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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 return home after a 4-3 roadtrip, and open up a four-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) at Hadlock Field. Tonight features an amazing game one pitching match-up, as Top Pitching Prospects face-off. LHP Henry Owens (3-2, 3.89) looks to snap a two-game losing streak against New Hampshire’s RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 2.55). Owens is the #2 overall prospect behind Xander Bogaerts, but Sanchez is the #1 overall prospect in Toronto’s system – this is all according to Baseball America.
Tonight is the NFL Draft and it couldn’t have worked out better for tonight’s special first pitch. New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen will toss out the first pitch and sign autographs.
Make sure to follow Slugger on Twitter (@Slugger_SeaDog) for his blog and his journey from Fenway Park to Hadlock Field…Slugger arrived today. We’re so proud of him.
Carlos Guevara of X-Factor Season 3 will be on hand to welcome Slugger back.
Let’s not forget Mookie Madness – Betts homered yesterday and has reached base safely in 59 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 64 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs.
(MORE ON MOOKIE) Betts is a nephew of Terry Shumpert, who played parts of 14 seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres,Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Betts has attributed his nickname Mookie to his parents watching former NBA guard Mookie Blaylock play basketball shortly after Betts was born. Betts has stated he has never met Blaylock.
Pre-Game begins at 5:40 OM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.
Portland lineup: Betts 4, Marrero 6, Shaw DH, Welch 3, Swihart 2, Ramos 8, Meneses 5, Gibson 7, Wilkerson 9, Owens LH (3-2, 3.89)
New Hampshire: Berti 4, Burns 5, Jimenez 2, Glenn 9, Crouse 7, Jacobo 3, Nolan 6, Van Kirk DH, Jones 8, Sanchez RH (1-1, 2.55)
Game Notes for today…Complete Notes at seadogs.com
FIRST OF A FEW: Tonight the Sea Dogs open up a four-game weekend series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate) – the first of 22 meetings between the East Coast rivals…Portland returns home after a 4-3 roadtrip, and has not lost a road series this season (3-0-3)…Last year, the Sea Dogs won the season-series from New Hampshire, taking 13 of 24 and six of 10 at Hadlock Field…LHP Henry Owens has lost two straight starts, giving up nine runs in his last 11 IP.
DECIDED IN THE SIXTH: Reading scored six runs in the sixth inning to beat the Sea Dogs, 8-3, on Wednesday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium…Portland’s runs came on two solo-homers by Henry Ramos and Mookie Betts’ big fly to lead-off the game…Ramos’ homers were the first 2 in Double-A…Reading had five players with a multi-hit game, receiving a two-run homer by Lars Davis and 2 RBI from Aaron Altherr…LHP Hoby Milner tossed seven strong innings on six hit and two runs to earn the win…Derrik Gibson and Heiker Meneses each had two hits in the loss.
#MOOKIE MADNESS:Betts went 1-for-4 with his fifth homer of the season in the roadtrip finale…The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all 29 Double-A starts (16 multi-hit games)…The first-year Sea Dog has reached base safely in 59 straight regular season games dating back to August 2, 2013, but 64 including last year’s Carolina League playoffs…His 17-game hitting streak from April 9-30 was the longest since OF Bret Ronenberg’s 18-game hitting streak from April 27-May 15, 2004…Betts’ .402 average is the highest in Minor League Baseball…he’s also reached safely in 123 of his last 133 games (dating back to May 5, 2013).
BIG SHOCKER: Betts was named the Eastern League Player of the Month on Tuesday after leading Minor League Baseball with a .430 average in April…He’s the 12th player in franchise history to win the award and the first since OF Juan Carlos Linares took home the honors last August…On Monday, RHP Mike McCarthy was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, going 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 2 starts.
OH HENRY:Yesterday was the second career multi-homer game for Ramos, and the first by a Sea Dog since Linares blasted two homers against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on August 26…Ramoshas hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games: 29-for-74 (.392), 2 HR, 15 RBI, triple and 5 doubles.
Status update on everyone who played in Portland in 2013 (updated 2/4/14)
Michael Almanzar – Selected by Baltimore in the MLB Phase of the Rule 5 Draft
Ronald Bermudez – Signed by Baltimore as a minor-league free agent
Xander Bogaerts – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Garin Cecchini – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Ryan Dent – Re-signed with Boston
Stephen Drew – Major League free agent
Leonel Escobar – In Boston’s system
Derrik Gibson – In Boston’s system
Kevin Heller – In Boston’s system
Peter Hissey – In Boston’s system
Brandon Jacobs – Traded to Arizona by Chicago (AL) in the off-season
Matty Johnson – In Boston’s system
J.C. Linares – In Boston’s system
Deven Marrero – In Boston’s system
Heiker Meneses – In Boston’s system
Nick Natoli – In Boston’s system
Alberto Rosario – Signed by Los Angles Dodgers as a minor-league free agent
David Ross – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Travis Shaw – In Boston’s system
Matt Spring – Signed by Boston as a minor-league free agent
Tony Thomas – Signed by Minnesota as a minor-league free agent
Christian Vazquez – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Kolbrin Vitek – In Boston’s system
Shannon Wilkerson – In Boston’s system
Chris Balcom-Miller – In Boston’s system
Daniel Bard – Signed by the Texas Rangers
Matt Barnes – In Boston’s system
Craig Breslow – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Drake Britton – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Miguel Celestino – Signed by Boston as a minor-league free agent
Keith Couch – In Boston’s system
Terry Doyle – Minor League free agent
Charlie Haeger – Minor League free agent
Chris Hernandez – In Boston’s system
Brock Huntzinger – Signed by Baltimore as a minor-league free agent
Kyle Kaminska – Retired
Jeremy Kehrt – In Boston’s system
Kyle Kraus – In Boston’s system
John Lackey – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
Bobby Lanigan – Minor League free agent
Will Latimer – Minor League free agent
Matt Maloney – Minor League free agent
Chris Martin – Traded to Colorado in the Jonathan Herrera deal
Mike McCarthy – In Boston’s system
Franklin Morales – Traded to Colorado in the Jonathan Herrera deal
Eric Niesen – Minor League free agent
Matty Ott – In Boston’s system
Henry Owens – In Boston’s system
Mickey Pena – In Boston’s system
Rafael Perez – Signed by Texas as a minor league free agent
Noe Ramirez – In Boston’s system
Anthony Ranaudo – In Boston’s system
Pete Ruiz – In Boston’s system
Nate Striz – Signed by Colorado as a minor league free agent
Brandon Workman – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster
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
- 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.
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.
Portland continues their four-game series on Wednesday night against the Reading Fightin Phils from First Energy Stadium.
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.
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.
- Ranaudo, June 13, 2013 vs. Erie
- Jon Lester, July 11, 2005 at New Hampshire
- A.J. Burnett, April 20, 1999 vs. Binghamton
- 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.
Portland opens up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night in Erie, PA against the SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate)…The ‘Dogs and ‘Wolves are meeting for the first time this season.
Coverage begins at 6:45 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network
Portland Lineup: Wilkerson 8, Bogaerts 6, Thomas 7, Almanzar 5, Linares 9, Shaw 3, Vazquez 2, Vitek DH, Meneses 4, Ranaudo RHP
Erie Lineup: Suarez 6, Perez 4, Fields 8, Collins 7, McCann 2, Gaynor 5, Robbins 3, Castillo 9, Johnson DH, Garcia RHP
Preview of today’s notes
OUT WEST: The Sea Dogs open up a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday night against the SeaWolves (Tigers affiliate) in Erie, PA…Portland dropped four of six on their recent homestand but are tied with the Trenton Thunder for the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division…Erie returns home after dropping all six games on their recent trip, scoring only 12 runs…Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo makes his 11th start of the season for the Sea Dogs, and can become the first 7-game winner in the league.
DECIDED EARLY: The Altoona Curve scored seven runs in the second inning and cruised by the Sea Dogs 13-6 on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field…Alex Dickerson drove in a career-high seven runs, blasting two homers…Jarek Cunningham homered twice and finished 4-for-5 with 3 RBI…Andrew Lambo hit his league-leading 13th homer to start the Curve’s offense…Matt Barnes took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits over 1.2 IP…Matt Spring finished 3-for-4 with his sixth homer of the season…Casey Sadler (6-3) worked 5.2 innings on seven hits and four runs to earn the win.
SPRING MUST BE HIS SEASON: Spring hit .354 (17-for-48) with 5 homers and 18 RBI in May, and picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the season on Sunday…The Portland backstop has a multi-RBI game in eight of nine contests that he has an RBI.
X MARKS THE SPOT: Xander Bogaerts collected his 15th multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 on Sunday with a run scored…Bogaerts has a 7-game hitting streak: 12-for-23 (.522), 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 doubles…He’s hit safely in 12 of his last 15 games: 21-for-57 (.368), 3 HR, 14 RBI…His .302 average (58-for-192) is now tops on the team.
SIMPLY DOMINANT: Ranaudo worked a career-high 7 innings in his previous start on May 29th vs. New Hampshire, earning his sixth win of the season…The righty was perfect in six of seven innings, allowing just a leadoff single to Ryan Schimpf in the second inning…Ranaudo is leading the Eastern League in ERA, WHIP, Batting Average against, Fewest Baserunners Per 9 IP and tied for the league lead in wins.
HADN’T HAPPENED IN A WHILE: The seven runs allowed in the second inning on Sunday was the most since New Hampshire scored seven in the first July 20, 2012…Five homers by the Curve were the most by an opponent since August 9, 2008 at Connecticut.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Sea Dogs and Erie SeaWolves conclude their two game series on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park beginning at 7:05 PM…On Friday night, the ‘Dogs begin a three-game series in Akron, Ohio against the Aeros…Portland is 1-2 during a 15-game stretch against the Western Division.
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,
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.
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 Carreno…Ryan 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.
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 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.
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.
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.