May 2013

Old friend returns to Hadlock…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Monday

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) begin a four-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-2-1 in their last 3 series and dropped two of three to the Mets over the weekend.

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy returns to Hadlock Field for the first time since May 8,

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011...He's now a member of the Fisher Cats. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011…He’s now a member of the Fisher Cats. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

2011…Hottovy is a member of New Hampshire’s bullpen.

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nanita DH, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Loewen 7, Ochinko 2, Tolisano 7, Zazueta 6, Walden RHP

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

Preview of today’s Game Notes

PART TWO OF THE HOMESTAND: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-2-1 in their last three series, and dropped two of three to New Hampshire last week at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The Sea Dogs have held the top spot in the Eastern Division by themselves since April 27th…New Hampshire has won six of their last seven, and 11 of 18 this month…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his second straight start against the ‘Cats.

Xander Bogaerts couldn't believe what he just saw...His reaction to Matt Spring's walk-off grand slam on Saturday. (photo by Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography).

Xander Bogaerts couldn’t believe what he just saw…His reaction to Matt Spring’s walk-off grand slam on Saturday. (photo by Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography).

NO LOVE AT HOME: Binghamton completed the series win, taking Sunday’s rubber game 8-5 at Hadlock Field…Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5 and drove in Portland’s final run in the seventh…The B-Mets erased a 4-3 deficit with three runs in the sixth and added two in the ninth…Drake Britton (3-4) suffered his second straight loss, giving up seven hits, six runs (five earned) over 5.2 IP…Cory Mazzoni (2-1) earned the win, giving up 10 hits and five runs over 6.1 innings…Joe Bonfe led the B-Mets 14-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI…Peter Hissey went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE TRIPLE: Hissey tripled for the second straight game, giving Portland a league-leading 20 triples this season…Tony Thomas is tied with Harrisburg’s Brian Goodwin for the league in triples with five…Bogaerts is tied for second with four…Hissey is hitting .300 (15-for-50) this month with 9 RBI.

IT’S GETTING H(EIKER)IGHER: Meneses went 2-for-4 yesterday with two singles, two runs scored and a stolen base…The second-year Sea Dogs has hit safely in eight of his last nine starts: 10-for-32 (.313), 2 RBI, 3B.

THEY DID FACE HIM: Tonight’s starter for New Hampshire Marcus Walden was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for his start on May 14th vs. Portland…Walden worked 7.2 scoreless on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts…The righty gave up two-out singles to Hissey and Heiker Meneses…Hissey’s single in the sixth, ended Walden’s no-hitter.

ALMOST PULLED IT OFF: Haeger walked seven in his last start on May 15th at New Hampshire and the staff walked a franchise-record 14 batters…Portland lost 5-4 on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Brad Glenn…Portland tied the game in the ninth inning with three runs off Joel CarrenoRyan Schimpf walked five times but did not score.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play game two 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 2-4 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

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.

Game Story

The bat flip says it all...Spring watches his walk-off grand slam (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photograhpy).

The bat flip says it all…Spring watches his walk-off grand slam (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photograhpy).

 

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.

Matt Spring clubs a walk-off grand slam on Saturday.

Let the celebration begin

Audio Highlights and Game Story from Saturday’s thriller

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.

Matt Spring clubs a walk-off grand slam on Saturday.

Matt Spring clubs a walk-off grand slam on Saturday.

Ranaudo toes the rubber on Saturday

Travis Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Travis Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

The Sea Dogs continue their 3-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field

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

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Ceciliani DH, Forsythe 2, Harris 8, Tovar 6, Cohoon LHP

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

Inside the Numbers…Anthony Ranaudo leads the Sea Dogs and all Red Sox Minor Leaguers in ERA (1.38), and ranks second in the Eastern League.

  1. With a win today, he becomes the first 6-game winner in the Eastern League.
  2. Leads the league with a 0.85 WHIP
  3. Second in the league in average against .172
  4. First in FEWEST BASERUNNERS/9 IP RATIO 8.08

DAY BASEBALL AT HADLOCK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Binghamton has won five straight and trails the Sea Dogs by one game for the top spot in the Eastern Division…Portland has the second best record in the Eastern League, but has dropped five of their last seven games…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who ranks second in the league in ERA (1.38), makes his eighth start of the season.

LITTLE SLOPPY: The Binghamton Mets scored three times in the ninth, aided by three Portland errors, en route to a 6-3 win in the series opener on Friday night…3B Michael Almanzar tied the game at three with a two-run homer in the sixth, but committed two errors in the ninth…SS Xander Bogaerts made a throwing error on an infield-single, enabling the game’s final run to score…John Church (2-3) worked two scoreless frames to earn the win…Keith Couch (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) over 2.1 IP…Jeff Walters fanned three in the ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.

DYNAMIC DUO: Ranaudo is trying to become the first 6-game winner in the Eastern League…Ranaudo and Brandon Workman are a combined 10-2, 2.63 ERA (25 ER/85.2 IP) in 15 games/14 starts this season…With a 1.38 ERA, Ranaudo leads all Red Sox qualifying minor league pitchers…Salem’s Mike Augliera is second with a 3.12 ERA.

TOP OF THE BOARD: Almanzar blasted a two-run homer for the second consecutive game and leads the Sea Dogs in hitting at .302 (2nd overall in the Red Sox system) and homers (7)…Tony Thomas nailed his league-leading 14th double of the season last night, picking up his team-leading 27th RBI…Thomas leads the league with 22 extra-base hits and is tied for the top spot in triples with five.

NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT: RHP Matt Barnes picked up his fourth quality start of the season (tied with Workman), working six innings on five hits, three runs, one walk and seven strikeouts…Barnes is 2-0, 1.96 ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) in four starts this month.

TURING IT AROUND: Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 last night, with a bunt-single before Almanzar’s homer in the sixth…Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games with a homer, 4 RBI and two doubles.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their 3-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…Portland will host the Fisher Cats on Monday night, staring a 4-game set…Portland is 1-3 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Tony Thomas isn't turning double plays anymore, he's been a full-time outfielder in Portland (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photograph).

Tony Thomas isn’t turning double plays anymore, he’s been a full-time outfielder in Portland (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photograph).

Sea Dogs back home…Brandon Workman Interview (Audio)

Michael Almanzar had a career-high, 5 RBI in last night's game.

Michael Almanzar had a career-high, 5 RBI in last night’s game.

The Sea Dogs open up a 7-game homestand on Friday night against the Binghamton Mets.

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

Pre-Game Interview: Brandon Workman

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

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

 

 

BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: The Sea Dogs return home after a 3-4 roadtrip, and open up a 7-game homestand on Friday night against the Binghamton Mets…This marks the third series between the two teams this season – Portland has won both series…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs improved to 6-0 in series finales away from Maine…Right-hander Matt Barnes makes his eighth start of the season and the first of his career against Binghamton…Barnes is 2-0, 1.06 ERA (2 ER/17.0 IP) in three starts this month.

OFFENSIVE SURGE: Portland scored 17 runs in their first 6 games of the trip, but established season-highs in runs and hits, blasting the Fisher Cats 15-4 on Thursday…The Sea Dogs had 18 hits and established team highs in extra-base his (9) and doubles (7)…Travis Shaw went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and 4 RBI…Michael Almanzar had a career-high 5 RBI, finishing 3-for-5, HR…Brandon Workman (5-1) tossed six innings on seven hits, three runs and six strikeouts to earn the win…Derrik Gibson and Tony Thomas had three hits…Miguel Celestino worked the final three innings to earn his first Double-A save.

DYNAMIC DUO: Workman became the sixth 5-game winner in the Eastern League, joining teammate Anthony Ranaudo (5-1)…Ranaudo and Workman are a combined 10-2, 2.63 ERA (25 ER/85.2 IP) in 15 games/14 starts this season…Portland is fifth in the league in team ERA at 3.97, Binghamton is third (3.83).

TOP OF THE BOARD: Almanzar hit his team-leading 6th homer of the season on Thursday night and leads the Sea Dogs in hitting at .304 (2nd overall in the Red Sox system)…Thomas leads the league with 13 doubles and is tied with Reading’s Jim Murphy in extra-base hits (21) and tied with Harrisburg’s Brian Goodwin in triples (5)…Portland leads the Eastern League with 17 triples.

TURNING TWO: Portland turned a season-high four double plays in the series finale on Thursday night…Catcher Christian Vazquez is leading the league in throwing out runners (18-for-37, 49%).

THREE WAS A MAGIC NUMBER: Xander Bogaerts, Shaw and Thomas all scored three runs last night…Almanzar, Gibson and Thomas each had three hits…Hitters 3-5 (Thomas, Shaw and Almanzar) went a combined 10-for-16 (.625), 2 HR, 10 RBI on Thursday.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their 3-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…The series finale is a 1:00 PM start on Sunday…The ‘Dogs will host the Fisher Cats on Monday night, staring a 4-game set…Portland is 1-2 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Finale and New Hampshire…Vote for the Biscuit

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Peter Hissey had Double-A career-high 3 RBI on Wednesday night (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

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The Sea Dogs conclude their 7-game roadtrip on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

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

Pre-Game Interview: Tommy Hottovy Part 2

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Almanzar 5, Linares DH, Wilkerson 8, Spring 2, Gibson 4, Workman RHP

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

ALMOST HOME: The Sea Dogs wrap up their 7-game roadtrip on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With last night’s loss, Portland suffered their first road-series loss of the season (4-1-1 in six road series)…Portland has dropped four of six on the trip, and hasn’t lost three in a row since April 7-9…Right-hander Brandon Workman is making his eighth appearance of the season…He suffered his first Double-A loss on August 29, 2012 in Manchester.

With a win tonight, Brandon Workman becomes the 5th pitcher in the league with five wins - Anthony Ranaudo is on that list.

With a win tonight, Brandon Workman becomes the 5th pitcher in the league with five wins – Anthony Ranaudo is on that list.

 

COMEBACK FELL SHORT: Portland tied the game at four with three runs in the ninth, but Brad Glenn’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth, gave New Hampshire a 5-4 win on Wednesday night…Peter Hissey gave the ‘Dogs a 1-0 lead with a sac-fly in the second and tied the game with a two-run single in the ninth…Joel Carreno (2-1) blew the save, but earned the win…Will Latimer yielded one hit and two runs over 2.2 IP to take the loss…Latimer escaped a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the seventh, keep in the deficit 4-1…Tony Thomas and Christian Vazquez each had two hits.

DEEP INTO GAMES: In Portland’s final game on Sunday, Logan Darnell pitched eight innings, but suffered the loss…During this roadtrip, four opposing starters have worked at least six innings: Deck McGuire (6.0 IP, last night), Marcus Walden (7.2 IP, Tuesday), Darnell (8.0, Sunday) and Trevor May (7.0 IP, 2-hit shutout in game two of May 10th’s doubleheader)…The Sea Dogs are hitting just .220 (97-for-440) this month.

UNFORTUNATELY IN THE MEDIA GUIDE: Portland’s pitchers walked a franchise-record 14 batters last night…Starter Charlie Haeger walked seven over 5 IP, allowing two runs and two hits…Daniel Bard issued five walks over 1+ innings and Latimer issued two walks…The previous record was 13 on July 2, 2006 versus Trenton…Haeger’s seven walks were most by a starter since Kason Gabbard on August 19, 2009.

TURNING TWO: Portland turned three double plays last night, tying a season-high…The ‘Dogs are tied for third in the Eastern League in fielding percentage at .972…Catcher Christian Vazquez is leading the league in throwing out runners (18-for-37, 49%).

THREE WAS THE FIRST: Hissey’s 3 RBI was a Double-A career high, and the most RBI since he had five in his final game with Salem on 9/5/11.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs open up a 7-game homestand on Friday night against the Binghamton Mets…On Monday night, the ‘Dogs and Fisher Cats kick-off a four-game series, including an 11 AM game on Thursday…Portland is 0-2 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Tommy Hottovy Interview…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Wednesday

Great catching up with former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy, who dominates this blog today.

Great catching up with former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy, who dominates this blog today.

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their 3-game series on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental stadium.

Today’s Game Notes

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

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

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

Before tonight’s game, I had a chance to interview former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy, who now pitches for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.   Hottovy spent parts of six years with the Portland Sea Dogs from 2006-11, and he became a good friend.  I think it was his passion for fantasy football that kicked off the friendship.  The former Wichita State product was a conventional pitcher until the spring of 2011, when he decided it was time for a chance. The previous season, he had been working on it with Sea Dogs Pitching Coach Bob Kipper.  When I arrived to Spring Training in 2011, I couldn’t believe to see Tommy throwing from down under.  His transformation was amazing, and it seemed like he’d be doing it for years. They call it submarine style, down under, side arm and tons of other slang words.  But it just worked for Hottovy and it landed him in the big leagues with the Red Sox in 2011.  And the biggest thrill for Hottovy, pitching for the Kansas City Royals, the team he grew up rooting for.

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011 (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011 (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

 

Sea Dogs vist Manchester, N.H. for three

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy (pictured right) talking with Sea Dogs' Pitching Coach Bob Kipper.

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy (pictured right) talking with Sea Dogs’ Pitching Coach Bob Kipper.

The Sea Dogs open up a 3-game series on Tuesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental stadium.

Today’s Game Notes

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

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

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

  • Portland has not lost a road series this season, going 4-0-1
  • New Hampshire’s roster features former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy
  • New Hampshire’s coaching staff has some Red Sox nation flavor: Manager Gary Allenson and Hitting Coach Richie Hebner.
  • Portland plays their next 16 games against New Hampshire and Binghamton

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GET USE TO THIS MATCHUP: Portland and New Hampshire face-off in the first of a three-game series on Tuesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The two teams will meet 24 times this season, but 14 in Manchester…The Sea Dogs have not lost a road series this season, going 4-0-1…They split their last series in New Britain, by taking game four, and improving to 5-0 in series finales on the road…Left-hander Drake Britton (3-2, 4.46) makes his fourth career start against New Hampshire (1-1, 2.84 ERA last season).

SPRING IN HIS STEP: Catcher Matt Spring went 4-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBI, leading the Sea Dogs to a 3-2 win over the New Britain Rock Cats on Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium…Spring knocked in the second run with his third homer of the season in the second…The Portland backstop knocked in the game winner, delivering a run-scoring double in the fourth…Anthony Ranaudo (5-1) became the fourth 5-game winner in the league, hurling six scoreless frames on three hits, three walks and five strikeouts…RHP Brock Huntzinger recorded the final five outs to earn his eighth save of the season.

AMONG THE LEADERS: Ranaudo lowered his ERA to 1.38, which ranks second in the league behind Richmond’s Justin Fitzgerald (1.09)…The right-hander is among the Eastern League leaders in the following categories: fewest base runners/9 IP ratio (8.08, 1st), WHIP (0.85, 1st), Wins (1st) and average against (.172, 2nd)…Ranaudo leads all Red Sox minor leaguers in ERA and wins.

ALL IN THE LAST FIVE: Spring has hit all three homers over a 5-game period…Since May 3rd, Spring is hitting .500 (8-for-16) with 3 homers (all against New Britain) and 6 RBI…The Sea Dogs are seventh in the league in homers with 24…New Hampshire is second (29) behind Reading (30).

CLOSING TIME: Huntzinger has four saves and a win over his past five outings, and has not allowed a run in eight consecutive appearances since April 21st (10.0 IP)…The right-hander is 8-for-8 in save chances.

ALL BY MYSELF: The Sea Dogs have been in first place by themselves since April 27th, and are looking to go 10 games over .500 for the second time this season…Portland is off to their best 35-game stretch since they were 22-13 to start the 2005 campaign.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their three-game series tomorrow night beginning at 6:35 PM from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Over the next 16 games, Portland plays the Fisher Cats and Binghamton Mets.

Happy Mother’s Day from New Britain Stadium

MLB will use pink bats for Mother's Day.

MLB will use pink bats for Mother’s Day.

The Sea Dogs conclude their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium…Portland has dropped two road games for the first time this season

Roster Move: Catcher Alberto Rosario promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

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

Pre-Game Interview:- Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles

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

New Britain Lineup: Santana 6, Petterson 4, Sobolewski 5, Pinto 2, Ortiz 9, Rodriguez 3, Rohlfing 7, Smith DH, Goncalves 8, Darnell LHP

Earlier today at Hadlock Field, the annual Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5 K Race…Results

LOOKING FOR THE SPLIT: Portland has lost two straight road games for the first time this season, and concludes their four-game series with the Rock Cat in New Britain on Sunday afternoon…With a win today, the Sea Dogs will go 4-0-1 in their first 5 road series of the season…Portland has won 8 of 13 from the Rock Cats, with seven of the games decided by one run (Portland 4-3)…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo makes his seventh start of the season and his second against New Britain.

ANOTHER CLOSE ONE: The Rock Cats scored three times in the eighth inning off losing pitcher Miguel Celestino (1-1) and beat Portland, 5-4 on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…Curt Smith gave New Britain their only lead of the night, cracking a two-run homer with two outs…Bruce Pugh worked a scoreless eighth to earn his first win of the season…Aaron Thompson worked around a lead-off single in the ninth to earn his third save of the year…Portland had a 4-1 lead after three innings, receiving a two-run single from Christian Vazquez in the third.

NICE OUTING CLOSE TO HOME: Connecticut native Matt Barnes took a no-decision in last night’s game…Barnes worked five innings, allowing three hits, one run, three walks and seven strikeouts…The lone blemish came in the second inning on a lead-off homer by DH Josmil Pinto…Last 3 outings for Barnes: 2-0, 1.06 ERA (2 ER/17.0 IP), 11 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB and 21 strikeouts.

HEATING UP: Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with two walks in a run scored on Saturday night…Bogaerts has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games: 27-for-71 (.380), 2 HR, 11 RBI, 4 3B, 4 2B… and has reached base in 25 of 27 games on the season…OF Shannon Wilkerson has reached base safely in five consecutive at bats in the series (3 walks and a single)…Michael Almanzar has a 5-game hitting streak: 6-for-16 (.375).

NOT BAD FOR ON THE ROAD: Dating back to 2011, the Sea Dogs are 4-0-1 in series at New Britain Stadium…Portland took two of three from the Rock Cats on April 11-14, winning the series opener 9-3…After a rainout on April 12th, the two-teams played back-to-back 10-inning games, with the ‘Cats taking the series finale 6-5…The rainout in the series opener will be made up when Portland returns to New Britain Stadium on July 22-24…The ‘Dogs have three doubleheaders on the schedule.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday and open up a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night, beginning at 6:35 PM from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland’s next homestand begins on May 17th against the Binghamton Mets.

Saturday Baseball in New Britain

Travis Shaw connected on a three-run homer last night...He has both homers this week (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor - Sitting Still Photography).

Travis Shaw connected on a three-run homer last night…He has both homers this week (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor – Sitting Still Photography).

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…The two teams split a twinbill on Friday night.

Roster Move: Right-hander Jeremy Kehrt received from Single-A Lowell…RH Chris Martin was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

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

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

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Christian 4, Sobolewski 5, Pinto DH, Ortiz 9, Rodriguez 7, Santana 6, Rohlfing 2, Smith 3, Meyer RHP

BACK TO ONE: Portland and New Britain split a double header on Friday night, and resume their 4-game series on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…Tonight marks the 13th meeting of the season between the two teams…Portland has not lost a road series this season and holds the best road-record in the Eastern League at 10-4…Connecticut native Matt Barnes (3-1, 5.19) makes his seventh start of the season and his third against the Rock Cats.

Beehive Field was once the home of the New Britain Red Sox, it sits adjacent to New Britain Stadium.

Beehive Field was once the home of the New Britain Red Sox, it sits adjacent to New Britain Stadium.

THAT’S A SPLIT: Matt Spring clubbed a game-winning, two-run homer in the fourth inning, leading the Sea Dogs to a 6-4 win in game one…Travis Shaw gave Portland a 3-2 lead with a three-run homer in the fourth…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger earned his first win of the season, working 5.2 innings on five hits and four runs…In game two, Trevor May hurled a two-hit shutout, as the ‘Cats took the nightcap 6-0…Xander Bogaerts and Peter Hissey had singles in game two…Brandon Workman (4-1) took his first loss of the year, giving up five runs on eight hits over 5.1 IP.

DESERVED THE PROMOTION: Right-hander Chris Martin earned the save in the opener, recording the final four outs…Martin extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings, tying Clay Buchholz for the fourth longest in team history…Earlier today, Martin was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket…RHP Jeremy Kehrt takes Martin’s spot on the roster…Kehrt appeared in three games with Pawtucket earlier this season and was on Lowell’s roster.

THAT MAKES TWO THIS WEEK: Shaw has hit both homers this week…The first baseman hit his first home run of the season on May 7th vs. Reading, a solo-shot with two outs in the fourth…Spring blasted his second homer of the year – both against New Britain…Last night’s homers by Shaw and Spring came against Cole De Vries, who was making a MLB Rehab Assignment (Loss, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO).

NOT BAD FOR ON THE ROAD: Dating back to 2011, the Sea Dogs are 4-0-1 in series at New Britain Stadium…Portland took two of three from the Rock Cats on April 11-14, winning the series opener 9-3…After a rainout on April 12th, the two-teams played back-to-back 10-inning games, with the ‘Cats taking the series finale 6-5…The rainout in the series opener will be made up when Portland returns to New Britain Stadium on July 22-24…The ‘Dogs have three doubleheaders on the schedule.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and New Britain conclude their four-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:35 PM…The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday and open up a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night.

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