Chiang named Player of the Month

Portland, Maine- The Eastern League of Professional Baseball Clubs has selected Portland Sea Dogs’ outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang as the Eastern League Player of the Month for July.  Chiang batted .430 (43-for-100) with 5 homers, 25 RBI, 16 doubles, 27 runs scored, 25 RBI, 7 walks, 3 stolen bases and a .740 slugging percentage in 26 games.  This marks the second consecutive month that Chiang has received Eastern League Player of the Month honors and he is the first player in team history to win the award twice.

Chiang hit safely in 23 of the 26 games in July, leading the league in average (.430), hits (43), doubles (16), runs (27), on-base percentage (.500), and slugging percentage (.740). He also ranked among the league leaders in home runs (5,  T- 3rd) and RBI (25 -T-4th ), and  hit safely in a team-high 16 straight games from July 15-31. The 23 year-old established franchise records for most doubles (16) and total bases (74) in a single month and his .430 average and 27 runs scored set franchise records for July.

Additionally, Chiang participated in XM Futures Game (0-3, BB, RS) on July 10th in Phoenix, Arizona and the Eastern League All-Star Game (0-for-1) on July 13th in Manchester, New Hampshire.

On July 31st, Chiang was sent to the Seattle Mariners in a three-team traded that sent left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard to the Boston Red Sox.  Chiang is hitting .231 (3-for-13) in 3 games with the Jackson Generals (Double-A affiliate) of the Seattle Mariners.

At the time of the trade, Chiang was leading the Eastern League in batting average (.340, 109-for-321), RBI (76), doubles (37), extra-base hits (59), runs scored (68) and slugging percentage (.648). In 88 games with the Sea Dogs, he had 18 home runs and 4 triples.

Chiang’s torrid July helped the team set franchise marks for the month of July in wins (17), runs (175), and RBI (158). The Sea Dogs also set the franchise record for doubles (76) in any month, mostly due to Chiang’s personal input of 16.

Chiang , who began his Sea Dog career in 2010, holds the franchise record for career doubles (72)  and grand slams (3).  He ranks fourth all-time in slugging percentage (.524), seventh in home runs (29) and eighth in RBI (141).

A native of Taitung, Taiwan, Chiang was signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent on October 20, 2005. Chiang is the eighth different Sea Dog to earn an Eastern League Player of the Month choice in franchise history and the first to win the award twice.

The Sea Dogs begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday, August 9th against the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) at Hadlock Field. The ZOOperstars will make their last appearance at the ballpark.  Tickets are available online at seadogs.om or by calling 207-879-9500.

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