How Hottovy’s MLB debut changed the franchise record books
The Sea Dogs have been a Red Sox affiliate since 2003, and entering this season, seven of eight Opening Day starters have made it to the big leagues. The list consists of: Jorge De La Rosa (2003), Charlie Zink (2004), Jonathan Papelbon (2005), David Pauley (2006), Justin Masterson (2008), Junichi Tazawa (2009) and Felix Doubront (2010). In 2007, mother nature arrived on Opening Day, and it wasn’t pleasant. A foot of snow hit Hadlock Field, postponing the first four games of the season and erasing the opening nod of Clay Buchholz, who would have completed every Red Sox-affiliated starter making it to the big leagues. Hottovy got the opening day start in 2007, and with his promotion a month ago, completed the improbable feat. Overall, 15 of 17 Opening Day starters, dating back to the Marlins’ days have made it to the Major Leagues. I thought this was cool, and thanks to our media guide for having the information.
Notes for today
LOOKING FOR THREE: The Sea Dogs look for the series win in game four of their series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Sunday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has earned at least a split for the second straight series and fourth in their last five…The ‘Dogs have won two series at home all season, and their lone four-game series victory came on April 25-28 against the B-Mets in Portland.
CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL: Portland and New Hampshire combined for 4 homers in last night’s contest…Both Fisher Cat long balls were solo-shots from Anthony Gose and Travis d’Arnaud…Those were outdone by Oscar Tejeda’s two-run shot and Chih-Hsien Chiang’s three-run homer…Chiang’s bomb broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Sea Dogs the lead for good in an eventual 8-4 win.
BATTLING BACK: After lasting just 2/3 of an inning in his first start of the year in Double-A, Junichi Tazawa came out of the bullpen last night to earn his first win with the Sea Dogs this season…The Yokohama, Japan native pitched two innings and allowed a run, but struck out three en route to the victory.
I GOT FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES: The bottom third of the Sea Dogs lineup accounted for six of Portland’s ten hits and four of the eight runs on Saturday…Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tejeda, and Jon Hee combined to go 6-for-10 with 4 RBI, 4 runs scored, a double and a home run…All three players recorded multi-hit games.
HE’S CLOSING IN: With his three-run home run, Chiang (55) is now just one RBI behind New Hampshire’s Mike McDade (56) for the top spot in the Eastern League…Chih-Hsien is also just 10 shy of his career high for runs driven in after plating 65 last season with Portland…In addition to RBI, Chiang is also among the league leaders in home runs (T-5th), doubles (T-4th), slugging percentage (1st), and extra-base hits (2nd).
SORRY TO SEE JUNE GO: Portland finished with a 14-13 record in June, their first winning month this season…The Sea Dogs started off the month with their longest win streak of the season (6 games) thus far…The team batted .286 for the month (1st in EL) with 159 runs scored, a 5.9 runs per game average.
WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs head to Binghamton (Mets affiliate) for the start of a nine-game, eight-day road trip that will finish up in New Hampshire for the All-Star Break…The doubleheader will be played in Binghamton on Tuesday night starting at 5:35 PM.