Nate Spears and Chih-Hsien Chiang both homered.

Rehabbing Washington National Jason Marquis started game two of the series for
Harrisburg, and while the Sea Dogs jumped on Marquis early, they couldn’t pull
off a late rally, and fell 7-5. That snapped the winning streak at six, but
Lavarnway continued his personal hitting streak to eight games.

Saturday’s game was a pitchers duel, as Portland starter Kyle Weiland allowed
only one hit through seven innings, striking out eight. Andrew Kown, starter
for Harrisburg, also went seven strong, allowing one run and five k’s.
Unfortunately for the ‘Dogs, All-Star Jason Rice had perhaps his worst outing
of the year, giving up two runs. Portland dropped game three, 2-1.

Harrisburg’s bats heated up in the last game of the series. Portland allowed a
season high 17 hits, and fell 10-3. Marvin Lowrance had quite a day at the
plate, smacking two homers.

Portland is on the road again, taking on Binghamton for three, then going down
to Harrisburg for a four game set. 

Ryan Khoury is back at it again, hosting his second edition of Khoury’s Khourner – Part 1 of his conversation with Arnie Beyeler aired yesterday…here you go, in case you missed it –

Khoury’s Khouner with Arnie Part 1.MP3


Tonight before the series opener with the Binghamton Mets, you can hear part two of Khoury’s Khourner with Arnie Beyeler.

I wanted to wish my father a Happy Birthday, and tell him that without him, I would never be writing this now.   Without my whole family, I would never have been provided the right tools, personality or the way to conduct myself.  My family deserves more credit for what I get to do everyday.  They have supported me from day one, and sacrificed a lot as parents.  I went my first eight years in professional baseball seeing my my family only twice per year.  They never once complained, and always told me to just keep doing what I love, but I know deep down it was hard for them to have their son away.  This is my 14th season, and they still say the same things, and keep my confidence at an all-time high.

Big Things at Hadlock Field

Last night was such a great event at Hadlock Field, without the game.  That might sound strange, but Comcast New England traveled up to Portland, Maine to broadcast their 6 PM show from the field.  Kyle Draper was the host, and did a terrific job with the interviews.


I’ll have more later, my mom and dad are visiting!

Full Episode with Ryan Khoury

Portland has won five straight games for the first time this season…They open up a four-game homestand against the Harrisburg Senators.


Complete first episode of Khoury’s Khourner hosted by Ryan Khoury

Khoury’s Khourner with Casey Kelly.MP3


Just here for a day, but Jeremy is back

Manny Delcarmen threw nine pitches in his Major League Rehab assignment with Portland on Thursday night.  Delcarmen started the game, and was relieved by Jeremy Kehrt, who suffered the loss.

Jeremy Hermida went 2-for-4 last night as Portland’s DH.  Tonight he will back second again, and play left field. 


Photo courtesy of Greg Cavanaugh, very nice of him to do this.  Our pre-game interview –
Manny Delcarmen.MP3

Now that’s a Major start after the break

With the All-Star game over, and the season quickly reaching 100 games, the Sea Dogs will start their roadtrip in New Britain with a few familiar names.

Manny Delcarmen, who has been sidelined since July 1st with a right forearm
strain, will make the start for Portland and pitch the first inning. Delcarmen is 2-2 with a 4.59 ERA (17 ER/33.1 IP) in
33 relief appearances with the Red Sox this season.  Outfielder Jeremy Hermida is expected to be in Portland’s lineup tonight as the designated hitter.  Hermida has been sidelined since last month with fractured ribs.  I saw the highlight of the injury today, and it strangely looks like the same play as Ellsbury.  Now what are the chances that Adrian Beltre would be invovled in two collisions, leading to Ellsbury and Hermida both going on the disabled list. 


Great Day for Lowell and Salem

Today is the 5th annual Future’s at Fenway with Lowell and Salem getting the opportunity to play.  I was talking on the air last night how this game is such a great opportunity for so many people involved.  The players, fans, front office, broadcasters and so many people are affected in so many ways.  As a New England native and growing up in Massachusetts, my two days at Fenway Park were unexplainable.  This is what you live for when you work in the business.  I am so happy for the Lowell and Salem broadcasters to get the chance of a lifetime today.

Ryan Khoury is joining the radio team

In addition to playing infield and outfield, Ryan Khoury is getting set to host a weekly segment on the pre-game show called Khoury’s Corner

e-mail me at seadogsradio@gmail.com for a guest you want on his show

Special to the blog from Matt McLaughlin


When we look at the New Britain Rock Cats this year, we see a
team that’s at the bottom of the Eastern League. While they may be the doormats
of the EL this year, it wasn’t always the case. New Britain has been prospect
laden franchise, something that their parent club, the Minnesota Twins, should
be proud of. Many major names in the Twins organization have spent time as a
Rock Cat. Here is just a short list of ex-‘Cats who have made it big in the


-Matt Lawton

-Todd Walker

-Torii Hunter

-David Ortiz

-Corey Koskie

-Doug Mientkiewicz

-Christian Guzman

-A.J. Pierzynski

-Jacque Jones

-Mark Redman

-J.C. Romero

-Michael Cuddyer

-Grant Balfour

-Kyle Lohse

-Justin Morneau

-Jason Bartlett

-Joe Mauer

-Francisco Liriano

-Matt Garza


The Twins organization have done an outstanding job at scouting
and drafting Major League talent, and as fans we’ve been lucky to see that
talent in the Double-A level. So while the 2010 New Britain Rock Cats find
themselves in the cellar of the Eastern League, remind yourself of the names
above, and know there will be more to come.

Baseball, Bobbleheads and Birthdays

Hope that grabbed your attention…The Sea Dogs are in a tough stretch right now, they have dropped seven of 10 games, and have fallen into fifth place for the first time this season.  I first wanted to promote this great interview conducted by DJ Abisalih with New Hampshire’s Kyle Drabek, who pitched a no-hitter on Sunday –
Kyle Drabek.MP3

Okay, now let’s focus on Bobbleheads – The Sea Dogs have done a great job with all different bobblehead giveaways during the years but I wanted to find out what fans thought

Tell me what former Sea Dog, Red Sox player or anyone you would want to see as a bobblehead at Hadlock Field – email me at seadogsradio@gmail.com


Notes for today:

TWO FOR THE VISITORS: The New Hampshire Fisher Cats made it two straight
wins to start the series, defeating the Sea Dogs 6-5 on Tuesday night at
Hadlock Field…Shawn Bowman finished
3-for-4 with a homer, 4 RBI and Travis
(MLB rehab assignment) went 4-for-5 with three doubles and one RBI…Casey Kelly (1-4) suffered the loss for
Portland, allowing six runs on seven hits over 5.1 IP but fanned eight batters
(career-high)…Chih-Hsien Chiang and Nate Spears each drove in two runs.


picked up his 60th
RBI of the season in the first inning of last night’s game…The 60 RBI marks leads
the Sea Dogs and ranks third in the Eastern League…Salem’s Ryan Lavarnway leads the Red Sox system with 63 RBI,
Exposito is second, and Anthony Rizzo is third with 47 RBI between Salem
and Portland.


finished the game for the 27th
time this season, putting him in a tie for first in the category with three others,
including teammate Jason Rice…Cox also has the fifth highest number of saves in the
Eastern League with 10…Danny Moskos leads
the Eastern League with 17 saves but he was promoted from Altoona to Triple-A
Indianapolis two weeks ago. 


earned the win last night for
New Hampshire, allowing all three runs in the first inning…LaMura yielded a
2-run double in the first inning to Chiang but finished his start by sitting
down the next 16 batters.


BOTH TEAMS WERE TWO-OUT WONDERS: Last night’s game featured nine of 11 runs scored with two outs…The Sea
Dogs scored all five runs with two outs (Chiang 2, Spears 2 and
Exposito)…Bowman drove in all four runs with two outs for the Fisher Cats and
tied Eric Thames for the team-lead in homers with 14.


BELOW .500: Portland is two games under
.500 for the first time since they began the season 1-3…The Sea Dogs have
dropped into fifth place for the third time this season, and trail the Eastern
Division leading Trenton Thunder by a season-high 11 games…New Hampshire holds
a 9.5 game advantage of the Sea Dogs for the second playoff position in the

Special to the Blog – Matt McLaughlin writes about New Hampshire

As Portland
and New Hampshire are in the midst four game series against each other,
here are some names on the Fisher Cats roster that Portland fans should
keep an eye on:  
One of the most
highly regarded names in the Toronto system is pitcher Kyle Drabek.
Older fans may recognize the last name, as his father, Doug Drabek, won
a Cy Young award with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Once a prospect in the
Phillies system, the younger Drabek was involved in the Roy Halladay
trade between Philadelphia and Toronto. On Sunday night, Drabek no-hit
the New Britain Rock Cats. 
Zach Stewart,
who pitched against the Sea Dogs earlier this series, owns a very high
ranking in the Toronto organization. Stewart has seen time with the Las
Vegas 51s, the Triple-A affiliate of the Jays last season. 
Another top-5 prospect, David Cooper,
mans first base for New Hampshire. Cooper was the 17th overall
selection in the 2008 entry draft. He has already provided New Hampshire
with 11 home runs and 45 RBI. 
Closer Danny
cracks the top 15. Ranked as the #14 prospect for Toronto,
Farquhar has already racked up 15 saves, tying him for second in the
Easter League. He’s struck out 39 in 33 games thus far. Farquhar has
finished 33 games this year, tying him for the second most in the E.L. 
Eric Thames has provided the pop in
the Fisher Cats lineup. Ranking fifth in the Eastern League in home runs
(14 on the year), the 7th round selection in 2008 is listed as the #18
prospect. Thames has 61 RBI this season, good enough for second most
overall in the Eastern League. 
Another bullpen
arm, Trystan Magnuson rounds out the list of prospects that New
Hampshire has on their squad. Through 43.2 innings pitched this year,
Magnuson has struck out 36. He is second in the Eastern League with 8
holds this season.