Yesterday was unreal…’Dogs and Mets conclude their series.
Catcher Matt Spring blasted a walk-off grand slam on Saturday afternoon, as the ‘Dogs beat the Binghamton Mets 10-7. Below are the audio highlights from the game and the link to the game story.
The last walk-off grand slam at Hadlock Field came in Game 1 of the 2005 Northern Division Championship Series against Trenton. Chad Spann smacked it off the Citgo Sign, which was located above a different part of the Maine Monster.
Coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Pre-Game Guest: Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles
Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Vaughn DH, Lucas DH, Ceciliani 8, Forsythe 2, Bonfe 7, Tovar 6, Mazzoni RHP
Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Shaw 5, Almanzar 3, Vazquez 2, Wilkerson 8, Vitek DH, Meneses 4 Britton LHP
Preview of today’s Game Notes
LOOKING FOR THE SERIES WIN: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Portland is looking for their first series win, since taking two of three from the Reading Fightin Phils on May 6-8…The ‘Dogs have won five of eight from the Mets this season, snapping Binghamton’s five-game winning streak on Saturday…Left-hander Drake Britton makes his fourth career start against the Binghamton Mets.
NOW THAT WAS FUN: Matt Spring clocked a walk-off grand with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Sea Dogs past the Binghamton Mets, 10-7 on Saturday afternoon…Spring had a career-high 6 RBI, blasting a two-run homer in the fourth…Portland beat Jeff Walters (0-1), who blew his first save in 11 chances…Brock Huntzinger (3-0) blew his first save in eight tries, but worked the final two innings to earn his third win of the season…Tony Thomas went 4-for-5 with a solo-homer and three singles…Peter Hissey and Heiker Meneses had run-scoring triples.
SPRING IN HIS STEP: Spring blasted his third career grand slam on Saturday and has five homers, 14 RBI in 42 at-bats this season…The 28-year old backstop has five multi-RBI games to make up his 14 runs batted in…His grand slam yesterday hit the Citgo Sign above the Maine Monster…Chad Spann hit a walk-off grand slam in Game 1 of the 2005 Northern Division Championship Series at Hadlock Field…Spann’s slam hit the Citgo Sign, which was located in a different spot above the Maine Monster.
HEY TONY: Thomas collected his second 4-hit game of the season on Saturday, and improved his team-leading RBI total to 28…The Florida native has a four-game hitting streak: 10-for-19 (.526), HR, 3 RBI, 2 2B…Thomas has hit safely in 18 of his last 24 games: 33-for-97 (.340), 2 HR, 16 RBI
FIRST TIME: RHP Anthony Ranaudo worked a season-low four innings on Saturday, allowing three hits, two runs, three walks and fanning five…Ranaudo tossed 85 pitches and left with the game tied at four.
HEADING FOR THIRD: With two triples yesterday, the Sea Dogs lead the Eastern League with 19 triples, four more than Reading.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Monday; game time is 6:00 PM…The two teams conclude the series with an 11:00 AM start on Thursday…Portland is 2-3 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.