Back at it on Saturday…’Dogs and ‘Cats in New Britain, CT
Yesterday morning, the Sea Dogs and Rock Cats were postponed., tonight, the two teams play game two of what’s now a three-game set. Friday’s game will be made up in May, when Portland returns to New Britain Stadium.
Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar DH, Vitek 5, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, Hissey 9, Kaminska RHP
New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Santana 6, Hanson 5, Pinto DH, Ortiz 7, Bigley 9, Smith 3, Beresford 4, Rohlfing 2, Meyer RHP
–Somebody trade me…Tonight’s starters were both acquired via trade. Kaminska was received from the Pirates in exchange for Zach Stewart…Meyer was involved in the Denard Span trade with the Washington Nationals…Also, Meyer was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 2008 draft, but did not sign.
–What to do when you get an unexpected day off on the road…I saw the movie 42 yesterday with the Sea Dogs’ training staff. For a 1 o’clock movie, there were a lot of people there. I loved it. I thought the movie was just as much about Branch Rickey, (played brilliantly by Harrison Ford) as it was Jackie Robinson.
–Family affair…In case you didn’t know, Michael Almanzar’s dad pitched for the Sea Dogs in 2007, marking the first father & son tandem in franchise history.
–New Britain is in their 31st season of Eastern League Baseball…The previous affiliate of the Twins was the Boston Red Sox. David Ortiz played with New Britain as a Twins affiliate.