Sea Dogs end the homestand on Wednesday afternoon.
MACDONALD WAS THE MAINE MAN: Camden, Maine native Mike MacDonald (1-0) tossed seven scoreless innings on five hits and Bryce Brentz drove in three runs, leading the Sea Dogs to a 7-0 win over Reading…MacDonald, the first Mainer to play for the Sea Dogs, did not issue a walk, fanned five, and allowed only one runner to reach third base…Portland scored three runs in the first inning off losing pitcher Julio Rodriguez (5-4)…Jackie Bradley Jr. jump started Portland’s offense with a solo-homer to right-center field – his first in Double-A…Marquez Smith went 2-for-4 with a first-inning RBI double…Jeremy Hazelbaker had three hits (two doubles & single) and reached base five times…Ryan Dent and Peter Hissey added RBI’s in the win.
SOMETIMES STEALING IS OKAY: Portland tied a franchise record with six stolen bases last night…They last accomplished the feat as a Marlins affiliate on May 11, 2002…Breakdown of the stolen bases: Hazelbaker and Hissey (two apiece) Bradley Jr. (#4) and Brentz (#5)…The Sea Dogs are 68 for 102 in stolen base attempts this season…Harrisburg leads the Eastern League with 99 steals.
AS SMOOTH AS SMITH: Smith is hitting .425 over his last 11 games (17-for-40) with a home run, 6 RBI, and 10 runs scored…Smith had a season-high four hits on July 14th vs. New Hampshire…The Florida native joined the Sea Dogs on June 16th after his contract was purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League.
MONTHLY DAP: The Boston Red Sox awarded RHP Brock Huntzinger (two perfect inning last night) with Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors and Hazelbaker with 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 hit .284 with 5 HR, 22 RBI, 6 2B, 9 BB and 7 SB and has reached base in seven straight plate appearances.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs hit the road tomorrow night to start a four-game weekend series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…On Monday, Portland returns home for a short three-game homestand against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate).
Lineups for Wednesday (12:00 PM start)
Reading: Myers 7, Hernandez 4, Ruf 3, Tripp DH, Castro 9, Asche 5, Valle 2, Abreu 8, Stumpo 2, Hanzawa 6, RHP Trevor May (7-6, 4.85)
Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Smith 5, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Hissey 7, Spring 2, Dent 6, Gentile 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (3-3, 5.10)
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.