Final, Sea Dogs 7, Thunder 4: Brock Huntzinger on in relief for Portland, looking to close the door on the Sea Dogs first win of 2013. First pitch Roller sends to right-center, but Hissey tracks it down for out number one. Segedin goes down looking on a pitch he thought was ball four. Pirela pops to short to end this game and get the fireworks popping in center with the lighthouse.
Bottom 8th inning, Sea Dogs 7, Thunder 4: Wilkerson strikes out to lead off. Bogaerts grounds out to second, yet almost benefits from another booted ball. Some guys have all the luck...but not all the time! Ryan Dent, in his first at-bat of the season, grounds to short, but reaches on an error when Roller can't squeeze the throw at first. It's the sixth Thunder E of the night. Thomas Ks to end the inning on a nice 74mph hook by Aaron Dott.
Top 8th inning, Sea Dogs 7, Thunder 4: Ryan Dent replaces Drew at shortstop. Another 95mph K from Martin, this time Ibarra suffers the wrath. Heathcott finally reaches base on a broken bat single that Dent couldn't handle at short. Dent is then challenged on a shallow fly behind second, just missing on an all-out dive. Martin handles the rest with two more Ks, giving Sea Dogs pitching 16 on the night. Per the Sea Dogs, that's the most since 7/11/11 when they had 17 against New Hampshire.
Bottom 7th inning, Sea Dogs 7, Thunder 4: After finishing the inning in the field, the rehabbing Stephen Drew ran out to the clubhouse in right field, signaling a possible return to the Red Sox in the wake of Jose Iglesias' bruised right arm. At least for his sake the dome in Toronto is heated, as opposed to the early April night's of Portland.
Back to the action, Almanzar with a leadoff single and Vazquez with a flyout to right. Meneses grounded to third with only a play at second possible and Hissey, first-pitch swinging, grounds to the pitcher.
Top 7th inning, Sea Dogs 7, Thunder 4: Martin forced Segedin into a first-pitch swinging fly out to center. It was the first non-strikeout out of a Thunder batter since the fourth inning (6 straight K outs). Pirela gets the K-train back on track, Martin's fourth. Martin then dumps Medchill with a 95mph inside heat...speaking of inside heat, sure could use some in the box! Trenton has not recorded a hit since Medchill's second inning home run.
Bottom 6th inning, Sea Dogs 7, Thunder 4: Bogaerts leads off with a fly out to left field. Drew laces a double off the right-centerfield wall but then Thomas and Shaw strikeout to strand him.
Top 6th inning, Sea Dogs 7, Thunder 4: Chris Martin, all 6'7" of him, now on for the Sea Dogs. Workman solid in four of his five innings of work, throwing 85 pitches allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out 9. All four runs allowed in the second inning were earned. Martin notches the tenth Thunder K of the night, putting down Flores for the third time on strikes. Austin becomes Martin's second strikeout victim. A walk to Murphy the only flaw of Martin's inning as he Ks Roller to end the inning. 12 Ks on the night for Sea Dogs pitchers.
Bottom 5th inning, Sea Dogs 7, Thunder 4: For the second straight inning Vazquez draws the leadoff walk after running the count full. Meneses grounds one up the middle, shortstop Walter Ibarra makes a nice diving stop before the ball goes into center, backhanding it to Pirela for the force at second. Meneses snatches second base on the first pitch to Hissey who eventually draws a walk. Meneses is then caught stealing third base before Wilkerson grounds to first to end the inning.
Top 5th inning, Sea Dogs 7, Thunder 4: Workman starts the fifth off with a strikeout of Neil Medchill, his seventh of the game. And number eight comes next in the form of Walter Ibarra. Then dials up a third K of leadoff man Slade Heathcott.
Bottom 4th inning, Sea Dogs 7, Thunder 4 : Christian Vazquez worked the count full before drawing a leadoff walk. Meneses singled and Vazquez advanced to third on a botched pickoff attempt at second base by catcher J.R. Murphy. Peter Hissey's first hit of the year scored Vazquez to tie the game. Wilkerson skied one behind the plate that Murphy handled. Bogaerts grounded back to the pitcher, but first baseman Kyle Roller mishandled the throw and for the second time tonight Xander reached on a sure-out error. Drew followed with a sac-fly to center, scoring Meneses to make it 5-4 Portland, knocking starter Zach Nuding from the game. Jeremy Bleich on to pitch for the Thunder...And this game is officially taking too long, per my numb fingers attempt to type...Tony Thomas singles to left scoring Hissey. Shaw follows with a slow single up through center, scoring Bogaerts. Michael Almanzar, the ninth batter of the inning, ends things with a 6-4 groundout.
Top 4th inning, Thunder 4, Sea Dogs 3: Workman gets another 1-2-3 inning, although this time without a strikeout. He only needed 11 pitches and has worked 68 tosses through four innings. As the weather continues to dip in Portland, it will be interesting to see how long he gets out there tonight, but with eight straight outs, he could have bought himself a bit more time.
Bottom 3rd inning, Thunder 4, Sea Dogs 3: Xander Bogaerts flares a single to right field on an 0-2 count, then moves up to second on a failed pickoff attempt from catcher J.R. Murphy. Drew's grounder to second moves Bogaerts over and a wild pitch in Tony Thomas' at-bat gets Xander home. Thomas worked a walk. Travis Shaw flied out to Ramon Flores in left, as did Michael Almazar. The wind has been wreaking havoc on high fly balls, but Flores has done a solid job at getting to those his way, although it hasn't been pretty.
strong>Top 3rd inning, Thunder 4, Sea Dogs 2: Workman started the inning with a 9 pitch strikeout of Ramon Flores, working his pitch count up to 50 while notching his 6th K. A quick three-pitch at-bat to Tyler Austin ends in a fly-out to left. Stephen Drew comes up with a nice play to end the inning, charging in on a grounder up the middle. Workman up to 57 pitches, 35 for strikes.
Bottom 2nd inning, Thunder 4, Sea Dogs 2: Heiker Meneses goes down swinging. Peter Hissey takes a 3-1 pitch to left, but the wind knocks the ball down before it could threaten the Maine Monster. Wilkerson pops one into orbit, creating another adventure for the fielders, but unlike the first inning, the Thunder were able to get to them in the second for a 1-2-3 inning.
Top 2nd inning, Thunder 4, Sea Dogs 2: After an 0-2 count, Workman loses J.R. Murphy to a walk and Kyle Roller followed with a flared-single to left that moved Murphy up to third with no outs. After an eight pitch strikeout of Rob Segedin, Jose Pirela flared an opposite field shot down into the right field corner, scoring two on a triple. Following up Pirela was Neil Medchill who put a charge into a Workman fastball, sending it over the centerfield fence for a two-run homer...and as quickly as the Sea Dogs got the lead, it was gone. Workman K'd the next two batters, including Heathcott once more, but has already tossed 41 pitches through two.
1st inning, Sea Dogs 2, Thunder 0: Brandon Workman came out firing for the Sea Dogs. A 94-mph heater opening pitch went for a swing and a miss and from there he ratcheted things up to around 97-mph, striking out the first two batters and ending the inning on a 4-3 putout.
Workman got instant backing on the offensive side of things, with thanks to some unsure fielding by the Thunder. Both Xander Bogaerts and Stephen Drew reached on infield errors that seemed to be routine outs, loading the bases with no outs. Tony Thomas' sac-fly to center, which Slade Heathcott made a nice diving catch on, scored Shannon Wilkerson from third for the game's first run. A Michael Almanzar high fly to shallow center turned into a different adventure for Heathcott, who couldn't play it properly with the wind, allowing it to drop in front of him while Bogaerts came around from second base.
Pregame: The Sea Dogs are hoping that last night's 13-5 drubbing was just a case of Opening Night jitters. The Thunder launched three home runs and also benefited from five Portland errors. Prior to tonight's game the coaches had the infielders working incessantly on ground balls...the results were mixed, but hopefully the point was made.
Brandon Workman, last season's Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year, gets his sixth Double-A start, opposed by Zach Nuding, a 30th round selection of the Yankees in 2010. Last season Workman was 3-1 with a 3.96 ERA while with the Sea Dogs. In 25 innings of work he struck out 23 and walked 5.
Slade Heathcott CF
Ramon Flores LF
Tyler Austin RF
J.R. Murphy C
Kyle Roller 1B
Rob Segedin 3B
Jose Pirela 2B
Neil Medchill DH
Walter Ibarra SS
Zach Nuding RHP
Shannon Wilkerson CF
Xander Bogaerts DH
Stephen Drew SS
Tony Thomas LF
Travis Shaw 1B
Michael Almanzar 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Heiker Meneses 2B
Peter Hissey RF
Brandon Workman RHP
Game time: 6:00 p.m.
Radio: 95.5/95.9 FM WPEI Portland (available online HERE or via the 'Tune In Radio' app for smartphones and tablets)
Notes: Sox top prospect Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his season debut last night. It was the first time in his career that he batted in the designated hitters slot, which is where he will again be tonight because of Stephen Drew's rehab stint which is expected to run through the weekend. During batting practice Bogaerts mostly grounded balls right back up the box, or flared field liners to right field...Slade Heathcott, the New York Yankees #2 prospect per Baseball America, went 0-for-6 in the leadoff slot. Number 4 prospect, Tyler Austin, put in a 1-for-4 effort with a double, RBI and two runs scored...Newcomer Kyle Kaminska (acquired in a trade for Zach Stewart in the offseason) starts for Portland tomorrow against Trenton's Francisco Rondon at 1:00 p.m.
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