June 2013

Miguel Celestino fanned the side last night...he's allowed one earned run in his last 4 outings (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor or Sitting Still Photography)

Miguel Celestino fanned the side last night…he’s allowed one earned run in his last 4 outings (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor or Sitting Still Photography)

The Sea Dogs and Akron Aeros continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Canal Park.  Portland is 1-2 during a 5-game roadtrip, which concludes tomorrow afternoon.

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

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

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

Akron Lineup: Ramirez 4, Rodriguez 6, Holt 8, Aguilar 3, Moncrief 9, Latimore 7, Abraham DH, Urshela 5, Lowery C, Cooper RHP

Preview of Today’s Notes

TRYING TO RIGHT THE SHIP: Since a season-high 7-game winning streak from April 27-May 4, the Sea Dogs have dropped 18 of their last 31, and continue their 5-game roadtrip on Saturday night in Akron against the Aeros…Portland has dropped 4 of 5 to start the month, winning the series finale on Wednesday night in Erie 8-0…Akron has won all four games on their homestand and look to get back to .500 for the first time since they were 19-19…Right-hander Matt Barnes makes his 12th start of the season for the ‘Dogs in tonight’s game.

THAT WASN’T FUN: Akron scored four in the third and added six in the seventh, defeating the Sea Dogs 12-3 on Friday night at Canal Park…LF Quincy Latimore went 3-for-4, 4 RBI with a triple and a double…RF Carlos Moncrief had three hits and scored three runs…Brett Brach worked five strong innings on six hits and two runs for the win…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger took the loss, yielding six runs on seven hits over 6 IP…C Christian Vazquez went 1-for-2 with 2 RBI…Heiker Meneses added two hits and an RBI…J.C. Linares had two hits and scored twice.

SOMETIMES NUMBERS DON’T LIE: Akron went 9-for-14 with runners-in-scoring-position on Friday night, Portland went 2-for-15…Pete Ruiz was touched for a season-high six runs (five earned) on six hits…Akron’s first seven batters reached base in the seventh off Ruiz…Portland had 15 baserunners in the opener.

STRIKEOUTS WERE THERE: Haeger tied a season-high with eight strikeouts…Miguel Celestino fanned the side in the eighth…Portland’s pitchers are third in the Eastern League in strikeouts with 521 (Akron 541, Binghamton 533)…Celestino has allowed just one earned run in his last four games: 0-2, 1.93 ERA (ER/4.2 IP).

STOPPED AT NINE: Xander Bogaerts had his nine-game hitting streak snapped last night, going 0-for-4 with a walk…Bogaerts has hit safely in 14 of his last 18 games: 25-for-69 (.362), 4 HR, 16 RBI…His .304 average (62-for-200) is tied for 10th in the Eastern League with Erie’s James McCann.

BREAKING THROUGH: Vazquez notched his sixth multi-RBI game last night but his first since driving in two runs on May 22nd vs. New Hampshire at Hadlock Field…Meneses snapped an 0-for-12 slump with 2 hits last night.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park, beginning at 2:05 PM…Portland is 2-4 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division…After an off-day on Monday, the ‘Dogs return home to host Erie and Akron.

Western Swing continues in Akron, Ohio

Brand new video board at Canal Park

Brand new video board at Canal Park

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Friday night against the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) at Canal Park.  With last night’s postponement in Erie, Portland and the SeaWolves will play a doubleheader on Tuesday at Hadlock Field.

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

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

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

Akron Lineup: Ramirez 4, Rodriguez 6, Holt 8, Aguilar 3, Moncrief 9, Latimore 7, Lowery 2, Urshela 5, Lavisky DH, Brach RHP

Preview of Today’s Notes

BACK AT IT: The Sea Dogs were postponed on Thursday night in Erie, and open up a three-game series on Friday night against the Akron Aeros from Canal Park…Yesterday’s game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Akron swept three games from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to begin their six-game homestand…Last year, Portland took four of six from the Aeros, their first season- series win against Akron since 1998.

SIMPLY DOMINANT: Drake Britton (4-5) tossed a career-high eight innings on one hit, one walk and eight strikeouts, as the Sea Dogs defeated the SeaWolves 6-0 on Wednesday night…Britton was hitless until Hernan Perez led off the seventh with a double…Rafael Perez closed out the shutout with a scoreless ninth…Matt Spring went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and 2 doubles…Michael Almanzar and Xander Bogaerts each homered…Kolbrin Vitek went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single in the second…Erie’s Warwick Saupold (4-2) took the loss, allowing a season-high six runs over 6 IP.

EIGHT AGAIN: Britton and Brandon Workman have both worked eight innings this season…Workman was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket before Wednesday’s game…Last five Portland pitchers to go at least 8 IP.

  1. Britton 8.0 IP (June 5 at Erie)
  2. Workman 8.0 IP (June 1 vs. Altoona)
  3. Haeger 8.0 IP (August 30, 2011 at Harrisburg)
  4. Adam Mills 8.0 IP (August 6, 2009 vs. Altoona)
  5. Clay Buchholz 8.0 IP (August 30, 2008 vs. New Hampshire)
  6. Charlie Zink 9.0 IP (June 19, 2007 at Connecticut)…Zink has the franchise’s last 9-inning complete game.

X MARKS THE SPOT: Bogaerts collected his 17th multi-hit game, and has reached base 30 times his last 10 games…Bogaerts has an 9-game hitting streak: 16-for-31 (.516), 4 HR, 11 RBI, 4 doublesHe’s hit safely in 14 of his last 17 games: 25-for-65 (.385), 4 HR, 16 RBI…His .310 average (62-for-200) is tied for 9th in the Eastern League.

BEEN A WHILE: Britton earned his first win since May 8th against Reading…The lefty is 1-1, 0.50 ERA (ER/18.0 IP) in his last three starts.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Canal Park…Portland is 2-3 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division…After an off-day on Monday, the ‘Dogs return home to host Erie and Akron.

Workman promoted…’Dogs in Erie for game two

Portland and Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) continue their three-game series on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park in Downtown Erie, PA.

Press Release on Brandon Workman’s promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Portland, Maine- Portland Sea Dogs’ right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman has been promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. No counter move has yet been announced. The Sea Dogs roster currently stands at 24 active players.

In 11 games with the Sea Dogs this season, Workman has posted a 5-1 record with a 3.43 ERA. He has recorded an Eastern League best 74 strikeouts over 65.2 innings pitched.

The 24 year-old is rated by Baseball America as the #12 prospect in the Red Sox organization. He was selected as the 2012 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 10-8 with a 3.50 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 25 starts between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland.

The Bowie, Texas native was selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2010 First-year Player Draft.

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

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

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

Erie Lineup: Suarez 6, Perez 4, Fields 8, Collins DH, McCann 2, Gaynor 5, Robbins 3, Castillo 9, Lemon 7, Saupold RHP

Preview of today’s notes

OUT WEST: The Sea Dogs and Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) continue their three-game series on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park…Portland has dropped eight of 10 and have lost four straight on the road (season-high)…Erie snapped a six-game losing streak last night and leads the Western Division by one game…Lefty Drake Britton makes his first career start against Erie…Righty Warwick Saupold (4-1, 2.42) is second in the Eastern League in ERA and makes his first career start against the ‘Dogs.

TOUGH ENDING TO A LONG NIGHT: Daniel Fields delivered an RBI single with two outs in the 12th inning, giving the SeaWolves an 8-7 walk-off win over the Sea Dogs in the series opener…Trailing 7-4, Portland tied the game in the eight inning on a two-run triple by Shannon Wilkerson (4-for-5), who then scored on a wild pitch…Justin Souza (4-1) pitched a perfect 12th for the win…Miguel Celestino (1-3) suffered his second straight loss, yielding an unearned run over 2/3 in the 12thXander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 and reached base safely in his first 4 plate appearances.

TOUGH NIGHT: Anthony Ranaudo allowed season highs in hits (8), runs (7), earned runs (7) and walks (4) on Tuesday night…The runs allowed was a Double-A career high, and the most since he yielded eight with the Salem Red Sox on July 31, 2011 at Lynchburg.

X MARKS THE SPOT: Bogaerts collected his 16th multi-hit game, and earned his ninth multi-walk game of the season…Bogaerts has an 8-game hitting streak: 14-for-27 (.519), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 4 doublesHe’s hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games: 23-for-61 (.377), 3 HR, 15 RBI…His .306 average (60-for-196) is tops on the team.

NICE RELIEF: Before Celestino allowed a run, Brock Huntzinger (3 IP) and Jeremy Kehrt (3.1 IP) combined for 6.1 scoreless innings on seven hits, five walks and seven strikeouts…Huntzinger stranded four runners over innings 9-10…Last night was Portland’s longest game of the season for innings (12) and time (4 hours 22 minutes)…The opponents have five walk-off wins this season.

40 SOMETHING: INF Michael Almanzar picked up his team-leading 40th RBI with a fourth inning single off Ramon Garcia…Almanzar leads the team in homers (10), RBI, total bases (104), multi-hit games (17) and multi-RBI games (10).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Erie SeaWolves conclude their three-game series on Thursday night at Jerry Uht Park beginning at 7:05 PM…On Friday night, the ‘Dogs begin a three-game series in Akron, Ohio against the Aeros…Portland is 1-3 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.

Western Trip starts in Erie, PA

Portland opens up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night in Erie, PA against the SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate)…The ‘Dogs and ‘Wolves are meeting for the first time this season.

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

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

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

Erie Lineup: Suarez 6, Perez 4, Fields 8, Collins 7, McCann 2, Gaynor 5, Robbins 3, Castillo 9, Johnson DH, Garcia RHP

Preview of today’s notes

OUT WEST: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) in Erie, PA…Portland dropped four of six on their recent homestand but are tied with the Trenton Thunder for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Erie returns home after dropping all six games on their recent trip, scoring only 12 runs…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo makes his 11th start of the season for the Sea Dogs, and can become the first 7-game winner in the league.

Anthony Ranaudo is looking to become the first 7-game winner in the Eastern League.

Anthony Ranaudo is looking to become the first 7-game winner in the Eastern League.

DECIDED EARLY: The Altoona Curve scored seven runs in the second inning and cruised by the Sea Dogs 13-6 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Alex Dickerson drove in a career-high seven runs, blasting two homers…Jarek Cunningham homered twice and finished 4-for-5 with 3 RBI…Andrew Lambo hit his league-leading 13th homer to start the Curve’s offense…Matt Barnes took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits over 1.2 IP…Matt Spring finished 3-for-4 with his sixth homer of the season…Casey Sadler (6-3) worked 5.2 innings on seven hits and four runs to earn the win.

SPRING MUST BE HIS SEASON: Spring hit .354 (17-for-48) with 5 homers and 18 RBI in May, and picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the season on Sunday…The Portland backstop has a multi-RBI game in eight of nine contests that he has an RBI.

X MARKS THE SPOT: Xander Bogaerts collected his 15th multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 on Sunday with a run scored…Bogaerts has a 7-game hitting streak: 12-for-23 (.522), 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 doublesHe’s hit safely in 12 of his last 15 games: 21-for-57 (.368), 3 HR, 14 RBI…His .302 average (58-for-192) is now tops on the team.

SIMPLY DOMINANT: Ranaudo worked a career-high 7 innings in his previous start on May 29th vs. New Hampshire, earning his sixth win of the season…The righty was perfect in six of seven innings, allowing just a leadoff single to Ryan Schimpf in the second inning…Ranaudo is leading the Eastern League in ERA, WHIP, Batting Average against, Fewest Baserunners Per 9 IP and tied for the league lead in wins.

HADN’T HAPPENED IN A WHILE: The seven runs allowed in the second inning on Sunday was the most since New Hampshire scored seven in the first July 20, 2012…Five homers by the Curve were the most by an opponent since August 9, 2008 at Connecticut.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Erie SeaWolves conclude their two game series on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park beginning at 7:05 PM…On Friday night, the ‘Dogs begin a three-game series in Akron, Ohio against the Aeros…Portland is 1-2 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.

Homestand finale against Altoona

Portland concludes their six-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against the Altoona Curve.

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

HOMERS FROM MAY 31ST MONTAGE

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

Pre-Game Guest: Kevin Boles

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

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

Brandon Workman worked a  career-high eight innings on Saturday night.

Brandon Workman worked a career-high eight innings on Saturday night.

Preview of today’s notes

IT ENDS TODAY: Portland has dropped three of five on their current homestand, which wraps up this afternoon against the Altoona Curve at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs won the opener from the Curve on Friday night 7-3…Right-hander Matt Barnes (3-1, 4.50) makes his 11th start of the season and the 36th of his professional career…Barnes has a no-decision in four consecutive starts…Altoona starter Casey Sadler has worked at least six innings in six straight starts.

NOT MANY: The Altoona Curve took game two of the series from the Sea Dogs 2-1 on Saturday night; in a game that featured three solo-homers…Mel Rojas Jr. snapped the tie, blasting a leadoff homer in the ninth inning off losing pitcher Miguel Celestino (1-2)…Portland tied the game in the seventh when Michael Almanzar started the frame with a home run over the Maine Monster…Charlie Cutler led of the visitor’s seventh with a homer off Brandon WorkmanEthan Hollingsworth (2-3) worked four innings on three hits and one run to earn the win…Nate Baker pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

EIGHT WASN’T ENOUGH: Workman pitched a career-high eight innings on Saturday, scattering five hits, one run, two walks and five strikeouts…Portland’s starters are 2-1, 1.95 ERA (7 ER/32.1 IP) on the homestand…The outing was the longest by a Portland pitcher since Charlie Haeger worked eight innings on August 30, 2011 at Harrisburg…Last five Portland pitchers to go at least 8 IP.

  1. Workman 8.0 IP (June 1 vs. Altoona)
  2. Haeger 8.0 IP (August 30, 2011 at Harrisburg)
  3. Adam Mills 8.0 IP (August 6, 2009 vs. Altoona)
  4. Clay Buchholz 8.0 IP (August 30, 2008 vs. New Hampshire)
  5. Charlie Zink 9.0 IP (June 19, 2007 at Connecticut)…Zink has the franchise’s last 9-inning complete game.

WRAPPING UP THE MONTH: Portland went 16-14 in May, their best record in May since going 16-13 in 2008…Portland fanned 262 times in May, the most for any month in franchise history…38 stolen bases established a team record for May…13 triples tied a May record…On the pitching end, 128 walks and 34 wild pitches are new monthly records…251 strikeouts is a new May record…Haeger tied a franchise record for most wild pitches in a month (8) and tied a May record for hits batsmen (5).

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs are off on Monday and open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate)…On Friday night, the ‘Dogs begin a three-game series in Akron, Ohio against the Aeros…Portland is 1-1 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.

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Sea Dogs and Curve continue their series

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: Charlie Haeger

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

Altoona Lineup: Rojas Jr. 8, Dickerson 9, Cutler DH, Lambo 7, Cunningham 4, Ngoepe 6, Maggi 5, Brown 3, Paulino 2, McDonald RHP

Preview of today’s notes

NOW THE WEST: The Sea Dogs began their 15-game stretch against the Western Division with a win on Friday night…Portland and Altoona continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs need to win the final two games to clinch a winning homestand…Portland finished May 16-14, and reached 30 wins, 22 days quicker than they did in 2012…RHP Brandon Workman tossed six scoreless frames on two hits in his Double-A debut against Altoona on August 14, 2012.

MADE THEM COUNT: Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger tossed 6.1 innings on two hits, two runs, four walks and five strikeouts, as the Sea Dogs beat the Curve 7-3…Portland had six run-scoring hits (seven overall), receiving homers by Xander Bogaerts (2-run), J.C. Linares and Shannon WilkersonMichael Almanzar and Tony Thomas had run-scoring doubles in the fourth and Heiker Meneses pitched in with a run-scoring triple in the sixth…Haeger snapped a two-game losing streak and earned his second quality start of the season…Brock Huntzinger closed out the win with a scoreless ninth.

Charlie Haeger earned his second win of the season on Friday night. (photo courtesy of Sitting Still Photography and Kelly O'Connor)

Charlie Haeger earned his second win of the season on Friday night. (photo courtesy of Sitting Still Photography and Kelly O’Connor)

WRAPPING UP THE MONTH: Portland went 16-14 in May, their best record in May since going 16-13 in 2008…Portland fanned 262 times in May, the most for any month in franchise history…38 stolen bases established a team record for May…13 triples tied a May record…On the pitching end, 128 walks and 34 wild pitches are new monthly records…251 strikeouts is a new May record…Haeger tied a franchise record for most wild pitches in a month (8) and tied a May record for hits batsmen (5).

GREAT FOR A WEEK: Shannon Wilkerson extended his season-high hitting streak to eight straight, by blasting a solo-homer in the fifth inning…During the streak, Wilkerson is 11-for-31 (.355)…Bogaerts has hit safely in 10 of 12 games: 17-for-51 (.333), 3 HR, 14 RBI, 2 2B and tied career-highs with 2 HR & 5 RBI on May 29th vs. New Hampshire…Bogaerts has three homers this homestand.

MAJOR HELP FOR THE VISITORS: Altoona’s starter James McDonald is making a Major League Rehab Assignment on Saturday night…McDonald is making his second rehab start for the Curve, he lasted only 2/3 of an inning on May 27th vs. Richmond, giving up three runs on two hits and four walks…McDonald is currently on Pittsburgh’s disabled list due to shoulder issues.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM…The Sea Dogs are off on Monday and open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate)…Portland is 1-0 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.

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