Portland Sea Dogs Win Four-Game Series Against Rock Cats

After dropping the first game of the series, the Portland Sea Dogs were able to win three straight, including a 4-2 victory on Sunday, to defeat the New Britain Rock Cats in their four-game set at New Britain Stadium in New Britain, CT.

Portland responded in a big way after being defeated in the series opener, scoring 13 times in a wild comeback victory on Friday night.Portland Sea Dogs

The Sea Dogs entered the seventh inning trialling New Britain by a score of 10-4, and received a RBI single by Oscar Tejada and a grand slam from designated hitter Tim Roberson to bring Portland within a run. The Rock Cats responded with a run of their own off Sea Dogs’ reliever Kyle Martin in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 11-9, but Portland was able to rally for two more runs in the ninth to tie the score.

Roberson stepped to the plate in the 10th inning with two runners on and needing just a triple to complete the third cycle in Sea Dogs’ history, and delivered with a three-base hit to center field that scored Jantzen Witte and Oscar Tejeda to give Portland the 13-11 lead.

“Just one of those nights, I saw the ball well,” Roberson told Kelsie Heneghan of MiLB.com. “Almost speechless and never expected that, but I’m blessed and happy that we got the win, most importantly. To do it at the professional level, and at the place I’m in here and in this moment, I’ll definitely remember this one for the rest of my life.”

Portland wasted no time in the series’ third game, scoring five times in the first inning and never looking back. They added two more in the second on a Witte home run and a sacrifice fly by Keury De La Cruz, and scored single runs in the third and fourth to win by a final score of 9-4.

Justin Haley took the mound for the Sea Dogs for Sunday’s rubber game, and was able to earn his first victory of the season after tossing six innings and allowing just two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out eight.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the fifth inning, Blake Tekotte hit a two-run homer to give Portland the 3-1 lead, his first home run of the season. Carlos Asuaje added a RBI single in the seventh, to give Portland the 4-2 lead.

The Sea Dogs have an off-day Monday before returning to Hadlock Field to take on the Altoona Curve for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night at 6:00 PM.

Carlos Asuaje: Quietly Consistent

Carlos AsuajeAlthough the Boston Red Sox roster is now loaded with talented rookies, there are more to come. Most of the Boston Red Sox top prospects, as of right now, are in the upper minors and are on the verge of making their debuts in the show. Looking further down on the farm, there is still plenty of talent. For example, look at low-A Greenville. In Greenville Manuel Margot and Trey Ball may be all the craze, but there are a number of other talented prospects on the team. One of these men is third baseman Carlos Asuaje, who Boston drafted in the 11th round of last year’s draft.
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Asuaje, 22, is undersized at 5 ft. 9 in., weighing 160 lbs., but he plays like he is the biggest guy on the field. Showing some serious power potential at the plate in a very productive year all around, it is no wonder why he is starting to gain attention. On the year Asuaje is hitting .312 in 87 games while boasting a .399 OBP and smacking 35 extra base hits. Clipping 11 home runs, 10 triples and 24 doubles, he leads the South Atlantic League in slugging percentage, and at .557 is 30 points higher than the next highest man who is still active in the league.
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Luckily, the lefty has no odd splits. He hits lefties just as well as righties and plays well at home and on the road. Carlos Asuaje is a guy who consistently plays well and posts impressive numbers wherever he goes.  The power seems to be new with him, but it is definitely a great sign as he has always made solid contact. It is good to see him developing power as it is an aspect of the game that separates good from great.

In the field, Asuaje is as versatile as they come. Playing second and third base, shortstop and outfield, there is not much more anyone can ask out of him. He plays all these positions well, making him a valuable asset to any team. Perhaps he could provide his services to the Salem Red Sox soon since he has already proved the South Atlantic League is much too easy for him.
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Even though he is not talked about as much as Henry Owens, Carlos Asuaje is a legitimate prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization. Expect him to shoot up prospect lists for the Red Sox by the end of this year and expect his name to be very relevant to the future of the Boston Red Sox in 2016.