May 21, 2013

Dogs can't catch the Cats

Three times Portland scratches back to one run, only to have the visitors extend their lead and streak.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Portland’s Tony Thomas slides safely into third base with a triple as Manchester infielder Ryan Schimpf waits for a late throw during the Fisher Cats’ victory over the Sea Dogs Monday evening at Hadlock Field.

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Portland starter Charlie Haeger delivers a knuckleball during the second inning of Monday’s game at Hadlock Field.

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TUESDAY'S GAME

WHO: Sea Dogs (Brandon Workman 5-1) vs. N.H. Fisher Cats (Deck McGuire 2-3)

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Hadlock Field

TICKETS: 3,000 available

He threw a season-high 127 pitches, 66 for strikes.

"That was very impressive," Boles said. "I know he had some struggles early on but he just kept competing, found his rhythm and controlled the knuckleball."

Portland's homestand continues Tuesday night with the second of a four-game series with New Hampshire.

NOTES: Paid attendance was announced as 3,028. ...

After a year's absence, the Sea Dogs return to Boston for a "Futures at Fenway" game on Saturday, July 27, against Harrisburg. Tickets for the noon contest range in price from $5 to $30 and are available at redsox.com beginning Wednesday at noon. An added attraction is a post-game concert by Kidz Bop and, for the first time, an invitation to bring the family dog to Fenway Park free of charge. ...

Tim Leiper, a Blue Jays senior advisor for player development, has been filling in as manager of the Fisher Cats for the past week while Gary Allenson attends to a family matter in Florida. Leiper, who formerly coached or managed in the Mets, Expos, Orioles, Pirates, Red Sox and Marlins organizations, lived in Cape Neddick for four years, but now resides in Florida.

On Monday night Leiper lasted only six pitches before being ejected by plate umpire Brian deBrauwere for arguing balls and strikes. Leiper intervened after leadoff batter Kevin Pillar twice started toward first base, on counts of 3-1 and 3-2, before being called out on strikes.

As he jogged off the field, Leiper cracked up the Sea Dogs dugout with a remark about not getting paid to work overtime anyway.

Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or at:

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