On Sunday morning, I’ll head down to Ft. Myers and provide coverage of the Sea Dogs and Red Sox all week long. I can’t express how grateful I am for this opportunity, and a big thanks to the Sea Dogs and the Burke family for sending me down there.
The Sea Dogs began their minor league games on Wednesday, I’l have complete reports from all the exhibition games. Typically, most of the rosters right now aren’t set, and players tend to play a level higher during minor-league spring training.
In case you missed it: The Red Sox announced the Joe Thurston will be added to the Portland roster as a player/coach. Thurston played in the Mexican League last year, but was a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2008 and appeared in 4 games with the Red Sox that season.
Great article on the Red Sox system by MLB.com (currently ranked 2nd overall in MLB).
I’ll be heading down to Ft. Myers this Sunday and will have complete game coverage all next week.
DATE OPPONENT AFFILIATE SITE TIME
Wed. March 18 vs. Bowie Baysox Orioles Ft. Myers 1:00 pm
Thur. March 19 @ New Britain Rock Cats Twins Lee County 1:00 pm
Fri. March 20 vs. Bowie Baysox Orioles Ft. Myers 1:00 pm
Sat. March 21 @ Montgomery Biscuits Rays Port Charlotte 1:00 pm
Sun. March 22 CAMP DAY
Mon. March 23 vs. Montgomery Biscuits Rays Ft. Myers 1:00 pm
Tues. March 24 @ New Britain Rock Cats Twins Lee County 1:00 pm
Wed. March 25 @ Bowie Baysox Orioles Sarasota 1:00 pm
Thur. March 26 vs. New Britain Rock Cats Twins Ft. Myers 1:00 pm
Fri. March 27 vs. Bowie Baysox Orioles Ft. Myers 1:00 pm
Sat. March 28 @ Montgomery Biscuits Rays Port Charlotte 1:00 pm
Sun. March 29 CAMP DAY
Mon. March 30 @ Montgomery Biscuits Rays Port Charlotte 1:00 pm
Tues. March 31 vs. New Britain Rock Cats Twins Ft. Myers 1:00 pm
Wed. April 1 @ Bowie Baysox Orioles Sarasota 1:00 pm
Thur. April 2 vs. Montgomery Biscuits Rays Ft. Myers 1:00 pm
Fri. April 3 vs. New Britain Rock Cats Twins Lee County 1:00 pm
Sat. April 4 vs. New Britain Rock Cats Twins Ft. Myers 1:00 pm
The Sea Dogs have announced Mark Perlman-Price as the team’s new Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the 2015 season. Perlman-Price will join Mike Antonellis on the radio broadcast for all 71 Sea Dogs home games this season, as well as assisting Director of Media Relations Chris Cameron with other duties.
A native of Newton, MA, Perlman-Price spent the 2014 baseball season as the Broadcast Assistant for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA-Philadelphia), where he was the flagship producer for the IronPigs Radio Network on ESPN Radio 1230/1320 Lehigh Valley and also served as the studio host for the IronPigs pre and postgame shows. His previous work in baseball includes a three-year stint as the team broadcaster for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, where he was voted to represent the Eastern Division as broadcaster for the 2013 NECBL All-Star Game. Perlman-Price’s other broadcasting experience includes two semesters at Harvard as a member of the broadcast crew for the Ivy League Digital Network, and three seasons calling high school football games on radio in Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket as well as on the internet at capeandislandsports.com.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Mike on the Sea Dogs broadcasts this season,” Perlman-Price said, “I had been hoping to be back in the broadcast booth this season and as a lifelong Red Sox fan, the opportunity to do so for an affiliate is really a dream come true. I’ve been to Hadlock Field as a fan and know that the Sea Dogs are a top notch organization, so I feel proud to be able to serve the team both over the airwaves and also in the front office.”
Perlman-Price is a graduate of Indiana University, where he received a B.A. in journalism with a minor in music. You can find him on Twitter @mtriplep.
The Sea Dogs open the 2015 season at Hadlock Field on Thursday, April 9th, at 6:00 PM against the Reading Fightin Phils. Tickets for the 2015 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com. All 142 Sea Dogs games can also be heard on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: 95.5/95.9 WPEI Portland (flagship), WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris, and WTME 780 AM Rumford.
I could go on for hours how appreciative I am of the Portland Sea Dogs, for giving me an opportunity to broadcast their games in 2005. The franchise is first class, and that starts from the top with our ownership group – the Burke Family. Yesterday was big news for the Sea Dogs, as John Smoltz becomes the first Hall of Famer to appear in a game for the Sea Dogs.
I had the pleasure of interview John Smoltz in 2009 and Pedro Martinez in 2013. So blessed! Hot Stove is January 16th – hope to see you there.
On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox added 4 former Sea Dogs to their 40-man roster. INF Sean Coyle, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, INF Travis Shaw and C Blake Swihart were the four additions, bringing Boston the minimum of 40. All four players appeared in Portland’s record-breaking 2014 season.
Coyle hit .295 in his first Double-A season, hitting 16 homers with 61 RBI, going 13-for-14 in stolen bases.
Rodriguez was acquired by Boston from Baltimore for LHP Andrew Miller during the ’14 season. The lefty dominated Portland, going 3-1, 0.96 ERA (4 ER/37.1 IP) in six starts with the ‘Dogs, earning a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket for their championship run.
Shaw hit .278 with 21 home runs, 78 RBI, and 78 runs scored in 128 games between Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2014. The Ohio native has clubbed 56 homers over the past 3 seasons – the most in the system.
Swihart was named an Eastern League All-Star in his first Double-A season, hitting .300 with 12 HR and 55 RBI in 92 games. The standout catcher did not have a passed ball all season with the Sea Dogs. Swihart earned a late season promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Off-season moves involving 2014 Sea Dogs: Carlos Rivero signed with Seattle. Carson Blair was signed to a minor-league deal by Oakland and Derrik Gibson signed with Baltimore. Boston re-signed Miguel Celestino, Dayan Diaz and Nate Reed. Former Sea Dog Alex Hassan was claimed on waivers by Oakland, but earlier today, was claimed by Baltimore. Hassan wrote an amazing letter thanking the fans and people in the Red Sox Organization.
Today is Game 5 of the Eastern Division Championship Series between the Portland Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets…Portland’s last Game 5 was the 2006 Eastern League Championship Series when they beat the Akron Aeros…Binghamton’s last Game 5 was a loss to Portland on September 7, 1996.
Congrats to Richmond on winning the Western Division Championship Series.
B-Mets: Nimmo 7, Rivera 4, Burgamy 3, Boyd DH, Ceciliani 8, Taijeron 9, Lawley 5, Carillo 2, Tovar 6, Ynoa RH
# Castillo DH, Miller 4, De La Cruz 7, Blair 2, Chester 3, Welch 5, Wilkerson 8, Roof 9, Meneses 6, Diaz RH
GAME 5 HISTORY: Portland is 4-0 in Game 5’s in Franchise History: 7-3 over Binghamton in the Northern Division Championship Series (9/7/96), 10-9 over Norwich in the Northern Division Championship Series (9/6/97), 9-2 over Trenton in Northern Division Championship Series (9/11/05) and 8-5 over Akron in the Eastern League Championship Series (9/17/06).
WHO WILL FACE RICHMOND? The fifth and decisive game of the Eastern Division Championship Series takes place on Sunday afternoon between the Portland Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets at Hadlock Field…Portland is seeking their fifth trip to the Eastern League Championship Series…Their last game five in the playoffs, was the clinching win in the 2006 Eastern League Championship Series against the Akron Aeros…Binghamton’s last Game 5 was a 7-3 loss to the Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field on September 7, 1996.
‘DOGS FEEL THE STING FROM THE B-METS: Binghamton scored seven times in the sixth inning to beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 11-4 on Saturday afternoon, and forcing a game five to decide the Eastern Division Championship Series…The B-Mets sent 19 batters to the plate over two innings, scoring 10 of their 11 runs over frames 5 and 6…Darrell Ceciliani led the 13-hit attack, going 2-fo-4 with 3 RBI…Wilfredo Tovar finished 3-for-5 with a 2-run single in the sixth…Rainy Lara recorded Binghamton’s first quality start of the series, yielding only two runs on five hits over 6 IP…Mike Augliera took the loss, giving up four runs over 4+ innings pitched…Mike McCarthy and Pete Ruiz gave up seven runs and five walks in relief for Portland…Portland received homers by Carson Blair and David Chester.
PITCHING HAS BEEN BIG: Portland’s starters have combined to go 1-1, 3.04 ERA (8 ER/23.2 IP) with Binghamton’s starters posting a 5.79 ERA (12 ER/18.2 IP) over four games…Both teams have scored 22 runs and are 35-for-135 (.259).
MORE ABOUT THE DIVISION SERIES: Portland is 4-3 in Division Series, winning consecutive North Titles in 2005 & 06…The Sea Dogs lost to New Haven in 1995 (3-1) but beat Binghamton (1996) and Norwich (1997) in five games.
RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 6 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Kane County 91-49 (.650), Low-A Asheville 89-49 (.645), Low-A Savannah 85-51 (.625), Low-A Hagerstown and Low-A Hagerstown 87-53 (.621), and Portland 88-54 (.620)…The Red Sox have the 4th best record as an organization in MiLB at 418-347 (.546).
After a tough loss last night, the Sea Dogs play game two of the Eastern Division Championship Series on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium…RHP Justin Haley (3-2, 1.19) makes the start for Portland…The righty had a quality start in all six appearances with the ‘Dogs and won his final 3 starts.
RHP Greg Peavey (11-3, 2.90) makes his 19th start of the season for Binghamton…Peavey was 4th in the league in ERA and 1-1, 4.42 ERA in 3 starts against the ‘Dogs.
Recap of Last night’s game from the Portland Press Herald
Pre-Game begins at 6:15PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.
# (Game 2) Wilkerson 8, Miller 5, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Blair DH, Welch 3, Roof 9, Meneses 6, Brenly 2, Haley RHP
B-Mets (Game 2) Nimmo 7, Rivera 4, Burgamy 3, Boyd DH, Ceciliani 8, Taijeron 9, Lawley 5, Carrillo 2, Tovar 6, Peavey RHP
A few notes for today
LAST ONE IN NEW YORK: The Portland Sea Dogs dropped the opener of the Eastern Division Championship Series to the Binghamton Mets, and play Game 2 on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium…Tomorrow night, the series shifts to Hadlock Field for the remaining three games…Portland is now 1-9 in playoff openers, including four straight losses…The playoff berth marks the 8th in the team’s 21-year history, and their first division title since 2004…Binghamton won their first playoff game at home since 2004.
TOUGH FINISH: 2B T.J. Rivera (4-for-5, 5 RBI) hit a two-out, walk-off 3-run homer, giving the Binghamton Mets an 8-5 win in the opener…Portland trailed 1-0, but tied the game in the fourth inning a on two-out homer by Sean Coyle – Portland’s first baserunner off Tyler Pill…The ‘Dogs added four 2-out runs in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Keury De La Cruz and a three-run shot by David Chester…Brian Johnson hurled seven strong frames for the ‘Dogs, yielding two runs on six hits and eight strikeouts…Binghamton scored the final seven runs, but the last five were unearned…In the eighth, an error by Coyle creating two unearned runs…In the ninth against Noe Ramirez, an error by 3B Mike Miller, opened the door for three unearned runs…Binghamton’s bullpen of Hansel Robles (2.1 H, 4 SO) and Cody Satterwhite (win) worked 3.1 scoreless with six strikeouts.
GAME ONE LOSS: The Sea Dogs gave up a four run lead last night…During the regular season the largest lead given up by Portland in a loss was 5 on June 7th against the Bowie Baysox…The eight runs allowed last night was the most since July 10th at Binghamton, when the Mets beat the ‘Dogs 13-3.
MORE ABOUT THE DIVISION SERIES: Portland is 4-3 in Division Series, winning consecutive North Titles in 2005 & 06…The Sea Dogs lost to New Haven in 1995 (3-1) but beat Binghamton (1996) and Norwich (1997) in five games…Portland’s lone championship came in 2006 over Akron…Binghamton’s last E.L. crown happened 20 years ago.
RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 6 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Kane County 91-49 (.650), Low-A Asheville 89-49 (.645), Low-A Savannah 85-51 (.625), Low-A Hagerstown and Low-A Hagerstown 87-53 (.621), and Portland 88-54 (.620)…The Red Sox have the 4th best record as an organization in MiLB at 418-347 (.546)…According to the Red Sox media relations department, the five playoff teams in Boston’s organization is the most since at least 1982.
The Sea Dogs have a 10-game winning streak, their longest since the ’06 championship season, and take on the Fightin Phils for the 20th time this season (Portland has won 14 of 19)…LHP Eduardo Rodriguez makes his 5th start with Portland since being acquired by the Red Sox from the Baltimore Orioles on July 31st for LHP Andrew Miller…Rodriguez is 2-0, 0.74 ERA with Portland, as he took the rotation spot of LHP Henry Owens.
Portland holds a 2.5 game lead over the Binghamton Mets for the top spot in the Eastern Division…The ‘Dogs have a magic number of 5 to clinch the division…They hold the tiebreaker over the B-Mets.
Speaking of playoffs, the PawSox now hold a one-game lead over the Buffalo Bison for wild card spot in the International League. The two teams play tonight, with Owens taking on Daniel Norris.
Pre-Game begins at 6:40PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.
#SeaDogsBaseball Wilkerson 8, Miller 4, Coyle DH, De La Cruz 7, Blair 2, Almanzar 5, Welch 3, Dent 9, Meneses 6, Rodriguez LH (5-7, 3.87)
@ReadingFightins Cartwright 4, Alonso DH, Lavin 7, Fox 2, Altherr 8, Stassi 3, Serna 6, Collier 9, Duran 5, O’Sullivan RH (5-8, 4.23)
A few notes for today
MAKE THAT 10: The Sea Dogs have won 10 straight, their longest since a 10-gamer from May 31-June 13, 2006, and continue their four-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…Portland needs two wins for the best record in franchise history – the 1995 team holds the team mark at 86-56…With a win tonight, the Sea Dogs will have their third, 11-game winning streak in franchise history – the last in 2000 (April 12-26)…The team record for consecutive wins is 12 (April 25-May 7, 1997).
HANGING ZEROS: Portland secured their second straight shutout, opening up an 8-game homestand with a 3-0 win over the Reading Fightin Phils on Monday night…RHP Justin Haley (2-2) tossed six frames on four hits, one walk and five strikeouts…RHP Wilfredo Boscan earned a save with two innings and RHP Noe Ramirez pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save of the year…The game-winning RBI happened two batters into the first inning, thanks to Mike Miller’s run-scoring double, plating Shannon Wilkerson…David Chester led off the second with a solo-homer (#7) and Stefan Welch added an RBI double in the fourth.
RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Kane County 87-46 (.654), Low-A Asheville 85-47 (.644), Low-A Savannah 82-47 (.636), Low-A Hagerstown 84-49 (.632), and Portland 85-50 (.630)…The Red Sox have the 5th best record as an organization in MiLB at 398-327 (.549).
PITCHING WINS: Portland has a quality start in 10 of their last 11 games, and the pitching staff has posted a 1.43 ERA (10 ER/63.0 IP) over that span…This month, the ‘Dogs lead the Eastern League in pitching with a 2.66 ERA…The ‘Dogs bullpen has not allowed a run in their last 28.0 inning pitched.
MORE ON THOSE ARMS: Portland’s lead the Eastern League with a 3.46 ERA…The franchise mark is a 3.24 ERA in 2001 and the best as a Red Sox affiliate is 2005’s 3.82 ERA…The Sea Dogs have never led the league in ERA – the finished second in 2001…Haley has a quality start in all five Double-A appearances.
SHUTOUTS AND SAVES GALORE: The pitching staff has 14 shutouts this season, two shy of the franchise record, which happened in both 2005-06…With 36 saves, the 2014 team ranks 7th in franchise history (1996 holds the mark at 45)…The 2004 team has the most as a Red Sox affiliate with 40.
The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue their three-game series on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will be 33 games over .500 for the first time in team history. LHP Brian Johnson, the league leader in ERA (1.87) makes his 19th start of the season.
29-year old Austin Bibens-Dirkx makes his 33rd appearance of the season and the fourth of his career against Portland…The righty has not allowed more than 2 earned runs since April 10th vs. Binghamton.
Pre-Game begins at 6:45PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.
# Miller 5, Dent 8, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Blair 2, Almanzar DH, Welch 3, Roof 9, Meneses 6, Johnson LH (9-2, 1.87)
@ Berti DH, Mesa 8, Burns 3, Glenn 9, Ochinko 2, Nolan 6, Crouse 7, Pierre 5, Flores 4, Bibens-Dirx RH (6-2, 2.81)
A few notes for today
POSSIBLE RECORD TONIGHT: The Sea Dogs are 32 games over .500 for the first time since August 24, 1995 (same record at 82-50) and can set the franchise mark for games over .500, tonight, against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland has their second, 7-game winning streak, their first was May 19-24 against Binghamton and New Hampshire…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will have their longest winning streak since April 13-20, 2008, when they won eight in a row.
CLUTCH LATE: RHP Keith Couch (8-1) fired seven strong innings on three runs (two earned), as the ‘Dogs made it seven straight wins, 4-3 on Friday night over New Hampshire…Couch worked out of a tough jam in the seventh, fanning Melky Mesa and Andy Burns with two runners in scoring position…LHP Robby Scott fanned the side in the eighth and RHP Noe Ramirez worked around a one-out double in the ninth inning and earned his 15th save of the season…1B Stefan Welch went 2-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBI…LF Keury De La Cruz finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the sixth.
RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 5 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Kane County 85-45 (.654), Low-A Asheville 84-46 (.646), Low-A Savannah 82-45 (.646), Low-A Hagerstown 82-49 (.626), and Portland 82-50 (.621)…The Red Sox have the 5th best record as an organization in MiLB at 386-321 (.546).
JOHNSON’S JUST DEALING: LHP Brian Johnson is a combined 12-3, 2.26 ERA between High-A Salem and Portland…The southpaw has compiled a 9-2 record with a 1.87 ERA with Portland (tops in the league)…13 of his 18 starts have been quality starts and 64% of his pitches have been strikes.
MORE ON 80: Portland’s last playoff appearance was 2008, being swept (3-0) to the Trenton Thunder in the Northern Division Championship Series…The Sea Dogs lone Eastern League Championship was 2006, beating the Akron Aeros 3-2…Binghamton has clinched the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division.
HOME COOKING: Portland needs one win in the final homestand for the second best home record in team history…The ‘Dogs would need to the win the final eight home games to break the 1995 team for the best mark at Hadlock Field (49-23)…Portland is two wins away from 1,500 in team history.