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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:53 am

Sea Dogs lose but division title is closer
Portland has a three-game losing streak but retains a two-game lead with four remaining.

BY KEVIN THOMAS..The Portland Sea Dogs have followed a 10-game winning streak with a losing skid that has reached three games. But Portland continues to inch closer to a first-place finish in the Eastern League East Division. Despite a stellar start from left-hander Brian Johnson, the Sea Dogs lost 3-1 to the Reading Fightin Phils on Thursday night at Hadlock Field. Portland dropped to 85-53 but remained two games ahead of second-place Binghamton (83-55), which lost to New Britain 5-3 after blowing a 3-2 lead in the ninth...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:46 am

Sea Dogs clinch first division title in nine years
Portland combines a win with a Binghamton loss to tuck the title away.

BY KEVIN THOMAS ..The Sea Dogs get their champagne celebration after winning their first division championship since 2005. Reaching the postseason is nice. The Portland Sea Dogs did that last week. Going into the playoffs as division champions is better. If anything, the Sea Dogs got a second taste of champagne. Portland broke out the bubbly for the second time in two weeks Friday night after defeating the Harrisburg Senators 3-2 at Hadlock Field...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:51 am

Sea Dogs building momentum toward playoffs with Sunday win
Portland beat the Harrisburg Senators 6-2 Sunday afternoon before a sold-out Hadlock Field crowd of 7,368.

BY KEVIN THOMAS..The Portland Sea Dogs may have lost some offensive punch in recent months with the promotion of so many players. But the biggest reason Portland is in the running for the Eastern League championship is easy to explain. Pitching. Brian Johnson’s most recent start resulted in five scoreless innings. His earned-run average since he was promoted to Double-A in early May is 1.75. Justin Haley put up zeroes in his Saturday start. His ERA in six Double-A starts is 1.19...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:36 am

Binghamton rallies to beat Sea Dogs in opening game of playoff series
The Mets capitalize on errors in the final two innings to take a 1-0 series lead; the teams meet again Thursday night

BY TOM ROBINSON..BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Portland Sea Dogs committed infield errors in each of the final two innings Wednesday night, opening the door for the Binghamton Mets to emerge with an 8-5 victory in Game 1 of their Eastern League Eastern Division playoff series. T.J. Rivera won it, hitting a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, completing Binghamton’s comeback from a four-run deficit in the opener of the best-of-five series...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:09 am

Sea Dogs even playoff series against Binghamton
Portland belts four homers – two by Stefan Welch – in a 7-0 win.

BY TOM ROBINSON..BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Portland Sea Dogs started Thursday night behind another Eastern League team for the first time since May 5. The response was swift and powerful. Stefan Welch had two of Portland’s four home runs in the first five innings and the Sea Dogs went on to rout the Binghamton Mets 7-0 to even their best-of-five divisional series at one game apiece...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:08 pm

Sea Dogs’ bullpen falters as Mets force Game 5
Binghamton staves off elimination with 11-4 victory.

BY GLENN JORDAN ..The Binghamton Mets forced a fifth and deciding game of the Eastern Division championship series by beating the Sea Dogs 11-4 Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field before a crowd of 3,077. Game 5 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Hadlock with Luis Diaz (3-4) pitching for the Sea Dogs against Gabriel Ynoa (3-2) of the Mets...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:20 am

Binghamton bursts Sea Dogs’ bubble with Game 5 win
The Mets use another big inning to defeat Portland 8-5 and advance to Eastern League finals.

BY GLENN JORDAN..The calendar says there are two more weeks before autumn. Don’t believe it. Portland’s boys of baseball bid summer adieu Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field, as the Sea Dogs failed for the second day in a row to advance to the Eastern League Championship Series. The Binghamton Mets beat the Sea Dogs 8-5 before a matinee crowd of 2,813 to win the Eastern Division championship 3-2, and will face Western champion Richmond on Tuesday in Virginia in another best-of-five series...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:36 am

Study ranks Portland as best minor league baseball town in America

Portland, Maine, has been ranked as the Best Minor League Baseball Town in America in a study of the nation’s 159 minor league baseball towns conducted by financial technology company SmartAsset, according to a news release from the Portland Sea Dogs.

The study scored towns based on a quality of life score and a minor league baseball experience score. The first looked at a city’s crime rate, unemployment rate, disposable income and entertainment, while the second score was determined by taking team win percentage, stadium experience and minor league class.

Portland received a 97.47 for quality of life and 99.37 for team, the only city on the list to rank in the top 10 in both categories. The study recognized the city of Portland as having the 16th highest disposable income of the minor league towns examined and the 15th lowest unemployment rate...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:33 am

Minor League Team Of The Year: Betts Leads Talented Sea Dogs

Portland went on to post an 88-54 record, the best mark in the 21-year history of the Double-A franchise. That regular season excellence (which preceded a five-game, first-round Eastern League playoff exit against the Binghamton Mets) was driven by a number of superb prospect performances that took a number of shapes.

A trio of 2011 high school draftees—Betts (.355/.443/.551 with six homers and 22 steals in 54 games before his promotion to Triple-A and then the majors), Swihart (.300/.353/.487 with 12 homers before his move up to Triple-A) and Owens (14-4, 2.60, 9.4 K/9)­—excelled. A pair of 2012 college first-rounders—Marrero (.291/.371/.433 in 68 games) and lefthander Brian Johnson (10-2, 1.75, the lowest Eastern League ERA by a qualifying starter since 1985)—likewise flourished. First baseman Travis Shaw (.305/.406/.548 with 11 homers in 47 games) mashed his way to Triple-A.

In short, it was a prospect-laden team on which virtually every player seemed to blossom. While the performances took on a variety, there was a visual common denominator that offered some insight into the creation of a culture that allowed players to excel...

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