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Henry Owens and Gary Sanchez spotted at Field of Dreams game in Portland

The 1926 Portland Eskimos move out onto Hadlock Field

The 1926 Portland Eskimos move out onto Hadlock Field

Portland Eskimos applaud Hadlock fans

Portland Eskimos applaud Hadlock fans

(Portland ME) Quite the pregame show!

Set up close to the wall in centerfield was a cornfield arranged in the, “Field of Dreams,” mode.

The sellout crowd was addressed and thanked for twenty years of baseball following at Hadlock Field.

Then suddenly players appeared on our side of the cornfield.  They came out wearing 1926 Portland Eskimos uniforms and looked around in wonder at Hadlock Field.

The players then strolled in toward the foul lines getting a thunderous, standing ovation from the delighted crowd.

The players then applauded the fans and went up into the stands to greet as many in the crowd as they could get to.

Media boss Chris Cameron in the middle

Media boss Chris Cameron in the middle

It was terrific stuff.  Media boss Chris Cameron had told me, on a previous visit, that it was his favorite promotion of the summer.  Now I knew why.  Fan involvement in most minor league games is quite subdued but this show had everyone stirred up.

Then there was the game that you thought this write-up was about!

Portland lost the game, 9-4, on a cloudy/rainy/sunny Sunday afternoon.  The rain hit just at game time but fortunately was soon gone.  It turned out to be a delightful day for a game.

Going into Friday, the Portland Sea Dogs had a chance to get to second and make the Eastern League (AA) playoffs.  “All” they had to do was finish the regular season with five straight wins over second-place Trenton.

They got past Friday but not Saturday.  The home team dropped both ends of last night’s double-header and the first loss sealed the doom of the Sea Dogs.  That result made this game irrelevant in the overall scheme of things.

But there were prospects to be seen.  My main reason for doing this game was to get Sea Dog pitcher Henry Owens.  The 20-year-old was the starter today.  I was also hoping to get a look at shortstop Deven Marrero in the field.  Missions accomplished!

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

Deven Marrero

Deven Marrero

The Trenton Yankees have their top three prospects (Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, and Tyler Austin) on their roster.  Mason, however, was injured Saturday night so he was unavailable.  I flat out messed up on Tyler.  I think that the Trenton online roster had him with a different number.  But I did really well with Gary Sanchez.  He cooperated for a nice shot in the Trenton dugout.

Gary Sanchez

Gary Sanchez

Gary is a 20-year-old from the Dominican Republic who signed a $3 million contract with the Yankees as a 16-year-old.  He has the size (6-2/220 pounds) to catch and plenty of power.  The eerie thing about Gary is that on first glance he looks like Alex Rodriguez!

Speaking of catchers, Portland’s Christian Vazquez was called up to AAA Pawtucket today.  Christian had been cited for his defense in the past.  This year his hitting improved tremendously.

Many of us were on hand to see Henry Owens.  What most of us didn’t expect was for him to get taken deep twice (Ramon Flores and Gary Sanchez) in the first inning.  The tall lefty ended up going 5 2/3 innings giving up six hits, 3 runs, and had eight strikeouts.  He should be a good one.  I suspect that he’ll at least start at Portland next season.  I doubt that he’ll stay there too long.

Nik Turley takes care of his arm

Nik Turley takes care of his arm

Lefty Nik Turley started for Trenton and got the win.  He went five innings and left leading 3-2.  Nik is not related to former Yankee ace Bob Turley although Bob did call Nik’s father after the 2008 draft to welcome Nik to the Yankees.

A 3-2 game got away from the Sea Dogs in the 8th inning when the Thunder put up a five-spot on reliever Miguel Celestino.

Trenton, which hosts Binghamton in the EL playoffs on Wednesday, had thirteen hits against Portland.  Ben Gamel led the way with three hits including a home run.  Ramon Flores (Yankees #16 prospect) had two hits including a homer.  Reegie Corono had a home run as well.

Portland had eleven hits.  Garin Cecchini, Travis Shaw, and Deven Marrero each had two of them.

Slugger falls losing yet again

Slugger falls losing yet again

Another embarrassing effort by Slugger.  He raced against a 4-year-old (?) from Oxford today.  The youngster headed for rightfield after first but it didn’t matter.  Slugger should have built up a big lead with the confusion but instead fell flat near second.  Slugger recovered but just when he had a great chance for the win went down again just short of home.  I’m beginning to wonder if he’s really trying.

Again thanks to media relations director Chris Cameron for setting up my visit.

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Christian Vazquez was called up to AAA Pawtucket

Christian Vazquez was called up to AAA Pawtucket

Matt Spring and Henry Owens

Matt Spring and Henry Owens

Gary Sanchez signs

Gary Sanchez signs

catching a pop

catching a pop

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

Gary Sanchez

Gary Sanchez

Garin Cecchini gets third as Casey Stevenson awaits throw

Garin Cecchini gets third as Casey Stevenson awaits throw

Ramon Flores

Ramon Flores

Gary Sanchez in home run trot

Gary Sanchez in home run trot

Ramon Flores congratulated after homer

Ramon Flores congratulated after homer

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

Reegie Corona and Gary Sanchez both hit homers

Reegie Corona and Gary Sanchez both hit homers

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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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