Saturday Stat Line
The Sea Dogs enter Saturday’s game 3-5, and look to snap a 2-game losing streak against the red hot New Britain Rock Cats. Last year, New Britain started the season 0-12, and dropped the first 10 games in the season series to Portland. I think having 20 players who played in the Eastern League last season, has helped immensely for the ‘Cats. Portland has 13 players that saw action in the EL in 2010.
Portland is young, and it’s nice to see they’ve started the season with only 3 errors in 8 games, and paces the league with a .990 fielding percentage. Through 8 games, their .269 team batting average ranks third, but their pitching is 11th (4.14 ERA). The Rock Cats have a league-leading 2.22 ERA, and rank second in team batting at .276.
Sea Dogs leaders through 8 games
Games: Hassan, Middlebrooks and Padron, 8
At-bats: Padron, 32
Runs: Middlebrooks, 5
Hits: Hassan, 14
HR: Middlebrooks, 2
RBI: Federowicz & Hassan 6
Saves: Maxwell, 2
IP: Wilson, 11.0
SO: Wilson, 8
Hassan has hit safely in all eight games, and ranks second in the league in average .467
Notes for tonight’s game
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 yesterday…The Rock Cats picked up a run in the eighth and ninth innings off Sea Dogs’ closer Blake Maxwell…Steve 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
COMPLETING FIVE: Alex Wilson is the only starter to notch a quality start, hurling six scoreless frames on two hits in Tuesday’s 7-0 win against the Trenton Thunder at Hadlock Field…Pimentel became the first Portland starter to go five innings and not pick up the victory on Friday.
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.