August 2012

Nice accomplishment for the ‘Dogs

Lefty Rich Hill became the eighth Major Leaguer to rehab this season with Portland – already a franchise record for a single-season. (photo by Kelly O’Connor)

The Sea Dogs clinched w inning record at Hadlock Field with yesterday’s win in the suspended game…At 36-26, Portland has their best record at home since 2007…Portland hasn’t won 37 games at home since 2006.

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

New Britain: Hicks 8, Hermann 2, Arcia 9, Colabello 3, Tosoni 7, Romero 5, Rohlfing DH, Hanson 4, Beresford 6, LHP Logan Darnell

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 9, Vazquez 2, Gibson DH, Dent 4, RHP Brandon Workman

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.

Rich Hill gets the ball when we resume

The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats were suspended in the after 3 1/2 innings last night, and resume their homestand on Saturday night at 5:00 PM..Portland has won seven straight at home, the most as a Red Sox affiliate, and their longest win streak since April 8-23, 1997.

Longest home winning streaks All-Time at Hadlock Field

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

Eastern League Records Since the All-Star Break

Lefty Rich Hill is the eighth Major Leaguer to rehab this season with Portland – already a franchise record for a single-season. (photo by Kelly O’Connor)

Portland                     22-11   (.667)     -
Bowie                           24-12   (.667)    -
Akron                          22-12   (.647)   1.0
Trenton                      21-15  (.580)   2.0
Richmond                   19-16  (.543)   4.5
Reading                      19-17  (.528)    4.0
Binghamton              19-18   (.514)   4.5
New Britain               17-18   (.486)   6.0
Altoona                       16-20  (.444)    7.0
New Hampshire      15-21  (.417)     9.0
Erie                               10-26  (.278)   12.0
Harrisburg                   9-27  (.250)   14.0
New Britain: Latimore 8, Cabrera 2, Santos 9, Curry 3, Tejeda 6, Marrero 7, Cunningham 4, Cutler DH, Welch 5, RHP David Bromberg

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 7, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, LHP Rich Hill

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.

(Audio) Rich Hill on a MLB Rehab, All-Star Break Standings and the Radar Gun!

The Sea Dogs completed a three-game sweep of the Altoona Curve with last night’s 2-1 win at Hadlock Field…Portland has seven straight wins at home, the most as a Red Sox affiliate, and their longest win streak since April 8-23, 1997.

Longest home winning streaks All-Time at Hadlock Field

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

Eastern League Records Since the All-Star Break

Lefty Rich Hill is the eighth Major Leaguer to rehab this season with Portland – already a franchise record for a single-season. (photo by Kelly O’Connor)

Portland                     22-11   (.667)     -
Bowie                           23-12   (.657)    -
Akron                          21-12   (.636)   1.0
Trenton                      21-14  (.600)   2.0
Reading                      19-16  (.543)    4.0
Richmond                   18-16  (.529)   4.5
Binghamton              19-17   (.528)   4.5
New Britain               17-18   (.486)   6.0
Altoona                       16-19  (.457)    7.0
New Hampshire      14-21  (.400)   9.0
Erie                               10-25  (.286)   12.0
Harrisburg                   8-27  (.229)   14.0
Last night Gerrit Cole hit 100 mph numerous times on the Hadlock Field radar gun.  Since I’ve been calling games with Portland (2005), I’ve seen Daniel Bard hit a 100 and Erie’s Bruce Rondon (last homestand)…Cole was consistently in the upper 90’s with his fastball, hitting 98 on a majority of his nine strikeouts.
The righty retired the first 14 batters until Xander Bogaerts nailed a double to right field.  Here’s what Cole had to say about Bogaerts – “It was 80 mph and I tried to get it in there for a strike, but I ran the risk of letting him get the bat head out on it. A lot of people would roll over it, but he did a good job of going the other way.”

New Britain: Latimore 8, Cabrera 2, Santos 9, Curry 3, Tejeda 6, Marrero 7, Cunningham 4, Cutler DH, Welch 5, LHP Luke French (2-0, 1.80)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 7, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (4-6, 5.38)

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.

(Audio) Jackie Bradley Jr. Interview…’Dogs look for the sweep

Former Sea Dog Miguel Gonzalez (pictured left) beat the Red Sox last night…Last August he was with the Sea Dogs at the Future’s at Fenway

The Sea Dogs continue their six-game homestand on Thursday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland has won six in a row at Hadlock, their longest winning streak in Maine since 2009…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs took every series from the Western Division at home.

What if the Eastern League had a second half?  Below are the second half standings…Portland trails New Britain by 2.5 games, who they play six straight times starting tomorrow night.
Trenton                      31-22     -
New Britain               30-22    .5
Portland                     27-24   3.0
Binghamton              26-26   4.5
Reading                      26-26   4.5
New Hampshire      23-29   7.5
  • Portland has won six straight games at home for the first time since 2009, when they won six straight from August 5-18.

Longest home winning streaks All-Time at Hadlock Field

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

Altoona: Latimore 8, Cabrera 2, Santos 9, Curry 3, Tejeda 6, Marrero 7, Cunningham 4, Cutler DH, Welch 5, RHP Gerrit Cole (3-4, 3.43)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 7, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (7-3, 4.24)

Game Notes

Workman and Bogaerts Highlights

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.

Gibson makes his Double-A debut

The Sea Dogs continue their six-game homestand on Wednesday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland beat the Curve 13-2 last night.  Lefty Drake Briton seeks his fourth win of the season.  Altoona coutners with former Sea Dog Kris Johnson, who pitched with Portland in 2008-09.

Derrik Gibson makes his Double-A debut at third base tonight.  His first start at third since 2008.

Portland has won a season-high five straight at Hadlock Field, their longest home winning streak since the end of the 2010 season.  Let’s make it six in a row, and we’ll dig to find the last six-game home winning streak.

 

Altoona: Maggi 6, Cabrera 2, Santos 9, Curry 3, Tejeda 7, Cunningham 4, Latimore 8, Farrell DH, Brown 5, LHP Kris Johnson (1-1, 2.84)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 4, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Spring 2, Hissey DH, Gibson 5, LHP Drake Britton (3-5, 4.02)

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, 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.

Saturday night is alright for Baseball…’Dogs in Erie, Pa.

The Sea Dogs suffered a 9-2 loss in the series opener to Erie on Friday night at Jerry Uht Park.  Tonight, 30-year old Mike MacDonald makes his seventh start of the season. MacDonald, the first ever Maine to play for the Sea Dogs, will pitch on three days rest due to Brandon Workman joining the rotation.  Workman makes his first Double-A start tomorrow afternoon in the roadtrip finale.

Travis Shaw launched his first Double-A homer on Friday night, hitting to the left of the brick in left field.

Quick hits from last night: Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 and has multi-hit games in both Double-A starts…The most impressive at-bat last night was a 10-pitch battle with Jared Gayhart…Bogaerts continued to foul off pitches, before nailing  double down the left-field line.  In addition, he’s played a smooth shortstop.

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hissey 7, Smith 5, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Gibson DH, Vazquez 2, Dent 4, RHP Mike MacDonald (1-2, 4.85)

Erie: Johnson DH, Romero 6, Castellanos 9, Lennerton 3, Garcia 8, Fields 7, Bishop 5, Douglas 4, McCann 2, RHP James Avery (10-9, 4.81)

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.

Part Two of the roadtrip…’Dogs in Erie

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Friday night against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) from Jerry Uht Park in downtown Erie, Pa.  Portland swept the ‘Wolves last week at Hadlock Field.  Last night, the ‘Dogs completed their first season-series victory against the Akron Aeros since 1998.

There was a lot of buzz in the air last night at Canal Park, and most of the people in the stands probably had no idea what was going on.  19-year old Xander Bogaerts made his Double-A debut for Portland.  In his third at-bat, he launched a 2-1 pitch over the batter’s eye in right-center field.  Bogaerts finished 2-for-5 and handled every ball that was hit to him at shortstop.

“I didn’t expect to hit a home run,” Bogaerts told milb.com. “I was just looking to make contact. I got to a 2-0 count and he threw me a fastball that I pulled down the third-base line pretty hard. The next pitch he shook his head ‘no’ and I knew I was going to get a fastball.

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hissey 7, Smith 5, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Gibson DH, Vazquez 2, Dent 4, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (4-5, 4.99)

Erie: Johnson 8, Romero 6, Castellanos DH, Lennerton 3, Garcia 9, Fields 7, Bishop 5, Jones 4, McCann 2, RHP Jared Gayhart (1-2, 4.28)

Game Notes

Xander Boegerts blasted a home run in his third Double-A at-bat on Thursday night

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.

Welcome to Portland Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts becomes the youngest player in the Eastern League at 19 years old.(photo by Kelly O’Connor)

Earlier today, Xander Bogaerts joined the Portland Sea Dogs from High-A Salem and should be in the starting shortstop for the ‘Dogs in the series finale…To make room for Bogaerts, Infielder Zach Gentile was assigned to High-A Salem…The 19-year old is the youngest player in the Eastern League and will wear #5.  Lot of people tweeted me today about the number, saying it reminded them of Nomar.

“Being 19 in Double-A is a pretty unusual thing,” Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett told Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal prior to Pawtucket’s game at McCoy Stadium earlier today.

Bogaerts is ranked the #2 prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…In 104 games with Salem, he  hit .302 (116-for-384) with 15 homers and 64 RBI…He was signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on August 23, 2009…Native of San Nicolaas, Aruba…Has a twin brother, Jair, also signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent and was sent to the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2012 season to complete the Theo Epstein compensation.

Getting plenty of ink – a few articles about today’s move.

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Spring 2, Hissey 9, Dent 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (6-3, 4.17)

Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Diaz 6, Neal 7, Weglarz DH, Lawson 4, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Toole 3, LHP T.J. House (6-2, 3.13)

Game Notes

Travis Shaw Interview

Xander Boegerts taking batting practice for the first time in a Sea Dogs uniform.

 

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.

More roster moves…Brandon Workman has arrived in Akron

Knuckleballer Steven Wright earned his 10th win of the season on Sunday – his debut in the Red Sox system.  Earlier today, Wright was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.  Righty Brandon Workman has joined Portland from High-A Salem and makes his Double-A debut Sunday in Erie.

Additional moves: C Jayson Hernandez assigned to High-A Salem…Righty Andrew Bailey will continue his 30-day MLB Rehab Assignment in Pawtucket. Workman pitched last night for Salem, fanning nine over six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, but suffered the loss. The righty went 7-7, 3.40 ERA (43 ER/113.2 IP) in 20 starts with the Salem Sox.   Lineups for Wednesday

Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Hissey DH, Gibson 6, Gentile 4, LHP Drake Britton (3-4, 4.24)

Akron: Henry 9, Holt 8, Chen 3, Neal DH, Diaz 6, Weglarz 7, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Stoneburner 4, RHP Paolo Espino (6-2, 3.13)

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.

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