Portland Sea Dogs with a connection in Rochester
The great thing about the two cities, Portland and Rochester, is their passion for both minor league baseball and hockey. I love towns that have both a hockey and baseball team. Back in 2001, I was very fortunate to work in Syracuse, so I got the prospective of both types of fans. Plus, hockey is a favorite sport of mine, and I love going to games in the off-season.
Last week, I contacted Aaron Bates, and he told me that he was still searching for a place to play. Yesterday, Bates joined the Rochester Red Wings, and has two former Sea Dogs as teammates: Jeff Bailey and Ray Chang.
All three guys are true professionals, and I couldn’t be any more happy for all three of them. I’m sure when they play Pawtucket, many Sea Dogs’ fans will make the trip to McCoy Stadium to see them play.
Tough game for the Sea Dogs on Monday night, losing 1-0 on Moises Sierra’s walk-off, run-scoring single in the bottom of the 9th inning. Portland is 2-11 on the road, and have the worst record in the Eastern League at 10-18. Let’s keep positive thoughts, I’m seeing some great players in the first 28 games. Stolmy Pimentel, who took a no-decision last night, hurled six scoreless innings. Pimentel’s stuff, especially his change-up, was the best it’s been all season. It’s very nice to see guys new to Double-A develop and make strides. That’s why statistics can be misleading in Double-A. We see guys struggle early, and sometimes it’s so hard to get that average or ERA at a respectful number. Back in 2007, Jed Lowrie hit .138 in April, but still finished at .297 with Portland – that was truly amazing.
Quick hits: New Hampshire has new colors: red, white and blue…Former Sea Dogs’ Media Assistant Maggie McCoy hung out in the booth last night…Tomorrow is a morning game in New Hampshire, maybe the first we’ve ever played there…Portland’s last 1-0 loss on the road happened last August in Altoona.