April 17, 2013

2011: A challenge, and some answers

Portland finishes at the bottom of its division but still produces some All-Star performances.

The first season for Manager Kevin Boles presented some challenges as the Sea Dogs finished in last place in the division with a 59-83 record, but there was still plenty of reasons for Portland fans to cheer.

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Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer: Alex Hassan dives back to first base in the third inning against the Reading Phillies at the Portland Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field on Sunday, April 10, 2011.

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Staff photo by Derek Davis: Portland Sea Dog third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Photographed on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Affiliation: Boston Red Sox
Manager: Kevin Boles
Attendance: 369,424 (5,514 average)

Final standings

Northern Division
Team Aff W L Pct. GB
New Hampshire TOR 77 65 .542
Reading PHI 74 68 .521 3
New Britain MIN 72 70 .507 5
Trenton NYY 68 73 .482 8.5
Binghamton NYM 65 76 .461 11.5
PORTLAND BOS 59 83 .415 18
Southern Division
Team Aff W L Pct.
Harrisburg WSN 80 62 .563
Richmond SFG 76 66 .535 4
Bowie BAL 75 66 .532 4.5
Akron CLE 73 69 .514 7
Erie DET 67 75 .472 13
Altoona PIT 64 77 .454 15.5

Notable hitters

Player HR RBI SB Avg.
Chih-Hsien Chiang 18 76 6 .340
Will Middlebrooks 18 80 6 .302
Alex Hassan 13 64 8 .291

Notable pitchers

Player W L SV ERA
Blake Maxwell 3 4 15 2.43
Alex Wilson 9 4 0 3.05
Stephen Fife 11 4 0 3.66

Portland batters ranked third in the league with a .267 batting average, and led the Eastern League in runs (684), total bases (1996), doubles (298) and RBI (639).

Outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang set a team record with 72 career doubles, surpassing Brandon Moss, who set the record at 66 (2005-06). The 23-year-old Chiang represented Portland as an All-Star and was named the team MVP, hitting .340 with 18 home runs and 76 RBI in 88 games prior to being traded to Seattle on July 31.

Right-handed pitcher Stephen Fife, outfielder Alex Hassan, third baseman Will Middlebrooks and right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson also represented Portland on the league All-Star team.

Middlebrooks, 22, hit .302 with 18 home runs and 80 RBI in 96 games with Portland.

Wilson had a 9-4 record with a 3.05 ERA in 21 starts for Portland while Fife ended the season with an 11-4 record and a 3.66 ERA. Hassan batted .291 with 34 doubles, 13 home runs and 64 RBI in 126 games.

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway hit .284 with five doubles, 14 homers, 38 RBI and 32 walks before being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Meanwhile, Jon Hee played at least 10 games at four different infield positions (first, second, third and shortstop). The 26-year-old batted .275 with 26 doubles, four home runs, 40 RBI and 33 walks.
 

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