Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats, yes again!
MOVING ON FROM A GREAT HOMESTAND: After a 6-2 homestand, Portland hits the road for four games against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The ‘Dogs have taken 11 of 18 from the ‘Cats this year…Portland concluded their homestand on Wednesday afternoon with a 12-0 win in the series finale against the Reading Phillies…The Sea Dogs put together back-to-back shutouts (7-0, 12-0 vs. Reading) for the first time since June 13 (3-0 at Akron) + June 15 (1-0 vs. Erie) and enter tonight’s game with 20 scoreless innings.
KEHRT PERFECT, HAZELBAKER ON FIRE IN 12-0 WIN: Jeremy Kehrt pitched five perfect innings and Jeremy Hazelbaker went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in the Sea Dogs 12-0 win over the Reading Phillies…Hazelbaker put Portland in front with a two-run opposite field home run in the first inning…Marquez Smith added a three-run home run in the fifth, and the rout was on…Kehrt began the game by retiring the first fifteen hitters in a row, before being lifted after the fifth…Chris Balcom-Miller pitched a perfect sixth, but allowed a leadoff single in the seventh to break up the perfect game bid…Haze was at it again in the sixth with a three-run opposite field homer.
SOMETIMES STEALING IS OKAY: Portland tied a franchise record with six stolen bases on Tuesday night…They last accomplished the feat as a Marlins affiliate on May 11, 2002…Breakdown of the stolen bases: Hazelbaker and Peter Hissey (two apiece) Jackie Bradley Jr. (#4) and Bryce Brentz (#5)…The Sea Dogs are 69 for 103 in stolen base attempts this season…Harrisburg leads the Eastern League with 99 steals.
TOP OF THE ORDER HAS BEEN TOP NOTCH: Over the three-game series with the Reading Phillies, four players hit in the top three places in the order and combined to go 16-for-37 (.432) with four home runs, 14 RBI, 16 runs scored, five doubles, and two triples. Smith and Hazelbaker have led the charge over the three games with 12 of the 16 hits.
MONTHLY DAP: The Boston Red Sox awarded RHP Brock Huntzinger (two perfect inning last night)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 hit .284 with 5 HR, 22 RBI, 6 2B, 9 BB and 7 SB and has reached base safely in 11 of his last 12 plate appearances.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs continue the four-game roadtrip tomorrow night with game two 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 Thursday (7:05 PM start)
Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Smith 5, Brentz DH, Butler 2, Hissey 9, Hedman 3, Gibson 6, Gentile 4, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (3-3, 5.10)
New Hampshire: Goins 6, Marisnick 8, Bailli DH, McDade 3, Ochkino 2, Howard 5, Glenn 9, Tolisano 8, Bocock 4, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (3-4, 5.37)
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.