April 17, 2013

2005: Seeing stars, and back to the playoffs

Portland returns to the postseason, and also plays host to the midseason All-Star game

The 2005 season was one to remember.  The Red Sox assigned many top prospects to Portland, the Sea Dogs hosted the Eastern League All-Star game, and the team reached the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

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Staff Photo by Jill Brady, Sunday, April 10, 2005: Portland Sea Dog Hanley Ramirez is greeted by his teammates after scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday during baseball action against the Norwich Navigators at Hadlock Field.

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Staff Photo by Jill Brady, Sunday, May 22, 2005: Sea Dogs second baseman, #7, Dustin Pedroia, makes a throw to first base for an out during the third inning of Sunday's game at Hadlock Field against the Bowie Baysox.

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Affiliation: Boston Red Sox
Manager: Todd Claus
Attendance: 396,277 (6,290 average)

Final standings

Northern Division
Team Aff W L Pct. GB
PORTLAND BOS 76 66 .535
Trenton NYY 74 68 .521 2
Norwich SFG 71 71 .500 5
New Britain MIN 70 72 .493 6
New Hampshire TOR 68 74 .479 8
Binghamton NYM 63 79 .444 13
Southern Division
Team Aff W L Pct.
Akron CLE 84 58 .592
Altoona PIT 76 66 .535 8
Bowie BAL 74 68 .521 10
Reading PHI 69 73 .486 15
Harrisburg WSN 64 78 .451 20
Erie DET 63 79 .444 21

Notable hitters

Player HR RBI SB Avg.
Dustin Pedroia 8 40 7 .324
Hanley Ramirez 6 52 26 .271
David Murphy 14 75 13 .275

Notable pitchers

Player W L SV ERA
Jonathan Papelbon 5 2 0 2.48
Jon Lester 11 6 0 2.61
Manny Delcarmen 4 4 3 3.23

The opening-day roster included Hanley Ramierez, Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Moss, David Murphy, Jon Lester, Manny Delcarmen, Cla Meredith and Jonathan Papelbon. Under first-year manager Todd Claus, the team began the season with 10 straight wins. Meredith started strong with nine saves in 15 scoreless innings before eventually being promoted to the Red Sox.

On July 11, Lester fired a complete-game one-hit shutout against New Hampshire where he struck out a franchise-record 13 batters.  Lester would go on to finish the season with an 11-6 record and league bests for ERA (2.61) and strikeouts (163).

On July 13, the Eastern League All-Stars descended on Hadlock Field. Sea Dog Kenny Perez broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning with a game-winning two-run double.

David Murphy batted .310 in his final 66 games, including a .379 average in 28 games in July after hitting just .240 in his first 69 games. He finished with a .279 average, 14 home runs and 75 RBI.

In August, the Sea Dogs received a boost when reliever and 2005 first-round draft pick Craig Hansen joined the club. In 11 games with Portland, he did not allow a single run to score.  Catcher-turned-pitcher Edgar Martinez posted a 1.89 ERA between Class A Wilmington and Portland.

The Sea Dogs ended the regular season with a 76-66 record, capturing their fourth division title, and faced Trenton. Chad Spann set the tone in Game 1 with ninth-inning grand slam off the Citgo sign for a dramatic 5-3 win. Portland would go on to defeat Trenton 3-2 and face Akron for the championship. 

In the finals, Portland took the first game but the Aeros went on to win the next three to secure the championship.

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Staff Photo by John Patriquin, Wednesday, July 13, 2005: Former President George Bush shares a photo op with Sea Dogs All Stars Chris Durbin and Kenny Perez before the start of the All Star game at Hadlock Field in Portland tonight.


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