Notes for Saturday afternoon
R-PHILS PHIGHT BACK: The Portland Sea Dogs were unable to run their winning streak to two in a row as the Reading Phillies escaped Hadlock Field with a 7-5 victory last night. Cody Overbeck led the way for Reading with a three-run homer off of Portland starter Brock Huntzinger. Reading almost let the 7-1 lead slip away though as the Sea Dogs picked up a run in the 7th off a Tim Federowicz (Fed-ur-oh-vitch) home run, and three more in the bottom of the ninth. Justin De Fratus managed to quiet the late rally.
HOME COOKING: Quincy, Massachusetts native Alex Hassan (Hass-un) has enjoyed his time playing in New England. In his first year with the Sea Dogs, Hassan has made a quick impact with the team, hitting .625 (5-for-8) and leading Portland with 4 RBI through the first two games.
SIGH OF RELIEF: Through the first two games of the season, Portland’s relief corps have done a fantastic job. Combined the bullpen has allowed just one run over 9.1 IP. Seth Garrison and Blake Maxwell combined to fend off Reading on Opening Day, and Jeremy Kehrt nearly went 4.1 perfect innings in last night’s game.
INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Eastern League rosters consist of 24 players for the entire season…Portland has 13 players returning from the 2010 season and two players on Boston’s 40-man roster: Starting pitcher RHP Stolmy Pimentel and INF Oscar Tejeda, both are ranked as Top 10 prospects (Pimentel #6 & Tejeda #10)…The Sea Dogs have seven of Boston’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America.
Top Prospects on Portland’s roster according to Baseball America: Pimentel, Tejeda, Will Middlebrooks (# 11), Ryan Lavarnway (# 16), Alex Wilson (# 19), Tim Federowicz (# 21), and Che-Hsuan Lin (# 25)…Lavarnway, Lin and Wilson made their Double-A debuts last season in Portland.
NEW ADDITION TO THE STAFF: Kevin Boles begins his first season as manager of the Portland Sea Dogs…Last year, he managed the Salem Red Sox and posted a 73-65 record…Boles served as the Sea Dogs’ bullpen catcher in 1997, and his father John Boles is a member of the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame…Hitting coach Dave Joppie, Pitching coach Bob Kipper, coach Mickey Jiang, and Athletic Trainer Paul Buchheit all return to Portland…Chris Jones is the new assistant trainer.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Reading Phillies conclude their opening series of the season tomorrow afternoon at Hadlock Field…After four games with the R-Phils, Portland entertains the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Monday night to start a three-game series.