April 2013

Quest to go over .500…Sea Dogs at Binghamton

Portland continues their six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium…Portland has not been over .500 since winning on Opening Day in 2011. In fact, that was the only day the ‘Dogs were over .500 that season.

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview:  B-Mets Broadcaster Tim Heiman

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Meneses 6, Hissey 7, Vazquez 2, Bermudez 9, Britton LHP

Binghamton Lineup: Harris DH, Cecliliani 8, Rodriguez 5, Hughes 3, Vaughn 7, Puello 9, Muno 4, Pena 2, Tovar 6, Varrett RHP

Happy 23rd Birthday to Travis Shaw

Tweet of the Day

I can’t wait to put on my jersey today… I get to play for the strongest city out there. #BostonStrong

— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) April 16, 2013

Recap from last night
Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo (1-0) worked five hitless innings, with a walk and six strikeouts, leading the Sea Dogs to a 7-4 win at Binghamton…Juan Centeno ended the no-hit bid, nailing a two-run double with two outs in the seventh…Michael Almanzar and Tony Thomas each homered in the win, and Peter Hissey went 3-for-4 with an RBI…Daniel Bard pitched a scoreless seventh, and has not allowed an earned run in his last three outings…C Alberto Rosario had two hits (RBI) and Shannon Wilkerson finished 2-for-5 with a walk.

2 RBI AGAIN: Thomas has four straight 2 RBI games, and leads the team with 10 runs batted in…The Florida native has both homers on the trip, and has hit safely in seven of nine games to start the season.

HOT CORNER: Almanzar cracked his third homer of the season on Monday, a solo-shot down the left-field line off Chase Huchingson in the ninth…The Portland third baseman leads the team with six multi-hit games, and has reached base safely in all nine starts…1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to nine games, going 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in the series opener.

ONE MORE FOR A HIGH FIVE: INF Heiker Meneses has a four-game hitting streak: 7-for-18 (.389)…Meneses has hit safely in six of seven games, and picked up his first extra-base hit on Monday, a double to right field.

RIP Pat Summerall

RIP Pat Summerall

Thoughts are in Boston.

It’s been a weird day.  Baseball is so much about routine. You get up in the morning, do some work, go to the gym.  The afternoon consists of lunch, a nap and a bus to the park. Today, my ride the park was filled with so many emotions. I saw my twitter feed at 2:55 on the bus, and immediately told the guys what was going on.

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I grew up in Ashland, MA, the second town on the Boston Marathon route. When I was a kid, I absolutely loved this day. Being able to see the élite runners in the world run, is something else. Also the Sox played at 11:00 AM. I was lucky to watch the entire game this morning from Binghamton, NY.  Seemed like a normal day, with the exception of seeing a great walk-off win by the Sox. Crazy how less than an hour after that hit by Napoli, a tragedy like this happens. It’s paralyzing. It hurts, makes you mad, sad and horrified all at once.  The Sea Dogs are playing in Binghamton, New York tonight, but my heart is in Boston.  Seems like too many of these things have happened in my lifetime.

Coverage begins at 6:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview:  Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles Part 2

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Meneses 6, Hissey 7, Bermudez 9, Rosario 2, Ranaudo RHP

Binghamton Lineup: Harris 8, Cecliliani 7, Rodriguez 5, Hughes DH, Lucas 3, Centono 2, Puello 9, Muno 4, Tovar 6, Mateo RHP

Congrats to Chris Martin on being named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week

Barnes pitching in his home state…’Dogs look for the sweep

Portland has not started 5-4 since 2009, and look for a three-game sweep of the Rock Cats in New Britain on Sunday afternoon…Bethel, Conn. native Matt Barnes makes his second start of the season for the ‘Dogs.  Barnes hails from Bethel, Connecticut, 50 miles from New Britain Stadium.

Coverage begins at 1:15 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Sunday chat with Manager Kevin Boles Part 1

Game Notes

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Meneses 6, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vitek DH, Vazquez 2, Bermudez 9, Dent 4, Barnes RHP

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Garcia 4, Hanson 5, Pinto DH, Bigley 9, Smith 3, Rodriguez 7, Beresford 6, Lehmann 2, Martin LHP

The Sea Dogs second leg of the trip starts tomorrow night in Binghamton, NY…A three-game set against the B-Mets.

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

Michael Almanzar's dad pitched with Portland in 2007. Michael has hit safely in 5 of 6 games (photo by Rick Rosenfeld)

Michael Almanzar’s dad pitched with Portland in 2007. Michael has hit safely in 5 of 6 games (photo by Rick Rosenfeld)

Pre-Game Interview: Brock Huntzinger Part 2…Huntzinger earned his second save of the season on Wednesday night.

Game Notes

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.

Connecticut native Matt Barnes with plenty of media requests in New Britain...He'll get the ball in the series finale on Sunday.

Connecticut native Matt Barnes with plenty of media requests in New Britain…He’ll get the ball in the series finale on Sunday.

Sea Dogs and Rock Cats postponed

 

With a rainout, it's time for the movies.

With a rainout, it’s time for the movies.

Friday’s Sea Dogs game against the New Britain Rock Cats in New Britain, Connecticut scheduled for 11:05 AM has been postponed due to rain.  No make-up date has yet been announced.

The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats are slated to resume the series on Saturday, April 13th at 6:35 PM from New Britain Stadium.  Right-handed pitcher Kyle Kaminska (0-1) will get the start for Portland.  New Britain will send righty Alex Meyer (0-0) to the hill.

Radio coverage begins at 10:45 AM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network and via the Tune-In Radio app for smartphones and tablets.

The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field on Thursday, April 18th for a seven game homestand.  Tickets are available for all Sea Dogs home games and can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online at http://www.seadogs.com.

 

‘Dogs and ‘Cats on Thursday

The Sea Dogs open up a seven-game roadtrip on Thursday night at New Britain Stadium…For the Rock Cats, tonight, is their home opener…Introductions are slated for 6:05.  Portland ended a three-game losing streak with last night’s 5-2 win over Reading.

Coverage begins at 6:05 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Brock Huntzinger Part 1…Huntzinger earned his second save of the season on Wednesday night

Portland Lineup: Meneses 4, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Vitek DH, Bermudez 8, Rosario 2, Hissey 9, Workman RHP

New Britain Lineup: Christian 4, Santana 6, Hanson DH, Pinto 2, Ortiz 8, Bigley 9, Rodriguez 3, Garcia 4, Rohlfing 7, Dean LHP

Connecticut native Matt Barnes with plenty of media requests in New Britain.

Connecticut native Matt Barnes with plenty of media requests in New Britain.

Sea Dogs conclude their homestand against Reading

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils conclude their three-game series on Wednesday  night from Hadlock Field…Portland begins their first roadtrip of the season tomorrow night in New Britain against the Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).

Coverage begins at 5:40 on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: George Lombard Part 2
Listen to Part 1 

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas DH, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, Bermudez 9, Dent 7, Britton LHP

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Duran 6, Abreu 5, Murphy 3, Rupp DH, Valle 2, Welty 7, Mitchell 8, Hewitt 9, Biddle LHP

Biddle is ranked as Philly’s best prospect in the organization according to Baseball America…He beat New Hampshire on April 5.

Chris Martin has fanned 10 over 6 IP.

Chris Martin has fanned 10 over 6 IP.

American Idol Finalist coming to Hadlock

Anthony Ranaudo back on the hill

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils continue their three-game series on Tuesday  night from Hadlock Field…Portland has dropped two straight, after winning their first game of the season on Friday vs. Trenton.

Coverage begins at 5:40 on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: George Lombard Part 1

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Shaw 3, Thomas 7, Almanzar 3, Vitek 5, Vazquez 2, Meneses 4, Hissey 9, Ranaudo RHP

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Duran 6, Collier 8, Murphy 3, Henson 5, Valle DH, Mitchell 7, Hewitt 9, Buchanan RHP

Ranaudo is making his first start since last July 3rd…he had two stints on the disabled list last season.

Matt Barnes makes his Double-A debut

The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils kick off a three-game series at Hadlock Field.  Top pitching prospect Matt Barnes makes his Double-A debut in tonight’s game.  Barnes was standout at UCONN and is beginning his second professional season.

Coverage begins at 5:40 on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Ben Crockett Part 2.

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Drew 6, Shaw 3, Almanzar 5, Vazquez 2, Meneses 4, Hissey 9, Dent 7, Barnes RHP

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Duran 6, Collier 8, Murphy 3, Henson 5, Rupp 2, Suomi DH, Mitchell 7, Hewitt 9, Colvin RHP

Sea Dogs lost yesterday 9-7…Michael Almanzar hit two home runs, the second multi-homer game of his career.

Stephen Drew will complete his MLB Rehab Assignment with Portland tonight.  Drew is 1-for-10 with a double in 3 games.

George Lombard (pictured middle) played for the Sea Dogs in 2004...He's now a roving instructor for the Red Sox.

George Lombard (pictured middle) played for the Sea Dogs in 2004…He’s now a roving instructor for the Red Sox.

 

Sea Dogs and Thunder gear up on Sunday

Coverage begins at 12:40 on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Kevin Boles…Sea Dogs held their Season-Ticket Autograph session before today’s game.

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Drew 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 3, Vitek 5, Rosario 2, Bermudez 9, Gibson 4, Kaminska RHP

Trenton Lineup: Heathcott DH, Flores 8, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Medchill 7, Segedin 5, Pirela 4, Stevenson 3, Ibarra 6, Rondon LHP

Michael Almanzar had some nice swings last night, going 2-for-4.
Michael Almanzar had some nice swings last night, going 2-for-4.

NICE TO GET NUMBER ONE: The Sea Dogs earned their first win of the season on Friday night, and wrap-up what is now a three-game series this afternoon…Yesterday’s game was postponed due to unplayable conditions and will be made up as part of a twinbill on July 2nd at 6:00 PM…RHP Kyle Kaminska gets the start for Portland in his debut in the Red Sox system…Kaminska was acquired by Boston for RHP Zach Stewart on December 6, 2012.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Portland took advantage of six Trenton errors, scored four runs in the fourth inning, and beat the Thunder 7-4 in game two of the series…RHP Brandon Workman led the way with nine strikeouts over 5 innings to earn the win…The ‘Dogs pitchers fanned 17, receiving seven from RHP Chris Martin (3 scoreless) and a perfect ninth from RHP Brock Huntzinger, who earned the save…LF Tony Thomas led the offense with 2 RBI and 3B Michael Almanzar went 2-for-4, RBI in his Double-A debut.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has Boston’s Top-Rated Prospect, Xander Bogaerts and the Top-Pitching Prospect, Matt Barnes according to Baseball America…The roster includes Workman, the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and Christian Vazquez the top rated defensive catcher in the organization by Baseball America…Former Sea Dog Daniel Bard was optioned to Portland on March 28th by Boston.

  • The roster includes seven of the Top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America; Bogaerts (#1), Barnes (#3), Drake Britton (#11), Workman (#12), Anthony Ranaudo (#14), Vazquez (#19) and Travis Shaw (#23)
·       Additionally, the Sea Dogs roster features three members of the Red Sox 40-man roster; pitchers Bard and Britton along with catcher Vazquez.  
·       The team includes 22 players with prior Double-A experience, including 20 that previously played in Portland…Four players on the roster were All-Stars last season in Single-A; Bogaerts, Shaw, Vazquez, and Michael Almanzar.
·       Seven players on the roster were acquired from outside the organization; Miguel Celestino, Kyle Kaminska and Tony Thomas (Trades)…Chris Martin, Alberto Rosario and Matt Spring were acquired via free agency.

HE’S BACK…WITH A FEW FRIENDS: Kevin Boles returns for his third straight season as Portland’s Manager…Pitching Coach Bob Kipper begins his 6th season in Portland and Hitting Rich Gedman enters his first year in Double-A. 

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow the Sea Dogs open up a three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate)…On Thursday night, the ‘Dogs embark on their first roadtrip, visiting New Britain and Binghamton.

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