Sea Dogs Forced To Modify Game Schedule Frequently

After starting out 5-0, the Portland Sea Dogs have been forced to only play six games. Likewise, they have not played a game since last Tuesday, in which they defeated Portland Sea Dogs game scheduleBinghamton 2-0. Weather has not been a friend to the Sea Dogs, causing many changes to the game schedule.

Games previously set for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were postponed. The first two were away match-ups versus the Rumble Ponies while Friday’s match-up was the first of three against the Trenton Thunder. It was also set to be the start of a six-game homestand. The postponement was Portland’s second moved home game of the year. They were previously forced to move the Opening Day game against Reading.

They got the chance to resume their schedule Saturday when they played a doubleheader beginning at 1 pm. Both games were against Trenton.

Portland Sea Dogs Modified Game Schedule

According to the Sea Dogs website, “tickets for Friday’s postponed game may be exchanged for tickets of equal or lesser value to any remaining 2017 Sea Dogs home game, subject to availability. Any questions regarding rained out tickets can be directed towards the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or tickets@seadogs.com.”

The Sea Dogs played a single-admission doubleheader on Saturday, April 22nd, which consisted of two seven-inning games. Tickets for April 22nd were good for both games of the doubleheader.

The Binghamton road games have been rescheduled to June and August.

Obviously, the Sea Dogs have been hard-pressed to continue what started as a historic season. Thus far, they have relied heavily on superb pitching performances—mainly from Teddy Stankiewicz and Jalen Beeks. Additionally, the Sea Dogs have benefited from the rising stardom of Rafael Devers and Danny Mars.

The grand thing about baseball is that there is usually a tomorrow.

The Sea Dogs split the doubleheader with Trenton on Saturday, 3-0 and 0-5 respectively. On Sunday, they walked off in a 6-5 thriller. Monday, Portland lost to Hartford 5-0. As for Tuesday’s game, it was moved to May 16th at 5:00 due to rain.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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Finally, I was able to attend a ballgame this past Wednesday night with a good friend of mine.  It was a perfect night, with perfect seats and, well, a not so perfect game.  However, I was thrilled to be there; the smells, the sights, the sounds, the fans and of course the team, the Boston Red Sox.  It was a good game to attend.  After all, Allen Webster would be brought up from the Paw Sox relieving Felix Doubront for the night, supposedly.  Johnny Gomes would hit a grand slam and Andrew Miller would strike out three players in his one and only inning.  Sounds great right? Not so much.  The Sox were hammered by the Twins, 15-8.  Allen Webster was only allowed an inning and two thirds until Farrell replaced him with Felix, and David Ortiz would end a 27 game hitting streak, striking out twice and hitting a grounder only to get an out at first.

But the 15-8 loss didn’t dissipate my spirits.  I was at the game and I was going to enjoy every bit of it no matter the situation. After all, I was at the game! It’s been such a long time and it was so incredibly invigorating. Walking down Yawkey Way into Gate D and into the stadium itself with all the fans in their blue, red and white getup was uplifting.  I remember telling my friend I felt like a kid in the candy store as we journeyed from the concession stands inside to the stadium outside.  The field looked so alive; the players so real. So what’s it worth? Okay, the Sox are on a major losing streak which is slightly annoying after all the hard work they put out in April, but so be it. It is what it is. Maybe they’ll come around and this truly is just a losing streak, but maybe they won’t. And if they don’t, well, it’s the coming together for a common cause – to watch the ballgame whether or not the team wins or loses that should be the reason to come to a game. It’s a night to remember.  A night to sit back and become accustomed to the smells of the fresh cut grass, and the sausages and onions, the fried dough and the sounds of the cheers and the boos that go along with each play.  Okay, so I didn’t have the famous ballpark frank (I am a vegan) but I did get myself to enjoy a couple of ice cold Buds.  I don’t even enjoy Budweiser normally, but I enjoy a good Bud at the game.

FREE PASS

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz delivers to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Saturday, March 23, 2013. Photo: Elise Amendola

It was the bottom of the third, I began to watch yesterday’s game. Mike Napoli was at bat. There were no outs and no one on base. The score, 2-1, Sox.

Napoli strikes out and Will Middlebrooks is up. Middlebrooks hits a triple rounding the bases to third. One out and Jarrod Saltalamacchia is up for the Sox. He hits an RBI and Middlebrooks runs home. The score now 3-1.  Two more pop flies to the outfield and the inning is over.

Today’s game was smooth and steady until Clay Buchholz allowed his first walk, FREE PASS, of the day, in the top of the sixth.

Junichi Tazawa walks to the mound and the day is called for Buchholz. Tazawa ends the inning as he allows one base hit for a double play. He seems quite impressive on the mound, but only until he walks two of the Pirate’s players (two FREE PASSES), at the top of the eighth. The score is still 3-1 and the Sox are up, but there are no outs. Manager John Farrell walks to the mound where Tazawa and catcher David Ross reside. Pitcher Anthony Carter takes over. The defensive team becomes sloppy all of a sudden and the dynamics shift.  A slap bunt to Xander Boegart causes an error in the field as he throws passed Mike Napoli to attempt the inning’s first out. The Pirates score two runs tying the game. WIth a man on second and the Pirates’, Alvarez up to bat, there is a chance to take the lead. Homerun! It is 5-3, Pirates.  With two outs and no man on base, Anthony Carter hands out another FREE PASS.  Fortunately nothing came of it but a walk to first base.

It’s the bottom of the eighth. Dustin Pedroia is up to bat.  Strike three! He swings and misses.  That’s four strike outs in the game for Pedroia with no hits. Mike Napoli also strikes out leaving today’s stats no better than Pedroia’s. We’ll have to rely on Jacob Ellsbury to get on base. Unfortunately he swings, misses and strikes out.  The bottom of the eighth is over.

It’s the top of the ninth.  Brock Huntzinger takes the mound.  He strikes out the first batter, but the Pirates’ Jose Tabata hits a double into the left field wall. Mercer strikes out, but Carter allows Felix Pie another FREE PASS.

The game didn’t get too interesting until Johnny Gomes took a hit to his left elbow. He ended up having to call it a day.

Pinch hitter, Brian Sweeney takes first and Blake Swihart takes to home plate. There is one out by Lyle Overbay. Swihart attempts a bunt down the third base line, but instead he pops the ball into the infield. It is carelessly dropped but the Pirates make a double play anyway.  No infield fly was called.

It was sheer chaos to end the game and it began with Junichi Tazawa’s two FREE PASSES he allowed at the top of the eighth.