April 2011

Introducing Will Middlebrooks

MA:  You’ve gotten off to a great start, what do you think of the Eastern League

WM: I love it.  Some good stadiums, today it’s really nice out here, which has been rare so far.

MA: Now you’re playing at a place on the road with a lot of tradition, and you’ll see big crowds here all season

WM: Huge crowds here, it’s a different kind of intensity when you’re playing in front of six or seven thousand people.

MA: I’ve always asked this question, but players do like playing in front of big crowds?

WM: We’ve played in front of a lot people before, but you have great crowds, it’s a different kind of energy.

MA: Lot of first year players here, yourself, Tim Federowicz and Alex Hassan.  It seems like the three of you are comfortable with the transition to Double-A

WM: Yeah we have, and I think that’s a credit to our coaches, and even our teammates.  Some of us have played together for three years, and we have some good conversations.

MA: I talked to Alex Hassan about this, there’s that saying that pitchers are ahead of hitters, but it doesn’t seem like that here in Portland.

WM: It doesn’t seem like.  We’re pretty consistent with our approach.  Alex (Hassan) is one of the best overall hitters, especially with his approach, he’s a great ballplayer.

MA: You’re getting some attention from the Boston sports stations because Ryan Mallet (New England Patriots 3rd Round pick) is someone you know.

WM: He’s my best friend growing up, we met back in the sixth grade when our dads starting coaching together and we’ve been like brothers ever since.

MA: Have you talked to him yet?

WM: I had a text after Friday’s game, saying New England drafted me.  I gave him a call and talked to him and congratulated him.

MA: Now you two are both playing for team’s in a big media market.

WM:  We were growing up, we often talked about playing in the NFL together and being neighbors.  That was like a fantasy world back then, but now it could happen.

MA: Talk about your football background

WM: I grew up in Texarkana, Texas, huge football area.  When they say there’s nothing open in little towns, it’s really like that.  My dad’s been a football coach for 28 years.

The complete interview can be heard on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 5:4o PM

Sea Dogs back on the road

The Sea Dogs were in Reading, PA last season to begin the year and how could I forget that first game?  Ryan Kalish led off the season with a homer to right field off Vance Worley.  Well, what a difference a year makes.  Kalish is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and Worley was just promoted to the big leagues.

First Energy Stadium in Reading is like a baseball carnival.  They call it Baseball Town in Reading, and their loyal following goes back many years.  This season, the Stadium has a brand new visiting clubhouse, a re-constructed front plaza and a new food court (of course the most important thing).

Portland scored a season 12 runs yesterday on 14 hits and clubbed five homers.  They’ll face a very tough offense in this series.  Reading is hitting .285 with 24 homers, and have scored 105 runs.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Sea Dogs open up a 7-game roadtrip on Friday night against the Reading Phillies at First Energy Stadium…Portland plays 15 of their next 18 games on the road, including a doubleheader on May 14th at New Britain…With yesterday’s win, the Sea Dogs clinched their first series win of the season, and finished the homestand at 4-2…Reading has won two straight games and has the best record in the Eastern League at 13-7, and leads the Eastern Division by one game over New Hampshire.

 

NO POWER OUTAGE AT HADLOCK: Portland smacked a season-high five homers, picked up 14 hits, and defeated the Binghamton Mets 12-5 on Thursday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Will Middlebrooks blasted two homers and reached base four times…Tim Federowicz, Alex Hassan and Ryan Lavarnway also homered in the victory…The top six players in the lineup each scored twice, and eight of nine starters had at least one hit…Alex Wilson earned the win, allowing only 1 run on 5 hits in 5 innings pitched.

 

MONKEY OFF HIS BACK: Wilson was 0-4 in his previous 4 career starts against the Binghamton Mets…The righty allowed his lone run in the first inning on a run-scoring single by Josh Satin…Wilson and four other pitchers are tied for the league lead in wins with three…Reading’s Michael Cisco and J.C. Ramirez also have three wins…Blake Maxwell pitched a scoreless ninth, and has not allowed a run in 5 of 6 appearances this season.

FED-EX DELIVERS: Tim Federowicz continued his excellent start to the season with two more RBI yesterday…Federowicz has driven in runs in 12 of his 16 games played this season…He leads the team and is third in the Eastern League with 16 RBI…Federowicz has reached base safely in 15 of 16 starts.

NEW STREAK: Hassan went 0-for-5 last Friday, ending his season-opening hit streak at 12 games…Since then, Hassan has recorded hits in the last four games (all multi-hit games), and has hit safely in 16 of 17 to open the season…The streak is the second longest hit streak to open a season in franchise history and the longest since the Sea Dogs have been affiliated with the Boston Red Sox…The hit streak is also the longest in the Eastern League this season…Hassan leads the Eastern League in both batting average (.439) and on-base percentage (.513).

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, Portland continues their 3-game series against the Reading Phillies at First Energy Stadium…The second-leg of the trip is in Trenton (Yankees affiliate) beginning on Monday night…The team then heads home for a quick three-game series with New Britain (Twins affiliate) before heading back out for another seven-day road trip against New Hampshire and New Britain.

News and Notes

REPEAT PERFORMANCE?: Tonight, the Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play the second of a four-game series…The Mets will send lefty starter Mark Cohoon to the mound…Last Wednesday, Cohoon tossed a gem, striking out 11 Sea Dogs including six in a row at one point…Portland managed to score two runs while Cohoon was still in the game, but both were unearned due to an error.

 

SO CLOSE….AGAIN: Portland once again tried to stage a late rally, only to fall short in the bottom of the ninth inning…Leadoff man Che-Hsuan Lin got on base with an error…Then, Alex Hassan smacked a double…But Erik Turgeon managed a strikeout of Tim Federowicz before Ryan Lavarnway’s sacrifice fly to score Lin, making it 6-3…Turgeon then got Jorge Padron to strike out swinging, ending the rally.

 

THE RUN IS OVER: Quincy, Massachusetts native Alex Hassan went 0-for-5 on Friday night, ending his season-opening hit streak at 12 games…It is the second longest hit streak to open a season in franchise history and the longest since the Sea Dogs have been affiliated with the Boston Red Sox…The hit streak is also the longest in the Eastern League this season.

 

LONGEST HITTING STREAKS TO START THE SEASON IN SEA DOGS HISTORY

Julio Ramirez 16 games (April 9 – May 25, 1999)
Hassan 12 games (April 7-21)

Jeremy West 11 games (April 7-19, 2005)

 

HIP-HIP, JORGE!: Jorge Padron recorded his second 3-hit game of the season last night…Padron finished the game 3-for-5 with three singles and an RBI…Padron is in just his second pro season, after spending last year between Advanced-A Salem and Portland…In 47 games with the Sea Dogs, he hit .286 and had 19 RBI.

HE’S HEATING UP: Since returning for the homestand, Lavarnway has gone 4-for-11 with a home run and five RBI…He had started the year with three RBI over his first ten games…Last year Lavarnway hit .285 with 8 home runs and 39 RBI in just 44 games with Portland…Although Lin’s six-game hit streak came to an end, he still managed to reach in the ninth inning thanks to an error…The second-year Sea Dog, has reached base safely in 113 of 132 games at Double-A.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs continue their 4-game series against the Binghamton Mets…On Thursday, the two teams wrap up the series with a special 12:00 PM start…Portland’s next roadtrip begins Friday night in Reading against the Phillies, and the second-leg of the trip is in Trenton (Yankees affiliate).

Sea Dogs Notes for Monday

BREAK IS OVER: Tonight, the Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets begin a 4-game series at Hadlock Field…The Mets and Sea Dogs were postponed on Saturday, and the entire league was off yesterday for the Easter Holiday…With Friday night’s loss, Portland is 0-2-3 in their first five series of the season…Portland has dropped 5 of 7 games after starting the season 3-3, and lost both games in Binghamton last week.

 

SO CLOSE: Despite trailing 9-4 at one point, the Sea Dogs rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning and brought the tying run to the plate, but eventually fell to the Rock Cats 9-7 on Friday night…Ryan Lavarnway hit a two-run homer and Oscar Tejeda smacked an RBI double as part of the comeback bid…Lavarnway, Che-Hsuan Lin, Will Middlebrooks, Jorge Padron and Tejeda each had 2 hits in the loss.

 

THE RUN IS OVER: Quincy, Massachusetts native Alex Hassan went 0-for-5 on Friday night, ending his season-opening hit streak at 12 games…It is the second longest hit streak to open a season in franchise history and the longest since the Sea Dogs have been affiliated with the Boston Red Sox…The hit streak is also the longest in the Eastern League this season.

 

LONGEST HITTING STREAKS TO START THE SEASON IN SEA DOGS HISTORY

Julio Ramirez 16 games (April 9 – May 25, 1999)
Hassan 12 games (April 7-21)

Jeremy West 11 games (April 7-19, 2005)

 

FED-EX DELIVERS: Tim Federowicz added another RBI on Friday, giving him 10 on the season…Federowicz has recorded an RBI in nine of his 12 games played this season…Only Hassan, with 11, has more RBI this season…Federowicz, Lavarnway and Middlebrooks lead the team in homers with two.

HE’S HEATING UP: Since returning for the homestand, Lavarnway has gone 3-for-7 with a home run and four RBI (back-to-back multi-RBI games)…He had started the year with three RBI over his first ten games…Last year Lavarnway hit .285 with 8 home runs and 39 RBI in just 44 games with Portland…Lin has hit safely in six straight games, going 9-for-22 (.409) during the streak…The second-year Sea Dog, has reached base safely in 112 of 131 games at Double-A.

 

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs continue their 4-game series against the Binghamton Mets…On Thursday, the two teams wrap up the series with a special 12:00 PM start…Portland’s next roadtrip begins Friday night in Reading against the Phillies, and the second-leg of the trip is in Trenton (Yankees affiliate).

Unexpected Off Day

The Sea Dogs now have two off days, after Saturday’s game with the New Britain Rock Cats was postponed due to rain. Portland and the entire Eastern League are off tomorrow for the Easter Holiday. So, the season is only 16 days old, and Portland already has four doubleheaders on the schedule. Keep in mind, they say April showers bring May flowers. Hopefully that will be the case. My whole view on this is simple – there’s nothing anyone can do about the weather. I always feel for the fans, who planned days to attend Hadlock Field, especially the little ones. My advice for those who had tickets for the rained out games, is to exchange them as soon as possible. Tickets may be exchanged for any game at Hadlock Field this season, based on availability.

So, with Saturday’s rainout, the Sea Dogs are now 0-2-3 in their first 5 series.

Alex Hassan had his 12-game hitting streak last night. It was the second longest hitting streak to start the season in franchise history. Julio Ramirez hit in 16 straight games in 1999, and Jeremy West started the 2005 season with an 11-game hitting streak.

Check out http://weei.radiotown.com/soxbooth/ for some of my interviews. I’d like to thank the Red Sox radio team for giving me this opportunity.

Friday at Hadlock Field field was a busy day before the game. Hannaford had their annual Little League Clinic on the field, and the Sea Dogs Kid’s Club was entertained by pitchers Kyle Fernandes and Blake Maxwell.

One last thing – don’t be fooled by a 5-8 start for the Sea Dogs. This team is very good, and I know this will be a special season.

Enjoy your Easter!

Working at home is special…notes for today

Good afternoon from Hadlock Field, where the Sea Dogs take on the New Britain Rock Cats in game 1 of a 3-game set.  It’s really nice to be back home after a week-long roadtrip.  I have no problems going on the road, but there is something about calling games at Hadlock.  There’s always so much energy in the park from the fans, which really pumps me up even more for each broadcast.  I always hear players talk about playing in front of big crowds, and how that helps them before better, but it even trickles down to the broadcaster.  The Eastern League is tremendous, and the parks across the league are great, but working at Hadlock Field is special to me.

-Would like to get some feedback from Webcam-Wednesday if anyone had a chance to watch.

-I know the team is 4-7, but they fought hard during the trip, and this group of first-year players in Double-A have tremendous talent.

-Nice to see Pawtucket getting off to a good start, especially with Arnie Beyeler now their manager.

Notes for today….

THOSE GUYS AGAIN: Tonight, the Sea Dogs begin a 3-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at Hadlock Field…New Britain grabbed 2 of 3 from the ‘Dogs, last week at New Britain Stadium…Portland won the series finale on April 17th , tagging 13 hits and 11 runs off four New Britain pitchers…Stephen Fife earned his second win of the season with five innings of work.

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: The Sea Dogs scored a ninth inning run on a Will Middlebrooks run-scoring single, but Erik Turgeon retired Oscar Tejeda, to give Binghamton a 5-3 win on Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium…Binghamton swept the abbreviated 2-game series, and won their 3rd straight game…Mets lefty Mark Cohoon (1-0) hurled seven dominant innings, fanning 11 on 5 hits and 2 unearned runs.

QUITE A START: Quincy, Massachusetts native Alex Hassan has hit safely in all 11 starts, going 19-for-41 (.463)…Hassan has a 13-game hitting streak dating back to last season in the Carolina League with the Salem Red Sox…Hassan kept the streak alive with an infield-single in the sixth inning off Cohoon.

HIS ONLY BLEMISH: Alex Wilson won his first 2 starts, but suffered his fourth career loss to the Mets, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in only 3 IP…Wilson surrendered 4 runs in the first inning on Brahiam Maldonado’s 3-run homer and a run-scoring single to Carlos GuzmanTommy Hottovy and Blake Maxwell hurled five scoreless innings of relief on 1 hit and 8 strikeouts.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: With Tuesday’s rainout, Portland has three doubleheaders on the schedule…The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder will make up a rainout on May 28th with a doubleheader, and the ‘Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats also need to schedule a doubleheader after Saturday’s rainout…Last night’s game will be made up on July 5th.

NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON’T: One of the biggest strengths of Portland’s offense in the first 10 games has been their speed…Portland is 12-for-13 in steals on the year…The team was 9-for-9 in stolen bases until Che-Hsuan Lin was caught stealing third base in the third game of the season…Lin stole his team-leading 3rd base of the season on Sunday…Portland’s catchers are a combined 5-for-17 (29%) throwing out attempted base stealers.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs continue their 7-game homestand in eight days, taking on the Rock Cats in game 2 of the series…The entire Eastern League is off on Sunday to observe the Easter Holiday…Portland resumes their homestand on Monday night when they start a 4-game series against the B-Mets.

Homestand Preview and tonight’s game notes

Thursday, April 21st @ 6:00 PM

New Britain Rock Cats vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Promotions:

·         Portland Little League Night

Friday, April 22nd @ 6:00 PM

New Britain Rock Cats vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Promotions:

·         Fireworks: After the game, enjoy a sensational post-game Fireworks display presented by Oxford Networks.

·         Kids Club Night: The second Kids Club event of the season presented by Hood.

Saturday, April 23rd @ 1:00 PM

New Britain Rock Cats vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Promotions:

·         Most Improved Students: Students from across the state are recognized for their improvements and sustained excellence during a pre-game ceremony. These students were nominated by their teachers and earned a complimentary ticket for Saturday’s game.

Sunday, April 24th- No Game

Easter Sunday

Monday, April 25th @ 6:00 PM

Binghamton Mets vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Promotions:

·         Standish Little League Night

·         Most Improved Students: Morestudents from across the state are recognized for their improvements and sustained excellence during a pre-game ceremony. These students were nominated by their teachers and earned a complimentary ticket for Monday’s game.

Tuesday, April 26th @ 6:00 PM

Binghamton Mets vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Promotions:

·         College Fair: The Sea Dogs will host a College Fair at Hadlock Field starting at 3:00 PM. More than 50 colleges will be in attendance and will be providing prospective students and their parents information about the various colleges, courses, and living situations for each unique campus.

·         KRAFT Singles Tuesday Night Tickets: Buy 1 Ticket, Get 1 Free from KRAFT Singles with purchase. Bring your package wrapper to a Sea Dogs Game on Tuesdays for a steal of a deal! Visit www.kraftsingles.com for more info! Exclusions apply.

Wednesday, April 27th @ 6:00 PM

Binghamton Mets vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Promotions:

·         Jon Lester BobbleheadThe first 1,000 fans to enter the ballpark will receive a Jon Lester Bobblehead, made possible by U.S. Cellular.

Thursday, April 28th @ 12:00 Noon

Binghamton Mets vs. Portland Sea Dogs

Promotions:

·         Lunch Break Special: The Sea Dogs are encouraging everyone to escape the office, home, etc and enjoy their lunch break at the ballpark.  The Sea Dogs are offering a Reserved Seat Ticket, a hot dog, soda, and Sea Dog biscuit all for $10, presented by 99.9 “The WOLF”.

·         Seniors “Walk at the Park”: Seniors (62+) will be invited to walk around the bases after the game.

Game Notes for Today

WILSON WANTS THREE: Alex Wilson takes the mound tonight in search of his third win in as many starts this year…Wilson and Stephen Fife are the only Sea Dog starters with wins, having recorded victories in both of their respective outings…After two turns through the rotation, Wilson is the only starter with a quality start (worked 6 scoreless frames in his previous start).

 

COMEBACK FALLS SHORT: The Sea Dogs rallied with four runs in the fifth and another in the ninth, but couldn’t come all the way back in a 6-5 loss to the Binghamton Mets on Monday night…Tim Federowicz led Portland with three hits and two RBI…Federowicz doubled to put runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth, but John Lujan got Ryan Lavarnway to fly out and end the game.

 

QUITE A START: Quincy, Massachusetts native Alex Hassan has hit safely in all ten starts, going 18-for-38 (.474)…Hassan has a 12-game hitting streak dating back to last season in the Carolina League with the Salem Red Sox…Hassan kept the streak going Monday in his last at-bat, delivering an RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth.

 

SLUGGING THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS: In addition to Hassan’s hot start, Federowicz and Will Middlebrooks have also gotten off to great starts…All three are among the Eastern League’s top ten hitters with better than a .350 average…Hassan (10) and Federowicz (9) are also near the top of the leaderboard in RBIs.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: With yesterday’s rainout, Portland has now three doubleheaders on the schedule…The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder will make up a rainout on May 28th with a doubleheader, and the ‘Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats also need to schedule a doubleheader after Saturday’s rainout…Last night’s game will be made up on July 5th.

NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON’T: One of the biggest strengths of Portland’s offense in the first 10 games has been their speed…Portland is 12-for-13 in steals on the year…The team was 9-for-9 in stolen bases until Che-Hsuan Lin was caught stealing third base in the third game of the season…Lin stole his team-leading 3rd base of the season on Sunday…Portland’s catchers are a combined 5-for-17 (29%) throwing out attempted base stealers.

 

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs return home to begin a 7-game homestand in eight days…The entire Eastern League is off on Sunday to observe the Easter Holiday…Portland entertains the Rock Cats tomorrow night at Hadlock Field, starting a 3-game series…The B-Mets are in town Monday to start a 4-game set.

Tuesday notes

WILSON WANTS THREE: Alex Wilson takes the mound today in search of his third win in as many starts this year…Wilson and Stephen Fife are the only Sea Dog starters with wins, having recorded victories in both of their respective outings…After two turns through the rotation, Wilson is the only starter with a quality start (worked 6 scoreless frames in his previous start).

 

COMEBACK FALLS SHORT: The Sea Dogs rallied with four runs in the fifth and another in the ninth, but couldn’t come all the way back in a 6-5 loss to the Binghamton Mets last night…Tim Federowicz led Portland with three hits and two RBI…Federowicz doubled to put runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth, but John Lujan got Ryan Lavarnway to fly out and end the game.

 

QUITE A START: Quincy, Massachusetts native Alex Hassan has hit safely in all ten starts, going 18-for-38 (.474)…Hassan has a 12-game hitting streak dating back to last season in the Carolina League with the Salem Red Sox…Hassan kept the streak going last night in his last at-bat, delivering an RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth.

 

SLUGGING THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS: In addition to Hassan’s hot start, Federowicz and Will Middlebrooks have also gotten off to great starts…All three are among the Eastern League’s top ten hitters with better than a .350 average…Hassan (10) and Federowicz (9) are also near the top of the leaderboard in RBIs.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: With yesterday’s 32-minute rain delay prior to first pitch, Portland has now had three games affected by weather…The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder will make up a rainout on May 28th with a doubleheader, and the ‘Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats also need to schedule a doubleheader after Saturday’s rainout.

NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON’T: One of the biggest strengths of Portland’s offense in the first 10 games has been their speed…Portland is 12-for-13 in steals on the year…The team was 9-for-9 in stolen bases until Che-Hsuan Lin was caught stealing third base in the third game of the season…Lin stole his team-leading 3rd base of the season on Sunday…Portland’s catchers are a combined 5-for-17 (29%) throwing out attempted base stealers.

 

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play game two of their 3-game series from NYSEG Stadium…After Wednesday’s game, the Sea Dogs return home for a 7-game homestand in eight days…The entire Eastern League is off on Sunday for the Easter Holiday…Portland and New Britain open up a 3-game series on Thursday night.

Monday Notes from Binghamton

THE SECOND LEG OF THE TRIP: After a 3-game series in New Britain, the ‘Dogs open up a weekday series against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium…Portland dropped 2 of 3 to the Rock Cats, and seek their first series victory of the season…The B-Mets snapped a 5-game losing streak with yesterday’s win over New Hampshire.

 

‘DOGS POWER PAST THE ‘CATS: The Sea Dogs received homers from Mitch Dening, Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway in yesterday’s 11-6 thrashing of the New Britain Rock Cats…Alex Hassan continued his hot hitting, smacking 2 doubles, and finishing with 3 RBI…The entire lineup reached base safely, and Jorge Padron was the only starter without a hit…Stephen Fife worked 5 innings on 6 hits and 3 runs to earn the win for Portland.

 

QUITE A START: Quincy, Massachusetts native Alex Hassan (Hass-un) has hit safely in all nine starts, going 17-for-34 (.500)…Hassan has an 11-game hitting streak dating back to last season in the Carolina League with the Salem Red Sox…Hassan is one of three Sea Dogs to have played in all nine games…Will Middlebrooks and Padron are the others.

 

THROWING UP ZEROS: Seth Garrison extended his team-high scoreless streak to 7.1 innings with his outing on Sunday…Garrison earned his team-leading 3rd hold, and has given up only 4 hits over 4 appearances…New Britain scored three times off Jeremy Kehrt, who had retired 22 of 24 batters in his first two appearances until Chris Parmelee greeted him with a solo-homer to right field.

THAT WAS NUMBER ONE: Lavarnway’s long-ball was his first this season, but the 9th of his Double-A career…Federowicz tied Middlebrooks for the team-lead in homers when he led off the sixth inning with a solo-blast to right field…Federowicz has an RBI in 7 of 8 games to start the season.

NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON’T: One of the biggest strengths of Portland’s offense in the first nine games has been their speed…Portland is 12-for-13 in steals on the year…The team was 9-for-9 in stolen bases until Che-Hsuan Lin was caught stealing third base in the third game of the season…Lin stole his team-leading 3rd base of the season on Sunday…Ryan Dent and Hassan…Jon Hee’s stolen base last Tuesday against Trenton made him the 7th Portland player to record a steal in 2011.

 

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play game two of their 3-game series from NYSEG Stadium…After Wednesday’s game, the Sea Dogs return home for a 7-game homestand in eight days…The entire Eastern League is off on Sunday for the Easter Holiday…Portland and New Britain open up a 3-game series on Thursday night.

Sunday morning from New Britain

Good Morning Sea Dogs fans,

This afternoon, the Sea Dogs and Rock Cats close out their 3-game series from New Britain Stadium.  Yesterday’s game was postponed due to rain, but no make-up date was announced.

Upcoming rotation for the Binghamton series:

4/18 @ BNG (6:35 PM) – RHP Michael Lee (0-0, 2.45) vs. RHP Brandon Moore (0-0, 5.79)

4/19 @ BNG (6:35 PM) – RHP Alex Wilson (2-0, 2.45) vs. RHP Josh Stinson (1-0, 3.27)

4/20 @ BNG (6:35 PM) – RHP Brock Huntzinger (0-2, 15.63) vs. LHP Mark Cohoon (0-0, 0.75)

Notes for today:

NOT ONE GOT PLAYED: The entire Eastern League was postponed on Saturday night due to rain…Portland now has two doubleheaders on the schedule, but the makeup for yesterday’s game has not been announced…The Sea Dogs and Trenton will play a twinbill at Hadlock Field on May 28.

 

CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR: The Portland Sea Dogs took a 1-0 lead into the 8th inning, but the New Britain Rock Cats battled back for a 2-1 walk-off win on Friday…The Rock Cats picked up a run in the eighth and ninth innings off Sea Dogs’ closer Blake MaxwellSteve Singleton had the game-winning hit (single to right field) to drive in Yangervis Solarte…Portland’s lone run came on a run-scoring single by DH Ryan Lavarnway.

 

YOUTH IS SERVED: 21-year old starting pitcher Stolmy Pimentel bounced back after a rough first outing in Double-A…Pimentel tossed five scoreless innings, and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before allowing a single to Solarte…The #6 prospect in the Red Sox organization, Pimentel, finished his outing in fine fashion by getting out of a jam with two runners on and only one out.

BULLPEN STREAK COMES TO AN END: Maxwell’s two runs allowed snapped a ten inning scoreless streak for Portland relievers, going all the way back to Monday’s loss to Trenton…Tommy Hottovy allowed a hit with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning…That ended a streak where Portland relievers had retired 29 straight hitters.

QUITE A START: Quincy, Massachusetts native Alex Hassan (Hass-un) went 1-for-4, 2 walks last night, and has hit safely in all eight starts, going 14-for-30 (.467)…Hassan is one of three Sea Dogs to have played in all eight games…Will Middlebrooks and Jorge Padron are the others.

NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON’T: One of the biggest strengths of Portland’s offense in the first eight games has been their speed…Portland is 11-for-12 in steals on the year…The team was 9-for-9 in stolen bases until Che-Hsuan Lin was caught stealing third base last Sunday…Dent, Hassan and Lin have each have two steals…Jon Hee’s stolen base Tuesday against Trenton makes him the 7th Portland player to record a steal in 2011…New Britain and Binghamton lead the league in stolen bases with 12

 

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs and Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) finish their four game series at 1:05 PM…Portland’s second leg of the roadtrip begins Monday night at NYSEG Stadium against the Binghamton Mets, all three games in the series begin at 6:35 PM.

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