Sea Dogs back home, last two-city homestand of the season

BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: The Sea Dogs have won five straight series at Hadlock Field, and 10 of their last 11…Tonight Portland opens up a six-game homestand against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate)…The Sea Dogs are 7-5 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs clinch a winning record against the west this season…Portland has won four straight games at Hadlock Field.

FIELD(S) OF DREAMS: Erie’s Daniel Fields led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo-homer (3-1 count) off Brock Huntzinger (3-5), giving the Erie SeaWolves a 5-4 win on Saturday night.  Portland scored in the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead on a Bryce Brentz RBI double to left-center field.  Erie responded with four runs off Maine native Mike MacDonaldAvisail Garcia capped off the scoring with a three-run homer to left field.  The Sea Dogs tied the game in the fourth inning on a two-out homer by Ryan Dent – his third of the season.  Jason Urquidez relieved MacDonald and worked three scoreless innings on three hits, one walk and four strikeouts.  Rob Waite pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first win of the season.

NOT THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 20 games, the Portland bullpen has allowed just 17 runs over 86.1 innings (1.77 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 178 of their last 214 innings pitched (83%)…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.05 ERA (88 ER/259.2 IP).

CONTINUING TO LEAD THE WAY: Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit safely in 35 of 50 starts (reached in 41 of 50) with Portland…The Richmond, Virginia native is leading all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .320 batting average (138-for-431) between Salem and Portland with 9 homers and 57 RBI…Is ranked among minor league hitters in the following categories: 2nd  in doubles (40) and 8th in walks (80)…Jeremy Hazelbaker and Travis Shaw have 17 homers, which is second in the organization, behind Mauro Gomez’s 24.

TEENAGER ON THE ROSTER: 19-year old Xander Bogaerts made his Double-A debut Thursday and has six hits, including a home run and two 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 Aruban native hit .302 (116-for-384) with 15 homers and 64 RBI…Also had 27 double and three triples.

Altoona: Maggi 6, Cabrera 2, Santos 9, Curry 3, Tejeda 7, Marrero DH, Cunningham 4, Welch 5, Latimore 8, RHP Tyler Waldron (1-0, 4.76)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz DH, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Bermudez 9, Vazquez 2, Dent 4, RHP Brandon Workman (Double-A)

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.

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