June 2012

Sea Dogs and Thunder on Saturday

Congrats to Outfielder Bryce Brentz, Pitcher Chris Hernandez and Infielder Reynaldo Rodriguez for being selected to the

Bryce Brentz, Chris Hernandez and Reynaldo Rodriguez (pictured left to right) will represent Portland in the Eastern League All-Star game on July 11th in Reading, Pa.

Eastern League All-Star game in Reading, Pa…Brentz is the first player in franchise history with two 5-hit games…Hernandez is sixth in the league with a 2.87 ERA (starts tonight in the opener) and Rodriguez leads the team in homers with 12.

SEEKING SPLIT IN HOMESTAND’S FIRST HALF: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) wrap up their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland picked up the win Thursday and look to salvage a split with a win in the finale…Tuesday night, the two teams duked it out for 13-innings and 4-plus hours…The longest game in both respects since 2009 for the Sea Dogs.

Game Notes

Derrik Gibson Video Interview

Lineups for Saturday (6:00 PM start) 

Trenton: Pirela 4, Maruszak 5, Z. Almonte 9, Mesa 8, Murton 3, Gil 2, Sublett 7, Higashioka DH, Mujica 6, Betances RHP

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Smith 5, Spring 2, Hissey 7, Gibson 6, Hedman 3 Dent 4, Hernandez LHP

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.

Wrapping up the series…All-Star picks

Congrats to Outfielder Bryce Brentz, Pitcher Chris Hernandez and Infielder Reynaldo Rodriguez for being selected to the

Bryce Brentz, Chris Hernandez and Reynaldo Rodriguez (pictured left to right) will represent Portland in the Eastern League All-Star game on July 11th in Reading, Pa.

Eastern League All-Star game in Reading, Pa…Brentz is the first player in franchise history with two 5-hit games…Hernandez is sixth in the league with a 2.87 ERA and Rodriguez leads the team in homers with 12.

Jackie Bradley Jr. told me before the game he was about six inches from robbing Brad Glenn’s homer last night…My pre-game guest for the next two days in Anthony Ranaudo.

SEEKING SPLIT IN HOMESTAND’S FIRST HALF: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) wrap up their four-game series on Friday night at Hadlock Field…Portland picked up the win Thursday and look to salvage a split with a win in the finale…Tuesday night, the two teams duked it out for 13-innings and 4-plus hours…The longest game in both respects since 2009 for the Sea Dogs.

Game Notes

Derrik Gibson Video Interview

Lineups for Friday (7:00 PM start) 

New Hampshire: Goins 6, Bocock 4, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Howard DH, Glenn 7, Bailli 9, Galarraga 2, Jackson 8, Jenkins RHP

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz DH, Smith 5, Butler 2, Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Hedman 3 Natoli 4, Pimentel RHP

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.

‘Dogs and ‘Cats battle again…Lineups and Game Notes

 

 

Matt Spring blasted his fourth homer off the season on Wednesday night.

SO FAR, NOT SO GOOD AT HOME: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their four-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped the first two games to the ‘Cats, who have picked up 11 runs on 30 hits in the series…Tuesday night, the two teams duked it out for 13-innings and 4-plus hours…The longest game in both respects since 2009 for the Sea Dogs.

Updated rotation: Pimentel, Hernandez, Britton, Kehrt, Martin

Game Notes

Derrik Gibson Video Interview

Lineups for Thursday (7:00 PM start) 

New Hampshire: Goins 6, Bocock 4, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Bailli DH, Ochinko 2, Van Kirk 7, Glenn 9, Jackson 8, Pino RHP

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Smith 5, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Hissey 7, Dent 4, Gentile 3, Kehrt RHP

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 and Fisher Cats again

Former Sea Dog Ryan Lavarnway is hitting .412 (28-for-68) in 17 games with the PawSox this month.

SEA DOGS BEGAN THEIR EXTENDED STAY LAST NIGHT: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Last night, Portland played their deepest extra-inning game since a 3-2, 14-inning win against New Hampshire on September 4, 2009 at Hadlock Field…The 4 hour 10 minute contest on Tuesday was Portland’s longest since June 24, 2009 at Connecticut when they played 4 hours and 34 minutes.

Game Notes

NESN’s feature on Jackie Bradley Jr.

Lineups for Wednesday (7:00 PM start) 

New Hampshire: Goins 6, Bocock 4, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Howard DH, Ochinko 2, Van Kirk 7, Glenn 9, Tolisano 8, McGuire RHP

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Smith 5, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Hissey 7, Dent 4, Gentile 3, Kehrt RHP

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.

‘Dogs home for over a week…Review the moves/Lineups and Notes

Former Sea Dog Ryan Lavarnway is hitting .412 (28-for-68) in 17 games with the PawSox this month.

The last time the Sea Dogs were home for eight straight days was the end of the 2010 season, tonight, Portland begins a nine-game, eight-day homestand against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Portland dropped three of four from Saturday-Monday in Trenton.

Portland has won four of six against the Fisher Cats this season, including a two-game sweep on May 7-9 at Hadlock Field – the two teams will make up that game on July 13th.

The Sea Dogs have four more series before the All-Star Break, all against New Hampshire and Trenton…Last series started 30 of 33 games for Portland against the Thunder and Fisher Cats.

  • Right-hander Jason Urquidez made his Sea Dogs debut last night, working 1.1 innings on two unearned runs.
  • Bryce Brentz provided Portland’s lone run on Monday night, clocking a solo-homer to right field on a 2-2 pitch with two outs in the nint.
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. was hitless for the first time in Double-A
  • Pawtucket suffered their eighth straight loss on Monday night, and were swept at home for the first time since 2005.
  • There was so much talk about Ryan Lavarnway’s early struggles, despite the season .268 after the first two monthsLavarnway is hitting .313 entering tonight’s game.

Portland has had a roster move in six straight days

June 21…OF Jackie Bradley Jr. assigned from High-A Salem…OF Juan Carlos Linares promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.
June 22…RHP Marco Duarte placed on the suspended list.
June 23…LHP Will Latimer promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.
June 24…OF Oscar Tejeda designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox…RHP Jason Urquidez contract purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League (Independent League) and assigned to Portland.
June 25…INF Zach Gentile activated from the disabled list (right shin contusion).
Today…RHP Jeremy Kehrt received from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Game Notes

NESN’s feature on Jackie Bradley Jr.

Lineups for Tuesday (7:00 PM start) 

New Hampshire: Tolisano 7, Bocock 4, Goins 6, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Howard DH, Ochinko 2, Bailli 9, Mujica 6, Stilson RHP

Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 5, Brentz 9, Butler 2, Spring 3, Gibson 6, Hissey 8, Dent 4, Martin RHP

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 and Thunder in the series finale…No Oscar

Oscar Tejeda was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox last night due to the Kevin Youkilis trade.

The Sea Dogs and Thunder complete their four-game series with the Trenton Thunder on Monday night from Waterfront Park…Portland was swept in a doubleheader on Saturday night due to Friday’s rainout, but won yesterday 6-5.

Last night Outfielder Oscar Tejeda was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox to make room on the 40-man roster…Tejeda hit .253 (167-for-659) with 10 homers and 72 RBI in 174 games with Portland.

Roster Move: INF Zach Gentile is active for tonight’s game

High Five to Will Middlebrooks for being named American League Player-of-the-Week…Also to former Sea Dog Anthony Rizzo on his call up to the Chicago Cubs.

Youukkk…Kevin Youkilis was a member of the 2003 Portland Sea Dogs

Yesterday, the Red Sox signed Right-hander Jason Urquidez from the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League and assigned him to Portland…Urquidez is wearing #29, and will work out of Portland’s ‘pen.  The former standout at Arizona State University (teammates with Dustin Pedroia) was teammates with former Sea Dog Beau Vaughan in Lancaster.  “We call Beau tweak, because he walks up and down the bullpen the entire game.” said Urquidez (pronounced Ur-key-dez).  “Beau is great, he’s lost tons of weight, so his routine is to pace from the bullpen pitcher’s mound to the plate until his name is called.” added Urquidez.

Urquidez and Marquez Smith have both joined from the Independent League the past nine days.

Game Notes

Lineups for Monday (7:05 PM start) 

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 5, Brentz DH, Butler 2, Spring 3, Gibson 6, Hissey 9, Natoli 4, Britton LHP

Trenton: Pirela 4, Adams DH, Z. Almonte 9, Mesa 8, Murton 3, Sublett 7, Gil 2, Maruszak 5, Mujica 6, Nuno LHP

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 and Thunder on Sunday…New Guy!

New Sea Dog Jason Urquidez spent six seasons in the Diamondbacks’ system…Last year he pitched with Triple-A Reno.

The Sea Dogs and Thunder played a 5 hour and 38 minute doubleheader on Sunday night, and continue their four-game series on Sunday afternoon from Waterfront Park…Portland was swept in last night’s twinbill, and have dropped 10 of 12 to the Eastern-Division Leading Thunder.

Earlier this morning, the Red Sox signed Right-hander Jason Urquidez from the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League and assigned him to Portland…Urquidez is wearing #29, and will work out of Portland’s ‘pen.  The former standout at Arizona State University (teammates with Dustin Pedroia) was teammates with former Sea Dog Beau Vaughan in Lancaster.  “We call Beau tweak, because he walks up and down the bullpen the entire game.” said Urquidez (pronounced Ur-key-dez).  “Beau is great, he’s lost tons of weight, so his routine is to pace from the bullpen pitcher’s mound to the plate until his name is called.” added Urquidez.

Urquidez and Marquez Smith have both joined from the Independent League the past eight days.

Trenton’s Cody Johnson won’t be swinging this series…He was placed on the disabled list yesterday.

Game Notes

Jackie Bradley Jr. press release

Lineups for Sunday (1:05 PM start) 

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Smith 5, Brentz 9, Butler 2, Spring 3, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Hissey 7, Hernandez LHP

Trenton: A. Almonte DH, Pirela 7, Adams 4, Z. Almonte 9, Mesa 8, Gil 3, Maruszak 5, Farnham 2, Mujica 6, O’Brien RHP

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 and Thunder play two…Jersey Boys

The Sea Dogs ended a 21-game stretch against the Western Division going 10-11, and open up a four-game weekend series against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) with a doubleheader on Saturday night…Portland plays 30 of their next 33 games against the Thunder and New Hampshire Fisher Cats…With Thursday night’s victory, Portland has won 10 of their last 14 games in Maine, and taken four straight series.

The cast of the Broadway Show “The Jersey Boys.” Maybe the Jersey boys (Ranaudo and Hernandez) in Portland will be cast in a show called the Major Leagues

In game two of tonight’s doubleheader, New Jersey native Anthony Ranaudo makes his seventh start of the season for the Sea Dogs…Ranaudo attended St. Rose High School, which is Belmar, New Jersey and located exactly 42 miles from Waterfront Park…Ranaudo and Jayson Hernandez grew up best friends, attended the same high school, and are together in Portland.  What a great story!  The odds of that happening have to be slim.

  • Jackie Bradley Jr. made his Double-A debut on Thursday night and went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and a stolen base…Bradley Jr. singled on the first pitch he saw, nailing a 92-mph fastball off Robert Gilliam into to right field.
  • Portland has dropped 8 of 10 to Trenton this season, but the two teams still have 15 games left in the season series.
  • Tonight officially starts the second half of the season…Last year, Portland was 25-46 after 71 games.

Trenton’s Cody Johnson won’t be swinging this series…He was placed on the disabled list yesterday.

Game Notes

Jackie Bradley Jr. press release

Lineups for Saturday (5:05 PM start) – Game 1

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Tejeda 7, Rodriguez 3, Smith 5, Brentz Butler 2, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Hissey 9, Pimentel RHP

Trenton: A. Almonte 7, Pirela DH, Adams 4, Z. Almonte 9, Mesa 8, Murton 3, Maruszak 5, Gil 2, Mujica 6, Hall LHP

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 visit Trenton for the weekend

The Sea Dogs ended a 21-game stretch against the Western Division going 10-11, and open up a four-game weekend series against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate)…Portland plays 30 of their next 33 games against the Thunder and New Hampshire Fisher Cats…With last night’s victory, Portland has won 10 of their last 14 games in Maine, and taken four straight series.

  • Jackie Bradley Jr. made his Double-A debut last night and went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and a stolen base…Bradley Jr. singled on the first pitch he saw, nailing a 92-mph fastball off Robert Gilliam into to right field.
  • Portland has dropped 8 of 10 to Trenton this season, but the two teams still have 15 games left in the season series.
  • Tonight officially starts the second half of the season…Last year, Portland was 25-46 after 71 games.

Trenton’s Cody Johnson won’t be swinging this series…He was placed on the disabled list earlier today.

Game Notes

Jackie Bradley Jr. press release

Lineups for Friday (7:05 PM start)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Tejeda 7, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Smith 5, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Hissey 9, Pimentel RHP

Trenton: A. Almonte 8, Pirela 4, Z. Almonte 9, Mesa DH, Murton 3, Sublett 7, Maruszak 5, Gil 2, Mujica 5, Hall LHP

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 and Senators!…Jackie Bradley Jr. here

Jackie Bradley Jr. will wear #7 for his new team

The Sea Dogs end their three-game series on Thursday night against the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals affiliate) at Hadlock Field.  Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston’s #10 prospect in the system according to Baseball America will make his Double-A debut.

Game Notes

Jackie Bradley Jr. press release

Lineups for Thursday (7:00 PM start)

Harrisburg: Kobernus 4, Walters 6, Valdez 9, Pahuta 3, Van Ostrand 7, Bloxom DH, Mayorson 5, Watts 2, Lozada 8, Gilliam RHP

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Smith 5, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Hissey 7. Martin RHP

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.

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