Fans love to see strikeouts and home runs. On April 5, 2013 Brandon Workman (P), Chris Martin (P) and Brock Huntzinger (P) combined for a total of 17 strikeouts. Workman started the game and worked five innings striking out 9 batters. Martin worked three innings of relief striking out seven. Huntzinger closed out the game with a fly out, a strike out and a pop-up to short.
The Red Sox signed the 6'5"Workman in August of 2010. Born in Texas, Workman started with the single A Greenville Drive and moved between single A and AAA Pawtucket before debuting for the Red Sox in July of 2013. After contributing in seven post-season games, this 25 year old righty is currently listed on the Red Sox's active roster as part of the bullpen.
A righty, Martin started playing professional baseball in an independent league before being signed by the Boston Red Sox in spring of 2011. This 6'7" Texan moved steadily through the Red Sox's farm system and played in the Arizona fall league. Martin was traded in December of 2013 to the Colorado Rockies.
Instead of pursuing basketball, this right-handed Indiana native took a path that led him to professional baseball. Drafted by the Red Sox in 2007, 6'3" Huntzinger ended the 2013 season pitching in AAA Pawtucket. After the season Huntzinger was signed to a minor league contract by Baltimore.
All three of these pitchers started the 2013 season at Portland. All three have moved on. Fans who watched these three shut down the Trenton Thunder on that early April day will not be able to see them at Portland during the 2014 season. Any Sea Dog fan can tell you even on cold Maine evenings excellent baseball can still be seen.
Remember to bring your glove, and I'll see you at Hadlock.