Fans can bring dogs to watch Portland Sea Dogs during Bark in the Park

Posted June 04, 2012, at 9:36 p.m.

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Portland Sea Dogs outfielder and top prospect Bryce Brentz warms up before taking batting practice at Hadlock Field in Portland in April.
Portland Sea Dogs outfielder and top prospect Bryce Brentz warms up before taking batting practice at Hadlock Field in Portland in April. Buy Photo

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs will host their third annual Bark in the Park at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they entertain the Bowie Baysox.

Fans can bring their dogs to Hadlock Field and there will be a special section for the fans and their dogs along the left-field line. It will cost $9 per person and there are 300 tickets available.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and there will be a special entrance for the dogs and their owners.

There will be a parade at 6:15 p.m. in which fans can parade their dogs around the warning track.

The ticket holders in the Bark in the Park section can take their dogs to the canine relief area, wading pool and watering station. They also will receive dog treats. Doggie valets will be on hand to care for pets while people visit the Hadlock Field concourse. Fans with dogs need to bring their own doggie cleanup bags.

Fans also will be treated to a performance by Mike Piazza — not the former major leaguer — and his dogs, who will showcase a variety of tricks, including a Frisbee-catching exhibition.

“A lot of people love their dogs and this is a chance for them to bring their dogs to a game and have a good time,” said Charlie Eshbach, Sea Dogs president. “And they won’t bother the people who aren’t dog lovers.”

Brentz sets franchise record

Sea Dogs right fielder Bryce Brentz became the first player in the franchise’s 19-year history to have more than one five-hit game in a season this past week when he went 5-for-5 with a franchise record-tying three doubles against the Harrisburg Senators.

He went 5-for-5 against Trenton on May 13 and had hits in his next three at-bats against Reading the next night.

Brentz was selected the Eastern League’s Player of the Week for the week from May 28-June 3.

He hit .435 in seven games with two homers and four RBIs. He led the league in slugging percentage (.826) and extra-base hits (5) and was second in the league in hitting. He was tied for second with 10 hits, three doubles and two homers.

Brentz, the 2011 Red Sox Co-Offensive Minor League Player of the Year, has raised his average to .306. He has seven homers and 20 RBIs.

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