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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.

Spring Training sights and sounds…Best athletes turned actors

With Spring Training games right around the corner, the Red Sox continue their full squad workouts at the beautiful JetBlue Park.

Red Sox open up exhibition schedule on March 3...Sea Dogs start Spring Training games on March 14 vs. New Britain

The media coverage in Ft. Myers has been unreal, and I would like to thank everyone who has covered this team, providing us with some unbelievable interviews and pictures.  Below is a few links you should check out.  I love technology!

Enjoy the audio, video and photo links below…They involve former Sea Dogs

Wow, that didn’t take long…Injuries already piling up

  1. I was the broadcaster in Erie during the 2004 season, and loved watching Joel Zumaya pitch…tough to see him out for the season.  I thought that was a great pickup for the Twins.
  2. Speaking of closers, Chris Perez of the Indians is out 4 to 6 weeks with an oblique strain.
  3. From Matt Snyder of CBS sports.com Cardinals utility man extraordinaire Allen Craig is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery, reports MLB.com. “
  4. Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson returned to the field on Sunday in Florida, marking the first time he’s suited up since suffering a concussion in a car accident Monday.

Meet the 2012 Sea Dogs on April 3 at the Portland Expo

What’s the first thing you think of when you here Welcome Back?  For me, it’s Welcome Back Kotter, anyone else?  Can’t help but think of those great TV shows from my childhood.  But to serious matters, on April 3rd at the Portland Expo the Sea Dogs will hold their annual Welcome Back dinner in conjunction with Youth Alternatives Ingraham.  This is your chance to get autographs, photos and maybe some hitting tips from my favorite players.

With the Grammy’s on Sunday night, here’s my Top 1o list of Athletes Turned Actors.

  1. Jim Brown – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965.
  2. Carl Weathers – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Oakland Raiders & the British Columbia Lions from 1970-1974.
  3. Chuck Connors – Pro Sports Career: Played baseball for the Chicago Cubs & Brooklyn Dodgers from 1949 to 1951. Connors also played basketball for the Boson Celtics from 1946-1948.
  4. Fred Dryer – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the New York Giants & Los Angeles Rams from 1969-1981.
  5. Merlin Olsen – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Los Angeles Rams from 1962-1976 and was known as one of the “The Fearsome Foursome”.
  6. Alex Karras – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Detroit Lions from 1958-1962 & 1964-1970

    Ray Allen and Denzel Washington in He Got Game

  7. Bob Uecker – Pro Sports Career: Played Baseball with Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies & Atlanta Braves from 1962-1967
  8. Rick Fox – Pro Sports Career: Played Basketball with Boston Celtics & Las Angeles Lakers from 1991 to 2004.
  9. Terry Bradshaw – Pro Sports Career: NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Stealers
  10. Ray Allen- Pro Sports Career…Hey, I’m from Boston, I loved He’s Got Game

Have a great start to the week…Can’t wait to watch baseball again.  Seems like the off-season was quick, yet long.  Does that make any sense?

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