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Eduardo Rodriguez and Christian Vazquez rehab in Portland

Eduardo Rodrriguez

Christian Vazquez

(Portland ME) The stars were out Monday night at Hadlock Field.

How often do you see a major leaguer at an Eastern League (AA) game?

Not often.  Well, on this night the Red Sox had TWO players rehabbing there……..catcher Christian Vazquez and pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

I was familiar close-up with both Boston players.  I had seen Christian a few years ago working his way up via Portland.  Eduardo had done a rehab at Portland earlier this season and I was on hand.

Bo Bichette looks back after striking out against ERod

You not only had the major leaguers, but you also had the first-place New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the house.  I had already been to Manchester (NH) a couple of times this season to see that talented team.

There was a very large Monday night crowd in the park.  You knew why the “extra’s” had come when loud ovations greeted announcements regarding Christian and Eduardo.  The normal reaction to players?  None.

The setting was coolish at 7PM after a hot day.

There were celebrations pregame for women in sports.  One of those honored was Kate Hall of Casco (ME).  There was a story about her in the Bridgton News several weeks ago.  She is a national track star hoping to make it to the next Olympics.  I heard the name, connected the dots and got a picture of her….I hope!.

Bobby Dalbec

The Fisher Cats have clinched the playoffs while the Sea Dogs have clinched the basement.  On this night it was as if the roles were reversed as Portland hit early and often on their way to a 12-6 win.

Christian drove in three runs while Eduardo pitched four scoreless innings.  Eduardo had hoped to go six innings but too many long counts prevented it.  (He said as much afterwards, according to the newspaper coverage.)  I probably could have been in that news conference if I had chased it.

Extra cameramen were at the park.  I knew that with lessening light I would forfeit action shots.  My goal was close-up shots and dugout shots.

I shifted to the New Hampshire side after several innings and found a good spot although I was sitting instead of standing.  A ground ball did come my way and was close.  You roll the dice when you put yourself (intentionally) in the line of fire.

I got more pictures of Bo Bichette.  Last year he excelled in A ball (top hitter in the minors) and this year, as a 20-year-old, has continued to star.  The New Hampshire shortstop leads the EL in hits, doubles, and several other categories.  He starts for Toronto next year or the year after, in my opinion.

Cavan Biggio

Harold Ramirez

Two other top talents at NH are Harold Ramirez (top EL batting average) and Cavan Biggio ( EL home run leader).  It interested me that Cavan (normally a 2nd baseman) was in right field for this one.

I also took more pictures of Bobby Dalbec.  He is one of Boston’s top prospects.  He has been at three levels this season and is tied for the lead in the minors in homers.

There always will be a Slugger section in my coverage of Sea Dogs’ games.  The big guy was out of uniform.  I can’t describe what he was wearing and why but at one point he was dancing with an umpire!  Needless to imagine, Slugger was outrun by yet another youngster.  Slugger got into a great starting stance, but it didn’t help.  His opponent was fast and knew what he was doing.  By the time second was crossed, Slugger was destined for second and that was where he finished.

Slugger in a solid starting stance

Another day for me at a great park.  Portland’s home season ends Thursday.  Where did the spring/summer go?

New Hampshire has qualified for the EL playoffs.  I might venture to New Hampshire for one of those games.

Thanks again to Chris Cameron for letting me into Hadlock and onto the field.  I greatly enjoy my time there.

(All of the pictures above and below should enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Prospects Bobby Dalbec and Bo Bichette

Bo Bichette near second

Bo Bichette rounds third

Bo Bichette finishing DP

Christian and Eduardo arrive pre-game

Slugger comes in second

Christian scores

Christian eyes bat

Danny Mars

Eduardo sets to pitch

Pitcher Jon Harris

Kate Hall

Play at second

 

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Mickey Pena debuts in 4-2 Portland Sea Dogs win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Peter Hissey hustles to beat the throw to first enabling the Portland Sea Dogs to score their first run.

Derrik Gibson hustles to beat the throw to first enabling the Portland Sea Dogs to score their first run.

Christian Vazquez had three hits and drove in the 4th Portland run

Christian Vazquez had three hits and drove in the 4th Portland run

(Portland)  They fought like cats and dogs.

I’m sorry, I just had to use that.  Why? Because it was true.

Tight game this afternoon with the Portland Sea Dogs getting three runs in the eighth inning on their way to a 4-2 win over the visiting New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

The Wednesday noon start brought out over six thousand fans and they saw the home team win an important game.  The Sea Dogs are currently in 4th place in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League.

The top two teams will make the playoffs.  Binghamton will get first but the race for second place is tightening up.  Second place Trenton (Yankee farm team) leads Portland by 4 ½ games with 13 games left.  However, by the luck of the schedule, the two teams will meet a remarkable nine times the rest of the way including the last five at Hadlock Field.  The opportunity to move up in the standings is certainly there for the taking for the Sea Dogs.

Many of today’s attendees were disappointed to learn yesterday that phenom Henry Owens would not be pitching in today’s game.  Henry has pitched once at Hadlock and that was after a two-hour rain delay.  Let’s just say that not too many have seen him pitch in person at the AA level in Portland.

Mickey Pena made his AA debut pitching seven shutout innings

Mickey Pena made his AA debut pitching seven shutout innings

Mickey Pena got the start today for Portland and the lefty looked very good.  There was no indication that this was his AA debut.  He has been with Salem (A) this season.  Mickey went seven innings giving up only five hits and no runs.

Marcus Walden of the Fisher Cats was just as effective as Mickey was.  Marcus came in with the deceiving 6-12 record but he had won four games against Portland with a very impressive 1.56 ERA.

The Sea Dogs scratched out a run in the 4th inning.  Christian Vazquez (three hits/1 run/1 rbi) scored from third as Derrik Gibson’s hustle prevented an inning ending double play.

That 1-0 looked safe after reliever Jeremy Kehrt retired the first two batters in the eighth inning but then the wheels came off.  Jeremy gave up six hits to the next nine batters he faced.  He did manage to escape with only one run given up in the eighth but the score was now tied.

Michael Almanzar had a two-out, two-run triple in the eighth inning.

Michael Almanzar had a two-out, two-run triple in the eighth inning.

A hit batsman and a walk surrounded two outs for Portland in their half of the eighth.  Out went Marcus Walden and in came Evan Crawford.  That switch did not go well!  Michael Almanzar tripled to right bringing both runners home.  That was the 24th run this season that Michael has delivered with two outs.  Christian Vazquez followed with a single and Portland had a 4-1 lead.

In the ninth Jeremy Kehrt continued to struggle.  He gave up a run (now 4-2) and he left with two outs and the bases loaded.  Noe Ramirez came on to save the game getting Andy Burns to pop to shortstop Derrik Gibson along the left-field line.

I will have to admit that I was a bit disappointed not to see Henry Owens in action. However, maybe I’ll look back in a few years and say I saw Mickey Pena debut in AA ball.  He could be a good one.

Deven Marrero

Deven Marrero

With Henry out of the mix, I was left to get recently called up Deven Marrero.  Would you believe that he wasn’t playing either!

I did, however, get some shots of Deven before and during the game……but not any action shots.

Minor league baseball is a great take for the family.  There certainly is plenty of entertainment for everyone.  I did notice the there were few buses in front of Hadlock so obviously camps are over and the resumption of school is at hand.

I continue to be disappointed with the Sea Dog mascot Sluggo.  How many times can he lose to opponents ¼ his size?  He always gets a bad start and usually falls down, which gives him no chance.  I wonder if he’s heard of the Washington Generals??

Sluggo loses to another youngster

Sluggo loses to another youngster

Thanks to Portland Sea Dogs media director Chris Cameron for arranging my visit.  I may try to get back to Hadlock during their five-game series with Trenton that ends the season.  There is a big if.  Henry Owens has to be pitching.  I would like to think that in a five-game series, that might mean something, the 20-year-old would get a start.

(All of the pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Rich Gedman

Rich Gedman

Deven Marrero

Deven Marrero

pre-game chat

pre-game chat

Deven Marrero

Deven Marrero

JC Linares and Michael Almanzar

JC Linares and Michael Almanzar

loose ball

loose ball

Derrik Gibson

Derrik Gibson

Christian Vazquez gets high five from Shannon Wilkerson after scoring first run

Christian Vazquez gets high five from Shannon Wilkerson after scoring first run

sea of green

sea of green

Marcus Walden

Marcus Walden

Kenny Wilson takes second

Kenny Wilson takes second

sliding results

sliding results

Ryan Schimpf

Ryan Schimpf

Mickey Pena throws to first

Mickey Pena throws to first

Kevin Heller

Kevin Heller

Ryan Dent steals second - he had two steals in the game.

Ryan Dent steals second – he had two steals in the game.

Garin Cecchini

Garin Cecchini

Gary Allenson and Garin Cecchini

Gary Allenson and Garin Cecchini

Mickey Pena

Mickey Pena

Deck McGuire

Deck McGuire

Richie Hebner signs

Richie Hebner signs

Travis Shaw

Travis Shaw

Garin Cecchini

Garin Cecchini

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Major league prospects Garin Cecchini and Joe Panik perform at AA Portland

Garin Cecchini

Garin Cecchini

Joe Panik

Joe Panik

(Portland)  Joe Panik drove in four runs as the Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Portland Sea Dogs, 4-1, on a muggy Thursday afternoon at Hadlock Field.

The Eastern League game featured two teams trying to get to second place and thereby make the EL playoffs.  After today’s game, Richmond is four games out of second in the EL West while Portland is 3 ½ games out of second in the EL East.  The regular season ends on September 2nd.

Olympian Julia Clukey

Olympian Julia Clukey

2010 Winter Olympian Julia Clukey of Augusta (Maine) addressed the large crowd of campers before the game and later tossed out the ceremonial first pitch.  Julia hopes to compete in 2014 Winter Olympics in the luge in six months in Sochi, Russia.

My goal at the games I attend is to get faces to go with the names of the players performing.  I am intent on getting prospects because the trip from the AA Portland team to AAA Pawtucket and then the Red Sox can happen fast.  In this season alone, fifteen players from Portland have moved up to a higher level.

Pitchers are the most difficult to get pictures of unless they’re actually pitching in the game.  I missed Anthony Ranaudo (he’s now at Pawtucket) and am hoping to get pictures of Matt Barnes and/or Henry Owens before the season is over.

Garin Cecchini makes a throw to first.

Garin Cecchini makes a throw to first.

The player I wanted to make sure I had photos of was Garin Cecchini.  This 22-year-old third baseman moved up from Salem (A) recently and has played well so far at Portland.  Garin had three walks in this game.  My hunch is that if Xander Bogaerts gets called up from Pawtucket to the Red Sox then Garin will move up to Pawtucket.

Joe Panik talks to third-base coach Ross Grimsley

Joe Panik talks to third-base coach Ross Grimsley

I thought that the most promising prospect on the visiting Richmond team was 22-year-old Joe Panik.  Joe was drafted in the first round in 2011 (29th pick) by San Francisco.  Joe is a middle infielder with some power.  His 3-run homer in this game was hit very deep to right center.

There were some excellent defensive plays today.  Flying Squirrel centerfielder Ryan Lollis took in a long shot just before running into the fence.

There was plenty of entertainment on the field between innings.  The Sea Dog mascot’s losing streak, running the bases against young fans, continues.

After several innings of picture taking from the ends of both dugouts I went up to the press box to thank Media Relations director Chris Cameron for making my visit possible.  While I was sitting up there chatting with Chris, I realized that Dwight Evans was to my right.  Some retired players put on weight and/or lose some hair but not Dwight.  He is apparently a roving instructor for the Red Sox.

mascots

mascots

I continue to recommend taking in a game at Hadlock Field.  It certainly is affordable and entertaining for everyone.  The Red Sox have some terrific young players.

(All of the pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Javier Herrera

Javier Herrera

Derrik Gibson

Derrik Gibson

Travis Shaw

Travis Shaw

girls won a poetry contest

girls won a poetry contest

Garin Cecchini comes to work

Garin Cecchini comes to work

catcher Christian Vazquez

catcher Christian Vazquez

Mark Minicozzi - leading hitter in the EL

Mark Minicozzi – leading hitter in the EL

Garin Cecchini heads for second

Garin Cecchini heads for second

Heiker Meneses

Heiker Meneses

play at third

play at third

Joe Panik

Joe Panik

Ryan Lollis

Ryan Lollis

Richmond starter (and winning pitcher) Craig Westcott

Richmond starter (and winning pitcher) Craig Westcott

Sea Dogs starter Terry Doyle

Sea Dogs starter Terry Doyle

Richmond manager Dave Machemer

Richmond manager Dave Machemer

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