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
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.[/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.
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 Bonfe…Brandon 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.