PITCHING PREVAILS IN FIRST GAME OF SERIES – The Portland Sea Dogs and Erie SeaWolves were both scoreless until the top of the ninth inning with one out. Both teams started the game scoreless. Erie starting pitcher Wilmer Flores worked through 4.0 scoreless innings, striking out five before giving way to the bullpen. Portland starter Brett Kennedy spun 5.1 scoreless innings, limiting Erie to three hits and two walks while striking out four before ending his night. The only score of the night came against Sea Dogs reliever Jake Wallace in the top of the ninth inning. With one out, Parker Meadows launched a solo homer over the wall in right. It was his ninth long ball of the season and gave the SeaWolves the first lead of the game, 1-0. Portland went down in order in the bottom of the ninth, dropping the series opener to Erie, 1-0.
SHUTOUTS THIS SEASON – The last time the Sea Dogs were on the winning side of a shutout was a 5-0 victory against the Somerset Patriots July 15th. Portland was last shutout 2-0 on June 14th in Reading, PA against the Fightin Phils. The Sea Dogs last loss 1-0 to the Harrisburg Senators on April 16th.ï»¿
WELCOME TO THE RED SOX – Outfielder Wilyer Abreu was added to Portland’s roster prior to tonight’s game. Abreu was acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros to the Boston Red Sox with infielder Enmanuel Valdez for catcher Christian Vasquez during this year’s Trade Deadline on August 2nd. He has had a strong season at the plate and recorded a 10-game hitting streak July 8th to July 24th with the Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A, Houston Astros). He tied career- high four hits and career-high 6 RBI July 14th vs Northwest Arkansas with 2 doubles and one home run.
SHAKE UP IN THE STANDINGS – The Portland Sea Dogs fell to the SeaWolves last night while the second-place Hartford Yard Goats defeated the Reading Fightin Phils. With the Sea Dogs loss, Portland now falls to second place in the Northeast Division while the Yard Goats are now in first place, 0.5 games ahead of Portland.
CLOSE THE BOOK ON JULY – Christian Koss led the Sea Dogs in the month of July with a .337 batting average, including eight doubles. Ceddanne Rafaela had the second-best average with .312. David Hamilton swiped 21 bases throughout the month of July. On the mound, Bryan Mata finished with a 2.08 ERA through five starts while Michael Gettys did not allow an earned run through his four…