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Justin Haley shines in Sea Dogs 2-1 win over Erie

Justin Haley makes an easy toss to first. Justin allowed one hit during his seven innings of pitching.

Justin Haley makes an easy toss to first. Justin allowed one hit during his seven innings of pitching.

Manuel Margot runs off the field

Manuel Margot runs off the field

(Portland MA) Justin Haley (5-13) had the game of his life allowing just one hit during a shutout seven innings on a sunny Thursday afternoon at Hadlock.

The noon start brought out campers galore on a perfect baseball afternoon.

The battle of the cellar dwellers from each of the Eastern League divisions turned into a pitcher’s duel between the SeaWolves Tommy Collier and Boston’s 6th round pick in 2012.

This game gave me another chance to get some pictures of centerfielder Manuel Margot. Manuel is 7th on the Boston prospect list.

I am also starting to take notice of first baseman Sam Travis. Sam was a 2nd round pick in 2014. He has been solid in the field and at bat and should start in Pawtucket next year.

One player I didn’t get to see was pitcher Michael Fulmer. Michael came to Detroit recently in a trade with the New York Mets. The Tigers also got a couple of other quality minor leaguers in recent trades. The Detroit Free Press described the Tigers farm team as the worst in baseball before the trades.

I have learned to expand my picture taking to as many players as possible. Why? A couple of years ago Travis Shaw was just another Sea Dogs’ player. Xander Boegarts was the one to get…….and I got plenty of him. I did manage a lone shot of Travis and didn’t even recall that I had taken it! So some of the players pictured may be not well known now but who knows about later.

Slugger congratulates the winner

Slugger congratulates the winner

Slugger was in big trouble today. His opponent was a young 7-year-old named Cru. I heard Cru described as “fast” by someone who was with him. That proved to be true. Slugger had one of his cleanest runs but just never was even close to making things close. One commendation for Slugger, however, was that despite a life-time losing streak he displayed wonderful sportsmanship afterwards by congratulating the youthful winner.

Wynton Bernard (leading base-stealer in the Eastern League)

Wynton Bernard (leading base-stealer in the Eastern League)

Sam Travis slides into Harold Castro

Sam Travis slides into Harold Castro

Tzu-Wie Lin after scoring the second Portland run

Tzu-Wie Lin after scoring the second Portland run

Tzu-Wei Lin

Tzu-Wei Lin

Henry Ramos after scoring the first Portland run

Henry Ramos after scoring the first Portland run

Keury De La Cruz

Keury De La Cruz

Carlos Asuaje

Carlos Asuaje

Manuel Margot works on sprinting

Manuel Margot works on sprinting

Manuel Margot in the dugout

Manuel Margot in the dugout

Luis Martinez

Luis Martinez

Olympian Julie Clukey

Olympian Julie Clukey

Second baseman Harold Castro

Second baseman Harold Castro

Austin Green eyes a foul popup

Austin Green eyes a foul popup

infield grounds crew

infield grounds crew

Shortstop JaCoby Jones throws to first

Shortstop JaCoby Jones throws to first

Sam Travis

Sam Travis

Dean Green (big numbers in the Eastern League this season)

Dean Green (big numbers in the Eastern League this season)

 

 

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Rusney Castillo sighted at Portland as Binghamton forces Game Five with 11-4 win in Eastern League playoffs

Boston Red Sox prospect Rusney Castillo looks out from the Portland Sea Dogs dugout

Boston Red Sox prospect Rusney Castillo looks out from the Portland Sea Dogs dugout

Keury De La Cruz and Rusney Castillo

Keury De La Cruz and Rusney Castillo

(Portland ME) I hoped for better.

I decided to take in Game Four of the Eastern League playoffs because I wanted to be at Hadlock Field when the Sea Dogs reached the EL finals.

I also wanted to get a good look at Red Sox newcomer Rusney Castillo.

Well, the Rusney Castillo part worked out.  The other part fell apart after Portland starter Mike Augliera loaded the bases with Binghamton Mets in the fifth inning with no outs.

Sea Dogs manager Billy McMillon twice signaled for relief thereafter and found none.  Mike McCarthy and Peter Ruiz?  Couldn’t have done worse.  Walks, hit batsmen, and hits, and before you knew it a 2-2 game after four innings was an 11-2 laugher two innings later.  The final score was 11-4.

It was a disappointment but there is tomorrow in this best-of-five series and that decisive game will be played at Hadlock Field.

Rusney Castillo played center field for the Sea Dogs

Rusney Castillo played center field for the Sea Dogs

I did get a good look at recently signed ($72 million) Rusney Castillo.  I would describe him as short, thin-waisted but powerfully built.  He never got on base in this game so I never got a chance to see any of the blazing speed he apparently has.

I am sure that Rusney is a little bit dazed by all that has happened.  He signed the big-money contract on August 23rd and then went to play in A ball in the Gulf Coast League.  Next he joined Portland.  That, so far, has meant two games in Binghamton (NY) and a seven-hour bus-ride to Portland for a 6PM game on Friday and a noon game today.  I suspect after tomorrow Rusney will move on to Pawtucket for the International League finals versus Durham.  At least it has given a lot of Red Sox fans a chance to see a highly-publicized player up close before he starts his career in Boston.  

Rusney smiled at the fans pre-game but didn’t sign autographs.  He seems to have bonded with leftfielder Keury De La Cruz during his short stay in Portland.

Fortunately for me, Rusney spent his in-the-dugout time down the end where the photographer’s were.  That gave this amateur plenty of chances to get a decent picture of him.  

Did it make a difference in the game?  I’m not sure but when I arrived, 1 1/2 hours before game time, the B-Mets were taking batting practice.  The team had just four hits in Friday night’s 6-3 loss.  Normally you don’t see a team taking batting practice before a noon game, but with elimination pending batting practice was called and it paid off with thirteen hits and eleven runs.  Maybe Portland should take BP tomorrow?

I succeeded in getting a picture of the B-Mets Brandon Nimmo.  Brandon was a first-round pick of the Mets in 2011.  The 21-year-old third baseman can hit.  He is from Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Bad start dooms Slugger

Bad start dooms Slugger

Another happy fan gets the best of Slugger

Another happy fan gets the best of Slugger

I have noted the running skills of Sea Dogs mascot Slugger every time I’m at Hadlock.  I always like his chances when I see the size of his around-the-bases running opponent.  They’re always small but never small enough that they can’t beat the easily-distracted Slugger.  Today the very social mascot found a need as the race started to get some batting tips over by the Binghamton dugout.  But he did and off raced his diminutive, full-speed opponent to a big lead.  Slugger was great once he was underway on the bases but that early chat did him in.  Why would he need batting tips anyhow?  My suggestion to the Sea Dogs management would be that his uniform number should be changed from 1 to 2 because that is where he’s finished every time I’ve watched.

Rusney Castillo smiled but didn't sign

Rusney Castillo smiled but didn’t sign

Seriously, another good time at Hadlock. The visit arranged for me late Friday night by the always-affable Chris Cameron.  I really appreciate it.

A crowd of over three thousand was on hand.  The game was originally scheduled for 6PM.  Changing the time to noon avoided the showers forecast but probably forced some fans to miss the game.  

I was surprised by how quiet the crowd was.  I could understand it after the team was down 11-2 but not before that.  I think that the Sea Dogs could use the boost.

Sean Coyle was hit by a pitch.  I think on the forearm.  I predict that Sean will start 2014 at Pawtucket.  Playing second base isn’t going to get him to Boston any time soon but maybe he’ll be a multi-position player like Brock Holt and Mookie Betts.

Good luck to the Sea Dogs tomorrow in Game Five.

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

Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

singer of the National Anthem

singer of the National Anthem

Sean Coyle after getting hit by a pitch

Sean Coyle after getting hit by a pitch

Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

Brian Burgamy

Brian Burgamy

intense Sean Coyle

intense Sean Coyle

Keury De La Cruz

Keury De La Cruz

Heiker Meneses

Heiker Meneses

Rusney Castillo prepares to bat

Rusney Castillo prepares to bat

Catcher Carson Blair homered for Portland

Catcher Carson Blair homered for Portland

Brandon Nimmo

Brandon Nimmo

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