Sea Dogs begin second leg of the trip…No sighting of Lebron James

I posed this question many times during the Erie series, what will Akron, Ohio be like now that Lebron James has left the Cavaliers.  For those who don’t know, Lebron is from Akron, and I have not seen one jersey of his on my walk to the park.  Do I dear ask the people in the pressbox about him?  I’m not sure, but I was here during the finals when Lebron led Cleveland to the championship game, but they were swept.  I think it’s pretty amazing how much hate there is for this guy.   I guess that was the wrong “decision” he made.

Tough game for Portland last night, losing due to two errors in the eighth inning.  Chris Balcom-Miller is on the mound tonight, in search of his second Double-A win.  Below are some notes for today.

 

NEW SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Portland continues its six-game road trip tonight, visiting the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) for the first time this season…The Aeros are coming off a 2-1 series loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Portland and Akron split the six games between them last year with each side taking two of three on its home field. COSTLY

MISTAKES: Three of the Sea Dogs’ four errors last night led directly to unearned runs, helping the Erie SeaWolves to a 6-4 win…The deciding runs came in on a sacrifice bunt attempt with one on in the eighth inning for Erie…Two Portland errors on the play allowed both runs to score…It was the fourth time this season that the Sea Dogs have made at least four errors in one game.

CHIANG STAYS HOT: Chih-Hsien Chiang went 1-for-1 last night with a double and two walks…He was also hit by a pitch…Chiang now has at least one extra-base hit in nine of his last 11 games…He’s tied for the Eastern League lead with 33 extra-base hits, alongside Harrisburg’s Tyler Moore…Chiang leads all Eastern League hitters with a .651 slugging percentage, and is 85 percentage points in front of second-place Bill Rhinehart, also of Harrisburg…The second-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 20 straight games.

HASSAN TAKES A WALK: Alex Hassan went 1-for-4 last night with his sixth home run of the season…He also drew his 43rd walk of the year, the most in the Eastern League…Hassan has a .447 on-base percentage, second best in the EL…He’s just 8 points behind Erie’s Justin Henry (.455) who is currently on the disabled list. NEW GUY

AT THIRD BASE: Tony Thomas made his Portland debut on Tuesday night, and has started in all three games…Thomas picked up his first RBI with the Sea Dogs last night, driving in Jeremy Hazelbaker with a first-inning single…He recorded his first hit and first run scored with Portland Wednesday…Thomas has stolen three bases in his first three games with the team…The Florida native hit .221 with 7 homers and 29 RBI in 54 games with the PawSox.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs continue their three-game series against the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) tomorrow night…The two teams will finish the series Sunday afternoon before an off day on Monday…That will wrap a 14 game stretch against the Western Division…The ‘Dogs are currently 5-6 against the West…Portland gets back to in-division play on Tuesday when the Sea Dogs play host to the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) for a three-game series…That will be the start of a run of 23 straight games without a break before the All-Star Game.

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