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.