August 2012

Ohio Native returns home, so does a former Aero

Jeff Shaw (Travis Shaw’s dad) pitched in the Eastern League with Canton in 1988…Travis was born the year his dad made his Major League debut.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright earned his 10th win of the season in his previous start, but that was his first with the Sea Dogs…Wright worked six innings on Sunday, allowing five hits and one run.  This couldn’t have worked out better for Wright, who was traded on July 31st from Akron and is now back in his former park.  On Monday, Wright was able to get his personal belongings and settle up some loss ends that he had in Akron.

Sticking with Ohio, 1B Travis Shaw attended Kent State, 20 minutes from Canal Park, and will have a lot of family at the game tonight, including his dad Jeff Shaw.  Travis has played at Canal Park when he was in college, he’s really looking forward to these three days.  The Shaw’s are from Washington Court House, Ohio – three hours from Akron.

Travis was nice enough to join me before tonight’s game, the interview is below.

With a win tonight, Portland ties a season-high for consecutive wins with with five…the ‘Dogs are 5-1 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division – their final 15 games against the West this season.

Lineups for Tuesday

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Hissey DH, Gibson 6, Dent 4, RHP Mike McDonald (1-2, 5.32)

Akron: Henry 9, Holt 8, Chen 3, Neal 7, Diaz 6, Abraham 5, Weglarz DH, Perez 2, Rohlinger 4, LHP Giovanni Soto (6-8, 3.84)

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.

Andrew Bailey Interview (Audio)…’Dogs look for the sweep

Knuckleballer Steven Wright makes his Sea Dogs debut this afternoon…He becomes the fifth knuckleballer in franchise history.

Andrew Bailey is scheduled to pitch one inning…Bailey marks the seventh Major League Rehab appearance in Portland this season.

Lineups for Sunday

Erie: Fields 7, Romero 6, Castellanos 9, Lennerton 3, Garcia 8, Bishop 3, Plagman DH, McCann 2, Jones 4, RHP James Avery (10-8, 4.25)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Hissey 7, Gibson 6, Dent 4, RHP Steven Wright (9-6, 2.59)

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 Bees do it again…Lineups, Notes versus Erie

A SWING THROUGH THE WILD WEST: The Sea Dogs continue a six-game homestand on Saturday night against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland is 3-1 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division…The Sea Dogs have won 22 of their last 36 games at home…With a win today, they’ll have won 10 of their last 11 home series.

KILLER BEES HELP ‘DOGS BLAST ‘WOLVES 5-1: Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz both went deep in the first inning and the pitching was again outstanding as the Sea Dogs took down the SeaWolves 5-1 Friday night…Bradley’s home run came on the first pitch of the inning against the lefty Ramon Garcia and was ticketed for right-center…Brentz hit a missile over the Maine Monster three batters later…Jeremy Kehrt (6-3) took the hill for the Sea Dogs and was phenomenal in his fifth straight start…Kehrt tossed six scoreless frames before turning it over to the ‘pen…Chris Balcom-Miller gave up a run on a hit batter and two wild pitches, but that was all the SeaWolves could muster.

NOT THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 14 games, the Portland bullpen has allowed just 11 runs over 62.0 innings (1.60 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 129 of their last 153 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 2.89 ERA (64 ER/199.2 IP)…Brock Huntzinger is 3-0, 2.29 ERA (12 ER/47.2 IP) as a reliever, and has converted three straight save opportunities.

CONTINUING TO LEAD THE WAY: Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit safely in 31 of 43 starts (reached in 36 of 43) with Portland…The Richmond, Virginia native is leading all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .333 batting average (134-for-403) between Salem and Portland with 9 homers and 56 RBI…Is ranked among minor league hitters in the following categories: 6th in On-Base percentage. (.441), 1st in doubles (40) and T-8th in walks (74)…Hazelbaker’s17 homers are second in the organization, three behind Mauro Gomez’s 21.

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: Sunday afternoon, the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) conclude their only appearance in Maine with the finale of a three-game weekend series at 1:00 PM…Following the final game, the Sea Dogs hit the road to take on the Aeros and SeaWolves for six games at their respective ballparks.

Lineups for Saturday

Erie: Fields 7, Romero 6, Castellanos 9, Lennerton DH, Garcia 8, Bishop 3, Douglas 4, McCann 2, Jones 5, RHP Jared Gayhart (1-2, 4.62)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz DH, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Hissey 9, Dent 6, Gentile 7, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (4-5, 5.25)

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.

‘Dogs host Erie…Meet Christian Vazquez

Christian Vazquez makes his Double-A debut tonight…He was hitting .266 with 7 homers and 41 RBI in 81 games with Salem.

Greetings from Hadlock Field! Lineups and Notes below

In case you missed it, I had a chance to chat with newly acquired Steven Wright…The knuckleballer makes his debut in the Red Sox system on Sunday afternoon…Wright was traded by Cleveland to Boston in exchange for INF Lars Anderson (former Sea Dog).

Congrats to Catcher Dan Butler and Pitcher Josh Fields on their promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket…Butler spent some time with Pawtucket last season…Fields pitched with Triple-A Tacoma before he was traded to Boston.

Meet Catcher Christian Vazquez…Promoted today from High-A Salem and will catch tonight….Hit .266 (78-for-293) with 7 homers and 41 RBI in 81 games…44-for-105 (42%) throwing out runners (9 ER & 8 PB)…Hitting .322 (47-for-146) with 6 HR and 25 RBI since June 1st…Had three 3-hit and 3-RBI games…Season-high 3 BB on June 1st vs. Myrtle Beach.

Last season: Named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year after going 37-of-111 (33.3) in throwing out runners (.991 fielding pct. 9 E/904 TC)…Led Greenville and ranked 4th in the system with 84 RBI…Led the Drive in homers with 18, hitting .283 (111-for-392) in 105 games.

Acquired/Misc: 9th round pick by the Red Sox in the 2008 draft…Graduated from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School…Following last season, rated by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in the South Atlantic League and the Red Sox system.

Lineups for Friday

Erie: Fields 7, Romero 6, Castellanos 9, Lennerton 3, Garcia 8, Bishop 5, Plagman DH, Douglas 4, Sanz 2, LHP Ramon Garcia (7-7, 4.32)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Vitek 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Smith 4, Vazquez 2, Gibson 6, Bermudez 7, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (5-3, 4.50)

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.

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 HisseyJeremy 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)

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.

Knuckleballer officially joins the Sea Dogs…Shaw set to make debut

“I thought something strange was going on when I saw a bunch of you guys (myself included) smiling as I walked by the batting cage.”  - That’s a quote from Steven Wright when he left the Akron bullpen yesterday after throwing a side session.  At that point, we all knew he was traded to Boston.  Wright had no idea.  The full audio interview is below.

Sea Dogs Roster Moves todayWright officially on the roster…INF Reynaldo Rodriguez to Triple-A Pawtucket…INF Travis Shaw received from High-A Salem…INF Drew Hedman and LHP Will Latimer assigned to High-A Salem…RHP Chris Martin activated from the disabled list…RHP Jason Urquidez placed on the temporary inactive list.

 

Getting set to make his Double-A Travis Shaw - Leads all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with 73 RBI…Hit .305 (108-for-354) with 16 homers (T-3rd in the system) and 73 RBI with High-A Salem…Ranked among the following Carolina League categories: 1st in RS (69), T-1st in 2B (31), 2nd in RBI, EBH (50), BB (59) and TB (193), 3rd in HR and SLG (.545), 5th in OBP (.411)

Lineups for Wednesday

Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Neal 7, Abraham 3, Diaz 6, Weglarz DH, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Toole 4  RHP Paolo Espino (5-2, 3.14)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Vitek 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz DH, Shaw 3, Smith 4, Hissey 9, Butler 2, Dent 6, RHP Mike MacDonald (1-1, 4.24)

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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