(Portland MA) I didn’t plan for it, but I was at Hadlock Field and witnessed Portland’s Josh Ockimey’s last game with the Sea Dogs.
Josh was promoted to AAA Pawtucket after Portland took two from the Erie SeaWolves on this hot Thursday afternoon.
The power-hitting 1B finished his time in Maine with a homer, double and three RBI.
Erie is the Double A farm team of Detroit. Six of their top eighteen prospects are at Erie. I missed seeing the top two (Alex Faedo #4) and Beau Burrows (#5) because they’re starters. Beau pitched the second game today but by then I was on my porch about an hour away.
It was hot. Today was campers’ day and many camps were represented, each with their own brightly colored shirts. I wondered how many bad sunburns happened after hours in the rays. The concessions stands were very busy.
The four Tigers prospects that I did see came to them when they traded Justin Verlander to Houston, JD Martinez to Arizona, and Alex Avila to the Cubs.
Both 3B Isaac Paredes (#11) and 2B Sergio Alcantara (#18) made errors in Game One today.
I also saw CF Daz Cameron (#8) get picked off first. Catcher Jake Rogers (#10) had several balls go through him.
Frankly, there wasn’t much to pin your hopes on if you were a Detroit fan wondering about the team’s future.
It was the last-place Portland team that had the excellent pitching (Matt Kent) and hitting on this warm afternoon in the 9-1 first-game win.
I started the game shooting from the Erie dugout. I was hoping to eventually switch to the Portland side, but one of their players (How dare he!) was in a chair that he had set up in the photographer’s area. I considered shooting from the stands, but it was way too hot.
I switched to a small lens to get some Erie dugout shots and Josh Ockimey chose that time to hit his home run. Tough later editing action shots with tiny players in them!
One shot that I have gotten the last two times I’ve been at Hadlock is of the Portland player signing in the Concourse. Give me someone stationary and cooperative and I can usually get a good picture of them. It was relief pitcher Jordan Weems this time.
I did make connections with broadcaster Mike Antonellis before the game. He is in charge of setting up interviews. I would like to do an interview with a Sea Dogs player before the season ends in a month. I would probably have to be at Hadlock three hours early. We’ll see.
I came to Hadlock on Brighton and St. John’s. Couldn’t resist the GPS way (via Deering) on the way back. Bad idea! Too many lights and traffic. I’m thinking that I could use River Road to get straight onto Brighton.
I violated my nutritarian diet with the meal provided but not by much. The turkey wrap was tasty.
The Sea Dogs blasted four homers in the first game. Josh Ockimey, Michael Chavis, Chad De La Guerra, and Luke Tendler all went deep.
Two Erie dugout scenes of note. In one, the manager (?) had a player translate what he wanted to say to another player. Knowing Spanish would be absolute gold for anyone connected to teams at any level. I have heard Spanish in every A ball and AA ball dugout that I’ve been in. The other dugout scene involved 3B Isaac Paredes. The 19-year-old had two errors in the first three innings! He had his head down in the dugout afterwards for the entire half inning. No one on staff to talk to him?
Boston’s #1 prospect Michael Chavis had his first multi-hit game since he finished his 80-game suspension. His batting average is close to .200 and I can assure you that he doesn’t get cheated on his swings. Bo Bichette (New Hampshire Fisher Cats) has the same approach to batting.
I wonder if Michael will be part of the next group that moves up? Homer-hitting Bobby Dalbec could move up from A ball to join the Sea Dogs. I would have to get a look at him.
In hardly surprising news; Slugger lost. This time it was comical. Slugger tried to psych his female opponent out by getting into a ridiculous starting stance. The young lady was unimpressed. The flip-flop-wearing speedster had him in trouble at second and reached home with the big guy nowhere in sight. The idea of trying to intimidate an opponent with a weird stance needs to be closeted.
Thanks again to Chris Cameron for arranging the visit. Everyone who goes to Portland games seems to have a good time at an affordable price. And you get to see future Red Sox players such as Josh Ockimey.
(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)