August 2012

Can’t believe there’s four left…History at Hadlock Field?

The Sea Dogs are down to their final four games, opening up a four-game series against the Reading Phillies at Hadlock Field….Reading needs a win tonight and a New Britain loss to clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern League.

Portland needs three wins to establish a new franchise record for home wins under the Red Sox affiliation. Could there be history at Hadock Field?  If DH Darrin Ruf homers tonight, he’ll have 21 this month, establishing a new professional baseball record.  Sammy Sosa hit 20 in June of 1998. Nice gesture by broadcast partner Dan Acheson.  He thought it would be nice to have DJ Abisalah work with me tonight.  DJ has been part of the broadcast team since 2006, and produces the game at the station when Dan joins me in the booth.  I can’t say how much these two guys mean to me – more than just co-workers.  They’re great people and friends for life.

Reading: Gillies 8, Asche 5, Ruf DH, Fox 3, Hulett 4, Joseph 2, Tripp 2, James 9, Hanzawa 6 RHP Brady Colvin (1-3, 9.51)

Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Hissey 9, Smith 5, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hedman 7, Spring 2, Wilkerson 8, Gentile 5, RHP Jeremy Kehrt  (7-3, 4.13)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch 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.

Brentz to Triple-A…Road season comes to an end

Bryce Brentz doesn’t have to wait anymore…he’s now with Triple-A Pawtucket. 

It’s been a fun couple of days here in New Hampshire, reading various stories about this current team.

Enjoy these features:

Peter Gammons on Michael Olmsted

Kevin Gray of the UnionLeader on Hanley Ramirez

Brian McPherson on Bryce Brentz’s promotion

Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Wilkerson 7, Smith 4, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Vazquez 2, Bermudez 8, Hedman 9, Gibson 5, RHP Brandon Workman (3-0, 1.50)

New Hampshire: Marisnick 8, Goins 6, Sobolewski 5, Schimpf 7, Glenn 9, Tolisano 4, Van Kirk DH, Jacobo 3, Galarraga 2 RHP Yohan Pino (9-7, 3.43)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch 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.

Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats on Wednesday night

TIME TO FOCUS ON THIRD PLACE, FINISHING STRONG:Tonight, the Sea Dogs continue a four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…Portland picked up the win in extra innings last night…With the win yesterday, the Dogs remain in fourth place, and have been eliminated from the playoffs due to the Reading Phillies win…Portland is 2.5 out of third behind the New Britain Rock Cats…The Sea Dogs have won or split eight straight series at Hadlock Field, and have won 12 of their last 14…Portland is 30-15 since the All-Star Break.

SIX-RUN 12TH PUTS PORTLAND OVER ‘CATS 9-3: The Portland Sea Dogs broke a 3-3 tie with six runs in the top of the 12th inning and took down the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-3…Allen Webster took the hill in his first outing with a Red Sox club since coming over from the Dodgers in last week’s trade…The righty gave up three runs over the first two frames, but settled down, finished four innings and struck out seven…Mike MacDonald (3-2) stole the show on the mound and tossed seven scoreless innings of relief…Bryce Brentz broke the tie with a two-run single and Travis Shaw broke it open with a three run homer in the 12th inning…Michael Olmsted pitched the bottom half of the inning in scoreless fashion to lock down the win.

NOW THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 35 games, the Portland bullpen has allowed just 34 earned runs over 148.1 innings (2.07 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 287 of their last 358 IP (80%)…Since the break, they have a 2.95 ERA (132 ER/403.2 IP).

LOOKING TO GO EVEN STEVEN:The Sea Dogs are again three games under .500…The Sea Dogs have been under .500 the entire season and were two-under after being swept by the Reading Phillies in an Opening Day doubleheader…Portland has not been .500 since they were 3-3 last April 12th…The ‘Dogs have not been over .500 since last Opening Day, when they defeated the Reading Phillies 4-3 at Hadlock Field…That marked the only time during the season Portland was over .500.

OFFENSIVE OUTPUT IS PRETTY GOOD: Xander Bogaerts is second in the organization with 20 homers…Jeremy Hazelbaker and Shaw are now third with 19… Brentz has 17 homers, which is fifth in the organization, all behind Mauro Gomez’s 25…Gomez was tabbed International League Player of the Year.

Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Smith 5, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Hissey 8, Bermudez 8, Gibson 5, Gentiel 4, RHP Brandon Workman (3-0, 1.50)

New Hampshire: Marisnick 8, Goins 6, Sobolewski 5, Schimpf 7, Glenn DH, Tolisano 4, Van Kirk 9, Jacobo 5, Clemens 2 RHP Yohan Pino (9-7, 3.43)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch 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.

Allen Webster has arrived in Portland

The Boston Red Sox have assigned right-handed pitcher Allen Webster to the Portland Sea Dogs.  Webster will wear uniform #21.  The Sea Dogs roster is now at the 25-man limit.

Webster was acquired by the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday in a nine player trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The trade sent former Sea Dogs Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez along with Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for first baseman James Loney, infielder Ivan DeJesus, Jr., right hander Allen Webster, and two players to be named later.

Webster has pitched at Double-A Chattanooga this year, posting a 6-8 record with a  3.55 ERA (48 ER/121.2 IP) and 117 strikeouts compared to 57 walks allowed in 27 appearances, including 22 starts.

The 22-year-old right-hander is tied for fourth in the Southern League in strikeouts and ranks seventh in the circuit in ERA, the second-best mark among full-season Dodgers farmhands.

He has surrendered just one home run all season and since May 15 ranks fourth among Double-A qualifiers with a 2.05 ERA (20 ER/88.0 IP) and fifth with a .215 opponent average (68-for-317).  Overall this season he has given up three earned runs or less in all but three starts and has held opponents to one earned run or less in a start 10 times.  He entered the 2012 season ranked by Baseball America as the Dodgers second-best prospect and as having that system’s best changeup, and was also tabbed by the publication as the No. 95 prospect overall in baseball.  Selected in the 18th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Webster is 34-24 with one save and a 3.34 ERA (180 ER/485.0 IP), 456 strikeouts, 456 hits allowed and 202 walks over five minor league seasons in the Los Angeles system.

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch 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.

Killer B’s on fire, Easter dinner…’Dogs and Mets from Hadlock

Bryce Brentz has been squaring up a lot of baseballs this month (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Saturday night from Hadlock Field…This team has been unreal to cover all season, and just during this run…After the first three days of the season, the team held an Easter Dinner get together in Reading, Pa. for the off-day…I could even tell back then how tight this bunch was.  No matter what the personal, the group has stayed very tight, and become one of the best teams I’ve ever covered.  There’s no way this season is a failure if they do fall short of the playoffs.  Portland was 18 games under .500, last place and 13 games out of a playoff spot last month!  They now sit one game under .500, and trail Reading by 4.5 games in the standings.  This is unreal.

Lefty Drake Britton gets the starting nod in tonight’s game…Britton is 2-1, 1.19 ERA (3 ER/22.2 IP) this month…He’s not allowed more than two earned runs since July 16th vs. Reading at Hadlock Field…Since the break, the ‘Dogs have a 2.92 ERA (118 ER/364.2 IP) as a staff, and now rank eighth in the Eastern League in pitching.

Inside the numbers

  1. 29-12 since the All-Star Break 
  2. Won seven straight series at Hadlock Field, and 12 of their last 13
  3. Looking for its first 7-game winning streak since April 13-20, 2008 when the ‘Dogs won 8 in a row.
  4. Have won 10 of 11 and 16 of their last 20.

Bryce Brentz hit just .200 in July, but he’s certainly put those struggles behind him…The Nashville, TN native is hitting .412 (28-for-68) with 4 homers and 20 RBI.

Familiar names…Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are all former Sea Dogs…They join former Sea Dog Hanley Ramirez on the roster.

Binghamton: Havens 4, Flores 5, Campbell 7, Dykstra 3, Marte DH, Martin 9, Pena 6, Kazmar 6, Zapata 8,  LHP Darin Gorski (8-7, 3.81)

Portland: Hissey 9, Smith 4, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz DH, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Spring 2, Wilkerson 8, Gibson 5, LHP Drake Britton (4-5, 3.60)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch 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.

Lineups and Notes for ‘Dogs and Mets

STAYING IN THE PLAYOFF HUNT: Tonight the Sea Dogs continue a four game series with the Binghamton Mets at Hadlock Field…Portland has won 9 of 10, and is coming off of a three-game sweep over the New Britain Rock Cats…With the win yesterday, Portland remains in fourth place, 4.5 games out of a playoff spot behind the Reading Phillies and are 3.5 out of third behind the New Britain Rock Cats…The Sea Dogs have won seven straight series at Hadlock Field, and 12 of their last 13…Portland is 28-12 since the All-Star Break and seeking their first 6-game winning streak since last June 1-7.

SEA DOGS STAY HOT WITH 14-9 SLUGFEST WIN OVER BINGHAMTON: Portland plated nine runs over the second, third, and fourth innings and held on late to win 14-9 over the Binghamton Mets in the opener of a four-game set…Jeremy Hazelbaker led the charge for the ‘Dogs at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two RBI and came up a home run short of the cycle…Portland collected a season-high 10 extra-base hits…Travis Shaw had three doubles and an RBI…Xander Bogaerts, Bryce Brentz and Peter Hissey chipped in with two RBI each…Bogaerts hit a two-run shot in the second, was hit by a pitch in the third and departed the game before his third plate appearance…Maine native Mike MacDonald (2-2) took home the win in the slugfest, working 6.2 innings on eight hits and six runs…Jason Urquidez pitched the final 2.1 innings in relief on six hits and three runs.

NOW THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 30 games, the Portland bullpen has allowed just 28 earned runs over 126.0 innings (2.00 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 252 of their last 310 IP (81%)…Since the break, they have a 2.91 ERA (115 ER/355.2 IP).

OFFENSIVE OUTPUT IS PRETTY GOOD: Bogaerts is second with the Drive’s Keury De La Cruz’s with 19 homers…Brentz, Hazelbaker and Shaw each have 17 homers, which is fourth in the organization, behind Mauro Gomez’s 24…Shaw tied a franchise record three doubles last night and is second in all of minor league baseball with 42.

WORTH THE HYPE:19-year old Xander Bogaerts has played 13 games in his Double-A career and has 18 hits, including four home runs and six doubles, since his promotion from the Salem Red Sox…Bogaerts is ranked the #2 prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…In 104 games with Salem, the Aruba native hit .302 (116-for-384) with 15 homers and 64 RBI…Also had 27 double and three triples.

Binghamton: Lagares 8, Havens DH, Flores 4, Campbell 3, Reyes 9, Marte 5, Pena 9, Tovar 6, Zapata 2,  LHP Gonzalez Germen (7-10, 4.65)

Portland: Hissey 7, Dent 4, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Wilkerson 8, Vazquez 2, Gibson 5, RHP Brandon Workman (2-0, 1.64)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch 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.

Sea Dogs back home against the B-Mets

BACK HOME SWEET HOME, STILL #WINNING: Tonight the Sea Dogs open up a four game series with the Binghamton Mets (Mets affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland has won 8 of 9, and is coming off of a three-game sweep over the New Britain Rock Cats…With the win yesterday, Portland finishes the season series 13-6 against the Rock Cats…The Sea Dogs have won seven straight series at Hadlock Field, and 12 of their last 13…Portland is 27-12 since the All-Star Break.

BRENTZ BOMBS SEA DOGS PAST ROCK CATS 7-2: Bryce Brentz hit two home runs, collected four hits and four RBI in Portland’s 7-2 win over the Rock Cats…Brentz got the scoring going in the first with an RBI single and Xander Bogaerts put the Dogs up 3-0 with a two RBI single, two hitters later…Stolmy Pimentel (5-6) gave up a run in the first and fourth innings, but finished six and earned his team high ninth quality start…Pimmy allowed the two runs, one earned, on four hits…He walked two and struck out four…Brentz left the yard in consecutive at-bats with a solo shot in the fifth and a two run shot in the seventh…Ryan Dent collected four hits as well…Chris Martin and Michael Olmsted backed up Pimentel’s strong start with three innings of scoreless relief…The win for Pimentel is his first win on the road since sine 9/5/11 vs. Myrtle Beach, with the Salem Red  Sox.

NOW THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 29 games, the Portland ‘pen has allowed just 25 earned runs over 123.2 innings (1.83 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 249 of their last 301 IP (83%)…Since the break, they have a 2.76 ERA (106 ER/346.2 IP).

OFFENSIVE OUTPUT IS PRETTY GOOD: Bogaerts third with 18 homers, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Bryce Brentz, and Travis Shaw have 17 homers, which is fourth in the organization, behind Mauro Gomez’s 24, and the Drive’s Kuery De La Cruz’s 18…De La Cruz leads the organization with 79 RBI…Shaw has 77, Bogaerts is fourth with 73 and Brentzis fifth with 69…Jackie Bradley Jr. leads the organization with 42 doubles and Shaw is second with 39.

WORTH THE HYPE: 19-year old Xander Bogaerts has played 12 games in his Double-A career and has 17 hits, including three home runs and six doubles, since his promotion from the Salem Red Sox…Bogaerts is ranked the #2 prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…In 104 games with Salem, the Aruba native hit .302 (116-for-384) with 15 homers and 64 RBI…Also had 27 double and three triples.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs continue a four-game weekend series against the Mets with game two tomorrow night at 7:00 PM…A four game set against the Fisher Cats awaits beginning Monday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH.

Portland: Hissey 8, Dent 4, Hazelbaker 9, Brentz DH, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 8, Vazquez 2, Gibson 5, Gentile 7, RHP Mike MacDonald (1-2, 4.86)

Binghamton: Lagares 8, Havens 4, Flores DH, Dykstra 3, Martin 7, Marte 5, Reyes 9, Tovar 6, Centeno 2,  RHP Cory Mazzoni (5-4, 3.49)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch 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.

Sea Dogs on a roll, close out their series in New Britain

 

Brock Huntzinger pitched three hitless innings in last night’s win…The bullpen twirled 10 scoreless and fanned 13.

WRAPPING UP A DOMINANT SEASON SERIES: Tonight the Sea Dogs end a three-game series, and season series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate)…Portland has won 7 of 8, including 4 of 5 during a 6-game stretch against the Rock Cats…With the win yesterday, Portland improved to 12-6 against the Rock Cats…The Sea Dogs have won seven straight series at Hadlock Field, and 12 of their last 13…Portland is 26-12 since the All-Star Break.

BULLPEN TOSSES 10 SCORELESS, SMITH DELIEVERS IN 15TH: Marquez Smith hit a two-run homerun in the top of the 15th inning to propel the Portland Sea Dogs over the New Britain Rock Cats 4-2 in the longest game of the season…Jeremy Kehrt took the hill and tossed the first five innings…He allowed two runs over the first three innings on five hits and two walks; he also struck out three…Bryce Brentz tied the game with a two-run single in the sixth…Portland ultimately won the battle of the bullpens…Chris Balcom-Miller, Caleb Clay, Ryan Pressly, and Brock Huntzinger combined to throw 10 scoreless innings in which they allowed four hits, three walks and tallied 13 strikeouts…The 15-inning affair was the longest game for the ‘Dogs since 4/16/2008 when they won a 17-inning game vs. Connecticut.

NOW THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 28 games, the Portland ‘pen has allowed just 25 earned runs over 120.2 innings (1.87 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 242 of their last 292 IP (83%)…Since the break, they have a 2.80 ERA (105 ER/337.2 IP).

Longest home winning streaks in franchise history

  1. 12 straight, June 15-July 11, 1996
  2. 8 straight, August 2-17, 2012
  3. 7 straight, April 8-23, 1997
  4. 7 straight, April 18-May 6, 1995

Portland: Hazelbaker 9, Dent 4, Brentz DH, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 8, Vazquez 2, Gibson 5, Gentile 7, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (4-6, 5.16)

New Britain: Hermann 7, Hanson 4, Arcia 8, Colabello 3, Romero 5, Tosoni 9, Pinto DH, Rohlfing 2, De Los Santos 4,  LHP Luke French (2-0, 1.64)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch 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.

Bradley Jr. update, last time Sea Dogs were in fourth place

Here’s a great tweet from Sea Dogs’ beat writer Kevin Thomas on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s injury last night – Crisis avoided #SeaDogs manager Kevin Boles says OF Jackie Bradley Jr. Is “day to day” after hurting his ankle while running bases Monday…I saw Jackie before the game and he was in great spirits, he was able to walk around last night, so it’s not serious.

Jason Urquidez is 3-0, 0.40 ERA (ER/22.1 IP) in his last 8 relief outings…He earned his fourth win of the season last night.

With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs improved to 25-12 since the All-Star break, and moved into fourth place for only the second time this season.  The Sea Dogs were in place for a half day on April 5th, when they dropped game one of the Opening Day doubleheader in Reading.

The Sea Dogs have already clinched the season series against New Britain, and have won 5 of 7 at New Britain Stadium…Last night was the squad improved to 22-13 (.629) in one-run games…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will be four games under .500 for the first time since they were 3-8 on April 15th.

NOW THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 27 games, the Portland ‘pen has allowed just 25 earned runs over 110.2 innings (2.04 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 229 of their last 277 IP (83%)…Since the break, they have a 2.88 ERA (103 ER/322.2 IP).

Nugget on tonight’s starter Jeremy Kehrt: 5-0, 1.93 ERA (8 ER/37.1 IP) in his last seven starts (Portland is 7-0).

THIS DATE IN SEA DOGS HISTORY: August 21, 2005 – Alberto Concepcion led off the 15th inning with a solo home run over the right field wall in New Hampshire, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 4-3, 15-inning marathon win in Manchester.

Longest home winning streaks in franchise history

  1. 12 straight, June 15-July 11, 1996
  2. 8 straight, August 2-17, 2012
  3. 7 straight, April 8-23, 1997
  4. 7 straight, April 18-May 6, 1995

Portland: Hazelbaker 9, Smith 4, Brentz DH, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 8, Spring 2, Gibson 5, Gentile 7, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (7-3, 4.09)

New Britain: Hicks 8, Hermann 2, Arcia 9, Colabello 3, Tosoni 7, Romero 5, Hanson DH, Beresford 6, Roof 4,  LHP Andrew Albers (4-3, 3.64)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch 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.

Sea Dogs and guess who? New Britain, now at their place.

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Monday night against the New Britain Rock Cats from New Britain Stadium…Portland is playing their final three-game series of the season…The ‘Dogs finished 5-1 on their past homestand, and need to go 5-3 in their final 8 home games to establish the best record at Hadlock Field as a Red Sox affiliate.

It’s a go! Roger Clemens is returning to baseball at the age of 50

Roger Clemens announced today that he’ll be returning to baseball…Clemens is set to pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters, and Independent League team based in Sugar Land Texas…Clemens’ teammates will feature some former Sea Dogs: Aaron Bates, Bubba Bell, Dominic Ramos, Dustin Richardson and Iggy Suarez…Former Tampa Bay Ray Scott Kazmir is part of their rotation. Tonight Drake Britton makes his first career start against the Rock Cats and his 14th in Double-A…Britton is coming off 5.1 scoreless innings on August 15th vs. Altoona at Hadlock Field. Longest home winning streaks All-Time at Hadlock Field

  1. 12 straight, June 15-July 11, 1996
  2. 8 straight, August 2-17, 2012
  3. 7 straight, April 8-23, 1997
  4. 7 straight, April 18-May 6, 1995

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Gibson 5, Dent DH, LHP Drake Britton (4-5, 3.71)

New Britain: Hicks 8, Hermann DH, Arcia 9, Colabello 3, Romero 5, Tosoni 7, Hanson 4, Rohlfing DH, De Los Santos 6,  RHP B.J. Hermsen (10-5, 3.04)

Game Notes

Workman and Bogaerts Highlights

Jackie Bradley Jr. Interview

RADIO NETWORKCatch 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.

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