May 2013

Sea Dogs and Curve on Friday night

Shannon Wilkerson has a season-high seven game hitting streak.

Shannon Wilkerson has a season-high seven game hitting streak.

Portland opens up a three-game series against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) on Friday night at Hadlock Field.

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

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

Pre-Game Guest: Bob Kipper

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 3, Linares 9, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, Meneses 6, Dent, 5, Haeger RHP

Altoona Lineup: Santos 5, Rojas Jr. 8, Cutler DH, Lambo 7, Cunningham 4, Dickerson 9, Howard 3, Paulino 2, Ngoepe 6, Bromberg RHP

NOW THE WEST: After dropping two of three to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the ‘Dogs open up a three-game series against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) on Friday night…Portland is playing their first game of the season against the Western Division…Altoona has dropped six of nine against the East…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his second career start against the Curve…The first came in his Sea Dogs debut on July 29, 2011, earning the win in a rain-shortened six-inning game.

ONE INNING DID IT: New Hampshire scored five times off losing pitcher Drake Britton (3-5) in the second inning, and took the rubber game of a three-game series, 7-2 on Thursday night at Hadlock…Marcus Walden (4-5) tossed six strong innings on four hits and one run, beating the Sea Dogs for the third time in as many starts…Kevin Ahrens went 4-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 doubles…Britton gave up seven hits, five runs (one earned) on seven strikeouts over five innings pitched…Michael Almanzar and Xander Bogaerts had RBI’s for Portland…Matt Spring went 2-for-4.

NOW I’M IN THEIR CLASS: Anthony Ranaudo became the league’s third 6-game winner with his win on Tuesday night against the Fisher Cats, joining Mike Wright (Bowie) and Logan Verrett (Binghamton)…The righty is leading the Eastern League in ERA (1.48), WHIP (0.84) and second in average against (.165)…Tomorrow’s starter Brandon Workman is leading the league in strikeouts with 69…Altoona’s Jameson Tailon is second with 68…Brock Huntzinger is tied for second in the league with 11 saves.

GREAT FOR A WEEK: Shannon Wilkerson extended his season-high hitting streak to seven straight: 10-for-28 (.357)…Bogaerts has hit safely in 9 of 12 games: 16-for-48 (.333), 2 HR, 12 RBI, 2 2B and tied career-highs with 2 HR & 5 RBI on May 29th vs. New Hampshire…Spring has all five homers this month.

MORE ON THE STARTER: Haeger is the fourth knuckleballer in franchise history; joining RHP John Barnes (2007), LHP Joe Rogers (2004) and Charlie Zink (2003-07)… Originally drafted by Chicago (AL) in the 25th round of the 2001 June draft…Haeger fanned 12 batters April 11, 2010 vs. Florida in his first start of the year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the most for a Dodger pitcher in his first start of the season in April since Don Drysdale’s 14 strikeouts in 11.0 innings on Opening Day April, 12, 1960.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field, game time is 6:00…The series finale is Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.

(VIDEO) Pedro Martinez Interview…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Thursday

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

Portland looks for the series win in the rubber game of a three-game series on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The ‘Dogs are finishing a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire (7-9)

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

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 3, Linares 9, Spring 2, Vitek DH, Meneses 5, Dent, 5 Britton LHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7, Schimpf 5, Nolan 6, Ochinko DH, Glenn 9, Ahrens 3, Murphy 2, Zazueta 4, Walden RHP

Cast your vote for the Eastern League All-Star Game

Anthony Ranaudo tossed a career-high 7 innings on Wednesday night, he was perfect in six of them (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Anthony Ranaudo tossed a career-high 7 innings on Wednesday night, he was perfect in six of them (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Preview of today’s notes

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS PART 3: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play the rubber game of their three-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs moved back into a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Division with the Binghamton Mets…Left-hander Drake Britton makes his 27th career Double-A appearance, he is 1-1, 3.00 ERA in 4 career starts against New Hampshire…Righty Marcus Walden is 2-0, 1.32 ERA (2 ER/13.2 IP) in two starts against Portland this season.

AN EIGHT SPOT: Portland scored eight runs with nobody out during the first 2 innings and beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-1 on Wednesday night…Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with 2 homers and 5 RBI…Anthony Ranaudo (6-1) was perfect in six of seven innings, allowing just a lead-off single to Ryan Schimpf in the second…Ranaudo fanned eight over a career-high 7 IP…J.C. Linares had three hits and 3 RBI, nailing a two-run double off the Maine Monster in the second…Michael Almanzar finished 3-for-4 with a sacrifice-fly in the eighth.

NOW I’M IN THEIR CLASS: Ranaudo became the league’s third 6-game winner, joining Mike Wright (Bowie) and Logan Verrett (Binghamton)…The righty is leading the E.L. in ERA (1.48), WHIP (0.84) and second in average against (.165)…Bogaerts tied career highs with 2 homers and 5 RBI.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PARTY: Linares had not played since May 16th (on the disabled list) and established season highs in hits and RBI…Shannon Wilkerson extended his season-high hitting streak to six straight: 9-for-25 (.360)…INF/OF Kolbrin Vitek went 1-for-3 with a double last night and  has hit safely in 3 of his last 4 games, going 4-for-14 (.286), RBI and a double.

BEEN CLUTCH: Portland pitchers have held the opposition 3-for-38 (.079) with runners-in-scoring position over the last six games…New Hampshire is hitting just .221 with RISP and .186 with RISP and two outs…The Sea Dogs are hitting .267 with runners-in-scoring position but hitting .300 (18-for-60) over the last six games.

NICE TO WIN AT HOME: With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs clinched a winning record at home this month…Portland will play just 11 games at Hadlock Field in June.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate), beginning a three-game series over the weekend…The ‘Dogs are 7-9 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats on Wednesday night

Portland continues their three-game series with the New Hampshire isher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland is 6-9 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire.

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

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7,  Nolan 6, Schimpf 4, Glenn 9,  Loewen DH, Ochinko 2, Talley 3, Ahrens 5, Stroman RHP

Cast your vote for the Eastern League All-Star Game

 

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Preview of today’s notes

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS PART 3: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their three-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s loss, Portland is now in second place for the first time since they were a ½ game out on April 26th…The ‘Dogs have lost four straight for the first time since a five-game losing streak from July 1-4, 2012…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who leads the Eastern League in ERA (1.70), makes his 10th start of the season for Portland.

‘CATS WIN IN EXTRA’S: The Fisher Cats used a three-run 11th inning to beat the Sea Dogs 6-3 on Tuesday night in the series opener…Adam Loewen snapped a 3-3 tie, blasting a solo-homer off losing pitcher Keith Couch (3-2) to start the inning…Kevin Pillar nailed a run-scoring triple and Kevin Nolan added an RBI single…Xander Bogaerts and Shannon Wilkerson each went 2-for-5 with an RBI…Matt Barnes took a no-decision, but earned his 5th quality start…Barnes worked six innings on four hits, three runs, one walk and four strikeouts.

SHUTTING THEM DOWN: Portland pitchers had retired 16 straight batters until Loewen’s homer in the 11thMiguel Celestino put together his best Double-A outing, working two perfect innings…Lefty Rafael Perez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and Couch allowed three runs on three hits over 2 IP…New Hampshire’s Randy Boone earned the win for the ‘Cats, firing three scoreless frames on a walk and two strikeouts…Joel Carreno notched his 7th save of the season.

GIVE HIM A HIGH-FIVE: With two hits last night, Wilkerson has his second 5-game hitting streak this season, going 7-for-20 (.350)…Catcher Matt Spring has all five homers this month, including a career-high 6 RBI on May 18th vs. Binghamton…Barnes’ fifth quality start leads the staff.

AMONG THE PITCHING LEADERS: Right-hander Brandon Workman tied a season-high with nine strikeouts on Monday afternoon in Binghamton…Workman leads the Eastern League with 69 strikeouts…Ranaudo is the league leader in ERA, WHIP (0.94) and second in average against (.181)…Tony Thomas is pacing the league in extra-base hits (25) and triples (6)…Travis Shaw’s 36 walks is tied for first with Binghamton’s Daniel Muno and Josh Rodriguez and New Hampshire’s Ryan Schimpf.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play the series finale of their three-game series on Thursday night at 6:00 PM…Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against Altoona…The ‘Dogs are 6-9 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand

Portland opens up a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the New Hampshire isher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field…Portland is 6-8 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire…The ‘Dogs return home after dropping three of four in Binghamton.

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

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Natoli 4, Gibson 6, Johnson 9, Barnes RHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7, Schimpf 4, Robinson 3, Nolan 6, Glenn 9, Ochinko 2, Loewen DH, Ahrens 5, Nolin LHP

Cast your vote for the Eastern League All-Star Game

Sea Dogs who began the year in Portland are making strides in Pawtucket (stats with PawSox).

  • Ronald Bermudez .250 (16-for-50), 8 RBI
  • Alberto Rosario .200 (3-for-15)
  • Ryan Dent .148 (4-for-27), RBI
  • Chris Martin 7.1 scoreless frames, 28.1 scoreless between Portland and Pawtucket.

Chris Martin has 28.1 scoreless frames between Pawtucket and Portland.

Chris Martin has 28.1 scoreless frames between Pawtucket and Portland.[/caption]

Preview of today’s notes

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS PART 3: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field…The two teams are meeting for the third series this season and the second in Maine…Portland took three of four from the Fisher Cats in their previous home series…RHP Matt Barnes (3-1, 4.50) makes his 10th start of the season and his second straight against New Hampshire…Barnes is the Top Pitching Prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America.

Video Interview with Matt Spring

THAT WAS A WILD FINISH: Jeremy Kehrt (0-1) uncorked wild pitch on 1-2 count to Cory Vaughn with two outs in the ninth, scoring Josh Rodriguez from third base, and giving the Binghamton Mets a 6-5 walk-off win Monday afternoon…Portland rallied from a 4-2 deficit to scored three runs in the eighth inning but the Mets came right back to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by Joe BonfeBrandon Workman tied a season-high with nine strikeouts over six innings pitched…Michael Almanzar, Heiker Meneses, Matt Spring and Kolbrin Vitek each had RBI’s in the loss.

PRETTY TOUGH WITH MEN ON BASE: The B-Mets won the final three games of the series and went 0 for their last 30 with runners-in-scoring position…Opponents are batting .237 with runners-in-scoring position against Portland this season…Portland went 5-for-13 with RISP yesterday and 13-for-39 (.333) in the four-game set…Tony Thomas is the team leader with runners-in-scoring position at .389 (21-for-54).

ALL HAD ONE: Portland’s lineup had at least one hit on Monday afternoon, picking up 13 hits, their most since May 18th against Binghamton at Hadlock Field…With yesterday’s loss, the Sea Dogs will finish under .500 on the road in May, and they lost their first game when leading after eight innings (21-1).

ALMANZAR IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: On Friday, Almanzar became the 7th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer (a grand slam), the 3rd as a Sox affiliate…INF Heiker Meneses hit an inside-the-park homer on April 16th, ironically in Binghamton…Current Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on 6/24/04 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) & Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs. Norwich).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play game two of their three-game series on Wednesday night at 6:00 PM…Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against Altoona…The ‘Dogs are 6-8 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Happy Memorial Day from Binghamton

Happy Memorial Day! Thanks to all those that serve this country.

Happy Memorial Day! Thanks to all those that serve this country.

Portland and Binghamton conclude their four-game series on Monday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium…Portland is 6-7 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire.

Coverage begins at 12:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Vitek DH, Meneses 4, Johnson 9, Workman RHP

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra 3, Vaughn DH, Ceciliani 8, Forsythe 2, Bonfe 7, Tovar 6, deGrom RHP

Preview of today’s notes

DAY BASEBALL TO CLOSE THINGS OUT: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their four-game series on Monday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium…Portland is 0-1-1 in their last two road series and need a win today to split this four-game set…With last night’s loss, the ‘Dogs hold a one-game lead over the B-Mets for the top spot in the Eastern Division…Right-hander Brandon Workman is making his 10th appearance (ninth start) of the season and the fourth of his career against Binghamton.

ALL METS: Rafael Montero (5-3) tossed six scoreless innings and two relievers combined on the 4-hit, 5-0 shutout of the Sea Dogs on Sunday night…Charlie Haeger (1-2) tied a team-high with 7 IP, but suffered his second straight loss…Haeger gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits, four walks and five strikeouts…Binghamton scored single runs early when two Haeger wild pitches allowed Josh Rodriguez to score…In the eighth, Allan Dykstra led off the inning with a solo homer and two batters later, Darrell Ceciliani blasted a two-run shot to right. 

ALL SINGLES: Montero yielded four singles on Sunday night to Michael Almanzar, Matty Johnson, Tony Thomas and Shannon Wilkerson…Lefty Chase Huchingson tossed two perfect innings and Beverly, Mass native Jack Leathersich closed out the game with two strikeouts in the ninth…Portland had second and third nobody out in the first, but Montero retired Thomas, Travis Shaw and Almanzar.

HITTING THE CHARTS: Nick Natoli’s 5-hit game in the series opener was the 13th in franchise history, the last by Bryce Brentz on May 31, 2012 at Harrisburg…Natoli went 0-for-4 last night, making the start at second base (he played third in the opener)…RF Matty Johnson has hit safely in three of four starts since joining Portland from High-A Salem.

ALMANZAR IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: On Friday, Michael Almanzar became the 7th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer (a grand slam), the 3rd as a Sox affiliate…INF Heiker Meneses hit an inside-the-park homer on April 16th, ironically in Binghamton…Current Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on 6/24/04 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) & Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs. Norwich).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field on Monday night to open up a six-game homestand against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays)…Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against Altoona…The ‘Dogs are 6-7 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Sunday Night Baseball in Binghamton

Knucklerballer Charlie Haeger is coming off a team-high 127 pitches in his last start (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Knucklerballer Charlie Haeger is coming off a team-high 127 pitches in his last start (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Portland and Binghamton continue their four-game series on Sunday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland is 6-6 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire.

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

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

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra DH, Vaughn 7, Ceciliani 8, Carillo 2, Lucas 3, Tovar 6, Montero RHP

Pre-Game Interview: Kevin Boles

Jason Varitek Interview

Preview of Today’s Notes

FUN SERIES: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their four-game series on Sunday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland won the series opener on Friday night 10-9, a nine-inning game that lasted 3 hours and 57 minutes…Last night, Portland fell to 3-2 in extra-innings, and holds a two-game lead for the top spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his fifth start of the season for the Sea Dogs, he threw a team-high 127 pitches/66 strikes in his previous start.

STRANGE ENDING: 1B Travis Shaw committed a throwing error on a grounder hit by Allan Dykstra, allowing Danny Muno to score the winning run, as Binghamton topped the Sea Dogs 3-2 in 10-innings…Jeff Walters (1-2) earned his first Double-A win, working two scoreless frames on one walk and three strikeouts…Will Latimer (0-4) took the loss, yielding an unearned run over 1/3 innings and two walks…Portland took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on three consecutive singles by Matty Johnson, Shannon Wilkerson and Xander BogaertsJosh Rodriguez tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth.

PRACTICALLY PERFECT: Binghamton starter Logan Verrett was perfect in six of seven innings last night, yielding three hits, two runs (one earned), no walks and fanning nine…B-Mets’ pitchers recorded 1-2-3 innings in eight of 10 frames…Lefty Drake Britton hurled five scoreless innings on two hits, four walks and four strikeouts…Lefty Rafael Perez made his debut in the Red Sox system, working a perfect sixth.

HITTING THE CHARTS: Nick Natoli’s 5-hit game in the series opener was the 13th in franchise history, the last by Bryce Brentz on May 31, 2012 at Harrisburg…Natoli went 0-for-4 last night, making the start at second base (he played third in the opener)…RF Matty Johnson has hit safely in three of four starts since joining Portland from High-A Salem.

ALMANZAR IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: On Friday, Michael Almanzar became the 7th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer (a grand slam), the 3rd as a Sox affiliate…INF Heiker Meneses hit an inside-the-park homer on April 16th, ironically in Binghamton…Current Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on 6/24/04 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) & Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs. Norwich).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their four-game series tomorrow afternoon at NYSEG Stadium, game time is 1:35…Portland has won six of 11 from the B-Mets this season…The ‘Dogs are 6-6 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Rafael Perez joins the bullpen…’Dogs at Binghamton

Portland opens up a four-game weekend series on Friday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium…Portland is 5-5 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire.

Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Almanzar 5, Spring 2, Natoli 4, Vitek DH, Johnson 9, Britton LHP

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra DH, Vaughn 7, Ceciliani 8, Forsythe 2, Lucas 3, Tovar 6, Verrett RHP

Pre-Game Interview: Nick Natoli

Rafael Perez was signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent and assigned to Portland

Rafael Perez was signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent and assigned to Portland

THAT WAS ACT 1: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets played a nine-inning, 3 hour and 57 minute contest on Friday, and resume their four-game series on Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium…Portland has won four straight and holds a three-game lead over the Binghamton Mets for the top spot in the Eastern Division…Left-hander Drake Britton is 0-4, 5.59 ERA in four career starts against the Mets…Righty Logan Verrett is one of two 6-game winners in the Eastern League.

ABOUT THE NEW GUY: Perez was released by the Minnesota Twins earlier this week and signed by the Boston Red Sox as a minor league free agent…The lefty was 1-0, 2.25 ERA (ER/4.0 IP) in 4 games with Triple-A Rochester (International League)…Perez has 338 games in the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Indians from 2006-12, going 21-12, 3.64 ERA (133 ER/329.0 IP) in 338 games, all as a reliever…Perez missed most of last season due to shoulder surgery, appearing in just 8 games with Cleveland…Perez pitched with the Akron Aeros in 2005-06, 12, and earned the win (beat Charlie Zink) in Game 2 of the E.L.C.S versus Portland in 2005 at Hadlock Field.

JUST KEPT FIGHTING: Portland had leads of 5-0 and 7-2 but need two runs in the ninth inning to beat the Binghamton Mets 10-9 in the series opener…Michael Almanzar hit a first-inning, inside-the-park grand slam, the 7th inside the park homer in team history and the second that was a grand slam…Nick Natoli had a career-high five hits, finishing 5-for-5, with 2 RBI, including the game-winning RBI…Trailing 8-3, Binghamton scored four times in the seventh inning off Miguel CelestinoKeith Couch (3-1) allowed the tying run to score but earn the win…Brock Huntzinger allowed a run in the ninth but earned his 11th save.

ALMANZAR IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: Almanzar is the 7th player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park homer, the third as a Red Sox affiliate…Infielder Heiker Meneses hit an inside-the-park homer on April 16th, ironically in Binghamton…Current Red Sox Roving Instructor George Lombard, hit an inside-the-park grand slam on June 24, 2004 at Erie…INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS AS A MARLINS AFFILIATE: Victor Rodriguez (May 11, 1997 vs. Bowie), Hayward Cook (April 30, 1998 vs. Binghamton), Pablo Ozuna (August 22, 2000 vs. New Haven) and Quincy Foster (September 1, 2000 vs. Norwich).

HITTING THE CHARTS: Natoli’s 5-hit game was the 13th in franchise history, the last by Bryce Brentz on May 31, 2012 at Harrisburg…Last night was the longest 9-inning game for Portland since 3 hours and 44 minutes on May 25, 2012 vs. New Britain.

YOU LEFT THIS OUT: In addition to Almanzar’s inside-the-park homer, he led off the ninth inning with a triple off the right-fielder’s glove and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch…Portland is leading the Eastern League with 24 triples.

BEEN SAVING THE DAY: Brock Huntzinger made it 11-for-12 in save chances with his save in yesterday’s game…Huntzinger

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their four-game series tomorrow night at NYSEG Stadium, game time is 6:35…Portland has won six of 10 from the B-Mets this season…The ‘Dogs are 6-5 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Sea Dogs in Binghamton for the weekend

Portland opens up a four-game weekend series on Friday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium…Portland is 5-5 during a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire.

Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

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

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra DH, Vaughn 7, Ceciliani 8, Forsythe 2, Lucas 3, Tovar 6, Mazzoni RHP

Pre-Game Interview: Jason Varitek

Infielder Nick Natoli returns to Portland...He's in the lineup tonight at third base.

Infielder Nick Natoli returns to Portland…He’s in the lineup tonight at third base.

Roster Move: OF J.C. Linares placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 21st…INF Nick Natoli assigned from High-A Salem.

Preview of today’s Game Notes

WEEKEND IN B-TOWN: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game weekend series against the Binghamton Mets on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…Tonight marks the fourth series between the two teams and the second in New York…The ‘Dogs took two of three in Binghamton on April 15-17…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who leads the Eastern League in ERA (1.67), makes his second straight start against the B-Mets…Ranaudo tossed five hitless innings at NYSEG Stadium on April 15th in his first win of the season.

SOME MAJOR HELP: Franklin Morales and David Ross both did Major League Rehab Assignments on Thursday morning, as the ‘Dogs beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8-4 at Hadlock Field…Morales tossed five innings and earn the win, allowing one unearned run on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts…Ross started behind the plate, went 1-for-3 with a run-scoring double, and left the game with Morales…Derrik Gibson went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 doubles…Portland built a 6-1 lead after two innings, scoring seven times off losing pitcher Matt Wright (1-1).

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Ross became the 31st player to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 25th as a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, Stephen Drew, John Lackey, Morales & Ross (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

BEEN SAVING THE DAY: Brock Huntzinger made it 10-for-11 in save chances with his save in yesterday’s game…Huntzinger worked the final 1.1 innings, allowing a lead-off single to Ryan Schimpf in the ninth, but that was erased on a double play.

TWO OUTS, NO PROBLEM: Portland scored 19 of 39 (48 %) runs during the seven-game homestand with two outs…The ‘Dogs had two walk-off wins; Matt Spring’s walk-off grand slam on Saturday and Heiker Meneses’ RBI single on May 22nd in the 10th inning.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their four-game series tomorrow night at NYSEG Stadium, game time is 7:05…Portland has won five of nine from the B-Mets this season…The ‘Dogs are 5-5 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Sea Dogs continue their homestand

Portland and New Hampshire continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs took game two last night 5-3.

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nolan 6, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Loewen 7, Van Kirk DH, Ochinko 2, Tolisano 4, Tepera RHP

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

Pre-Game Interview: Matt Spring

Preview of today’s Game Notes

CHANCE TO WIN THE HOMESTAND: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play game three of their four-game series on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland snapped a two-game losing streak with last night’s victory, and can win the homestand with victories in the final two games of the series…Portland is back in first place by themselves, holding a one-game lead over the Binghamton Mets…Matt Barnes, the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America, makes his ninth start of the season for the Sea Dogs. 

SPRING TO THE RESCUE AGAIN: C Matt Spring clocked a three-run double with two outs in the seventh, leading the Sea Dogs past the Fisher Cats, 5-3 on Tuesday night…Spring is responsible for both wins this homestand, blasting a walk-off grand slam on Saturday against Binghamton…Keith Couch (2-1) hurled three hitless innings with a walk and four strikeouts to earn the win…Brock Huntzinger pitched the ninth to earn his ninth save of the season…Deck McGuire suffered the loss for New Hampshire, giving up four runs on nine hits over 6+ innings. 

VERY CONSISTENT: Infielder Michael Almanzar is leading the Sea Dogs in the three main offensive categories: average (.290), homers (8) and RBI (30)…Almanzar gave Portland a 2-0 lead with a first-inning homer last night…The Portland infielder has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games: 15-for-53 (.283), 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3 2B and has reached base safely in 35 of 40 games this season.

Matt Spring is on fire as of late (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor by Sitting Still Photography)

Matt Spring is on fire as of late (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor by Sitting Still Photography)

SOMEBODY SAVE ME: Huntzinger made it 9-for-10 in save chances with last night’s save, and has not allowed a run in 9 of 10 outings since April 21st (ER/13.0 IP)…The right-hander has two wins and five saves in his last seven appearances…Couch had his first scoreless outing of the month, earning his first win since April 22nd.

THAT’S A SEASON HIGH: Heiker Meneses went 1-for-4 last night with a single in the seventh…Meneses has a season-high, six-game hitting streak: 8-for-22 (.364) and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 starts: 13-for-40 (.325), 3 RBI, 3B, 2 2B.

MONSTER MAY (MORE ON SPRING): Spring is hitting .364 (12-for-33) with all five homers and 12 RBI this month…The former Tampa Bay farmhand is hitting .226 (72-for-318), 16 homers and 52 RBI in 92 career games with Portland.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) conclude their four-game series tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM – marking the first ever morning game at Hadlock Field…Portland is 3-5 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats on Tuesday

Portland and New Hampshire continue their four-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs fell to the ‘Cats last night 7-3.

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nolan 6, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Loewen 7, Van Kirk DH, Ochinko 2, Zazueta 4, McGuire RHP

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Vitek DH, Meneses 4, Johnson 9, Workman RHP

Preview of today’s Game Notes

Matty Johnson joins the Sea Dogs today from High-A Salem. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Matty Johnson joins the Sea Dogs today from High-A Salem. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

WE SEE THESE GUYS A LOT: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats play game two of their four-gameseries on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland has lost seven of their last 10, and do not hold first place by themselves since they were a ½ game out on April 26th…New Hampshire has won seven of their last eight, and 12 of 19 this month…Right-hander Brandon Workman makes his ninth appearance of the season for the Sea Dogs and his second straight against New Hampshire.

‘CATS HAD THE POWER PLAY WORKING: 3B Ryan Schimpf hit two homers and drove in five runs, leading the Fisher Cats to a 7-3 win over the Sea Dogs on Monday night…Schimpf gave the visitors a 2-0 lead in the first, blasting a two-run homer off losing pitcher Charlie Haeger (1-1)…In the ninth, Schimpf hit a booming, three-run shot into the U.S. Cellular Pavilion off Miguel CelestinoTony Thomas went 2-for-5 with his five homer and his league-leading, sixth triple of the season…Marcus Walden (3-4) worked six innings on eight hits, three runs (two earned) and two strikeouts to earn the win.

TOP OF THE LEADER BOARD: Portland leads the league with 21 triples six more than Reading…In addition to leading the league in triples, Thomas is tops in the E.L. in doubles (14) and extra-base hits (25)…Travis Shaw walked three times last night and now leads the league with 31.

ICE THAT ARM: Haeger worked 6.2 innings on Monday night, yielding seven hits, four runs, four walks and four strikeouts…The knuckleballer threw 127 pitches/66 strikes, and held New Hampshire 2-for-10 with runners-in-scoring position…Last night was the most pitches thrown by Haeger since July 23, 2009, when threw 130 pitches (87 strikes) with the Albuquerque Isotopes…In that game, Haeger threw a nine-inning complete game, allowing six hits, one run and fanning 12.

MULTIPLICITY: Heiker Meneses, Thomas, Kolbrin Vitek and Shannon Wilkerson each two hits in the series opener.

PRESSED INTO ACTION: Derrik Gibson made his first professional appearance in right field last night, taking over for Peter Hissey in the sixth inning…Gibson made his first pro outing in the outfield (left field) on April 27th at Trenton.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play game three of their four-game series tomorrow night at 6:00 PM…The two teams conclude the series with an 11:00 AM start on Thursday…Portland is 2-5 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

 

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