Portland Beats Hartford, Slugs Five Home Runs

Portland, Maine – The Sea Dogs (44-50) were propelled by a season-high five home runs, as Portland beats Hartford (44-51) 12-6 in the series opener on Thursday night at Hadlock Field. 

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The win ended the Sea Dogs’ five-game losing streak and also ended the Yard Goats’ six-game win streak.
 
Hartford got off two a hot start on a solo homer by Max White on the second pitch of the game by Elih Villanueva. Two batters later Drew Weeks homered to make it 2-0 ‘Goats.
 
Portland quickly responded in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run by Chad De La Guerra off of Parker French.
 
Jordan Procyshen hit an opposite-field three-run homer in the second to extend the ‘Dogs lead to 5-2, then Portland brought all nine to the plate in a six-run third.  Mike Olt hit a three-run homer, Procyshen pulled a RBI double down the right field line, then Danny Mars hit a two-run blast to make it 11-2.
 
Parker French (7-8) went 2.2 innings and allowed 11 runs on nine hits.  In two starts against Portland this year, French has allowed eight home runs.
 
Hartford started to climb back, adding a run in the fourth and three more on a home run by Stephen Cardullo in the fifth to cut the deficit to 11-6.
 
Villanueva (4-3) allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings while walking one and striking out five in the victory.  Josh Smith (three innings) and Jake Cosart (one inning) combined to pitch the final four innings and did not allow a hit.
 
Jeremy Barfield hit a solo homer in the sixth off of Troy Nieman to make it a 12-6 ballgame.
 
All nine Sea Dogs had at least one hit.  Olt finished a triple shy of the cycle while De La Guerra, Barfield, and Procyshen each had two hits apiece.

The Road Ahead

 Portland and Hartford play a doubleheader Friday at Hadlock Field, first pitch in game one is scheduled for 5:00 PM.
Radio coverage on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network begins at 4:45 PM. MiLB.TV starts at 4:55 PM.

Jeremy Barfield Walks Off Sea Dogs With Grand Slam

Portland, Maine – Jeremy Barfield hit a walk-off grand slam off of Justin Shafer and the Sea Dogs (38-43) defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (34-51) 8-7 on Thursday night at Hadlock Field. Barfield is the youngest son of former big leaguer Jesse Barfield.
Jeremy Barfield
Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Deiner Lopez and Mike Olt singled, then Rafael Devers walked to load the bases with one out. Facing an 0-2 count, Barfield sent a hanging slider from Shafer over the Maine Monster in left for the game winner – his seventh homer of the season.
 
Jake Cosart (3-2) earned the win after stranding the bases loaded in a scoreless ninth.
 
Trevor Kelly made his Double-A debut and worked 2.1 innings of relief, also getting out of a major jam in the eighth when the Fisher Cats loaded the bases with one out and only ended up with one run after Kelly induced a 4-6-3 double play from Ryan McBroom.
 
Conner Greene (ND) was excellent in the start for New Hampshire. Greene allowed three earned runs on nine hits and fanned six in the victory.  He also tied a season low with just one walk.  Sea Dogs’ starter Teddy Stankiewicz (ND) allowed six earned runs on a career-high-tying 12 hits in 5.2 innings.  He walked two and struck out two.
 
Tim Lopes set a new season high with four hits and two RBIs, extending his hit streak to nine games in the process.  Guillotte had three hits and a walk and scored three runs, Urena reached base three times and scored twice while driving in two.  New Hampshire had 15 hits including a season-high six doubles by six different players.
 
Jeremy Barfield finished with four hits, four RBIs, and two runs. Henry Urrutia, Chad De La Guerra, Cole Sturgeon, and Deiner Lopez each had two hits apiece.
 
However, Brock Holt finished 0-for-4 in his second straight game on rehab assignment from the Boston Red Sox.

Weekend Series Ahead

Portland opens a weekend series against the Reading Fightin Phils with a doubleheader Friday at Hadlock Field at 5 pm. LHP Trey Ball is scheduled to start for Portland in game one against RHP John Richy of Reading.  Tickets can still be purchased online at SeaDogs.com or by phone at 879-9500.
Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 4:45 PM and watch on MiLB.TV starting at 4:55 PM.

Sea Dogs Doubleheader Ends In Sweep of Hartford

Hartford, CT – The Portland Sea Dogs doubleheader Saturday ended with a sweep of the Hartford Yard Goats, winning 1-0 and 10-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 6,752 fans at Dunkin Donuts Park.
 

Game 1 recap

In game one, Denier Lopez accounted for the lone run, blasting a two-out solo homer off Jack Wynkoop in the third inning. The homer was the third for Lopez, but his first off a left-handed pitcher.
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Teddy Stankiewicz (3-3) earned his first win since May 21st, working six scoreless on six hits, no walks and five strikeouts to earn the win. Williams Jerez worked the seventh for his third save of the season.
Wynkoop tossed a complete game in the loss, yielding six hits, one walk and fanning three.

Game 2 recap

Mike Olt had a terrific doubleheader in his home state. After going 3-for-3 in game one, Mike clocked a two-out homer (#11) in the second, giving the ‘Dogs a 1-0 lead. Hartford responded, tying the game on Jan Vazquez’s RBI single.
The ‘Dogs scored four times in the third off Parker French (6-7), receiving back-to-back homers by Chad De La Guerra (3-run shot) and Rafael Devers (#17). De La Guerra hit his first Double-A homer.
After a two-run third for Hartford, the ‘Dogs receive a two-run homer by Danny Mars, knocking French out of the game, and giving the ‘Dogs a 7-3 lead.
Elih Villanueva (2-1) worked five innings on six hits and three runs to earn the win. Bobby Poyner closed out the game with two perfect innings.
Cole Sturgeon went 3-for-3 and delivered a two-out RBI in the fifth to give Portland an 8-3 lead. Devers added an RBI single int the sixth and the ‘Dogs scored an unearned run in the seventh.
Portland and Hartford continue their four-game series on Sunday night beginning at 6:35 PM from Dunkin Donuts Park. LHP Trey Ball (2-6, 5.11) makes his 14th start of the season. RHP Ryan Castellani (5-7, 5.31) is on the hill for Hartford.
Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 6:20 PM and watch on MiLB.TV starting at 6:30 PM.

Red Sox Prospects All-Mid-Season Team

As the month of July begins, we created an All-Star team for Red Sox Prospects who

Red Sox Prospectshave spent the entire season within the organization. However, we did not include players from Lowell as their season just began a few weeks ago.

Without further ado, here is the complete list.

 

Starting Rotation

Jalen Beeks – LHP – Portland/Pawtucket

Bryan Mata – RHP – Greenville

Brian Johnson – LHP – Pawtucket/Boston

Roniel Raudes – RHP – Salem

Teddy Stankiewicz – RHP – Portland

Bullpen

Austin Maddox – RHP – Portland/Pawtucket/Boston

Jamie Callahan – RHP – Portland/Pawtucket

Bobby Poyner – LHP – Salem/Portland

Pat Goetze – RHP – Greenville

Josh Smith – LHP – Portland/Pawtucket

Shaun Anderson – RHP – Greenville/Salem

Lineup

CF – Danny Mars – Portland

2B – Chad de la Guerra – Salem/Portland

DH – Rafael Devers – Portland

LF – Bryce Brentz – Pawtucket

3B – Michael Chavis – Salem/Portland

1B – Josh Ockimey – Salem

SS – Tzu-Wei Lin – Portland/Boston

RF – Ryan Scott – Greenville

C – Austin Rei – Greenville

Bench

OF – Steve Selsky – Pawtucket/Boston

INF – CJ Chatham – Greenville

C – Jordan Procyshen – Portland

Util – Heiker Meneses – Portland/Pawtucket

Red Sox Prospects Breakdown

While some of the decisions were very difficult to make, certain players stood out because of their tremendous performances. For example, Rafael Devers and his 16 home runs, Michael Chavis and his .300+ batting average. Then, of course, Jalen Beeks and his 1.1 K’s per inning. Just to name a few.

Similarly, young stars in Low-A ball like Bryan Mata and Austin Rei have consistently excelled, making way for potential second-half call-ups to High-A Salem. Meanwhile, Tzu-Wei Lin and Austin Maddox have already exceeded expectations and played in Boston.

Additionally, players such as Jordan Procyshen and Ryan Scott have come out the woodwork and become solid contributors at their respective positions. Further, Procyshen shines defensively and Ryan Scott has hit for consistent average all year.

Michael Chavis Promoted to Double-A Portland

According to sources from The Boston Globe and SoxProspects.com, Red Sox infield prospect Michael Chavis is being promoted to Double-A Portland. Infielder Chad de la Guerra is also being promoted to the Sea Dogs, who begin a homestand Friday.

In Salem, Chavis was hitting .318 with 17 home runs, 17 doubles, and 55 RBI in 59 games. De la Guerra was hitting .294 with 5 homers and 36 RBI.

Michael Chavis

Both will join a Portland infield that already includes top prospect Rafael Devers, Nick Longhi, Tzu-Wei Lin, and journeyman Mike Olt. Many speculate that this move is a precursor to the promotion of Devers (.297, 14 HR) to Triple-A Pawtucket. However, it remains to be seen what the Red Sox plan to do with their top talent.

Chavis and Devers could end up splitting some time short term, much like they did in 2015 with Greenville. There is no question that these two are special players, but their long-term development is ultimately the most important goal.

Prospects on the Move

This move follows what has already been a dynamic spring for the Red Sox farm system. So far, the Sea Dogs alone have seen the likes of Jalen Beeks, Ty Buttrey, Aneury Tavarez, Jamie Callahan, Austin Maddox, and Heiker Meneses move up to Triple-A and beyond. Likewise, Travis Lakins, Josh Tobias, Bobby Poyner, and now Chavis have left Salem for the Pine Tree State. Sam Travis made is major league debut as well.

These moves are also in the foreground of what could be an interesting trade season for the big league club. While it’s unlikely the Red Sox would trade someone like Devers or Jay Groome, other prospects could be on the move.

Despite all the ambiguity, one thing is certain. Michael Chavis, Chad de la Guerra, Rafael Devers, and others have performed exceptionally this season. And as many Red Sox fans worried about the longevity of the farm system, a renaissance has been born.