The Red Sox Begin The Final Month Against the Twins

After a successful road trip, the Red Sox begin the final month against the Twins at Fenway. While most of the league had games on Monday, the Red Sox had the day off, and with that, started their September call ups. With the rosters expanding to 40 players, many regulars will get some much needed rest. This will also allow younger players to get playing time, and to show the team and fans what they have to offer.

Tuesday night begins the three game set against the first place Minnesota Twins. Right now, they are 85-52 in the American League Central. Behind them, is the Cleveland Indians, who are 6 games back. After the Twins come to Boston, the New York Yankees come to town for a weekend series. Both series are crucial for the Red Sox as they look to try and get a wild card spot.

The Twins Come To Fenway

Game one against the first place Twins will have Rick Porcello up against Randy Dobnak. Porcello last pitched against the Twins on June 17th. He got the win in the game, going 7 innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 batters. Dobnak is making his 4th Major League start, as he made his debut back on August 9th. This will be his first MLB start. Last time he pitched was against the Detroit Tigers, where he pitched one inning allowing 2 hits and striking out 3 batters.

Eduardo Rodriguez will have the ball for Boston in game two against Jose Berrios. Like Porcello, Rodriguez also faced Minnesota in June. He pitched on June 19th, and earned the win in the game. Rodriguez went 7 innings allowing 4 runs off of 8 hits while striking out 9 batters. Berrios pitched against Boston on June 17th, and despite going 8 innings, he got the loss in the game. He went 8 innings, allowing 5 hits and one earned run.

The final game at Fenway will feature Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Perez. Eovaldi will be making his 4th start since coming off of the injured list. The last time he pitched was on August 30th against the Angels, where he went 4 innings, allowing one run off of 3 hits. Last time Perez pitched for the Twins was on August 31st against Detroit. He went 2.2 innings, allowing 7 earned runs off of 9 hits.

Can The September Call Ups Help Boston?

Prior to the game on September 1st, the Red Sox called up some key players that they hope can help them in the final month of the season. Ryan Weber, Jhoulys Chacin, Travis Lakins and Hector Velazquez got the call from Pawtucket to help in the bullpen. Catcher Juan Centeno, and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez were also called up from the minors.

With the minor league season over, the roster will be expanding even more. The Pawtucket Red Sox won their final game thanks to a walk off two run home run in the 10th inning from Cole Sturgeon. That home run was his 3rd of the game. The Portland Sea Dogs lost their final game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 8-7.

The Salem Red Sox won their last game against the Carolina Mud Hens. Now, the Salem Sox will be facing the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Mills Cup Semi Finals starting on Wednesday. The Lowell Spinners are also in the postseason as well. Their last regular season game was a 4-2 win against the Connecticut Tigers. Lastly, the Greenville Drive finished their season with a loss on Sunday, and a cancelled game on Monday due to rain.

How Will Boston Do In The Final Month of the Season?

With the final month of the season starting with a 4-3 win in Anaheim, the Red Sox are looking to continue their win streak tonight. However, the Twins and Yankees are heating up, and are looking to dominate the rest of the season so they can get home field advantage in the postseason. The Red Sox are looking to play spoilers to these two teams before heading to Toronto and Philadelphia next week.

Fisher Cats Outlast Sea Dogs in Slugfest

Manchester, NH – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (35-55) scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back, defeating the Portland Sea Dogs (42-45), 15-8, Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The series is now tied at one game apiece.

Northeast Delta Dental Stadium

Lourdes Gurriel and Harold Ramirez, who each had 4 RBI, led New Hampshire’s 18-hit attack. LHP Shane Dawson (2-9) worked five innings on nine hits and six runs (four earned) to notch the win.
Mike Olt reached base five times for Portland, nailing a two-run double during a 3-run first inning for Portland. New Hampshire sent 10 to the plate in the first, scoring six times off Trey Ball (L, 3-8).  Ball lasted 1+ on nine hits and eight runs, suffering his second loss this month.
Ramirez extended New Hampshire’s lead to 8-3 with a two-run single off Jake Drehoff in the second.  The Fisher Cats added four runs on five hits in the fourth inning off Drehoff.
Portland scored five unanswered runs, and scored seven runs with two outs. In the fifth, Jeremy Barfield led off with a towering homer, his ninth of the season. The ‘Dogs added two runs on a shortstop’s error and a bunt-single from Danny Mars (3-for-6). Cole Sturgeon brought the ‘Dogs within four runs with a two-run double.
New Hampshire put the game away in the seventh, scoring three times off Luis Ysla.
Kender Villegas worked the final three innings on just one hit to earn his first save of the season.

Finishing Up in The Granite State

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats play a doubleheader on Saturday night beginning at 6:05 PM from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. RHP Elih Villanueva and RHP Taylor Grover start for Portland. New Hampshire has RHP Francisco Rios in the opener and TBA for the second game. Radio coverage with Mike Antonellis begins at 5:50 PM.
 
Tickets for Portland’s next homestand on July 17-23 can be purchased at 207-879-9500 and seadogs.com. Press release courtesy of the Portland Sea Dogs.

Sea Dogs Earn Series Victory Over Trenton

After splitting a twin bill on Saturday afternoon, the Portland Sea Dogsseries victory entered Sunday’s rubber match with an opportunity to earn the series victory against the Trenton Thunder and take over the #1 slot in the Eastern League.

However, it did not start out looking that way. Early in the game, Trenton got to Portland starter Trey Ball. They scored two runs apiece in the second and fourth inning. In the fifth, Mike Ford doubled for Trenton to bring home Thairo Estrada, extending the lead to 5-0. That would be all for the Sea Dogs tall lefty. He was replaced by Luis Ysla.

As the innings waned, Portland’s bats emerged. In the bottom of the sixth, former Chicago Cub Mike Olt led off the inning with a solo home run. It would be a sign of things to come from the journeyman infielder. Later on, shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin also hit a towering home run; this one down the right field line.

After Heiker Meneses hit into a line drive double-play to end the seventh, Austin Maddox threw a scoreless eighth to keep the game at 5-2. However, the heart of the Sea Dogs order—Olt, Rafael Devers, and Nick Longhi—went down in order in the eighth.

Following another scoreless inning by Sea Dogs reliever, Jamie Callahan, the home team had one final chance to come back and earn the victory. To begin the inning, Lin reached first on an errant throw. Catcher, Jake DePew, then popped out. However, #9 hitter, Joseph Monge, smacked a long 2-run home run down the left field line that barely stayed fair, prompting a visit from Trenton manager. Finally, the top of the order was up with only one out and only a one-run deficit. The speedy Aneury Tavarez doubled on a softly hit ball through the left infield gap. Meneses followed with a single and advanced on a stolen base after a Cole Sturgeon strikeout. This put both the tying and winning run in scoring position with two outs for Mike Olt.

And wasting no time, Olt smashed the ball into right-center field, but it was almost caught by Trenton’s Rashad Crawford. However, the ball fell to the warning track and plated both Meneses and Tavarez, giving Portland the victory.

The fog horn blew and Portland improved to 9-5, giving them sole position of first place in the division. They opened up a series against last-place Hartford on Monday with Jacob Dahlstrand taking the mound.