Sox and Yankees meet in Double-A
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)
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.