What a great time of year…Boston Globe’s top prospects

The Sea Dogs returned home early Monday morning, but I’m sure they slept well, returning home with a 5-2 roadtrip, and a three-game sweep of the Altoona Curve (first 3-game sweep at Blair County Ballpark in franchise history).

How about the Bruins?  Great way to spend an off day, watching the Stanley Cup Finals.  I was very impressed on how the Bruins just dominated the game.  Their energy level was off the charts.

Nice to see the Major League Baseball Draft on MLB Network. Very cool how they did it.  Also, nice to see a New England kid taken in the first round by Boston.  The last time the Red Sox had the #19 pick, they took Roger Clemens.  I think that worked out okay.

Great article in the Globe – their top Red Sox prospects.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/2011/redsox_top_prospects_2011/

This should be a very interesting series at Hadlock Field.  How many times have you seen last in pitching/first in hitting, face 1st in pitching/last in hitting.  A casual fan would probably pick the Flying Squirrels as the favorite to win the series, but Portland has pitched great, allowing only 15 runs during the winning streak (9 came in one game).  I’m not a fan of predicting games on paper, because you never know what can happen.  The Western Division has some great pitching, but many of those teams, due to the schedule, have not played great hitting clubs.  For some unknown reason, our league has the same teams playing each other the first two months, which I feel creates the untrue statistics.  If you look at some of the Altoona ERA’s, most of those came against bad hitting clubs. Most of their pitchers had never faced New Britain, Portland or Reading – probably the best hitting teams in the league.  I’m really looking forward to this series.

Notes for today…

SWEEP SUCCESS:Portland wrapped up its best road trip of the season, completing a three-game sweep of the defending champion Altoona Curve on Sunday…The Sea Dogs last road sweep came in Bowie from August 10-12 last season…It was the first time Portland has swept a team this season, and their first 3-game sweep in Altoona in franchise history…The Sea Dogs had previously been swept in four road series. 

WE’RE GOING STREAKING: The Sea Dogs have a five-game win streak for the first time this season, their longest winning streak since six straight wins in 2010 (July 17-22)…Portland’s pitchers have yielded only seven runs (six earned) over their last 43.2 IP (1.24 ERA)…The ‘Dogs have homered in five straight games, and have committed only two errors during the seven-game trip.

THAT WAS DOMINANT: The Sea Dogs piled up 12 runs on 17 hits in a 12-4 victory over the Curve on Sunday…Alex Hassan, Tim Federowicz and Chih-Hsien Chiang all homered for Portland…Six of the nine Sea Dogs starters recorded multi-hit efforts in support of Chris Balcom-Miller who earned his first Double-A win…Chiang had the big hit of the day with an 8th inning grand slam off Diego Moreno.

 

BREAKING OUT: Chiang was honored as the Eastern League’s Player of the Week from May 30th to June 5th…The outfielder closed the week hitting .424 (14-for-33) through eight games with seven extra-base hits, including three home runs, 8 RBI, and 8 runs scored…Chiang is the first weekly award winner for Portland since Stephen Fife won Pitcher of the Week, during the last week of 2010…Chiang finished 7-for-14 (.500) in the series with Altoona, blasting 3 homers, a triple and scoring five runs…The second-year Sea Dog is now among the Eastern League’s top ten in hitting at .313 (9th)…He also leads the EL with a .626 slugging percentage and is fourth with 26 extra-base hits on the year…On the roadtrip, Chiang was 13-for-29 (.448) with six extra-base hits, 8 RBI, and has homered in three straight games.

JUNE IS FINALLY HERE: Since turning the calendar, Portland is 5-0 in the month of June…After Tuesday’s losses, the Sea Dogs suffered their worst month in franchise history with their 25th loss…2003: 12-21 in August and 2002: 10-21 in June…Portland finished 6-25 in May.

 

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland continues its three-game series against Richmond tomorrow night…The series wraps up Thursday before the Bowie Baysox (Orioles affiliate) travel to Hadlock for a three-game series…Portland is 3-0 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.

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