Portland Sea Dogs Fall Victim to Unearned Runs

Portland Sea Dogs

After a solid 4-1 series-opening victory against the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, New York on Monday night, the Portland Sea Dogs were unable to overcome three unearned runs and dropped the second game by a final score of 3-1.

Mike McCarthy got the start and took the hard-luck loss for Portland, allowing no earned runs on five hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings. The loss brings McCarthy’s record to Portland Sea Dogs2-3 on the season and his ERA currently sits at 5.32.

Portland took their first and only lead of the game in the top of the second inning, when center fielder Blake Tekotte notched and RBI single after Keury De La Cruz singled and Luis Martinez was hit by a pitch to set up runners at second and third. Tekotte has put up a respectable season for the ‘Dogs thus far, hitting .250/.337/.342 with six extra-base hits and nine runs batted in over 24 games.

Trouble for the Sea Dogs started in the bottom of the frame, when Josh Rodriguez singled on a ball to left field before advancing to second on a throwing error by Sea Dogs’ shortstop Mike Miller. Gavin Cecchini, brother of Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini, then singled to center field to put the Mets on the board.

Portland again found themselves in trouble in the bottom of the fifth after Met’s left fielder Jared King reached on a Mike McCarthy throwing error before advancing to second on another throwing error by Luis Martinez. After a Brandon Nimmo fly-out, Binghamton received RBI singles from both T.J. Rivera and Josh Rodriguez to push the score to 3-1, where it would stay for the remainder of the game.

William Cuevas (3-1, 3.44 ERA) will take the mound for the Sea Dogs opposite Rainy Lara (2-0, 2.91 ERA) in the third game of the series on Wednesday night at 6:35 PM. Portland returns home to take on the Colorado Rockies Double-A affiliate New Britain Rock Cats on Friday night at Hadlock Field.

 

Photo Credit: Kyle Leeds Photography

Portland Sea Dogs Win Home Opener Over Fightin Phils 4-2

Portland Sea Dogs

Jonathan Aro pitched three shutout innings in relief of Luis Diaz to earn the win and Keury De La Cruz got the scoring started with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, propelling the Portland Sea Dogs to a 4-2 Opening Day victory on Saturday against the Reading Fightin Phils.

After guaranteeing baseball would be played at Hadlock Field for Opening Day Portland Sea Dogson Thursday, April 9, the Portland Sea Dogs were forced to push back their home opener two days because of inclement weather. Fans who had tickets for the April 9 contest will receive two tickets for future games.

Sea Dogs’ third baseman, Mike Miller, led off the bottom of the first with a single to center field, and second baseman, Carlos Asuaje, followed with a nine pitch walk. After Henry Ramos popped out to Phil’s third baseman, Gustavo Pierre, Keury De La Cruz drilled a hanging breaking ball to right field for a three-run home run off Reading’s starter and MLB.com’s 38th ranked prospect, Aaron Nola.

Portland would add their fourth and final run of the contest in the bottom of the second inning. After first baseman, Jantzen Witte, drilled a two-out double to left field, Mike Miller hit a line drive single to left field to drive him in.

Boston’s 28th top prospect, according to SoxProspects.com, Luis Diaz, who turned 23 years old on April 9, got the start for Portland and performed well pitching four innings while allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Jonathan Aro came out of the bullpen in relief and pitched three shutout innings, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out one, en route to his first win of the season.

Due to the inclement weather postponing Thursday and Friday’s attempts to open the season, this game was played as part of a single admission double-header on Saturday, with both contests scheduled for seven innings. The Sea Dogs dropped the second game to Reading by a score of 9-0 to split the twinbill.

Mike Miller: Deal of the Century?

mike millerAfter an impressive showing in the Alaska Baseball League and two strong campaigns at Cal Poly, the Boston Red Sox struck gold when they picked Mike Miller in the 9th round of the 2012 MLB draft. Signing him at just a $5,000 signing bonus, Miller might prove to be the deal of the century for Boston.
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Miller, a 24-year-old infielder for the Salem Red Sox, is having a great year after missing most of 2013 due to an injury. Last year in Greenville, Miller was limited to just 15 games, but racked up 16 hits in 45 at-bats, justifying a promotion for himself. In Salem this year, in 43 games totaling 165 at-bats, Miller is hitting .315 while boasting a .383 OBP.  His approach is advanced at the plate and the only drawback there is to Miller is a lack of power. Power is an overrated aspect of the game anyways, and it is good to have fast runners on base such as Miller for the power hitters to knock in home. Keep in mind Miller is just 5 ft 9 and weighs around 170 lbs so, he projects as a number two hitter, not a cleanup guy.

On defense, Miller is impressive no matter where he plays. At second base, third base, and shortstop, Miller holds his own making him a valuable option for any team. Time will tell where Mike Miller plays on a regular basis in the long run, but it certainly makes for an interesting resume playing so many positions.
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Now would be a great time to give Miller a promotion to AA Portland. Miller is older than most of his Carolina League counterparts and is far more advanced than them all around as well. The starting shortstop job in Portland is open, giving Miller a chance to prove himself against Eastern League competition. With his advanced approach at the plate, Miller should have no problems in the upper levels or the Minor Leagues because he gets on base whether it be a walk or a hit. Patient hitters at the plate tend to thrive longer than aggressive hitters at higher levels so, if this is true, then Mike Miller has a long successful career ahead of him.