Noontime baseball at Hadlock Field
A SWING THROUGH THE WILD WEST: The Sea Dogs continue a six-game homestand on Thursday afternoon against the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland is in a stretch of 15 straight games against the Western Division…The Sea Dogs have started the final stretch against the west 1-1…Portland finished the month of July 15-15 after beginning 2-8.
FIVE RUN FOURTH PROPS LIFTS AEROS TO 5-3 WIN: The Akron Aeros hit six straight singles, scored five runs in the fourth inning, and held on late to pick up the 5-3 win over the Portland Sea Dogs…Mike MacDonald had retired the first nine in a row to begin the game before struggling to open the fourth…Adam Abraham got the scoring going with a two-run single, Nick Weglarz, Ryan Rohlinger, and Justin Toole followed with RBIs in the inning…Portland took an early lead in the second when Bryce Brentz scored on a fielder’s choice by Peter Hissey…Jeremy Hazelbaker hit an RBI double in the fifth to cut the deficit to three…In the ninth the first three reached for Portland but they could only yield one run before Kolbrin Vitek grounded into a game-ending double play.
NOT THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 12 games, the Portland bullpen has allowed just 10 runs over 55.0 innings (1.64 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 112 of their last 135 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.13 ERA (63 ER/181.2 IP)…Huntzinger is 3-0, 2.72 ERA (12 ER/46.2 IP) as a reliever, and has converted three straight save opportunities…Balcom-Miller’s win was his first as a reliever.
CONTINUING TO LEAD THE WAY: Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit safely in 29 of 41 starts (reached in 34 of 41) with Portland…The Richmond, Virginia native is leading all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .329 batting average (130-for-395) between Salem and Portland with 7 homers and 53 RBI…Is ranked among minor league hitters in the following categories: 6th in On-Base percentage. (.440), 1st in doubles (40) and T-8th in walks (74)…Hazelbaker’s17 homers are second in the organization, three behind Mauro Gomez’s 20.
HOW ABOUT THE NEW GUY: Michael Olmsted, who leads all Red Sox minor leaguers with 16 saves, has not yielded a run in three Double-A appearances…Olmsted has fanned 11 batters in just six innings, allowing two hits and one walk…On Saturday, he earned his first hold in Portland’s 5-1 win at Binghamton.
WHAT’S ON DECK: Friday night, the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) make their only appearance in Maine to start a three-game weekend series at 7:00 PM…Following the final three games, the Sea Dogs hit the road to take on the Aeros and SeaWolves for six games.
Lineups for Thursday
Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Neal 7, Chen 3, Neal 7, Abraham 5, Diaz 6, Tolentino DH, Hernandez 2, Stoneburner 4 LHP T.J. House (6-2, 3.65)
Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Hissey 7, Gibson 6, Dent 4, LHP Drake Britton (2-4, 4.64)
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.