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‘Dogs postponed on Monday night vs. Trenton

The Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder were postponed on Monday night due to rain…The two teams will make the game up on August 31 as part of a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 PM…The ‘Dogs are coming off their first series win since taking 3 of 4 from New Hampshire at Hadlock Field on May 20-23

Rotation for series: Tuesday – Keith Couch and Jeremy Kehrt/Wednesday Drake Britton

Heiker Meneses has been solid at shortstop after Xander Bogaerts was promoted...He hit a team high .288 in June (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor).

Heiker Meneses has been solid at shortstop after Xander Bogaerts was promoted…He hit a team high .288 in June (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor).

  • Portland will play 31 games in July, but the first game on July 11th in Binghamton will count on June’s standings and statistics.
  • Heiker Meneses led the team with a .288 average in June…Tony Thomas led the club in RBI with 17.
  • Portland is 10-2 in road-series finales with their win yesterday…The ‘Dogs scored 11 runs on Sunday June 23rd at Trenton and scored 13 yesterday in New Hampshire.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

All-Star Rosters for the Eastern League announced

Future’s Game Announced

Notes for today

SUNDAY FUNDAY: For the second straight Sunday on the road, the Sea Dogs scored 10+ runs, defeating the Fisher Cats 13-5 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Travis Shaw knocked in a career-high 5 runs, blasting a grand slam in the in the fourth…Tony Thomas homered for the second straight day and finished with 4 RBI…Despite allowing 9 hits and 5 runs, RHP Anthony Ranaudo improved to 8-2…Michael Almanzar went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and J.C. Linares had three hits an RBI…Ryan Dent had a season-high three hits and Garin Cecchini finished 2-for-5 with 3 runs scored…Mike McCarthy earned his second save (4 IP).

CECCHINI HAS ADJUSTED: Cecchini has reached base safely in all 8 Double-A starts, and has a hit in 7 of 8 games (5 multi-hit games)…The Louisiana native leads all Red Sox Minor Leaguers in average at .352 (87-for-247)…Cecchini is hitting .367 (12-for-33), 3 RBI and 7 walks with Portland.

TIED AT THE TOP Ranaudo joins Binghamton’s Logan Verrett as the lone 8-game winners in the Eastern League…Binghamton’s RHP Rafael Montero (pitching in Triple-A) is leading the Eastern League with a 2.43 ERA, Ranaudo is now fifth at 2.68…Almanzar is tied for the league lead in extra-base hits with 35.

HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR: The Sea Dogs will send Almanzar, LHP Drake Britton, Ranaudo and C Christian Vazquez to this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th in New Britain, Connecticut…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.

WRAPPING UP THE MONTH: INF Heiker Meneses paced the team in June with a .288 average (19-for-66)…Meneses went 4-for-6 in the New Hampshire series with 3 RBI and 2 doubles…Shaw and Thomas each hit four homers in June, Thomas led the team with 17 RBI…Britton went 3-1, 3.24 ERA (12 ER/33.1 IP) in five starts.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and Trenton Thunder continue their four-game series with a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field, game time is 6:00 PM…The Sea Dogs are 6-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…New Britain (Twins affiliate) visits Maine on Thursday night to open up a five-game series.

Noe Ramirez joins bullpen…’Dogs in New Hampshire

Christian Vazquez has both 4-hit games against New Hampshire.  (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor).

Christian Vazquez has both 4-hit games against New Hampshire. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor).

The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats continue their four-game series on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Before today’s game, the Sea Dogs received RHP Noe Ramirez from High-A Salem.

  • Former Fisher Cat Jonathan Diaz made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox earlier today
  • Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger did not issue a walk last night for the first time in 41 outings.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Pre-Game Interview: Red Sox Organizational Leaders

Starting Lineups
Portland Lineup: Hissey 8, Vazquez 2, Cecchini DH, Thomas 4, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Linares 9, Vitek 7, Meneses 6, Barnes RHP

New Hampshire Lineup: Loewen 8, Burns 5, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Robinson DH, Nolan 6, Schimpf 4, Van Kirk 7, Talley 3, McGuire RHP

All-Star Rosters for the Eastern League announced

Future’s Game Announced

Notes for today

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats play game three of their four-game series on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland’s last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…If Portland wins the final two games of this series, they will have their first road-series win since April 30-May 2, sweeping a three-game series in Reading…RHP Matt Barnes makes his 40th career start and his third against New Hampshire.

QUITE A BATTER: Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (4-4) tossed eight scoreless frames and Catcher Christian Vazquez went 4-for-5, as the Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 5-1 on Friday night…Haeger scattered seven hits, fanned seven and didn’t issue a walk for the first time since a MLB Rehab start in 2010 with the Arizona Dodgers…Vazquez knocked in the game’s first run with a single in the fourth and nailed an RBI double in the eighth…SS Heiker Meneses went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI…Michael Almanzar finished 3-for-4 with a run-scoring double in the ninth.

TURNING THINGS AROUND: Vazquez has raised his average 25 points, going 7-for-12 during a 3-game hitting streak…The Portland catcher has both 4-hit games with the Sea Dogs against the Fisher Cats (last night and May 22nd)…Meneses has a 5-game hitting streak: 9-for-17 (.529), HR, 3 RBI.

NEW ARM IN THE MIX: RHP Noe Ramirez was assigned to Portland today from High-A Salem and will be making his Double-A debut…Ramirez went 2-1, 2.11 ERA (11 ER/47.0) with one save in 21 games with the Salem Sox and had a strikeout in 19 of 21 appearances…Both wins against Myrtle Beach in back-to-back outings (May 31 & June 3).

Noe Ramirez joins Portland's bullpen today from High-A Salem (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor)

Noe Ramirez joins Portland’s bullpen today from High-A Salem (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)

HEY, I’M AN ALL-STAR: The Sea Dogs will send Almanzar, Britton, RHP Anthony Ranaudo and Vazquez to this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th in New Britain, Connecticut…Almanzar and Ranaudo were selected through fan voting.

THAT’S NOT ALL: Ranaudo and former Sea Dog Xander Bogaerts were selected to the Sirius/XM Future’s Game on Sunday, July 14th at Citi Field in New York…For the first time in the 15-year history of the game, fans can vote for the final spot for each squad…To vote for Cecchini text U2 at 892969 or #VoteCecchini on Twitter.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Portland Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, game time is 1:35 PM…The Sea Dogs are 4-6 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

Monday Night Baseball at Hadlock Field

Portland and Binghamton open up a three-game series on Monday night at Hadock Field…The Sea Dogs finished 3-4 on their 7-game roadtrip…The B-Mets are 15-4 this month.

Anthony Ranaudo fanned a career-high 13 batters in his last start at Hadlock Field.

Anthony Ranaudo fanned a career-high 13 batters in his last start at Hadlock Field.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

Coverage begins at 6:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network

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

Binghamton Lineup: Muno 4, Rodriguez 5, Puello 8, Dykstra DH, Lucas 5, Hughes 7, Taijeron 9, Carillo 2, Tovar 6, Goeddel RHP

Notes for today

HOME FOR THREE: The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field after a 3-4 roadtrip, opening up a three-game series against the Binghamton Mets…Portland is 0-7-2 in their last nine series…The ‘Dogs last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The B-Mets own the best record in the Eastern League and have won 20 of 26 since a 3-2, 10-inning win against the Sea Dogs on May 25th at NYSEG Stadium.

Miguel Celestino fired three scoreless on Sunday (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor or Sitting Still Photography)

Miguel Celestino fired three scoreless on Sunday (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor or Sitting Still Photography)

BREAKING ON THROUGH: After scoring 22 runs in the first 6 games of the trip, the ‘Dogs clobbered the Trenton Thunder 11-0 on Sunday afternoon at Arm & Hammer Park…Tony Thomas led the 17-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with 3 RBI…Peter Hissey and Heiker Meneses each had three hits…Meneses blasted his third homer, but his first since an inside-the-park homer on April 16th at Binghamton…Matt Barnes (4-4) tossed five scoreless on three hits, five walks and eight strikeouts to earn the win…The Sea Dogs scored nine runs in the final three innings off Jeremy Bleich (3 runs), Aaron Dott (5 runs) and Fred Lewis (one run).

TOUGH TO BEAT IN FINALES: The Sea Dogs improved to 9-2 in series finales on the road…A starter has earned a victory in all nine wins: Barnes, Drake Britton (2), Keith Couch (2), Anthony Ranaudo (2) and Brandon Workman (2)

THAT TIED A SEASON-HIGH: Portland tied a season-high for the largest margin of victory, as they beat the New Britain Rock Cats on April 19th at Hadlock Field (Barnes also earned the win)…The ‘Dogs 11 runs and 17 hits were the most since May 16th at New Hampshire, scoring 15 runs on 18 hits.

MORE ON TONY: Thomas made his second straight start at second base, picking up his team-leading, third 4-hit came of the season…During a 4-game hitting streak, Thomas has raised his average 19 points…His 3 RBI on Sunday was his highest output since May 8th vs. Reading (4-for-4, 3 RBI).

WAS HIS BEST: RHP Miguel Celestino worked three scoreless frames on Sunday, allowing one hit and tying a season-high with four strikeouts…The outing was the best for Celestino in his 21 Double-A appearances…Lefty Rafael Pere preserved the team’s seven shutout with a scoreless ninth.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and Binghamton continue their three-game series on Tuesday nigh at Hadlock Field…The ‘Dogs are 3-4 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division…On Thursday night, the Sea Dogs head back on the road to take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Cecchini in the lineup as Portland travels to Trenton.

Portland opens up a three-game series on Friday night against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) from Waterfront Park…The Sea Dogs managed a split of a four-game series in Reading to start the trip.  Last night, Keith Couch earned his 5th win of the season for Portland.

Special thanks to NESN for airing my interview with Anthony Ranaudo on their pre-game show.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Portland Lineup: Johnson 9, Wilkerson 8, Cecchini 5, Almanzar DH, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Vitek 7, Meneses 6, Gibson 4, Britton LHP

Trenton Lineup: Flores 7, Heathcott 8, Austin 9, Roller 3, Angelini 6, Clark DH, Corono 5, Pirela 4, Farnham 2, Allen RHP

Garin Cecchini starts at third base tonight...Michael Almanzar is the DH.

Garin Cecchini starts at third base tonight…Michael Almanzar is the DH.

OFFICIAL CECCHINI PRESS RELEASE
The Boston Red Sox have assigned third baseman Garin Cecchini (check-E-nee) to Portland from High-A Salem Red Sox. Cecchini is set to make his Double-A debut in Friday night’s game against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate) at Waterfront Park in Trenton, N.J. The addition of Cecchini puts Portland’s roster at the maximum of 25.
Cecchini is ranked the #8 Prospect in the Red Sox system according to by Baseball America, and selected as having the Best Infield Arm. In 63 games with the Salem Red Sox, Cecchini led the Carolina League in hitting at .350 (75-for-214), added 5 homers and 33 RBI. He also paced the league in walks (43), on-base percentage (.469) and was second in slugging percentage (.547). Cecchini’s stat line with Salem: .350, 44 RS, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 19 2B, 4 3B, 43 BB, 34 SO and 15 for 22 in stolen bases.

The 22-year-old was a fourth round pick by the Red Sox in 2010 out of Barbe High School (father Glenn was his coach) in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He didn’t play his senior year of high school due to a ACL tear in his right knee, and made his professional debut with the Lowell Spinners in 2011.

In 2012, Cecchini was named the Red Sox’s 2012 Base Runner of the Year after leading the organization in stolen bases with 51. He hit .305 (139-for-455) with 4 homers and 62 RBI for Low-A Greenville Drive, ranking third in South Atlantic League in doubles (38) and fourth in runs scored (84).

Cecchini’s professional debut in 2011 with the Lowell Spinners was limited to 32 games due to injury. He batted .298 (34-for-114) with 3 homers and 23 RBI and was leading the New York-Penn League in doubles (12) and ranked fourth in stolen bases (12) and fifth in RBIs.

His brother Gavin was the 12th overall pick by the New York Mets in the 2012 June Draft.

Sea Dogs in Reading, PA…Chase Utley rehabs

Portland continues their four-game series on Wednesday night against the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium.

2013 Video Interviews and Highlights

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

Portland Lineup: Johnson 9, Wilkerson 8, Hissey 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3, Thomas DH, Vazquez 2, Meneses 6, Dent 4, Ranaudo RHP

Reading Lineup: Cartwright DH, Duran 6, Utley 4, Murphy 3, Henson 5, Collier 8, Hewitt 9, Valle 2, Gillies 7, Colvin RHP

Congrats to former Sea Dog Caleb Clay, who made his Triple-A debut with Syracuse today…Clay worked 6.2 innings on five hits and two runs…He faced former Sea Dog Lars Anderson.

2B Chase Utley begins a MLB Rehab Assignment with Reading in tonight’s game…Utley is on Philly’s DL with a strained oblique.
Chase Utley starts at 2B tonight for Reading, he's batting third (photo courtesy of USA Today)

Chase Utley starts at 2B tonight for Reading, he’s batting third (photo courtesy of USA Today)

Preview of Today’s Notes

JUST ONE TONIGHT: The Sea Dogs and Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) continue their four-game series on Wednesday night from First Energy Stadium…Portland is 0-6-1 in their last seven series…The ‘Dogs last series win came on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field, taking three of four from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on May 20-23 at Hadlock Field…Their last road-series win came on April 30-May 2, sweeping Reading in a three-game set (first game was postponed due to rain).

THAT’S A SPLIT: Portland and Reading split a twinbill on Tuesday night in the start of a four-game series…Reading took the opener 4-1, receiving a complete-game, 3-hitter from Seth Rosin (4-4)…Matt Barnes (3-4) took his third straight loss, allowing two unearned runs over 4 IP…In game two, Travis Shaw knocked in all three runs with a bases-clearing double in the third inning off Bobby Braham (0-1)…Charlie Haeger (3-3) worked 5.2 scoreless frames on four hits to earn the win…Rafael Perez recorded the final four outs to earn his firs save in the Red Sox system.

COMING OFF A RECORD PERFORMANCE: RHP Anthony Ranaudo became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to strikeout 13 batters in his previous outing on June 13th against Erie at Hadlock Field…Below is a list of the 13 strikeout performances in team history…Ranaudo’s lone loss this year is to Reading – all three homers allowed to the Fightin Phils.

  1. Ranaudo, June 13, 2013 vs. Erie
  2. Jon Lester, July 11, 2005 at New Hampshire
  3. A.J. Burnett, April 20, 1999 vs. Binghamton
  4. Tony Saunders, July 29, 1996 vs. Norwich

WAY TO GO TRAVIS: Shaw has hit safely in five straight starts, going 8-for-19 (.421) with a homer, 5 RBI and 3 doubles…The homer came on June 15th vs. Akron…His 3 RBI performance last night was his highest total since 4 RBI on May 16th at New Hampshire…Shaw owns the team’s longest on-base streak this season at 24 (April 4-May 2).

CHASE IN THE BUILDING: Phillies 2B Chase Utley is scheduled to start a Major League Rehabilitation stint in tonight’s game…Utley has been on Philadelphia’s disabled list with a strained oblique…In 44 games this year with the Phils, Utley is hitting .272 (43-for-158) with 7 homers and 25 RBI.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fightin Phils (Phillies affiliate) meet for the final time at First Energy Stadium on Thursday night beginning at 7:05…Portland’s second part of the trip begins Friday night in Trenton, N.J…The ‘Dogs are 1-1 during a 38-game stretch against the Eastern Division.

(VIDEO) Pedro Martinez Interview…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Thursday

PEDRO MARTINEZ VIDEO INTERVIEW

Portland looks for the series win in the rubber game of a three-game series on Thursday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…The ‘Dogs are finishing a 17-game stretch against Binghamton and New Hampshire (7-9)

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

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7, Schimpf 5, Nolan 6, Ochinko DH, Glenn 9, Ahrens 3, Murphy 2, Zazueta 4, Walden RHP

Cast your vote for the Eastern League All-Star Game

Anthony Ranaudo tossed a career-high 7 innings on Wednesday night, he was perfect in six of them (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Anthony Ranaudo tossed a career-high 7 innings on Wednesday night, he was perfect in six of them (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Preview of today’s notes

‘DOGS AND ‘CATS PART 3: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play the rubber game of their three-game series on Thursday night at Hadlock Field…With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs moved back into a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Division with the Binghamton Mets…Left-hander Drake Britton makes his 27th career Double-A appearance, he is 1-1, 3.00 ERA in 4 career starts against New Hampshire…Righty Marcus Walden is 2-0, 1.32 ERA (2 ER/13.2 IP) in two starts against Portland this season.

AN EIGHT SPOT: Portland scored eight runs with nobody out during the first 2 innings and beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-1 on Wednesday night…Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with 2 homers and 5 RBI…Anthony Ranaudo (6-1) was perfect in six of seven innings, allowing just a lead-off single to Ryan Schimpf in the second…Ranaudo fanned eight over a career-high 7 IP…J.C. Linares had three hits and 3 RBI, nailing a two-run double off the Maine Monster in the second…Michael Almanzar finished 3-for-4 with a sacrifice-fly in the eighth.

NOW I’M IN THEIR CLASS: Ranaudo became the league’s third 6-game winner, joining Mike Wright (Bowie) and Logan Verrett (Binghamton)…The righty is leading the E.L. in ERA (1.48), WHIP (0.84) and second in average against (.165)…Bogaerts tied career highs with 2 homers and 5 RBI.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PARTY: Linares had not played since May 16th (on the disabled list) and established season highs in hits and RBI…Shannon Wilkerson extended his season-high hitting streak to six straight: 9-for-25 (.360)…INF/OF Kolbrin Vitek went 1-for-3 with a double last night and  has hit safely in 3 of his last 4 games, going 4-for-14 (.286), RBI and a double.

BEEN CLUTCH: Portland pitchers have held the opposition 3-for-38 (.079) with runners-in-scoring position over the last six games…New Hampshire is hitting just .221 with RISP and .186 with RISP and two outs…The Sea Dogs are hitting .267 with runners-in-scoring position but hitting .300 (18-for-60) over the last six games.

NICE TO WIN AT HOME: With last night’s win, the Sea Dogs clinched a winning record at home this month…Portland will play just 11 games at Hadlock Field in June.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland begins a 15-game stretch against the Western Division on Friday night against the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate), beginning a three-game series over the weekend…The ‘Dogs are 7-9 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Old friend returns to Hadlock…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Monday

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) begin a four-game series on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-2-1 in their last 3 series and dropped two of three to the Mets over the weekend.

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy returns to Hadlock Field for the first time since May 8,

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011...He's now a member of the Fisher Cats. (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011…He’s now a member of the Fisher Cats. (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

2011…Hottovy is a member of New Hampshire’s bullpen.

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nanita DH, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Loewen 7, Ochinko 2, Tolisano 7, Zazueta 6, Walden RHP

Portland Lineup: Hissey 9, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Shaw 3,  Wilkerson 8, Vitek DH, Meneses 4, Haeger RHP

Preview of today’s Game Notes

PART TWO OF THE HOMESTAND: The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday night at Hadlock Field…Portland is 0-2-1 in their last three series, and dropped two of three to New Hampshire last week at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The Sea Dogs have held the top spot in the Eastern Division by themselves since April 27th…New Hampshire has won six of their last seven, and 11 of 18 this month…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger makes his second straight start against the ‘Cats.

Xander Bogaerts couldn't believe what he just saw...His reaction to Matt Spring's walk-off grand slam on Saturday. (photo by Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography).

Xander Bogaerts couldn’t believe what he just saw…His reaction to Matt Spring’s walk-off grand slam on Saturday. (photo by Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography).

NO LOVE AT HOME: Binghamton completed the series win, taking Sunday’s rubber game 8-5 at Hadlock Field…Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5 and drove in Portland’s final run in the seventh…The B-Mets erased a 4-3 deficit with three runs in the sixth and added two in the ninth…Drake Britton (3-4) suffered his second straight loss, giving up seven hits, six runs (five earned) over 5.2 IP…Cory Mazzoni (2-1) earned the win, giving up 10 hits and five runs over 6.1 innings…Joe Bonfe led the B-Mets 14-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI…Peter Hissey went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE TRIPLE: Hissey tripled for the second straight game, giving Portland a league-leading 20 triples this season…Tony Thomas is tied with Harrisburg’s Brian Goodwin for the league in triples with five…Bogaerts is tied for second with four…Hissey is hitting .300 (15-for-50) this month with 9 RBI.

IT’S GETTING H(EIKER)IGHER: Meneses went 2-for-4 yesterday with two singles, two runs scored and a stolen base…The second-year Sea Dogs has hit safely in eight of his last nine starts: 10-for-32 (.313), 2 RBI, 3B.

THEY DID FACE HIM: Tonight’s starter for New Hampshire Marcus Walden was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for his start on May 14th vs. Portland…Walden worked 7.2 scoreless on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts…The righty gave up two-out singles to Hissey and Heiker Meneses…Hissey’s single in the sixth, ended Walden’s no-hitter.

ALMOST PULLED IT OFF: Haeger walked seven in his last start on May 15th at New Hampshire and the staff walked a franchise-record 14 batters…Portland lost 5-4 on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Brad Glenn…Portland tied the game in the ninth inning with three runs off Joel CarrenoRyan Schimpf walked five times but did not score.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) play game two of their four-game series tomorrow night at 6:00 PM…The two teams conclude the series with an 11:00 AM start on Thursday…Portland is 2-4 during a 17-game stretch against New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Tommy Hottovy Interview…’Dogs and ‘Cats on Wednesday

Great catching up with former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy, who dominates this blog today.

Great catching up with former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy, who dominates this blog today.

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their 3-game series on Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental stadium.

Today’s Game Notes

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

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Nanita DH, Schimpf 5, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Nolan 6, Loewen 7, Ochinko 2, Tolisano 4, McGuire RHP

Before tonight’s game, I had a chance to interview former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy, who now pitches for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.   Hottovy spent parts of six years with the Portland Sea Dogs from 2006-11, and he became a good friend.  I think it was his passion for fantasy football that kicked off the friendship.  The former Wichita State product was a conventional pitcher until the spring of 2011, when he decided it was time for a chance. The previous season, he had been working on it with Sea Dogs Pitching Coach Bob Kipper.  When I arrived to Spring Training in 2011, I couldn’t believe to see Tommy throwing from down under.  His transformation was amazing, and it seemed like he’d be doing it for years. They call it submarine style, down under, side arm and tons of other slang words.  But it just worked for Hottovy and it landed him in the big leagues with the Red Sox in 2011.  And the biggest thrill for Hottovy, pitching for the Kansas City Royals, the team he grew up rooting for.

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011 (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

Tommy Hottovy pitching with the Red Sox in 2011 (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor of Sitting Still Photography)

 

Sea Dogs vist Manchester, N.H. for three

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy (pictured right) talking with Sea Dogs' Pitching Coach Bob Kipper.

Former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy (pictured right) talking with Sea Dogs’ Pitching Coach Bob Kipper.

The Sea Dogs open up a 3-game series on Tuesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Northeast Delta Dental stadium.

Today’s Game Notes

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

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

New Hampshire Lineup: Pillar 8, Van Kirk 7, Robinson 3, Glenn 9, Schimpf 5, Nolan 6, Ochinko 2, Ahrens DH, Tolisano 4, Walden RHP

  • Portland has not lost a road series this season, going 4-0-1
  • New Hampshire’s roster features former Sea Dog Tommy Hottovy
  • New Hampshire’s coaching staff has some Red Sox nation flavor: Manager Gary Allenson and Hitting Coach Richie Hebner.
  • Portland plays their next 16 games against New Hampshire and Binghamton

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GET USE TO THIS MATCHUP: Portland and New Hampshire face-off in the first of a three-game series on Tuesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…The two teams will meet 24 times this season, but 14 in Manchester…The Sea Dogs have not lost a road series this season, going 4-0-1…They split their last series in New Britain, by taking game four, and improving to 5-0 in series finales on the road…Left-hander Drake Britton (3-2, 4.46) makes his fourth career start against New Hampshire (1-1, 2.84 ERA last season).

SPRING IN HIS STEP: Catcher Matt Spring went 4-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBI, leading the Sea Dogs to a 3-2 win over the New Britain Rock Cats on Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium…Spring knocked in the second run with his third homer of the season in the second…The Portland backstop knocked in the game winner, delivering a run-scoring double in the fourth…Anthony Ranaudo (5-1) became the fourth 5-game winner in the league, hurling six scoreless frames on three hits, three walks and five strikeouts…RHP Brock Huntzinger recorded the final five outs to earn his eighth save of the season.

AMONG THE LEADERS: Ranaudo lowered his ERA to 1.38, which ranks second in the league behind Richmond’s Justin Fitzgerald (1.09)…The right-hander is among the Eastern League leaders in the following categories: fewest base runners/9 IP ratio (8.08, 1st), WHIP (0.85, 1st), Wins (1st) and average against (.172, 2nd)…Ranaudo leads all Red Sox minor leaguers in ERA and wins.

ALL IN THE LAST FIVE: Spring has hit all three homers over a 5-game period…Since May 3rd, Spring is hitting .500 (8-for-16) with 3 homers (all against New Britain) and 6 RBI…The Sea Dogs are seventh in the league in homers with 24…New Hampshire is second (29) behind Reading (30).

CLOSING TIME: Huntzinger has four saves and a win over his past five outings, and has not allowed a run in eight consecutive appearances since April 21st (10.0 IP)…The right-hander is 8-for-8 in save chances.

ALL BY MYSELF: The Sea Dogs have been in first place by themselves since April 27th, and are looking to go 10 games over .500 for the second time this season…Portland is off to their best 35-game stretch since they were 22-13 to start the 2005 campaign.

WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) continue their three-game series tomorrow night beginning at 6:35 PM from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Over the next 16 games, Portland plays the Fisher Cats and Binghamton Mets.

Saturday Baseball in New Britain

Travis Shaw connected on a three-run homer last night...He has both homers this week (photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor - Sitting Still Photography).

Travis Shaw connected on a three-run homer last night…He has both homers this week (photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor – Sitting Still Photography).

The Sea Dogs continue their four-game series with the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…The two teams split a twinbill on Friday night.

Roster Move: Right-hander Jeremy Kehrt received from Single-A Lowell…RH Chris Martin was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

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

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

New Britain Lineup: Richardson 8, Christian 4, Sobolewski 5, Pinto DH, Ortiz 9, Rodriguez 7, Santana 6, Rohlfing 2, Smith 3, Meyer RHP

BACK TO ONE: Portland and New Britain split a double header on Friday night, and resume their 4-game series on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium…Tonight marks the 13th meeting of the season between the two teams…Portland has not lost a road series this season and holds the best road-record in the Eastern League at 10-4…Connecticut native Matt Barnes (3-1, 5.19) makes his seventh start of the season and his third against the Rock Cats.

Beehive Field was once the home of the New Britain Red Sox, it sits adjacent to New Britain Stadium.

Beehive Field was once the home of the New Britain Red Sox, it sits adjacent to New Britain Stadium.

THAT’S A SPLIT: Matt Spring clubbed a game-winning, two-run homer in the fourth inning, leading the Sea Dogs to a 6-4 win in game one…Travis Shaw gave Portland a 3-2 lead with a three-run homer in the fourth…Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger earned his first win of the season, working 5.2 innings on five hits and four runs…In game two, Trevor May hurled a two-hit shutout, as the ‘Cats took the nightcap 6-0…Xander Bogaerts and Peter Hissey had singles in game two…Brandon Workman (4-1) took his first loss of the year, giving up five runs on eight hits over 5.1 IP.

DESERVED THE PROMOTION: Right-hander Chris Martin earned the save in the opener, recording the final four outs…Martin extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings, tying Clay Buchholz for the fourth longest in team history…Earlier today, Martin was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket…RHP Jeremy Kehrt takes Martin’s spot on the roster…Kehrt appeared in three games with Pawtucket earlier this season and was on Lowell’s roster.

THAT MAKES TWO THIS WEEK: Shaw has hit both homers this week…The first baseman hit his first home run of the season on May 7th vs. Reading, a solo-shot with two outs in the fourth…Spring blasted his second homer of the year – both against New Britain…Last night’s homers by Shaw and Spring came against Cole De Vries, who was making a MLB Rehab Assignment (Loss, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO).

NOT BAD FOR ON THE ROAD: Dating back to 2011, the Sea Dogs are 4-0-1 in series at New Britain Stadium…Portland took two of three from the Rock Cats on April 11-14, winning the series opener 9-3…After a rainout on April 12th, the two-teams played back-to-back 10-inning games, with the ‘Cats taking the series finale 6-5…The rainout in the series opener will be made up when Portland returns to New Britain Stadium on July 22-24…The ‘Dogs have three doubleheaders on the schedule.

WHAT’S ON DECK: Portland and New Britain conclude their four-game series tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:35 PM…The Sea Dogs have a scheduled off day on Monday and open up a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) on Tuesday night.

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