May 2011

Sea Dogs in New Britain…for the final time this season

Notes for today

DOUBLE VISION: Portland kicks off a seven-game, six-day road trip with a doubleheader against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…It’s the second doubleheader in four days for the Sea Dogs…Portland split a twinbill at home against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Saturday…The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats have already played a doubleheader this year, May 14th, also in New Britain, where the Rock Cats swept both games.


WELCOME ABOARD: Chris Balcolm-Miller makes his Double-A debut, when he takes the mound in Game 1 of the doubleheader…Balcolm-Miller was called up from High-A Salem where he had a 3-1 record and a 2.34 ERA (9 ER/34.2 IP) over seven starts…The righty was averaging than a strikeout-per-inning (37 K’s in 34.2 IP) for the Salem Red Sox…He was acquired from the Colorado Rockies last August 31st in return Manny Delcarmern (former Sea Dog, who rehabbed in New Britain last season)…Balcolm-Miller is ranked by Baseball America as the 26th best prospect in the Red Sox system, as well has having the best control among all Sox minor league pitchers.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Portland heads back out on the road after a nine-game, eight-day homestand…The Sea Dogs dropped a 6-4 decision to the Thunder on Monday, wrapping up the homestand with a 2-7 record…The road has been even less kind to the Sea Dogs in 2011, as the ‘Dogs have dropped 19 of 22 away from Hadlock Field…Portland is hitting .303 in 26 home games against a .225 average in 22 road contests.


JUNE IS ALMOST HERE: With Sunday’s loss, the Sea Dogs suffered their worst month in franchise history with their 22nd loss…2003: 12-21 in August and 2002: 10-21 in June…Portland is 6-23 this month and play their final series of the season at New Britain Stadium.


CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL: Ryan Lavarnway has hit safely in 11 of 12 games, going 16-for-44 (.364) with 5 homers and 10 RBI…The Portland backstop became the third Sea Dog this season to put together a multi-homer game with his two homers in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader…Lavarnway is second in the league with 11 homers, three behind Reading’s Cody Overbeck…Portland’s 35 homers is tied for third in the league.


WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland continues its four-game series against the Rock Cats tomorrow night at 6:35 PM, and wrap up the series on Thursday morning beginning at 10:35 AM…On Friday, Portland meets a Western Division opponent for the first time when they travel to Altoona (Pirates affiliate) for a three-game series with the defending Eastern League champion Curve.

A 19-inning game on Wednesday? Reminds me of Jay Johnson

On Wednesday night, the Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in 19-innings at Citizen’s Bank Park.  The cool thing about the game, infielder Wilson Valdez earned the win.  Valdez retired Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Carlos Fisher to become the first position player to earn a victory since Brett Mayne in 2000)to earn a win.

Here‘s what happened on April 16th, 2008 at Hadlock Field…Portland versus Binghamton… Jay Johnson became the first position player in franchise history to earn a win on the mound.  Johnson was forced into action, and worked two scoreless innings, delivering the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the 17th inning.  Johnson worked a perfect 16th inning, striking out Ben Copeland and Adam Witter.  In the 17th inning, Connecticut loaded the bases but Kyle Haines hit into a 6-4-3double play.  Connecticut third baseman Simon Klink took the loss, walking Jeff Corsaletti and yielded Johnson’s walk-off hit.  That game goes down as one of the greatest moments in the history of my broadcasting career at Hadlock Field.  I also remember that we had a long bus trip to Binghamton after the game, but the guys were so pumped about the win, they didn’t care.  Truly a historic moment, and one Jay Johnson will never forget.

I’d love to hear from the fans.  Tell me your favorite story of an extra-inning game that you attended or saw on TV.  This can be at any level, and I’ll have a blog post dedicated to the responses.


The Sea Dogs continue their 4-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday night at Hadlock Field.  Portland is trying to avoid a series loss to the ‘Cats, and start a winning streak for the first time this month.  The ‘Dogs have not won back-to-back games since April 26-28 when they took three straight over the Binghamton Mets.

Oh Yeah! Thoughts on Macho Man…’Dogs back home

I pose a question for all professional wrestling fans, how many times have you been criticized or made fun of for liking the “sport?”  From the backlash that wrestling gets, it’s amazing how many people were overcome with sadness after the passing of Randy “Macho Man’ Savage, who did play minor league baseball in the early 70’s under the name Randy Poffo.  When I was growing up, I loved the WWE, and often went to shows at the Boston Garden, Worcester Centrum and Providence Civic Center.

In fact, I saw Macho Man win the King of the Ring in Providence, and I was only 10 rows back.  I always knew it was sports entertainment, but loved the story lines, plus the larger-than-life characters.  I can remember seeing Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan wrestling at the Boston Garden.  When I saw Andre walk out of the tunnel, I couldn’t believe that it was a real human being.  But there was something about the Macho Man.  He was a high flyer, had that great voice.  Only he could say “Oh Yeaahhh,” and it would sound cooler than anyone else repeating the same phrase.   Let’s also not forget Miss Elizabeth.   How tragic that both have passed away.

There is so much information we can find out about people from Facebook and Twitter.  I was overwhelmed on how many people, from all walks of life, who were saddened by Macho Man.  I’m just always surprised that what people say, is not always how they feel deep down.  I think some people are embarrassed by admitting they like wrestling.  Not me.  It’s a man’s soap opera.  I never took it as a “real sport,” but sports entertainment, as Vince McMahon always calls it.

So can I get an OH YEAAAH…Macho Man, Rest-in-Piece, and thank you for giving me so many great memories of my childhood.  It was fun to relive them with family and friends.

Notes for today…Sea Dogs open up a 9-game homestand in 8 days.

HOME SWEET HOME: Portland starts a nine-game, eight-day homestand tonight with the first of a four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate)…This is New Hampshire’s first visit to Hadlock Field this season…Starting Friday, the Sea Dogs will tangle with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) in five-game series…Saturday will be Portland’s first home doubleheader of the year.

SWEEP SORROW: The Sea Dogs were swept out of Trenton yesterday with a 6-1 loss, their fourth straight…Portland has lost eight straight away from Hadlock Field and are just 3-19 in road games this year…The team has been swept in back-to-back road series (Trenton and New Britain) and have been swept in four separate series this year, all away from home…Portland has yet to sweep any of its opponents, and has only won one series outright.

TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE: Stolmy Pimentel lasted just an inning and a third, allowing seven hits and six runs to the Thunder yesterday…Pimentel fell to 0-6 on the year and is still looking for his first career Double-A victory…The inning and a third outing was the shortest by any Portland starter this year…The previous low was a two and two-thirds outing by Brock Huntzinger.

LIGHTS OUT RELIEF: After Pimentel exited the game, Jeremy Kehrt and Cesar Cabral finished the final six and two-thirds innings, allowing only three baserunners…Kehrt’s five and a third inning effort was the longest by any Portland reliever this season…Kehrt held the previous mark as well with four and a third innings pitched on April 8th against Reading…After a rough first Double-A outing, Cabral had a perfect inning and a third with a pair of strikeouts.

NOW A SEASON-HIGH: Portland’s road-losing streak of eight straight is now a season-high…The ‘Dogs have lost all seven series away from Hadlock Field.

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY: With Thursday’s postponement, the Sea Dogs have now had six of their twelve series affected by weather this season…The team’s next doubleheader is scheduled for May 28th against Trenton at Hadlock Field…Thursday’s game will be made up on August 17th at Reading.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs will play the second of a four-game series tomorrow night against the Fisher Cats…Portland starts a five-game series with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) on Friday night…Portland and Trenton play a doubleheader on May 28th beginning at 1:00 PM.

Lin moving up, a speedster added

On Saturday night when we got back to the hotel, Che-Hsuan Lin hugged every single person on the bus, including the radio guy and the bus driver.  It’s always a happy moment when a player gets moved up.  The guys were so excited for Che-Hsuan, who appeared in 153 games with the Sea Dogs over the last two years.  Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was added to the roster today from High-A Salem.  Last season, Hazelbaker stole 63 bases, the most in the Red Sox system since 1981.  The former standout at Ball State leads off for Portland in tonight’s game against Trenton.  Hazelbaker is wearing number two and will play centerfield.

Portland is a season-high 13 games under .500, and has dropped 17 of 20 on the road.  Tomorrow is the final meeting between the two rivals at Waterfront Park this season.

Trenton notes…Craig Heyer was activated from the disabled list before the game and makes the start in tonight’s game…OF Austin Krum was promoted to Triple-A Scranton – so that means both lead-off hitters in last night’s game are in Triple-A a day later.

On the Bruins’ loss — They had the game on the video board at the ballpark.  Anytime you have a 3-0 lead in hockey and lose, it’s tough to swallow. But, I look at it this way, there’s a reason both teams are in the finals.  Let’s go back to Game 3 against Montreal.  Boston loses the first two games at home, and were trailing 3-1 in Game 3, but managed a comeback, and the rest is history.  But, the chance for a 3-1 lead was getting me excited.

On the broadcast tonight…Part 3 of DJ Abisilah’s conversation with Reading pitcher Phillippe Aumont.  DJ does a great job with the interviews.

Portland Sea Dogs (12-24) at Trenton Thunder (21-18)

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 7:05 PM · Waterfront Park · Trenton, NJ

RHP Alex Wilson (4-2, 3.57) vs. RHP Dellin Betances (2-1, 1.00)

Upcoming Probable Pitching Matchups

5/21 at TRE (7:05 PM) – RHP Brock Huntzinger (2-4, 9.00) vs. RHP Craig Heyer (3-2, 3.03)

5/22 at TRE (1:05 PM) – RHP Stolmy Pimentel (0-5, 6.19) vs. LHP Manny Banuelos (1-0, 2.25)

5/23 vs. NHF (6:00 PM) – RHP Stephen Fife (4-2, 2.57) vs. RHP Zach Stewart (3-2, 4.24)

5/24 vs. NHF (6:00 PM) – RHP Michael Lee (1-3, 4.32) vs. RHP Rey Gonzalez (5-1, 1.42)

                   *Games can be heard on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network



2011 Record (H/R/OR): 1-1/1-3 (2-4)

2010 Record (H/R/OR): 4-6/4-3 (8-9)

All-Time Record: 147-155

All-Time at Hadlock: 77-71

All-Time at Waterfront Park: 70-74

All-Time Season Series (W/L/S): 6-7-4








Current Streak: L1

Past Series: 1-1

Season Record: 12-24

Standing: 6th, 11.5 GB                                      

Last 5 Games: 1-4

Last 10 Games: 2-8

Last 15 Games: 4-11

Last 20 Games: 5-15

May Record: 4-13

Series Record H/R: 1-1-4/0-6-0

Series Sweeps by Dogs H/R: 0/0

Series Sweeps by Opp. H/R: 0/3

Series Finales H/R: 3-3/1-5

Rubber Games H/R: 0-1/0-1

DH Record W-L-S: 0-1-0

2011 Best Mark: 1-0

2011 Worse Mark: 12-24   

All-Time Record: 1,233-1,205

All-Time at Home: 639-575

All-Time on Road: 594-630

Red Sox Affiliate: 580-583

Transactions (DL): 6 (1)

Players Used: 28

Boles’ Career: 614-581

Boles with Boston Org.: 228-223
Boles with Portland:


Games: 2

Record: 1-1

Average: .356 (26-73)            

Runs-Per-Game: 9.0 (18 total)

Home Runs: 2

RISP: .500 (13-26)
Fielding Errors:

ERA: 6.50 (13 ER/18.0 IP)

SP W-L, ERA: 1-0, 1.80

(2 ER/10.0 IP)

RP W-L, ERA: 0-1-0, 12.38

(11 ER/8.0 IP)

Save Opportunities: 0-for-0

Holds: 0

BACK SO SOON: The Sea Dogs match up with the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) tonight for the start of a three-game series at Waterfront Park…Portland returns to New Jersey just two weeks after the Sea Dogs and Thunder played a four-game series there…Trenton has won four of the six games played between the two teams this year, including 3 of 4 at Waterfront Park.


TURNABOUT IS FAIR PLAY: After beating the Reading Phillies 14-4 on Tuesday night, the R-Phils turned the tables on the Sea Dogs with a 13-4 win of their own Wednesday night…Reading scored the last eleven runs of the game (all against the bullpen) after trailing 4-2, entering the sixth inning…Matt Rizzotti hit two home runs and drove in four…Ryan Lavarnway had a multi-hit game for Portland, his eighth of the year, including his team-leading seventh home run of the season.

RUDE WELCOME: Cesar Cabral took the loss in his Double-A debut Wednesday…The 22-year old relieved Michael Lee to start the sixth inning, holding a 4-2 lead…Cabral gave up an unearned run in the sixth and four earned runs in the seventh, including a three-run home run to Rizzotti…Prior to coming to Portland, Cabral was a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities for the Advanced-A Salem Red Sox.

BULLPEN BLUES: All but two of Reading’s runs Wednesday came against Sea Dogs relievers…Cabral, Santo Luis, and Caleb Clay allowed eleven runs, ten of them earned, over the final four innings…It’s the first time that the bullpen has given up multiple earned runs since May 8 when Clay surrendered three earned runs in a 4-1 loss to New Britain.

HEE’S ON FIRE: Jon Hee is 7-for-17 (.412) over his last four games…Hee also has three of his five multi-hit games this season over that stretch…Additionally, he’s hit two doubles, scored four times, and driven in three runs.

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY: With Thursday’s postponement, the Sea Dogs have now had six of their twelve series affected by weather this season…The team’s next doubleheader is scheduled for May 28th against Trenton at Hadlock Field…Yesterday’s game will be made up on August 17th at Reading.


WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series with the Thunder tomorrow night at 7:05 PM…The series wraps up Sunday afternoon with a 1:35 PM first pitch…Portland then returns home for the longest homestand of the year with nine games in eight days against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) and the Thunder, which will wrap up a stretch of eleven home games over fourteen days.

Makes you think about what’s important

On Wednesday morning, the Portland Sea Dogs held a press conference for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, announcing this year’s Slugger Kid – Mitchell Hopkins.    This year is the 17th season of the program, which has raised over four million dollars.  For every strikeout by a Sea Dogs pitcher, a donation is made by TD Bank, Anthem and News 8 WMTW.  I’d also to recognize all the generous donations by individuals of all ages, and many corporate donations.  The Sea Dogs’ pitching staff attended today’s press conference, and just made the day of Mitchell.  These days really make you think about what’s important in life.  I was honored the Sea Dogs asked me to be a part of it.

Slugger's Kid Mitchell Hopkins with the 2011 Sea Dogs pitchers

Portland Sea Dogs (11-23) vs. Reading Phillies (22-15)

Nice to be back home, and I know it’s only for three games, but it’s very nice to be back in Maine.  I know it’s been a rough ride to start the season, but part of Double-A baseball is developing, making adjustments and playing to the speed of the game.  This level always presents many challenges, but the speed of the game is quicker.   Plus, the rosters feature players that you’ll never see in the levels below.  I know in the age of statistics, we love to judge a team based on numbers.  If you listen to my broadcast, you’ll know this drives me crazy.  I just don’t like hearing a lot of opinions on how a team is playing based on numbers – without actually seeing one pitch.  For example, the Sea Dogs are 4-19 in games decided by three runs or less.  Now, it’s great they’ve been involved in close games, but there’s been many of those games where they had big leads, and ended up losing by one or two runs.  Like Bill Parcells use to say, you are what your record says, and I’ve always believed that.  Taking a different view, New Britain is 16-5 in games decided by three runs or less.  We don’t say the Rock Cats aren’t as good because they’re only winning close games.  In sports, a win is a win!

I’m not trying to paint a negative picture of this start, but I want to be realistic.  Part of being a championship team is winning close games.  It’s no coincidence that all the top teams in the league own the best records in close games.  Now with all this said, this Sea Dogs team has the capability and talent to turn this around.  I live with these guys, and I see how hard they’re working, and I know they will turn this around.

At this point, 25% of the season is over.  I hope to be writing about a tremendous turnaround at the halfway point.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN…JUST FOR THREE: The Sea Dogs return home after a 1-6 roadtrip, taking on the Reading Phillies in the opener of a three-game series from Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped 14 of 17, including 16 of 19 on the road…Reading has won 5 of 7 from the Sea Dogs, and trail the New Britain Rock Cats by one game in the Eastern Division Standings…Portland plays 12 of their next 15 games in Maine.

THEY WERE DOUBLE THE TROUBLE: The New Britain Rock Cats swept a doubleheader from the Sea Dogs on Saturday night, taking game one 6-3 and the nightcap 4-0…Alex Hassan homered and reached base five times in the twinbill…Will Middlebrooks added a 2-run single in the first game…Deolis Guerra tossed five innings of 2-hit ball to notch the win in game one…Reliever Ryan Mullins tossed three scoreless frames in relief of Brett Jacobson to earn the victory in the nightcap…Opposing starters on the trip: 3-1, 1.96 ERA (9 ER/41 IP), 25, H, 14 BB, 25 SO…B.J. LaMura tossed 8 innings in a loss on May 10th at New Hampshire.  

STILL WINLESS: Stolmy Pimentel dropped to 0-5 in seven starts after suffering the loss in the opening game…Pimentel surrendered eight hits and five runs over 4.1 innings pitched…Miguel Gonzalez made his Portland debut in the nightcap, but suffered the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits in four innings pitched…Portland is off to their worst start in franchise history after 34 games…As a Marlins affiliate, the 1994 & 1999 team went 12-22, as a Red Sox affiliate, the 2004 Sea Dogs were 13-21 after 34 games.

BEEN SHUTDOWN A LOT: Portland was shutout four times on the trip, and five times this season…After getting swept on Saturday, the ‘Dogs have lost all six road-series this season, and have won series-win (took 3 of 4 from Binghamton, April 25-28 at Hadlock Field) in their first 11.

LOOKING TO THE ACE: Stephen Fife makes his seventh start of the season in today’s game, and his third against Reading…Fife has back-to-back quality starts, yielding only one run in his last 12 IP (0.75 ERA)…The 24-year old righty is 11-8, 4.44 ERA (82 ER/166.1 IP) in 32 career starts with the Sea Dogs…Austin Hyatt is tied with teammate J.C. Ramirez and Harrisburg’s Josh Peacock for the league lead in wins with five…Hyatt is 2-0, 2.45 ERA (3 ER/11 IP) in two starts against Portland this season.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series against the Reading Phillies with a 6 PM start…On Thursday; the two teams conclude the series with a special matinee start at 12 PM…Portland leaves Maine for only three days over the weekend, battling the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Waterfront Stadium.

Portland Sea Dogs (11-20) at New Britain Rock Cats (19-13)

Last night was probably the weirdest game I’ve ever seen.  I was thinking earlier today, it would have made more sense if that game was today – since it’s Friday the 13th.  The Sea Dogs lost 10-9, but made 5 errors, hit into a franchise-record 6 double plays, and still had a chance to win the game.  There was only one unearned run in the game, and Portland’s lead of 6-2 after 1 1/2 innings did not hold up.  Give the Rock Cats credit, they battled, and scored in the first five innings, and eight times off losing pitcher Brock Huntzinger.

Tommy Hottovy might be going to Hollywood.  Check out this video of the bullpen’s new mascot and friend.  This video has over 7,000 hits on YouTube, and has been featured on websites and TV News Programs all over the country.

Portland is 3-13 on the road, and continues their 8-game roadtrip tonight…Below are some notes for today…

FIRST TIME AROUND: Tonight, the Sea Dogs and Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) meet in the second of their five-game series…Alex Wilson makes his second straight start against New Britain, he took a no-decision last Sunday against the ‘Cats at Hadlock Field…On the other side, Bobby Lanigan makes his fourth start (2-1, 3.38 ERA) against Portland, and his second straight against Wilson.

HEARTBREAKER: Che-Hsuan Lin grounded into an inning-ending double play, the sixth by the Sea Dogs, to give the Rock Cats a 10-9 win last night…The two sides combined for 26 hits, 14 walks and 42 baserunners…Neither starting pitcher made it through the fourth inning as Brock Huntzinger was hit with his fourth loss of the season, yielding a team-high in hits (9) and runs (8)…Daniel Osterbrock (ND) allowed seven runs on six hits in only three innings of work…The six double plays hit into by Portland was a franchise history.

TWIN KILLINGS: Five different players combined to hit into the franchise-record six double plays last night…Oscar Tejeda hit one in the first and the seventh…Ryan Lavarnway hit one in the second…Jorge Padron’s came in the fifth, Tim Federowicz’s in the sixth, and Lin’s in the ninth ended the game with the tying run on third base…Portland leads the Eastern League with 36 twin killings hit into this season…Federowicz is tied for first in the league with eight double plays on his record.

QUICK START: After scoring just three runs in the three games in New Hampshire, the Sea Dogs matched that effort through the first five batters of last night’s game…Lin walked to open the contest, scoring on Alex Hassan’s double…Lavarnway reached on an error before Federowicz lined out…Then, Will Middlebrooks hit a three-run homer to make it 4-0 Portland.

SLUMP SNAPPED?: Alex Hassan had been just 3-for-26 (.115) in his last six games, but went 3-for-3 last night, reaching all five times he came to the plate…Hassan hurdled New Britain’s Yangervis Solarte and is now back on top of the Eastern League with a .369 average…Hassan once again holds the claim to the best average in all of Double-A…He still leads the league with a .471 on-base percentage…Hassan is third in the Eastern League with 21 walks.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs and Rock Cats continue their five-game series in four days with a doubleheader on Saturday night beginning at 5:35 PM…It’s the first twin bill of the year for the Sea Dogs…The Rock Cats played one against Harrisburg earlier this season…Then, Portland will return home for a stretch with 12 home games in 15 days, including a doubleheader on May 28th against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate).

Portland Sea Dogs (11-19) at New Britain Rock Cats (18-13)

THESE GUYS AGAIN?: Tonight, the Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) open up a 5-game series in four days from New Britain Stadium…Portland has dropped 5 of 8 to the Rock Cats this season, including 2 of 3 in Connecticut…Brock Huntzinger makes his fourth start against the ‘Cats and Daniel Osterbrock is making his second straight start against Portland.


AT LEAST IT WASN’T A NO-NO: Joel Carreno (1-3) hurled seven scoreless innings on one hit, three walks and seven strikeouts, leading the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 3-0 win over Portland Wednesday morning at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Evan Crawford (hold) and Alan Farina (save) completed the shutout with scoreless frames…Michael Lee (1-3) suffered the tough luck loss, yielding only two runs, two hits over six innings…Mike McDade blasted a two-run homer off Lee in the fourth, and Jeremy Kehrt surrendered a run-scoring single to Yan Gomes in the seventh.

ONE-HIT WONDER: Chih-Hsien Chiang had Portland’s lone hit on Wednesday, a one-out single in the third inning…Portland’s last time being one-hit was June 28, 2010 at Hadlock Field to the Harrisburg Senators…Anthony Rizzo broke up the no-hitter with a one-out double in the ninth inning…Ironically, Kehrt also pitched in that game, but made the start, allowing one run over 5 IP.

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL QUALITY: Portland’s starters (Stephen Fife, Stolmy Pimentel and Lee) all had quality starts in the New Hampshire series, compiling these number: 1-1, 1.00 ERA (2 ER/18 IP), 8 hits, 4 walks and 10 strikeouts…Dating back to Sunday, the starters have allowed three earned runs in 23.1 IP (1.16 ERA).

WILL SIX BE LUCKY?: Portland has lost all five series on the road, and have dropped 12 of 15 games away from Hadlock Field…New Britain is only 6-6 at home, but 12-7 on the road.

YES, HE’S HUMAN: Alex Hassan is just 3-for-26 (.115) in his last six games and now ranks second in the Eastern League in average at .352…New Britain’s Yangervis Solarte is pacing the E.L with a .364 average, which is the second best mark in Double-A (San Antonio’s James Darnell is hitting .366)…Hassan has the eighth best average in Double-A.


WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats continue their five-game series in four days from New Britain Stadium…The two teams play a doubleheader on Saturday night beginning at 5:35 PM…Then, Portland will return home for a stretch with 12 home games in 15 days, including a doubleheader on May 28th against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate).

Portland Sea Dogs (11-18) at New Hampshire Fisher Cats (18-12)

BASEBALL BRUNCH: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play the rubber game of their 3-game set on Wednesday morning from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Michael Lee is seeking his second win of the year, making his sixth start for Portland…Joel Carreno is winless (0-3) in six appearances/five starts for the Fisher Cats.


BATTERY MATES: Catcher Ryan Lavarnway drove in two runs and Stephen Fife (3-2) hurled six scoreless innings, leading the Sea Dogs to a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night…Fife scattered three hits, one walk and one strikeout to pick up his first win since April 17…Lavarnway drove in the game’s first run with a sac-fly, and slammed a solo-homer to lead-off the ninth inning…Kyle Fernandes pitched two innings for a hold and Tommy Hottovy recorded a perfect ninth to earn his first professional save.

LET’S GET IT STARTED: Fife and Pimentel have combined for 12 scoreless innings on six hits, two walks and eight strikeouts…Portland’s starters have allowed one run in their last 17.1 IP…Alex Wilson surrendered only one run in 5.1 IP last Sunday at Hadlock Field…Fife is the first Sea Dogs’ starter with two quality starts.

PITCHING IN: Tim Federowicz drove in the second run last night, knocking a run-scoring single to right field off losing pitcher B.J. LaMura (2-2)…Federowicz has 18 RBI’s, one behind team-leader Lavarnway.

WILL THIS BE IT?: Portland is seeking their first series win on the road this season (0-4)…The Sea Dogs are playing their 10th series of the year and have only one series-victory; April 25-28 against the Binghamton Mets at Hadlock Field.

QUITE A START: Alex Hassan has been ranked among the Eastern League’s top hitters the entire season and currently leads the league with a .365 average and a .465 on-base percentage…He has recorded hits in 23 of his 28 games played…He has 10 multi-hit games, and played the first 25 games of the year before getting a day off on Saturday…Hassan has the third best average of any player in Double-A…Middlebrooks is tied for sixth in the league in batting at .330 (35-for-106).


WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs and New Britain Rock Cats start a five-game series in four days from New Britain Stadium…The two teams play a doubleheader on Saturday night beginning at 5:35 PM…Then, Portland will return home for a stretch with 12 home games in 15 days, including a doubleheader on May 28th against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate).