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Over the last 13 years, the Portland Sea Dogs have provided memories at Hadlock Field.
There have been wins, individual achievements and, with the help of a cutesy mascot, lots of entertainment.
Tonight, the Sea Dogs go for history.
Portland is one win away from an Eastern League championship, something that has eluded this franchise since its big splash into town in 1994.
The Sea Dogs lead the Akron Aeros 2-0 in the Eastern League championship series. It is a best-of-five affair, so Portland will have three chances to win one game this weekend at Hadlock.
Game 4 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, should Akron win tonight, and Game 5 would be 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Sea Dogs are confident.
"It's a good feeling for all of us to walk out of here with two wins," relief pitcher Barry Hertzler said Wednesday after Portland's 13-8 win at Akron in Game 2.
It is also a new feeling for the Sea Dogs. In four previous appearances in the championship series, the Sea Dogs have never won two games, let alone the first two games.
Left-hander Andrew Dobies gets the start tonight, his second in the postseason and his eighth for the Sea Dogs. Dobies, 23, was Boston's third-round draft pick in 2004 out of the University of Virginia. He was promoted to Portland in August after going 8-6 for Class A Wilmington with a 3.98 ERA.
Dobies added a cut fastball just two months ago at the urging of the Red Sox.
"They sent me some tapes on (White Sox starter) Mark Buehrle," Dobies said. "It took me a while to get used to it and figure out the grip. I finally got it, and it's been working wonders ever since."