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During minor league Spring Training, they cancel games quicker than the regular season. A few reasons, the fields don’t have tarps and they want their players to get work in. On Friday, with early morning thunderstorms and showers, the Red Sox put together an intrasquad game, which began at 10 AM.
On one of the fields, the battery mate featured Joe Kelly and Christian Vazquez. Kelly’s line: 3 IP, 53 pitches, 31 strikes, 1H, ER, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Shane Victorino led off all six innings, getting about 10 at-bats. The left-side featured Xander Bogaerts and Garin Cecchini.
I really like intrasquad days – the complex features all the Red Sox Minor League Players. I had the chance to see 18-year old Rafael Devers take a few swings. I did not see Yoan Moncada.
Remaining Exhibition Schedule for Portland
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. Chattanooga Lookouts 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. Chattanooga Lookouts Twins Lee County 1:00 pm
Sat. April 4 vs. Chattanooga Lookouts Twins Ft. Myers 1:00 pm
Had a great time catching up with former Sea Dog and fan favorite Iggy Suarez. Suarez is the Hitting Coach for Short-Season Lowell. It would be great to see him back in Portland down the road. The Lowell coaching staff stays back in Ft. Myers once the full-season clubs start, and their work Extended Spring Training. “I was coaching third base for a 13-year old team in Houston, Texas when I got the call from the Red Sox.” said Suarez. I spent about 15 minutes talking to Iggy and I could tell how happy he is in his new position.
The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field..Portland is 3-2 during their 7-game homestand.
Roster Move: RHP Kyle Kraus assigned to High-A Salem…LHP Nate Reed received from High-A Salem.
RHP Keith Couch beat Reading in his first start of the season and carries and 11-1 mark as a starter in Double-A.
RHP Mike Nesseth makes a spot start for Reading…He is expected to throw about 60 pitches…Nesseth has no record and a 3.86 ERA (2 ER/4.2 IP) in 3 relief appearances .
Pre-Game begins at 5:40 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV beginning at 5:55 PM.
Pre-Game Interview: Mike McCarthy
Reading: Hernandez 6, Alons0 5, Perkins 7, Stassi 3, Altherr 8, Serritella DH, Moore 2, Hewitt 9, Duran 4, Nesseth RHP (0-0, 3.86)
Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Swihart 2, Rivero 7, Ramos 8, Meneses 5, Wilkerson 9, Couch RHP (3-0, 3.42)
Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com
BACK ON TRACK: The Sea Dogs improved to 2-2 on the homestand with last night’s victory and continue their four-game set against the Reading Fightin Phils on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s win, the ‘Dogs clinched a winning record at home for April…RHP Keith Couch makes his fifth start of the season and the 20th (34th overall appearance) of his Double-A career…Couch is 11-1, 2.86 ERA (36 ER/113.1 IP) as a starter in Portland…Last night was Portland’s 100th career win against Reading.
MIKE SET THE PACE: RHP Mike McCarthy (1-2) retired 18 of 21 batters faced over six scoreless innings and Portland scored five runs early off LHP Jesse Biddle (2-3), taking the series opener from Reading 8-6…McCarthy hurled three perfect innings before a lead single by 2B Carlos Alonzo, and scattered three hits, no walks and fanned two…2B Mookie Betts and SS Deven Marrero each walked three times and reached base safely in four trips…1B Travis Shaw added a two-run single, with Marrero, Carlos Rivero and Stefan Welch adding run-scoring hits.
MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 1-for-2 and reached base four times on Monday night…The Tennessee native has a team high, 15-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 20 Double-A starts (11 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 50 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 55 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…The 15-game hit streak is the longest since OF Chih-Hsian Chiang’s 16-game hitting streak from July 15, 2011 until his promotion to Pawtucket.
THEY DID RALLY BACK: Portland built an 8-0 lead last night, but Reading scored six times off RHP Kyle Kraus (first appearance this season with Portland) and RHP Aaron Kurcz…Kurcz gave up two runs, but stranded two in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
TWO OUT MAGIC: Portland scored six of eight runs last night two outs and 16 of their last 18 (89%) runs on the homestand have been scored with two down…This season, the ‘Dogs have scored 51 of their 129 runs (40%) with two outs and are hitting .307 (27-for-88) with runners-in-scoring position and two-out.
MARVELOUS MCCARTHY: McCarthy earned his second Double-A win on Monday night…It marked the fourth time that the righty had gone 6+ shutout innings…Twice he has delivered 7 scoreless (8/28/13, 8/2/12) and one other time 6 shutout innings (7/23/12).
The Sea Dogs have won six straight (season-high) and continue their six-game roadtrip on Wednesday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium. Right-hander Keith Couch (3-0, 2.20) makes his fourth start of the season, but the 19th of his Double-A career, he is 11-1, 2.82 ERA. Last night was Portland’s fifth postponement this season – they’ll have four doubleheaders in May, but four against Binghamton.
How about Mookie Betts… Has reached base safely in all 15 Double-A starts and 45 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 50 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…Last 142 games for Betts (start of 2013): .330 (173-for-524), 17 HR, 72 RBI, 113 RS, 43 2B, 5 3B, 88 BB, 64 SO and 45 of 50 in SB.
Betts leads the Eastern League in: Average, On-Base Percentage, runs scored and tied for total bases.
Here’s some nuggets on the team
- With a win tonight, Portland will have their longest win streak since a 7-gamer last April 27-May 4
- ‘Dogs have won six straight road games – longest since 2011.
- Portland’s 12-4 start is their best since going 13-3 in 2008…The team’s best start is 19-3 in 1995 – Billy McMillon was on that team.
- 12-4 mark is tied for the 2nd best overall record with Las Vegas (Triple-A) and Visalia (High-A)…The Dunedin Blue Jays (High-A) have the best record in minor league baseball at 15-4 (.789).
Pre-Game begins at 6:15 PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com or watch at MILB.TV.
Pre-Game Interview: Matt Spring
Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw 3, Welch 5, Swihart 2, Rivero DH, Ramos 9, Hissey 7, Wilkerson 8, Couch RHP (3-0, 2.20)
Binghamton: Ceciliani 8, Reynolds 6, Burgamy 5, Clark 3, Vaughn 9, Lawley 7, Taijeron DH, Carillo 2, Tovar 4, Peavey RHP (0-1, 6.75)
Notes for day…Complete notes at seadogs.com
THAT MAKES FIVE: Portland was postponed for the fifth time in 21 days to start the season, and conclude their six-game roadtrip on Thursday night against the Binghamton Mets from NYSEG Stadium…The Sea Dogs have won six straight and 10 of their last 11 – the 12-4 mark is their best start since going 13-3 to begin the 2008 campaign…The ‘Dogs have also won six straight road games for the first time since 2011…RHP Keith Couch (3-0, 2.20) makes his fourth start of the season and the 19th of his Double-A career (11-1, 2.82 in 18 starts).
IT’S SPRING TIME: DH Matt Spring clubbed his first homer of the season, a two-run homer in the 11th inning, lifting the Sea Dogs to a 5-3 win over the B-Mets on Tuesday night…Portland’s bullpen tossed 5.2 scoreless on 4 hits, 3 walks and 9 strikeouts…LHP Robby Scott (2-0) earned the win, fanning three batters on 2 hits over 3 IP…RHP Jon Velasquez (0-2) took the loss, yielding a lead-off single in the 11th to Henry Ramos and the two-run blast by Spring.
MOOKIE MADNESS: 2B Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 (two walks) on Tuesday and has reached base safely in all 15 Double-A starts and 45 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 50 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…Last 142 games for Betts (start of 2013): .330 (173-for-524), 17 HR, 72 RBI, 113 RS, 43 2B, 5 3B, 88 BB, 64 SO and 45 of 50 in SB…C Blake Swihart has reached base safely in his first 13 starts in Double-A…OF Shannon Wilkerson has reached base safely in his last 14 games.
GOT OFF TO A GOOD START: RHP Mike McCarthy made his third start of the season on Tuesday night, working 5.1 innings on seven hits and three runs…McCarthy left the game after 1B Jayce Boyd’s run-scoring single to tie the game…SS Deven Marrero gave Portland a 3-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth.
WELCOME BACK: RHP Aaron Kurcz was activated from the disabled on Monday, and pitched a scoreless eighth inning in game two of the series…The righty fanned the side and allowed one hit…Kurcz missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, and had not pitched since July 21, 2012 at New Hampshire.
THREE WAS THE MAGIC NUMBER: Kurcz, McCarthy, RHP Michael Olmsted and Scott each fanned three in Tuesday’s game…Olmsted worked 1.2 innings on one hit, one walk and retired the final two batters in the sixth inning with two runners on base.
Due to the rain this morning, the Red Sox Double-A and Triple-A players played an intra-squad game on the back fields at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. Pretty cool to see Christian Vazquez batting with Dan Butler catching. Rich Hill pitched the final inning, but the game came to a halt due to the rain.
(VIDEO) Ruby De La Rosa to Mookie Betts
Boston left for Sarasota at 8:30 AM and there game with Baltimore is slated to start after 2 PM. The starters that stayed behind, took batting practice on the Major League field early this morning.
Jet Blue Park literally has tours all day. I bumped into a few people from New England, including a couple that frequently vacations in Bar Harbor
- Craig Breslow made his spring debut in the Single-A game against Baltimore minor leaguers: IP, H, 0 BB, K, 18 pitches/11 strikes
- Former Sea Dogs I saw in camp: Bryce Brentz, Butler, Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Jeremy Kehrt, J.C. Linares, Heiker Meneses, Henry Owens,Pete Ruiz, Vazquez and many more.
- Aaron Kurcz is doing well after missing all of last season with Tommy John Surgery.
- Michael Olmsted pitched with Portland in 2012. He was in Milwaukee’s system last year, but released this Spring Training, and signed back with Boston. Nice catching up with Mike.
- Kevin Boles, Bob Kipper, Dave Joppie and current Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon were in the dugouts for today’s game.
The Sea Dogs continue their 3-game series with the Binghamton Mets on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field
Coverage begins at 12:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 9, Dykstra 3, Vaughn 9, Ceciliani DH, Forsythe 2, Harris 8, Tovar 6, Cohoon LHP
Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts DH, Thomas 7, Shaw 3, Almanzar 5, Wilkerson 8, Spring 2, Meneses 4, Gibson 6, Ranaudo RHP
Inside the Numbers…Anthony Ranaudo leads the Sea Dogs and all Red Sox Minor Leaguers in ERA (1.38), and ranks second in the Eastern League.
- With a win today, he becomes the first 6-game winner in the Eastern League.
- Leads the league with a 0.85 WHIP
- Second in the league in average against .172
- First in FEWEST BASERUNNERS/9 IP RATIO 8.08
DAY BASEBALL AT HADLOCK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Binghamton has won five straight and trails the Sea Dogs by one game for the top spot in the Eastern Division…Portland has the second best record in the Eastern League, but has dropped five of their last seven games…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who ranks second in the league in ERA (1.38), makes his eighth start of the season.
LITTLE SLOPPY: The Binghamton Mets scored three times in the ninth, aided by three Portland errors, en route to a 6-3 win in the series opener on Friday night…3B Michael Almanzar tied the game at three with a two-run homer in the sixth, but committed two errors in the ninth…SS Xander Bogaerts made a throwing error on an infield-single, enabling the game’s final run to score…John Church (2-3) worked two scoreless frames to earn the win…Keith Couch (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) over 2.1 IP…Jeff Walters fanned three in the ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.
DYNAMIC DUO: Ranaudo is trying to become the first 6-game winner in the Eastern League…Ranaudo and Brandon Workman are a combined 10-2, 2.63 ERA (25 ER/85.2 IP) in 15 games/14 starts this season…With a 1.38 ERA, Ranaudo leads all Red Sox qualifying minor league pitchers…Salem’s Mike Augliera is second with a 3.12 ERA.
TOP OF THE BOARD: Almanzar blasted a two-run homer for the second consecutive game and leads the Sea Dogs in hitting at .302 (2nd overall in the Red Sox system) and homers (7)…Tony Thomas nailed his league-leading 14th double of the season last night, picking up his team-leading 27th RBI…Thomas leads the league with 22 extra-base hits and is tied for the top spot in triples with five.
NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT: RHP Matt Barnes picked up his fourth quality start of the season (tied with Workman), working six innings on five hits, three runs, one walk and seven strikeouts…Barnes is 2-0, 1.96 ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) in four starts this month.
TURING IT AROUND: Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 last night, with a bunt-single before Almanzar’s homer in the sixth…Shaw is 6-for-9 in his last two games with a homer, 4 RBI and two doubles.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets conclude their 3-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM…Portland will host the Fisher Cats on Monday night, staring a 4-game set…Portland is 1-3 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.
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.
Bogaerts SS 1-for-4…roped a double off the chain-link fence in right-center field
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
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.
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.
The Boston Red Sox made five roster moves on Tuesday morning, with four of the five involving former Sea Dogs. 1B/OF Mark Hamilton was the other player re-assigned – he’s expected to start the year in Triple-A Pawtucket.
1. Outfielder Alex Hassan (2011)…Played a career-high 126 games with the Sea Dogs in ’11, hitting .291 (132-for-454) with 13 homers and 64 RBI…Hassan, a Quincy Mass native, homered at Future’s at Fenway that season. 2013 Forecast: Due to a stress fracture in his foot, he hasn’t played this spring…He’ll probably start the year on Pawtucket’s disabled list.
2. Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker (2011-12)…Established career-highs last season in homers (19) and RBI (64), appearing in 114 games with Portland…Hazelbaker was 33 of 44 in stolen base attempts and made his Triple-A debut on August 27th. 2013 Forecast: Will start the season in Pawtucket.
3. Outfielder J.C. Linares (2010, 12)…Health, health and health. That’s the buzzword for Linares. Due to the Red Sox keeping more pitchers on the Opening Day roster last season, Linares started the season in Portland….He hit .333 (70-for-210) with 8 homers and 33 RBI in 58 games. On June 22nd, he was promoted to Pawtucket and went 4-for-6. He’s one of the best pure hitters in the system, but health is an issue. 2013 Forecast: Will start the season in Triple-A Pawtucket.
3. Pitcher Steven Wright (2012)…The Red Sox and the Sea Dogs have a good history with Knuckleballers…Traded to the Red Sox by Cleveland in exchange for INF Lars Anderson (former Sea Dog) on July 31, 2012…Wright was traded while in town with the Akron Aeros and was the last person to know he was traded. During Sea Dogs’ batting practice, many of us in the media were staring at Wright as he made his way to the clubhouse after a bullpen session. Of course we saw the news on Twitter. Wright had this to say about that day “It was kind of crazy, I saw everyone looking at me and I thought I was being called up to Triple-A,” said Wright. Below is the full interview with Wright
Quick hits from the World Baseball Classic: Former Sea Dog Anthony Rizzo is the lineup for Team Italy but also former Rock Cat Chris Colabello…Colabello is a native of Milford, Mass and attended Assumption College in Worcester (MA). Last season, he clubbed 5 of his 19 homers at Hadlock Field.
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)