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.

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.

Trey Ball Dazzles in 5-1 Win Over New Hampshire

Portland, Maine – Trey Ball (2-6) pitched six shutout innings, leading the Portland Sea Dogs (33-38) to a 5-1 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (31-44) on Monday night at Hadlock Field.

Trey Ball earned his first win at Hadlock Field, allowing just one hit, five walks and fanned one.
Trey Ball
Portland went right to work in the first inning off starter Francisco Rios (L, 3-6). Danny Mars led off with a walk and scored when Henry Urrutia reached on an error. Urrutia finished 1-for-4, 2 RBI, extending his hit and RBI streak to six straight games.
In the third with two outs, Jeremy Barfield delivered a two-out, two-run single to right field, making it 3-0.  In the seventh, the ‘Dogs added back-to-back RBI singles by Urrutia and Nick Longhi. The offense has performed well considering top producer Tzu-Wei Lin was recently promoted.
New Hampshire got their lone run in the eighth inning on an RBI ground out by Richard Urena.
Luis Ysla relieved Ball in the seventh inning with two runners on base, and escaped the inning without allowing a run. Ysla earned his third hold of the season, working two innings on one hit and one run.
Mars finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Chad De La Guerra went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Mars has upped his batting average to .315 over the homestand thus far.

Tuesday’s Matchup

The Sea Dogs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays’ affiliate) continue their four-game series on Tuesday night at Hadlock Field. RHP Travis Lakins makes the start for Portland. LHP Shane Dawson is on the hill for New Hampshire. New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett will be making a guest appearance. Tickets are available at seadogs.com or 207-879-9500.
Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 6:45 PM EST and watch on MiLB.TV starting at 6:55 PM.

Harrisburg Senators Win Series on Sunday

Portland, Maine – The Harrisburg Senators (32-41) led wire-to-wire and defeated the Sea

Harrisburg Senators Dogs (32-39) 11-4 in the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field.

 

Harrisburg scored in the top of the first for the second straight night. Darian Sandford led off the game with a walk, then Alec Keller doubled and Jose Marmolejos singled to score Sandford.  Raudy Reed followed with a sac fly to put the Senators up 2-0.
Elih Villanueva (1-3) received the loss and allowed five earned runs on seven hits in 3.1
innings.
Taylor Hill (3-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits in six innings to pick up the victory for Harrisburg. RC Orlan worked a scoreless seventh while Brady Dragmire pitched the final two innings and allowed a run on a single in the ninth by Danny Bethea.
The Senators had 15 hits in the ballgame, including a three-run homer by Mario Lisson off of Jacob Dahlstrand and a two-run shot by Drew Ward off of Jake Cosart. Five Senators finished with multi-hit games.
Michael Chavis went 2-for-3 or Portland with a double and a home run, his second of the season. Henry Urrutia had three hits and an RBI, Rafael Devers finished 1-for-2 with a single and three walks.

The Road Ahead

The Sea Dogs’ homestand continues as the N.H. Fisher Cats come to Portland for a four-game series beginning Monday night. LHP Trey Ball (1-6, 5.60) makes his 13th start of the season for Portland. Tickets are available at seadogs.com or 207-879-9500.
Eduardo Rodriguez will rehab with the team on Thursday.
Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 6:45 PM and watch on MiLB.TV starting at 6:55 PM.

Altoona Curve Grab the Series Finale Over the ‘Dogs

Altoona, PA – The Altoona Curve (35-29) scored four times in the fourth inning and Alex McRae (5-2) hurled seven innings, defeating the Portland Sea Dogs (29-32), 7-1 on Thursday afternoon at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Altoona Curve

McRae tossed seven innings on four hits, one run and fanned five, earning his first career win against Portland. LHP Trey Ball (1-6) suffered the loss, yielding eight hits and five runs over four innings pitched.

The Curve snapped a 1-1 tie with a four-run second against Ball. Zane Chavez snapped a 1-1 tie with a run-scoring single. Kevin Newman and Edwin Espinal added RBI hits in the frame. Altoona scored two in the eighth on a two-run homer by Jerrick Suiter.

The Altoona Curve took a 1-0 lead in the second inning against Ball. Kevin Newman delivered an RBI infield single, but Ball got out of the inning with a double play.

Rafael Devers tied the game in the fourth inning with a solo-homer to right field. Devers set a new career-high with his 12th homer, which leads the team.

LHP Jake Drehoff worked three scoreless in relief of Ball, allowing one hit and fanning two.

The Road Ahead

The Sea Dogs open up a three-game series on Friday night against the Akron RubberDucks (Indians affiliate) at Canal Park. RHP Jacob Dahlstrand (5-1, 5.79) makes his 13th appearance for the ‘Dogs in the series opener.  LHP Matt Whitehouse (2-3, 3.40) gets the starting nod for Akron. First pitch from Ohio is 7:00 PM.

Listen live on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 6:55 PM and watch on MiLB.TV starting at 6:55 PM.

Tickets for Portland’s next homestand on June 23-29 are available at seadogs.com or 207-879-9500.

Jalen Beeks Continues Eastern League Dominance

In a farm system notorious for developing young players, southpaw Jalen Beeks now finds himself as one of the organization’s top pitching prospects. At age 23, the 5’11” hurler has done nothing but produce since joining the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.jalen beeks

Like Andrew Benintendi, Beeks attended Arkansas. While a Razorback, Beeks also excelled, boasting a 1.07 WHIP and a 1.98 ERA in 81.2 IP his senior year. This impressive performance followed an elbow injury his junior year.

He was drafted in the 12th round in 2014. He played two-and-a-half seasons of rookie ball and A-ball. Beeks was called up to Portland in July 2016 and finished the season 5-4 with a 4.68 ERA in 65.1 innings pitched. This was after going 4-4 in 13 starts with a 3.07 ERA for High-A Salem.

But this season, he has been nothing but dominant. In seven starts, Beeks is 5-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched. He’s averaging almost six innings per start and 1.2 strikeouts per inning. And if it wasn’t for one start against Trenton back in April, Beeks would be 5-0 with an ERA of 0.51.

Baseball Mechanics and Jalen Beeks

Scouts look to his mechanics as a way to marginalize hitters. SoxProspects.com’s scouting report says Beeks “throws from the first-base side of the rubber. High three-quarters arm slot and stiff delivery with a lot of moving parts. Utilizes a high leg kick, then trunk twist and pause as he rocks back before coming forward. He also has an arm hook behind and lands stiff on his front side.”

When combined with Trey Ball and Teddy Stankiewicz, Beeks solidifies Portland’s rotation as one of the best in the Eastern League. The three starters have combined for a 2.91 ERA this season, and have led Portland in an already tight division race.

As for Beeks, however, his performance thus far is nothing short of spectacular. And while the Red Sox may call on Triple-A journeyman for rotation help, the young lefty could soon be called up to Pawtucket.

The pride of Prairie Grove, AR will strive to continue his dominance of the Eastern League.