The curtain came down on the 2018 Portland Sea Dogs season on Labor Day and it finished with excitement. A two-run homer by Deiner Lopez in the top of the 11th inning and a bang-bang doubleplay to beat Binghamton 8-7 in the bottom of the 11th.

The Sea Dogs finished the season 63-76.

While the Dogs did not make the Eastern League Double A playoffs, the team did finish strong with a 20-12 record from the first of August to yesterday's finale.

It's all about development at the minor league level and it seems the Red Sox may have more talent than some baseball experts give them credit for.

Infielder Michael Chavis came off the suspended list and hit .303 with 6 HRs and 17 RBI before heading off to Triple A Pawtucket.

Third baseman Bobby Dalbec came up to Portland from Single A and hit .261 with 6 HRs and 24 RBI. Combined with Single A stats, Dalbec cracked 32 homers and 109 RBI.

Pitchers such as Mike Shawaryn earned a call up to the PawSox after throwing well at Hadlock Field.

As a team, the Sea Dogs finished fourth in pitching and fifth in hitting in the Eastern League.

Portland was fourth in Eastern league attendance with 346,341. That's an average of 5,678 per game.