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Back at it on Saturday…’Dogs and ‘Cats in New Britain, CT

Yesterday morning, the Sea Dogs and Rock Cats were postponed., tonight, the two teams play game two of what’s now a three-game set. Friday’s game will be made up in May, when Portland returns to New Britain Stadium.

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

Michael Almanzar's dad pitched with Portland in 2007. Michael has hit safely in 5 of 6 games (photo by Rick Rosenfeld)

Michael Almanzar’s dad pitched with Portland in 2007. Michael has hit safely in 5 of 6 games (photo by Rick Rosenfeld)

Pre-Game Interview: Brock Huntzinger Part 2…Huntzinger earned his second save of the season on Wednesday night.

Game Notes

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

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Santana 6, Hanson 5, Pinto DH, Ortiz 7, Bigley 9, Smith 3, Beresford 4, Rohlfing 2, Meyer RHP

–Somebody trade me…Tonight’s starters were both acquired via trade. Kaminska was received from the Pirates in exchange for Zach Stewart…Meyer was involved in the Denard Span trade with the Washington Nationals…Also, Meyer was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 2008 draft, but did not sign.

–What to do when you get an unexpected day off on the road…I saw the movie 42 yesterday with the Sea Dogs’ training staff. For a 1 o’clock movie, there were a lot of people there. I loved it.  I thought the movie was just as much about Branch Rickey, (played brilliantly by Harrison Ford) as it was Jackie Robinson.

–Family affair…In case you didn’t know, Michael Almanzar’s dad pitched for the Sea Dogs in 2007, marking the first father & son tandem in franchise history.

–New Britain is in their 31st season of Eastern League Baseball…The previous affiliate of the Twins was the Boston Red Sox.  David Ortiz played with New Britain as a Twins affiliate.

Connecticut native Matt Barnes with plenty of media requests in New Britain...He'll get the ball in the series finale on Sunday.

Connecticut native Matt Barnes with plenty of media requests in New Britain…He’ll get the ball in the series finale on Sunday.

Sea Dogs and Thunder gear up on Sunday

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

Pre-Game Interview: Kevin Boles…Sea Dogs held their Season-Ticket Autograph session before today’s game.

Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts DH, Drew 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 3, Vitek 5, Rosario 2, Bermudez 9, Gibson 4, Kaminska RHP

Trenton Lineup: Heathcott DH, Flores 8, Austin 9, Murphy 2, Medchill 7, Segedin 5, Pirela 4, Stevenson 3, Ibarra 6, Rondon LHP

Michael Almanzar had some nice swings last night, going 2-for-4.
Michael Almanzar had some nice swings last night, going 2-for-4.

NICE TO GET NUMBER ONE: The Sea Dogs earned their first win of the season on Friday night, and wrap-up what is now a three-game series this afternoon…Yesterday’s game was postponed due to unplayable conditions and will be made up as part of a twinbill on July 2nd at 6:00 PM…RHP Kyle Kaminska gets the start for Portland in his debut in the Red Sox system…Kaminska was acquired by Boston for RHP Zach Stewart on December 6, 2012.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Portland took advantage of six Trenton errors, scored four runs in the fourth inning, and beat the Thunder 7-4 in game two of the series…RHP Brandon Workman led the way with nine strikeouts over 5 innings to earn the win…The ‘Dogs pitchers fanned 17, receiving seven from RHP Chris Martin (3 scoreless) and a perfect ninth from RHP Brock Huntzinger, who earned the save…LF Tony Thomas led the offense with 2 RBI and 3B Michael Almanzar went 2-for-4, RBI in his Double-A debut.

INTRODUCING THE TEAM: Portland has Boston’s Top-Rated Prospect, Xander Bogaerts and the Top-Pitching Prospect, Matt Barnes according to Baseball America…The roster includes 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.

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: Tomorrow the Sea Dogs open up a three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate)…On Thursday night, the ‘Dogs embark on their first roadtrip, visiting New Britain and Binghamton.

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.

Report from the Fort (Day 3 – Afternoon Edition)

Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins.

Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins.

The Sea Dogs made the 10-minute trip to Lee County in Ft. Myers to play the New Britain Rock Cats on Wednesday afternoon.  The style of exhibition games in the minors are far different than the regular season, as today’s contest finished in a 1-1 tie.  Portland scored the tying-run in the seventh inning on an RBI ground out by Matty Johnson.

Terry Doyle, who was optioned to Pawtucket earlier this morning, made the start for the Sea Dogs. Doyle was just getting work in the Double-A game, he’ll be part of Pawtucket’s staff. His line was: 4 IP, 3 H, R, ER, BB, 3 SO.

Keith Couch worked five scoreless innings of relief on two hits and two strikeouts. Couch could be part of Portland’s rotation.

Portland Boxscore

Bogaerts SS 1-for-4…roped a double off the chain-link fence in right-center field
Meneses 0-for-1
Almanzar DH 2-for-3…double to right field
Shaw 1B 1-for-4…infield single
Bermudez RF 1-fo-3…pulled a double to left
Sanchez 0-for-2, 2 K
Hissey CF 1-for-3…BB, infield single
Gibson 2B 2-for-4…2 singles
Natoli 3B 0-for-2…walk and a sac-bunt
Escobar C 0-for-2
Perez 0-for-2
Johnson 0-for-3…BB, RBI groundout

Former Sea Dogs update

  • I had a chance to chat with Brock Huntzinger today…pitched two innings in Pawtucket’s game.
  • Ryan Lavarnway was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this morning and blasted a monster homer in the exhibition tilt.
  • Jon Hee says Keoni DeRenne has the best name in franchise history.
  • Jon Lester will start Opening Day for the third straight year.
  • I will be dining with former Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler tonight…not sure if this matters to anyone…ha ha.

On-Deck

The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats meet at JetBlue Park on Thursday afternoon at 1 PM…I’ll be covering that game and Boston’s night contest against the Twins.

Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez now a member of the Minnesota Twins organization.

Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez now a member of the Minnesota Twins organization.

 

 

 

 

Josh Reddick and Jayson Hernandez Interview

During the off-season, I host a weekly show called the Saturday Morning Jab from 8-12 PM on 96.3 FM in Portland, Maine and online at thebigjab.com.

This past weekend, former Sea Dog Josh Reddick and Red Sox Minor League Catcher Jayson Hernandez joined me on the show…Hernandez started his own charity to help those less fortunate in his home state of New Jersey, a wonderful story about one person making a difference.

My thanks to those who serve and protect us over this Veteran’s Day Weekend…MLB with a great piece, honoring players of the past.

Field of Dreams Sunday

Today the Sea Dogs hold their annual Field of Dreams game…At around one o’clock, the players will emerge from a cornfield in centerfield.  This is my favorite day of the year!

With yesterday’s win, the ‘Dogs are 32-17 since the All-Star Break…If they win out and New Britain takes their final two games, the Rock Cats clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern League.

Congrats to the Pawtucket Red Sox on clinching the Wild Card in the International League…Dan Butler clubbed two homers in a 2-0 win…Josh Fields pitched the ninth for the save.

The rosters for the 20th anniversary season of the Arizona Fall League were announced this past Wednesday.  Four Sea Dogs and five Red Sox farmhands are among the players initially selected. Each Major League organization will eventually have seven players represented in the league. Right-handed pitchers Brock Huntzinger, Chris Martin and Ryan Pressly along with outfielder Bryce Brentz, all of whom played for the Sea Dogs this season will take part. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Pete Ruiz, who spent the season with the Red Sox Single-A club in Salem, Virginia was selected. The Red Sox farmhands will play for the Surprise Saguaros.

The Saguaros will feature prospects from the Red Sox, Royals, Mets, Cardinals, and Rangers organizations. Sea Dogs’ Coach Dave Joppie and Athletic Trainer Brandon Henry will serve on the staff of the Saguaros.

Reading: Gillies 8, Asche 5, Ruf 7, Fox DH, Hulett 3, Joseph 2, Castro 9, Abreu 4, Hanzawa 6 RHP Ethan Martin (4-0, 3.86)

Portland: Bermudez 8, Hissey 7, Smith 4, Shaw DH, Bogaerts 6, Hedman 3, Wilkerson 9, Spring 2, Gibson 5, RHP Allen Webster  (0-0, 6.75)

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.

Brentz to Triple-A…Road season comes to an end

Bryce Brentz doesn’t have to wait anymore…he’s now with Triple-A Pawtucket. 

It’s been a fun couple of days here in New Hampshire, reading various stories about this current team.

Enjoy these features:

Peter Gammons on Michael Olmsted

Kevin Gray of the UnionLeader on Hanley Ramirez

Brian McPherson on Bryce Brentz’s promotion

Portland: Bradley Jr. DH, Wilkerson 7, Smith 4, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Vazquez 2, Bermudez 8, Hedman 9, Gibson 5, RHP Brandon Workman (3-0, 1.50)

New Hampshire: Marisnick 8, Goins 6, Sobolewski 5, Schimpf 7, Glenn 9, Tolisano 4, Van Kirk DH, Jacobo 3, Galarraga 2 RHP Yohan Pino (9-7, 3.43)

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.

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.

(Audio) Rich Hill on a MLB Rehab, All-Star Break Standings and the Radar Gun!

The Sea Dogs completed a three-game sweep of the Altoona Curve with last night’s 2-1 win at Hadlock Field…Portland has seven straight wins at home, the most as a Red Sox affiliate, and their longest win streak since April 8-23, 1997.

Longest home winning streaks All-Time at Hadlock Field

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

Eastern League Records Since the All-Star Break

Lefty Rich Hill is the eighth Major Leaguer to rehab this season with Portland – already a franchise record for a single-season. (photo by Kelly O’Connor)

Portland                     22-11   (.667)     -
Bowie                           23-12   (.657)    -
Akron                          21-12   (.636)   1.0
Trenton                      21-14  (.600)   2.0
Reading                      19-16  (.543)    4.0
Richmond                   18-16  (.529)   4.5
Binghamton              19-17   (.528)   4.5
New Britain               17-18   (.486)   6.0
Altoona                       16-19  (.457)    7.0
New Hampshire      14-21  (.400)   9.0
Erie                               10-25  (.286)   12.0
Harrisburg                   8-27  (.229)   14.0
Last night Gerrit Cole hit 100 mph numerous times on the Hadlock Field radar gun.  Since I’ve been calling games with Portland (2005), I’ve seen Daniel Bard hit a 100 and Erie’s Bruce Rondon (last homestand)…Cole was consistently in the upper 90′s with his fastball, hitting 98 on a majority of his nine strikeouts.
The righty retired the first 14 batters until Xander Bogaerts nailed a double to right field.  Here’s what Cole had to say about Bogaerts – “It was 80 mph and I tried to get it in there for a strike, but I ran the risk of letting him get the bat head out on it. A lot of people would roll over it, but he did a good job of going the other way.”

New Britain: Latimore 8, Cabrera 2, Santos 9, Curry 3, Tejeda 6, Marrero 7, Cunningham 4, Cutler DH, Welch 5, LHP Luke French (2-0, 1.80)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 7, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, RHP Stolmy Pimentel (4-6, 5.38)

Game Notes

Workman and Bogaerts Highlights

Jackie Bradley Jr. Interview

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.

(Audio) Jackie Bradley Jr. Interview…’Dogs look for the sweep

Former Sea Dog Miguel Gonzalez (pictured left) beat the Red Sox last night…Last August he was with the Sea Dogs at the Future’s at Fenway

The Sea Dogs continue their six-game homestand on Thursday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland has won six in a row at Hadlock, their longest winning streak in Maine since 2009…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs took every series from the Western Division at home.

What if the Eastern League had a second half?  Below are the second half standings…Portland trails New Britain by 2.5 games, who they play six straight times starting tomorrow night.
Trenton                      31-22     -
New Britain               30-22    .5
Portland                     27-24   3.0
Binghamton              26-26   4.5
Reading                      26-26   4.5
New Hampshire      23-29   7.5
  • Portland has won six straight games at home for the first time since 2009, when they won six straight from August 5-18.

Longest home winning streaks All-Time at Hadlock Field

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

Altoona: Latimore 8, Cabrera 2, Santos 9, Curry 3, Tejeda 6, Marrero 7, Cunningham 4, Cutler DH, Welch 5, RHP Gerrit Cole (3-4, 3.43)

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker DH, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Hissey 7, Vazquez 2, Gibson 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (7-3, 4.24)

Game Notes

Workman and Bogaerts Highlights

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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