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.