September 15, 2021 Sea Dogs Game Notes
EIGHT-STRAIGHT FOR PORTLAND - The Sea Dogs extended their winning streak last night with a 2-1 victory over the Hartford Yard Goats. Santos lowered his ERA to 2.67 tossing 6.0 innings allowing one run (unearned) on two hits while striking out five. He did not issue a walk. Andrew Politi was awarded the win pitching 2.0 shutout innings allowing one hit while striking out two. Pedro Castellanos led off the sixth inning with a home run to right field and the Sea Dogs led, 1-0. It was his 12th long ball of the season. The Yard Goats answered in the bottom of the inning. An RBI double to left field by Sean Bouchard brought home the tying run of the game for Hartford. In the top of the eighth inning, Jeisson Rosario leadoff with a double to right field. He then scored on RBI single to left field by Castellanos and the Sea Dogs led 2-1.
MATT BARNES SCHEDULED TO REHAB WITH PORTLAND - Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes is scheduled to pitch tonight for the Sea Dogs in a MLB rehab appearance. Barnes was the Red Sox' top selection in the 2011 June Draft (No. 19 overall) out of the University of Connecticut and made his Major League debut in 2014. He entered the 2021 season with 325 career appearances, 9th-most in Red Sox history. As a reliever, his 323 appearances are the 4th-most in team history.
SEA DOGS SEE SUCCESS AGAINST YARD GOATS - The Portland Sea Dogs are batting .285 as a team against Hartford pitching this season. Through 19 games this year, they have recorded 43 doubles, one triple and 22 homers against the Double-A Colorado Rockies affiliate. On the other side of the game, Portland's pitching has recorded a 3.49 ERA facing the Yard Goats and has recorded 162 strikeouts in 159.2 innings pitched. Portland's pitching staff is limiting Hartford's hitters to a .222 batting average.
WHERE DO WE STAND - The Sea Dogs are currently in fourth place in the Double-A Northeast League, 3.0 games out of a playoff spot. The Akron RubberDucks remain in first place with the Bowie Baysox in second place, 1.5 games back. The Somerset Patriots are 2.0 games behind Akron in third place. The RubberDucks and Patriots go head-to-head this week as the Baysox will take on the Altoona Curve.
ON THE MOUND - LHP Chris Murphy will make his first start against the Hartford Yard Goats this evening. Most recently, he pitched 9/10 vs Binghamton and hurled 6.0 shutout innings allowing two hits and struck out 11 hitters which earned him Double-A Northeast League Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this season. Murphy has made six starts for the Sea Dogs since being promoted from High-A Greenville on July 31st. He has notched a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.
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