Final Regular Season Record: 72-67 (2nd in EL North); 3-1 (EL Semifinals vs. Trenton), 3-2 (EL Finals vs. Akron)
The Portland Seadogs had a roller coaster season, starting off with an excellent first 3+ months, leading the EL North into July. However, the team continued to lose starting pitching to Pawtucket, Boston and injuries, and a lack of offense put the team on a 10 game losing streak and out of playoff contention. Portland was able to scramble back into second place in August which earned the team a playoff berth for the second consecutive season. The team defeated EL North Champion Trenton to go to the EL Finals for the second consecutive year, once again facing the Akron Aeroes. Unlike 2005, The Seadogs were able to put away Akron in a tough 5 game series, winning the first championship in the Seadogs history.
The success was mostly due to the pitching, as 17 (of the 27) pitchers (who appeared for the Dogs) had final ERAs under 4. On the other hand, only 4 offensive players had an OPS over .800.
So, let's get to the Players.
Offensive Player of the Year:
The first baseman had a successful first season for the Sox, putting up a line of .276/.371/.471 in 115 games. Luis led the team in HRs (17) and walks (58), and was third on the team in Stolen Bases with 9.
Pitcher of the Year:
The Nicaraguan had a break out year with Portland, appearing in 31 regular season games (18 starts), going 8-7 with a 3.26 ERA. In 132 1/3 innings, Devern walked 36 and struck out 124, putting up a WHIP of 1.19. Devern would shine in the playoffs, inning the 5th and final game in the EL Finals, going a career high 8 innings. He would earn a promotion to Boston and would start 2 games, winning his first game in the final game of the season, going 5 hitless innings before the rains came.
Of course, these weren't the only players on the team... so let's take a look at the rest.
Gabe Kapler: Gabe spent 3 games rehabbing in Portland, going .400/.455/.900 with 3 doubles and a triple.
Jay Johnson: Johnson had an 8 game tenure with the Seadogs, going .333/.378/.636 with 4 doubles and 2 HRs.
Tyler Minges: Tyler started and ended the year in Pawtucket, but had 58 games in Portland, where he went .308/.354/.451 with 23 doubles.
Chad Spann: The third baseman played in 99 games for the Dogs, going .294/.361/.472 with 28 doubles and 10 HRs.
Jacoby Ellsbury: The 2005 1st Rounder got bumped up from Wilmington and played 50 games with the Dogs, going .308/.387/.434 with 10 doubles, 3 triples and a team high 16 Stolen Bases (and a team high 8 Caught Stealing).
Brandon Moss: Brandon spent his second season in Portland, going .285/.357/.439 with a team high 36 doubles and a team high 108 strikeouts.
Jeremy West: Jeremy played in 124 games for the Dogs, going .269/.342/.431 with 32 doubles and 13 HRs.
Dave Murphy: Murphy spent the early part of the season with the Seadogs, playing 42 games before his promotion to Pawtucket (and later Boston). Murphy hit .273/.315/.436 with 17 doubles and 3 HRs.
Mike Leonard: The catcher had a short 2 game stint with the Seadogs, going 2/8 with a Triple.
Chris Durbin: Durbin spent his second season in Portland, playing in 97 games and hitting .246/.333/.370 with 28 doubles and 39 walks.
David Bacani: David had a really poor offensive season in his first season in Portland, playing in 121 games and hitting .229/.323/.339 with 52 walks and 11 SBs. Bacani was also enlisted to pitch one inning, giving up 3 hits, a walk and 2 runs.
Brian Myrow: Brian came back from Korea to help the Seadogs down the stretch, playing in 20 games and hitting .270/.299/.349.
Alberto Concepcion: The Catcher had a poor offensive season, hitting .227/.314/.331 with 14 doubles and 4 HRs.
Dusty Brown: The other catcher played in 85 games, hitting .224/.284/.332 with 17 doubles.
Matt Van der Bosch: Matt played in 58 games for the Dogs, hitting .198/.293/.302 with 4 HRs, 22 walks and 13 Stolen Bases.
Zach Borowiak: The infielder played in 107 games, going .216/.269/.288 with 13 doubles.
Keoni de Renne: Much like his infield counterpart David Bacani, Keoni had a bad offensive season in his first year with the Dogs. Keoni hit .224/.289/.260 with 22 walks and only 7 extra base hits.
Bryan Pritz: Pritz played in 14 games with Portland, going .182/.220/.309 with 4 doubles.
Jason Twomley: Twomley played in 10 games for the Dogs before a demotion to Lowell and a subsequent release. Jason hit .095/.310/.190 with 2 doubles (his only hits) but 7 walks.
Dustin Kelly: The utility man played in 21 games with Portland, hitting .185/.224/.241. Kelly also pitched a scoreless inning out of the pen, giving up 2 hits.
Iggy Suarez: Suarez played in 8 games for the Dogs, batting .130/.231/.130.
George Kottaras: The late season addition (traded for David Wells) did not play for the Dogs in the regular season, but got into 8 playoff games, going .276/.400/.552 with 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 6 walks and 10 Ks.
Barry Hertzler: Barry started and ended the season in Portland, pitching in 25 games (1 start), picking up 5 saves. Barry pitched 37 innings, putting up a 0.73 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Barry had only one big issue, walking 22 in the 37 innings in Portland.
Craig Hansen: Craig pitched in 5 games in the early season in Portland, going 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA. In 11 innings, Craig gave up 4 hits, 4 walks and hit 3 batters, striking out 12.
Phil Seibel: Phil went 2-3 with a 1.20 ERA in 9 5-inning starts before going on the injured list (and then moving on to Pawtucket). In 45 innings, Phil gave up 24 hits and 12 walks, striking out 42. Phil did have a few problems, giving up 5 unearned runs (only 6 earned) and allowing 5 of his 24 hits to leave the ballpark.
Charlie Zink: Zink pitched in 2 games for Portland before being moved to Rhode Island, going 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in 7 1/3 innings (1 start, 1 relief appearance).
Mike Rozier: Rozier was bumped up for one start, getting saddled with a loss despite a decent 5 inning appearance. Rozier gave up 7 hits and 1 walk in that appearance, striking out 8 and giving up 4 runs (1 earned).
David Pauley: In 10 starts (60 1/3 innings), Pauley went 2-3 with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. David walked 17 and struck out 47, giving up 6 HRs. David was later promoted to Pawtucket and Boston.
Kyle Jackson: In 22 relief appearances (36 2/3 innings), Jackson went 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA. Jackson did have some ugly looking peripherals, walking 25 and striking out 36.
Kason Gabbard: Kason had 13 starts in Portland before his promotions to Boston and Pawtucket, going 9-2 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. In 73 2/3 innings, Gabbard walked 25 and struck out 68.
Scott Shoemaker: Shoemaker had 3 starts in Portland, going 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA. In 14 innings, Scott gave up 15 hits, 4 walks and struck out 10.
Edgar Martinez: Edgar pitched in 49 relief appearances, going 5-3 with 12 saves and a 2.61 ERA. Over 69 innings, Martinez walked 18 and struck out 59, giving up 9 HRs.
Brett Evert: Evert had 9 relief appearances in August and September, pitching 11 innings with a 3.27 ERA. Brett gave up 10 hits, walked 8 and struck out 13.
Kevin Frederick: Frederick pitched in 10 relief appearances (11 innings), going 2-2 with a save and a 3.27 ERA. Kevin gave up 11 hits and 4 walks, striking out 9.
Matt Goodson: In 2 starts, Matt went 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA. In 9 2/3 innings, Matt gave up 7 hits and 4 walks, striking out 8.
Frank Brooks: Brooks was signed in the middle of the season to fill a position in the rotation, and started 14 games (with 3 relief appearances), going 2-6 with a 3.86 ERA. In 81 2/3 innings, Brooks gave up 72 hits, 31 walks and struck out 75.
Rusty Tucker: Another mid season addition, Rusty pitched in 25 games in relief, going 0-2 with 2 saves and a 3.90 ERA. In 32 1/3 innings, Rusty gave up 34 hits, 18 walks and struck out 19.
Andrew Dobies: Dobies started 6 games down the stretch, going 1-2 with a 3.93 ERA. In 34 1/3 innings, Andrew gave up 38 hits, walked 7 and struck out 16.
Chris Smith: Chris had 20 starts for the Seadogs before earning a promotion to Pawtucket, going 9-6 with a 4.05 ERA. Over 115 2/3 innings, Chris gave up 114 hits, 29 walks and struck out 78. Chris gave up 9 HRs and hit 10.
Tommy Hottovy: Tommy had 7 starts at the end of the year, going 2-4 with a 4.17 ERA. Over 41 innings, Tommy gave up 28 hits and 15 walks, striking out 31.
Jon Searles: Searles pitched in 53 games in relief, going 7-4 with a save and a 4.19 ERA. Jon pitched in 77 1/3 innings, giving up 72 hits, 38 walks and striking out 56.
Randy Beam: Beam pitched in 35 games out of the pen, going 3-3 with a save and a 4.56 ERA. In 51 1/3 innings, Beam gave up 48 hits, 12 walks and striking out 41.
Mike Bumatay: Mike pitched in 42 games in relief after an early season demotion from Pawtucket, going 1-2 with 3 saves and a 4.93 ERA. Over 42 innings, Bumatay gave up 41 hits, 25 walks and struck out 41.
Victor Ramos: In 29 relief appearances over 35 innings, Ramos went 3-1 with a 5.91 ERA. Victor gave up 36 hits, 13 walks and struck out 30.
Luis Mendoza: In 9 starts before being traded away, Luis went 1-5 with a 6.38 ERA. Over 48 innings, Luis gave up 73 hits, 14 walks and struck out 29.
Jose Vaquedano: Over 24 starts, Jose went 9-8 with a 6.47 ERA. Over 105 2/3 innings, Jose gave up 131 hits, walked 68 and struck out 86. Jose also gave up 9 HRs.
Justin Sturge: Sturge had 3 relief appearances, going 4 1/3 innings and giving up 7 hits, 2 walks and 4 runs. He struck out 4.
Lenny DiNardo: Lenny had a 2 inning start in a rehab appearance, giving up 7 hits and 7 runs.
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2006 Season Ending Report: Portland Sea Dogs
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