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Live updates from Portland: Sea Dogs vs. Reading Fightin' Phils

Posted by Craig Forde  April 8, 2013 03:57 PM

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Final,Fightin' Phils 7, Sea Dogs 4: The top of the order looks to give the Sea Dogs a bit of hope. Wilkerson grounds to first to lead off the inning. Bogaerts goes down swinging. Gibson with a routine grounder to short to end this one.

Top of the ninth,Fightin' Phils 7, Sea Dogs 4: Miguel Abreu on to pinch hit for Sumoi laces a single past the dive of Meneses. Vazquez handles a tricky foul pop off the bat Mitchell for the first out. Brock Huntzinger comes on for the Sea Dogs. A Hewitt single gives the Fightins' first and second with one out and the top of the order upcoming. Cartwright punches one past Meneses, scoring Abreu to give the Fightins' the lead once more. Cartwright is gunned down trying to get to second on the throw home. Duran takes the very next offering over the left field wall for some insurance. Collier grounds to second to end the inning, but the damage is done as the Sea Dogs come to bat with one last shot.

Bottom of the eighth,Sea Dogs 4, Fightin' Phils 4: J.C. Ramirez on in relief for the Fightins'. Vazquez is a quick out, grounding off the pitchers glove to second base for out number one. Meneses strikes out for the second straight at-bat. Hissey reaches on an error as SS Duran cannot handle the grounder cleanly. Hissey steals second base, his first swipe of the season. Dent then goes down looking to end the inning.

Top of the eighth,Sea Dogs 4, Fightin' Phils 4: Duran singles to lead off the inning, then takes second on a stolen base following a strikeout of Collier (his third K of the game). Murphy becomes second strikeout victim of the inning. Lattimer then intentionally walks Henson, who already has a triple and home run in the game. Rupp bounces one up the middle, but Meneses gets to it behind the bag and flips to Drew at second base to end the inning.

Bottom of the seventh,Sea Dogs 4, Fightin' Phils 4: Hissey leads off with a strikeout. Dent flied out to center. Wilkerson lines a single into left field for his first hit of the game. Wilkerson causes Hector Neris to balk him over to second after a few failed pickoff attempts. Meanwhile Bogaerts works his count to 2-2, then singles up the middle, scoring Wilkerson to tie the game at four. With a 3-1 count, Drew puts his hand up for timeout, but ump doesn't grant it...Neris throws ball four. Shaw walks to load the bases for the red-hot Almanzar, but he Ks to end the threat.

Top of the seventh, Fightin' Phils 4, Sea Dogs 3: Mitchell flies out to Hissey in right who made the catch right up against the wall. Out number two off the bat of Hewitt heads to Hissey as well, who back tracks and reaches up for the ball right before the warning track...and one more time Cartwright to Hissey in right who handles all three outs in a four-pitch inning for Lattimer.

Bottom of the sixth, Fightin' Phils 4, Sea Dogs 3: Bogaerts leads things by continuing to show he has little patience at the plate. Swinging on the first pitch he grounds out to third base. Drew launches a solo shot into the Sea Dogs bullpen for the second hit of rehab stint. His prior hit, a double on Friday night, went to about the same spot in right-center. Shaw finally shows some pop in following with a double to the wall in right-center. It's Shaw's second hit of the season and first extra-base hit. A wild pitch moves Shaw to third with one out. Almanzar then puts a double in a near identical spot as Shaw to score him. It's the second double for Almanzar and his fourth extra-base hit of the season. Vazquez slices a pop up that the first baseman handles in the grass behind the bag. Meneses ends the rally with a swinging strikeout.

Top of the sixth, Fightin' Phils 4, Sea Dogs 1: The Sea Dogs pull Will Latimer, their only left-handed reliever, into the game to start the sixth. Couch leaves after four solid innings in which he allowed a run on five hits with three Ks. Murphy sends a shot down the line past the dive of Almanzar, rounding first and Dent boots the carom allowing Murphy to take second base. Henson advances Murphy with a fielder's choice ground out to second base. A Lattimer wild pitch allowed Murphy to score from third to five the Fightins' a three-run lead. Rupp Ks on the very next pitch. Suomi ends the inning with a groundout to Drew at short.

Bottom of the fifth, Fightin' Phils 3, Sea Dogs 1: Hissey grounds out to first to lead things off. Dent puts a charge in one, but his fly ball holds up in left field for out number two. First pitching swinging by Wilkerson creates a nubber that is fielded by the pitcher to end the inning.

Top of the fifth, Fightin' Phils 3, Sea Dogs 1: Couch gets Hewitt swinging for his second strikeout. Cartwright follows with the second Fightin's bunt single this game. They have been fairly aggressive with the small ball (bunting, attempt steals, etc.) so far tonight, and for the most part it has caught the Sea Dogs off guard. They continue their aggression as Cartwright attempts to steal, but he picked the wrong catcher to go on as Vazquez guns down his second of the night. Duran doubles off the wall in right to keep the inning alive for Reading. Collier ends the inning with a strikeout.

Bottom of the fourth, Fightin' Phils 3, Sea Dogs 1: Shaw grounds out to short on the first pitch he sees. Almanzar reaches base once again, this time by way of the walk. Vazquez proceeds to fly out in foul territory, handled by the third baseman. Meneses ends the inning with a ground ball to third that went to force out Almanzar at second base.

Top of the fourth, Fightin' Phils 3, Sea Dogs 1: Henson takes a 1-0 fastball to the opposite field, depositing the ball above the Sea Dogs bull pen. Rupp grounds to short, Suomi grounds back to Couch and Mitchell flies out to left field in an inning that lasted approximately five minutes.

Bottom of the third, Fightin' Phils 2, Sea Dogs 1: Dent gets another crack at Colvin after being stranded at the plate to end the second, but he can't make the best of it, striking out to lead off the third. Carthwright makes a spectacular diving catch on a liner from Wilkerson. The Fightin's second baseman was fully extended and parallel to the infield in getting to that quick shot. Bogaerts pokes a single between third and short, his fourth of the season. Drew ends the inning with a harmless grounder to second.

Top of the third, Fightin' Phils 2, Sea Dogs 1: Couch gets Duran swinging to the start the inning. Collier's bunt attempt works as Vazquez is unable to handle the slow roller in front of the plate. Then Vazquez makes up for it by gunning down the speedy Collier trying to steal second base. A pinpoint throw got the runner right on the top of the helmet as he was making a head first dive into the bag. Murphy flies out to Hissey in right to end the inning.

Bottom of the second, Fightin' Phils 2, Sea Dogs 1: Michael Almanzar leads off with a wall-ball double that would have been gone had it been positioned about 5-10 right to the right. Christian Vazquez is the first out of the inning, grounding to short. Heiker Meneses drills a liner back up the box that catches Colvin on his ass. Colvin recovers to get the out at first as Meneses awkwardly slides over the bag. Peter Hissey's grounder up the middle could not be handled by Duran, squeaking through to score Almanzar. Hissey, following four pickoff attempts at first, finally makes a jump on the third pitch to Ryan Dent, but is gunned down at second base to end the inning.

Top of the second, Fightin' Phils 2, Sea Dogs 0: Keith Couch emerges from the Sea Dogs pen to take over for Barnes who only threw one inning in his Portland debut...more to come on that once we get word. Couch immediately gets John Suomi to ground out to second and Derrick Mitchell to ground out to third before yielding a single to Anthony Hewitt who became the first base runner to attempt a steal, and succeed, against Christian Vazquez. Cartwright grounded out to third before Hewitt could get any further.

Bottom of the first, Fightin' Phils 2, Sea Dogs 0: After trying to initially bunt his way on, Shannon Wilkerson weakly grounds out to second base. Xander Bogaerts finds a little patience at the plate, running the count full and drawing his first walk of the season. Stephen Drew skies a can of corn to second base for the second out. Travis Shaw whiffs on a big hook from Brody Colvin, ending the first.

Top of the first, Fightin' Phils 2, Sea Dogs 0: A strikeout of Albert Cartwright was a nice start for Matt Barnes. Then he walked Edgar Duran who stole second and would come around on a Jim Murphy single. Ryan Dent's full extension on Tyler Henson's liner to left-center was not enough and it rolled to the wall while Henson rolled into third with an RBI triple. Barnes needed 33 pitches to get out of the first. He mixed a steady diet of 93, 94, 95 mph fastballs with some wicked 77 mph breaking balls that just missed the corners of the plate.

Pregame: It's easily the warmest day since the start of the season here in Portland. But of course day gives way to night and then we're back to the 40s. Either way the grounds crew at Hadlock Field will not have to worry about any pregame icing of the infield as the sun shines brightly on the diamond, a little over a half an hour until game time.

Tonight is scheduled to be the last of four rehab starts for shortstop Stephen Drew before he rejoins the Red Sox in Boston on Wednesday. In his first three games with Portland he has gone 1-for-10 with a double, 2 RBIs and a walk.

FIGHTIN' PHILS (2-2)
Albert Cartwright 2B
Edgar Duran SS
Zach Collier CF
Jim Murphy 1B
Tyler Henson 3B
Cameron Rupp C
John Suomi DH
Derrick Mitchell LF
Anthony Hewitt RF
Pitching: RHP Brody Colvin

SEA DOGS (1-2)
Shannon Wilkerson CF
Xander Bogaerts DH
Stephen Drew SS
Travis Shaw 1B
Michael Almanzar 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Heiker Meneses 2B
Peter Hissey RF
Ryan Dent LF
Pitching: RHP Matt Barnes

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: Matt Barnes makes his Double-A debut after climbing up two levels in his first full pro season last year. The 22-year-old is ranked as the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization by Baseball America, MLB.com and SoxProspects.com. He struck out 133 batters in 119 2/3 innings pitched between Greenville and Salem a year ago...The Sea Dogs went 7-10 against Reading last year, allowing 4.5 runs per game...Boston's top rated prospect, Xander Bogaerts, is 3-for-14 to start the season with three singles, an RBI and three runs scored. Bogaerts has been the designated hitter in the first three games of the season, and will be once again tonight, while Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew rehabs his way back from a concussion suffered in Spring Training...Last night Michael Almanzar connected for his first two Double-A home runs. The Sea Dogs third baseman had a career high 12 home runs while with Salem last season.

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