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The Cap on Opening Day

3 Apr

RED SOX AFFILIATES

 

AAA

Lehigh Valley – 4

Pawtucket – 0

WP: Buchanan (1-0)

LP: Webster (0-1)

HR: LV – Rupp (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox were only able to muster two hits on the night and Allen Webster allowed two runs in the first inning, which was plenty for the IronPigs to grab the win. Webster lasted only 3 2/3 innings after giving up three runs, seven hits and two walks…Craig Breslow came on in the fifth in a rehab stint. He threw 20 pitches, 10 for strikes, getting a ground out and a fly out while walking two batters…Cuban hurler Dalier Hinjosa went 1 2/3 innings in his first work since he defected from his native land in 2013. He allowed a run, a hit and two walks and struck out two… Brock Holt (double) and Garin Cecchini picked up the PawSox hits. They also each picked up one of the team’s two walks on the night.

 

AA

Portland – 5

Reading – 0

WP: Owens (1-0)

LP: Biddle (0-1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Well, Mookie Betts was the talk of the internet after he led off the game with a solo home run. Then Henry Owens retired 16 straight batters after allowing two first inning walks, the skies opened up, and here we have an Opening Day, rain shortened no-hitter. The lefty threw 86 pitches (59 for strikes) in his six innings of work, allowing just those two walks while striking out nine and forcing four groundouts. It is the third no-hitter in SeaDogs history and first since becoming a Red Sox affiliate in 2003…Meanwhile, all Betts did was go 4-for-4 (IN SIX INNINGS!!) with the homer, an RBI and three runs scored…Deven Marrero, batting second in the lineup, went 2-for-4 with two doubles and 2 RBIs…Blake Swihart and Henry Ramos both went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Swihart had a third inning triple.

 

ADVANCED A

Salem – 10

Myrtle Beach – 3

WP: Johnson (1-0)

LP:  Payano (0-1)

HR: SAL – Dent (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Salem scored their ten runs over the first four innings of the game and cruised to victory in their opener at Myrtle Beach. Ryan Dent lead the offense with a 2-for-5, 5 RBI performance…Brian Johnson struck out seven and yielded one earned run on four hits and two walks. He lasted five innings, facing 21 Pelican batters….Outfielder Jonathan Roof went 1-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored.

 

A

Greenville – 3

Kannapolis – 1

WP: Kukuk (1-0)

LP: Dykstra (0-1)

S: Gunkel (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Cody Kukuk allowed just one run on three hits and four walks, to pick up the Opening Day win. He struck out four and faced 20 batters in his five innings…Jacob Dahlstrand threw three no-hit innings of relief and Joe Gunkel, an NYPL All-Star last year with Lowell, threw a scoreless ninth for the save…Tzu-Wei Lin went 3-for-3, all singles, hitting out of the two hole in the lineup. The shortstop walked one and stole two bases…Tim Roberson, playing in only his tenth career game at first base, went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the third.

 

NEW ENGLAND BASED TEAMS

 

AA

Richmond – 2

New Britain – 10

WP: Dean (1-0)

LP: Blach (0-1)

HR: RIC – Lisson (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Naugatuck, Connecticut’s Pat Dean went 5 1/3 innings to get his first win of the season. He gave up two runs on only three hits and a walk, and struck out seven. Last season Dean had only one game of seven out more K’s, when he whiffed eight in a July game against Reading… Daniel Ortiz and former Red Sox farmhand Tony Thomas both went 3-for-4 to lead the Rock Cats 13 hit attack. Thomas drove in two and scored twice.

 

New Hampshire – 6

Trenton – 0

WP: Sanchez (1-0)

LP: Mitchell (0-1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Blue Jays top prospect Aaron Sanchez was dominant in his first Double-A start. The 21-year-old righty cruised through five innings, using up just 67 pitches, striking out five in the process. He allowed just one hit and two walks…Four Fisher Cat batters had two hits on the night, with Kenny Wilson (2-for-3) collecting a team-high 3 RBIs from the leadoff spot…Nashua native Kevin Nolan went 2-for-4 with an RBI, run and stolen base.

 

 

Results and Highlights from 5/30/12

30 May

Portland 3 GM 1
Harrisburg – 2
WP: Billy Buckner (4-3, 3.20)
LP: Erik Davis (4-2, 2.81)
HR: Portland – Jeremy Hazelbaker (4), Bryce Brentz (6)

Portland (21-31) – 2 GM 2
Harrisburg (28-24) – 5
WP: Garcia (1-0, 1.45)
LP: Stolmy Pimentel (1-2, 5.04)
S: Nelo (5)
HR: Portland – Juan Carlos Linares (7)

HIGHLIGHTS: Game one starter Billy Buckner pitched all seven innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk. He had four strikeouts to bring his season total to 51, tied for fourth most in the Eastern League … Game two starter Stolmy Pimentel also went the distance for Portland, allowing 5 runs and 7 hits over 6 innings. He has allowed 10 runs and 13 hits in his last two starts … Derrik Gibson stole his seventh base of the season in game one and is tied for ninth in the Eastern League. Jeremy Hazelbaker stole his ninth base of the season in game two and is tied for seventh in the league … Hazelbaker’s game one homer gave him a round tripper in three straight game … Zach Gentile and Juan Carlos Linares were the only Sea Dogs to get a hit in both games, each getting one hit per game.

Norfolk (21-31) – 2
Pawtucket (34-20) – 3
WP: Justin Germano (5-3, 2.89)
LP: Brad Bergesen (2-3, 4.91)
S: Clayton Mortensen (2)
HR: Norfolk – Lew Ford (2), Jai Miller (7)

HIGHLIGHTS: Justin Germano allowed 2 runs and 7 hits over 7 innings for Pawtucket. It is the third time this season that he has gone 7 innings … Jose Iglesias “rested” for the fifth straight game … Mauro Gomez went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles. He now has 14 doubles on the season, tied for second most in the International League … Josh Kroeger went 2 for 4, his third straight 2-hit game. He is batting .341 over his last ten games … Relievers Tony Pena Jr. and Clayton Mortensen combined for 5 strikeouts in 2 innings.

New Britain (30-21) - 7
New Hampshire (20-30) – 2
WP: B.J. Hermsen (3-1, 2.68)
LP: Chad Jenkins (2-4, 4.98)
HR: New Britain – Aaron Hicks (6), Chris Herrmann (5)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Britain starter B.J. Hermsen retired the first thirteen batters he faced. He struck out 4 and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits over 8 2/3 innings … New Hampshire starter Chad Jenkins lasted 4 innings in his first start back from the disabled list. He allowed only 2 runs and 3 hits, but 2 of those hits were long balls. Jenkins has allowed 9 home runs this season, second most in the league … Rock Cats’ SS Estarlin de los Santos broke and 0 for 17 slump with a lead-off single in the seventh inning … New Hampshire’s Mike McDade went 1 for 3 to bring his batting average to .324, fifth best in the Eastern League. He is batting .354 with 8 home runs, 23 RBIs and 16 runs in the month of May … With the win the Rock Cats remain a half-game up on Reading in the Eastern Division. The Fisher Cats fall into a tie for last place with Portland.

Game Times and Pitchers for 5/30/12

30 May

Portland Sea Dogs (Billy Buckner 3-3, 3.28) GAME 1
vs. Harrisburg Senators (N/A) @ 6:00 p.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Stolmy Pimentel 1-1, 4.44) GAME 2
vs. Harrisburg Senators (N/A) @ 45 mins. after game one

New Britain Rock Cats (B.J. Hermsen 2-1, 2.83)
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Chad Jenkins 2-3, 5.03) @ 7:05 p.m.

Norfolk Tides (Brad Bergesen 2-2, 4.96)
vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Justin Germano 4-3, 2.93) @ 7:05 p.m.

Results and Highlights from 5/28/12

28 May

New Britain (29-21) – 3
Portland (20-30) – 0
WP: Blake Martin (2-2, 2.50)
LP: Chris Hernandez (2-4, 3.21)
S: Caleb Thielbar (2)
HR: New Britain – Chris Colabello (8)

HIGHLIGHTS: David Bromberg was scheduled to start for New Britain, but was called up to Triple-A Rochester prior to the game, giving Brett Jacobson the spot start, his first of the season. Jacobson threw four scoreless innings and allowed only two hits and a walk … Rock Cats first baseman Chris Colabello hit a two-run homer. In his last ten games he has five hits, three of which are long balls … New Britain’s Aaron Hicks went 2 for 4 with an RBI, run and walk … Sea Dogs shortstop Derrik Gibson went 1 for 3 with a walk. In the four game series he went 7 for 13 with an RBI and a run … Portland’s Brock Huntzinger pitched three perfect innings with two strikeouts, his best relief appearance of the year.

New Hampshire (20-29) – 2
Binghamton (24-25) – 6
WP: Collin McHugh (5-3, 2.17)
LP: Deck McGuire (2-6, 6.80)

HIGHLIGHTS: Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire retired the first 15 batters he faced. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs on only 2 hits and a walk … New Hampshire DH Kevin Howard went 2 for 3, his fourth 2-hit game in his last six played … Third baseman Mark Sobolewski went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Norfolk (21-29) – 6
Pawtucket (32-20) – 4
W: Zach Clark (1-0, 3.00)
LP: Doug Mathis (3-3, 4.86)
S: Jon Link (2)
HR: Norfolk – Jai Miller (5), Blake Davis (1), Jamie Hoffmann (3)
Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (6), Nate Spears (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: For the second time in his last three starts Doug Mathis allowed 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings. He came into the game having allowed three home runs over his first nine starts, before allowing three on Monday … Jose Iglesias sat out for the third straight game with an undisclosed injury. He is reported to be out for Tuesday’s game as well …The rehabbing Darnell McDonald went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts … Right fielder Alex Hassan went 2 for 4 for his second straight 2-hit effort … Nate Spears’ third inning, 2-run homer, was the third round-tripper in his last twelve at-bats.

Game Times and Pitchers for 5/28/12

28 May

The Sea Dogs will be looking to sweep the Rock Cats right out of first place in the final game of their four-game set at Hadlock Field. The Rock Cats haven’t even been swept in a three-game series this season and four straight loses would be a season high. David Bromberg will be tasked with shutting down the Portland lineup. In 8 innings of work against the Sea Dogs this season, he is 1-0 and has allowed 1 run, 7 hits, 3 walks and has struck out 7. Chris Hernandez will get his fourth start against New Britain this season, having gone 5+ innings in the prior three. He is 1-1 and has allowed only 3 earned runs against the Rock Cats to go along with 12 strikeouts.

The Fisher Cats will look to take three of four in Binghamton before they head back home for a quick three game set against New Britain. Deck McGuire has had both his best and worst starts of the season against this BMets team. Back on April 18th he dazzled with 6 2/3 innings of 1-hit ball. But on May 11th he got run from the game after allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in only 1/3 of an inning. McGuire has struggled to put together back-to-back quality starts, but he has shown some flashes of late, so look for him to be in decent form today.

The PawSox bumped their lead in the I.L. North up to 3 ½ games after taking 3 of 4 from Toledo over the weekend. Now they will look to do the same with Norfolk who they split a four-game set with last week down in Virginia. Doug Mathis was brilliant when he faced the Tides exactly one week ago, allowing only 1 hit over 7 innings of work. Mathis has not lost a game since May 1st and has allowed only 4 earned runs in his last 23 1/3 innings.

New Britain Rock Cats (David Bromberg 1-1, 3.53)
vs. Portland Sea Dogs (Chris Hernandez 2-3, 3.06) 1:00 p.m.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Deck McGuire 2-5, 6.80)
vs. Binghamton Mets (Collin McHugh 4-3, 2.15)

Norfolk Tides (Zack Clark NR)
vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 3-2, 4.23) @ 4:05 p.m.

Games Times and Pitchers for 5/23/12

23 May

David Bromberg heads a decent pitching matchup in paper with a noon start time down in New Britain. Bromberg will be getting his sixth start of the season and is 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 25 Ks over his initial five starts. He will face off against Zack Wheeler who is ranked as the top prospect in the New York Mets farm system by Baseball America. In seven starts this year the 21-year-old has struck out 45 batters over 37 2/3 innings.

The Sea Dogs will be looking to break a current team 0 for 35 streak and will hope to put an end to that in game one of their doubleheaders against the Fisher Cats. Chris Hernandez and Billy Buckner are slated to be the Portland starters in the two seven-inning affairs. Neither pitcher has faced the Fisher Cats who have Deck McGuire and Yohan Pino on the counter-attack. Both New Hampshire starters are also coming into their outings having never faced their opponent this year.

Binghamton Mets (Zack Wheeler 3-2)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (David Bromberg 1-1) @ 12:05 p.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Chris Hernandez 2-3, 2.64) GAME 1
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Deck McGuire 2-5, 6.75) @ 6:05 p.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Billy Buckner 2-3, 3.53) GAME 2
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Yohan Pino 3-1, 3.29) @ 6:05 p.m.

Results and Highlights from 5/22/12

22 May

Pawtucket (29-18) – 5
Norfolk (19-26) – 3
WP: Junichi Tazawa (1-1)
LP: Pat Neshek (2-1)
S: Mark Melancon (6)
HR: Pawtucket – Alex Hassan (3)
Norwich – Tyler Kelly (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Junichi Tazawa notched his first win of the season after tossing two-scoreless innings in relief … Mark Melancon pitched a perfect eighth for his sixth save, then the rains stepped in and cut the game short by an inning … Jose Iglesias went 0 for 3 but managed to drive in two runs; one on a sac fly in the third and another on a fielder’s choice in the seventh … Mauro Gomez went 1 for 3 to extend his hit streak to five games … The win gave the PawSox a split of their eight game road trip. They return to McCoy Stadium on Thursday to open up a four game series against the Toledo Mud Hens.

Binghamton (21-12) – 0
New Britain (27-17) – 3
WP: Logan Darnell (5-2)
LP: McHugh (4-3)
S: Bobby Lanigan (3)
HR: New Britain – Evan Bigley (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Logan Darnell had his longest outing of the season, tossing 7 scoreless innings, allowing 7 hits and striking out 4. His fifth win pulls him into a tie for second most in the Eastern League … Chris Herrmann went 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and his 14th double of the season … James Beresford went 2 for 4 for the second straight night and extended his hitting streak to five games … Estarlin de los Santos went 2 for 4 and has hit safely in six straight, half of which have been multi-hit games … Matt Rizzotti was 0 for 4 and is 0 for 11 with 4 strikeouts over his last three games.

Portland (15-28) –
New Hampshire (17-25) – PPD

HIGHLIGHTS: The postponement forces a doubleheader to be played on Wednesday night with game one beginning

Results and Highlights from 5/21/12

22 May

Binghamton (21-21) – 7
New Britain (26-17) – 10
WP: Steve Hirschfeld (3-4)
LP: Mark Cohoon (2-5)
HR: Binghamton – Raul Reyes (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Steve Hirschfeld went 5 innings and allowed 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk. It was his first win since April 13th. Hirschfeld has gone 5 or more innings in each of his nine starts this season … Chris Herrmann went 4 for 5 with a double and 3 runs scored. His 13 doubles are tied for second most in the Eastern League … Aaron Hicks went 1 for 4 and stole a base for the third straight game … Chris Colabello, Evan Bigley and James Beresford had 2 RBIs apiece.

Pawtucket (28-18) - 4
Norfolk (19-25) – 0
WP: Doug Mathis (3-2)
LP: Chris Tillman (3-6)

HIGHLIGHTS: PawSox starter Doug Mathis had his strongest outing of the season, throwing 7 innings of 1-hit ball while striking out 3 … Kevin Youkilis went 1 for 2 with an RBI double and 2 walks. He had one hit in each of his four rehab starts with Pawtucket … Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI-single in the fourth inning … Mauro Gomez was 2 for 4 with a run as the DH in his first game back with Pawtucket after a stint with Boston. It extended a hit streak to four games going back to May 11th … Reliever Will Inman struck out 2 in a scoreless eighth inning. He hasn’t been scored upon in his last five appearances and he has allowed only 4 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6.

Games Times and Pitchers for 5/21/12

21 May

In New Britain, Steve Hirschfeld welcomes the BMets to town for a four-game set. It will be Hirschfeld’s ninth start of the year as he looks to get back on the winning track after picking up an “L” in four of his last five outings. He faced the BMets back on May 9th and was solid in a no decision effort where he tossed 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a walk, with 6 strikeouts.

The Sea Dogs will make the short trek to Manchester to face off against the Fisher Cats for four games. Red Sox top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo gets his second start of the season. Against Reading last Tuesday the 6’7” righty lasted 4 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 walks and 4 hits, two of which were home runs. Brett Cecil will counter for New Hampshire coming off his strongest outing of the year. In the first game of a double header against New Britain last Wednesday he threw 5 scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits and a walk.

Pawtucket will look to halt a four-game slide with Doug Mathis on the hill in Norfolk. Mathis is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four road starts this season. Kevin Youkilis is slated to play third base in what will be his last rehab game before he rejoins the Red Sox, leaving PawSox fans wondering if the great Will Middlebrooks will be making a return trip back to Pawtucket so that he can play every day.

Binghamton Mets (Mark Cahoon 2-4, 3.21)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (Steve Hirschfeld 2-4, 3.28) @ 6:35 p.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Anthony Ranaudo 0-0, 9.00)
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Brett Cecil 1-2, 5.06) @ 7:05 p.m.

Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 2-2, 5.02)
vs. Norfolk Tides (Chris Tillman 3-5, 4.79) @ 7:15 p.m.

Results and Highlights from 5/20/12

20 May

Binghamton (21-20) – 11
Portland (15-27) – 7
WP: Peavey (3-1)
LP: Chris Balcom-Miller (2-4)
HR: Binghamton – Jefre Marte (3)
Portland – Reynaldo Rodriguez (9), Jeremy Hazelbaker (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Reynaldo Rodriguez tied a Sea Dogs record with his eighth home run in the month of May. Josh Roskos and Kevin Millar in 1997, John Hattig in 2004 and Ryan Lavarnway in 2011 are the four prior Portland players to accomplish this feat. Rodriguez has eleven games left in the month to make the record his own … The BMets stole two more bases on the day, giving them 7 in the series, all on catcher Matt Spring. On the year the Portland backstop has allowed 29 stolen bases and only thrown out 3 runners … Right fielder Bryce Brentz went 4 for 5 with a double and two runs. He is batting .452 over his last ten games … Despite having a league-high 4.65 team ERA, they have fired 314 strikeouts, good enough for third most in the Eastern League.

New Britain (25-17) – 4
Reading (24-17) – 10
WP: Jonathan Pettibone (3-4)
LP: Brad Thompson (0-1)
HR: Reading – Darin Ruf (7)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his first start since 2010, Brad Thompson allowed 4 earned runs and 7 hits in 2 1/3 innings … Center fielder Aaron Hicks went 1 for 4 and stole his second base in as many games … Deibinson Romero came into the game with only 1 hit in his last five games, but managed a 2 for 3 day at the plate, with two walks … The Rock Cats have a team batting average of .238, worst in the Eastern League.

Trenton (22-16) – 8
New Hampshire (16-25) – 3
WP: Shaeffer Hall (4-4)
LP: Joel Carreno (0-1, 6.14)
HR: Trenton – Dan Brewer (1)
New Hampshire – Mike McDade (6), Sean Ochinko (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Joel Carreno went 4 1/3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. All four Fisher Cats pitchers allowed 2 earned runs … Catcher Sean Ochinko went 1 for 3 and blasted his first AA home run … Brian Van Kirk went 1 for 4 to extend his hit streak to eight games … John Tolisano and Ryan Goins both went 2 for 4. Goins is batting .368 over his last ten games and Tolisano .351. Both are in the top-10 in the Eastern League for batting.

Pawtucket (27-18) – 3
Norfolk (19-24) – 6
WP: Brad Bergesen (2-2)
LP: Brandon Duckworth (5-1)
S: Stuart Pomeranz (2)
HR: Pawtucket – Scott Podsednik (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Brandon Duckworth picked up his first loss of the season after allowing 4 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings. For the second time this season the PawSox are in the midst of a four-game losing streak … Reliever Mark Melancon allowed a run on 2 walks and a hit in the eighth inning. It is the first run he has allowed 14 innings of work with Pawtucket … Jose Iglesias went 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to six games … Scott Podsednik went 1 for 4 with his first home run of the year. In 22 games with Lehigh Valley, he had 15 hits, 0 home runs and 4 RBIs. In 8 games with Pawtucket he has 9 hits, 1 home run and 6 RBIs.

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