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Morales on the hill for Portland as the homestand concludes

Franklin Morales becomes the 30th Major Leaguer to rehab with Portland - the 24th as a Red Sox affiliate.

Franklin Morales becomes the 30th Major Leaguer to rehab with Portland – the 24th as a Red Sox affiliate.

The Sea Dogs conclude their six-game homestand on Wednesday night, taking on the Reading Fightin Phils  in the rubber game of a three-game series…Portland is 3-2 on the homestand, and will have LHP Franklin Morales on the hill for a Major League Rehab start.

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

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 4, Collier DH, Henson 7, Murphy 3, Mitchell 8, Valle 2, Abreu 5, Duran 6, Hewitt 9, Buchanan RHP

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

The Sea Dogs kicked off the Strikeout Cancer in Kids Program earlier today...This is the 19th year of the program.

The Sea Dogs kicked off the Strikeout Cancer in Kids Program earlier today…This is the 19th year of the program.

 

HE MAKES NUMBER FOUR: Left-hander Franklin Morales will make a Major League Rehab Assignment for the Sea Dogs in the homestand finale on Wednesday night at Hadlock Field…Morales is currently on Boston’s 15-day DL due to lower back strain, and his making his second rehab start, but his first since April 17th with Greenville (3 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 SO)…Lefty Drake Britton is scheduled to follow Morales, and will make his 4th  career relief out, all following rehab starts (2 with Rich Hill, MLB, 1 with Matt Goodson – AA rehab)

BATS SHUTDOWN: Reading right-hander Hector Neris (3-1) fired six innings on four hits and one run, leading the Fightin Phils to a 5-1 win over the Sea Dogs on Tuesday night…Portland’s lone run came on a two-out, solo-homer by Travis Shaw in the fourth inning…Anthony Ranaudo (4-1) took his first loss of the year, allowing five hits, four runs (three earned) over 6 IP…Ranaudo surrendered two homers for the first time this season, yielding solo-shots to Derrick Mitchell and Jim Murphy…CF Shannon Wilkerson picked up two of Portland’s seven hits.

MORE ON MORALES: The former Colorado Rockies reliever, was traded to Boston on May 19, 2011 for a player to be named later or cash considerations…Morales was 3-4, 3.77 ERA (32 ER/76.1 IP) in 37 games/9 starts.

MLB REHAB UPDATE: Morales is the 30th to make a Major League rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs and the 24thas a Red Sox affiliate.MLB Rehabs as a Red Sox affiliate: Craig Breslow, John Lackey, Morales & Stephen Drew (2013), Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Sweeney (2012), Bobby Jenks (2011), Mike Cameron, Manny Delcarmen, Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida (2010), Jed Lowrie, Matsuzaka and John Smoltz (2009), David Ortiz (2008), Wade Miller (2005), Lenny DiNardo (2004 & 2006), Casey Fossum (2003), Chad Fox (2003) and Matt White (2003).

MLB Rehabs as a Marlins affiliate: Luis Aquino, Chris Hammond and Gary Sheffield (1994) Charles Johnson (1995), Matt Mantei (1997), Kevin Millar (2002).

FIRING UP ZEROES: Chris Martin’s scoreless streak was extended to 19.2 innings with two scoreless frames on Sunday afternoon…Martin’s scoreless streak is the longest since Jeremy Kehrt worked 17 scoreless frames from June 1-17, 2010.

New England Patriot Rob Ninkovich will be signing autographs tonight at Hadlock Field.

New England Patriot Rob Ninkovich will be signing autographs tonight at Hadlock Field.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland begins a five-game series in four days tomorrow night against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) at New Britain Stadium…Friday’s game is a doubleheader, beginning at 4:35 PM…The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday, before a three-game series in Manchester, New Hampshire.

‘Dogs resume trip…Re-living a Moss moment

My All-Time Favorite moment in Sea Dogs History...Brandon Moss walks the 'Dogs into the Eastern League Championship.

My All-Time Favorite moment in Sea Dogs History…Brandon Moss walks the ‘Dogs into the Eastern League Championship.

After a rainout last night, the Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils open up a three-game series at First Energy Stadium…Last night was Portland’s third postponement this season…Monday’s game will be made up as part of a doubleheader when the ‘Dogs return to Reading in June.

Pete Ruiz Video Interview

Player moves:

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

Pre-Game Interview: Steve Degler – former voice of the Reading Phillies.

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

Reading Lineup: Cartwright 6, Hanzawa 6, Collier 8, Murphy 3, Henson 5, Rupp DH, Valle 2, Mitchell 7, Hewitt 9, Rosin RHP

MOSS TO THE RESCUE AGAIN

  • Guess it’s good I had trouble sleeping last night…I reached for my phone around 4:30 and checked Twitter, it’s something I do when I can’t sleep. I saw tweets from Buster Olney about the A’s and Angels game. I pulled it up on my phone and saw Moss’s homer…Ironically, former Sea Dog Jed Lowrie was at first.
  • The Sea Dogs went on to beat the Akron Aeros in five games to capture their first ever E.L. Championship, but that moment in the N.D.C.S. was still my favorite moment.  We all knew Moss was a special player. He had big hits in big spots, a formula that some players just shine in. I’m so happy he found a spot in Oakland with former Sea Dogs: Josh Reddick and Jed Lowrie.
  • From my Game Notes on September 12, 2006 (Game was September 9th)
  • Game 4 Rundown of the NDCS: Brandon Moss launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 4-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder to win the Northern Division Championship Series, 3 games to 1.  Moss threw out J.T. Stotts at the plate, the potential go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning, keeping the game tied at three.  Portland trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning but Luis Jimenez tied the game with a two-out RBI double down the left-field line, scoring pinch-runner Matt Van Der Bosch.  Trenton took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, scoring three runs off Frank Brooks following a 90-minute rain delay.  Brooks allowed just those runs in six innings on six hits, three walks and five strikeouts.  Barry Hertzler worked two scoreless innings to earn his first post-season win.  Scott Patterson worked an inning and 2/3 to suffer the loss.  Brian Myrow had two hits, including his second post-season home run and an RBI double.

    PART TWO OF THE TRIP: After taking two of three from the Trenton Thunder, the Sea Dogs resume their roadtrip on Tuesday night at First Energy Stadium against the Reading Fight Phils…Portland dropped two of three to the Phils on April 8-10 at Hadlock Field…At 13-9, the ‘Dogs have the best record in the Eastern League, and hold a one-game lead over Reading for the top spot in the Eastern Division…The Sea Dogs have won all three road series this season, last year, they didn’t win their third road series until the middle of May.

    CLUTCH ALL AWAY AROUND: The Sea Dogs erased two early deficits, to beat the Trenton Thunder 9-5 on Sunday afternoon at Arm & Hammer Park…Michael Almanzar snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-run homer in the fifth, off losing pitcher Francisco RondonDrake Britton (2-2) retired the final 11 batters faced, to earn the win for Portland…Britton gave up four runs on six hits, two walks and a season-high, seven strikeouts…Shannon Wilkerson tied the game at four with a two-run double…Ryan Dent and Matt Spring each had 2 RBI for the ‘Dogs…Portland’s five stolen bases all scored.

    THAT’S A CAREER DAY FOR A CATCHER: Christian Vazquez stole two bases on Sunday, his first multi-stolen base game of his career…Vazquez went 2-for-4 and has hit safely in 10 of 11 games: 13-for-37 (.351).

    AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 21 games for the season and 22 dating back to 2012…Shaw went 2-for-5 on Sunday with two singles and leads the Eastern League with 22 walks…Trenton’s Kyle Roller currently has the best on-base streak this season at 22 games…Heiker Meneses has reached base safely in 18 straight road games, dating back to May 14, 2012.

    CAME TO AN END: The Sea Dogs lead the league with 10 triples, but did not have one on Sunday, snapping a six-game streak with at least one triple…Xander Bogaerts leads the team with three triples, which is tied for the top spot in the E.L.

    IT HAD BEEN A WHILE: Portland’s series win in Trenton was their first since April 22-25, 2010, when they took three of four…The Sea Dogs are looking to go four games over .500 for the first time since June 20, 2010, when they were 36-32…Portland has won seven of their last nine. 

    WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Reading continue their three-game series tomorrow morning at 11:35 AM, and will also start at 11:35 AM on Wednesday…Portland returns home on Friday, May 3rd, opening up a six-game homestand against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).

    They even have ostrich at First Energy Stadium.

    They even have ostrich at First Energy Stadium.

Day baseball in Trenton…’Dogs look for the series win

Panoramic view of Arm & Hammer Park.

Panoramic view of Arm & Hammer Park.

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon…Portland took the middle game last night 6-0.

Player moves: OF Ronald Bermudez promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket…C Alberto Rosario received from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Coverage begins at 12:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

Pre-Game Interview: Portland Manager Kevin Boles

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

Trenton Lineup: Flores 8, Pirela 4, Austin DH, Roller 3, Medchill 7, Higashioka 2, Stevenson 5, Castillo 6, Brown 9, Rondon LHP

NUMBERS GAME

  1. Number of games Xander Bogaerts will play this series…No worries, Xander was away at his sister’s wedding.
  2. Ranaudo’s 0.83 ERA is second in the Eastern League.
  3. Rosario’s addition makes it three catchers on the roster
  4. Number of at-bats for Matt Spring in his first start of the season on Saturday…Spring went 1-for-4.
  5. Britton was the Opening Day starter and his making his 5th start of the season
  6. Portland has a triple in six straight games.

THAT WOULD BE A RUBBER GAME: Portland and Trenton play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J…Last night was Portland’s second shutout of the season – both have been on the road (April 17th at Binghamton)…The Sea Dogs are a ½ game behind the Erie SeaWolves for the best record in the Eastern League…After today’s contest, the two teams don’t meet until June 21-23, a three-game series in Trenton.

Shannon Wilkerson had a 3-run triple on Saturday...Portland leads the league with 10 triples and has one in six straight games. (photo by Sitting Still Photography).

Shannon Wilkerson had a 3-run triple on Saturday…Portland leads the league with 10 triples and has one in six straight games. (photo by Sitting Still Photography).

NOW THAT’S PITCHING: Righty Anthony Ranaudo (3-0) tossed six scoreless frames, allowing just two hits and fanning a career-high nine batters, leading the Sea Dogs to a 6-0 win over the Thunder on Saturday night…Ranaudo, who was pitching in his home state, earned his third straight win…Portland scored twice in the second and added three runs in the fourth inning on Shannon Wilkerson’s bases-clearing triple…Derrik Gibson went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks…Right-hander Zach Nuding (0-3) took the loss for Trenton, surrendering five runs (four earned) over six innings pitched.

MAYBE THE NAME CHANGE WILL HELP: Arm & Hammer Park, formally known as Waterfront Park in Trenton, has not been kind to Portland…The ‘Dogs have dropped 17 of their last 23 games against the Thunder in New Jersey…Portland won the season series in 2010, taking four of seven.

AND IT CONTINUES: 1B Travis Shaw extended his on-base streak to 20 games, by going 1-for-4 with a double on Saturday…Shaw’s on-base streak is currently the longest in the league, and tied with Altoona’s Andrew Lambo for the longest on-base streak in the Eastern League this season.

ANOTHER ONE?: The Sea Dogs lead the league with 10 triples, but has nine in the last six games…Xander Bogaerts has a triple in three straight games…Heiker Meneses, Tony Thomas and Wilkerson each have two triples on the season.

HIGH FIVE: Portland had a reliever strikeout five batters in consecutive games (Last Wednesday and Friday)…In the series opener, Keith Couch fanned a season-high 5 over 2.1 innings…Ruiz struck out five on Wednesday against Binghamton…Chris Martin has a team-high 14.1 scoreless inning streak to start the season.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow, the Sea Dogs open up a four-game series in Reading, PA against the Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate)…The final two games of the roadtrip begin at 11:35 AM…Portland returns home on Friday, May 3rd, opening up a six-game homestand against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate).

20th Anniversary Season is here!

CELEBRATING NUMBER 20: Tonight marks the 20th season of Sea Dogs baseball in the City of Portland…Portland begins the 2013 campaign with a 7-game homestand against Trenton (Yankees affiliate) and Reading (Phillies affiliate)…SS Stephen Drew has been assigned to the Sea Dogs on a Major League Rehab Assignment – Portland’s first ever MLB rehab on Opening Day.

Stephen Drew will be the 27th Major League Rehab Assignment for the Sea Dogs (Photo by Kelly O'Connor)

Stephen Drew will be the 27th Major League Rehab Assignment for the Sea Dogs (Photo by Kelly O’Connor)

OPENING ACT: The Sea Dogs are 9-10 All-Time in season openers…Last year, they were swept in an Opening-Day doubleheader at Reading…Portland is 9-10 in lid-lifters at Hadlock Field, suffering a 5-1 loss to the Binghamton Mets in 2012…RHP Brock Huntzinger made the start last opening day in Portland, but suffered the loss.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM + ONE: Eastern League rosters were expanded to 25 players last season…Portland has Boston’s Top-Rated Prospect, Xander Bogaerts and the Top-Pitching Prospect, Matt Barnes according to Baseball America…The roster also includes Brandon Workman, the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and Christian Vazquez the top rated defensive catcher in the organization by Baseball America…Former Sea Dog Daniel Bard was optioned to Portland on March 28th by Boston.

  • The roster includes seven of the Top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America; Bogaerts (#1), Barnes (#3), Drake Britton (#11), Workman (#12), Anthony Ranaudo (#14), Vazquez (#19) and Travis Shaw (#23)
·       Additionally, the Sea Dogs roster features three members of the Red Sox 40-man roster; pitchers Bard and Britton along with catcher Vazquez.  
·       The team includes 22 players with prior Double-A experience, including 20 that previously played in Portland…Four players on the roster were All-Stars last season in Single-A; Bogaerts, Shaw, Vazquez, and Michael Almanzar.
·       Seven players on the roster were acquired from outside the organization; Miguel Celestino, Kyle Kaminska and Tony Thomas (Trades)…Chris Martin, Alberto Rosario and Matt Spring were acquired via free agency.
Pre-Game scene at Hadlock Field.

Pre-Game scene at Hadlock Field.

HE’S BACK…WITH A FEW FRIENDS: Kevin Boles returns for his third straight season as Portland’s Manager…Pitching Coach Bob Kipper begins his 6th season in Portland and Hitting Rich Gedman enters his first year in Double-A.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Trenton continue their four-game series tomorrow night at 6:00 PM…The two teams play back-to-back 1 PM starts to close out the opening series of the season…On Monday night, the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) visit Hadlock Field in the first of a three-game set.

Bradley Jr. update, last time Sea Dogs were in fourth place

Here’s a great tweet from Sea Dogs’ beat writer Kevin Thomas on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s injury last night - Crisis avoided #SeaDogs manager Kevin Boles says OF Jackie Bradley Jr. Is “day to day” after hurting his ankle while running bases Monday…I saw Jackie before the game and he was in great spirits, he was able to walk around last night, so it’s not serious.

Jason Urquidez is 3-0, 0.40 ERA (ER/22.1 IP) in his last 8 relief outings…He earned his fourth win of the season last night.

With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs improved to 25-12 since the All-Star break, and moved into fourth place for only the second time this season.  The Sea Dogs were in place for a half day on April 5th, when they dropped game one of the Opening Day doubleheader in Reading.

The Sea Dogs have already clinched the season series against New Britain, and have won 5 of 7 at New Britain Stadium…Last night was the squad improved to 22-13 (.629) in one-run games…With a win tonight, the ‘Dogs will be four games under .500 for the first time since they were 3-8 on April 15th.

NOW THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 27 games, the Portland ‘pen has allowed just 25 earned runs over 110.2 innings (2.04 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 229 of their last 277 IP (83%)…Since the break, they have a 2.88 ERA (103 ER/322.2 IP).

Nugget on tonight’s starter Jeremy Kehrt: 5-0, 1.93 ERA (8 ER/37.1 IP) in his last seven starts (Portland is 7-0).

THIS DATE IN SEA DOGS HISTORY: August 21, 2005 – Alberto Concepcion led off the 15th inning with a solo home run over the right field wall in New Hampshire, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 4-3, 15-inning marathon win in Manchester.

Longest home winning streaks in franchise history

  1. 12 straight, June 15-July 11, 1996
  2. 8 straight, August 2-17, 2012
  3. 7 straight, April 8-23, 1997
  4. 7 straight, April 18-May 6, 1995

Portland: Hazelbaker 9, Smith 4, Brentz DH, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 8, Spring 2, Gibson 5, Gentile 7, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (7-3, 4.09)

New Britain: Hicks 8, Hermann 2, Arcia 9, Colabello 3, Tosoni 7, Romero 5, Hanson DH, Beresford 6, Roof 4,  LHP Andrew Albers (4-3, 3.64)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Part Two of the roadtrip…’Dogs in Erie

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Friday night against the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) from Jerry Uht Park in downtown Erie, Pa.  Portland swept the ‘Wolves last week at Hadlock Field.  Last night, the ‘Dogs completed their first season-series victory against the Akron Aeros since 1998.

There was a lot of buzz in the air last night at Canal Park, and most of the people in the stands probably had no idea what was going on.  19-year old Xander Bogaerts made his Double-A debut for Portland.  In his third at-bat, he launched a 2-1 pitch over the batter’s eye in right-center field.  Bogaerts finished 2-for-5 and handled every ball that was hit to him at shortstop.

“I didn’t expect to hit a home run,” Bogaerts told milb.com. “I was just looking to make contact. I got to a 2-0 count and he threw me a fastball that I pulled down the third-base line pretty hard. The next pitch he shook his head ‘no’ and I knew I was going to get a fastball.

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hissey 7, Smith 5, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Gibson DH, Vazquez 2, Dent 4, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (4-5, 4.99)

Erie: Johnson 8, Romero 6, Castellanos DH, Lennerton 3, Garcia 9, Fields 7, Bishop 5, Jones 4, McCann 2, RHP Jared Gayhart (1-2, 4.28)

Game Notes

Xander Boegerts blasted a home run in his third Double-A at-bat on Thursday night

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Welcome to Portland Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts becomes the youngest player in the Eastern League at 19 years old.(photo by Kelly O’Connor)

Earlier today, Xander Bogaerts joined the Portland Sea Dogs from High-A Salem and should be in the starting shortstop for the ‘Dogs in the series finale…To make room for Bogaerts, Infielder Zach Gentile was assigned to High-A Salem…The 19-year old is the youngest player in the Eastern League and will wear #5.  Lot of people tweeted me today about the number, saying it reminded them of Nomar.

“Being 19 in Double-A is a pretty unusual thing,” Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett told Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal prior to Pawtucket’s game at McCoy Stadium earlier today.

Bogaerts is ranked the #2 prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…In 104 games with Salem, he  hit .302 (116-for-384) with 15 homers and 64 RBI…He was signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on August 23, 2009…Native of San Nicolaas, Aruba…Has a twin brother, Jair, also signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent and was sent to the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2012 season to complete the Theo Epstein compensation.

Getting plenty of ink – a few articles about today’s move.

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Spring 2, Hissey 9, Dent 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (6-3, 4.17)

Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Diaz 6, Neal 7, Weglarz DH, Lawson 4, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Toole 3, LHP T.J. House (6-2, 3.13)

Game Notes

Travis Shaw Interview

Xander Boegerts taking batting practice for the first time in a Sea Dogs uniform.

 

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

‘Dogs host Erie…Meet Christian Vazquez

Christian Vazquez makes his Double-A debut tonight…He was hitting .266 with 7 homers and 41 RBI in 81 games with Salem.

Greetings from Hadlock Field! Lineups and Notes below

In case you missed it, I had a chance to chat with newly acquired Steven Wright…The knuckleballer makes his debut in the Red Sox system on Sunday afternoon…Wright was traded by Cleveland to Boston in exchange for INF Lars Anderson (former Sea Dog).

Congrats to Catcher Dan Butler and Pitcher Josh Fields on their promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket…Butler spent some time with Pawtucket last season…Fields pitched with Triple-A Tacoma before he was traded to Boston.

Meet Catcher Christian Vazquez…Promoted today from High-A Salem and will catch tonight….Hit .266 (78-for-293) with 7 homers and 41 RBI in 81 games…44-for-105 (42%) throwing out runners (9 ER & 8 PB)…Hitting .322 (47-for-146) with 6 HR and 25 RBI since June 1st…Had three 3-hit and 3-RBI games…Season-high 3 BB on June 1st vs. Myrtle Beach.

Last season: Named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year after going 37-of-111 (33.3) in throwing out runners (.991 fielding pct. 9 E/904 TC)…Led Greenville and ranked 4th in the system with 84 RBI…Led the Drive in homers with 18, hitting .283 (111-for-392) in 105 games.

Acquired/Misc: 9th round pick by the Red Sox in the 2008 draft…Graduated from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School…Following last season, rated by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in the South Atlantic League and the Red Sox system.

Lineups for Friday

Erie: Fields 7, Romero 6, Castellanos 9, Lennerton 3, Garcia 8, Bishop 5, Plagman DH, Douglas 4, Sanz 2, LHP Ramon Garcia (7-7, 4.32)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Vitek 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Smith 4, Vazquez 2, Gibson 6, Bermudez 7, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (5-3, 4.50)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Noontime baseball at Hadlock Field

A SWING THROUGH THE WILD WEST: The Sea Dogs continue a six-game homestand on Thursday afternoon against the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland is in a stretch of 15 straight games against the Western Division…The Sea Dogs have started the final stretch against the west 1-1…Portland finished the month of July 15-15 after beginning 2-8.

FIVE RUN FOURTH PROPS LIFTS AEROS TO 5-3 WIN: The Akron Aeros hit six straight singles, scored five runs in the fourth inning, and held on late to pick up the 5-3 win over the Portland Sea Dogs…Mike MacDonald had retired the first nine in a row to begin the game before struggling to open the fourth…Adam Abraham got the scoring going with a two-run single, Nick Weglarz, Ryan Rohlinger, and Justin Toole followed with RBIs in the inning…Portland took an early lead in the second when Bryce Brentz scored on a fielder’s choice by Peter HisseyJeremy Hazelbaker hit an RBI double in the fifth to cut the deficit to three…In the ninth the first three reached for Portland but they could only yield one run before Kolbrin Vitek grounded into a game-ending double play.

NOT THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Over the last 12 games, the Portland bullpen has allowed just 10 runs over 55.0 innings (1.64 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 112 of their last 135 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.13 ERA (63 ER/181.2 IP)…Huntzinger is 3-0, 2.72 ERA (12 ER/46.2 IP) as a reliever, and has converted three straight save opportunities…Balcom-Miller’s win was his first as a reliever.

CONTINUING TO LEAD THE WAY: Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit safely in 29 of 41 starts (reached in 34 of 41) with Portland…The Richmond, Virginia native is leading all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .329 batting average (130-for-395) between Salem and Portland with 7 homers and 53 RBI…Is ranked among minor league hitters in the following categories: 6th in On-Base percentage. (.440), 1st in doubles (40) and T-8th in walks (74)…Hazelbaker’s17 homers are second in the organization, three behind Mauro Gomez’s 20.

HOW ABOUT THE NEW GUY: Michael Olmsted, who leads all Red Sox minor leaguers with 16 saves, has not yielded a run in three Double-A appearances…Olmsted has fanned 11 batters in just six innings, allowing two hits and one walk…On Saturday, he earned his first hold in Portland’s 5-1 win at Binghamton.

 

WHAT’S ON DECK: Friday night, the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) make their only appearance in Maine to start a three-game weekend series at 7:00 PM…Following the final three games, the Sea Dogs hit the road to take on the Aeros and SeaWolves for six games.

Lineups for Thursday

Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Neal 7, Chen 3, Neal 7, Abraham 5, Diaz 6, Tolentino DH, Hernandez 2, Stoneburner 4  LHP T.J. House (6-2, 3.65)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Spring 2, Hissey 7, Gibson 6, Dent 4, LHP Drake Britton (2-4, 4.64)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Notes, Lineups…Not in a New York State of Mind

New York State of Mind was a hit by Billy Joel….New York has not been a hit for Portland, they’re 0-6 in Binghamton this season.

So many New York tie-ins, I couldn’t pass it up for today’s blog…The Red Sox lost 10-3 at Yankee Stadium last night and the Sea Dogs are playing their second straight series against a New York affiliate.  Portland is 10-28 against the New York affiliates (Trenton and Binghamton) this season, and haven’t won a game at NYSEG Stadium.  Despite last night’s doubleheader sweep, the ‘Dogs are 11-6 since the All-Star break.

BRING ON THE DIFFERENT FOES: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue a four game, three-day weekend series with game three tonight…It is just the second time in over a month that the Sea Dogs aren’t playing the Trenton Thunder or New Hampshire Fisher Cats (7/16-7/18 vs. Reading)…The ‘Dogs have not fared well against the B-Mets winning three of the 13 matchups so far…The two teams have six games remaining in the season series.

B-METS STING ‘DOGS IN DOUBLE DIP 2-1, 3-1: The Binghamton Mets swept away the Portland Sea Dogs in a doubleheader Friday night at NYSEG Stadium…Game 1: The B-Mets notched a run in the third and fourth innings respectively and survived a Sea Dogs threat in the seventh to hang on and win 2-1…Zach Gentile brought home the lone run for Portland with an RBI single in the fifth inning to cut the deficit in half at 2-1…Drake Britton allowed two runs on seven hits, he walked three and struck out seven over five innings…Cory Mazzoni shut down the Sea Dogs over the first six frames and handed things over to major leaguer Frank Francisco who locked it down for the save and the win…Game 2: The Binghamton Mets took game two 3-1 with a little late inning magic over the Portland Sea Dogs…Dustin Martin hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Mets up 3-1 for good…Bryce Brentz hit a solo home run on the first pitch of the second inning for Portland’s lone run…Darin Gorski delivered six strong innings and took home the win.

PITCHING HELPING THE WAY: Over the last eight games, the Portland bullpen has been outstanding and has allowed just eight runs over 34 innings (2.11 ERA)…Portland’s staff has been scoreless in 82 of their last 100 innings pitched…Since the All-Star break, they’ve compiled a 3.14 ERA (51 ER/146.2 IP).

STEADY GOES SMITH: Marquez Smith has played in forty games with the Sea Dogs and has been outstanding in his time…The infielder is hitting .306 (48-for-157) with three home runs and 20 RBI…Smith has compiled a .362 on-base percentage and is slugging .465 with Portland.

FIELDS IS ON FIRE: Josh Fields has been the team’s top reliever since June 13th…He had a season-high five strikeouts on July 24th vs. Trenton…Last 12 outings: 2-0-4, 0.43 ERA (ER/21.0 IP), 5 H, 2 R, ER, 5 BB, 27 SO…Has a strikeout in 27 of 30 appearances.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland wraps up the four-game weekend series against the Binghamton Mets with the finale tomorrow at 1:05 PM…This marks the final series at NYSEG stadium…The ‘Dogs have a six game homestand waiting on the other side with the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) and the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate).

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker 7, Smith DH, Rodriguez 3, Vitek 5, Hissey 9, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Dent 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (4-3, 4.73)

Binghamton: Lageres 8, Fisher 4, Campbell 7, Dykstra 3, Flores 5, Marte DH, Martin 9, Pena 2, Tovar 6,  RHP Greg Peavey (4-6, 5.64)

Game Notes

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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