May 2012

Sea Dogs (15-25) vs. Binghamton Mets (19-20)

Former Sea Dog Kevin Youkilis was an on-base machine in Portland…Does he finish his career in Boston?

The Sea Dogs look for their fourth straight win at Hadlock Field, battling the Binghamton Mets on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland grabbed a 4-0 win on Friday night in the series opener, receiving six scoreless innings from Billy BucknerJeremy Hazelbaker drove in the first 2 runs with a double in the fifth…Juan Carlos Linares and Reynaldo Rodriguez added two-out RBIs in the seventh…This afternoon, RHP Stolmy Pimentel makes his fourth start of the season for Portland.

Lineups for Saturday

Binghamton: Den Dekker 8, Rodriguez 5, Havens 4, Marte DH, Reyes 9, Campbell 3, Centeno 2, Kazmar 6, Zapata 7, Mejia RHP

Portland:  Hazelbaker 7, Vitek 5, Linares 9, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Spring 2, Bermudez 8, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Pimentel RHP
  1. Former Sea Dog Kevin Youkilis rehabbing for Pawtucket.
  2. Good stuff from Salem Red Sox broadcaster Evan Lepler on Jackie Bradley Jr.
  3. Peter Gammons on Youkilis

Game Notes

Bryce Brentz Interview

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (14-25) vs. Binghamton Mets (19-19) on Fireworks Friday

Fireworks Friday!

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game homestand against the Binghamton Mets on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped six of eight to the Mets this season…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will have their first 3-game winning streak of the season at home…RHP Billy Buckner (1-3, 4.10) makes his eighth start of the season for Portland and his third against the B-Mets…RHP Gonzalez Germen makes his third start of the year for Binghamton.

Lineups for Friday

Binghamton: Den Dekker 8, Rodriguez 6, Havens 4, Marte 5, Lagares DH, Reyes 9, Ozga 3, Gronauer 2, Zapata 7, Mejia RHP

Portland:  Hazelbaker 7, Vitek 5, Linares DH, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Spring 2, Bermudez 8, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Buckner RHP

Game Notes

Bryce Brentz Interview

Matt Barnes leads all Red Sox Minor League pitchers in ERA (0.60) and strikeouts (67)

  • On the Rise…Matt Barnes continues to dominate in his first professional season…The righty hurled six scoreless innings for Salem on Thursday night, and leads all Red Sox minor league pitchers with a 0.60 ERA and 67 strikeouts.
  • On the decline…Daisuke Matsuzaka was roughed up on Thursday night in Durham, yielding 5 runs (4 earned) over 6.2 IP for Pawtucket.
  • Did you know? Hideki Matsui signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and is currently playing in Triple-A Durham…His official statistics show that his first ever minor league game was 2007 with the Tampa Yankees, but that is wrong…Matsui suited up for the 2006 Trenton Thunder in the first round of the playoffs and played his first ever minor league game against Portland.

Hideki Matsui played his first ever minor league in 2006, but there is no record of it.

  • Kevin Youkilis talking to PawSox radio broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith before Thursday’s game in Durham…Youk has a great relationship with former Sea Dogs’ Manager Arnie Beyeler

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app - link to their website or seadogs.com

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (14-24) at Reading Phillies (22-15) – Morning Baseball

The Sea Dogs conclude their three-game series against the Reading Phillies on Wednesday morning from First Energy

First Energy Stadium in Reading will host the 2012 All-Star Game…Portland is seeking their first ever sweep in Reading on Wednesday morning.

Stadium…Portland is looking for their first road series sweep of the season.

*Portland  has never swept Reading at First Energy Stadium – they have two sweeps of the Phillies at Hadlock Field – the last on May 25-28, 2007 (4-game)

*Portland’s last series sweep on the road was June 1-3, 2011 at Altoona

Lineups for Wednesday

Portland:  Hazelbaker 7, Bermudez 8, Linares 9, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Dent 5, Gentile 4, Hernandez 2, Meneses 4, Hernandez LHP

Reading: Gillies DH, Hernandez 4, Ruf 3, Susdorf 7, Abreu 6, James 8, Castro 9, Barnes 5, Lerud 2, May RHP

Game Notes

Bryce Brentz Interview

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app - link to their website or seadogs.com

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Anthony Ranaudo debuts for Sea Dogs (13-24) at Reading Phillies (22-14)

Ranaudo is ranked the #1 Pitching Prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…He makes his Double-A debut on Tuesday night.

The Sea Dogs continue their seven-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Reading Phillies from First Energy Stadium…Last night, the Sea Dogs took the opener 2-1, thanks to a run-scoring single by Bryce Brentz in the fourth inning off losing pitcher Jonathan Pettibone…Brentz joins me on the pre-game show beginning at 6:15 PM on the WPEI/US. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…It’s part one of our conversation.

Nuggets on Ranaudo

HOW ACQUIRED: Red Sox 3rd pick (sandwich pick between the 1st and 2nd rounds, 39th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

QUICK HITS: Top Pitching Prospect in the Red Sox system and #4 prospect overall according to Baseball America…Also ranked with the best curveball in the system.

LAST SEASON: Went 9-6 with a 3.97 ERA (56 ER/127.0 IP) and 117 strikeouts in 26 games between Greenville and Salem in his pro debut…Ranked 6th among Red Sox minor leaguers in strikeouts…Fanned eight in 4.2 innings on April 25th vs. Greensboro…Red Sox Minor League Pitcher for May after going 3-0 with a 3.65 ERA (10 ER/24.2 IP)…Promoted to Salem on May 31 and went 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 22 K’s in 4 starts in August.

CAREER/PERSONAL NOTES: Went 5-2 with a 7.32 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 51.2 innings over 15 games (11 starts) for LSU as a junior in 2010…Pitched for Brewster of the Cape Cod League before signing and did not allow an earned run over 5 starts, going 3-0 with 10 hits allowed and 31 strikeouts in 29.2 IP…Earned the win in the clinching game of the 2009 College World Series…Entered 2010 rated as the draft’s top pitching prospect by Baseball America…Selected by Texas in the 11th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign.

Lineups for Tuesday

Portland:  Vitek 5, Tejeda 7, Linares 9, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Spring 2, Bermudez 8, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Ranaudo RHP

Reading: Gillies 8, Hernandez 4, Ruf 3, Susdorf DH, Valle 2, James 9, Abreu 5, Castro 9, Hanzawa 6, Naylor RHP

Game Notes

Sea Dogs Updated Roster…Pimentel placed on the disabled list (blister on right index finger)

  1. Number one article I found today on Philly.com involving Kevin Youkilis
  2. Update on yesterday’s minor league games from Alex Speier
  3. Sox and Mariners preview from the Globe

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app - link to their website or seadogs.com

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (12-24) at Reading Phillies (22-13)…Five-Hit Club in Franchise History

Could Kevin Youkilis be taking off for Philly? Read Below

The Sea Dogs second leg of their roadtrip continues on Monday night at First Energy Stadium against the Reading Phillies…Portland dropped 3 of 4 in Trenton, losing yesterday 7-4…In the loss, Bryce Brentz went 5-for-4 on Sunday, becoming the 11th player in franchise history to pick up 5-hits in a game.

Reading was the home to the Red Sox in the Eastern League

Five-Hit Club in Franchise History: Will Middlebrooks (July 5, 2011 vs. Binghamton, game 2 of a doubleheader), Ryan Kalish (May 29, 2010 vs. New Britain), Jeff Natale (July 17, 2007 at New Hampshire), Tyler Minges (June 18, 2006 at New Hampshire), David Murphy (May 21, 2006 vs. New Hampshire), Kenny Perez (June 16, 2005 vs. Harrisburg, Sheldon Fulse (August 29, 2004 vs. Norwich), Joe Kilburg (June 20, 2004 vs. Binghamton), Adrian Gonzalez vs. Reading (May 25, 2002), Luis Castillo (June 28, 1996) vs. Norwich.

Lineups for Monday

Portland:  Hazelbaker DH, Vitek 5, Linares 8, Rodriguez 3, Tejeda 7, Brentz 9, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Martin RHP

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

Game Notes

Sea Dogs Updated Roster…Pimentel placed on the disabled list (blister on right index finger)

  1. Number one article I found today on Philly.com involving Kevin Youkilis
  2. Update on yesterday’s minor league games from Alex Speier
  3. Sox and Mariners preview from the Globe

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website or seadogs.com

RADIO NETWORK: Catch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (12-23) at Trenton Thunder (17-16

The Trenton War Memorial Museum is located next to the team hotel.

The Sea Dogs conclude their four-game series with the Trenton Thunder on Sunday afternoon at Waterfront Park…Portland needs a win today to manage a split of the four-game set, as the Thunder won last night 5-1…Chris Balcom-Miller (2-2, 5.12) makes his 8th start of the season for Portland and the fourth of his career against Trenton…Craig Heyer, who is 2-2, 4.28 ERA (16 ER/33.2 IP) takes the hill for the third time this season against Portland (0-1, 3.38 ERA).

*The 12th annual Mother’s Day 5K Road Race at Hadlock Field today…Great article in the Portland Press Herald on the winners.

Lineups for Sunday

Portland:  Hazelbaker 9, Tejeda 7, Linares 8, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Dent 5, Meneses 4, Balcom-Miller RHP

Trenton: Almonte 9, Joseph 4, Adams DH, Johnson 7, Mesa 8, Murton 3, Mahoney 5, Farnham 2, Maruszak 6, Heyer RHP

Game Notes

Chris Balcom-Miller Interview

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My sister is a mom of two beautiful girls…Couldn’t be more proud of her. Happy Mother’s Day to her and my mom…two best woman I know.

 

RADIO NETWORK: Catch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (12-22) at Trenton Thunder (16-16)

The Trenton War Memorial Museum is located next to the team hotel.

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the Trenton Thunder on Saturday night from Waterfront Park…Portland grabbed a 4-2 win on Friday night, scoring all four runs in the fifth off losing pitcher Ryan Pope (1-4)…Chris Hernandez (2-2) tossed 6.2 innings on 7 hits and 2 runs to notch the win…Aaron Kurcz fanned five over 2.1 innings to secure his second Double-A save…Billy Buckner takes the hill tonight.

*The 12th annual Mother’s Day 5K Road Race at Hadlock Field is this Sunday…Portland’s first Fireworks show of the season is scheduled for Friday, May 18th – you can order tickets at seadogs.com or at 207-879-9300.

Lineups for Saturday

Portland:  Hazelbaker 9, Vitek 5, Tejeda 7, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Bermudez 8, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Buckner RHP

Trenton: Almonte DH, Joseph 4, Murton 3, Johnson 7, Mesa 8, Mahoney 5, Brewer 9, Gil 2, Maruszak 6, Arbiso RHP

Game Notes

Chris Balcom-Miller Interview

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website or seadogs.com

RADIO NETWORK: Catch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (11-22) at Trenton Thunder (16-15)…Balcom-Miller Interview

Waterfront Park has a little Fenway flavor, notice the manual scoreboard in straight away right field

The Sea Dogs three-game winning streak was snapped after last night’s 7-0 loss in the series opener at Trenton…Portland had only six hits, and were beaten by Righty Brett Marshall (4-1)…Tonight, Chris Hernandez (1-2, 1.99) makes his first career start against the Yankees affiliate and the seventh of the season…Trenton has won 6 of 7 from the ‘Dogs this season…Cody Johnson continued his hot hitting against Portland, nailing a two-run triple in last night’s game.

*The 12th annual Mother’s Day 5K Road Race at Hadlock Field is this Sunday…Portland’s first Fireworks show of the season is scheduled for Friday, May 18th – you can order tickets at seadogs.com or at 207-879-9300.

Bryce Brentz has hit safely in 8 of 9 games: 12-for-34 (.353), 2 HR, 3 RBI and 4 doubles

Lineups for Friday

Portland:  Hazelbaker 9, Vitek 5, Linares 8, Rodriguez 3, Tejeda 7, Brentz DH, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Hernandez LHP

Trenton: Almonte 9, Brewer 7, Murton 3, Johnson DH, Mesa 8, Mahoney 5, Gil 2, Toussen 4, Maruszak 6, Stoneburner RHP

Game Notes

Chris Balcom-Miller Interview

Sea Dogs Media Guide

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RADIO NETWORK: Catch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (11-21) at Trenton Thunder (15-15)

The Sea Dogs look for their first 4-game winning streak since last season, when they battle the Trenton Thunder on Thursday night at Waterfront Park…Portland completed a 2-game sweep of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats with last night’s 5-4 win at Hadlock Field…Righty Stolmy Pimentel picked up his first Double-A victory in his 18th try, working six strong innings on 5 hits, 2 runs (one earned) and one strikeout…The ‘Dogs earned their first series sweep at Hadlock Field since September 3-6, 2010 when they swept the Fisher Cats.

Bryce Brentz has homered in consecutive games, and has hit safely in 7 of 8 games: 11-for-30 (.367), 2 HR, 3 RBI and 4 doubles

Lineups for Thursday

Portland: Hazelbaker 7, Tejeda DH, Linares 8, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Dent 5, Meneses 4, Martin RHP

Trenton: Almonte 9, Joseph 4, Murton 3, Johnson DH, Mesa 8, Mahoney 5, Brewer 7, Gil 2, Maruszak 6, Marshall RHP

Game Notes

Sea Dogs Media Guide

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website or seadogs.com

RADIO NETWORK: Catch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Sea Dogs (10-21) vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (13-17)…Arnie on Harper

The Sea Dogs continue their two-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Wednesday night from Hadlock Field…Portland has won 3 of 4, and have received a quality start in back-to-back games…Righty Stolmy Pimentel seeks his first Double-A win in tonight’s game…Reynaldo Rodriguez smacked two homers on Monday night for the second time in his Double-A career and Bryce Brentz added a 2-run shot…Chris Balcom-Miller notched his second win of the year, working a team-high 7 innings on 3 hits and one run…Last night’s game will be made up on July 13th as part of a 7-inning doubleheader.

Lineups for Wednesday

Reynaldo Rodriguez homered twice on Monday night…His last 6 hits are extra-base hits (4 homers and 2 doubles)

New Hampshire: Goins 6, Diaz 4, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Tolisano 7, Glenn 9, Van Kirk DH, Jeroloman 2, Jackson 8, Cecil LHP

Portland: Hazelbaker 9, Vitek 5, Linares 8, Rodriguez 3, Tejeda 7, Brentz DH, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Pimentel RHP

Game Notes

Past Sunday chat with Kevin Boles

Sea Dogs Media Guide

  • Great article by Brian McPherson…Arnie Beyeler on Bryce Harper
  • Sea Dogs’ beat writer Kevin Thomas with a throwback article…Dave Joppie on Will Middlebrooks.
  • Daisuke and the truth about Tommy John from Alex Speier

Portland is seeking back-to-back series wins for the first time since July 18-27, 2011, when they won three consecutive series…The Sea Dogs have not won back-to-back series at home since winning seven of eight at Hadlock to end the 2010 season.

The Josh Beckett bobblehead will be made up on June 6th.

You can listen to Sea Dogs Baseball on the tunein app – link to their website or seadogs.com

RADIO NETWORK: Catch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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