July 2012

Wright switches dugouts…Masterson sighting

 

There were rumors that former Sea Dog Justin Masterson might end up in Boston…This is not him at Hadlock Field, but a fan from Cleveland is here for a wedding.

 

Former Akron Aero Steven Wright was traded during Portland’s batting practice to the Boston Red Sox for former Sea Dogs Lars Anderson…Wright becomes the fifth knuckleballer in franchise history joining: RHP John Barnes (2007), RHP Charlie HaegerLHP Joe Rogers (2004)and Charlie Zink (2003-07)…Barnes is the knuckleballer to start (August 29, 2007).

Before the game I bumped into a Indians fan in the concourse, who is visiting Hadlock Field for the first time.  I asked him if I could take a picture of his jersey – since he was wearing Justin Masterson…Masterson was rumored to be traded to Boston.

Quotes from Kevin Thomas’ article with Steven Wright 

“Exciting,” he said, still in his Aeros uniform. “With (Tim) Wakefield and the success he has had there.”

Wakefield, the recently-retired knuckleball pitcher of the Red Sox, recently talked to Wright, a phone call arranged by Rob Leary, the former Red Sox coach who is now the Indians minor league field coordinator.

“We just talked on the phone a little bit before my last start,” Wright said. “It was nice to pick his brain.

A SWING THROUGH THE WILD WEST: The Sea Dogs begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland begins a stretch of 15 straight games against the Western Division – tonight is their first meeting with the Aeros…After dropping 8 of 10 to start July, the ‘Dogs have won 12 of their last 19, and will finish the month at .500 (15-15) with a win tonight.

 NOT IN THEIR LONG: Stolmy Pimentel (4-5) lasted a 1/3 of an inning (career-low) in Sunday’s loss to the Binghamton Mets 6-2 at NYSEG Stadium…Pimentel yielded four runs in the first on one hit, four walks and a hit batter…Mark Cohoon (6-7) worked 5.2 innings on 5 hits and 2 runs to earn the win…Juan Centeno and Dustin Martin drove in two runs for the B-Mets…Jackie Bradley Jr. clobbered his 4th homer of the season during a two-run sixth…Kolbrin Vitek added a run-scoring double with two outs…Portland’s bullpen allowed just two runs in 7.2 IP on 5 hits, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.

Lineups for Tuesday

Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Neal 7, Weglarz DH, Diaz 6, Abraham 3, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Toole 4  LHP Giovanio Soto (6-7, 4.08)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Smith 4, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Vitek 5, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Bermudez 7, RHP Jason Urquidez (1-2, 3.33)

Game Notes

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Last Game at NYSEG Stadium this season

IN A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: The Sea Dogs ended a six-game losing streak at NYSEG Stadium with last night’s win, and look for the four-game series split against the Mets on Sunday afternoon…Binghamton clinched the season series by taking both games of Friday night’s doubleheader…The two teams have more one more series, a four-game set at Hadlock Field on August 23-26.

SCORING EARLY DID THE TRICK: Portland scored three runs in the first inning and received a strong pitching performance from Jeremy Kehrt (5-3), Michael Olmsted and Josh Fields in a 5-1 victory over Binghamton ton Saturday.  The top four batters in Portland’s lineup reached to start the game off losing pitcher Greg Peavey (4-7).  Jackie Bradley Jr. led off the game with a walk and scored on Jeremy Hazelbaker’s team-leading 17th homer of the season.  Reynaldo Rodriguez doubled home Marquez Smith, who nailed a double down the left-field line.  Smith drove in Portland’s final two runs with a sac-fly in the second and fifth innings.  Kehrt earned the win, hurling 5.2 innings on five hits, one un, one walk and four strikeouts.  Olmsted fanned five over two scoreless frames and Fields wrapped up the win by retiring the final four batters.

PITCHING HELPING THE WAY: Over the last nine games, the Portland bullpen has been outstanding and has allowed just eight runs over 39.1 innings (1.93 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 90 of their last 109 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.01 ERA (52 ER/155.2 IP)…Stolmy Pimentel looks for his second straight win and the first of his Double-A career against Binghamton.

STEADY GOES SMITH: Smithhas played in 41 games with the Sea Dogs and made his first start as the DH on Saturday…The infielder is hitting .308 (49-for-159) with three home runs and 22 RBI…Smith has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 starts:19-for-52 (.365), 2 HR, 10 RBI, 3B, 6 2B

FIELDS IS ON FIRE: Fields has been the team’s top reliever since June 13th…He had a season-high five strikeouts on July 24th vs. Trenton…Last 13 outings: 2-0-4, 0.40 ERA (ER/22.1 IP), 5 H, 2 R, ER, 5 BB, 28 SO…Has a strikeout in 28 of 31 appearances…Olmsted joined Fields and Kurcz as the three pitchers who have recorded five strikeouts in relief.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland is off tomorrow and opens up a six-game homestand on Tuesday night with the first of three-games against the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate)…On Friday night, the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) make their only appearance in Maine to start a three-game weekend series.

Lineups for Sunday

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 5, Rodriguez 3, Vitek DH, Butler 2, Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Dent 4, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (4-3, 4.83)

Binghamton: Lageres 8, Kazmar 4, Flores 3, Campbell DH, Marte 5, Martin 9, Centeno 2, Tovar 6, Zapata 7  LHP Mark Cohoon (5-7, 3.60)

Game Notes

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Notes, Lineups…Not in a New York State of Mind

New York State of Mind was a hit by Billy Joel….New York has not been a hit for Portland, they’re 0-6 in Binghamton this season.

So many New York tie-ins, I couldn’t pass it up for today’s blog…The Red Sox lost 10-3 at Yankee Stadium last night and the Sea Dogs are playing their second straight series against a New York affiliate.  Portland is 10-28 against the New York affiliates (Trenton and Binghamton) this season, and haven’t won a game at NYSEG Stadium.  Despite last night’s doubleheader sweep, the ‘Dogs are 11-6 since the All-Star break.

BRING ON THE DIFFERENT FOES: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue a four game, three-day weekend series with game three tonight…It is just the second time in over a month that the Sea Dogs aren’t playing the Trenton Thunder or New Hampshire Fisher Cats (7/16-7/18 vs. Reading)…The ‘Dogs have not fared well against the B-Mets winning three of the 13 matchups so far…The two teams have six games remaining in the season series.

B-METS STING ‘DOGS IN DOUBLE DIP 2-1, 3-1: The Binghamton Mets swept away the Portland Sea Dogs in a doubleheader Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…Game 1: The B-Mets notched a run in the third and fourth innings respectively and survived a Sea Dogs threat in the seventh to hang on and win 2-1…Zach Gentile brought home the lone run for Portland with an RBI single in the fifth inning to cut the deficit in half at 2-1…Drake Britton allowed two runs on seven hits, he walked three and struck out seven over five innings…Cory Mazzoni shut down the Sea Dogs over the first six frames and handed things over to major leaguer Frank Francisco who locked it down for the save and the win…Game 2: The Binghamton Mets took game two 3-1 with a little late inning magic over the Portland Sea Dogs…Dustin Martin hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Mets up 3-1 for good…Bryce Brentz hit a solo home run on the first pitch of the second inning for Portland’s lone run…Darin Gorski delivered six strong innings and took home the win.

PITCHING HELPING THE WAY: Over the last eight games, the Portland bullpen has been outstanding and has allowed just eight runs over 34 innings (2.11 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 82 of their last 100 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.14 ERA (51 ER/146.2 IP).

STEADY GOES SMITH: Marquez Smith has played in forty games with the Sea Dogs and has been outstanding in his time…The infielder is hitting .306 (48-for-157) with three home runs and 20 RBI…Smith has compiled a .362 on-base percentage and is slugging .465 with Portland.

FIELDS IS ON FIRE: Josh Fields has been the team’s top reliever since June 13th…He had a season-high five strikeouts on July 24th vs. Trenton…Last 12 outings: 2-0-4, 0.43 ERA (ER/21.0 IP), 5 H, 2 R, ER, 5 BB, 27 SO…Has a strikeout in 27 of 30 appearances.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland wraps up the four-game weekend series against the Binghamton Mets with the finale tomorrow at 1:05 PM…This marks the final series at NYSEG stadium…The ‘Dogs have a six game homestand waiting on the other side with the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) and the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate).

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Smith DH, Rodriguez 3, Vitek 5, Hissey 9, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Dent 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (4-3, 4.73)

Binghamton: Lageres 8, Fisher 4, Campbell 7, Dykstra 3, Flores 5, Marte DH, Martin 9, Pena 2, Tovar 6,  RHP Greg Peavey (4-6, 5.64)

Game Notes

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Starting with two…Maine native in game two

BRING ON THE DIFFERENT FOES: After last night’s rainout, the Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets start a four game, three-day weekend series…It is just the second time in over a month that the Sea Dogs aren’t playing the Trenton Thunder or New Hampshire Fisher Cats (7/16-7/18 vs. Reading)…The ‘Dogs have not fared well against the B-Mets winning three of the 11 matchups so far…The two teams have eight games remaining in the season series.

THUNDER BRING THE BOOMSTICKS IN 4-2 FINALE WIN (Wednesday): The Trenton Thunder upped its league-leading home run total to 125 and scored all of their runs on two homers in the 4-2 win over the Portland Sea Dogs in the season finale between the two teams…Jason Urquidez took the hill in his second career start and gave the ‘Dogs five strong innings…Zoilo Almonte tagged a solo shot off the righty in the fourth to put the Thunder up 1-0, but that is all Urquidez allowed in his outing…Portland tied the game in the sixth when Bryce Brentz hit the fourth straight single to start the inning and plated Jeremy Hazelbaker with the team’s first run…Ryan Pressly was first out of the ‘pen and gave up a three-run blast to Neil Medchill that put the Thunder out in front for good…The ‘Dogs tried to rally and scored a run in the ninth, but that was all they could muster off of Kelvin PerezMichael Olmsted made his Double-A debut and pitched two scoreless with 3Ks a hit and a walk.

PITCHING HELPING THE WAY: Over the last six games, the Portland bullpen has been outstanding and has allowed just seven runs over 32 innings (1.97 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 73 of their last 88 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.08 ERA (46 ER/134.2 IP).

JEREMY IN QUITE THE HAZE: Jeremy Hazelbaker was honored as the Eastern League Player of the Week for last week and tabbed as the minor league base runner of the month for June in the Red Sox organization…Since June 1st the outfielder is hitting .267, with 12 homers, 35 RBI, 10 doubles, two triples, and 15 steals in 20 chances…Last week he hit .417, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 10 R.

FIELDS IS ON FIRE: Josh Fields has been the team’s top reliever since June 13th…He had a season-high five strikeouts last night…Last 12 outings: 2-0-4, 0.43 ERA (ER/21.0 IP), 5 H, 2 R, ER, 5 BB, 27 SO…Has a strikeout in 27 of 30 appearances.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland continues a four-game weekend series against the Binghamton Mets with game three tomorrow at 7:05 PM…This marks the final series at NYSEG stadium…The ‘Dogs have a six game homestand waiting on the other side with the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) and the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate).

Game 1
Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 5, Rodriguez 3, Butler 2, Hissey 9, Bermudez 8, Gibson 6, Dent 4, LHP Drake Britton (2-3, 4.75)

Binghamton: Lageres 8, Havens DH, Campbell 7, Dykstra 3, Flores 4, Marte 5, Martin 9, Kazmar 6, Centeno 2, RHP Cory Mazzoni (3-3, 3.50)

Game Notes

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Sea Dogs and Thunder finish their 3-game set

BETTER LATER THAN NEVER: The Sea Dogs are now 11-3 since the All-Star break and are a game above .500 (17-16) in the last 33 games…Tonight marks the final meeting of the season between Portland and Trenton…The ‘Dogs have clinched their first series win against the Thunder this season, and look for their second series sweep at Hadlock Field this season (first against New Hampshire)…The Sea Dogs are 40-40 against all other opponents in the Eastern League in 2012.

STOLMY STYMIES, REY-ROD PROVIDES POWER IN 5-2 WIN: Reynaldo Rodriguez crushed two home runs and provided all of the run support in back of Stolmy Pimentel in Portland’s 5-2 win over the Thunder…Pimentel cruised in the first, gave up a run in the second, but settled into a groove and finished six and one-third innings and allowed two runs, on four hits, he walked one and struck out six…Rodriguez put the ‘Dogs in front in the first with a three-run home run in over the Maine Monster and the Sea Dogs never look back…Rey-Rod struck again with a boost of insurance in the form of a two-run shot crushed over the monster again and put it out of reach at 5-2…On the other side of the bump, Shaeffer Hall was solid and delivered seven and two-thirds innings…The southpaw allowed four runs, on seven hits he walked one and struck out three in taking the loss.

PITCHING HELPING THE WAY: Over the last five games, the Portland bullpen has been outstanding and has allowed just four runs over 28 innings (1.29 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 66 of their last 79 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.02 ERA (42 ER/125.2 IP).

JEREMY IN QUITE THE HAZE: Jeremy Hazelbaker was honored as the Eastern League Player of the Week for last week and tabbed as the minor league base runner of the month for June in the Red Sox organization…Since June 1st the outfielder is hitting .267, with 12 bombs, 35 RBI, 10 doubles, two triples, and 15 steals in 20 chances…Last week he hit .417, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 10 R.

FIELDS IS ON FIRE: Josh Fields has been the team’s top reliever since June 13th…He had a season-high five strikeouts last night…Last 12 outings: 2-0-4, 0.43 ERA (ER/21.0 IP), 5 H, 2 R, ER, 5 BB, 27 SO…Has a strikeout in 27 of 30 appearances.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland hits the road for Binghamton, New York to take on the Mets for a four-game weekend series…The final series at NYSEG stadium…The ‘Dogs have a six game homestand waiting on the other side with the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) and the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate).

Trenton: Pirela 7, Maruszak 6, Adams 4, Z. Almonte 8, Murton 3, Mahoney 5, Murphy 2, Segedin 9, Medchill DH, RHP Brett Marshall (10-4, 2.97)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 5, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Vitek DH, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Dent 4, RHP Jason Urquidez (1-2, 3.72)

Game Notes

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.

Sargent Slaughter in the house…’Dogs and Thunder

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder play game two of their three-game series on Tuesday night from Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped 17 of 23 to the Thunder this season…This series is the final three meetings of the year between the two division rivals.

BETTER LATER THAN NEVER: The Sea Dogs are now 10-3 since the All-Star and are at an even .500 (16-16) in the last 32 games…Portland and Trenton continue a three-game series with game two tonight…The ‘Dogs haven’t had much success against the Thunder winning just six of 22 so far this season…This marks the final series between the two teams in 2012…The Sea Dogs are 40-40 against all other opponents in the Eastern League in 2012.

HADLOCK HISSEY STRIKES AGAIN! ‘DOGS WIN 7-4 IN 11: Peter Hissey hit a walk-off, three-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning and sent the Sea Dogs to the 7-4 win in the series opener against the Trenton Thunder…Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jeremy Hazelbaker hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to put the Sea Dogs up early…The two teams traded blows back and forth until the Sea Dogs tied it in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch…In the 11th, Bryce Brentz singled with one out and Dan Butler walked in front of Hissey…The left fielder swung at the first pitch, a change-up and crushed it to right for the game winner…Will Latimer got out of a jam in the top half of the inning and picked up the win…The Trenton arms walked 12 Sea Dogs in the affair…The Portland bullpen was once again stellar and delivered five and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief…Trenton hit two home runs in the game and upped its league leading total to 123.

PITCHING HELPING THE WAY: Over the last five games, the Portland bullpen has been outstanding and has allowed just four runs over 25 and one-third innings (1.43 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 59 of their last 70 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.10 ERA (40 ER/116.2 IP).

JEREMY IN QUITE THE HAZE: Hazelbaker was honored as the Eastern League Player of the Week for last week and tabbed as the minor league base runner of the month for June in the Red Sox organization…Since June 1st the outfielder is hitting .274, with 12 bombs, 35 RBI, 10 doubles, two triples, and 15 steals in 20 chances…Last week he hit .417, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 10 R.

‘ZINGER IN THE ZONE: The Red Sox awarded Brock Huntzinger with Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for the month of June…Since June 1st…Huntzinger has appeared in 16 games and is 2-0 with four saves, a 2.39 ERA, and a .165 batting average against.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton wrap up a short three-game series against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) tomorrow at 6:00 PM…Following the three gamer, the ‘Dogs hit the road to Binghamton (Mets affiliate) for a four-game series, the final series at NYSEG Stadium this season.

Trenton: Pirela 4, Maruszak 6, Adams DH, Z. Almonte 9, Mesa 8, Murphy 2, Mahoney 3, Segedin 5, Medchill 7, LHP Shaeffer Hall (8-6, 3.42)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 4, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Vitek 5, Hissey 9, Spring 2, Dent 6, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (3-4, 5.00)

Game Notes

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Sox and Yankees meet in Double-A

Earlier today Jeremy Hazelbaker was named the Eastern League Player of the Week…He leads the Sea Dogs with 15 homers.

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder open up a three-game series on Monday night from Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped 17 of 22 to the Thunder this season…This series is the final three meetings of the year between the two division rivals.

BETTER LATER THAN NEVER: The Sea Dogs are now 9-3 since the All-Star and are one game under .500 (15-16) in the last 31 games…Portland and Trenton open up a three-game series tonight…The ‘Dogs haven’t had much success against the Thunder winning just five of 22 so far this season…This marks the final series between the two teams in 2012…The Sea Dogs are 40-40 against all other opponents in the Eastern League in 2012.

FISHER CATS SALVAGE SERIES FINALE 6-5 IN 10: John Tolisano hit an RBI single to right that plated Kenan Bailli and gave the New Hampshire Fisher Cats the 6-5 win in 10 innings over the Sea Dogs…Portland jumped on the board in the first inning when Jeremy Hazelbaker and Marquez Smith hit back-to-back solo home runs in the first inning…Trailing 3-0 in the second the Fisher Cats plated five runs on six hits in the third inning…Portland Tied it in the third with two more runs when Smith and Bryce Brentz hit doubles and a wild pitch allowed Brentz to score from third…Mike MacDonald gave up the five runs in the second, but worked through 4.1 innings in his third start as a Sea Dog…Chris Balcom-Miller delivered three and two-third innings of scoreless, hitless relief…Ryan Pressly took the loss with the run allowed in the 10th.

 

PITCHING HELPING THE WAY: Over the four-game set with the Fisher Cats, the bullpen was outstanding and allowed just four runs over 19 and two-thirds innings (1.88 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 52 of their last 59 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.17 ERA (37 ER/105.2 IP).

TOP OF THE ORDER HAS BEEN TOP NOTCH: Over the past six games, four players have hit in the top three places in the order and combined to go 32-for-91 (.352) with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 27 runs scored, eight doubles, and two triples…Marquez Smith and Jeremy Hazelbaker have led the charge over the three games with 24 of the 32 hits.

MONTHLY AND WEEKLY DAP: The Red Sox awarded Brock Huntzinger with Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors and Hazelbakerwith Minor League Base Runner of the Month honors for the month of June…Huntzinger went 1-0, 1.80 ERA and two saves in 9 games in June…Hazelbaker is hitting .278 (44-for-158), 11 HR, 34 RBI since June 1st…He was tabbed EL Player of the Week today for last week .417, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 10 R.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton continue a short three-game series against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) tomorrow at 7:00 PM…Following the three gamer, the ‘Dogs hit the road to Binghamton (Mets affiliate) for a four-game series, the final series at NYSEG Stadium this season.

Trenton: Pirela 7, Mahoney 3, Adams 4, Murton DH, Mesa 8, Segedin 5, Medchill 9, Gil 2, Mujica 6, RHP Vidal Nuno (5-2, 1.56)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Smith 5, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Butler 2, Hissey 7, Gibson 6, Dent 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (4-3, 4.71)

Game Notes

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.

Roger Clemens Video…’Dogs look for the sweep

BETTER LATER THAN NEVER: The Sea Dogs are now 9-2 since the All-Star and are at an even .500 (15-15) in the last 30 games…Portland and New Hampshire wrap up the four game series this afternoon…The ‘Dogs have had success against the ‘Cats winning 14 of 21 so far this season…Portland and New Hampshire have five games remaining, all at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester.

BRITTON BOUNCES BACK, ‘DOGS ROLL 9-1: The Portland Sea Dogs jumped on the board with three in the third and tallied six more runs in the 9-1 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Drake Britton didn’t have command of his fastball early, but made due with great off-speed deliveries and held the ‘Cats to one run in seven innings…The lefty found his fastball late and finished with eight strikeouts…Matt Spring hit a towering fly ball to left in the third that floated out for a three-run homer and gave the Dogs the 3-0 lead…In the fifth, Reynaldo Rodriguez followed suit and delivered a moonshot, two-run homer to left and put Portland up 6-1…Marquez Smith finished with four hits for the second time in a week, and picked up two RBI in the game as well…Aaron Kurcz delivered two scoreless innings to close out the game on the mound…Rodriguez finished with three hits, three runs score and three runs driven in.

PITCHING HELPING THE WAY: The Sea Dogs five-game win streak is their longest since last June 1-7, when they won six straight games…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 44 of their last 49 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 2.91 ERA (31 ER/96.0 IP).

TOP OF THE ORDER HAS BEEN TOP NOTCH: Over the past six games, four players have hit in the top three places in the order and combined to go 28-for-78 (.359) with six home runs, 22 RBI, 24 runs scored, seven doubles, and two triples…Marquez Smith and Jeremy Hazelbaker have led the charge over the three games with 21 of the 28 hits.

MONTHLY DAP: The Red Sox awarded Brock Huntzinger with Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors and Hazelbakerwith Minor League Base Runner of the Month honors for the month of June…Huntzinger went 1-0, 1.80 ERA and two saves in 9 games in June…Hazelbaker is hitting .277 (43-for-155), 10 HR, 33 RBI since June 1st.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Monday Portland returns home for a short three-game homestand against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) that kicks off at 7:00 PM…Following the three gamer, the ‘Dogs hit the road to Binghamton for a four-game series, the final series at NYSEG Stadium this season.

Lineups for Sunday (1:35 PM start)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Smith DH, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Vitek 5, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Gentile 4, RHP Mike MacDonald (1-0, 1.17)

New Hampshire: Tolisano 7, Marisnick 8, Goins 6, McDade 3, Howard 5, Glenn 9, Bailli DH, Ochinko 2, Bocock 4, RHP John Stilson (2-2, 3.38)

Game Notes

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.

Clemens (AUDIO)…Portland can clinch the season series

BETTER LATER THAN NEVER: The Sea Dogs are now 8-2 since the All-Star and are one game under .500 (14-15) in the last 29 games…Portland and New Hampshire continue the four game series tonight…The ‘Dogs have had success against the ‘Cats winning 13 of 20 so far this season…Portland and New Hampshire have six games remaining, all at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester.

BULLPEN BRILLIANT, OFFENSE RESILIENT, ‘DOGS HOLD ON 10-9 IN 11: The Portland Sea Dogs trailed by six after the first inning, but tied in it the eighth, took the lead in the 11th and held on for good 10-9…Will Latimer started and lasted just two-thirds of an inning and allowed seven runs on five hits…Portland’s offense tallied two runs in the first, but trailed 8-2 after one…The Sea Dogs kept crawling back and tied the game on a Jackie Bradley Jr. three-run homer to left-center in the eighth…In the 11th Reynaldo Rodriguez and Dan Butler hit back-to-back doubles to break the tie, and Butler came around to score ona Peter Hissey single to make it 10-8…The bullpen was outstanding for Portland…Jason Urquidez allowed just one run over four and one-third innings and Caleb Clay and Josh Fields combined to toss five scoreless innings…Brock Huntzinger gave up a run in the 11th but locked down his fourth save. 

PIMENTEL LEADING THE PITCHING CHARGE: Stolmy Pimentel has worked consecutive 7-inning stints, and notched his team-leading sixth quality start of the season on Thursday…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 36 of their last 40 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.10 ERA (30 ER/87.0 IP).

TOP OF THE ORDER HAS BEEN TOP NOTCH: Over the past five games, four players have hit in the top three places in the order and combined to go 22-for-63 (.349) with six home runs, 20 RBI, 21 runs scored, five doubles, and two triples…Marquez Smith and Jeremy Hazelbaker have led the charge over the three games with 16 of the 22 hits.

Lineups for Saturday (7:05 PM start)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 5, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Hissey 9, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Dent 4, LHP Drake Britton (1-3, 5.36)

New Hampshire: Goins 6, Marisnick 8, McDade 3, Glenn DH, Howard 5, Van Kirk 7, Bailli 9, Bocock 4, Clemens 2 RHP Yohan Pino  (5-4, 3.54)

Game Notes

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.

Hernandez promoted…Clemens in the house

 

Roger Clemens throwing batting practice for the Fisher Cats.

BETTER LATER THAN NEVER: The Sea Dogs are now 7-2 since the All-Star and are two games under .500 (13-15) in the last 28 games…Portland and New Hampshire continue the four game series tonight…The ‘Dogs have had success against the ‘Cats winning 12 of 19 so far this season…Portland and New Hampshire have seven games remaining, all at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester.

STOLMY STELLAR, BUTLER SAVES THE DAY IN 3-2 WIN: The Portland Sea Dogs trailed heading into the ninth, but plated two unearned runs in the ninth to take home the 3-2 win over the Fisher Cats. Kevin Howard committed two throwing errors in the ninth that led to two Portland runs scoring. Dan Butler was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a fielder’s choice and throwing error and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly to left by Reynaldo Rodriguez…In the bottom of the ninth Butler allowed a runner to reach on a passed ball on a strike out, but the catcher hosed Brad Glenn when he tried to steal second to end the game…Stolmy Pimentel started for the fourth straight time against New Hampshire, and once again was on point…Pimentel went seven and allowed just one run on six hits…Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a solo shot to right-center to put the Sea Dogs up 1-0 in the third.

PIMENTEL LEADING THE PITCHING CHARGE: Pimentel has worked consecutive 7-inning stints, and notches his team-leading sixth quality start of the season…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 27 of their last 29 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 2.42 ERA (21 ER/78.0 IP)…Tonight, Will Latimer makes his second career start – both will be against New Hampshire.

TOP OF THE ORDER HAS BEEN TOP NOTCH: Over the past four games, four players have hit in the top three places in the order and combined to go 18-for-47 (.383) with five home runs, 15 RBI, 17 runs scored, five doubles, and two triples. Smith and Hazelbaker have led the charge over the three games with 14 of the 18 hits.

MONTHLY DAP: The Red Sox awarded RHP Brock Huntzinger with Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors and Hazelbakerwith Minor League Base Runner of the Month honors for the month of June…Huntzinger went 1-0, 1.80 ERA and two saves in 9 games in June…Hazelbaker is hitting .280 (42-for-150), 10 HR, 32 RBI since June 1st.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs continue the four-game roadtrip tomorrow night with game three of a four-game weekend series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at 7:05 PM…On Monday, Portland returns home for a short three-game homestand against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate).

Lineups for Friday (7:05 PM start)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Smith 5, Rodriguez 3, Butler 2, Hissey 7, Bermudez 9, Gibson 6, Dent 4, LHP Will Latimer (1-3, 3.86)

New Hampshire: Marisnick 8, Goins 6, Sobolewski 5, McDade 3, Glenn 9, Ochinko 2, Van Kirk DH, Bocock 4, Tolisano 7 RHP Ryan Tepera  (3-1, 3.56)

Game Notes

Chris Carpenter 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.

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