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)
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