Back At It — ‘Cats and ‘Dogs Kick Off Second Half
ALL-STAR FESTIVITIES COMPLETE: The East All-Stars walked off over the West All-Stars 5-4 in the Eastern League All Star Game in Reading, PA…The Sea Dogs were well represented with pitcher Aaron Kurcz, and position players Bryce Brentz and Reynaldo Rodriguez earning selections to the East squad…Binghamton’s Eric Campbell hit an RBI single with two-down in the ninth and plated Reading’s Troy Hanzawa to send the East to the 5-4 win…Brentz went 0-for-4 with two Ks in the game and Kurcz delivered one and two-thirds innings of scoreless, hitless relief and he struck out two…Rodriguez did not play in the game. New Hampshire’s Mike McDade went 4-for-4 with two RBI in the East’s win.
SECOND HALF STRETCH: As the All-Star break has passed, the unofficial second half of the season begins for the Eastern League…The Sea Dogs open up with an eight game in seven day homestand…The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are first in town for five games including a doubleheader tomorrow night…Portland leads the season series 7-6 and have a 4-2 record against the ‘Cats at Hadlock.
Lineups for Thursday (7:00 PM start)
Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 5, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Butler 2, Hissey 9, Gibson 6, Dent 4, LHP Latimer (1-3, 4.05)
New Hampshire: Tolisano 7, Marisnick 8, McDade 3, Glenn 9, Ochinko 2, Sobolewski 5, Van Kirk DH, Howard 4, Bocock 6, RHP Stilson (2-1, 2.86)
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.