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.

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