April 2012

Game 6: Sea Dogs (0-5) at Trenton Thunder (2-2)

Portland and Trenton meet in game two of their series

  • Sea Dogs are 0-5 to the start the season for the first time in franchise history
  • Chris Balcom-Miller make his second start of the season
  • Did you know Trenton, NJ is mentioned in the movie Just Friends?

Game Notes

Lineup for Portland: Linares 7, Vitek 5, Brentz DH, Rodriguez 3, Butler 2, Hazelbaker 9, Hee 4, Hissey 8, Meneses 6, Balcom-Miller 1

Trenton starting nine: A. Almonte 8, Mustelier 4, Brewer 7, Z. Almonte 9, Lyerly 3, Gil 2, Johnson DH, Maruszak 5, Ibarra 6, Heyer 1

Sea Dogs Media Guide

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website 

Sea Dogs (0-4) at Trenton (1-2) – Monday April 9, 2012

Sea Dogs open up a three-game series against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Waterfront Park

View from visitor's booth at Waterfront Park in Trenton, NJ

Game Notes

Media Guide

Lineups

Sea Dogs – Linares 8, Vitek DH, Brentz 9, Rodriguez 3, Tejeda 7, Butler 2, Hee 5, Dent 4, Meneses 6 (Buckner RHP)

Trenton – Almonte 7, Pirela 5, Adams 4, Almonte 9, Lyerly 3, Mesa 8, Johnson DH, Molina 2, Ibarra 6, (Romanski LHP)

Opening Ceremonies set at Hadlock Field

Thought of the Day – Red Sox and Yankees affiliates battling in Double-A.  Probably a good thing Trenton is 1-2, can you imagine Red Sox and Yankees fans having their big league club and Double-A clubs winless?

Portland Sea Dogs (0-3) at Reading Phillies (3-0)

Sea Dogs close their four-game series on Saturday night at Reading.  The entire Eastern League has Easter Sunday off.

Today’s Game Notes

Quick Hits LHPs Rich Hill, Andrew Miller scheduled for rehab appearances with Single-A Greenville Drive tonight.

Lineups

Sea Dogs
Linares 8
Vitek 5
Brentz 9
Rodriguez 3
Tejeda 7
Spring 2
Hazelbaker DH
Dent 4
Meneses 6
Hernandez 1

Reading
Gillies 8
Hernandez 4
Ruf 3
Susdorf DH
Valle 2
Castro 9
James 7
Kennelly 5
Hanzawa 6

Buchanan 1

Sea Dogs at Reading Game 3 April 6, 2012

Portland dropped a doubleheader last night, and gears up for game three on Friday night.  Hear the game on seadogs.com or the tunein app – just search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Link to lineups, scoreboard and recap http://www.milb.com/scoreboard/league.jsp?sid=milb&lid=113

Some notes for tonight

DROPPED TWO IN THE OPENING ACT: The Portland Sea Dogs and Reading Phillies continue their four-game series on Friday night at First Energy Stadium in Reading, PA…Reading swept an Opening-Day doubleheader from the Sea Dogs, taking game one 4-2 and the nightcap 7-4…In the opener, Leandro Castro blasted a two-run, walk-off homer off losing pitcher Caleb Clay…In game two, Reading scored seven times off starter Chris Martin (0-1), and received 2 RBI from Castro and Cesar HernandezJuan Linares went 5-for-7 in the twinbill for Portland, and homered to lead off game two…Ryan Dent had 3 hits (HR) in the opener.

 

LET’S START THE SHOW: The Sea Dogs are now 9-10 All-Time in season openers, including a 1-2 record against Reading on Opening Day the past three year…Portland’s home opener is April 12th against the Binghamton Mets…The Sea Dogs have dropped 56 of 94 games in their franchise history aft First Energy Stadium/

 

INTRODUCING THE TEAM + ONE: Eastern League rosters expanded to 25 players this season from the maximum of 24 last year…Portland has 18 players, who spent time in the Maine last season and one on Boston’s 40-man roster: Oscar Tejeda started in left field last night in game two, his first career appearance in the outfield (513 previous appearances as an INF or DH)…RHP Billy Buckner is the only Sea Dog with Major League experience, accumulating 36 appearances with Arizona and Kansas City…RHP Aaron Kurcz was part of the Theo Epstein compensation, and will be part of Portland’s bullpen.

Top Prospects on Portland’s roster according to Baseball America: Bryce Brentz (# 5 – Top outfield prospect), Kolbrin Vitek (# 19), Stolmy Pimentel (# 23, on the DL), Tejeda (# 24), Derek Gibson (# 25) and Heiker Meneses (#30)…Brentz, Gibson an Vitek will be making their Double-A debuts.

NEW ADDITION TO THE STAFF: Kevin Boles returns to Portland for his second season as manager of the Sea Dogs…Boles served as the Portland bullpen catcher in 1997, and his father John Boles is a member of the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame…Hitting coach Dave Joppie and Pitching coach Bob Kipper return to Portland…The Sea Dogs have a new training staff: Head Athletic Trainer Brandon Henry, Assistant Trainer: Darren Yoos and Strength and Conditioning Coach: Drew Henley…Henley is the first Strength and Conditioning coach in franchise history.

 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The four-game series in three days ends tomorrow night at 6:05 PM…Portland is off for Easter Sunday, and continues their opening roadtrip of the season on Monday night in Trenton (Yankees affiliate)…The two teams will conclude the series on Wednesday morning beginning at 10:35 AM.

 

Sea Dogs at Reading – Opening Day (First Page of Notes)

Portland Sea Dogs (0-0) at Reading Phillies (0-0)
Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 4:05 PM · First Energy Stadium · Reading, PA

RHP Chris Balcom-Miller (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 0.00) Gm#1

Upcoming Probable Pitching Matchups

4/5 at REA (Game 2) – RHP Chris Martin (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBA (0-0, 0.00)

4/6 at REA (7:05 PM) – RHP Brock Huntzinger (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Trevor May (0-0, 0.00)

4/7 at REA (6:05 PM) – LHP Chris Hernandez (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP David Buchanan (0-0, 0.00)

4/8 – Scheduled Off Day
*Games can be heard on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

SEA DOGS VS. READING

2012 Record (H/R/OR): 0-0/0-0 (0-0)

2011 Record (H/R/OR): 3-3/5-6 (8-9)

All-Time Record: 80-94

All-Time at Hadlock: 42-40

All-Time at First Energy Stadium: 38-54

All-Time Season Series (W/L/S): 7-11-0

Rest of the notes available at seadogs.com

 

WHAT A WAY TO START: The Portland Sea Dogs and Reading Phillies open up the 2012 season with a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon from First Energy Stadium…The two teams play four games in three days, and share Easter off with the rest of the Eastern League…Portland finished 2011 with the worst record in the league at 59-83, the R-Phils posted a 74-68 mark, clinching the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division, but lost in the playoffs to New Hampshire 3 games to 1.

 

LET’S START THE SHOW: The Sea Dogs are 9-9 All-Time in season openers, including, consecutive Opening Day wins over Reading…Last year, the Sea Dogs beat Reading at Hadlock Field 4-3…In 2010, Ryan Kalish led off the season with a homer, and the first 4 batters in the lineup hit homers: Kalish, C Luis Exposito, CF Che-Hsuan Lin and 2B Nate Spears.

 

INTRODUCING THE TEAM + ONE: Eastern League rosters expanded to 25 players this season from the maximum of 24 last year…Portland has 18 players, who spent time in the Maine last season and one on Boston’s 40-man roster: OF Oscar Tejeda, who has never played in the outfield during his professional career (512 games)…RHP Billy Buckner is the only Sea Dog with Major League experience, accumulating 36 appearances with Arizona and Kansas City…RHP Aaron Kurcz was part of the Theo Epstein compensation, and will be part of Portland’s bullpen.

Top Prospects on Portland’s roster according to Baseball America: Bryce Brentz (# 5 – Top outfield prospect), Kolbrin Vitek (# 19), Stolmy Pimentel (# 23, on the DL), Oscar Tejeda (# 24), Derek Gibson (# 25) and Heiker Meneses (#30)…Brentz, Gibson an Vitek will be making their Double-A debuts.

NEW ADDITION TO THE STAFF: Kevin Boles returns to Portland for his second season as manager of the Sea Dogs…Boles served as the Portland bullpen catcher in 1997, and his father John Boles is a member of the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame…Hitting coach Dave Joppie and Pitching coach Bob Kipper return to Portland…The Sea Dogs have a new training staff: Head Athletic Trainer Brandon Henry, Assistant Trainer: Darren Yoos and Strength and Conditioning Coach: Drew Henley…Henley is the first Strength and Conditioning coach in franchise history.

 

WHAT’S ON DECK: The four-game series in three days continues tomorrow night at 7:05 PM, and wraps-up Saturday with a 6:05 PM start…Portland is off for Easter Sunday, and continues their opening roadtrip of the season on Monday night in Trenton (Yankees affiliate).

Why does baseball feel new every year?

Actually I don’t have a clue.  Maybe you can send me a reason at seadogs@gmail.com and let me know.   On Thursday afternoon, when my broadcast begins, I’ll begin my 16th season as a play-by-play broadcaster in minor league baseball.  There hasn’t been a season that I don’t get giddy, nervous and just super excited.  It must mean I really love what I do – but I didn’t have to tell you that.

View from my hotel room

Right?  There’s just something about this game, maybe it’s the sign of good weather, I don’t have the answers.  Maybe this is too deep of a subject, but intrigues me how baseball feels so brand new every season.  I don’t think that will ever stop, and I hope it doesn’t.  There’s a lot of excitement for this season in Portland, and I hope all the teams in the Red Sox system succeed.

Pitching Match-ups at Reading – Remember Opening Day we play a twinbill

  1. Chris Balcom-Miller & Chris Martin vs. Jonathan Pettibone & Tyler Cloyd
  2. Brock Huntzinger vs. Trevor May
  3. Chris Hernandez vs. David Buchanan

Great Read from the “Voice of the Salem Red Sox” Evan Lepler on tomorrow’s Game 2 starter Chris Martin.  Here’s his blog

I talked with Chris on the bus, since there was some bad weather in Texas.  He showed some softball-size hail, that plummeted through windshields.

Our first bus trip was fun, despite behind close to nine hours, everyone was having fun with their Ipads, laptops or taking a nap.  I can’t believe I actually on a smartphone, laptop and Ipad.  I must say, the Ipad is very cool.

Field before the Sea Dogs first workout of the season on Tuesday

Opening Night Game 2 starter Chris Martin during Media Day

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