Portland Sea Dogs (8-12) at Trenton Thunder (10-13)

The Sea Dogs continue their 7-day roadtrip on Monday night, taking on the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) in the opener of a four-game series from Waterfront Park.

What a weird 24 hours it has been in the world.  Last night at dinner, I was reminiscing about with Kevin Boles about our time in Utica, New York back in 2001.   Our season ended on the 8th or 9th, and then 9/11 happened a few days later.  I had been to New York City a few months earlier on a roadtrip with the Utica Blue Sox, and I skipped going to the Statue of Liberty, figuring I would go see it at some point.  I’ve not been to NYC since, but I hope to go there soon.

I’ve never really talked about 9/11 on the radio, and how powerful that day is engraved in my mind.  I think all of us remember where we were, and what we were doing.  After seeing the news about Usama Bin Laden last night, I could not help but think of the families.   I hope this day does bring some peace for the families who lost loved ones, and I know most of the country have all of them in our heart.

It was a little weird that news broke with a New York team playing on National TV last night.  I was amazed at how quickly the fans got the news, but Twitter is delivering media news quickly than any other service.

Here are a few notes for today.

YANKEE LAND: After losing three straight in Reading, the Sea Dogs open up a 4-game series at Waterfront Park against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate)…The two teams split a pair of games on April 11-12 at Hadlock Field, with the final game of the series postponed due to rain…Portland has lost five straight road games, and 7 of 8 away from Hadlock Field this season…Trenton took 2 of 3 from New Hampshire, and have won 7 of 10 games at home.

 

NO FUN IN READING: Cody Overbeck hit two solo-homers, and Reading’s bullpen closed the game with three scoreless innings, defeating the Sea Dogs 3-2 on Sunday afternoon…Reading completed the three-game sweep of Portland, and have won 10 straight against the ‘Dogs  at First Energy Stadium…Alex Hassan and Jon Hee each drove in runs for Portland, who out hit the R-Phils 20-12 in the final two games…Austin Hyatt (3-1) notched the win, hurling six strong innings on 5 hits and 2 runs.

 

BEEN HOT (TOVY) AND COLD: Tommy Hottovy improved his team-high scoreless streak to 11 innings with his 2.1 inning-stint on Saturday night…Hottovy has given up only one run this season, which came in his first appearance of the year…The lefty is the only six-year player in franchise history…Santo Luis allowed two runs Saturday, including 3 wild pitches, and has given up two runs in back-to-back outings…Portland’s bullpen went 0-2, 3.54 ERA in April, allowing 32 runs in 81.1 IP.

APRIL REVIEW: Portland’s 8-11 record (7-5 at home, 1-6 on the road) was their worse opening month since the 2004 squad dropped 13 of 20 games in April…The Sea Dogs finished the month with a .288 average, 4.43 ERA and committed 11 errors in 19 games (best defense in the league)…Last year, the Sea Dogs went 11-9 in April, but won 8 of 13 on the road.

KEEPS GETTING ON BASE: Che-Hsuan Lin went 1-for-3 with a triple on Sunday, and has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 starts, going 16-for-50 (.320)…Lin has reached base safely in 16 of 19 starts and 119 of 138 Double-A games since 2010…Hassan has a hit in 18 of 20 games in Double-A, and leads the Eastern League in average (.408), hits (31) and on-base percentage (.495).

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs and Thunder play game two of their series at 10:35 AM…The two teams conclude the 4-game set with back-to-back 7:05 PM starts…Portland returns home on Friday night, hosting the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) in a short 3-game homestand, before returning to the road for eight games in seven days.

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